Wondering how to get from Fiumicino airport to Rome center? Find out everything you need to know, from what public transportation options you have, to how to book a private limo.
Fiumicino airport is about 40 kilometers/25 miles outside of Rome's city center. By car, it takes around 40 minutes door to door (without stops.)
You can also use less expensive means, which take slightly longer. Here's how to get into Rome from Fiumicino airport via:
Don't forget to read this important section about How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Taxi Drivers at Fiumicino Airport.
There is one train station inside Fiumicino airport. (It's not technically inside the airport but it is connected via a series of moving walkways.)
To get the train, follow the signs from within the airport terminal, as soon as you collect your luggage (and leave Customs, if this applies.)
It takes a little bit to get to the spot where the train leaves, maybe 10-15 minutes' walking from the terminal.
Once you get to the train terminal, you can buy your one-way ticket at the little shop there (it’s the only shop so it’s hard to miss.)
There are three kinds of trains you can get there, that take you from Fiumicino airport into Rome:
Probably the most popular way to get into Rome from the airport is by train: the Leonardo Express.
The trains run (around) every half hour (at 23 minutes past the hour and 7 minutes till the hour) and take about half an hour. The cost is 14€ one-way.
There are two trains leaving Fiumicino, at 11:08 and at 15:08. These trains are "Frecciargento" which literally means "silver arrow."
The bottom line is the freccia trains are fast trains. Yes, they stop at Termini but unlike the Leonardo Express, they continue on to Florence. (If you want to take this train, whether into Rome Termini or on to Florence, you can purchase your tickets here.)
If you book either of these trains just to get to Termini, the price will be 19€ one-way, because of the type of train it is. Also, on the Freccia trains, you have an assigned seat.
These trains are fast but the time they take to get from the airport into Termini is the same as for the Leonardo Express (32 minutes), so if you are indeed going only to Rome Termini, you might want to just wait for the next Leonardo Express train and save 5€.
There is another kind of train you can get from the airport into Rome: a regional train. These trains are slower and cost less (8€ one way.) And, they do NOT go to Termini.
The regional trains leave from the same place as the Leonardo Express (and Freccia trains), and take a different, slower route into Rome, making several local stops before arriving in Rome. The Rome stops include Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana and Tiburtina. So if your hotel, B&B or apartment is in one of these areas, this might be a good options.
If you want to save time, and/or if you plan to arrive in Rome without any Euros cash, you can also buy your Leonardo Express tickets from Fiumicino into Rome online.
You can take one of many bus lines from Rome Fiumicino airport to Rome Termini station. It's easy to find the buses once you are in the arrivals terminal. Just follow the signs, as for the train. The buses are pretty hard to miss!
Rates are extremely competitive and usually under 6 Euros one way if you buy a round-trip ticket. The most popular and commonly used is Terravision. Book your round-trip ticket between Fiumicino airport and Rome for 10€ here.
Once you arrive at Rome Termini station, you then can take a taxi or the Metro/bus to get where you are going.
A shuttle can be an easy, affordable alternative to a bus (above) as a way to get from Fiumicino airport to Rome.
Shuttles from take several passengers to different locations around Rome, usually dropping them right at their hotel/apartment, or at least at a very nearby plaza. This can be a nice alternative to the bus, which is cheap, but drops you at Termini, meaning you still have to get where you are going.
Other plusses about taking a shuttle include that it's affordable, and you can book and pay in advance.
The downside can be that it may take you some time to get to your destination in Rome, as you have to both wait for the other booked passengers to arrive/board, and, once in Rome, you may have to go around dropping off other passengers before you get dropped off. So if you are not in a rush, you may find this a good option.
I hear many visitors to Rome saying "I'll just get a taxi at the airport." You should be aware there are several different types of taxi - white, metered taxis from Rome, white metered taxis from Fiumicino, and private limo drivers.
One common way to get from Fiumicino airport to Rome is by taking a white metered taxi. You will usually find them lined up when you step outside the airport.
The taxi must be registered in the town of Rome (not Fiumicino), otherwise, you have no guarantee of the rate. A taxi from the town of Fiumicino can simply turn on the meter, or ask you for a fixed rate. There is no guarantee what the fare could be when taking a Fiumicino taxi from the airport into Rome.
At the time of this writing (2017), the official one-way rate for a Rome taxi between Fiumicino airport and anyplace in Rome inside the Aurelian walls, is 48€.
Did you notice above I wrote "Inside the Aurelian Walls"? What this means is that the official fare is valid ONLY when the taxi is FROM Rome (not Fiumicino), AND your destination is inside the Aurelian Walls. Meaning, the walls around Rome from about the 3rd century.
I live in Rome. And I feel like I live inside the city. I am looking at the Aurelian Walls in front of my house as I write this.
Yet, my apartment is technically OUTSIDE the Aurelian Walls, and so if I hire a white metered taxi to take me to Fiumicino, even though I live CLOSER to Fiumicino than someone living INSIDE the walls but to the north or east, I will be charged the fare on the meter and NOT the flat 48€ rate. And often, the fare on the meter is more than 48€ when going between Rome and Fiumicino airport.
Hmmm, and how do you know if your accommodations fit into this boundary? Ask your hotel/B&B when you book. And, ask the taxi driver before you get in.
When you land at Fiumicino, and come out of baggage claim, you will find a sea of drivers, many of whom are holding up signs with the names of people who've booked with them in advance (which I highly recommend!)
Other drivers are waiting for people to get off the plane in search of transport into Rome.
They may approach you and ask if you need a "taxi" into Rome. If you take a ride with one of these drivers, you may wish to prepare yourself first by reading the above link about the Aurelian Walls, and my below list of things to watch out for. MOST drivers are honest, but some are not. Caveat Emptor!
Rates for this should be 50-60 Euros one way for up to 3 people with luggage in a standard sedan. Rates may go up for late-night transfers or excessive baggage.
If you really want to "take a taxi" from Fiumicino airport to Rome, I really recommend you just book this in advance. It may be a bit more than the 48€ flat rate, but you will have peace of mind in knowing you will pay exactly what you expect.
The benefits of booking this kind of service in advance are:
I am sorry to have to write this but unfortunately after years of hearing so many stories of bad experiences of people hiring taxis at the airports in Rome, it is a must:
Are you thinking of renting a car and driving from Fiumicinao airport to Rome?
Here's why I don't recommend it:
There are times when it can make sense to rent a car and drive from Fiumicino airport to Rome:
If, on the other hand, your idea is that you will rent a car at the airport, spend a couple of days in Rome, and then drive on to Tuscany or the Amalfi coast, your best bet is the rent the car IN ROME, on the day you leave the city.
I will be making a dedicated page about this. In the meantime, if you do want to rent a car in Rome, you can check Auto Europe, which compares rental rates across major car rental companies, like Hertz, Avis, Budget and more.
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