The BIRG-ticket for ROMA
The BIRG-ticket is the integrated regional daily ticket for the region of Rome, BUT it will NOT be valid for the distance between Civitacecchia and Rome. But as this ticket is sold in some places, where the traintickets to Rome are sold as well, it might be good to know in advance, what it is good for !
I would say that normally - if you are able to WALK easily for several hours - and if you just want to do the ordinary tourist-sights in the centre of Rome, the BIRG-ticket is a waste of money for you !
For you it will be enough to take a trainticket for the slow train to Roma S. Pietro station, that will cost you 5-6 Euros one way.
Only if you want to visit special places in the outskirts of Rome the BIRG makes sense maybe !
in the link below you will see the area of the BIRG-ticket inside the circle !
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The Trenino Turistico takes you on a panoramic Tour of Civitavecchia and it will start at the port-gate and pass by the most important sights of town before it stops for about 10 minutes at the famous archeological sight of "Terme Taurine". The entrance there is free of charge.
The total tour of theTrenino Turistico will take about 1 hour
Departure times will be: 09.00 + 10.30 + 01.30 + 03.00 + 04.00pm
accompanied children under 10 years are free of charge
all other persons pay 10,- €
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fast train or slow train ?
When you want to take the train from Civitavecchia to Rome you will be able to choose between a fast train that will take about 49 minutes and will cost you 10,50 € for one way to the station Roma Termini.
Or you pay just 5 Euros for the same distance and these slow trains will take between 69 minutes or up to 84 minutes.
For tourists it will even be better to get out at Roma San Pietro, a station close to the Vaticano
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walk from the ship to the portgate ?
Walking from the ship to town ? I have done it once some years ago and it is possible, BUT forbidden and also a bit dangerous with all of the cartrafic, buses, trucks, taxis etc. and the almost not existing path for pedestrians in most parts of the port.
So wait for the shuttlebus that will take you to the portgate, some years ago that was next to the castle, but in 2015 it was at a different place, but maybe that was because the Queen Victoria was docked at the other side of the port.
From there you have about 300 meters more to the train-station, but will also find a public bus plus various taxis and tours-offers like shown in my other tips !
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by cruise to Civitavecchia
When you arrive in Civitavecchia by cruiseship you will first realize that you will have to share that port with lots of other large cruiseships plus some ferries. So that means that several thousands of passengers will be there with just 1 single aim: Rome !
When I was there last time there was the Cunard Queen Victoria with 2100 pax, the Europe2 with about 450, some Royal Carribean ship with more than 2000 plus 2 ships of MSC with a total of 1500 each. And it was a Saturday and hundreds of cars trying to reach a ferry.
All of that and the fact that walking through the port is forbidden (BUT not impossible) and you have to take a free shuttlebus in order to leave the ship might help you a bit to decide if it is worth for you to book one of the expensive tours through the ship's travel-agency that will take you directely from the ship to Rome and will take you back in time, or the ship will wait for the last of their tour-buses...
Civitavecchia Port Private Transportation
We used Fattori Car Service for a private transportation from Civitavecchia cruise port to Fco, the price were very fair, the minivan was clean the excellent friendly punctuapl driver, who was waiting at the ship for us.
My family recommend Fattori Car Service.
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Private transfers to Rome and Fiumicino
Another reliable company which provides Civitavecchia transfer services is My Cab in Rome.
The service is punctual and comfortable, and you can get to Rome in just a little more than one hour, or to Fiumicino airport in less than an hour.
The driver was really friendly and spoke a really good english, so he gave us many useful tips about typical food and places to visit.
We spent about 60 euro each (we were 2 people), the car was really spacious and clean.
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Use Google Street View to navigate before the trip
Before we rented our car after the cruise trip, I went on Google earth (street view) and veiwed the routes around Civitavecchia, Tarquina, and Ostia. When driving, I already had a picture in my mind of what to expect. On the day of the trip, even though I had never been to Tarquina, it was more like remembering.
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Train station to port
Prior to taking a cruise in October 2012, we arrived in Civitavecchia on a train from Rome.
The train journey from Rome San Pietro station to Civitavecchia took around 50 minutes and cost 4.60 Euros per person on a regional train.
We then had to make our way from Civitavecchia train station to the cruise port. I researched this part of the trip prior to our departure and was confident that we could easily walk between the train station and the port, even with lots of heavy (wheeled) luggage in tow.
The walk from the station to the port is a flat one; it is very easy to wheel your suitcases along the 700m or so of seaside promenade that separate the two. We walked it in around 10 minutes. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the route to break up the journey if you so wish.
