Getting in and out of town: Rome airports
When arriving or leaving Rome, you are likely to do it at
the "Leonardo da Vinci" airport in Fiumicino, a
little town by the seaside, 35 kilometres (20 miles) from
the centre of Rome. It is more known in Rome with the name
of the locality, i.e. as "Fiumicino airport" ("Aeroporto
Fiumicino" in Italian). In airline tickets, its acronym is usually "FCO".
The other possibility is that you arrive or leave at the "Ciampino airport", a little town 13 km (8 miles) from the centre
of Rome. In airline tickets, its acronym is usually "CNO".
In the airport look for the well-made trolleys where to put
There are three possibilities: by a) taxi or b) car
Arrival by taxi
Follow the arrows in the airport to the taxi area, which is
outside and at the same floor of the check out area. You have
to stand in line sometimes, but it is always a fast procedure.
A taxi ride should cost you around 42 Euro (appr. 53 US$).
You also pay a fee of app. 1.5 Euro (app. 1.9 US$) for every
Make sure that the taxi is an official one, and beware of
non-official taxies or drivers: with various excuses (that
they have a nicer car etc.) they could ask you consistently
more, up to 100 Euro (app. 130 US$). Make sure that you deal
the price without possibility of mistakes before accepting
the service if the taxi is not an official one. The only other
cars and drivers you can trust are the car service ones, please
It is better in Rome to book a taxi by phone, and not to wait
in the taxi parking areas. The only areas where it is easy
to catch a taxi are the train stations. There is no surcharge
for phone booking. If you cannot ask your hotel to do it,
call 064994, 066645 or 063570. The operators speak some English,
so speak slowly and clear. They will ask you the address and
at what time they must arrive. They will ask your telephone
number. They will call you a few minutes before the agreed
time, double checking your request and also informing you
of the taxi number or code, and also within how many minutes
the taxi will arrive (usually between 3 and 10 minutes). You
can only book a tazi within 24 hours before the pick up (with
the car service company there is no restriction to book).
Professional car service
A professional car service, with pick-up at the airport
or train station to the apartment or viceversa, is available
for Roman Homes customers. The fares vary depending on the
number of persons. For ex.:
- up to 3 persons will cost you 60
Euro (app. 78 US$) from
the airport to the apartment or viceversa. The car will be
a large Standard Mercedes (blu colour).
- if you are 4-6 persons, or you are loaded
with luggage, you will need a van. It will cost you app. 80
Euro (app. 105 US$) from the airport to the apartment, or
viceversa. The car will be a comfortable Mercedes Van.
- if you are more than 6 persons you will need a minibus,
which will cost you 95 Euro (app. 124 US$).
The reservation of the car service, generally done with expensive
cellular phone calls to the driver, is reserved only for our
customers. The car service is extremely professional, attentive
and courteous, and has been selected by us among all the car
service companies in Rome. The driver will wait for you just
out of the customs area in the airport with a board with your
name. To benefit from the reservation, customers MUST also
fill in the Car
Service Enquiry Form. Prices of the car service are fixed,
also in the year 2006, (while with taxies they can change
for a n. of variables, and you have to pay a fee on top for
each suitcase), its cars are climatised, the drivers
very professional and with knowledge of English.
Arrival by train
Follow the arrows in the airport to the train station area,
you cannot miss it. Elevators and moving walkways will bring
you there. You are not allowed to put trolleys with luggage
on the walkways, but you can roll them along the corridors
next to them.
There are two trains:
1) one goes to STAZIONE TERMINI.
They call it "non stop" (because it does not have
in-between stops) and it takes 30 min. It costs 9 Euro (Appr.
11 US$). It generally leaves every hour at every 8th minute
(8.08 AM, 9.08 AM etc.). In addition you have the following
rides: 7.38 AM, 16.38 , 18.38 PM, 20.38 PM. The first ride
is at 7.38 AM, the last one at 22.08 PM. It takes app. 30
minutes to arrive in Termini station.
The train starts from and arrives at track 22 of Termini station (the main train station).
The tickets can be purchased:
a) at automatic vending machines at both TERMINI and FIUMICINO Airport
b) at the ticket counter near the platform at FIUMICINO Airport.
c) at the Alitalia bureau near track 22 at TERMINI (6.30 AM
- 9.00 PM)
From Termini station you will be able to take the subway
lines A (red colour) and B (blue colour), as well as all the
buses of the station and a taxi too if you need one. The cost
of a subway or of a bus ticket is 1 Euro (appr. 1.26 US$).
