Brussels - Rome by Brussels Airlines.
Last winter (2007-08) we have been flying five times from Brussels to Rome and return with Brussels Airlines. On one flight we left late (45 minutes) from Brussels. On another one from Rome we left 20 minutes late. All other flights were on time.
Brussels Airlines is the regular Belgian company. It is NOT a low cost low service company but Brussels Airlines has competitive, all inclusive, prices when booking a few weeks in advance.
With the b.light economy rate one is allowed to take a 20 kg registered luggage (with no extra cost) and 8 kg hand luggage (1 piece).
For Europe the planes are B 737, Airbus A 319 or AVRO RJ85 – AVRO RJ100. All these planes have seats with sufficient space for the legs.
Drinks and food can be bought on the European flights with the b.light economy rate.
Brussels Airlines joins Brussels National to Rome Fiumicino.
I read here a quite enthusiast comment from 2004 on Ryan Air.
Since then travellers have been able to compare the overall and final net prices, the comfort and service between the two companies. Furthermore Brussels National is an all weather airport while Charleroi at 40 km from Brussels, from where Ryan Air operates is closed when there is mist.
Just read (27/02/2009) in various EU papers that Ryanair plans to charge (1 £) for using plane toilets. I first thought it was an early April Fool's day joke!
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Thank you Ryanair
Ryanair is a gift from heaven.
Whatever people say about it , it is safe ,
easy , fast and cheap.
The staf is friendly and efficient...
I know about the snobs... bla bla this , bla bla that.
It is a choise. I like to spend my money on
a fine restaurant instead of....
And no I don't miss the miraculous white
sandwich that doesn't crumbles.
When we arrived there was even a men with
a little yellow car waiting for us and waving
orange flags. Not the best performance I've
ever seen , but the intention was nice. ;-)
Have a look at their website.
In my experience there are always good
connections between the city you are visiting
and the 'alternative' - smaller airport.
For Rome-ciampino you got a few options.
A bus brings you to Termini - 8 euro , and
you can get a return ticket as well for 12 euro.
We chose the 8 euro option.
By public transport you can get a bus to
metro-station Anagnina and get on the A-line.
We chose that option to get back. Cheaper
but it takes a little more time.
(it was the most easy option for us.)
prepare for strikes
If you have read the intro you will understand we were not amused. When we turned up at the airport to go back home there was a strike going on. All Alitalia flights were cancelled untill 6. Our flight at 5 was the last flight to Amsterdam, so no way to get home and to work the next day. This costed us a vacationday, a hotelroom for one night and an extra trip to the airport (2x 19 Euro).
Italy is famous for its strikes. This was our second italian city, and the second time we were effected by a strike........
Alitalia is a nice airline to fly with though. Just don't fly when we do ;-)))
We flew with the air company named air europa. The flight was not direct, first we flew from Málaga to Madrid airport and from madrid to rome. The service was very good and the crew were vey nice. From Roma to Madrid we flew on business class, we did not believe it, we dont know why we were seated on first class but we had a very good flight. After seat they gave us a orange juice, during the flight we had lunch conssist in a salad, main course, dessert and coffee and finally before landing they gave us a sweet. The service was superb and crew was very nice.
Volamos a Roma con air europa. El vuelo no fue directo, tuvimos que cambiar en el aeropuerto de barajas en Madrid, por suerte no fuimos a la terminal nueva la bién famosa T4. El vuelo fue muy bién y el personal muy amable, es mas el vuelo de Roma a Madrid lo hicimos en primera clase, no se porque motivo pero nos pusieron en primera clase, nos dieron un zumo de bienvenida antes de despegar, durante el vuelo nos dieron una toallita caliete para lavarte las manos, nos dieron una comida y 1 caramelo antes de aterrizar.Related to:
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The cheapest way to fly to Roma is with Ryanair, they also fly nonstop, small airplanes but whit out a doubt the fastest.
Buy a -Priority Boarding ticket:
Passengers who have purchased the service will be given a Priority Boarding Pass when they check-in at the airport and this pass should be presented at the departure gate.
