The airport is 32 km (20 miles) southwest of the city so you will need to think about transportation into Rome ahead of time. There are several options, each with its own pros and cons and the costs depend on how much you want to pay, how much convenience you want, and how many are in your group.
For us, we had a pre-arranged driver which was comparable to a taxi. We knew that our hotel was not within easy reach of the train station and until we got our bearings around the city, we didn’t want to be stuck with luggage in the middle of the city. Taxis run around €50 each way – a bit pricey if there are only 1-2 people, but for us it made sense at this point. If there are more people, it may be a cheaper way to go (although only if you don’t have a lot of luggage for your group) once you divide it up between everyone.
Another option is to take the train. There is a direct train running without stops from the airport to the Termini train station in Rome and costs €14/per person/one-way (2013). This will get you into the city center and, depending on where you are staying, it could be an easy walk from there. Look for the “Leonardo Express” train; it takes about 30 minutes to get to the city with this train.
There is another train that goes from the airport to the city which is a little cheaper at €8/person /one-way (2013) but it will take a bit longer since it does make some stops along the way. If you have time and want to save a bit of money, this might be for you. Look for the “Sabina-Fiumicino” (FR1) line. It runs approximately every 15 minutes.
In Rome, taxis are normally not hailed on the street, even when empty. Instead, the City has set up 63 locations where official taxis are in queues or "ranks".
You can call a taxi to your location (hotels do this all the time), but the meter starts clicking the moment the taxi leaves its queue for your hotel. If you have luggage, of course, calling for a taxi pickup makes sense, but most Romans on foot would just walk over to the nearest location and take the first taxi in line.
Finding where these queues are can be difficult - here is the link to the official website - http://www.comune.roma.it/PCR/resources/cms/documents/parcheggi_taxi_new.pdf
The table is organized by municipii, the subdivisions of the City of Rome. This is your first hurdle because you probably have no idea where these are. I don't and I used to live there. The left hand column is the municipio. Note that municipio #1 has the center of the city center, so it's a good place to start. See http://www.comune.roma.it/wps/portal/pcr?jppagecode=municipi.wp for the official map. Note that most of the center of Rome is in municipi I, II, III, and XVII.
In the table above, note that there are many locations that are underlined. These are places where there is a phone on a "little column" that can be used to call a taxi to your location.
Note that in the table above, the left hand location is the area served, but the right hand location is the actual address of the taxi queue. Note that "Civico" refers to the street number, so when it reads"PIAZZA DI SPAGNA " and "CIVICO 52-54", this means the street address of 52-54 Piazza di Spagna. This address is normally (but not always) marked on the side of the building with a small square of marble with the number inscribed in it.
P.S. note that there will be taxis at most (all) train stations in town, whether or not they are on the list above.
At the moment, a taxi ride from airport Fiumicino to central Rome costs 48 €. Make sure you use an official taxi. You can see a number as well as the fare written on it. The fare from and to Ciampino is 30 €. at the moment.
If I can help it, I try to avoid using taxis when overseas, especially when a much cheaper alternative is available via public transport.
However, we found ourselves needing to use a taxi during our trip to Rome in October 2012. Six of us needed to get from our hotel (Hotel Joli) on Via Cola di Rienzo, north-east of the Vatican, to San Pietro train station, a short distance south of the Vatican. The journey was a little too far to undertake on foot with heavy luggage in tow.
Ideally, we wanted to find a large taxi that could transport all six of us and our luggage in one vehicle. We asked the hotel receptionist to call a taxi for us. After a short telephone conversation, she informed us that the company didn't have any large vehicles available at that time and the best they could do was to send two cars.
The receptionist advised us that if we wanted to find a larger taxi, we could try our luck on the nearby Piazza del Risorgimento where a row of taxis would be parked up. We made our way there and located the taxi queue, but alas none of the vehicles were large enough for our needs, so we were forced to take two taxis.
We spoke to a few of the drivers and they told us that the cost of the journey to San Pietro station would be "the meter price plus 1 Euro for each piece of luggage". As an indication, we were told that the meter would probably be around 8 Euros, so we figured it would be about 11 Euros per car after the luggage charge was added.
The drivers seemed a little reluctant to take us the relatively short distance and wanted to try to negotiate a fare with us for where we were heading (Civitavecchia – although we didn't tell them that as we had no interest in paying for an 80km taxi journey when we could get there by train for a fraction of the price!). Instead, we told them that we had already purchased train tickets and only required a taxi ride to the station.
The journey took around 10 minutes and we paid 12 Euros per taxi. The meter started at 4.60 Euros when we first set off. Perhaps this was the standard Sunday pick up charge? Or perhaps the taxi drivers knew they could get away with it having already established the price we were willing to pay?
