Traveling has always been one of my passions. It exposes us to new cultures and experiences and makes the world a more tolerant place.
Rome is serviced by two airports, the Leonardo da Vinci airport otherwise known as Fiumicino, and the Ciampino Airport. Most visitors traveling to Rome from overseas will come into Fiumicino as mostly executive and regional carriers use Ciampino.
For many visitors, getting from the airport to Rome and where they are staying presents some logistical problems and a certain amount of anxiety. With just a little knowledge about the public transportation system and the options available you can make this journey into Rome with ease and confidence.
Fiumicino airport is located approximately 16 miles southwest of the city of Rome. There are many ways to get from the airport into Rome assuming you are not taking a rental vehicle, which is definitely not recommended.
While driving in certain parts of Italy can be fun and sometimes necessary, this is not the case with Rome. The city is large, congested, and usually crawling with tourists who are sometimes more concerned with looking at Rome's attractions than the traffic. Unless you have done this before you do not want to attempt this, especially after an overnight flight where you are apt to be tired and sleep-deprived.
Let’s take a look at the options available. The “best” option for you will depend on certain variables such as your arrival time, the number of people in your party, and how quickly you are looking to make the trip into Rome, so that determination will be left for you to decide.
The quickest and most expensive way to get from Fiumicino into Rome is to take a private shuttle or limousine service. While this may be the most expensive option it is also the most comfortable service. With a little planning, you can arrange for a driver to meet you at the airport. This is certainly the quickest way to get from the airport right to the front door of wherever you are staying.
Our only experience with this method was with Rome Cabs going from Rome to the airport and I must say they are timely and efficient. If you have a large traveling party this may make sense as the cost can be split among you. Most limousine companies maintain a fleet of very nice vans, which make for a roomy and comfortable ride. The cost can range from about 50 to 60 euros per person for one or two travelers to about 30 euros per person for large groups requiring a shuttle van.
A taxi is the next most convenient method but can also be on the expensive side depending on the size of your party. The standard fare from the airport to anywhere within the walls of Rome is 48 euros for up to four people. The taxi driver will also expect a tip so be prepared.
If you are traveling alone then this can be expensive but if you are a party of four then it is certainly reasonable. Licensed taxis in Rome are white, have a "Taxi" sign on the roof and have a sign on the side of the car. Never use an unlicensed or unregistered taxi, as there is a good chance that they will try to scam you.
The taxi ride from Fiumicino into Rome can take anywhere from forty minutes to over an hour depending on the traffic and where you are going. Some taxi drivers may attempt to charge you more than the set fee but don’t let them intimidate you. This is why I always ask what the rate is before getting into the cab. This eliminates any surprises and lets the driver know that I am aware of what the set fee is. If you do have a bad experience with a taxi driver in Rome, you can report them to the Carabinieri (Tel.112). There are of course many good taxi drivers out there, but Rome has a high percentage of the other sort.
The Leonardo Express is the direct train that serves the Fiumicino to Rome route. The train leaves every thirty minutes or so, and takes about thirty minutes to get from the airport to the central station in Rome. The Express costs 14 euros per person and leaves from platform 24. Make sure you get your ticket stamped in the yellow validation machine before using it. We took the Express once and while it was fine you will need to plan on how to get from the Roma Termini train station to where you are staying. This can add to the cost and will certainly take more time.
If you happen to be taking the train to another part of Italy then the Leonardo Express makes sense as you can simply transfer to another train at the Termini station in Rome. Please note that to travel to other parts of Italy by train you cannot get there from the station at Fiumicino. You will need to get to the Termini train station in Rome for this.
- Roma Termini - Leonardo Da Vinci Airport connection in just 32 minutes with Leonardo express!!!
With departures every 30 minutes, the Leonardo Express connects Roma Termini station and Fiumicino airport every day in just 31 minutes and without intermediate stops.
FL1 Regional train
The FL1 metropolitan train (also known as the FR1) is a cheaper train option than the Leonardo Express. If you are staying in the Ostiense or Trastevere areas of Rome then this is the train for you. Keep in mind that this train does not go to the main Termini Train station in Rome, so if that is your destination you are better off with the Leonardo Express. The trains leave every fifteen minutes on weekdays and every thirty minutes on Sundays and Holidays and the cost is 8 euros per person.
Terravision provides bus service from Fiumicino to the Roma Termini station, which is Rome’s public transport hub, located right in the city center. The buses leave every thirty minutes, take about fifty-five minutes, and cost 10 euros one way. The bus does make a stop in Fiumicino center before proceeding on to Rome so only consider this option if you are in no particular hurry. You will need transportation from the Termini station in Rome to your ultimate destination so be sure to take the time and cost of this into consideration.
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In 2009 SITBus Shuttle began daily runs from Leonardo Da Vinci Airport to two locations in Rome, the Termini Train Station and also Piazza Cavour which is near Castel Sant’ Angelo. There are currently 33 daily runs between Fiumicino and Rome so they do run quite often. The fare is a very reasonable 7 euros per person and service runs from 5 am until 11:15 pm. If your accommodations happen to be located near the Castel Sant’ Angelo then this might be a viable option.
Transfer between Rome, Fiumicino and Ciampino airports
As you can see there are many options for getting from the Leonardo da Vinci airport into Rome. What method you ultimately decide to use will depend on your budget, time frame and comfort level. If you're willing to pay a premium then certainly utilizing a private limousine or shuttle service is the most efficient and comfortable way. Regardless of what method you choose, you're going to Rome, so enjoy.
Here are some helpful tips on how to get around in Rome once you've arrived in the city.
Ciao for now.
© 2012 Bill De Giulio
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 26, 2012:
Hi there GoodLady. I'm envious that you live in Italy. How lucky are you? Italy is such a beautiful country with so much history and so much to see and do. Certainly one of my favorite places. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on May 26, 2012:
Truly useful. I live here and so know how accurate and helpful your information is. Good Hub!
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 08, 2012:
Thanks Marion. Hope you enjoyed Rome, it's a beautiful city. Flying from the U.S. we generally don't fly into Ciampino. Wish we could as I find Fiumicino to be hectic and the customs lines to be long. Hopefully you get back to Rome soon.
Marion Elodie from London on April 08, 2012:
I spent a day in Rome and flew back to London from Ciampino, but this is a useful hub and I may need it one day. Thanks for sharing this info. I really look forward to spending more time in Italy.
Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 08, 2012:
Thank You Lenzy. Very much appreciate the comments. I'm sure you'll take that trip to Italy someday and when you do hopefully it's a wonderful experience.
Lenzy from Arlington, Texas on April 07, 2012:
I know that if I ever take a trip to Italy, I will look up your well written Hubs. They are detailed, give excellent information and have great photos. This is another great hub which you have written. Lenzy