Ciampino is Rome’s second airport, and the destination of choice for many of Europe’s low-cost airlines. It is less well served by transport links than Fiumicino. However, it is closer to Rome city center than Fiumicino. We explore your options.
Stop press! Public bus from Ciampino to the Metro!
As of September 19th 2017, a new bus line has been laid on that connects Ciampino airport with Laurentina station, the southernmost end of Linea B of the Metro system. The 720 leaves stand 4 outside the arrivals hall every twenty minutes, and you can use it with a regular €1.50 Rome public transport ticket, which can be bought from the Chef Express café in the terminal building. At the time of writing there is no published timetable, so it isn’t known when the first and last buses run, not whether they will conform to the operating hours of the Rome Metro. In any case, if you arrive after the Metro ceases to run, you will still need to make other arrangements.
Getting to the city from Ciampino Airport
Like at Fiumicino, Taxis are meant to charge a set fee for anywhere in the city. This is a reasonable €30 per car for up to four passengers including baggage, to destinations within the Aurelian Walls (essentially the city center). However as always, there are extras such as out-of-hours charges, baggage charges, that can increase the price – and drivers may often try to add fake ‘fees’ on, or rely on you not knowing what the official set charge is.
The train option from Ciampino is not good. The nearest train does not leave from the airport: you need to travel three or four miles to Ciampino center, where you can connect. The train, while relatively fast, is also infrequent. It arrives in Termini station. Local buses to the station from the airport leave around every half hour, take 15 minutes, and cost around €1. A taxi to the station will cost around €10. Tickets are only €1.50.
Ciampino is served by several coach companies. Your low-cost carrier will sell you a ticket on the plane for around €4-5 each way, which will usually save you about €2 off the price of a ticket sold at the door of the coach, but it does mean you have to wait for the specific coach company that the airline sold you, and can’t jump on the next available coach.
There are fewer companies operating at Ciampino than at Fiumicino, and as a consequence when several flights at the same time they can be a little oversubscribed. They take less time to get to the city center than from Fiumicino – between 30-40 minutes – and also end up at Termini Station.
|Taxi||Drops you at hotel, reasonably priced||Subject to traffic|
|Local train||Fast, reasonable price||Infrequent, distant, drops you at Termini|
|Coach||Very cheap||Crowded, subject to traffic, terminates at Termini|