A taxi from Rome’s main airport, Fiumicino, costs €48 to any destination within the city’s ancient walls. Unfortunately you will find that base price is also subject to a load of hidden extras, such as for luggage, time of day, etc. that you won’t know about until you arrive. And Rome’s cabbies have an unfortunate reputation for playing a little fast and loose with their charges, and the rules, and of course they only take cash.
So… just book an Uber, right? Well no, you can’t do that either. Uber is illegal in Rome. While the expensive limo service Uber Black still exists, the regular taxi replacement service does not.
So step in a miraculous new service called Welcome Pickups. This combines the best of Uber, in that you can book it in advance, pay online, and you know exactly who’s going to be picking you up – with the best of the taxi service, namely the price, yet transparent pricing and no hidden extras.
Better still, your English-speaking driver will meet you at the gate with a name card, and will wait for your plane for up to an hour in the event of a delay.
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Sounds too good to be true – but it’s actually better than that. Unlike regular taxi drivers, all Welcome Pickup drivers are local to Rome, chosen for their ability to speak excellent English, and their deep knowledge of the city.
Arriving with a bunch of people? No problem. Welcome Pickups also provides mini vans for up to seven passengers and their luggage for just €69.
How about if you’re flying into Ciampino airport instead? They’ve got that covered too. For the slightly lower price of €44, you can enjoy an identical level of service at Rome’s second airport. Need a minivan from Ciampino? You can get that too – and for only €58.