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Getting To Rome’s Cruise Port

Flying Into Rome? Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Getting To And From The Cruise Port Of Civitavecchia By Train, Bus Or Taxi

Getting To Your Cruise Ship In Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia Port
Civitavecchia station

Rome is one of the three largest cruise ports in the Mediterranean and it is the largest metropolitan area of the three which include Barcelona and Athens.

Before getting into the details of getting into Rome and out to the port of Civitavecchia a bit of advice. If you’re taking a Mediterranean cruise out of Civitavecchia and haven’t visited to Rome before you must take a day or two and add time in Rome.

Direct Transfers To Rome’s Port Of Civitavecchia

Flying into Rome’s airport and transferring to the port of Civitavecchia provides few economical options. Most cruise lines will offer transfers to your ship from the airport but these usually run somewhere around $100 per person. There’re also shuttles that you can book HERE but the fare is still about the same.

Most airport taxis will take fares to the Civitavecchia port with prices varying a lot. €120 – €170 is about average, but fares back to the airport usually running much more.

Uber also provides service in the Rome area with Uber Black and a recent quote of €125.93

An Economical Option – Rome’s Fiumicino Airport To The Cruise Port Of Civitavecchia By Train

The trip from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia by train takes about 1 hour 44 minutes. There are over thirty trains per day running routes averaging 31 miles. Do not take the Leonardo Express but rather use regular train service. Almost all trains designated as going to the Termini will stop at Trastevere station where you’ll have to make a train change to a Civitavecchia train. Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca or Trenitalia are the main rail operators on these routes and all offer modern cars with space for luggage and comfortable seats.

If your plans include a day or two seeing Rome, the Termini (Central Train Station) area provides good inexpensive and convenient connecting train service to Civitavecchia. Within an easy walk of the Termini are good local restaurants and wine bars, offering good snacks and light fare and a number of nice hotels. You can also easily catch Metro Lines A and B from the Termini to get around the city.

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 San Paolo, 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 still costing under €12 each.

Roma Termini vending machines

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. Always remember the ticket MUST be validated for use at each platform. 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 without a validated ticket.

If you’re not staying near the Termini you can still catch the regional trains at San Paolo Station which is a convenient station that connects to the Rome Metro Line B. Other stations that connect for Civitavecchia include Tuscolana, Ostiense, Trastevere, and San Pietro.

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Rome transit system
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The Shuttle bus area inside the Civitavecchia port

Getting From The Civitavecchia Train Station To The Cruise Port

There are three options getting to the port bus area from the train station. First is CSP (Civitavecchia Public Services) or PortLink buses. These buses leave from the square in front of the station every 20 minutes and take you inside the port to the bus area in under 15 minutes.The ticket costs € 2.00 (luggage included) and can be purchased at the newsstand and the station bar in the station.

Taxis are another option but are usually very expensive with averages costing € 35 plus.

Walking about a dozen blocks from the station in Civitavecchia with the entrance to the port a pleasant walk (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 for each ship are clearly marked.

If you are disembarking from a cruise there is usually a free shuttle bus to the train station in Civitavecchia that you can catch at the port shuttle bus stop.

If you’ve been traveling around Italy there are also good train connections from most major cities that will take 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, the port entrance and the waterfront. Civitavecchia is also more than just a cruise port and deserves some time exploring the city itself if you can fit it into your schedule.

Around Civitavecchia

Getting Into Rome From The International Airport

There is a high speed express train that travels from the Fiumicino airport to the Termini in central Rome. Catch the Leonardo Express at the Felice Santini train station located adjacent to Fiumicino airport. To get to the station just follow the signs. Leonardo Express trains leave approximately every 15 minutes. The trains run between 6.40 am and 11.40 pm and cost about € 18 each way.

The Leonardo Express

Buses between Fiumicino (FCO) airport and central Rome offer several options. First, buying bus tickets online before your trip is a bad idea. Buying bus tickets online can actually be more expensive. Once you arrive, you’ll discover that there were a number of bus ticket counters near the baggage area and pricing is usually much lower than what is online. Express bus to Termini should be 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.

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 we would suggest asking at your hotel. There are buses that can pick you up at many hotels and your front desk can provide advice on traffic travel times, costs and the best bus service.

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