A Guide To Rome’s Regional Transportation Options
Getting Into Rome From The Airport
Having often traveled between Rome, its airport, the cruise port of Civitavecchia and a number of cities in Italy we’ve made a few mistakes but have also had some fun traveling by train. Here is some basic information on travel centered on Rome as well as some tips on things to watch out for.
First, you should really try using public transportation. It is, in most instances, the significantly less expensive option. It also is an opportunity to mix with local Romans giving you a feeling about who they are and, with the exception of getting packed in during rush hour, you’ll find they can be very helpful.
Buses between Fiumicino (FCO) airport and central RomeFirst we have discovered that buying bus tickets online before your trip is a bad idea. Before our first trip we had looked into buying bus tickets online and had made notes on lines and costs but didn’t actually get around to making the purchase. Our hotel was just a few blocks from the Termini (Rome’s Central Train Station) so we decided to find an express bus. Once we arrived, we discovered that there were a number of bus ticket counters near the baggage area and pricing was much lower than what we had seen online. We bought tickets on an express bus to Termini for about €8 each. At Fiumicino airport, the bus departure points are outside of Terminal 3, and off to your right. Buses take about 45 minutes to get to Rome Termini from Fiumicino airport, traffic permitting, and we were at our hotel 15 minutes by foot after arriving at the Termini.
For express bus service Cotral offers a bus from Rome Termini to Rome Airport every 4 hours. Tickets cost €2 – €3 and it takes about 45 min. There is also the Roma Airport Bus T.A.M. for €5 per person. These buses run between 08:00 am and 11:30 pm between Fiumicino (Terminal 3) and a stop outside Termini Station. The return tickets cost €8.00 per person and depart from Termini Station between 4:30 am and 8:30 pm.
For other locations in Rome to the airport, the locations are less centralized and we would suggest inquiring at your hotel. Some buses can pick you up and your front desk can provide advice on traffic times and the best service.
Rome Area Trains (Commuter, Express and Regional)
Tickets for many trains are not for reserved seats. You can use them at any time within the next several months, but the ticket MUST be validated right before use. You must, before boarding the train, punch the ticket in one of the little green and white machines around the platform area.
The best way to get from the Termini to Rome Airport (FCO) is by train which takes 45 minutes and costs as little as €4. The Leonardo Express train (€14 per person) is a fast service between Fiumicino and Rome Termini. Trains leave every half hour and take 32 min. It is the most popular service to central Rome but can be busy at times.
A word of caution. From Fiumicino airport there are a number of options for taking a train into central Rome but be careful when using the Suburban trains during rush hour if you are carrying luggage. Unfortunately if you are flying in from the U.S. you are usually arriving early in the morning and that means rush hour on the trains. Seating is at a premium on these trains and the aisles are standing room only. As friendly as Romans are they do not take kindly to you taking up seats with your bags or blocking aisles and they won’t hesitate telling you about it. You may not understand Italian but you’ll get the drift by their tone.
Suburban train fares run €8 per person to Termini. This service (FL1) has a number of stops including Trastevere, Ostiense, and Tiburtina stations. This is usually the best train to take if you’re going to Trastevere, Piazza Navona, or the Pantheon neighborhood. The trains start at about 6:00 am and run till after 10:00 pm. The trains run 10 to 25 minutes apart depending on the time of day. For suburban trains to the Termini you’ll need to connect at Ostiense station with metro line B marked Termini, and also for high-speed Italo trains to Florence and points north. At Tiburtina station, the FL1 connects with Metro line B and also to Italo and Trenitalia trains. At Trastevere station, you can also connect to FL5 for service to the port of Civitavecchia. You can also connect with trains to Florence as well as Civitavecchia at Tiburtina station.
Rome Termini is the central station in the city with access to the Metro and bus routes to other areas and train service to other parts of Italy. The easiest way to purchase tickets is to use the vending machines. Instructions are available in numerous languages and most credit cards are accepted. In the main terminal hall there are information/ticketing counters but be careful and don’t just walk up to them. You need to get a ticket and watch the board for your number to be called and to identify the window to use. Also, while most situations in Rome and Italy allow you to get by very well speaking only English, train ticket offices are often an unfortunate exception. Be prepared by writing down information about where you’re going.
The fare for a taxi from Fiumicino to central Rome for one to four people and luggage is €48 plus. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes to most parts of central Rome. If your hotel is outside this area, you will have to pay the meter. Note that the fixed price from the airport to central Rome applies only to taxis licensed by the City of Rome. For groups of four, taxis can be an economical option over buses and trains.
Other Options In addition to buses and trains there are limousine services and, at last check, Uber is operating in the Rome area as well. Check your Uber App.
Getting From Rome To The Cruise Port
A couple of times we have stayed in Rome to do some sightseeing before taking a cruise. We prefer to stay at hotels just a few blocks from the Termini (Central Train Station). Within an easy walk there are a few nice local restaurants and wine bars that offered good snacks and light fare and we can easily catch a train to Civitavecchia.
There are trains leaving the Termini for Civitavecchia about twice an hour throughout the day. Trains to Civitavecchia originate at the main Termini in Rome with most stopping at Tuscolana, Ostiense, Trastevere, and San Pietro. Many are double-deck regional commuters with room to set luggage but make sure you keep an eye on it. Fares are about €7 to €9 per person one way. There are a few faster InterCity trains between Roma Termini and Civitavecchia costing under €12 each.
Train schedules that are easy to understand are posted throughout the stations. Make note of the track number and follow the signs to the platform. Remember the ticket MUST be validated for use. Validate before boarding the train, punch the ticket in one of the little green and white machines around the platform area. There can be serious fines for being on a train and not validating a ticket.
If you’re not staying near the Termini can also catch many of the trains to Civitavecchia at Tuscolana, Ostiense, Trastevere, and San Pietro stations.
Map of Romes major attractions
Getting From Rome’s Fiumicino Airport To The Cruise Port Of Civitavecchia
If you are flying in to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and would prefer to take a train directly to Civitavecchia station the process is a bit more time consuming. You will first need to take the train going to Rome city center getting off at “Trastevere Station” than change direction to another line designated for Civitavecchia. The trip averages about 2 hours and will cost about €12.
From Fiumicino Airport there is no direct bus service to Civitavecchia but there are private car and shuttle services that will average €125 to €150 with a recent Uber quote being €120 (black). With your cruise you can book a cruise ship shuttle from Fiumicino Airport but expect to pay about $95 per person.
From the station in Civitavecchia the entrance to the port is a pleasant walk of a dozen or so blocks. (Exit the train station and go right.) When you get to the McDonalds turn right and go uphill following the street around a turn to the left. A few blocks further along is the ports free shuttle bus area on your left. The free shuttle buses to each ship are clearly marked.
If you are disembarking from a cruise there is a free shuttle bus to the train station in Civitavecchia at the port shuttle bus stop.
If you’ve been traveling around Italy there are also good train connections from most major cities taking you to Civitavecchia. A few times we have stayed a night or two in Civitavecchia and there are a number of good, small hotels near local restaurants and only a few blocks from the city’s shopping promenade and the port and waterfront. Civitavecchia is also more than just a cruise port and deserves some time exploring the city itself if you can fit it into.
Cruising out of Rome and how to get to the port o. Trains, buses, taxis and getting to the port shuttle area
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