Airports from & to Rome, Rome
There are basically three ways to get to Rome City Center from the FCO Airport. One of the easiest ways to get from the fuimicino airport to the termini station in the center of Rome is to take the express train known as the Leonardo Express. Just follow the signs and take the escalator upstairs to the terminal. The train (Leonardo Express) leaves the station at 6 and 36 minutes past the hour so it is easy to catch. Buy your ticket from one of the ticket machines or from a ticket agent. Tickets are cheap and easy to get. The trip into town will cost 11 euros. Make sure to validate your ticket before boarding the train. There is a hefty fine if you don't. The train will drop you off at the end of the termini station. It is a little bit of a walk to get outside the main area where the cabs are, so either pack lightly or make sure the wheels on your suitcase are in good condition. From here you can either walk or take a cab to your hotel.
Another way to get to the city center is to take a cab directly to your hotel. There is a fixed rate of 40 euros from FCO to any hotel in the city center. Catch a cab at the rank outside the airport. Make sure not to take one from anyone who approaches you. They will charge you double or triple what it should cost. Also, before you get in the cab confirm the 40 euro fare. If there are 3 of you traveling together this is the less expensive way to go.
The last way to get to your hotel is by hiring a private company to pick you up. There are two companies that get good reviews on this and other forums. romecabs.com and airportconnection.it. They will charge between 45-55 euros but will meet you outside of baggage claim, help you with your luggage and can be arranged in advance. Not having to worry about transportation after a long flight is also a big plus.
Not bad for a small airport. The problem however is still with the public transport links with Rome. I avoided paying the Terravison coach shuttle fare of EURO14 by using the local transport system. If you want to do likewise then here's how to do it, but bear in mind the caveats. As you come out of arrivals turn LEFT, exit the terminal doors and there is a bus stop straight in front of you (with a coach or bus probably waiting). This will either be a COTRAL or SCHIAFFANI bus/coach. The fare is EURO1 and you need to be heading for ANAGNINA METRO Station (which will be on the LED display on the front of the bus). In off-peak hours allow 30 minutes for this bus journey, in peak hours allow 55 minutes. When you get to ANAGNINA station go down the steps into the subway following the red'M' signs, just as you emerge into an open square (there's an old blue tram on display in the middle of it) look to your left and you'll see a tobacconist's booth where you can buy your Bigliette (ticket)..you can either get a single journey ticket for EURO1 or an all-day ticket for EURO4 (which you can use on METRO or COTRAL buses all day but NOT the SCHIAFFINI coach, so save 1 euro for your journey back!). Once you have your ticket turn to the left and follow the red 'M' signs for the metro trains. COMING BACK to Ciampino Airport head back for Anagnina Metro Station. Once out of the metro exit note that the departure platform for the buses back to the airport are over the other side of the metro station to the one you arrived at. So this time walk past the blue antique tram following the signs for COTRAL/SHIAFFINI PARTENEZ (departures) and go up platform 1 on your right. I had to wait 20 minutes, so factor in that sort of wait for the bus. The LED on the front will say CIAMPINO AIRPORT (again it is EURO1) and it will drop you off where you caught it when you arrived. Total Journey time you should allow for to Rome Termini Metro Station (including waiting) should be about 1hr 10 minutes. In peak hours this can go up to 2hrs.
On our last trip to Rome we flew into Fiumicino Airport and decided that the easiest way to get into town was by train.
You can catch the train from the terminal, direct non-stop to Rome Termini Station.
The train goes every half an hour and takes around 30 mins. It cost us about 8 euros oneway.
Just remember to validate your ticket in the yellow machine on the platform before boarding your train.
We found it an easy and stress free way to get into town.
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.
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.
Have seen great feedback on VT forum re this SIT Bus Shuttle so looks like one of your best options!
As of October 2009, SITBus Shuttle began daily runs from Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO) to Rome Termini Train Station and Piazza Cavour. SITBus Shuttle has long operated at Aeroporto Ciampino but now they’ve brought a new low-price option to FCO!
Their buses begin their routes at 5 AM – another plus for early travelers as the Leonardo Express does not start until 05:52 AM.
LEONARDO EXPRESS train from FCO to Rome fare was just raised to 12 Euro - we took the Train on Dec 4, 2009 and that was the new fare.
Currently, there are 33 SIT runs during the day so this service is quite a viable option… and at only €8 a very reasonably priced option.
The buses start from Rome at 05:00 AM and run TO the airport until 21:15. Coming from Fiumicino, the buses start at 07:00 and the last bus departs from the airport at 23:30 (The last Leonardo Express does leave at 23:36).
GRAZIE, SITBus Shuttle!!
Rome is Italian capital but at the same time it is city of the world aswell. Many people from different parts of the world visiting it during the whole year, or dreaming to visit it one day. Those who know it well will gladly suggest never to visit the town in August, because of the heat and humidity. In fact, most of its citizens escaping from Rome during August and it is not because of Ferragosto only. If any possible visit Rome in May or early June.
The quickiest way is to visit Roma by plain which will bring visitors to the airport of Leonardo Da Vinci, best known as Fiumicino. It is spacious airport with plenty of flights from all over the world.
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.
Most of those who visit Rome via Ciampino airport know about the Schiaffini/Cotral buses (departing from Via Giolitti). While looking for where the buses leave from Termini, I found 2 other bus companies that offer transfer Termini-Ciampino and back:
- Terravision: departs from Via Marsala and costs 8€ (as of Dec 2008) one way. They recommend that you take a bus 3 hours before your flight leaves.
