Roma / Rome to Rimini by train

How to take a train journey from Rome/Roma to Rimini

When looking up this journey on the ticket booking websites there will be dozens of journey options available

All but four of which involve taking a Frecce high speed train from Rome to Bologna and then connecting into a Bologna to Rimini train.

The journeys with the shortest connections win Bologna, are quicker than taking the daily direct Frecce train operated by Trenitalia and much faster than the IC trains.

However, Italo has recently introduced a direct train which takes the route via Bologna, where it reverses direction.
It also provides a direct option for travelling from Rome to Rimini in the mornings.



Option: taking the Frecciabianca train

Journey Summary

Travel Information

Final Destination: Ravenna

This trains also calls at: Falconara Maritimma

This train does not call at Roma Tiburtina.

This would be a highly scenic journey if the train was scheduled to depart from Roma earlier in the day.

1 x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

**Online bookings open:**up to 6 months ahead of the travel date

If you want to take a direct train from Rome to Rimini after midday you will need to take this Frecciabianca train which is usually scheduled to depart from Roma Termini station at 17:25.
So look for trains departing between 17:00 and 18:00 when searching for tickets on the booking websites.

Booking tickets for the indirect trains:

When looking up a Rome to Rimini journey, you will see numerous journeys listed with 1 change of train

These all involve taking a high speed Frecce train from Roma to Bologna - and then at Bologna Centrale station, you can connect into a Frecce, Intercity or Regionale train on to Rimini.

Take care to check the details of the connection carefully if you do opt to travel via Bologna; Bologna Centrale is an enormous station, so you should allow a minimum of 10 mins to change trains there, particularly if you want or need to use the elevators.

So for a stress-free connection, we recommend allowing a minimum of 25 mins to change trains in Bologna, 10 mins to make the transfer + 15 mins contingency, in case the train from Rome arrives late.

Though most of the connections will involve taking a Regionale train on from Bologna to Riminiand because seats can't be reserved on these trains, it won't matter which of this type of train service you take on to Rimini.
Though when booking journey options which involve taking a combination of Frecce + Regionale trains, you won't then be able to take an Intercity or Frecce train on from Bologna.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €19.90

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Italia rail from €19.90

Italia rail Guide

Italiarail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though Italiarail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

The Early Bird service

Italiarail has launched an 'early bird' pre-booking service for journeys by Frecce trains.
Tickets can be booked up to a year ahead of travel at a flat-rate price per route, before the tickets have been released for sale by Trenitalia.
If when they are placed on sale, the price is cheaper than what you have already paid to Italiarail, it will automatically refund the price difference.
Conversely, if the price is more expensive, you won't be charged the price difference.
You can also have the peace of mind of securing your seat(s) on the Frecce train(s) when you are first planning a trip.
If before the tickets are placed on sale, you decide to change your plans, you can request a refund; but once the tickets are released for sale, you will then be bound by the terms and conditions of the ticket(s) you have booked.

Omio from €19.90

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Trainline from €19.90

Trainline Guide

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