You land at Rome Fiumicino airport and need to go to Rome downtown? Don’t take a cab that costs a lot of euros. There is a direct shuttle: the Leonardo Express train. Low price, comfort and frequent departures await you.
We took it during our trip to Rome. Find out what we thought of it and some tips for your transportation.
What is the Leonardo Express?
The Leonardo Express is the name given to the shuttles that leave from Fiumicino airport to Termini station in Rome. These shuttles are managed by Trenitalia.
When can you use the Leonardo Express train?
The Leonardo Express is a non-stop, direct service. This means that the shuttle runs almost all day and does not stop between the airport and the station.
The first shuttle leaves at 5:30 a.m. from the station / 6:20 a.m. from the airport, and the last one leaves at 10:30 p.m. from the station / 11:20 p.m. from the airport.
The time between each shuttle is 30 minutes in the morning and in the evening, and 15 minutes the rest of the time.
Where do you take the Leonardo Express?
The shuttle service is accessible directly from Roma Fiumicino airport. When we got off the plane, there were signs at the gate. Just follow them to get to the station.
Walking without hurrying, it took us 8 minutes to reach the station. I advise you not to buy a ticket when you get off your plane for a shuttle leaving in a minute…
After this short walk (including many treadmills to go faster) you arrive at an area dedicated to the Leonardo Express with kiosks to buy your ticket, a security gate where you have to pass your ticket and the departure platforms.
There are only a few train platforms , so it’s very easy to understand which train is yours… except when the screens are off. This happened to us, but fortunately we were able to ask a Trenitalia staff to confirm that it was our train.
It is important to note that there are very few trains at this station, but not all of them go to Roma Termini station. So make sure you take the right train instead of jumping on the first one you see. Before the security gate, you have a notice board that tells you the track of the Leonardo Express.
For the return trip, the Leonardo Express is located on platform 23 or 24 at Roma Termini station.
How long is the train ride?
The duration from Fiumicino airport to Termini station is only 32 minutes.
Where can I buy a Leonardo Express ticket?
You can buy your ticket online or at a kiosk. We opted for the second solution.
At the airport, there were kiosks at the baggage claim area and others at the station. At the train station, the kiosks, easily recognizable by their red color, are also clearly visible.
Please note that you must stamp your ticket before taking the Leonardo Express. There are frequent controls. We took it on the outward and return journey, and each time, a controller asked us our tickets.
What is the price of the Leonardo Express?
The price is unique. It is €14 per trip. For a round trip for two people, we paid 56€. This is the equivalent of a one-way cab ride and the comfort of a train has nothing to do with a car in the Roman traffic jam…
The shuttle is free for children under 4 years old and small dogs. For a child from 4 to 11 years old, you are entitled to one free ticket per paying adult.
Do we have a designated seat?
No, you can sit wherever you want. Both on the outward and return journeys, we found ourselves in train cars that were not full and were able to find seats side by side.
It is also possible to stand.
Is it easy to carry your luggage on the shuttle?
Yes, at the entrance of each car there is a space to store your luggage. In the car, there are also high spaces to put a backpack or a small travel bag above your seat.
Again, on each of our trips, there was plenty of room to put your bags.
There are no limits on the size or number of bags on the train. They are also free.
Is the Leonardo Express clean and safe?
Yes and yes. Of course, you might have a different experience than we did. But both times, the train was very clean and carried only respectful passengers.
At the airport station, it’s the same thing. You are only in the presence of passengers who have just taken the plane.
At the Termini station, as the kiosks for buying your ticket remind you, you have to be careful. You are far from a dangerous neighborhood, but as in the majority of the big train stations in Europe, there is delinquency.
The Leonardo Express in Rome: our review!
If you stay close to the Termini station, this is the best solution. We took the shuttle and waited only 5 minutes for it to arrive at the station. The trip was quiet and done in a clean and modern train.
After a quick ride where you start to discover the Roman city behind the train windows, you arrive at the Termini station located in the city center. We had only 10 ten minutes walk to our hotel.
The shuttle can also be useful if you need to take a train to other big cities since you arrive directly at a big station that serves most of the major Italian railroad lines.
All this for a very reasonable price!