Ciampino is Rome's low-cost airport, perfect for a weekend getaway. Unlike airports operated by low-cost airlines in other cities, Ciampino is the same distance from Rome as Fiumicino, the city's main airport.
And that's not the only good news! You have three different ways to get to the city, and if you read on I'll tell you which one I personally consider the best, plus a few tips to make the worst part of the trip, getting to the hotel, very easy and comfortable. Without further ado, here's how to get to Rome from Ciampino airport.
1. Options for getting to Rome from Ciampino airport
2. Shared airport transfers between Ciampino and Rome
By booking this transfer in advance, you take all the worry out of getting to your hotel once you land in Rome. The shared transfers work as follows: you will have a driver waiting for you at the airport exit to take you and 5 other passengers to each of your respective destinations.
If you are traveling to Rome in company, you can request a shared transfer to go as a group to the hotel. The vehicles are usually a maximum of 6 seats, and in case you are four or more people it may be worth booking a private transfer, which I give you all the information below.
But back to the shared transfers, this is the best option to get comfortably to your hotel, without having to carry suitcases (the driver will help you to put them in the trunk) or deal with public transport.
And likewise, for when you have to return to the airport at the end of your trip, you have the possibility to book a shared transfer from Rome to Ciampino. This way you can enjoy the last few moments of your trip, knowing that you have a driver who will pick you up at the exact time to be at the airport in advance.
3. Private transfers between Ciampino and Rome
These are the VIP transfers, the premium experience, the way to get to Rome with more class. Or simply, the most economical way to get from the airport to the city if you are in a group of six.
The private arrival transfer from Ciampino to Rome works in much the same way as the shared transfers, except that you will not share the vehicle with unknown travelers. If there are two of you, it is not the most cost-effective option but it will be like taking a cab to the hotel with the added advantage that the driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will help you with your luggage.
As in the case of shared transfers, you can book a private transfer from Rome to Ciampino and squeeze the day in Rome to the last minute.
4. What you need to know before booking a transfer between the airport and the city
- Make the transfer reservation after you have booked your flight ticket! You will need to provide some key information about your flight, such as the flight identification code and the approximate landing time (to book an arrival transfer) or take-off time (in the case of a departure transfer). In this way, the shuttle driver will know if your flight has been delayed, at which departure to wait for you in order to make your life easier and, in the case of return transfers, will pick you up at the exact time to drop you off at the airport in good time.
- You are also asked for a contact telephone number, so that the driver can call you in case of any problem.
- The service operates from Monday to Sunday at any time.
- How long does it take to get to Rome from Ciampino? About half an hour, maybe 40 minutes at most on a busy day.
- Your driver will wait for you for a maximum of 30 minutes. But you don't need to worry, he will have your flight details and will know more or less how long it will take you from the departure to the meeting point.
- The luggage allowed in the transfer is a suitcase and a handbag, and you will have the driver's help to put it in the trunk. If you are traveling with any extra luggage such as an instrument or a large bag, I recommend that you mention it at the time of booking or contact the transportation agency before the day of the flight.
- Transfers cover the area of central Rome, and you can ask to be dropped off at your hotel or anywhere else you prefer, but it is quite possible that the driver will not take you outside the limits of the metropolitan area of the city.
- It is generally recommended that the return transfer be made 3 and a half hours before your scheduled flight time. The transportation agency will recommend a time that you are free to modify.
Child and baby seats are available. Ask for them at the time of booking.
5. How to get to Rome from Ciampino by public transport
You already know the best way to get to Rome when you land at the airport, but in case the transfers didn't convince you, you have two other options to get to your hotel: take the bus or order a cab.
Getting by bus to Rome from Ciampino
The best alternative to booking a transfer, as the train does not reach Ciampino. The cheapest option is the ATRAL buses that connect Ciampino airport to Rome's metro line A (at Anagnina station). Once you get there, you will have to take the subway or another form of transportation to get to your hotel, which can be a bit of a hassle.
There are also buses between Ciampino airport and the center of Romeautobusesthat go directly to the center of Rome. They have several stops so you can get off at the one closest to your hotel. An advantage of this form of transportation is that you can also purchase your ticket in advance online, which I recommend if you choose this option to ensure your place. For transportation back to the airport, you can buy your ticket at Termini station.
Buses from Ciampino take about 45 minutes to get to Rome, and leave every half hour or so.
How to get to Rome from Ciampino by cab
With transfers from the airport to your hotel, taking a cab from Ciampino to Rome is not really worth it. The price can be more expensive than a transfer, with a rate set by the Municipality of 30 €, to which the cab driver may add a night or luggage supplement.
The only advantage is that you won't have to book anything in advance, but you should be very careful about taking an unofficial cab (look for white cars, with the "cab" sign on the roof and a clearly visible license number), and to be sure, close the price with the driver before setting off for Rome.