How to Travel from the Airport to the Centre of Rome

Rome is served by Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Rome Ciampino (CIA), two international airports. The majority of international airlines utilise Fiumicino Airport, also known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, as their primary airport, while low-cost carriers use Ciampino.

From the Rome airport, getting into the city is relatively simple. You can travel by bus, train, or cab.

How can I take the train into the city from the Rome Fiumicino airport?

The Leonardo Express is the quickest and most straightforward route, arriving at Termini Station in the centre of Rome, where both Metro lines are connected, in 30 minutes. The cost of the train is 14,000 euros and it runs every 20 minutes.

You could also reserve a seat on a regional train (Trainline is recommended for this), but this option would take longer and need you to change trains, so I advise using the bus or Leonardo Express instead. Except if you are staying in Trastevere because that is where the regional train stops.

 How can I take a bus into the city from Rome’s Fiumicino airport?

Terravision offers direct, inexpensive, and fast bus service into Rome. The trip takes around an hour.

How can I take a taxi from Rome Fiumicino airport to the city?

The standard fee for a taxi from Rome’s Fiumicino airport is 50 euros. Booking your arrival transfer through your hotel might be the wiser course of action.

How do you get into the city from Rome’s Ciampino airport?

Since there are no trains, your only options are a taxi, which will cost you between 30 and 35 euros, or the Terravison bus, which will cost you 6 euros. You are dropped off at Termini by the bus after 40 minutes.

Rome Transportation: Bus, Metro, and Taxi

When visiting Rome, be prepared to walk a lot. Since it is the best way to see the city, you will undoubtedly find something interesting. In pedestrian-friendly parts of the historic core are many landmarks.

However, since the Vatican is farther away, you might use the metro to get to or from your hotel or when travelling there.

Line A (red), Line B (blue), and Line C (green) are the three Metro lines in Rome. You may check the metro lines on the free map of Rome that is available in your hotel’s lobby and decide what works best for you.

Be mindful with your possessions if you do decide to take the bus or subway. Sadly, Rome is among the most dangerous cities in Europe for pickpockets. Keep your handbags and wallets out in the open and avoid carrying your phone or wallet in your rear pocket.

Google Maps makes it simple to find a route from point A to point B in Rome; simply choose a public transit option.

As an alternative, Omio is a great website for booking all types of transport in Italy and around Europe.

You can purchase bus and metro tickets for 1.50 euros each, good for a 90-minute trip (with as many transfers as you like), from any cigarette shop or at the metro ticket office. But you must punch or stamp your ticket to validate it on the bus using the yellow machine. When you enter the metro through the gate, your ticket is validated.

The Best Rome Passes for Saving Money

The best way to avoid the queue, gain free admission and make the most of your time is with a tourist pass. Here are the three options; if you can take advantage of the freebies they offer, they are all well worth the money and will help you save both time and money.

ROMA PASS: 48 OR 72-HOUR CITY CARD – 32 Euro / 52 Euro

With the 48-Hour Pass (2 attractions with a 72-Hour Card), you can skip the queue and get free admission to one major attraction like the Colosseum.

Continually free public transport

Free directions and a map

reduced admission to a number of museums and locations related to archaeology (but not the Vatican)


Continually free public transport

reserved admission to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hills reserved admission

St. Peter’s Basilica’s official audioguide (free admission; no reserved admittance is included)

Minibus for the Vatican Gardens (if option is chosen)

OMNIA CARD – 129 Euro

The most comprehensive Rome Pass is this one. 3-day OMNIA Rome Pass and Vatican Card. Actually, it’s two passes combined into one. The Roma Pass gives you free admission to two of the top five attractions, discounts at another thirty major attractions, and a travel card. All top attractions in Vatican City are accessible with the OMNIA Vatican Card, which also includes a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Skip the queue with free entry to the Sistine Chapel’s magnificent ceiling by Michelangelo, the Colosseum, and the Vatican Museums.

Access to St. Peter’s Basilica, together with a complimentary audio tour worth €15!

Using a multimedia audio tour, “experience” St. Peter’s Prison.

On a hop-on hop-off bus tour, explore Rome’s timeless attractions.

Take advantage of exclusive discounts from OMNIA Vatican and Roma. Passes

Continually free public transport

Enjoy reduced admission to the best museums in Rome.

Free Rome and Vatican City map and guidebook

Tips for safety

Rome is one of the most wonderful cities in the world, but there are a few security-related items you should be aware of before visiting. Here are some safety advice I have for Rome.

Pickpockets should be avoided, especially on public transportation. Avoid leaving your bags/handbags on your side or back, as well as your wallets or phones in your pockets. The same is true of congested areas. Because they are experienced pickpockets, consider purchasing an anti-theft bag.

For the same reason, avoid carrying too much cash. Just enough for dinner, gelato, a souvenir, and tips. Look through the remaining cash in your bag.

Be careful where you go! Rome has many uneven streets, and you can encounter traffic from all directions. As for looking the wrong way when crossing the street if you are from the UK or Australia, be careful.


Rome’s Prime Travel Season

In the summer months of July and August, Rome may get quite warm. And a lot of people. But summer has arrived, and the days are long. Temperatures in this season typically reach beyond 30 °C (90 °F).

The ideal months to travel to Rome are April, May, and June, when the weather is pleasant but not oppressively so (about 25°C / 77°F). Since the days are so long in June, you can accomplish a lot before sundown, but the weather can already be quite warm.

As we approach the European Autumn, September and October are also pleasant travel months. The weather is comparable to that of spring.

Temperatures typically hover around 13°C/55°F throughout the coldest months of the year, which are November through March.

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