How To Get From Fiumicino Airport To Rome City Center

Getting from Fiumicino Airport to Rome is actually very easy. Whether you are planning a quick getaway, a business trip or a romantic weekend in Rome, you can find various ways of getting from Fiumicino to Rome.

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Rome has two airports – Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, and Ciampino G. B. Pastine Airport. Ciampino is actually much closer to the city center of Rome, and that’s where all the budget airlines go. Fiumicino is the main airport, where all the main carriers as well as some budget airlines fly.

Fiumicino is at about 32 km from the city, but it is significantly better connected and there are several ways to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center, which include shuttle buses, taxis, private transfer, bus and train. Unfortunately, there is no metro going from the airport to the city center. Your best bet if you want to use public transportation is either the express train that goes to Termini Station or the regional train that goes to Tiburtina station.

Depending on how you decide to go from Fiumicino to Rome, it’ll take you between 30 minutes and 1 hour to reach the city center.

This post highlights all the options you have to get from the airport to the center of town and shares some tips to help you make your trip smoother.

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Discover how to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center

5 Easy Ways To Get From Fiumicino Airport To Rome

The train from Fiumicino to Rome city center

The train is my favorite way to get from the airport to Rome, provided I don’t have much luggage to carry around. Fiumicino Airport is well connected to Rome city center by train, with regular departures from the train station located in Terminal 3. There are two trains going to Rome. One is an express train that takes you directly to Termini station, the main one in Rome, in just 32 minutes and with no stops in between.

The other is a “regionale” train that takes longer, and makes stops at various stations including Trastevere and Ostiense and terminates in Fara Sabina (an excellent option if you are staying in one of the agriturismo in the Sabina area), at times going as far as Orte, and terminating in Tiburtina station late at night. The regional train also serves so many inner-city stations and it is definitely the best choice for those wanting to reach the entire Southern, Eastern and Northern quadrants of Rome, but keep in mind it tends to get packed with students and commuters.

The regionale train starts at 5:57 am, with the last one departing at 10:53 pm. It leaves every 15 minutes (though please take care to notice that it runs every 30 minutes on Sundays and in the evening) and costs €8 one way, with no reserved seats. You can buy tickets online or directly at the station and you must validate the ticket on the machines on the platform before getting on the train.

If you get off at Trastevere, it takes less than 30 minutes and it takes 48 minutes to reach Tiburtina. Please not that this train does not go to Termini Station, but you can get there by metro if you get off at Ostiense at take line B.

The express train goes from Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini station (arriving in platform 23 or 24), where you’ll find Metro lines A and B and from where you can reach pretty much the rest of the city. The train runs every 15 minutes (except at night, when it runs every half hour), with the first one departing at 6:23 am and the last one at 11:23 pm. It costs €14 one way for adults.

The express train is free for children under the age of 4, and children aged 4 to 12 can run for free with a paying adult. You can buy tickets online or directly at the train station, either from the vending machine or from the kiosk.

TIP: You can buy tickets directly at the airport. You will find vending machines right outside the baggage claim area, at the arrivals, and there will be some also at the train station, where you’ll also find a kiosk. Alternatively, save yourself the hassle and buy tickets online!

PLEASE NOTE: If you buy tickets for the express train in advance, you have to select a departure time. You can’t get on an earlier train (you may get a fine if you do so) but you can board a train that departs after the one you’d originally selected (perfect if your flight is late).

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There are various ways of getting from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

Taxis from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

A taxi can be a convenient and fast way to get from Fiumicino to Rome. I say it can be, because depending on the time of day traffic can be horrific in Rome and the surroundings, and you may get stuck on the Grande Raccordo Anulare, the main highway connecting Fiumicino Airport to Rome.

Personally, I’d avoid taking the taxi during rush hour – in the morning, when locals are going to work and kids to school, and in the late afternoon when they are coming back from work. Opt for the train if you intend to travel during rush hour.

Having said so, you may well get stuck in traffic if there are roadworks (which are quite common) or accidents as well!

Anyways, if taxi is the way to go, you’ll be glad to know that taxis from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center have a flat fee of €50 and you can pay by credit card or cash. Make sure not to pay anything over that price, and if in doubt check the airport website or ask around for the official prices.

TIP: Make sure to only use an official taxi. Official taxis are white, and you will find them outside the main terminal, where you can join the fast moving line. Anything else, is probably illegal (or, as we say here in Italy, “abusivo”) and likely to be a scam.

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Private transfers are an excellent way of getting from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

Private Transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

As I have already said, my favorite way to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center is the train. This works perfectly for anybody who, like me, prefers traveling light – the worry of having to juggle the luggage while getting on the train is almost nil when you pack light.

However, some people can’t master the art of packing light; or they may get to Rome so late that they can’t be bothered to get the train. In that case, I recommend using Rome airport transfers.

A transfer can cost up to €45, so it can actually be cheaper than a taxi. You can pay it in advance without having to worry about juggling your wallet or having to exchange money at the airport; the driver will be waiting for you at the terminal and help you with your luggage and he will know where to take you – taking away the hassle of having to communicate the address you want to reach and of having to break the language barrier in case the driver doesn’t speak Italian.

Rome airport transfers are perfect for small groups, so that you can share the costs, and you can even pick the kind of vehicle you want. 

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Uber from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

Despite taxi drivers telling you differently, and although most Italians don’t actually use it, Uber is legal in Italy. That’s about where the good news end. I am writing this post as I am sitting at Fiumicino Airport, of all places, and I have just checked. It costs €76 to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center with Uber.

May as well get a taxi and save! And if you really want to use an app to book your taxi, you can opt for MyTaxi – there is a MyTaxi waiting area just outside Terminal 1 where your driver will pick you up from.

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Buses aren’t a very good option to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

The bus from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

There are no public buses going from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center – that’s because Fiumicino is actually a different city. However, there are some excellent and very budget friendly private bus options.

The most reliable company running buses from Fiumicino Airport to Rome is Terravision. The ticket costs €7 one way, the trip lasts between 45 minutes and one hour and the bus makes several stops in the city center, including one near the Vatican and one at Termini Station. You can get your Terravision bus ticket here.

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Though the Terravision bus is cheap and an easy way to go from Fiumicino Airport to Rome, keep in mind that the bus may get stuck in traffic and that it often doesn’t leave until full. With the amount of people flying to Rome Fiumicino every day, this is hardly an issue. But if you are in a rush, this simply isn’t a good solution. You can buy tickets online in advance here, or directly when getting on the bus.

The SIT Bus Shuttle is as reliable, if not more reliable than Terravision, and also stops near the Vatican (on Via Crescenzio 2) and it is by far the most convenient and fastest service to the Western quadrant and for all those staying near the Vatican. Tickets cost €8 and can be bought here.

Another company is Rome Airport Bus, with buses that starts their rounds at 6:00 am until midnight, and rides every 25 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day. The ticket costs €9,90 and it can be bought online.

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