like in any major city, Rome has an army of taxis plying around the city of which you can hire and take you to your various destinations. The taxis are white in color, with a sign on the roof and the driver's license information on the door and the taxis are either large vans or small mini cars which can sit at least 4 passengers. Taxi rates are:
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.95 € (flagdown rate)
per kilometer billing: 1.50 €
1 Hour waiting time: 30.00 €
(the taxi rates are charged on the length of travel and not on the number of passengers of which the maximum is four).
from our hotel in Crowne Plaza to near Piazza Navona will cost 15 euros (about 6 kilometers away) which is way cheaper than riding the taxi in Sorrento in Bay of Naples which cost 15 euros for just a roughly 1 kilometer taxi raide.
taxis can be hailed on the street or are called upon by the hotel front desk and is available 24/7
Use the official metered white or yellow taxis and make sure they use their meter instead of the arranged price. Whenever possible, using the metro is very convenient and more economical.
Phone numbers for taxis:
We came by plane to Rome Fiumicino Airport on 10 May 2015. Having made bad experiences with airport taxis in other countries, we were determined to not get cheated again. We knew that the government had set a fixed price of 48 Euros for the town center destinations within the “Aurelian Wall”.
The taxi queue at Terminal 1 of Fiumicino Airport was an orderly one, with two lines of white licensed taxis slowly picking up customers. We were four of us, with two big bags. I was in front and watched a man with an orange-white vest and “TAXI” written on it, directing customers to the taxis. It took some time, and so I saw that from each taxi driver he collected some money in a plastic cup. What was his service that they paid for? They would get customers anyway. A minute later I knew what the taxi drivers paid him for: He told everybody that the fare to Rome was 60 Euros, not 48.
When our turn came I told him I would pay only 48 Euro, the official rate. He said “No, no, no, different company.” So I ignored him and went to the next taxi driver and asked him “Rome center, 48 Euros?” and he agreed.
So the writing on the orange-white vest was wrong. It should have said “GANSTER”. I am sure the many policemen watching all this knew exactly what was going on.
We were glad to have avoided the first scam, but the second hit us worse. In Rome center there was some political demonstration that caused a traffic jam. Suddenly the driver pulled to the right, where a one-way road was ending, and told us that we would be only a short distance from our hotel (Colonna Palace, Piazza Montecitorio, close to Parliament), and that we better go by foot because it would take a long time by car. “Just down the one-way road, and next left, and you are there.”
We asked him to show us the road on our map, but he just said “Oh” and shrugged it off.
We couldn’t imagine someone lying so blandly, so we got out, paid, said good bye and took our time to find our exact location on the map. It was at the northern end of Circus Maximus, about 2 km from our hotel. He had just dropped us.
Next day we had booked a travel guide for a short tour. We told her the story. She had heard it many times before. Police and politicians won’t do anything about it.
When booking our hotel rooms they offered a limousine pick up service. Unfortunately they did not add the warning: ”If you do not take it and go by taxi on your own you will probably get cheated”.
On the way back to the airport we took their limousine service. And: Colonna Palace is a wonderful hotel.
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.
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.
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".
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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.