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Traveling from Rome to Urbino Via Public Transportation
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Urbino is not a destination which can be reached from Rome, either quickly or very easily.
The "classic" approach from Rome is by Trenitalia train to Pesaro (usually requiring at least one connection, at Falconara Marittima), then the local bus from the Pesaro train station to Urbino: a trip which takes at least four to five hours by train just to Pesaro, then another 45 minutes (and €3.40) by express bus to Urbino! The fastest train is the late afternoon Trenitalia Frecciabianca from Roma Termini to Pesaro (3 hours, 15 minutes), which nevertheless arrives in Pesaro too late to connect to the bus to Urbino.
So, the train is a poor solution even under the best of circumstances.
The Direct Bus
Fortunately, Adriabus operates a direct bus from Rome's Tiburtina bus depot (300 meters from the Tiburtina bus/metro station) to Urbino, taking four hours, 15 minutes and costing €38. There are no connections and therefore no missed connections!
Children under the age of 6 ride free on the Adriabus to Urbino, as long as not occupying a seat (or whenever there are unoccupied seats).
Luggage is placed in the under-floor compartment of the bus.
Adriabus departs from the Tiburtina bus depot from Monday through Saturday at 7:30 and again at 16:00. On Sundays, there is only one bus, at 18:00.
Connections from/to Rome FCO 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 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.
The Adriabus departure to Urbino at 16:00 (Monday through Saturday) is workable for many passengers arriving at FCO Airport on flights before 13:30.
Suggestion for Spending Time in Rome While Awaiting Departure to Urbino
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 Urbino (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.
www.selectitaly.com - US service selling Italian train tickets
www.trenitalia.it - Italian Trains (aka Trenitalia)
www.adriabus.eu - Bus Service to Urbino
www.autobus.it/IB3.8.5/adriabus/searchform.aspx - search bus schedules
www.adriabus.eu/viewdoc.asp?CO_ID=4299 - bus schedule between Rome and Pesaro, including stop in Urbino
GAC, an Italophile who has taken many trains and buses in Italy, enjoys passing on useful tips to prospective travellers.
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