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Train from London to Rome

 

Overview

Route: London to Rome via Paris or Paris and Milan
Journey time: From 17 hours 43 minutes
Journey highlights:

Rome, the Eternal City, has been enchanting visitors for centuries. Once the centre of the world’s most powerful Empire, today it remains Italy’s capital and largest city, a place where millennia of history blend with contemporary life. Where else can you stroll through (surprisingly intact) ancient ruins to a piazza designed by Michelangelo and down into a UNESCO-protected historic centre boasting baroque fountains and churches, and intimate squares where neighbourhood life seems unchanged by the modern world, all nestling between some of the world’s most famous sights, monuments, and museums? Wonderfully walkable, Rome’s compact heart is a treasure trove: and let’s not forget the tantalising, fresh cuisine – far more than just pizzas. You could come for history and culture, or just to while away your time in a café with a cappuccino or a Campari soda, and enjoy the famous dolce vita.

 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: Take the 1404 service from St Pancras to Paris, cross the city to Gare de Bercy and take the 1852 sleeper train, which arrives in Rome at 1012 the next day.
Price: From £212 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

It's a ten minute walk between Gare de Lyon and Gare de BercyIt's a ten minute walk between Gare de Lyon and Gare de Bercy
Gare du Nord to Gare de Bercy. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D to Gare de Lyon (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon (and takes a little over 10 minutes) then either walk the 600m to Gare de Bercy or take the metro line 14 (which will be signposted 'direction Olympiades') one stop to Bercy metro station, from where it's just a short stroll over to the mainline Gare de Bercy.

Long hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins.
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Bercy
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
Leg 2: Paris Gare de Bercy to Rome Termini

Overnight sleeper train departs Paris Gare de Bercy daily at 1852, arriving in Rome Termini Station the next day at 1012.
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

Artesia Night

Journey time: 15 hours 20 minutes
Destination

Benvenuto a Roma

A typical cafe in the centre of RomeA typical cafe in the centre of Rome

Whilst there are several railway stations in Rome, almost all major international and intercity trains arrive into the enormous Stazione Termini, on the south-eastern edge of the city centre. Termini Station is also the point of intersection for Rome’s two metro lines (constant archaeological discoveries have prevented any rapid expansion of the network), which skirt the centre in an X-shape: here is the Rome metro map. The metro can be handy for sights such as the Vatican and Colosseum, however if you are staying in central Rome it is unlikely to be of regular use. The centre of Rome is relatively compact, and walking its narrow, historic streets is a real pleasure.

Happily though, there is a comprehensive network of buses (find useful bus routes for you on ATAC Roma's website) and trams (the latter are largely confined to the periphery of the city, as are the suburban trains, which you will only use if you head to outlying attractions), and ATAC Roma provides a useful journey planner on their website. The hub of Rome’s bus network is located just in front of the Stazione Termini: there is an information kiosk to help you navigate it. Here you can find ATAC's maps of buses, trams, suburban trains and the metro across central and greater Rome.

Tickets are the same for all modes of transport in Rome, and are valid for 75 minutes after validating, including any interchanges. As well as single tickets, you can purchase, one-day, three-day and week tickets, for ATAC Roma offers more detailed transport ticket information. If you are staying in Rome for three or more days, and intend to visit some of the major sites, the Roma Pass could be worth considering: for 34€, you gain free admission and discounted entry to various major museums and sites, as well as three days unlimited use of public transport.

If you fancy exploring Rome on two wheels, there is a bikesharing scheme similar to those in many other European cities, allowing you to hire bikes at one station and then drop them off at another later (not much of the site is available in English); and there are also various companies offering bike hire (and tours) across the city.

 
Book a hotel near Rome Termini Station
 

Option 2: via Paris and Milan (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: An afternoon train from London will get you to Paris in time for the 2033 sleeper service to Milan. After arriving at 0538, connect to the 0545, 0615 or 0630 service to Rome, where you'll arrive mid-morning.
Price: From £212 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

It's a ten minute walk between Gare de Lyon and Gare de BercyIt's a ten minute walk between Gare de Lyon and Gare de Bercy
Gare du Nord to Gare de Bercy. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D to Gare de Lyon (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon (and takes a little over 10 minutes) then either walk the 600m to Gare de Bercy or take the metro line 14 (which will be signposted 'direction Olympiades') one stop to Bercy metro station, from where it's just a short stroll over to the mainline Gare de Bercy.

