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 keep reading 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 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 like this: 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 as part of a group, you can request a shared transfer to travel together 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 about below.
But going back to shared transfers, this is the best option to get to your hotel comfortably, without having to carry suitcases (the driver will help you put them in the trunk) or deal with public transportation.
This way you can enjoy the last few minutes of your trip, knowing that you have a driver who will pick you up at the exact time to be at the airport right when you need to be.
3. Private transfers between Ciampino and Rome
These are the VIP transfers, the premium experience, the way to get to Rome in style. Or simply, the most economical way to get from the airport to the city if you are in a group of six people.
The private arrival transfer from Ciampino to Rome works in much the same way as the shared transfers, except that you will not be sharing the vehicle with unknown travelers. In case you are two people, 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.
4. What you should know before booking a transfer between the airport and the city
- Make your transfer reservation after you have booked your flight ticket! You will need to provide some key information about your flight, such as the identification code and the approximate landing time (to book an arrival transfer) or take-off time (in the case of departure transfers). In this way, the shuttle driver will know if your flight has been delayed, at which departure to wait for you 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 at the right moment.
- 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 information and he 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 carry-on bag, and you will be assisted by the driver 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 the driver won't take you outside the limits of the metropolitan area of the city.
- It is usually recommended that the return transfer is made 3 hours and a half before the scheduled time of your flight. The transportation agency will recommend a time that you are free to modify.
- Child and infant seats and chairs are available. Please request 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.
Arriving by bus from Ciampino to Rome
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 Rome that 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. For the return to the airport, you can buy the ticket at Termini station.
Buses from Ciampino take about 45 minutes to reach Rome, leaving every half hour or so.
Arriving by cab from Ciampino in Rome
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 of € 30 set by the city council, 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 "Taxi" sign on the roof and a clearly visible license number), and to be sure, agree on the price with the driver before setting off for Rome.