The city has two airports, Fiumicino, the main airport, and Ciampino. If you are flying into Fiumicino, this article is designed for you and to make your life easier once you land.
There's nothing like a bad experience at the airport to kill your desire to take a trip, so read on and you'll know how to make getting to Rome from Fiumicino airport as easy as possible.
1. Options for getting to Rome from Fiumicino airport
2. Shared transfers between Fiumicino and Rome
Shared transfers are one of the best options to comfortably reach your hotel upon landing at the airport. They work in a very simple way: you book them in advance, when you arrive at Fiumicino you have a minivan waiting for you to pick you and other passengers up to the number of seats, and the driver sets off for Rome to drop you off at your hotel.
For all the advantages they offer, shared arrival transfers from Fiumicino to Rome are a very reasonably priced option and you avoid having to buy a ticket for a bus or train and having to carry your luggage through crowded public transport.
There is also the possibility to book a shared departure transfer from Rome to Fiumicino that will make your last day in Rome a much more peaceful and bearable experience so that you can calmly say goodbye to the great beauty of the Eternal City.
3. Private transfers between Fiumicino and Rome
The premium option for arriving in Rome from the airport. A private arrival transfer from Fiumicino to Rome works in much the same way as a shared transfer but only you and your companions will be in the vehicle. In case you are traveling with your family or a large group of friends, this is the best option if you are going to fill the 6 seats of a vehicle, as it will cost you a similar price to the shared transfer and you will be able to go in company.
However, if you are staying in different places, keep in mind that this transfer only makes one stop at a single destination.
As in the case of shared transfers, you can book a private transfer from Rome to Fiumicino and enjoy your last day in Rome without complications or stress.
4. What you should know before booking a transfer between the airport and the city
- You will be asked for some information about your flight, such as the flight identification code and the approximate landing time (in the case of arrival transfers) or take-off time (in the case of departure transfers). This will allow the operating company to inform the chauffeur of any delays, at which exit to wait for you and, for the return transfer to the airport, to know what time to pick you up and drop you off at the airport so that you do not have any problems.
- You should also give your telephone number so that the driver can contact you to inform you of any changes to the service that you should be aware of.
- How long does it take to get to Rome from the airport? About 45 minutes if you are lucky, and may be slightly delayed if there is traffic.
- Your driver will wait for you for a maximum of 30 minutes. So don't rush when you get off the plane, there is no hurry: the driver will have your flight details and will know more or less how long it will take you to get to the meeting point.
- You are allowed to bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag, and the driver will help you put your luggage in the luggage compartment. In case you are traveling with special luggage such as an instrument, a bicycle or a gadget, I recommend that you contact the transportation agency before booking or, if you can, inform them in the comments at the time of booking.
- Transfers usually only cover the central area of Rome, so if you are staying outside the center you may not be able to use this transfer. If in doubt, it is best to check at the time of booking if your hotel is included, and if not, you can return the reservation without any problem.
5. How to get to Rome from Fiumicino: other transportation methods
In case you don't want to book a transfer because of price issues or because you just want to get to Rome as any local would, here are some other options to get to the city from Fiumicino airport.
One thing you should avoid under any circumstances are private cars that offer to take you to Rome for a seemingly low price. If you stop to think about it, it will be a price not much cheaper than a transfer, and you never know what can happen even though Rome is a very safe city to travel in. Instead, choose one of these alternatives:
Getting to Rome from Fiumicino by bus
The round-trip bus between Rome and Fiumicino is a very cheap option and the good thing is that in this case you can book your ticket in advance. Some buses stop at Termini station and others at different points in the city center, depending on the transport company.
The journey takes about 45 minutes, with buses leaving every 30-40 minutes from Fiumicino airport. You will have room to leave your suitcases and any luggage you are carrying, as there are no restrictions here.
You can also take the bus back to the airport from the center of Rome, with several stops at Termini, the Vatican and Via Aurelia.
Getting to Rome from Fiumicino by train
You can reach Rome by train in two ways. One is by taking the Leonardo Express, bound for Termini station, which takes 55 minutes and the ticket price is 15 €. The other option is the FL-1 line train, which takes a little longer to get to Rome (about 1 hour 15 minutes) but with a slightly cheaper price of 8 €.
You can also use these trains to return to the airport from Rome. At Termini station you can buy the ticket and get on the train.
Arriving in Rome from Fiumicino by cab
An option that I really do not recommend, since you pay a similar price to the transfers but without all the advantages of booking one in advance. In any case, if you were planning to take public transport but you regret it at the last moment, keep in mind that the official price set by the Municipality of Rome to get to Rome by cab from Fiumicino is 48 €.
My advice is that before getting on the train make sure that the driver is going to charge you this rate, and negotiate in case they want to charge you any extra for a night journey or a baggage allowance.
Arriving in Rome from Fiumicino by rental car
Finally, an option that is not too popular but may give you an idea to organize your trip is to rent a car at the airport. This is especially useful if you plan to make several excursions to other cities during your stay in Rome, because you will save on transfers while securing your method of transportation.
If you choose to rent a car, you will have several options to do so at the airport, at the counters of the different rental companies.