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Traveling to Rome
How to get here by plane, train, bus, cruise or car

jets at fiumicino airportJets parked at Fiumicino (FCO) airport in Rome

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Traveling to Rome - by plane

Airports in Rome

If you are flying to Rome, you should know there are two airports in Rome: Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) and Ciampino.

Fiumicino airport is the main Rome international airport. Ciampino used to be a military airport, and in recent years it has become a hub for many of the low-cost airlines that fly to Rome. 

Most flights, especially those from overseas, will fly into Fiumicino airport. Both airports are about 30-40 minutes away from the city center.

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Check fares for Flights to Rome Italy

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Cheap Flights to Rome Italy

Are you looking for cheap flights to Rome?

With the advent of low-cost carriers in Europe, such as EasyJet, RyanAir, Vueling and many others, it’s become much easier to get a cheap flight to Rome, especially if you will be traveling to Rome from another European city.

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How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

If you are flying into Rome's main airport Fiumicino, you have lots of options for getting into the city center. Before getting on the plane, be prepared and know in advance how you plan to get into Rome from the airport.

Click here to visit my page about how to get from FCO to Rome, and find out your options from taking a bus or train, to a city taxi to a private limo.

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How to Get from Ciampino Airport to Rome

If you fly into Rome's smaller airport, Ciampino, you have plenty of options for getting into Rome, from the Terravision bus to shuttle to private limo service.

Visit my page all about Ciampino airport for more details.

Book a Rome City Pass that includes R/T Airport transportation

You might consider purchasing a Rome City Pass (not the same as the Roma Pass), that includes round-trip airport transportation (either Fiumicino or Ciampino), with Terravision, and also free skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica.

Coming to Rome - by train

When traveling to Rome by train, you will likely arrive at Rome's main train station, Termini. We also have a second "main" train station, Tiburtina. Both are in the city, and you can easily get on the metro or take a taxi to get where you need to go.

train at termini stationA freccia (fast train) Trenitalia train at Rome's Termini station

Rome's Stazione Termini has until recently been the largest train station in Rome, with trains coming from Fiumicino airport, other parts of Italy and from other countries in Europe. The Rome Metro lines A and B both run to/from here.

Rome’s Stazione Tiburtina was inaugurated in 2011, and it’s meant to become the main point of arrival and departure for many Eurostar trains in and out of Rome. You can catch Rome Metro line B here.

There are two main train companies: Trenitalia (run by the state of Italy) and Italo (a private company.)

Termini is and will remain the station for the Leonardo Express from Fiumicino airport.

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Book your train to Rome

Are you ready to book your train travel to or from Rome? Check Rail Europe for schedules and rates, and easy booking.

Getting to Rome - by cruise

If you are traveling to Rome on a cruise, you will be arriving at the port town of Civitavecchia, which is about 80 km (50 miles), or just over an hour outside of Rome.

cruise shipComing to Rome on a cruise? Your port of call is Civitavecchia

Even if you are simply stopping at Civitavecchia for a night, you might want to come in to see Rome for a day. Getting into Rome from Civitavecchia is quite easy.

You can take the train right into Termini station, or hire a private limo service to take you. The trains cost around 4-15 Euros one way, while a car service will cost about 140 Euros and up, depending on the number of people and amount of luggage. 

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Traveling to Rome - by bus

Bus travel in Italy is also very easy, and sometimes it's more direct to travel to Rome by bus than by train.

For example, there is a direct bus between Siena and Rome, but if you take the train, you will need to change trains at least once. If you are coming to Rome by bus, you will usually arrive at Tiburtina station.

There is not a bus depot at Termini (except for local city buses.)

Check bus schedules and fares with FlixBus

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Driving into Rome - try to avoid this if possible!

If you decide to drive into Rome, which I don’t recommend, then be aware that much of the city center is off limits during the day during the week and on Saturday afternoons.

Also, driving in Rome can be hectic, stressful and confusing. So if you can avoid bringing a car into Rome, you should try to do so.

rome trafficThis is what typical traffic in Rome looks like

If you are planning to drop off a rental car in Rome, then you might consider doing this at the airport first, and then taking the Leonardo Express into Rome.

You might also consider dropping the car off at the last city you visit before coming to Rome, and then taking the train into Rome.

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