2) The second train is called with two names: "FM1"
(Ferrovia Metropolitana 1), or "Treno metropolitano per
Orte or Fara Sabina" (it goes alternatively to both places,
both are good for you)". Sometimes at the little train
station of the airport it is simply indicated as going to
"Stazione Tiburtina", from the name of the most
important in-between stop.
This train is cheaper (5 Euros, appr. 6 US$) and as comfortable
as the other one.
In working days it leaves every 20 minutes or so, and there
is always one leaving at every 0.28 and 0.58 of every hour:
7.28 AM, 7.58 AM, 8.28 AM etc. During weekends there is a
reduction in frequency, but there is at least one every hour.
Moreover it is the earliest (first ride at 6.28 AM) and the
latest train going to town (last ride at 23.38 PM).
In addition this train has in-between stops. They are usually
train and subway stations of Rome: Stazione Trastevere (after
23 minutes), Stazione Ostiense (27 minutes), Stazione Tuscolana
(36 minutes) and Stazione Tiburtina (41 minutes).
The Stazione Trastevere is the one you have to get off if
you need to reach this famous quarter, and also if you have
to go to Monteverde Vecchio or to Monteverde Nuovo.
Stazione Ostiense is the first station where you can take
the B line subway (and hence continue to the Coliseum at the "Colosseo" stop,
the FAO at the Circo Massimo stop, the Monti quarter at the Cavour stop, San Paolo
Basilica and the EUR at their respective stops).
Stazione Tiburtina is served also by the subway B line, by
many important buses and you can always take a taxi if you
Departure by train
From Stazione Termini to Fiumicino with the non stop train.
There follows the timetable:
6.52 AM; 7.22 AM; 8.22 AM; 9.22 AM; 10.22 AM; 11.22 AM
12.22 PM; 1.22 PM; 2.22 PM; 3.22 PM; 3.52 PM; 4.22 PM; 5.22
PM; 5.52 PM; 6.22 PM
7.22 PM; 7.52 PM; 8.22 PM; 9.22 PM.
From Stazione Tiburtina, Ostiense or Trastevere to Fiumicino
with the cheaper train, it is very useful because it is the
first leaving: the first ride is at 5.04 AM from Tiburtina
(it then leaves Stazione Ostiense at 5.16 AM and Stazione
Trastevere at 5.20 AM). The trains frequency is the same as
the opposite way, i.e. to Rome.
From Ciampino airport
The cost of a taxi ride to the town or to the airport is
about the same as for the Fiumicino airport, although slightly
less. The same considerations apply as from Fiumicino airport
(please click on the underscored text). The cost and organization
of the car service is the same as from Fiumicino airport.
We will now consider only hence the transport from and to
the airport by public transport:
Regarding public transport, you must buy the tickets from
the kiosks or bars in the airport 1 Euro (appr. 1.3 US$).
Then you have to walk all the way to the gate/exit of the
airport, and there you must take any blue regional bus (the
stop is near the gate) that has a plate with written "Roma".
You will arrive at the "Anagnina" bus and subway
stop. Once the bus stops in the large widening, follow everybody
going downstairs, and you will find yourself in the subway
station. After having bought the ticket 1 Euro (appr. 1.3
US$) from the automatic dispenser or from a kiosk nearby,
you must take the direction "San Pietro or Ottaviano".
This gives you simply the direction to downtown, as Ottaviano
is the final destination there. The stop "Termini"
is the main train station. "Spagna" is the stop
of the Spanish Steps (and of the Trevi Fountain nearby). "Ottaviano" is
the stop to go to St. Peter's basilica, to the Vatican and to Prati.
You should take the subway line A to the stop called "Anagnina".
Once you are there, after the check out point of the subway,
take the corridor to the left. You will find yourself in a
very large corridor. Take it turning left, and walk for about
100 metres. At the end you will find a counter (at the left).
Purchase the ticket informing the clerks that you need to
go to Ciampino airport. Then take one of the many stairs in
front of the counter, and you will find yourself in a large
space with the bus platforms. It is not necessary that you
take the specific one to Ciampino airport, but any bus that
will drop you there (ask the driver or to the people to check
if the first bus leaving goes there).
The bus will go along the ring of Rome for a while, then it
will take the Appia road and will stop right in front of the
little airport. You will have to cross the Appia road (be
careful) and past the gate of the airport you will have to
walk to the check-in area.
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