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We need to take a train when we disembark in Civitavecchia to Roma Termini then Milan 

How do we get to the train station in Civitavecchia? Are there cabs at the port or is it within walking distance?

Thank you for your help! 

 

 

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Cabs will not take you the short distance (one mile) to the train station in Civitavecchia.

 

You can either book your train ticket with a bus ride to the station (use Civitavecchia Porto as your starting point on Trenitalia to accomplish this) or you can use the public bus to the station.  In either case you'd first use the free port shuttle bus from your ship to the port exit, where you'd change to the bus to the station.

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We can take a train from Civitavecchia at 9:16am,  is this doable using the express walk off and taking the public bus for 2 euros? 

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16 hours ago, travellovers2 said:

We can take a train from Civitavecchia at 9:16am,  is this doable using the express walk off and taking the public bus for 2 euros? 

 

Impossible to say without knowing when your ship arrives.

 

I usually allow 45 minutes to run the circuit of the port shuttle and the public bus. However, the time could be more or less depending on wait times (for the port shuttle) and/or lines for the public bus, if it's busy and several ships are disembarking.

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 HAL ship arrives at 7:00 am. I am going to assume most of the people are taking the transfer bus to FCO. We have not done an express walk off in Civitavecchia before, so I am not sure how many people will do that. It takes 45 minutes to get to the train station after taking the shuttle and the bus? 

 

Maybe our best option is not to buy a ticket until we get to the train station and then buy the ticket to Milan when we get to Roma Termini.  The other option is to book the early transfer to FCO and from there take the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini. At least in the transfer we know for sure what time we will leave the port. Any thoughts?

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6 hours ago, travellovers2 said:

 HAL ship arrives at 7:00 am. I am going to assume most of the people are taking the transfer bus to FCO. We have not done an express walk off in Civitavecchia before, so I am not sure how many people will do that. It takes 45 minutes to get to the train station after taking the shuttle and the bus? 

 

Maybe our best option is not to buy a ticket until we get to the train station and then buy the ticket to Milan when we get to Roma Termini.  The other option is to book the early transfer to FCO and from there take the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini. At least in the transfer we know for sure what time we will leave the port. Any thoughts?

 

I would not take the transfer to FCO and then to Rome -- it doesn't make sense as they are in somewhat different directions and the hassle factor would be about equal (IMO).

 

If you arrive Civitavecchia at 7:00 am and do express walk off you should have no problem making the 9:16 train, which really is the best option as it is the Frecciabianca (fast train). With this train you'll have assigned seats and also no long walk in Termini to reach your other train.

 

What I was saying in the previous post was that I would allow 45 minutes from boarding the port shuttle to arrival at the train station after taking the bus. Being compulsive, I might allow a bit more time to be on the safe side -- this is assuming you've got prepurchased tickets for the 9:16 train.

 

There are no guarantees, but based on my experiences in Civitavecchia you should have plenty of time. 

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6 hours ago, travellovers2 said:

Maybe our best option is not to buy a ticket until we get to the train station and then buy the ticket to Milan when we get to Roma Termini.  

 

Whatever you do, buy both tickets at Civitavecchia.  There is no reason to waste time (and leave the secure area of Termini) making two purchases.  

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Best to purchase everything in advance. That way, you do not have to leave secure area and don't have to validate your tickets as they would already be. Remember that the ticket for each leg is valid for 4 hours from the original time.

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28 minutes ago, Voelfgar said:

Best to purchase everything in advance. That way, you do not have to leave secure area and don't have to validate your tickets as they would already be. Remember that the ticket for each leg is valid for 4 hours from the original time.

 

This ONLY applies to the Regionale and Regionale Veloce trains with no seat reservations. It does not apply in OP's case -- they are looking at travel on the fast trains (Frecce) with reserved seats.l

 

Their tickets are only good for travel on that particular train,

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3 hours ago, cruisemom42 said:

 

This ONLY applies to the Regionale and Regionale Veloce trains with no seat reservations. It does not apply in OP's case -- they are looking at travel on the fast trains (Frecce) with reserved seats.l

 

Their tickets are only good for travel on that particular train,

My bad was looking at a different ticket.

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We arrive in port on a Friday and we fly home on Monday, we're not going to make any reservations so we don't have to stress about it. Once we get to the train station outside the port, then we will reserve the train all the way to Milan. 

 

Our main concern with trains is where to put our luggage. Some trains have a large overhead. Is this the case with the Frecce trains? 

 

Our other option is to book a private transfer to Roma Termini and take the 10:00+ train to Milan. That gives more than enough time to get to Roma Termini with all the traffic we will encounter.

 

Or, we could hire a private transfer to Milan with stops. We have been to Florence and Pisa, so we would prefer stops in smaller towns? We have been to Assisi, Orvieto, Siena and St Gimignano. Any recommendations of taxi companies that offer this? 

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That would be an expensive transfer (to Milan), given the distance and how long it would take (more than 300 miles, with stops more than eight hours on the road) you would likely be charged for an overnight for the driver.

 

Using a car service to Termini isn't cheap but it avoids two hassles, the biggest one being the transfer from ship to station.  No getting your luggage (and yourselves) onto a shuttle bus, off again at the drop off, onto another bus to the station and off again, then down a full set of stairs at the Civitavecchia station and up again to your track.  A car service avoids all that and limits dealing with your luggage to simply getting on the train to Milan.

 

On the Frecce train there is room for luggage storage at your seat but large suitcases will not go overhead (assuming you can even lift them over your head).  There is space between the seats or at the end of the car.  The fastest trains to Milan make only one stop en route, if you are concerned you could go and stand by your bags throughout this one stop to ensure no one makes off with them (deliberately or accidentally).

 

There is also a luggage service offered by  Trenitalia on this route.   You could drop your bags at Termini and have them delivered to your hotel in Milan, freeing you up to deal with only your hand luggage.

 

https://www.trenitalia.com/en/services/luggage_transportservices.html

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To add further to the comments above -- I can fit a 20" bag on the upper racks on Frecce trains, but they are not very wide or deep. Possibly a 22" bag would fit. Anything more than this size is at risk of falling off, IMO.  Also, be sure your bag isn't extra wide (e.g., if you have an extra zipper on your bags that allows the bag to be packed fuller, and you've opened it, the bag may not fit.

 

As Eurocruiser says, I've always found room at the end of the car for larger bags. On the express trains, the threat of luggage theft is less, but I'll usually try to get a seat nearby (you can do this if you reserve in advance online), or go stand nearby at a stop if necessary.

 

 

 

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We are definitely going to pay RomeCabs for a transfer to Roma Termini. It beats having to go through all that hassle. We have used them a couple of times before and it went well. 

 

Thank you for letting me know about the bag size. We always take two 20" when we travel on land, but for a 2 weeks cruise it's going to be hard. We're taking three trains on this vacation. One to transfer from MXP to Milano Centrale, then a second one to go from Milano Centrale to Venice and then the one from Roma Termini back to Milan.

 

Thank you for your help! :)

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One more question. Would it be doable to ask them to pick us up at 8:00am if we do the express walk off?

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