Traveling from Rome to Todi Via Public Transportation
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There are only two ways to reach Todi from Rome: the easy, direct way, and the more involved way requiring two connections. Here I will break down both methods, including cost and time required.
The Direct Bus
SULGA bus lines operates a direct bus from Rome's Tiburtina bus depot (300 meters from the Tiburtina bus/metro station) to Todi, daily except Sundays, at 16:00 and taking two hours. There are no connections and therefore no missed connections! This bus drops you in Piazza Jacopone, in the very heart of old Todi.
SULGA also has several other buses from both Rome FCO Airport and Roma Tiburtina bus depot to Perugia which stop close to Todi (but not actually in town), each of which requires a taxi ride to Todi proper.
The bus fare to Todi is €21 one-way.
Children under the age of 2 ride free on the SULGA bus, while children between the ages of 2 and 12 get a 50% discount.
Luggage is placed in the under-floor compartment of the bus.
Connections From/To Rome FCO (Fiumicino) Airport
Take the Trenitalia unreserved airport train between Rome FCO Airport and Roma Tiburtina Station for €8. Travel time is 48 minutes, and trains run every 15 minutes from Monday through Saturday, and every 30 minutes on Sunday. The distance between the Tiburtina train/metro station and the Tiburtina bus depot is 300 meters.
If you plan to take the Trenitalia train out of Termini Station, there is a different Trenitalia unreserved airport train (the nonstop Leonardo da Vinci train) which takes 32 minutes and runs every 30 minutes. Service is guaranteed even during strikes.
Tickets for the airport train may be purchased from either the electronic ticket machines or from the manned ticket windows at the Trenitalia FCO Airport train station. Trenitalia has very recently added another ticket machine (and a manned information kiosk) on the arrivals level of Terminal 3. Note that you will pay a small surcharge if you choose to purchase the train ticket at one of the travel agencies in the terminal building or at the airport train station.
Airport train tickets must be validated prior to boarding, in the stamping machines at the head of the departure platform.
Children up to the age of 12 years, 0 days travel free on both airport trains with a paying adult. Extra children pay 50% of the adult fare.
SULGA also has a bus from FCO Airport at 14:30 daily except Sundays going to Tiburtina and Perugia. You can take this bus and connect at Tiburtina to the SULGA bus to Todi (see above).
The SULGA departure to Todi at 16:00 (Monday through Saturday) is workable for many passengers arriving at FCO Airport on flights before 13:30. But what if your flight arrives in the morning, and you have over four hours of free time?
Suggestion for Spending Time in Rome While Awaiting Departure to Todi
If you arrive very early by plane at FCO, you could take the airport train to Termini Station, place your bags in the luggage hold, then visit the stupendous Museo Nazionale Romano across the square (both the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and the Terme di Diocleziano, using the same ticket). After retrieving your bags, go to Tiburtina metro station by underground metro (€1.50), then walk 300 meters to the Tiburtina bus depot for the direct bus to Todi (see above).
There are also inexpensive airport buses to Termini for as little as €4 if you don't want to pay €14 for the Trenitalia airport train (but the buses take 60 minutes, instead of just 32 minutes for the train).
Don't arrive at the Tiburtina bus depot too early! There is nothing to do, there are no amenities, and there is nothing to see in the neighborhood.
Connections to Todi By Train and Bus (Indirect Way)
If you are determined to travel to Todi before the 16:00 departure time of the direct SULGA bus, you can take the Trenitalia unreserved regionale train from either Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina to Terni, and connect there to the Ferrovie Umbre commuter train to Todi Ponte Rio. Once at the Ponte Rio Station, you must take a taxi or the local bus to Todi proper. This is rather more involved than taking the direct bus, and there is the possibility of missing one or both connections. Here are the details:
A taxi from Ponte Rio to Todi will cost around €15-20, but you will probably need to call ahead, as none will be waiting at the station.
Remember to validate all tickets prior to boarding the train or bus.
Opinion: The direct SULGA bus from Roma Tiburtina to Todi-Piazza Jacopone is the preferred solution. However, taking the two trains and the local bus is an option, if you study the schedules carefully and do not miss the connections.
www.selectitaly.com - US service selling Italian train tickets
www.trenitalia.it - Italian Trains (aka Trenitalia)
www.sulga.it - Bus Service to Todi
www.sulga.it/orari/cittacastello_roma.pdf - Bus schedule Rome to Citta di Castello including stop at Todi
www.umbriamobilita.it/public/resources/orari/ferrovie/orari_ferrovia_20130901.pdf - Commuter train schedule Terni to Todi Ponte Rio*
www.umbriamobilita.it/public/resources/orari/urbani/libretto_todi.pdf - Local bus scheduleTodi Ponte Rio to Todi Old Town*Discuss this article
*Distinguish Sunday schedules, which are less frequent
GAC, an Italophile who has taken many trains and buses in Italy, enjoys passing on useful tips to prospective travellers.