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“Validate or face 50 eu. extortion fine! Sanctioned ripoff if not careful”
Review of Leonardo Express

Leonardo Express
Ranked #165 of 1,874 things to do in Rome
Reviewed January 1, 2014

In going into Rome, validation was easy and gates ensured that you don't forget. On the return, there are no signs indicating that validation is necessary, the ticket machine lets you pick a time for travel (which doesn't show up on the ticket, by the way), with no indication that validation is needed. We didn't see a validation machine anywhere, there was no indication in getting the ticket that it needed to be validated (see small print on the back of the ticket), and no lenience on the part of train ticket collectors. My wife and I, as well as two other pairs of people, were all caught at the end with no validated tickets and extorted for 50 eu. and threats of higher fines if not paid immediately. If you use the Leonardo Express, be sure to validate the ticket or face cold hearted ticket people who face karma soon. Bad taste ending to an overall good trip.

6  Thank Alan L
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Train station was suitably signposted from the baggage hall at Fiumicino airport. The ticket clerk at the ticket office actually tried to sell us tickets on behalf of a suspicious looking and unauthorized mini-van driver claiming that his mini-van was about to leave for Rome. He wasn't happy when we insisted on Leonardo Express. This wasn't a good experience and I strongly suggest that travelers should not fall for such offers.

Overall the train was clean and tidy. Journey was smooth relatively quick. If your hotel is not near the Termini Station, but close to the stations on line FR1. It is a good option as well.

5  Thank Amit B
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

After seeing the line to buy tickets at the airport, we decided to go with a shuttle van which was 1E more per person...wish we'd taken the train. It took nearly 1.5 hours to get to our hotel, which was 6-blocks from Termini station. It would have taken 30 minutes. Took the train to the airport on our flight out. Somewhat simple to locate - look for the sign and follow the crowd with suitcases :). It was quick and dropped us off where we needed to be. The airport checkin...is more confusing though. Electronic boards list the checkin counter by number for your flight (not the gate!). We were looking for the airline listed on our itinerary when our flight was operated by a different airline. We ended up standing in the same line 3 times since we were so confused! A wonderful woman who spoke English helped out. Thank goodness for nice people.

3  Thank waterbebe
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

This is the fastest and most reliable way to travel between Fiumicino airport and Rome city centre. Trains travel every 30 minutes during the day and the journey takes about 30 minutes. The fare is 14 euros and tickets easily bought from a machine on the station. However YOU MUST VALIDATE YOUR TICKET by putting it in one of the cream coloured machines at the side of the platform before boarding the train. I saw lots of innocent travellers get caught by the ticket inspectors and fined 50 euros each for travelling without a validated ticket. There are no signs reminding tourists about this. It gives a very bad impression to tourists as they leave Rome to be fined after they honestly bought a ticket.
Alternative public transport buses are about 5 - 7 euros one way but take about 50 minutes depending on traffic jams.

6  Thank LuggsUk
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We travelled on this service and it was cool, clean and relatively quick. Having taken a number of local trains from airports into central zones (London, Paris, Barcelona,) this may be a little expensive but worth the cost to get to your destination quickly and smoothly at Termini station. Security is excellent with cameras in all the carriages which is far better than our experiences of catching/stopping pickpockets on the local trains in Barcelona and on the way to Sorrento from Naples. Kids travelled free which was a bonus and the ticket staff at the airport very helpful with good English.

Thank marjencait
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