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How to Get from Rome to Ancona

You'll done your visit to Rome and need to reach port of Ancona to catch a ferry to Croatia or Greece?

For doing this you have 2 different options, taking a train or driving between these two Italian cities. 

Taking a train from Rome is super easy and driving shouldn't be problem, you just need to decide which option is better for you.

If you have limited time opt for a train ride. For those who would like to do some exploring of Italian countryside renting a car is a great choice.

Did you know that you can take a direct flight from Rome Fiumicino to Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia!

There are also 2 direct daily flights from Rome and Athens in Greece and 1 flight daily from Rome to Thessaloniki (see flying schedules here!).

The Colosseum, RomeThe Colosseum, Rome

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Trains from Rome to Ancona

There are many daily trains operating between Rome and Ancona. Both Intercity and regional trains runs directly on this route; Intercity taking 3 hours 30 minutes and regional trains taking 4 hours (these trains stop along the way many times).

If you decide to take Frecciarossa train, the journey will take little bit more (4 hours 30 minutes) due to the fact that it runs via Florence and Bologna, where you'll need to change the train. This ride doesn't require many stops along the way.

Tickets for regional trains start from €22 and there are only 1st and 2nd class on these trains. 

The cheapest are intercity trains (start from €14), while ride with Frecciarossa train costs a little bit more - €43.

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Driving between Rome and Ancona

If you’re driving from Rome to Ancona (about 300 km distance), the journey takes around 3 hours in normal traffic.

On your road trip from Rome to Ancona you can explore numerous historical cities such as:

  • Tivoli - famous for Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este (great for taking day trip from Rome)
  • historical cities of Amatrice, Rieti and L'Aquila (visit these cities on a day tour from Rome)
  • San Benedetto Del Tronto
  • Ascoli Piceno, Latina, Recanati and Macerata as well as top places to visit like Sole Luna and Fontana la Nave di Cascella, or the ever-popular Ponte del Mare.

About Ancona ferry port

The port of Ancona is located in the city centre, only 2 km from the train station and only 15 minutes walk from the Piazza del Plebiscito, the most famous square of Ancona. 

It's easy to reach the port of Ancona by bus or car. Once you arrive at Ancona's train station, you can get to the port in 10 minutes by taking bus lines 12 and 20.

If you're driving by car, you should exit highway A14 and take the roadway SS16 towards Ancona port. Near the port, at the Mandracchio dock, located just 500 meters from the embarkation pier, you can find a parking lot for your vehicle.

The international airport of Ancona is located 18 km from the ferry port. You can get to the port by taking the Aerobus Raffello line.

Take a look at Direct Ferries that will help you plan your trip from Ancona comparing all available ferries.

Ferries from Ancona port

Ancona is one of the main passenger ports on the Adriatic Sea, with regular ferry connections to the ports in Greece (Patras, Igoumenitsa, Corfu), Croatia (Split and Zadar) and Albania (Durrës).

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Port of Split on Croatian coastPort of Split on Croatian coast

Ferries from Ancona to Croatia

  • Ferries from Ancona to Split (Croatia): You can travel from Ancona to Split thanks to the year-round ferry connections operated by SNAV and Jadrolinija. There are up to 2 weekly crossings during winter but during summer there are up to 8 weekly ferry connections. Rates on this route range from around €60 to €75 and the crossing time is from 9 - 11.5h. Once you arrive to Split, you can reach Hvar, Brac, Korcula, Solta, Makarska, Dubrovnik and other places from there.

  • Ferries from Ancona to Zadar ( Croatia): There are seasonal ferry connections on this route operated by Jadrolinija (1 weekly crossing from June to September). Ticket prices range from around €75 to €85, and the travel time range from 7 hours to 9 hours.


Ferries from Ancona to Greece


Ferries from Ancona to Albania

  • Ferries from Ancona to Durrës (Albania): There are year-round ferry connections on this route operated by Adria Ferries. In the summer, there are 3 weekly crossings but in the winter there are additional ferries. The rates ranges from €75 to €80 and the crossing time ranges between 16 hours and 19 hours.



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