Frustrated that the transfer from Rome FCO Airport to Florence by train can cost as much as 57 Euros? Would you like to save a few Euros? Read further .....
Tips on how to save money from Rome FCO Airport to Florence (all fares are for second class):
1. Take the Terravision or SIT Bus shuttle airport BUS to Rome TERMINI Station for as little as 4 Euros, instead of the Trenitalia nonstop airport train (14 Euros). The BUS does take a bit more time than the train, can get caught in traffic, and drops you very close to the station, but you can save up to 10 Euros; and/or
2. Take the Trenitalia UNRESERVED "regionale veloce" ("RV") train to Florence out of TERMINI Station (19.25 Euros "Ordinaria" fare, 3.5 hours, every 2 hours), instead of the Frecciarossa/Frecciargento high-speed train (43 Euros "BASE" fare, 90 minutes, every 5-30 minutes). By taking the RV train, you save nearly 24 Euros, although travel time is more than DOUBLE. NOTE that the RV train makes about 16 stops, and takes the traditional rail line, while the Freccia train goes nonstop along the high speed line; or
3. Go to TIBURTINA Station: it's only 8 Euros on the Trenitalia airport train to TIBURTINA, versus 14 Euros for the Trenitalia nonstop airport train to TERMINI. You save 6 Euros by going to TIBURTINA. Both Trenitalia and competitor ITALO TRENO operate high-speed trains out of TIBURTINA to Florence. Additionally, all Trenitalia RV trains to Florence stop at TIBURTINA (and cost only 18.85 Euros); or
4. ROLL THE DICE by purchasing a deeply discounted Trenitalia SUPER ECONOMY ticket of 9 Euros from TERMINI (or Tiburtina) Station to Florence on the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento train. If you MISS the train, you will FORFEIT the ticket, but you've lost only 9 Euros. Perhaps a risk worth taking? By contrast, ITALO TRENO's current lowest fare is 20 Euros (perhaps too much money to put at risk?). With the 9-Euro fare, you save as much as 34 Euros.
BEAR IN MIND that you need to book EARLY to find the 9-Euro fare (up to 120 days beforehand, as long as schedules have been uploaded to the Trenitalia website).
5. BEWARE that a few Trenitalia Freccia trains go into Florence Campo di Marte Station rather than Santa Maria Novella Station. AVOID these unless your hotel or apartment is within walking distance!!!
PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE MONEY!!!
6. Don't forget to request the Child's Discount on the train: 50% of the "BASE" or "Ordinaria" fare for children between the ages of 4 years, 1 day and 12 years, 0 days. Children under the age of 4 years, 1 day travel FREE without a ticket and without a guaranteed seat. ITALO TRENO has slightly different rules for children. With the Trenitalia "FAMILIA" fare, adults save 20% of the "BASE" fare (requires at least one adult and one child travelling together, maximum of 5 people, not offered on the RV train).
7. Don't bother taking first class (it's really not necessary for such a short trip, especially on the high-speed train). Even the Trenitalia RV trains on this route have been recently modernized, and second class seats are adequately comfortable (although those on the RV train don't recline, whereas those in first class do recline).
NOTE: There are also 5 daily Intercity trains from Roma TERMINI to Florence, with a "BASE" fare of 30 Euros, which take three hours. I do NOT recommend taking these, as all but one go into Florence RIFREDI Station, where you must connect to a local regionale train to complete the journey to Florence Santa Maria Novella Station (and pay an additional ticket of 1.40 Euros). If you don't mind a long ride, you might as well take the unreserved RV train for less money, which at least takes you direct to SMN.
NOTE: The Trenitalia RV trains, while UNRESERVED, originate in Roma TERMINI Station, so there's hardly ever a problem finding a seat, as long as you board promptly. Also, there is no food or beverage service whatsoever on the RV trains (so bring some with you, since the trip takes 3.5 hours). These trains do have air conditioning, which usually works.