I could have used this space to write about trains to Rome, which seems to be a popular topic in the Civitavecchia forums. But with so many other passengers all trying to do the same thing, and with so many trains heading into Rome each day, it doesn't really need explaining...just follow the crowds on the march through town to the station, shout Rome at the ticket desk, and hop on the next train.
No, I'd rather talk about getting the train to Tarquinia, a short hop in the opposite direction. What? Not go to Rome? But...but...isn't it compulsory to visit Rome from Civitavecchia? In a word, no. Tarquinia boats a hilltop medieval old town with rolling countryside views, a fine (if somewhat pornographic) Etruscan museum in an old palace, and some ancient Etruscan tombs. Trains are less frequent, but you can still easily make a half- or full-day trip from Civitavecchia and make it back to your ship on time.
For a few Euros (change from a 5 Euro note), surprise the ticket man by asking for Tarquinia...he'll give you a look of alarm and double check that you didn't really mean Rome, but eventually you'll be told to cross over to the other platform and wait. The Rome platform was heaving....the Tarquinia platform tranquil. Always go against the flow...
Tip: Don't forget to validate your ticket at one of the little machines...watch the other passengers if you're not sure where these are.
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.
Tutti a bordo per Roma! All aboard for Rome! Just make sure the Train goes to the Roma Termini Station if you want the center of Rome. Going to Rome without luggage is a snap and also not expensive. When you get off the cruise ship in Civitavecchia, the Port of Rome, get on the free shuttle that will take you to the port entrance, get off and walk to the Train Station, about a 10-15 minute walk. You could take a taxi, if need be, but it may take a long time to get a taxi and it is only for a short distance to walk between the port entrance and the train station.At the train station, purchase your ticket, round trip if coming back to the ship before sailing time, validate the ticket at the yellow validation machine in the station before getting on the train. Check the time it takes from the dock to Roma Termini, so that on the return, if you are returning the same day to the port, you will leave enough time to get back to the ship before sailing. The train should take no more than a little over an hour, but leave time to walk to the port entrance and get on the free shuttle back to your cruise ship's dock.
Remember that the station in Rome, for the center of the city, is Roma Termini. There will be other stops before you arrive at the Termini Station, so be aware of when to get off. Luggage will be a problem as the luggage stays with you. If you don't have more than one piece of luggage, the train is the best bet, unless you can push, lift, lug and hold on to all your luggage till you get to Rome. The Train stop at Termini may be a long walk to the front of the Station, but once out, Taxis are right outside to get you to your hotel. If you are only in Rome for the day then besides walking as much as you can to see the wonders of Rome, you could take the Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus the Roma Trambus 110 Open, that stops on the other side of the bus parking area in front of the Train Station. This is a good way to get around the city and see the sights by getting on and off as you like to return to the Termini Station in time to get back to Civitavecchia for the cruise ship sailing. Buona giornata.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An experience to pass on...
Reserved a taxi for 4 adults + luggage to make a round trip from the Ciampino airport to the port of Civitavecchia (where the cruises depart) with the company ROME-SHUTTLE (negotiated 235 euros); they have a web site: http: // www.rome-shuttle.com/
They never came!!! And when we called them, the woman answered that we never reserved a taxi !!!
Unfortunately, I gave my VISA card number to make the reservation and I’m afraid that this company use my card...
What shall I do?
Other info: we easily caught a taxi from the airport, and the prices are cheaper than those practised by the taxi companies found on internet: 100 to 120 euros one way (I made 5 quotations before leaving: the prices varies from 130 to 180 euros one way).
Taxi "ROME-SHUTTLE" Ciampino a Civitavecchia
Un'esperienza a trasmettere...
Hanno riservato un taxi per 4 adulti + bagagli per fare l'andata e ritorno dell'aeroporto di Ciampino al porto di Civitavecchia, col compagnia Rome-shuttle (a 120 euros l'andata e 115 euros il ritorno); hanno un sito internet: http://www.rome-shuttle.com /
Non sono venuti mai !!! e quando si li è chiamati, la donna ci ha risposto non avere avuto mai un taxi riservato al nostro nome !!!
Ho dato purtroppo il mio numero di Visto per bloccare questa prenotazione e ho avuto paura che questa compagnia non abusa della mia carta...
Che cosa fare ?
Altro info: si trova facilmente dei taxi all'aeroporto, ed i prezzi sono buoni meno cari di quelli praticato dalle compagnie di taxi trovato su internet: da 100 a 120 euros il tragitto (ho fatto fare 5 preventivi: i prezzi che variano di 130 a 180 euros il tragitto).
Taxi "ROME-SHUTTLE" Ciampino à Civitavecchia
Une expérience à transmettre...
Avons réservé un taxi pour 4 adultes + bagages pour faire l'aller-retour de l'aéroport de Ciampino au port de Civitavecchia (d'où partent les croisières) avec la compagnie ROME-SHUTTLE (prix négocié à 120 euros l'aller et 115 euros le retour); ils ont un site internet : http://www.rome-shuttle.com/
Ils ne sont jamais venus !!! et lorsqu'on les a appelé, la femme nous a répondu n'avoir jamais eu un taxi réservé à notre nom !!!
J'ai malheureusement donné mon numéro de VISA pour bloquer cette réservation et ai peur que cette compagnie n'abuse de ma carte...
Que faire ?
Autre info : on trouve facilement des taxis à l'aéroport, et les prix sont bien moins chers que ceux pratiqués par les compagnies de taxi trouvés sur internet : 100 à 120 euros le trajet (j'ai fait faire 5 devis : les prix variant de 130 à 180 euros le trajet).
There is a reliable and accetably fast train service to/from FCO -Civitavecchia, change at Roma Trastevere station. Pros: is less than 10€. Cons: is more hassle than a a shuttle and it takes from 1h10 to 1h30min, twice than the shuttle. info and timetable:www.trenitalia.it
I am fascinated by pushing travel to a limit... but seriously it is possible, and I think the places are worthed. I, however, would certanly chose the train for many good reasons:
Civitavecchia is already 70km towards Pisa, on the direct line. So it takes you less to catch a free shuttle from the port to the station and get on a train, than to wait for the car rental office to open in Civitavecchia. By then you can be almost to Pisa. More:the car would be a hassle both for driving and parking, not to talk about Firenze, it would be parked ful of luggage, and incidentally, are you familiar with ztl (limited access areas) and italian driving? Less hassle and costs.
Possibility 1) If you chose to leave you luggage there are three hotels right outside Civitavecchia station. In Pisa the station is quite central, I feel Pisa might be sufficient for a full saturday, and you would need a further hour and half +or- to reach Firenze S.Maria Novella station, and the same to come back to Pisa. Done pisa, you could then travel back late to Civitavecchia (excellent pizza or seafood) this would allow you stay overnight, collect luggage and comfortally take a train to FCO via Roma Trastevere,(1h 30.min.) just the hassle of a change of platform.
Possibility 2) If you must go to Firenze, then you take your luggage with you, deposit it in Pisa station, visit the town, pick it up again and catch your frequent Firenze train, leave your luggage at depo or at hotel (many in the station area). Then catch the fast Eurostar in the morning, around 08.00-0900 (three choices) changing at Termini, for Fiumicino Aereoporto, in time for your flight.
When researching our vacation, I found the detailed descriptions, maps and drawings very helpful in getting to Civitavecchia from 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.
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.
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.
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.