Airports from & to Rome, Rome
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Arriving in the evening to Rome Airport we took the Leonardo express train. Real convenient, easy, comfortable. Check out the procedure on line and when you stand at what you think is the platform ask an official uniformed person or business suit fellow in simple Italian if it goes to Termini. From Termini to airport-We discovered that 2 minutes from our Termini Station area hotel were express buses to Fiumcino Airport that cost less than half price of express train.
The Leonardo Express train is not particularly cheap at 14 euro (though much cheaper than the UK equivalent), but if you land at Rome Fiumicino airport it is certainly the fastest way into the city.
Trains leave every 30 minutes from the station within the airport terminal (very well signed) and take you straight to RomaTermini station with no stops. Journey time is about 30 minutes.
For small people like me, the one drawback of Italian rail travel is the height of the carriage from the platform. There are usually two or three steps up and doors are not particularly wide. It can be a real nuisance if you have to cope with a heavy-ish suitcase. The Leonardo Express trains do not have a huge amount of space for luggage (although the fast Freccia trains on other routes do) but there is enough. Reasonably-sized suitcases will go under the seats.
You do not need to buy tickets online in advance for this train although you can do so if you wish using the Trenitalia site linked below. There is a ticket booth at the airport station, in front of the platform.
At Roma Termini station there is a little ticket booth on the Leonardo Express platform (platform 24, well-signed) but if it isn't staffed you can easily get your tickets from an ordinary ticket machine (there are plenty within Termini station, all with English language options) or from the 'regional' ticket machine in the photo.
I think the convenience of this train probably outweighs the fact that it is double the fare of the 'ordinary' stopping train. The 'ordinary' train also takes a slightly different route, terminating at Roma Ostiense station. If you catch that train and are staying in or near the Termini area (where there is a huge number of hotels) you will need to take a taxi, the Metro or a bus from Roma Ostiense. So the cheaper train ticket will not automatically be the cheapest option altogether.
Don't forget to validate (date-stamp) your ticket using the yellow cuboid (or the new green ovoid) machines on the platforms *before* you get on the train. This rule applies to all Italian trains unless you have a seat reservation for a particular departure already printed on the ticket or have booked online in advance and have an email with the departure time and seat reservation. There are on-the-spot fines for non-validation of tickets and inspectors do check.
I purchased 5 tickets from Terravision Website for an airport transfer from Rome Airport (FCO) into Rome City (Termini Station), total cost was 20 Euros..
On 08/08/14, we got to the airport bus stop and the bus did not show up. After waiting for a long time, a Terravision Representative informed us that the bus was broken down. We were told that we can wait for the next bus to come, which she did know when it will arrive or get a refund through Terravision Website. We waited around longer until a Terravision bus came but it only dropped off people and did not pick up people. We then asked the Terravision Representative and she recommended to get another form of transportation. We ended up paying a different bus company to get to Rome Termini Train Station. We probably wasted almost 2 hours at the airport, totally exhausted from the long international flight. When we returned home to the USA, I contacted Terravision to ask for a refund and they denied my request, Terravision's reason was that they are not liable for conditions such as traffic and congestion, road accidents or weather. I replied back to the response stating that my case was not due to any of the reasons listed. They ignored my emails from then on. What a rip off company. Terravision has no integrity and poor customer service . Don't trust them for airport transfer!!!
We flew to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport with British Airways from Heathrow's rather good Terminal 5. There is little to say about the flight, which was uneventful and smooth apart from the landing, when the pilot seemed to be surprised to find land suddenly under the wheels! We had complementary breakfast service (not a given on short haul European flights these days, even with non-budget airlines) and the carry-on luggage allowance was more than adequate so we were happy with our decision to fly BA.
When we landed we had to take the shuttle from our terminal to the main arrivals area, but as this runs very frequently it was not much of a hassle. We headed for the well-signposted station where we bought our tickets from a machine (instructions available in English and pretty easy to follow). We opted to take the Leonardo da Vinci express train to Termini – not the cheapest option for reaching the city centre at €14 per person, but the fastest, and as we were only here for an afternoon and evening, speed mattered! Once at Termini we were just a two block walk from our hotel, the Contilia. It had been a smooth and reasonably pleasant journey.
We flew into Rome from Frankfurt, an easy nonstop flight that was relaxing as we did some final reading up on all the things we planned to see while in Rome. As we approached the airport, it was exciting to see the city from above with the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica clearly identifiable from the air.
