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How do I travel to Rome from Fiumicino airport?

How do I travel to Rome from Fiumicino airport?

There are two major airports that serve Rome: Fiumicino and Ciampino. If your tour company or hotel isn’t sending a driver for you, here are the options to get you from Fimuicino to your hotel.

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Most international flights from outside Europe land in Fiumicino, Rome’s main international airport, which is near the coast to the west of Rome. Transport options from here are train, taxi or coach.

Welcome Pickups

This is a new service that charges exactly the same price as a taxi, but allows you to book in advance, and gives you the advantages of a limo service: named driver (you’re sent the details in advance) who will wait for you in the terminal with a name board, will wait up to an hour if your flight is delayed, speaks English, and can provide insight to Rome as well as tourist advice. Book a Welcome Pickup >

Train

There are two kinds of train that service Fiumicino: the express and the local train.

The ‘Leonardo Express’ takes 30 minutes to get to Termini, Rome’s main train station. It’s modern, direct, air-conditioned, has wheelchair accessible toilets on board, and is very frequent. It costs €14 each way. Buy here >

The local FL1 metropolitan train is slower but cheaper. At the station it might be signed as ‘Orte’, ‘Monterotondo’ or ‘Fara Sabina’, and stops at several stations in Rome including Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana and Tiburtina. Ostiense and Tiburtina stations are both connected to the Metro. There are toilets on board (one of which is wheelchair accessible) available in the front and back carriages, and tickets to the city are €8.

Tickets can be bought from the machines in the airport station, or from the ticket booth or private ticket stand if open, though you sometimes get charged a small booking fee. Either of the options above will leave you at a train station, and from there you will of course have to travel to your final destination.

Note that when you buy a ticket from one of the machines (which have an English language option), it will ask you which specific train time you want to travel on. This is misleading, as all tickets bought from the machines are valid for three months from the date of issue – so just choose the next available train time and you’ll be fine. If you buy a ticket online just carry a printout of your voucher.

Important note: when travelling on these or any other intercity trains in Italy, you must validate your ticket just before you get on the train, or you could face a stiff fine! Validation is done in machines on or near the platforms that look like this.

Taxi

Taxis are meant to charge a set fee for anywhere in the city, currently €48 per car for up to four passengers including baggage, to destinations within the Aurelian Walls (essentially the city center). If your destination is outside the walls they will use the meter, which can work out more expensive. However some drivers will try to add ‘extras’ on, or rely on you not knowing what the set fee is. Even though it’s expensive and subject to traffic restrictions, a cab will drop you directly at your hotel.

Coach

There are several bus companies that run coaches into the city. These usually stop at Termini, though some will stop in the Vatican area too before continuing to Termini. At €4-6, they are the cheapest option, but they are subject to the vagaries of traffic. Some of the coach companies also tend not to leave until they are full, which means you may be sitting on the coach for thirty minutes or more, waiting for other passengers. The coaches stop running at 11.30pm but there is a limited night coach service to Rome from Fiumicino.

Shuttle bus

A little more luxurious than the coach, these smaller buses also have the advantage of dropping you and your luggage direct to the door of your hotel. However you also have to share with people going to their hotels too, so the end of your journey may end up a little delayed. [Support this site: we earn a small bonus if you book your shuttle bus here =>]

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Welcome Pickup
Drops you at hotel, personal service, waits for your flight 24-hour service, transparent pricing. Subject to traffic. Book Now =>
Taxi
Drops you at hotel Subject to traffic, bad reputation for ‘hidden extras’ Pay on board
Airport shuttle
Drops you at hotel Subject to traffic, relatively expensive Boook Now =>
Leonardo Express train
Fast train, reasonable price Does not run late Book Now =>
Metropolitan train
Cheaper than express train Does not run late, arrives into Tiburtina, takes 1 hour Ticket office or machine at station
Coach
Cheapest option Slow, subject to traffic Book Now =>
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