The Italian capital is served by two major airports. Regardless of which one you fly into here’s everything you need to know about getting to the city centre and starting your Roman Holiday.
Rome Fiumicino (FCO)
Fiumicino or Leonardo da Vinci Airport is Rome’s main airport, Italy’s busiest and the base for the majority of the larger airlines. Situated 32km from the centre of Rome on Italy’s East Coast there are a range of options for getting from here to the city.
Airport Shuttle Train
The direct train service from the airport to the city centre is the Leonardo Express. Trains departs the airport station every 30 minutes and stop at Rome’s central Termini train station for connections onto the city metro or other onward travel to your hotel. The journey takes half an hour and trains run from 06:30 to 23:30 every day. A one-way ticket costs E14 and can be bought from the platform ticket machines, ticket desks or several independent outlets in the terminals.
Depending on where your hotel is, or if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Leonardo Express, the Regional Train may be suitable. The FR1 service which starts at the airport and stops frequently on its journey along the southern edge of Rome and up through its Eastern Suburbs. Whilst the FR1 doesn’t go to Termini station it does stop at both Ostiense & Tiburtina stations for direct metro connections. This option may be suitable if you are staying near the Pantheon, Piazza Novona or Campo de Fiori areas. Alternatively another stop is Trastevere which allows connections onto the FR5 regional line which does stop at Termini.
Trains start at 05:57 and run roughly every 15 minutes until 22:42. The one way journey costs E8 and takes between 30 and 40 minutes to the 3 connecting stations, depending on your choice. This ticket will only cover your journey to the connecting train stations and any onward journey on the metro will be subject to the normal metro fares.
Traveller Tip: Regardless of which train you choose you can’t use a Rome Public Transport pass for your journey and must purchase the additional ticket. Remember to validate your tickets using the green or white boxes on the platform. If you don’t do this before boarding, your ticket isn’t valid for the journey and you will more than likely be fined.
For up to date timetables and prices for both trains check the Trenitalia website here
For a map of the Rome Train & Metro network click here
Buses from Fiumicino are another budget friendly alternative to the Leonardo Express and take you to the city centre, albeit with a slightly longer journey. There are four major companies offering city centre transfers, the most popular being Terravision. All services depart from bus bays outside Terminal 3 and drop off in the streets surrounding Termini station in the city centre, and some offer interim stops along the way.
The journey takes around 55 minutes and with Terravision costs E4 one-way, with services running similar hours to the train services, roughly between 05:30 and 23:30. The other companies offering services Terravision are TAM, SIT and Atral-Schiaffini. With Terravision you can book in advance online for a slight discount (here
), or with the other companies you can buy a ticket before boarding the bus.
For those less budget conscious and looking for a quick transfer direct to your hotel then taxi is another option. There are taxi ranks outside each of the terminal buildings, and licensed vehicles in Rome are white with the TAXI sign on the roof. Depending on traffic the journey should take between 45 and 55 minutes.
There is a fixed fare for a Rome taxi between FCO and the city centre (within the Aurelian Walls) which is E48. For a group of four this means that taxi is not only more convenient but also cheaper than the Leonardo Express.
Fixed rates also apply to other destinations. Check here
for the fixed price area map and current prices. Any drop off point outside this area will be subject to the usual price indicated by the meter. Make sure this is on and working when you get in the Taxi!
Traveller Tip: The fixed price fares only apply to Taxis licensed by the city of Rome. Taxis registered in the town of Fiumicino itself are subject also to fixed fares but these are higher, so check before boarding that your taxi is from Rome if you wan’t to guarantee the cheaper fare.
Ciampiano airport is Rome’s second, smaller airport and serves some of the low cost carriers. Despite being closer to the city than Fiumicino, only 15km to the south east, there is no direct train connection and so your transfer options are more limited.
As with services from Fiumicino there are a number of competing companies offering transfers to the city centre. Terravision, SIT & Atral all run services to Termini station, with a journey time of 40 minutes. There is minimal difference in price (E4-E6) and so it makes more sense when arriving at the coach stand to buy tickets for the next bus you’re able to board.
As you exit the main terminal building turn left outside from customs and the coach departures can be found to your left. With no train services available the buses are the most commonly used form of transfer and so queues can be lengthy at times, particularly if multiple flights have arrived within a short space of time.
Buses start at 04:00 and run through to midnight. Each company offers services roughly every 40 minutes and at times of peak arrivals it may be a few departures before you are able to board a coach so taxi may be preferable if you want to avoid what could be a long wait.
A taxi rank is situated outside the terminal building and again look out for the white vehicles with official Taxi sign; avoid anyone who approaches you in the terminal offering taxi services as these will undoubtedly be scams.
As with the journey from Fiumicino there is a fixed price from Ciampino to within the Aurelian Walls, of E30. Again make sure the taxi is a Rome registered vehicle and if in doubt check with the driver before departing. The journey should take between 25 and 35 minutes.
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