There are several ways to get to your hotel from the airports in Rome. One of them is by taxi. There are now set rates the cabs can charge you for a trip to a hotel within the city walls. From the FCO airport the set rate is 48 euros and from Ciampino airport the rate is 35 euros. You can catch a cab at the cab rank outside the airport. Before getting into the cab make sure they agree to the fee. Even though it is a set rate you will sometimes find drivers who will try to charge you more. Be very firm that you know the rate and this is what you will pay. This fee is the normal fee for during the day. If you arrive very early or very late there will be a supplement charged. Also, if you have a lot of luggage there will be a supplement charged. The trip from the airport into the city should take about half an hour. Traveling by cab to you hotel makes a lot of sense if your hotel is not by the termini station. If you are by the station, you can take the express train and then walk to your hotel. If you are not close to the termini station then you will need to take a cab from there to your hotel. Some drivers in Rome are not honest and will try to charge you double or triple what the fare should be. It is easier to get the cab from the airport straight to your hotel because you know what the fare will be up front and won't have to worry about being scammed.
These are the official taxi fares in Rome (Summer 2012):
Amount on meter when you get in the taxi:
3.00 euro - workdays between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
4.50 euro - Sundays and holidays
6.50 euro - nights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Fare class 1 ("T1)" per kilometer when going faster than 20 kph: 1.10 euro per kilometer
Fare class 2 ("T2)" per kilometer when going faster than 20 kph: 1.30 euro per kilometer
Fare class 3 ("T3)" per kilometer when going faster than 20 kph: 1.60 euro per kilometer
Fare while sitting still (i.e., going less than 20 kph): 27.00 euro per HOUR
NOTE: The meaning of the fare classes has changed. Instead of being geographic, they are now based on distance. T1 applies at the start of the trip until the meter reads 11.00 euro, then the meter switches to T2 until the meter reads 13.00 euro at which point the meter switches to T3.
There is a 10% discount from the fare on the meter for
1. trips directly to a hospital in Rome
2. trips of women by themselves between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
3. trips by young people leaving discoteques on Friday and Saturday nights (really)
First bag is free. Subsequent bags larger than 35 cm by 25 cm by 50 cm are 1 euro each.***check this***
To estimate the fare for a real trip, go to www.viamichelin.com, use the ROUTES tab to compute the distance from start to end, add in the initial meter amount based on time of day, multiply the distance traveled by the fare class, add in something for extra luggage, then add in some more for stops and starts...note that, of course, the driver may not go the way that viamichelin.com predicts, and he may do so for good reason, since Rome is full of places that "you can't get there from here".
You'll hear plenty of tales of woe about Rome taxi rip-offs - this isn't one of them.
We used taxis quite a bit during the week we were there and never had any problems at all.
Our first taxi was from the airport and we'd been warned this can be a hazard. Knowing that it's a set fare of 40 euro from Fiumicino to anywhere within the Aurelian walls in the city, no matter what the time, was a good base to start from. As long as you take a licenced taxi from the official rank (they're all white, with 'taxi' lights on top, and each has a taxi license number displayed on the door) you shouldn't have a problem either. If you do, insist on getting the the taxi's licence number and make it clear you're writing it down - don't forget to take down the name and number of the co-operative as well as the driver - and ask for a receipt.
Call 060606 to report any problems.
Recent changes to the fare structure include the flagfall that will show on the meter immediately you enter the taxi. This varies according to the time and day - currently (January 2012)
€3.00from 7 am to 10 pm on weekdays
€4,00 from 7 am to 10 pm on Sundays and holidays
€6.00 from 10 pm to 7 am all days of the week
The fee per kilometer is €1.42 up to 5km and € .98 for every kilometer thereafter.
All bags are now charged for on all taxi rides (airport fares used to include baggage in the set charge).
If you call a taxi to pick you up do be aware that the meter will be set from the minute the driver sets off to collect you, which can make quite a difference to a fare. The easiest way to get a taxi is to walk to a taxi stand - there are plenty of them around the central district. Hailing taxis is not a Roman thing to do.
Rome's higgledy-piggedly streets are a one-way nightmare maze for drivers - if your taxi seems to be going the long way round, it's more than likely because your driver is well aware of that and is taking a faster, albeit longer-as-the-crow-flies route via the city's arterial roads.
