Trains to and from Ancona Airport (AOI)

Ancona Airport is well known by local Italians as Ancona-Falconara Airport, or Raffaello Sanzio Airport. The names come from the airport’s location in Falconara Marittima, as well as in honour of the famous Italian Renaissance painter and architect, Raphael, who was born in the nearby Urbino area. The airport is located approximately 18 km from the city centre of Ancona, halfway down the Italian Adriatic coastline, and about 200 km from the major cities of Bologna and Rome. It is well equipped with various facilities, and also provides easy access to a number of transportation options. There is a railway station at the airport, and many passengers find the trains to provide a very quick and convenient form of transport.

The air terminal building is easy to navigate, and consists of an arrival and departure area. The terminal was renovated in 2004, and is now a very comfortable yet functional establishment, designed to facilitate the needs of its passengers. The building was also expanded to enable the handling of the increasing number of passengers in the 21st century. However, the airport is not very big, and is actually one of Italy’s smallest airport, handling only 500,000 passengers per year. Unusually for such a small airport, Ancona has its own railway station. This station is most convenient for passengers who need a quick connection to the city of Ancona. Many airports of this size, and even much larger, don’t have a direct rail service available.

The train station at the airport can be found directly in front of the air terminal building, and is known as the Castelferretti Railway Station. The trains traveling from here mostly provide a direct connection to the main Ancona Railway Station, from where many more trains offering services to national and international destinations are available.

The national rail company of Ferrovie dello Stato manages train stations in Italy, and Trenitalia operates the train services.

Ancona Railway Station

This station is the main, or central railway station in the city of Ancona, and is also sometimes referred to as Ancona Centrale. Ancona Railway Station is also the main train station in the Marche region of Italy. Passengers arriving at Ancona can reach the station in a few minutes, and there are trains travelling between the two gateways throughout the day. Train tickets can be purchased at the airport.

Trains from Ancona Airport will also transport departing passengers back to the airport in time for their flight. Train tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at the station, or from the automated machines nearby the platforms. All train tickets sold in Italy are required to be validated in the machines available before boarding the train. Conductors on board regularly check passengers’ tickets, and heavy fines may be issued should you be caught without a ticket or with a ticket that is not correctly stamped. It can happen that the validating machines don’t work, and in this case, you should try to find help at the ticket office, or from a conductor. If there is no-one to help you, you can at least write the date and time on your ticket yourself, and explain your situation if your ticket is requested.

Ancona Centrale consists of a big station building of two floors. The first floor houses the station’s various passenger facilities. The original structure of the station was severely damaged in World War II, and was very similar to that of Bologna Centrale Railway Station. The history of Ancona Railway Station dates back to 1861, when the Bologna railway line was completed. Although this is the main railway station in Ancona, it is not located in the centre of the city, which is often the case in many other Italian cities, but in Piazza Rosselli.

Ancona’ railway station is located on the Adriatic Line, running between the cities of Milano, Bologna and Lecce, and there are many connections to Rome as well. Trains are also available to the Italian cities of Turin, Venice, Bari and Bolzano. Passengers can take the high-speed EuroStar trains to Rome, Bologna or Pescara, and an inter-regional trains to Genoa or Florence. Mainly during the summer, international trains, which are the Express and EuroCity trains, travel to Munich and Vienna. From Ancona Station, there is also a short line leading to the Ancona Marittima, which is the railway station serving the Port of Ancona.

Passengers travelling to or from Ancona by train can find out more information about the railway services from the airport’s official website, at www.ancona-airport.com, or from the website of Trenitalia, at www.trenitalia.com.