- SIT Bus Shuttle: departs from Via Marsala, in front of the Automobile Club d'Italia and costs 6€ (as of Dec 2008) one way. This is the company we chose because their timetable worked for us the best. We bought the tickets on the spot but you can buy them online too.
We used a company called Easy-Shuttle to get from Rome airport to our hotel, which was quite a drive outside the city (42 kilometers). The price was reasonable - EUR 55 for two - and the driver was waiting at the airport holding a sign with our name on it. Believe me, that can be reassuring when you step off the plane into a foreign country and you don't really know your way around.
Now, I like a bargain as much as the next person. and the idea of taking the airport bus or getting on the train to save a buck is always tempting, but you have to weigh the options. If your hotel is tucked away in some residential neighborhood or on the outskirts of Rome, you will probably need another bus/taxi/tram/subway to get where you are going. So do the math. The final tally may not be much higher.
A shuttle takes you straight to the door and saves you sore arms from dragging your luggage up and down flights of stairs, and across Rome's cobblestone streets. Better save your strength for later. You will need it. Don't believe the guidebooks that say Rome is small and easy to navigate. They are pulling your leg (and your leg muscles).
On the way back, we called the driver himself, Serafino, who speaks some English (speak slowly). He has his own fleet of cars. His number is 3479417380 or 3398965580. You can bargain with him (up to a point).
When you arrive at Fuimicino Airport (FCO), which is actually outside the main Rome, you may choose to take express train to the city centre, known as Roma Termini Station. It is recommended to keep your accomodation near Termini, specially when you are on a short trip, to synergize your cost and time. The express train, aesthetically called Leonardo Express, runs every 30 minutes and 24 hours, is the most famous and effective means of transportation to reach to the Termini from FCO unless you have specific reasons or your accomodation is far from Termini. Once you are done with your luggage, just follow the train sign until you end up to a platform. It will be a 10-15 minutes walk with couple of escalators in your way. Don't forget to pick the city map and other useful information from the Tourist Information Centre before you reach to the platform. One way ticket will cost you 11 euros, which is a bit expensive, specially to people on tight budget like me. To assuage the welcome brunt a bit, ask for the carnet of 10 which will cost you 85 euros, a saving of 2.5 euros per ticket. Oh, but you won't need 10 tickets, would you? So, be smart like us, sell the deal to other travellers, it looks silly, but believe me it will take you not more than 5 minutes to have more than 10 people ready join in your deal. And here you come to know that most of the people are on budget like you! After all, you can have a cup or cone of gelato from outside of the Termini from your saving! A win-win deal for everyone and gelato is free! And don't worry about your luggage, Leonardo Express has enough capacity to take your luggage to the destination without much hassle. Happy Roming!
I've used this company about 8 times and wanted to share them with others. I have used the E-Class Benz car service to and from the airport for 50 Euro. This is for 1 or 2 persons and also used the Van when there were 4 of us.
Thyy have excellent prices and I like their service too!
If you arrive at Fiumicino Airport (which most international flights do), then you will need to hop on the Fiumicino Express train, unless you want to pay about 60 Euro for a cab. It is a direct train to Roma Termini. It takes about 30 minutes to arrive, and it stops at a few stations along the way.
It costs 9.50 Euro, one way.
From Termini to the Airport:
The “Leonardo Express” leaves every 30 minutes, from 05.52 to 22.52.
From the Airport to Termini
The “Leonardo Express” leaves from the Fiumicino Airport every 30 minutes, from 06.37 to 23.37.
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
Updated April 08
Take the Leonardo Express for a quick ride into Rome. It stops at Roma Termini, the main train station in Rome and cloest to the historical center.
A ticket costs 11E, the trains usually leave from Track 2 at the airport., and they usually arrive at Track 24 in Rome, which is a good thing, as 24 is much closer to the exit than the old Track 26. Saves about 10 minutes of walking.
The train is easy and there's no chance of getting caught in Rome's infamous traffic. Follow signs in the airport to the station (Stazione), find the small vending machines, select the direct train to Roma Termini, insert your credit card, and 5 seconds later, you've bought your 11 euro ticket to Rome. Don't forget to time-stamp your ticket in the yellow machines on the platform.
The Leonardo Express usually leaves at :05 and :35 after the hour and takes 31 minutes. There's only one stop - Roma Termini. Keep a watch on your luggage and belongings.
Departure announcements are made in English. If you have time, walk to the last car as it will be the closest to the entrance when you arrive in Rome. There's a "left luggage" service at Termini near Track (Binario) 24.
If your hotel is too far to walk to, grab a taxi from the official line under the covered sidewalk in front of the main entrance. DO NOT accept a ride from anyone who comes up to you and offers you a taxi.
RETURN TRAINS: They leave for the airport at :22 and :52 after the hour. For an up-to-date schedule, check out the website below. Enter "Fiumicino Airport" and "Roma Termini." Look for the trains with a "D" for direct.
If you're looking for the CHEAPEST way to get into town, try the regional train (Ferrovia Metropolitana 1 or FM1) to Tiburtina Station (5.5 E), and from Tiburtina, take the Metro to Termini (1 E). Tiburtina is 5 k's east of the historical center. Other stops fairly near the historical center include Trastevere and Ostiense/Piramide.