Once we reached the port area, we boarded a complimentary Royal Caribbean shuttle bus which transported us around the port to the check-in building next to our ship.
At the end of our cruise, we joined a long queue for the shuttle bus from the ship back to the port entrance and then walked back to Civitavecchia train station.
Unless you suffer from mobility problems, or are carrying heavy luggage which can't be wheeled, I would highly recommend walking between the train station and port.
If you do require transport between the two, the following information was correct as at October 2012:
When we first arrived in Civitavecchia, there were plenty of taxis waiting outside the train station. We heard a driver quoting a price of 5 Euros per person for the short trip to the port.
At the end of the cruise, Royal Caribbean were offering a transfer service from the ship to Civitavecchia train station and charging $US 23 per person for it.
Trains to/from Rome
We made use of the train route between Rome and Civitavecchia when we took a Mediterranean cruise that departed from Civitavecchia in October 2012.
The port at Civitavecchia is around 80km north-west of central Rome. The idea of taking a taxi on a journey of that distance brought me out in cold sweats (it would likely be 100 Euros +), so I was relieved to find that there is a frequent and low cost railway link between the two.
The following information was correct as at October 2012:
Rome San Pietro – Civitavecchia
I'd done plenty of research on the trains between Rome and Civitavecchia prior to our trip.
The invaluable www.bahn.de provided me with all the timetable information that I needed.
As we were staying in a hotel close to the Vatican, it made sense for us to take a train from Rome San Pietro station rather than from Rome Termini.
Our journey was on a Sunday morning and we wanted to arrive in Civitavecchia before midday in order to board the ship as soon as possible.
Not all of the trains from Termini called at San Pietro en-route, but one train stood out as being ideal for us. It left Termini at 10:12am, called at San Pietro at 10:30am and arrived in Civitavecchia at 11:13am. It was ultimately destined for Pisa Centrale.
Had we missed that train, the next one called at San Pietro at 11:32am and arrived in Civitavecchia at 12:27pm.
In the event, we caught the 10:30am train that we planned to catch. It was a regional train, which meant that we didn't need to make a reservation in advance. We simply turned up at the station shortly after 10am and purchased tickets from a desk inside the station.
There was no queue at that time (the station was generally very quiet) and the lady who served us spoke English very well and was incredibly helpful. She informed us that we should validate our tickets in the green machines at the platform entrances, pointed us in the direction of platform 5 where the train would leave from and informed us that there was no luggage storage facility at the station when we asked her.
The tickets cost 4.60 Euros each.
The train arrived and departed on time, but made its way into Civitavecchia 7 minutes behind schedule (a fact that was relayed to us over the train's announcement system as we disembarked the train!). There were 3 interim stops between San Pietro and Civitavecchia, but each one was a short stop.
Our previous experience of Italian trains was a rather uncomfortable journey from Bologna to Rimini where we found ourselves standing in a cramped carriage for the entire duration. We were therefore hoping that this journey would be a more comfortable one, especially as there were six of us with suitcases in tow. When we first boarded the train, we found ourselves in a compartment between carriages where we were able to store our suitcases and some of us were able to sit. Gradually, seats became available within the carriages and overall it was a fairly comfortable journey.
Upon arrival at Civitavecchia station, it was an easy 10 minute walk to the port entrance where we were met by a Royal Caribbean shuttle bus to transfer us to the ship's check-in area.
We heard taxi drivers quoting 5 Euros per person for the short journey from Civitavecchia station to the port.
Civitavecchia – Rome Termini
Unlike on the outbound journey, I hadn't researched the times of the trains back to Rome from Civitavecchia at the end of our cruise. So, we turned up at the station and hoped for the best.
We arrived at the station around 10:45am and had unfortunately missed a regional train by a matter of minutes.
We could therefore either pay extra for a fast train at 11:07am, or wait until 1pm for the next regional train.
We decided on the former. The fast train (a Eurostar City train) cost us 14.50 Euros each, compared to just 4.60 Euros on the regional train.
It left from platform number 3 and travelled straight from Civitavecchia to Rome Termini with no other stops en-route. Despite being labelled a "fast" train, it wasn't travelling much quicker (if at all) than the regional train; it was faster only by virtue of the fact that it didn't make any interim stops. We arrived at Rome Termini station at 11:55am (a journey time of 48 minutes, only marginally quicker than the 50 minute journey from San Pietro to Civitavecchia on the regional train on our outbound trip). It was difficult to justify the large price difference between the regional train and the fast train.