But don’t be fooled – flying into Rome does not get you into the city of Rome. The airport is 32 km (20 miles) southwest of the city so you will need to think about transportation into the city ahead of time. Once we arrived at the Rome airport (called either Leonardo da Vinci International Airport or Rome Fiumicino Airport – same airport/two names), we had no issues gathering our suitcases (we travel light) and we went searching for our ground transportation.
Having traveled through some of the world’s largest and busiest airports, I found Rome to be a breeze. It was smaller and, although a very busy international airport, it was easy to navigate around.
The airport’s website provides current arrival/departure times and gates as well as information about ground transportation. Be sure to check it out – you can change the language of the website at the top of the page.
Autonoleggio con autista (car rental with driver), is an easy and stress free way of getting to and from the airport in Rome or to and from the port, Civitavecchia, in Rome. My wife and I scheduled Roma Limousine for a driver with a Mercedes ( they also have vans and limousines) to pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel in Roma. We also used the same driver to take us to the port, so we could take a cruise five days later.
Sandro, our driver, is the son of the owner of the company, ROMA LIMOUSINE, and he was not only an excellent driver but quite fluent in English, as he worked in New York for a while and now lives part timein Maimi. He not only drives to locations but you can hire him out for sight-seeing and tours. One of the perks is that he is willing to stop for a break of espresso or a bite to eat while enroute to your destination.
Both my wife and I highly recommend Roma Limousine for the relaxed way to get to and from and out and about in Rome. Sandro gives a great overview tour of Roma and stops at the sites you want to visit and a few of his own best of Roma sites. Yes, it is much more expensive than the train and about the same as a taxi, but the service of pick up and helping out, as well as a well spoken driver like Sandro who knows the area backwards and in English, was a welcome relief to help us have a carefree time in Rome and not miss the boat or plane. No walking here or carrying heavy luggage to and from trains or taxis. Only the finest care and service, we will call on Sandro on our next return to beautiful Italy. We did return and not only used RomaLimo for ourselves, we also sent a couple of friends travelling through Rome to visit my wife and me needing to get to FCO via RomaLimo, Roma to FCO on the last minute call. Grazie to Sandro. If you use Sandro, please tell him travelgourmet / "Larry and Sue from California" say hello. Ciao
We landed at fiumicino at 21:00 pm and directly headed towards the train station to board Leonardo express to go directly to the TERMINI.
We were first stopped by the cab drivers and told no trains this time.
But since I was before checked the train time table which are 22:39 pm. 23:08 pm and 23:38 pm so we knew well the train is there. It was not so many people going to train station but we could find way. Most of the small shops were closed and we found some ticket vending machine to buy the tickets but we didn’t try because we had some Questions. So we were looking for ticket counter where we can buy directly with cash and ask if our 4 years old kid travel free with us. We finally could find the train which was almost ready to start and very few people inside. We found only one shop which is dont seems to be train company official counter but there was a lady selling tickets there. We directly ask her 2 two tickets for us by Leonardo express and asked if its 14 Euro and no ticket for our kid. SHE CONFIRMED BUT AFTER STARTED THE GAME. SHE SHOWED THE MAP AND TOLD THERE IS SOME REPAIR WORK GOING BEFORE THE TERMINI STATION SO TRAIN WILL NOT GO TILL THE END AND NOT IN PLATFORM. AND THERE HAVE TO WALK 15 MINS IN THIS COLD. BUT SAME PRICE THERE ARE SHUTTLE WHO CAN TAKE US. THE CATCH IS ALREADY THE SHUTTLE OPERATORS SET THE TRAP TO GET TRAVELER AND OFCROUSRE THE SALES LADY WILL HAVE SHARE IN THIS. I SIMPLY REFUSED THIS OFFER AND TOLD SORRY ITS NOT A PROBLEM I CAN WALK 15 MINS. She told me again and when saw I am not easy person she gave up and started talking to the shuttle guys in Italian. Unfortunately I saw there are few tourist already didn’t buy the train ticket and waiting for the shuttle. And the shuttle operators were waiting for more passenger to get into there bus./cab.
So be careful of such trap. Directly tell you don’t mind walking.
Also be careful about punching the ticket before getting in the train. It can be confusing because the automatic door have some light but don’t try to touch the ticket. There are small green colour punching machine which some work and some not. The QR code also dotn work. So it’s the best to try other machines if one is not working thee are few around. Insert the ticket and swap from left to right and you can hear odd printer sound. Means the date is printed. It must be readable else 100 Euro fine + ticket price.