Long hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins.
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Bercy
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
Leg 2: Paris Gare de Bercy to Milan (sleeper)

Overnight sleeper train departs Paris Gare de Bercy at 2033, arriving in Milan the next morning at 0538. (On May 10-14, 17-21 and Oct 18-22 and 25-29, the train departs Paris at 1909)
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

Artesia Night

Journey time: 9 hours 5 minutes
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform within Milan Centrale Station.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes
 
Book a hotel near Milan Centrale
 
Leg 3: Milan to Rome Termini Station

First train departs Milan at 0545, the last train departs at 2100, with two additional sleeper services departing 2205 (arrives Rome at 0452) and 2320 (arrives Rome at 0730).
Frequency of service: Thirty-six trains a day.
Operator:

Trenitalia

Journey time: From 2 hours 59 minutes
Destination

Benvenuto a Roma

A typical cafe in the centre of RomeA typical cafe in the centre of Rome

Whilst there are several railway stations in Rome, almost all major international and intercity trains arrive into the enormous Stazione Termini, on the south-eastern edge of the city centre. Termini Station is also the point of intersection for Rome’s two metro lines (constant archaeological discoveries have prevented any rapid expansion of the network), which skirt the centre in an X-shape: here is the Rome metro map. The metro can be handy for sights such as the Vatican and Colosseum, however if you are staying in central Rome it is unlikely to be of regular use. The centre of Rome is relatively compact, and walking its narrow, historic streets is a real pleasure.

Happily though, there is a comprehensive network of buses (find useful bus routes for you on ATAC Roma's website) and trams (the latter are largely confined to the periphery of the city, as are the suburban trains, which you will only use if you head to outlying attractions), and ATAC Roma provides a useful journey planner on their website. The hub of Rome’s bus network is located just in front of the Stazione Termini: there is an information kiosk to help you navigate it. Here you can find ATAC's maps of buses, trams, suburban trains and the metro across central and greater Rome.

Tickets are the same for all modes of transport in Rome, and are valid for 75 minutes after validating, including any interchanges. As well as single tickets, you can purchase, one-day, three-day and week tickets, for ATAC Roma offers more detailed transport ticket information. If you are staying in Rome for three or more days, and intend to visit some of the major sites, the Roma Pass could be worth considering: for 34€, you gain free admission and discounted entry to various major museums and sites, as well as three days unlimited use of public transport.

If you fancy exploring Rome on two wheels, there is a bikesharing scheme similar to those in many other European cities, allowing you to hire bikes at one station and then drop them off at another later (not much of the site is available in English); and there are also various companies offering bike hire (and tours) across the city.

 
Book a hotel near Rome Termini Station
 

Option 3: via Paris and Milan

Sample itinerary: Take an afternoon train to Paris, spend the night in the French capital and then take the 0742 from Gare de Lyon to Milan. In Milan there are numerous services, including the convenient 1500 and 1515 services, which will take you on to Rome.
Price: From £275 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

A relatively quick train trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon and takes a little over 10 minutes (plus there's a short 5 minute walk to the connecting TGV departure platforms), but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes.
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Lyon
 
Leg 2: Paris Gare de Lyon to Milan

Train departs Paris Gare de Lyon daily at 0742, arriving in Milan at 1450.
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: 7 hours 8 minutes
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform within Milan Centrale Station.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes
 
Book a hotel near Milan Centrale
 
Leg 3: Milan to Rome Termini Station

First train departs Milan at 0545, the last train departs at 2100, with two additional sleeper services departing 2205 (arrives Rome at 0452) and 2320 (arrives Rome at 0730).
Frequency of service: Thirty-six trains a day.
Operator:

Trenitalia

Journey time: From 2 hours 59 minutes
Destination

Benvenuto a Roma

A typical cafe in the centre of RomeA typical cafe in the centre of Rome

Whilst there are several railway stations in Rome, almost all major international and intercity trains arrive into the enormous Stazione Termini, on the south-eastern edge of the city centre. Termini Station is also the point of intersection for Rome’s two metro lines (constant archaeological discoveries have prevented any rapid expansion of the network), which skirt the centre in an X-shape: here is the Rome metro map. The metro can be handy for sights such as the Vatican and Colosseum, however if you are staying in central Rome it is unlikely to be of regular use. The centre of Rome is relatively compact, and walking its narrow, historic streets is a real pleasure.

Happily though, there is a comprehensive network of buses (find useful bus routes for you on ATAC Roma's website) and trams (the latter are largely confined to the periphery of the city, as are the suburban trains, which you will only use if you head to outlying attractions), and ATAC Roma provides a useful journey planner on their website. The hub of Rome’s bus network is located just in front of the Stazione Termini: there is an information kiosk to help you navigate it. Here you can find ATAC's maps of buses, trams, suburban trains and the metro across central and greater Rome.

Tickets are the same for all modes of transport in Rome, and are valid for 75 minutes after validating, including any interchanges. As well as single tickets, you can purchase, one-day, three-day and week tickets, for ATAC Roma offers more detailed transport ticket information. If you are staying in Rome for three or more days, and intend to visit some of the major sites, the Roma Pass could be worth considering: for 34€, you gain free admission and discounted entry to various major museums and sites, as well as three days unlimited use of public transport.

If you fancy exploring Rome on two wheels, there is a bikesharing scheme similar to those in many other European cities, allowing you to hire bikes at one station and then drop them off at another later (not much of the site is available in English); and there are also various companies offering bike hire (and tours) across the city.

 
Book a hotel near Rome Termini Station
 

Your route to Rome

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.

 

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