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Leonardo Express

ABOVE: A Leonardo Express train leaves Termini Station for Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino, a suburb of Rome.

The Leonardo Express is the quickest way to get from Fiumicino Airport (a.k.a. Leonardo da Vinci International Airport) to central Rome.

Leonardo Express logoTrains run at 15- to 30-minute intervals from early morning until late at night, taking just 32 minutes to cover the 30 km or 20 miles between the airport and Rome's Termini Station.

The Leonardo Express first-class fare of €14 is about 50 percent higher than what you'd pay for a second-class ticket on a normal commuter train between Fiumicino and Termini, but there are no intermediate stops, and you won't have to worry about jockeying for a seat during rush hour.

In this illustrated, step-by-step article, we'll show you:

  • How to take the Leonardo Express from Fiumicino Airport to Termini (including the easiest way to buy a ticket);

  • How to take the Leonardo Express from Termini Station to Fiumicino airport (including advice on buying tickets and where to find the trains);

  • Other trains that are worth considering if you're short on cash or are traveling to the historic center, Trastevere, the cruise port at Civitavecchia, or other areas that are easier to reach by commuter rail.

For more information about Leonardo da Vinci Airport (including other forms of ground transportation such as taxis, buses, and shuttles), see our Fiumicino Airport article.

  • Note: Departing passengers who use the Leonardo Express to reach FCO get a discount on the optional "Fast Track" security line in Terminal 3 and cheaper access to VIP lounges.

Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini Station:

Photo: Mudguy

1. Get cash. If you don't have any euros, we'd suggest withdrawing cash from a bancomat or ATM in the terminal.

Escalators to railroad station at Fiumicino Airport

2. Go to the airport's railroad station. In the corridor outside baggage claim, look for blue overhead signs that show trains and other forms of transportation. 

Fiumicino airport signs

Follow the train signs, which will lead you (via escalators and an elevated tunnel) to the Stazione Ferroviaria or railroad station, which is in the same direction as the parking garages and the Hilton airport hotel.

Fiumicino airport - railroad station newsstand

Trenitalia ticket machines at Fiumicino Airport

3. Buy a ticket. You can purchase biglietti from the green Trenitalia ticket machines, at the biglietteria or ticket counter, or--even more conveniently--at the newsstand/tobacconist in the station (shown above).

The ticket machines and the railroad's ticket counter accept credit cards; at the newsstand, where customers are likely to be in a hurry, we'd suggest paying the €14 fare in cash.

If you prefer, you can order e-tickets online, though you'll need to register with the Trenitalia Web site to use this option. (Two types of e-ticketing are available: PDF files that you print, and paperless tickets for your smartphone.)

4. Validate your ticket. Be sure to validate your ticket by inserting it in one of the machines on or near the platforms. If you're caught riding the train with an unvalidated ticket, you can be slapped with a fine of €50 (payable on the spot) plus the standard fare.

  • Exception: E-tickets purchased online needn't be validated.

Leonardo Express and regional commuter train

5. Board the train. The Leonardo Express is a single-level train with a distinctive livery and the name "Leonardo Express" painted on the cars. All carriages are first class, so you can board by any door. (If the door is closed, press the round button to open it.)

Leonardo Express train interior

6. Enjoy the ride. The Leonardo Express departs from the airport at 5 or 35 minutes past the hour. It won't stop until you reach Termini Station, 31 minutes after leaving the airport.

When you exit the train, remember to take everything with you--including any bags that you may have placed under or between the seats, in the overhead rack, or in the baggage area at the end of the car.

The Leonardo Express arrives near the back of Stazione Termini, so you'll need to walk five or ten minutes to the front of the station to find the Metro, buses, and taxis.

Rome Termini Station to Fiumicino Airport:

Trenitalia ticket machine screen

Biglietto Veloce sign1. Buy a ticket. Tickets are available at Terminia's biglietteria or ticket office (where the lines are often long), at independent vendors such as travel agencies and newsstands, from Trenitalia's multilingual touch-screen "Biglietto Veloce" ("Fast Ticket") machines, or online.