To receive Priority Boarding, passengers need to be at the departure gate at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled flight departure.
More on Fiumicino
There's been some negative comments on Rome's airport on the VT forum recently, so I thought I'd post my reply in here as a tip.
I have been flyiing in and out of Fiumicino about once a week since May 2004, on both domestic and international routes. I find the airport one of the best in the world (and faaar better than Milan Malpensa, which stinks big time). I have only seen Amsterdam and Singapore functioning better among the airports of a comparable size. It is definitely way nicer and smoother than London Heathrow, Madrid Barajas, Frankfurt (where they must applied an engineering law that the walk between any two gates must last at least 45 minutes) and not even comparable to disasters like Paris CDG, New York JFK and Dallas FW (my personal favourite, where I once missed a flight arriving three hours before departure).
Consider this: I live about 24 km from the airport When I have to take a domestic flight, I leave home by car exactly 60 minutes before the flight is due to depart, or by train around 1h20 minutes before, and have never missed one (well, I have - when the motorway to the airport caught fire due to some idiot throwing a cigarette in the dry bushes). Hardly something you can do in Paris, London or New York.
The most annoying delays I have experienced are at luggage collection, especially in the domestic terminal (the variance is really high, sometimes you find luggage waiting for you, other times it's you who has to wait, and for long time). The only problems you may have at the departure hall are at security check, but usually that's quite smooth.
Considering that Fiumicino is one of the top-5 European airports in term of passenger traffic (I think I remember that they had around 150 thousand flights in the first 6 months of 2005), some problems and delays here and there are to be expected, as is natural in such a large and complex structure.
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one of the most traffic point of the south-east of the city is Porta Maggiore.Trams 14,5,19 pass from here together with all the rest of the traffic beasts of Rome,motos,cars,trucks,vans,cats,trains,airplains....and anything else exept bicycles...well sometimes there is some brave on bicycle,but it is not the most advisale way-to-go in Rome....
Rome to Siena - Faster and Cheaper than the Train
This is one of those instances in which traveling by bus is both faster AND cheaper than traveling by train in Italy. I learned about this bus (AFTER taking the longer and more expensive trains) from VT member Baronedivandastad, who was born in Siena.
SENA runs a bus from Tiburtina Station in Rome (website schedule: http://www.sena.it/index_e.htm). They run every 2 hours, between 5 and 7 per day, and take about 3 hours to get to Siena.
You can get to Tiburtina directly by train from Fiumicino (5 euros), or by metro if you’re already in Rome (Metro line B).
You can buy your ticket at the bus station across the street from the Tiburtina train station entrance. A ticket costs (or used to cost) around 16 euros. You can buy a ticket on the bus, but they’ll charge you a few euros more.
how to move around
Many of the city’s sites are located at the city center which is easily walkable and depending where you’re staying you may need no bus or metro at all (if you are there only for 2-3 days)! Have in mind though that during summer months you will be exhausted quickly so yes, you will need a bus soon :)
ATAC is Rome’s public transport company. If youAs we lived a bit further from the city center we were using metro and buses daily.
One way ticket costs €1,50 while there are also passes that can be used more than once in all buses, trams and urban railways and metro: You can find them at metro’s machines, some supermarkets or at tabacchi and bookstands.
one day pass (€6)
three day pass (€16,50)
Week pass (€24)
There are only 2 metro lines covering a big part of Rome but not really the city center where most of the tourists stay. Metro runs 5.00-23.30(till 00.30 on Saturdays).
Line A(red line), goes East-West and stops near the Vatican (Ottaviano-Vaticano), Piazza Del Popolo, the Spanish steps (Spagna), Piazza Barberini, Termini Station, and Piazza della Repubblica.
Line B(blue line), goes north-south and stops at the Tiburtina Station, Termini Station, Colliseum, Circo Massimo, Pyramide, San Paolo Basilica and three stops at the EUR.
We noticed that at Termini station it was always crowded on both lines as it’s there where both lines cross each other.