Another very important thing is the train only one side the door opens. So if u see the side you are door not opening please came back and change the other door. If you are in hurry to get in make sure try first door and if you are in correct side. You are ok but wrong side the train will simply leave in front of you. There is non to help or tell you and you cant read anywhere the direction.
This is my first night in rome and I want to share my first night experience with fellow VT members.
If I experience some more unexpected things I will post that too
Good stay in Rome.
The cheapest shuttle bus of all kinds. We depart from Brussels Charleroi airport to Rome Ciampino airport. They have a ticket booth at Charleroi airport at the departure area
Arriving in Ciampino airport, there are different shuttle buses that willing to take you to the city center, but they are slightly expensive than this bus
Terravision is only 4 euro one way
When you arrive in Ciampino Airport. when you get out of the arrival go straight outside and then to your left where the other buses stands you will find Terravision
The shuttle bus runs from the airport every 30 minutes, is a non-stop service and is about 40 minutes ride from Ciampino Airport to the city of Rome.
The shuttle bus stops at Termini Station and from here you can continue with the metro to your hotel destination
There are many ways of getting to central Rome from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports: it all depends on your budget, what time of day you leave/arrive, how much luggage you have and any mobility issues you need to contend with. Both airports are some distance out of the city so taxi is your most expensive option and buses are the best for the budget-conscious. Trains fall somewhere in the middle.
We took a shared van on our first trip and while we were lucky enough to be the first dropped off at our hotel, we could well have ended up being the last: not what you want if you're ready to hit the ground running. On trip #2, we grabbed one of the shuttle buses from airport to Termini and walked from there to our hotel nearby. I really like the express buses as they're idiot-proof: no figuring out train tickets when jet-lagged; they're cheap; luggage is securely stored in the hold underneath; they're air-conditioned and comfortable; many are privately owned so city transport strikes do not affect them; you get a nice little visual tour on your way into the city. Sure, they take a bit longer than the Leonardo Express but not enough to matter much to me. I took the bus shot above in Milan but it's similar to those in Rome.
I can't speak for Ciampino but the kiosks selling bus tickets are in the exit hall directly off the luggage carousels at Fiumicino: just walk up, hand over your euros and they'll tell you which bus stand to go to and what time the next one is leaving. There are signs everywhere; can't miss 'em. Some buses even allow you to pay the driver directly in lieu of buying a ticket. The one caution here is that express buses don't run 24/7 and while advance reservations aren't usually necessary going into Rome, I would reserve a seat if going TO the airports to catch an international flight, or take one earlier than you might otherwise need to. Some of them are very busy, fill very quickly, and people with reservations are accommodated first. Heavy traffic may also affect the amount of time it takes to get from point A to B.
The list of transport options to/from either airport can be found here:
http://www.adr.it/ciampino (Italian only)
And a few quick links:
• Terravision bus: to/from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports to Termini:
• Cotral, Sitbus (our choice) and a couple other lines also handle transfers to/from Fiumicino, Ciampino to either Termini or other stations in Rome:
• Leonardo Express train to/from Fiumicino to Termini:
This service is guaranteed in the event of a Trenitalia strike: buses will be substituted if necessary.
• FR1 trains to/from Fiumicino from Trastevere and other points around Rome:
Service on these trains is not guaranteed in the event of a regional or national strike
At the start of our visit to Rome in October 2012, we caught an airport bus operated by SIT Bus Shuttle (www.sitbusshuttle.com) from Fiumicino Airport to Via Crescenzio in the "Vatican area" of the city. The cost of a one way journey was 6 Euros per person.
At the end of our stay in Rome, we needed to get back to Fiumicino Airport from Termini train station. We had established upon our arrival in Rome that the airport buses were cheaper than the trains, so we tracked down the airport bus stops that line Via Giovanni Giolitti adjacent to the train station.
You will find several bus stops along this road, displaying timetables for the various bus companies. We walked along the street and identified a couple of buses that would get us to the airport at the time we required later in the day; a 4:15pm bus operated by T.A.M Bus (www.tambus.it) and a 4:40pm bus operated by ATRAL (www.atral-lazio.com).
