Roma / Rome to San Remo / Sanremo by train

Look at the railway map of Europe and there is a railway which tantalizingly is either close to or right by Italy's Mediterranean Coast, but there is only direct train per day, which makes its way along the northern half of this route, all the way from Rome to the Italian Riviera.

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From Roma Termini to Sanremo

Journey Summary

Travel Time
7hr 16min
Frequency
Daily
Travel Information

Final Destination: Ventimiglia

The train also calls at: Roma Ostiense, Savona, Albenga and Bordighera

This one daily, direct train from Rome to San Remo/Sanremo is usually scheduled to depart from Roma Termini station at 15:57; it doesn't arrive in Sanremo station until around 23:15.

It is in fact the final option of the day for making a train journey from Rome to San Remo/Sanremo.

It therefore also travels along, what would be, the most spectacular section of the journey, the part of the route north of La Spezia, at dusk or in darkness.

1 x direct train per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

**Online bookings usually open:**up to 4 months ahead of the travel date, usually

When looking up this journey on the Trenitalia website, you will need to enter Sanremo as the destination and NOT San Remo

If you want to take a direct train from Rome to Sanremo you will need to take this Intercity (IC) train which is usually scheduled to depart from Roma Termini station at 15:57.
So look for trains departing between 15:30 and 16:30 when searching for tickets on the booking websites.

Booking this journey by indirect train:

Pay particular attention to the time allowed to make the transfer at Genova P. Principe station if you opt to book one of the journey options with '1 change of train'.

The Intercity trains from Roma to Genova tend to have more tightly timed connections into the trains on to Sanremo, than the Frecciabianca trains .

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
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.

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoNot High Speed

Good to Know

The alternative indirect trains:

When you look up this Rome to Sanremo train journey on the ticket booking websites, you will see up to five other options - all of which involve:

(1) taking a Frecce or Intercity train from Rome to Genova P. Principe station;

(2) Connecting at Genova P. Principe station for a train on to Sanremo/San Remo.

Take those alternative options, and:

  • the overall journey time will be similar to, or quicker than, taking this direct train
  • you can arrive in San Remo/Sanremo before night fall
  • you will get to experience one of Europe's most spectacular coastal train journeys by daylight.

North of Grosetto the railway line is often by the coast, but this direct train doesn't depart until the late afternoon, so it will spend most of its journey travelling at dusk or after night fall.

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