Rome has two airports, both of which can be reached via a plethora of transportation options. For you, dear Cheapos, we cover each of these modes of transportation. We also offer a quick train station brief. You don't want to get off at the wrong station now, do you?
Getting Into Rome
Most international flights to Rome arrive at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (also called "Fiumicino"), which is located 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of the city. A second airport, Ciampino, serves domestic as well as some international flights. Ciampino is located 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of the center of Rome.
Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino
To take the train from Fiumicino to downtown Rome, follow the “Treni” signs at the airport. The Leonardo Express departs Fiumicino every half hour and runs nonstop to Stazione Roma. The journey take about 30 minutes and tickets cost €14.
Another option, especially good for visitors staying in Trastevere, is to take Sabina-Fiumicino line (FR1), which stops in some of the main Roman railway stations including Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense and Trastevere. A ticket costs €8.
Another way to get into the center of Rome from Fiumicino airport is on the Terravision express bus, which runs to Termini Station. Tickets cost €4 one-way and €8 round-trip. Book bus tickets in advance on the Terravision site.
Taxis between Fiumicino and center city destinations will cost you a whopping €60 per ride, not including supplementary charges for luggage, nighttime travel and Sunday travel.
To get into the heart of Rome from Ciampino, take the CoTral bus for €4.50. It departs from outside the terminal every half an hour and takes you to Anagnina, the terminus of Metro line A, in 30 minutes. From line A, you can take the subway to Stazione Termini, Rome's main train station.
The Terravision bus connects Ciampino airport to Rome's Termini Station. Frequency of service varies according to flight arrivals and departures, but buses typically arrive every 20 minutes or so.Tickets cost €4 one-way and €8 round-trip.
Taxis between Ciampino and the center of Rome cost around €30. Extra charges for luggage, nighttime travel and Sunday travel apply.
From the "Termini" Train Station
Rome has two main train stations located within the city limits. The main train station, Stazione Termini, is situated in the northeast corner of the historic city center ("centro storico").
Outside the ticketing hall of Termini, you will find Piazza del Cinquecento. This massive square is home to multiple taxi stands and the city's major bus terminal. You will most likely arrive in and depart from Termini.
Rome’s other station, Stazione Tiburtina, services a few long-distance trains as well as trains from Fiumicino from its northeastern location.
Check Trenitalia for more train information.
More information on flying into Rome
Visit our Italy budget flights section for more information on low-cost airlines flying into and out of Rome.
Related posts from our blog
- Rome: A practical guide to Rome’s bus and metro system
- Rome Transportation: How far can you go with the €1 metrebus ticket?
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