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How to get to Rome

Arriving by Plane

The main international airport of Rome is Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino), located at about 30 km southwest from downtown. Connections to the city are available by train and by taxi.

The quickest way to reach central Rome is the shuttle train, the Leonardo Express, which leaves every 30 minutes for the main station, Stazione Termini. The journey lasts about half an hour without intermediate stops.
The first departure from Roma Termini is at 5:52and from Fiumicino at 6:36.
The last departure from the airport is at 23:36 and from Roma Termini at 22:52.

This service is guaranteed also in the event of a strike (if necessary, the trains will be replaced by buses).

You can buy tickets on the web site of Trenitalia, at the ticket desks, station machines, travel agencies, authorized sales points, and also at the Trenitalia desk near the train for 15 Euro (Rome Termini -platform 25). At Leonardo da Vinci airport, in the main hall of the railway station, at railway ticket office, newspaper sellers-tobacconist's, self-service tellers. The train only offers first class service. Children younger than 12 travels free if accompanied by an adult; children who travel alone pay the full price.


Stamping and Ticket validity

Tickets bought and printed on-line are already validated. Their validity lasts for 90 minutes from the departure time of the selected train.

Tickets bought from the ticket desks at the stations, railway ticket desks, travel agencies, enabled ticket offices and self-service machines are valid for 90 minutes and must always be validated using the appropriate stamping machines before starting every journey.


The terminus is right outside the Termini Station and it is connected to the two underground lines, A and B.

Also inside the airport train station is the local train, which stops at Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina Stations. The cost is €8.00. At night there is a coach service from Fiumicino to Tiburtina station.


From Fiumicino Airport by Taxi

Public taxis are white, with a code and the sign of the city of Roma on the doors, and with a taximeter. From the Fiumicino airport to any place downtown (within the Aurelian city walls), the flat rate is €40 (inclusive luggage, up to four passengers, night fares apply). On most taxis you can pay by credit card. Please ask in advance. A trip to the main railway station (Stazione Termini) takes about 45 minutes, except in rush hours.

The other airport is Ciampino, where most low-cost company flights land, about 20 km from the city. It is connected to the FS (State Railway) train station Roma Termini by Cotral blue buses. Tickets cost €4.

The Sitbusshuttle line also connects the airport to Termini station (up-to-date fares available on their website).

Terravision offers a city transfer service for those arriving with Ryanair, Easyjet, Hapag Lloyd Express, Wizz Air, Blue Air and Central Wings. Tickets cost: one-way price €4, round trip price €8. They can be bought on airplanes, the internet sites of the low cost companies, at the stands in front of the airport arrival area as well as directly from Terravision.

If you buy your ticket online you have the right of priority boarding (Timetable).

In alternative, you can get to Rome:

  • Bus to Ciampino Railway Station + Train to Termini Station.
  • "Co.tra.l." line bus to Subway (Metro) Anagnina Station + Metro Line A from Anagnina to Termini


From Ciampino Airport by Taxi

Public taxis (white color) are available just outside the arrival hall. The flat rate to any place downtown is €30. Make sure to get those cabs and beware of individuals offering transport service as their are not licensed to do so and the price is unpredictable.

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Arriving by Train

The main stations in Rome are Stazione Termini (Piazza dei Cinquecento) and Stazione Tiburtina (Piazza della Stazione Tiburtina). Both stations are connected to the network by the underground and many buses in all directions leave from outside the stations. For information on times and ticket prices we advise you to connect the railway company site Ferrovie dello Stato, where after registering you can also buy tickets on-line and pick them up on the train itself.


Arriving by Car

For those coming from the North the best way to reach Rome is the A1 Milano-Roma motorway. Those arriving from the West of Italy should take the Aurelia and then the Civitavecchia-Roma motorway. Those arriving from the Adriatic Coast can reach Rome via the Roma-L'Aquila motorway while from the South take the A1.

All the motorways intersect Rome's ring road, called Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA), which has junctions for the centre and the outskirts of Rome.

It is preferable not to use cars in the center of Rome. The central area of Rome is closed for private car (ZTL Zone) from 8:00 to 18:00 (Sunday excluded).

Public Transportation

Rome has two subways, line A and B, plenty of buses and trams. The two subway lines cross at the railway station Termini. Tickets have to be bought always in advanced (only few tram has a ticket machine on board) at the automatic machines (in every subway station) or in newsstand or in tobacco shop. These are the prices:

  • BIT 1 single ticket for €1 and lasts 75 minutes, valid only for 1 ride in the subway and has to be stamped and kept till the destination is reached.
  • BIG 1 daily ticket at the price of €4 lasting the day of the stamp.
  • BIT 1 ticket that lasts for 3 days, costs €11 and can be used on all the public transportation of Rome. Need to be stamped the first time and showed whenever asked.
  • CIS a weekly ticket costing €16 needs to be stamped and kept all week.

More details about tickets, buses & subway.






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