Rome is one of the few cities I've been to where taxi fares to/from both airports are charged at a fixed rate, thus potentially saving travellers quite a bit of money in case there are traffic jams (not uncommon). Provided the journey starts or ends within the Aurelian Walls (central Rome), the tariffs are EUR 30 to Ciampino airport and EUR 40 to Fiumicino airport. In this case, the fixed fee is charged even if you phone for a taxi - you don't have to pay for the time the taxi is travelling to the pick-up point (unlike all other journeys)
My wife and I just returned from Rome on May 1,2011.We took a taxi to and from the airport and found it a convenient way to get to our lodging.The cost(a set price)for 2 people and our luggage was 40eu.I double checked by certifying the cost with the cabbie.It took about 25 minuted to go to the area of the pantheon.
Make sure that you get the Rome Taxi( White cab) just outside the FCO terminel.You will be approached by other people who say the are taxis but I would avoid them.
Be prepared for a speedy ride.I enjoyed the ride but my wife had white knuckles.
If you are staying at a hotel and are in need of a taxi (obviously) the door man will hail you a cab. Before you get into the cab, ask the doorman what the fare should be. He will usually be able to give you a "ballpark" answer. The reason I give this advise is because on my last trip to Rome, my sister, daughter and I stayed at the Cavalieri and needed a cab to go to the vatican. A cab was hailed and we hopped in. It wasn't until we were almost there that I noticed that the meter wasn't on. When we stopped the driver pushed a button and the meter read "25". He tried to charge us 25 euros. We argued with him for a while and eventually paid him 15 but we were both very angry. That night when we got back to the hotel we asked the doorman how much it should cost and he said not more than 8 or 9 euros. At that point we told him what had happened. Unfortunetly we didn't get the name of the driver or the cab number so we couldn't report him. Always ask someone if you can!!!!!!!!!!
If you decide to use a taxi, either from the airport or just around Rome, you should agree on the fare being metered before you start your journey.
Unfortunately, a few drivers are not so honest especially when they know you are a tourist, they say it is cheaper to just charge a set fare rather than using the taxi meter but I can assure you it is not.
If you are arriving at your destination at night as i did you will be often charged more money. On my first journey to Rome I arrived at night and was charged a fixed fare of 45 euros just to take a journey to my hotel which was less than 5 minutes journey, as I discovered later I was only a few minutes away on foot!!
After arriving very tired from a long plane ride, it was nice to be greeted after baggage claim by the Roma Shuttle driver. Made it much easier to get into the center of Rome with luggage and being tired without having to find the train, find our way from the station, etc. Very friendly driver. Return trip to airport was with them also - they were at the hotel right on time. Reasonable price, especially if there are 2+ people in your group.
Booked online through their website -- www.romashuttle.com
Since 8th february 2008 these are the new fares (18% increase):
2,80 euro initial fare (this is just for seat into one taxi)
plus 0,92 euro per kilometer.
As usual in italy, if you call a radiotaxi by phone the meter will be switched on from the point of the taxi departing. This means that when eventually it will pick you up you have to pay also that part of the trip.
In Rome the agree is that you will pay this surcharge depending on how long you wait the taxi:
2 euro up to 5 minutes wait
4 euro up to 10 min wait
6 euro for more then 10 min wait
Termini train station: taxi departing from there will charge an extra 2 euro.
Airport rides are fixed fee: Ciampino at 30 euro, Fiumicino airport at 40 euro.
ps: It is not easy, but it's possible to stop an empty cab on the street. But be aware that the sign on the roof must be lighted on (this means that the cab is free). Not easy to see in daylight!
The taxis in Roma are pretty expensive. All though it is nice to ride around in one for a while (looking at the sites) I would not recommend it for all your getting around. There is always a starting fee of about 1.75 Euros and at night the starting fee is more around 4 Euros. So it is those prices plus the amount of time you are actually riding in the cab.
Despite what I wrote in the Tourist trap tip, taxis in Rome are really cheap. At least compared to Sweden... Except for when going to and from the Leonardo Da Vinci-airport it's always a good choice to take a taxi in Rome. It's cheap, it's safe, and the drivers are most of the time very friendly. Specially if you try to speak some italian with them, as many doesn't speak much english.
Going to the Ciampino airport we realised the last time it was a good deal to take a taxi. Cost 30 euro as a fixed price, so if you're not alone it's a good price. The shuttle buses from Termini are always full, specially in the morning, and if you don't get a seat on the first one you'll have to wait for the second one 30 minutes later.
Much better, and quicker, with a taxi ride instead.
Also inside Rome taking a taxi is a good thing. They aren't actually supposed to stop anywhere but on taxi stops, but unlike the drivers in Milan, Rome's taxi drivers stops just about everywhere to pick you up.
There is always a starting fee, higher during evening and night, and then you'll have to pay extra if you carry any luggage in the back.