We caught the T.A.M Bus at 4:15pm and the following details were correct as at October 2012:
We arrived at the bus stop at around 4pm and purchased tickets from a salesperson before the bus arrived. It seemed that the salesperson was controlling the number of tickets sold to ensure that buses weren't overbooked. Indeed, as the bus departed, we noticed that there were many passengers left at the bus stop forced to wait for the next bus (which was at 5pm). If you need to catch a certain bus, ensure you arrive at the bus stop in plenty of time to buy a ticket – don't just turn up at the time the bus is scheduled to depart!
The cost of a one way ticket was 4 Euros (incidentally, ATRAL were charging the same price).
Although scheduled to leave at 4:15pm, our bus actually departed just after 4:30pm. The driver indicated that the journey to Fiumicino would take around an hour. However, despite heavy traffic in the area around Termini, the journey only took around 40 minutes so we arrived at the time we expected to despite the late departure.
The bus dropped us off at the airport's bus station which is less than a 5 minute walk from the terminal buildings.
As you'd expect from an airport bus (but can't always take for granted), the bus had a large undercarriage for luggage and passengers were discouraged from taking large items of luggage on board with them. All passengers on the bus were seated for the journey; there were no passengers standing in the aisle. This made for a comfortable journey for all concerned.
At the time of our visit, T.A.M Bus operated buses from Termini to Fiumicino at the following times:
Every hour from 04:30 until 07:30
Every half hour from 08:00 until 15:30
Every 45-60 minutes from 16:15 until 20:30
Similarly, buses from Fiumicino to Termini departed the airport every 30-45 minutes between 08:00 and 18:30 and then every 45-60 minutes until 23:30.
We flew into Fiumicino Airport when we visited Rome in October 2012. The airport is around 35km south-west of the city centre.
I had done a bit of pre-trip research into the cheapest and easiest way to get from the airport to our hotel (Hotel Joli) close to the Vatican, but as we were waiting for our suitcases we still didn't have a definite plan of action.
My original plan was to catch a train directly from the airport train station. The ever-reliable www.bahn.de provided me with the timetable information that I needed. I could see that there were 2 trains per hour (at 8 and 38 minutes past the hour) to Rome Termini station. The non-stop train journey would take 32 minutes and from there we could then transfer onto the Metro to Ottaviano San Pietro station which was close to our hotel.
Alternatively, we could catch a train from the airport to Rome San Pietro station (just south of the Vatican) and walk to our hotel from there. Trains to San Pietro were more frequent (every 15 minutes; at 13, 28, 43 and 58 minutes past the hour), but the journey time was a little longer (48 minutes) and included a change of trains and a 16 minute wait at Rome Trastevere station. I was also unsure at to how easy it would be to walk from San Pietro to our hotel with heavy luggage in tow. With the benefit of hindsight, it would have been something of a tiring struggle, especially on a warm and sunny afternoon.
Thankfully, the good folk at Fiumicino Airport have provided excellent information boards by the luggage carousels which provide valuable information on the various methods of getting into the city. So, we were able to see that taxis were expensive, and buses were more cost-effective than trains (even if they took a little longer).
The boards informed us that the direct train to Rome Termini was 14 Euros per person, while the regional train (with several interim stops) to Trastevere was 8 Euros per person, and we'd then have to travel onwards to San Pietro. Buses were being advertised as "from 4 Euros per person" and advertised the fact that they included a "Vatican area" stop as well as the final drop off at Rome Termini station. We couldn't ascertain exactly where the "Vatican area" stop was (it turned out to be Via Crescenzio, close to Piazza Cavour), but we knew that it would be more convenient for us than Rome Termini would be.
We followed the signs to the airport's bus station (a few minutes walk to the right after leaving the arrivals hall) and discovered that buses operated by SIT Bus Shuttle departed from stand number 1.
We purchased tickets from a man at the bus stop for 6 Euros per person. I've since discovered that you can save yourself a Euro by buying tickets online in advance for 5 Euros each.
There is a timetable on the company's website, showing that buses leave the airport every 30 to 45 minutes between 08:30am and 00:30am. We caught a bus at midday and the journey to Via Crescenzio took around 50 minutes. There were no interim stops en-route, but the bus was carrying on to Termini station after dropping off at Via Crescenzio.
It is worth noting that the company's website includes a news bulletin informing passengers that the stop at Via Crescenzio is a temporary one, having moved from nearby Piazza Cavour. This news was released in January 2012 and was still in force when we visited in October 2012. It isn't a big deal though; the stop on Via Crescenzio is only a couple of minutes walk from Piazza Cavour anyway.
