Airports in Rome
What to Know Before You Fly Here
A view of some Alitalia jets at FCO in Rome
There are two airports in Rome: Fiumicino (Leonard da Vinci) airport or Ciampino airport. On this page, you can find
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Differences between Rome airports
Leonardo da Vinci airport, in the town of Fiumicino, is the main Rome international airport. You will land here if you fly to Rome with any of the large international carriers coming from overseas or other parts of Europe.
Ciampino airport (pronounced “champeeno”) is the smaller of the two airports in Rome. Flights to Rome on smaller, budget or charter carriers will land here.
The Rome airport of Fiumicino is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside of Rome’s historic center (literally in the town of Fiumicino, on the coast.) Ciampino airport is only about 25 kilometers (15 miles) outside the Rome’s city center.
Here is the official website for the airports in Rome, translated as “aeroporti di Roma.” It defaults to Fiumicino airport, but you can select Ciampino airport, and also change the language to English (there is a button at the top of the screen.)
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Rome airport maps
On the above site, you can find maps for the airports in Rome.
Ciampino is quite small but Fiumicino is a major international airport and it can be easy to go to the wrong terminal, so just make sure to have your terminal information before arriving at the airport.
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TerminalS at Fiumicino Airport
Since 2001, anyone flying to the USA or Israel had to check in at Terminal 5 (then get a shuttle back to the departure gates in the main Fiumicino terminal.)
At the time of this writing in 2017, Terminal 5 is no longer operating.
There are three terminals at Fiumicino airport:
- TERMINAL 1 - Alitalia, and all Sky Team (code-share) airlines including Delta, KLM, and Air France fly out of Terminal 1. A few other international airlines do as well.
- TERMINAL 2 - A small number of budget airlines including RyanAir, German Wings and WizzAir (among others) fly out of Terminal 2.
- TERMINAL 3 - All other airlines, including almost all the large international carriers such as El Al, United, Lufthansa, Iberia, Thai and many more all fly out of Terminal 3.
The bottom line is that you should check your ticket and check online before you fly, which terminal your flight leaves from. If you get dropped at the wrong terminal, you can either walk between them (about 10 minutes' walk between each), or take the free shuttle that goes around the airport, about every 15 minutes.
Terminals at Ciampino Airport
Ciampino airport is much smaller than Fiumicino, and has only one terminal for commercial flights. You just need to check in, and then find your gate.
Codes for the Airports in Rome
The codes for the airports in Rome are
- FCO for Fiumicino (technically the name of this airport in Rome is Leonardo da Vinci, but since the airport is in the town of Fiumicino, it is also often called just Fiumicino airport. Hence its code.)
- CIA for Ciampino
How to Get into Rome from the Airport
Want to know how to get into Rome from Fiumicino airport? Visit my page all about it here!
To get into Rome from Ciampino airport (CIA):
I'll be making a page for Ciampino airport soon, too. In the meantime, here's how to get into Rome from Ciampino:
- Other than taking a taxi, the easiest and least expensive way to get into Rome from Ciampino airport is to take one of the shuttle buses I listed above. They take you right into Termini station and from there, you can take a taxi or the metro to your hotel.
• SIT bus
• Cotral - a local municipal transportation company
- You can take the local Cotral bus (1.50€ fare), to the Anagnina metro station. From there, get on the metro and take it into Termini train station. As you may use the bus ticket to board the metro, this is actually the cheapest way to get into Rome from Ciampino airport but it will take you considerably longer than taking one of the shuttle buses (which cost around 4-6€ one way.)
- Hire a white metered taxi. The official fare rate for a city taxi coming into Rome from Ciampino airport is 35 Euros one way.
- Hire a private car service. Rates for this should be 50-60 Euros one way for up to 3 people with luggage in a standard sedan.
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