Leonardo Express ticket check signYou can also buy your ticket from a desk near the trains, but you'll pay an extra euro for the convenience, and you may have to wait in line behind other tourists who didn't plan ahead. (Don't risk this in the early morning or late at night, when the "Controllo Biglietti" or "Ticket Check" desk may be unmanned.)

Terminal Fiumicino Aeroporto sign

2. Go to the Leonardo Express platforms. Follow the overhead signs that read "Terminal Fiumicino Aeroporto," which will lead you to Tracks 23-24 near the back of the station on the right-hand side as you enter from the front. It's a long walk, so allow 5-10 minutes to reach the trains.

When you reach the "Biglietto Controllo" or "Ticket Check" desk, you should see a Leonardo Express train waiting by the platform. (You can show your ticket to the agent if you wish, but you aren't required to do so--the  agent is there mostly to sell tickets to tourists who arrive unprepared.)

3. Validate your ticket. Look for a small machine just beyond the "Biglietto Controllo" or "Ticket Check" desk.

Do not forget this step! If you ride the train with an unvalidated ticket, you're subject to a fine of €50 plus the price of the ticket.

Boarding the Leonardo Express train

4. Board the train. The Leonardo Express is a one-class train without seat reservations, so you can sit in any car. (Keep your ticket handy--the conductor will check it during your journey.)

Travel time to the airport will be 32 minutes. (Trains leave at 15- to 30-minute intervals from early morning until late at night.)

Fiumicino departures monitor

5. At Fiumicino Airport, look for the departures monitors. After leaving the train, walk to the tunnel just beyond the station.

You'll see a bank of vertical computer monitors that list "Partenze/Departures." Next to each departure is the number of the terminal where passengers need to check in. Identify your terminal, then follow the overhead signs to reach T1, T2, or T3.

Cheaper trains and other Rome stations:

Fiumicino Airport commuter train

ABOVE: A commuter train at Fiumicino waits for passengers to Trastevere, Ostiense, Tiburtina, Termini, and other stations in Rome.

The Leonardo Express is a quick way to get from Fiumicino Airport to Termini Station, but there are several reasons why you might want to consider taking an FL1 commuter train into Rome:

1. The FL1 train stops at secondary stations in Rome, including Trastevere, Piramide/Ostiense (where you can change to the Metro's B Line), and Tuscolana (where you can change to the Metro's A line). It does not go to Termini.

  • Tip: If you're headed for Rome's main intercity bus station at Tiburtina, change at Piramide/Ostiense for the Metro's B line and catch a Metro train toward Rebbibia.

2. If your final destination is the cruise port in Civitavecchia, you may prefer to change trains in Trastevere instead of going to Termini and backtracking. (Trastevere is a smaller station, which makes it more convenient for changing trains if you don't mind climbing stairs from and to the platforms.)

3. Commuter trains are about 40 percent cheaper than the Leonardo Express.

FR1 commuter train vestibule4. If you've made the mistake of traveling with large, heavy luggage, you may find it easier to wrestle your bags onto a commuter train and park them in the large vestibule near the doors. (Tip: If you do this, sit where you can keep an eye on your luggage at intermediate stops.)

FL1 commuter trains normally depart every 15 minutes from Fiumicino Airport's railroad station (except on Sundays and holidays, when trains may run every 30 minutes, depending on current schedules.) Look for a double-deck train on the opposite side of the platform from the Leonardo Express.)

  • Note: If you're transferring to the Rome Metro, you'll need a "Metrebus" ticket. You can buy this from the newsstand in Fiumicino's railroad station when you purchase your train ticket.

To double-check ticket prices and view other information, visit Trenitalia's Leonardo Express Web page.

Related articles:
Fiumicino Airport
Trenitalia Ticket Machines (Step by step, with photos)
Ciampino Airport Ground Transportation (RyanAir, easyJet, Wizz Air)
Rome Taxis

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Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden is a professional travel writer, book author, and editor who focuses on European cities and transportation.

After 4-1/2 years of covering European travel topics for, Durant and Cheryl Imboden co-founded Europe for Visitors (including Rome for Visitors) in 2001. The site has earned "Best of the Web" honors from Forbes and The Washington Post.

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