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Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

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Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

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!!!

www.trenitalia.it

www.italotreno.it

www.terravision.eu

www.sitbusshuttle.it

PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE MONEY!!!

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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.

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1. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

The last time I took a non high-speed train from Rome to Florence it was totally packed with people standing in every square inch. There was no air conditioning. Babies were crying. Old men were crying. I was crying. The train got into Campo di Marte over three hours late - in other words almost seven hours from Rome to Florence.

For some weird reason, it had occurred to me to buy a reserved seat - something I rarely do when it isn't required. If I hadn't, I would have stood the entire way.

If you're that keen on saving a few euros, go for it, but know what you are letting yourself in for.

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2. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

You must be referring to the Intercity train (which I advise NOT to take), because the regionale train has NO reserved seats!!!

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3. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

It bears repeating that, with the ability to book as much as 120 days in advance (not all the time, as schedules must be loaded onto the Trenitalia website), it is VERY possible to lock in the superlative Trenitalia "SUPER ECONOMY" fare of just 9 Euros (in each direction) between Rome and Florence.

That means that it's also VERY possible to visit Florence or Rome as a daytrip (from the other city) for only 18 Euros round trip, again by taking advantage of the 9-Euro "SUPER ECONOMY" fare.

But BEWARE:

1. This fare is nonrefundable

2. This fare is nonchangeable

3. This fare is FORFEITED if you MISS the train, even by one second.

Also remember:

1. Trenitalia runs high-speed Frecciarossa/Frecciargento trains between Rome and Florence every FIVE to THIRTY MINUTES throughout the day.

2. On the Trenitalia website, you can view the LOWEST fares for an entire week by checking the box "Find the Best Price".

3. Don't forget to check prices on competitor operator ITALO TRENO. You can view the lowest prices for an entire month of travel. At the moment, the lowest fare on ITALO TRENO is 20 Euros (called the "LOW COST" fare, also nonrefundable and nonchangeable).

4. ITALO TRENO operates out of Roma TIBURTINA station, not Roma Termini. Trenitalia operates out of both Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina stations. ITALO TRENO operates out of Firenze SMN, as does Trenitalia.

5. ITALO TRENO is currently running 14 high-speed trains between Roma Tiburtina and Firenze SMN (increasing to 17 trains in December). These trains are the counterparts to Trenitalia's Frecciarossa/Frecciargento trains.

6. At present, tickets are bookable through December 8, 2012 (on both Trenitalia and ITALO TRENO).

Don't pay 43 Euros (46 Euros on ITALO TRENO) for the high-speed train between Rome and Florence!

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4. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

Do you recommend buying tickets with reservations in advance?? If yes, do I have to buy 1 way ticket or do they sell round trip ticket? We are only planning to do day trip to Florence from Rome termini.

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5. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

But isn't it cheaper still if you take the local train service via Orte? Italian friends of mine did this earlier in the summer (Chiusi - Orte and then Orte - FCO) and when I asked why they said because it saved them money. Also, it's far easier to change at Orte than anywhere in Rome, though it's quite likely that the service to FCO from Orte isn't as frequent.

Edited: 08 October 2012, 09:42
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6. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

Re # 5: there is no doubt that it could be done. I just investigated on Trenitalia's website. From FCO to Firenze SMN on regional trains with one change at Orte it would take 10 minutes short of 6 hours. The two trains together stop at 39 intermediate stations and the total cost would be €26.

In my opinion you'd have to be pretty desperate to save €20 but yes it can be done!

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7. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

Sorry, can't do maths. The saving would be €30 against the base fare of €57 but see all GAC's other saving options.

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8. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

Yes but you know the lengths many people in Italy will go to to save money nowadays! And some people have a fear and loathing of Rome railway stations.

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9. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

If you want to take the regional trains all the way from FCO to Florence, the way to do it is via Roma TIBURTINA!

Why connect at Orte when it's faster to connect at Tiburtina, and costs practically the same? Yes, the Orte station is indeed smaller than Tiburtina, but connecting at Tiburtina is not bad at all, and at least the regionale veloce trains out of Tiburtina to Florence are faster (and make fewer stops) than the local regionale train to Orte.

The FR1 airport trains between Fiumicino Aeroporto and Orte run every 60 minutes, versus every 15 minutes for Tiburtina. They all stop at Tiburtina as well. At Orte, you still need to connect to another northbound regionale train to Florence (the very same regionale veloce which you might have boarded at Tiburtina)

There is a very minor cost savings: 25.95 Euros going via Orte, versus 26.85 Euros via Tiburtina.

But the savings of 90 cents is not worth the hassle!!!

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10. Re: Saving Money From Rome FCO Airport to Florence by Train

the most valuable thing you have on a short European trip is your time --

to spend what it costs to come to Europe form LA and then spend hours of down time to save a few Euro is ludicrous