ROME TRAIN STATIONS
It is the most important and large train station in Rome,
and also the centre of Rome's transport system. It is a
rather efficient place although it is a little crowded,
like all train stations. It is the largest European train
station, it was renovated in the past couple of years,
and presently it is perhaps the nicest and most complete
European station. On the other hand, watch out as Rome's
pickpockets and petty thieves have their base here because
needless to say this is where their "customers" (i.e.
the travellers to be robbed) can be found. So be alert
all the time..
Most inter-city trains and all the very fast Eurostars
trains (also called "Pendolino" or ETR) arrive
here, while fewer trains, particularly the night time ones,
arrive and leave from the TIBURTINA and OSTIENSE stations
(please read below).
Termini train station, outside view by night
Termini train station, inside view
In the Termini station you find many facilities:
Left luggage (near platform 22, it is open from 5 AM to midnight,
the fare is 3 Euro per item every 12 hours. You pay at the
cashier when you leave the luggage and you will be given a
receipt ("scontrino"). Do not lose it or you will
not be able to retrieve your luggage.
- Tourist information service, near platform 3.
- Train to the airport, near platform 22, leaving every 30
min. appr. You can buy tickets in the office nearby.
- Train information service (in the main hall, at the left
if you come from the train tracks, presently the structure
is renovated so check well).
- WASTEELS AGENCY, in front of platform n. 1, where you can
buy cheap train and airplane fares to other European destinations.
The three persons working in this little office are Carmine,
Adriano and Mr. Enrico Paparelli (manager). They are kind
and professional people who will do anything they can to help
you. We consider Mr. Paparelli the best
agent working in the station, and we turn to him when we have a travel problem
which seemingly cannot be solved. We highly recommended him.
Their phone number is 064825537, fax. 4828268. The internet
site of the company is http://www.wasteels.it
- Office for car rental (or ride to the airport if you want
to go there by car and not by train) just next to it.
- Exchange Office, in the middle of the same corridor.
- Police Office, just next to it ("Carabinieri")
- the "Drugstore", a 24 hours non stop shopping
centre including a supermarket, in the underground hall on
the way to the subway stations.
- the shopping centre in the underground hall includes 200
shops of all sorts. The area is very clean, the shops are
very well stocked. They are also open from early in the morning
until 10 PM. This shopping centre is the largest and best
you can find in a European train station presently.
- the 2 subway lines of Rome ("A"-red and "B" blu). To get there, look for the flights of stairs going down
with a big "M" sign. Take the blu line (with direction
Rebibbia if you have to go to Tiburtina station or EUR for
the Colosseum), and the red one with direction "Ottaviano"
if you have to the Vatican (last stop), or to the Spanish
Steps ("Spagna" stop).
- in front of the station there is a very large
square (Piazza Dei Cinquecento), with the taxi station and
many bus lines originating or stopping here (64 to Piazza Venezia, Piazza
Navona and the Vatican, 170 to Largo Argentina and Trastevere,
492 to Via Veneto, the Vatican on one side and the Tiburtina
station on the othere side, etc.).
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