The train wasn't full, so we were able to score comfortable seats, while leaving our suitcases stacked up by the exit.
CIVITAVECCHIA - ROME BY TRAIN
We walked to the Train station from the Port. Not a bad walk to do, and all flat going.
Rome City is connected by two trains per hour to Civitavecchia. What we didn't realize, is they have 'FAST' and 'SLOW" Trains, and we happened to get onto the "slow" Train!
On the way home, we came on the "fast" Train, which is fast, travelling over 100kph.
The directions from the Port to the Train Station are listed on the website below, and the Train Time-table on the trenitalia web-site.
The Train stops at the Vatican train station, so we got off there.
ARRIVING BY CRUISE SHIP TO VISIT ROME
Civitavecchia is where you will arrive if you are on a Cruise and going to Rome.
I hope you have chosen a cruise with a long day here, we did, as we realized from here into Rome is a distance of 72km.
Arriving here is not like arriving in Malta. Here, it is an industrial area and where the ferries pull in.
Our Ship, MSC Fantasia, provided a shuttle from the port to the Port entry gates, this was good, as the walk is quite a long way.
Located in this area, is a small Tourisit Information centre where we bought a combined rail & hop on off bus tour ticket, good value by doing the combination. Staff were helpful and there was plenty of information here.
Other ways into Rome are by Taxi, we were told they charge per person, and that was about 60 euros each, never tried it to see if it was true or not!
Arrange a Shuttle to pick you up before you leave home from a website like Viator.
Other option....Do a Ship's tour.
Civitavecchia shuttle service to Rome
For our transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome we used the Shuttle service provided by Fattori Car Service.
The driver waited for us at the dock with a name card with our names and the transfer was very comfortable and we reached our Hotel in Rome in about an hour.
We were 7 people and the Van was new and very spacious, the prices were also a good deal, we spent only 23 euro each, which is a good price compared to other solutions like train.
Royal Caribbean Navigator
We took a 14 night Trans Atlantic cruise from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in Nov 2011. It was our first Trans Atlantic cruise, stopping in Livorno, Toulon France, Barcelona and Cartagena Spain and finally Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise.
This will almost certainly be our last Royal Caribbean cruise. Food was barely marginal, certainly not on a par with what we've experienced on other cruises. Truly, even breakfast was unacceptable. Toast always hard and rubbery, as if made hours before and sat under a heat lamp, Cream of Wheat so thin you could literally drink it with a straw. Not good. Library was not very well stocked. Entertainment was ok, not exceptional. We had the feeling that RCCL was going out of their way to nickel and dime you whenever possible. At 3 of the ports, RCCL actually was charging to shuttle people from the ship into town, charging $8, $10 and $16. Most of these ports were a 15 minute walk to the city or, in the case of Toulon, there was a public ferry that charged less than 2 euros to take you to the town center. Of course, RCCL told you outright there was no alternative but to use their shuttles. On the plus side, our cabin was very nice and the steward quite friendly. Indian food at the buffet was always very good.
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TRANSFER BUS/TAXI/DRIVER WITH CAR
Leaving or coming to the port of Rome, Civitavecchia, you have many options. The train being the least expensive, the Cruise Lines bus shuttle, a taxi or a driver with car. I have written a separate tip for the train and if you are traveling with little or no luggage, this is the way to go. As for the bus shuttles be Cruise Lines, it will be up to the cruise line you choose and the ease to get to your hotel or destination in Rome to let you decide if this is the way to go. A taxi, comes right to the dock, will take you directly to your destination but will cost more than the train, cruise line shuttle bus and maybe as much as a driver with car. I choose the driver with car that may be the most expensive but you could share with another couple that you met on the cruise. If you want to spend the money, it may be worth it. Our driver came right to the dock, not the port entrance. Loaded our four pieces of heavy luggage, after all we were on a 12 day cruise. Left within minutes after our disembarking from the cruise ship and relaxed in the back seat of the car and enjoyed the scenery to Rome.
A driver with car can take you to Rome, the airport or any location you may want to go within reason. The driver will act as a tour guide along the way and may even surprise your with a stop for a cafe or pastry at a local coffee bar. Prices for each of these modes of transportation may change but can be checked out with your cruise line for the bus shuttle, some may not have this option, or by contacting a limo company. I have taken many trips to Rome via cruise ships or aircraft and I contact Sandro at Romalimo in Rome for my transportation needs. Yes, it does cost a little more, but it is just too easy to contact the services of Romalimo for ease of mind and comfort. After all, you do deserve the best.
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