Taking the train to Leonardo da Vinci Airport is cheaper than hiring a car.
The last time we had a private car take us to the airport, it was 50 Euros. They dropped us off at Terminal 3 instead Terminal 5. We had to find the shuttle that would take us to Terminal 5. All of this took time and was a big inconvenience.
TIP: Know what terminal you are leaving from before you go to the airport.
This time we opted to take the train. It costs 28 Euros for two. You don’t have to worry about what stop to get off as the train only goes back and forth to the airport.
We selected the 7:20 train to the airport for an 11:55 a.m. flight. This allowed us plenty of time to get to the correct terminal, check in and go through customs and security.
We purchased our train tickets through the machines in the terminal, but you can also purchase your tickets from a ticket booth near Track 24, which is where you catch the train. Going to the booth will also keep the hustlers away from you. They tend to prey more on people using the ticket machines because you are distracted.
After we purchased our tickets, we validated the ticket, then went to wait for the train to arrive.
How to take the Train to Leonardo da Vinci Airport
The train arrives and leaves on time, so plan accordingly.
There were plenty of empty seats, as there were not a lot of people going to the airport this early. When you enter the train, there are racks to store large suitcases, but I do not think I would store belongings that was not in my sight. Because our bags are small, we always kept them with us at our seat.
We were on the train waiting for it to leave the station, when 2 young teen age boys (around 15) brought an older Asian man on the train. They proceeded to hustle him for 20 Euros each, for bringing him on the train. They were about 10 feet away from us right in front of the door. We could hear them asking the man for money and he said no and offered a couple of euros. They insisted on 20 Euros each. By this time, I was watching them and decided to intervene by hollering at the boys. J and I both started yelling to leave the man alone, the kids took off and I told the man to come and sit with us. He was shaken by the episode, but very grateful for our assistance. We had no other problem after that.
It took about 25 minutes to reach the airport from the train station. When the train arrives at the station, we followed the crowd. There were signs directing us to the different terminals.
We quickly found T3/T5.
Walking through the walkway we could see the sign where to catch the bus for the T5 terminal out the window. The bus that we needed to take was waiting.
The walkway lead us to the exit to get to the bus.
The 5 on the bus designated it to be traveling to Terminal 5.
As we were arriving at Terminal 5, the bus was stopped and the police came on board and profiled several passengers asking where they had been and where they were going. When they were satisfied with their answers they left the bus and we continued to the terminal.
We were glad we allowed sufficient time to get to the airport, as it takes awhile to go through security. When we finally arrived at our gate we were able to grab a bite to eat and relax before our long flight back to the US.
Now that you see how easy it is to take the train to the airport, will you use the train?