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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

Traveling to Rome? Find out what you need to know about:

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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Cheap Flights to Rome Italy

Are you looking for cheap flights to Rome?

I have a page dedicated to this. Here you can find many web sites where you can compare fares and purchase discount airfare 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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Coming to Rome - by train

When traveling to Rome by train, you will likely arrive at Rome's main train station, Termini, but also at our second "main" train station, Tiburtina.

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.

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.

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. Here is the official web site for Trenitalia (Ferrovia dello Stato). (They also have this site in English, see the button at the top.)

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Book your train to Rome

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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.

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 Rome taxi 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.)

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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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