Buses and Trams
There are many buses and trams in Rome, The network is big and covers much more than the subway networkof course but as expected it takes longer to move through the traffic. Some buses are crowded (and we had to say permesso to get to the doors) but most of the times we were ok. What’s more we rarely waited more than 5-10’ at the bus stop.
For Appian Way and the Ctacombs we took bus 660.
There are 3 types of buses: urbano, express and notturno(night buses, there’s an owl next to the number at the bus stop, just follow the N signs)
We only used one tram (No.8 from Largo Argentina to Trastevere, the other option would be bus H from Termini)
we usually try to avoid taxis so we didn’t try any in Rome as we always had a good alternative (bus or train). But there are many taxis on the streets but watch out to take only a licensed one (they are white with the license number on the door). We also saw a lot of taxi stands at the city center. By the way there is a luggage fare (€1 per bag) but this charge doesn’t apply from the airport (there’s a fix price that includes the luggage)
at first it doesn't seem very easy to use, but it is a powerful source of information,
go to the Route Planner, make sure you have selected ENGLISH in the upper right corner,
enter your start poing and ending points,,,,
will give you the best way to get to where you want to goRelated to:
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how to go there
You can easily travel to Rome by train from many parts of Italy. The tickets are usually very cheap (Pisa to Rome for €18 with a regional train, it’s a 4 hour ride, about the same from Florence).
You can easily purchase tickets in every station (no need for advanced booking) with easy to use vending machines. Your ticket will remain valid for a month but you have to validate it before you get on the train.
There are 2 airports, Fiumicino is the big international airport(most of the companies use this) and Ciampino where you will probably fly with low cost companies (like Ryan Air).
From Fiumicino airport to city center
1)taxi, we didn’t use one but we were suggested to use only the licensed cabs, normally they are lined outside. The set price is €48.
2)Leonardo Express train. 14e, every 30’, directly to Roma Termini in 30’. Don’t forget to validate your ticket on the platform. The train usually leaves from track 01 2 times per hour (at :07 and :37). Return trains from Termini run at :22 and :52 after the hour. Last train at 23.35
3)FR1 Local Train to Ostiense. 8e, 35’ ride
4)Terravision Bus. 4e, direct to Termini station in 60’
5)SIT Bus. 6e, to Termini via Vatican
6)shared shuttle service
our hotel was near 'Re di Roma' we took the Train to TUSCULANE station, it’s useful also if you want to stop at Trastevere or Ostiense. The one way ticket costs €8 and expires 90 minutes after validation and it is valid for rail link to/from Fiumicino Airport to/from Anello area but no valid for Leonardo express.
From Ciampino Airport To The City
1a)Cotral bus will take you to Ciampino train station where you can catch the local train to Termini
1b)There are Cotral routes to Anagnina station where you can catch metro line A. The ride will cost you about 2 euros but it will take more time
2)Schiaffini bus will take you to Anagnina station in 20’ but some buses go all the way to Termini.
3)Terravision shuttle to Termini in 40’, it leaves about 20’ after Ryan Air or Easy Jet arrivals. It costs 8euros
4)taxi, The set price is €35.
The subways or metros all over...
The subways or metros all over Europe are wonderful and easy to navigate. America ought to take notes!
DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE! I must say that drivers in Rome are the worst. I thought Mexico City was bad...well looks like Rome takes the cake.
Arriving in the Eternal City
Getting to Rome is easy. You'll most probably fly into Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumicino. From there it's a 30-minute ride on the shuttle train to Rome's Termini station. A one-way ticket on the shuttle costs EUR8.80.
Termini station also serves the rest of Italy, so when you plan to go to Rome by train, you will also arrive here.
How to get to Rome from Pisa
Our bus tour around Italy started in Mestre (continental part of Venice), continued in Verona, Florence and Pisa.
Rome was our next Italian attraction.
We got to Rome by bus from Pisa. The total distance is about 400 km (6 hours in the way). We started by A12 (E80).
I occupied a seat at the window and was taking a video.
You can watch my 2 min 04 sec Video Pisa-Rome out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.Related to:
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