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.
- Leonardo Express train: Fm airport to termini every 30min. 14€ one-way. ALWAYS validate the ticket in the yellow machine.if you don't find it just ask.The fine is 50€.
-Shuttle buses: variety of prices. I found from 8€ one-way to 15€ round trip (SITBus Shuttle).
-FR 1 regional train:Fm airport to Roma Tiburtina station every 20min.(5.5€) From Tiburtina you can take the metro line B.
In my opinion Leornado express is convenient but overcharged and dirty.I prefer shuttle buses with reasonable prices.Ask for the price and for the duration of the journey before you take one.
How did I get there?? Well, since I live in Mexico I had no other choice but to get there by plane, as many of you will have to do as well :) The Fiumicino airport is about half an hour from the town, but there's the Leonardo Express train that takes you from the airport to Termini train/metro station (near downtown Rome and with lots of bus terminals) which run every half an hour and are very efficient & comfortable, and PUNCTUAL too! That is not very usual in the Roman (or rather Italian) transportation system ;) In fact on my very last trip I was able to catch a train only because it was running late.... but it's not the norm. However, keep in mind that after 9 PM (or maybe earlier) there's no one to buy the train tickets from at the airport terminal (outrageous, in my opinion) so you will have to get your ticket from a vending machine which does NOT take cash, only credit cards...!!!
If you're arriving from somewhere else in Europe, you may arrive at the Ciampino airport...... this one is small but still well furnished and organized, and you can get from the airport to Termini by bus+metro (take a COTRAL bus to the Anagnina metro station and then use the metro red line: it's about 13 stations from Anagnina to Termini). Same way if you want to go to the airport from Rome.
Nowadays there's another good alternative: there are shuttles that take you directly to Termini (by Via Marsala) from both airports and viceversa. I used the Terravision shuttle this time to go from Termini to the Fiumicino airport and I was very pleased with the service and the price.... Only 6 EUR for a one-way ticket (the Leonardo Express costs 14 EUR for a single ride)! The journey takes about 40-50 minutes but the buses are very punctual and they run very often; they are comfortable too. You can buy your tickets in advance and the staff will tell you which buses/times are more convenient for you to catch your flight on time. They usually allow for 3 hours before your flight in order to avoid any potential delays, but of course you can ride them closer to the departing time, under your own risk. You can also show up any time and just buy your ticket for the next available bus. They have a small office/lounge attached to the Termini station (next to the Despar supermarket) where they have internet access, a small cafeteria and tables & chairs for you to wait until your bus departs. This is where the bus schedules are displayed and where the tickets are sold.
If you travel by train you will most probably arrive into the Termini central train station, too. It's really huge and it connects Rome with most part of Italy and other destinations!
I rented a car with a driver to take us into the Centro Storico for euro 50, 2 persons and two large travelling bags. All went smoothly, he was waiting for us at the exit, took us to terminal 3 for the Roma Pass and delevired us within 45 minutes at the door of our self-catering appartement.
On the way back we decided to take the airport express. The fare was 14 euro per person and we needed two bus ticket (2 euro). It took about 90 minutes. It is a very long walk from the bus station to the platform (28 !) and there was a long queue at the ticket office half way. That's why you had better buy a ticket on line! I decided to return to the entrance hall and buy tickets from the machine there. With a little help from a kind beggar (1euro for a cup of coffee, pleae) I swiflty had the tickets. The is hard to get into and off with large bags, which is strange for a special, no stop train.
A taxi to the center of Rome has been known to run about $100 Euro's with traffic....forget that and jump on the train to Termini Station if you fly in Leo Da Vinci's airport (the main international airport in Rome) where you could transfer to the metro, or catch a bus or even get a long distance train to other parts of Italy, make sure to validate your ticket if not you risk a big fine. And unfortunately be aware of pickpockets....they work in teams and target this train from the airport specifically !!!!! The round trip cost 15 Euro's and trains run every 15 minutes.
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!!
After your flight lands at Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome's main airport in Fiumicino, it is just a short train trip into the city. All it takes is the time to claim your luggage and then the Leonardo Express whisks you off to Rome's Termini Station in only 31 minutes.
The ride is comfortable and cabin is spacious. And the frequency of the train is every 30 mins. Convenient!
Each trip is 9.50 euro.
For timetable from Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini, please refer here
There are several ways to get into Rome from Ciampino Airport. The cheapest way to go is by bus and metro....
When you leave the airport, walk across the street to your left and there is a bus stop for the Schiaffini buses (also Cotral). These buses cost 1 euro and will take you to Aganina station in about 30 minutes.
From Aganina station, you can take the metro to your destination.
Well, planes are the first choice. Two airports, Fiumicino (or Leonardo Da Vinci) and Ciampino (Ryanair for example flies to Ciampino, it's smaller but well connected to the city - there's a shuttle bus to Termini).
I've also traveled through Italy by train. (Venice-Rome-Florence-Milan-Verona), this was during a backpacking trip I took in 2001.
If you're traveling through Italy, the ticket called Chilometrico is a nice choice (but have in mind you can only use the trains marked as R, IR and D, which are the slower ones - it didn't bother me). I think I can freely say that the train net-work in Italy (at least the part I have visited: the northern part and Rome) works pretty well. Just have in mind that the night-trains, which are always more "appealing" to back-packers can be really crowded.
http://www.rome-airportshuttle.com/ has organised the Airport Transfer for our recent visit to rome. It was a great help and the drivers were very friendly. Our journey was swift and smooth . They have completely taken care of our need by providing satisfactory services to all of us.The return journey was equally good, with a lovely driver who arrived early this time .We will certainly recommend your company to our friends for future visits.
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