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.
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 (except on Sundays and in the evenings when it runs every 30 minutes) 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, 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 (or 30 minutes late at night) and costs €14 one way, though children under the age of 4 can run for free, and those between 4 and 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: There are some ticket vending machines once you leave the baggage claim area, at the top of the escalator before you get to the station, which is at a few minutes walk. There are more machines at the station, as well as the kiosks where you can buy the tickets, and the line is much shorter! Or else, buy tickets online!
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. Rush hour is typically in the morning, between 8:00 and 9:30 am when people are driving to work and kids are heading to school, and between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, when people are getting off work.
Having said so, you may well get stuck if there are roadworks or accidents as well!
The good thing about traveling by taxi from Fiumicino to Rome is that it’s a flat fee. It costs €48 to get to the center of Rome (within the Roman Walls) 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: There are plenty of taxi waiting around at arrivals, right outside the doors. By all means, only take an official white taxi and don’t fall for the “abusivi” – these are unlicensed drivers that will be waiting inside the terminal and summon you to ride back to town with them.
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. However, if I know I will be getting in late, or if I am carrying a lot of luggage and don’t feel like having to struggle with it while trying to get a ticket and finding a seat on the train, I make sure to use Rome airport transfers. A transfer can cost anything from €45, so it can actually be cheaper than a taxi. What I like about it is that I can pay it in advance without having to worry about juggling my wallet, and the driver will be waiting for me at the terminal and rescue me and my (heavy) luggage.
The good thing about Rome airport transfers is that you can even pick the kind of vehicle you want, so if there’s a small group traveling you can book a larger car and it won’t turn expensive at all.
One big advantage of booking a transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Rome online is that you don’t have to worry about the language barrier. I don’t have this issue as I am Italian, obviously. But if you are concerned about it, this is a good way to save yourself the headache of having to communicate and making yourself understood.
Here are the best private transfers from Fiumicino Airport to Rome:
- Taxi2Airport – a reliable company that is very conveniently priced. You can even download the app!
- Fiumicino Airport to Rome private transfer – it’s perfect for a small group as it becomes quite convenient.
- Fiumicino Airport to Rome budget private transfer – an extremely conveniently priced option.
- Fiumicino Airport to Rome private transfer in luxury vehicle – you’d be surprised it’s actually cheaper than you think, and perfect if you like the idea of some extra comfort.
- Fiumicino Airport to Rome shared shuttle – the best solution if you like something in-between a car and a bus.
- Fiumicino Airport to Rome private transfer – for a group of up to 3 persons, and they also have a GPS Visirun SPA system so the driver is regularly updated about your arrival time (so you don’t have to worry about letting him know if your flight is delayed).
- Fiumicino Airport to Rome luxury shuttle – perfect for small groups who want to travel in style.
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!
The bus from Fiumicino Airport to Rome
Taking the public bus from from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center is, to be frank, a bit of a nightmare. There is no direct route, because Fiumicino isn’t actually Rome, but a whole different city nearby. Private buses, on the other hand, are more efficient and definitely affordable.
The most reliable company running buses from Fiumicino Airport to Rome is Terravision. The ticket costs €5 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.
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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. To be fair, this hardly happens – but if it does, you may be stuck in the parking lot for a while before the bus goes, and if you are in a rush you should not count on it. You can buy tickets online in advance, and get your preferred ticket, 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 faster service to the Western quadrant and for all those staying near the Vatican.
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 €6,90 and it can be bought online.
Here are a couple of sites where you can buy bus tickets from Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini Station:
What’s your favorite way to travel from Fiumicino Airport to Rome?
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