As you'd expect from an airport bus (but can't always take for granted!), there is plenty of storage space for luggage. We put our large suitcases in the undercarriage and smaller bags in the overhead storage racks.
Ciampino airport is used by many European budget carriers, and by some charter flights as well. so it may be that you will fly into Ciampino rather than Rome's main airport, Fiumicino.
Both airports are pretty close to the city and transport is easy.
It's worth using the Terravision bus to and from Ciampino airport, especially if it's your first time in Rome. They have a stand in the arrivals hall and there are frequent services during the day. Terravision buses drop you off on Via Marsala next to Termini station, convenient for everywhere in Rome via bus, Metro or taxi. they collect from the drop-off point.
I prefer to book my ticket in advance on the Terravision website although you can buy tickets on arrival. People with online bookings have priority when it comes to boarding. They don't get on first, but a seat is reserved for them.
On your return you *must* go into the 'Terracafe' which is directly opposite the Terravision bus stop, to collect your 'boarding card'. You must go at least 20 minutes before departure and, as I found out, going the day before or even 2 hours before doesn't work. You won't get the boarding card. Fortunately, my hotel was only 3 minutes' walk from the stop so there was no problem for me to go back at the 'right' time.
I walked past the Terracafe twice a day for 3 days and noticed quite long queues (it was July, so very busy). Do make sure you allow time to get your boarding card.
And do book a bus which allows you plenty of time before check-in. Terravision say the journey will take 40 minutes (in fact, my journey took less than 30 minutes in both directions) but that is because they know about Rome traffic. Traffic can be very congested indeed and, if there is an accident or something else unusual, even Terravision buses will get stuck in traffic jams.
It's always a good idea to get to airports 2 hours before departure, and Ciampino was *very* busy when I flew out, with long queues at security. so I suggest you catch the bus 3 hours before departure.
The Sitbusshuttle also operates Ciampino and Fiumicino>Termini. I have not used it, because it drops you off at a slightly less conveniennt location near Termini (imo). But my friend used it from Fiumicino and was very satisfied.
Effective May 23, 2012, the City of Rome has changed the fixed fees for taxis going between inside the Aurelian Walls (i.e., the city center) and the city's two airports: Fiumicino and Ciampino (i.e., in both directions). In addition, other fixed fares have also been set.
• to/from Fiumicino Airport to Stazione Ostiense 45 euro
• to/from Fiumicino Airport to Mura Aureliane 48 euro
• to/from Fiumicino Airport to Stazione Tiburtina 55 euro
• to/from Fiumicino Airport to Porto di Civitavecchia 120 euro
Stazione Ostiense is the 3rd largest rail station in Rome and is next to a Metro stop. It is on the south side of the City center.
Mure Aureliane refers to the Aurelian Walls, the Imperial walls that define the traditional City center.
Stazione Tiburtina is the 2nd busiest rail station in Rome and is east of the City center. It is on a Metro stop. Trains that go through Rome from north to south and vv often stop at Tiburtina instead of Termini.
Porto di Civitavecchia refers to the cruise port for Rome.
• to/from Ciampino Airport to Mura Aureliane 30 euro
• to/from Ciampino Airport to Stazione Ostiense 30 euro
• to/from Ciampino Airport to Stazione Tiburtina 35 euro
The press release about these fixed fares is at press release.
Note that the map of the area within the Aurelian Walls can still be found at Aurelian Walls Boundary.
We landed in Fiumicino airport and were planning to get the Leonardo Express Train to Termini Station (for €14) followed by the bus (for €1) to our hotel. We got to the Tourist Information/Ticket office at the train station in Fiumicino airport (in T3 level 1) and the guy at the desk asked us where we needed to go when we asked for the Train and bus tickets. He then said that if we use the Airport Shuttle Express it will cost us the same price (@ €15 each for 2 people), we have to wait less than for the train, travel less and get dropped off exactly at our door. It seemed like a good deal so we took it.
Leaving the airport we were put in a van together with another group of people who were dropped off before us at another hotel and then we were dropped off next. We found this very convenient - saved hassles of carrying luggage around, risking possible muggings and walking around aimlessly looking for our hotel. In fact we decided to use them for our return trip too.
They can be booked either online, or at the airport, or on a freephone number.
We would highly recommend this service - best and cheapest way to get to/from the airport for sure!!