Rome Airport Transfers: Fiumicino Airport to Rome City Centre:
Leonardo Da Vinci International, more commonly known as Fiumicino Airport, is Rome’s main airport, the other being Ciampino Airport. There are currently four terminals at Fiumicino Airport and since October 2009, these have been changed from an alphabetical to numeric labelling, to bring Rome airports into line with other international airports. Most incoming flights will arrive at either Terminals 1 or 3.
- Terminal 1 (previously Terminal A) handles flights for Alitalia, Air France, KLM and a small handful of others.
- Terminal 3 (previously Terminals B and C) is the main terminal and handles all other carriers not covered by Terminal 1.
Getting to Rome City Centre
Fiumicino Airport is located about 26 km south-west from Rome city centre and arriving passengers have a choice of train, bus or taxis to get into the historical city centre or other parts of Rome.
The train is the fastest and most convenient transport option into the city. When you’ve completed your Customs and Immigration formalities follow the signs to the train station/Fiumicino Aeroporto railway station. The train station is connected to the airport terminal by an overhead bridge. There is a lift (near the Meeting Point) that will take you up to the train station level. Once you cross the bridge you’ll see the train ticket counter on the right and the train platform in front of you.
Note: Remember to validate your ticket at one of the many yellow boxes before boarding the train.
- The Leonardo Express to Rome Termini Station leaves every 30 minutes between 6.36 am and 11:36 pm. As the name implies, this express train does not stop at stations along the route. It takes 31 minutes to Termini Station where travellers can connect with Metro Lines A and B, bus services or taxis at Termini. The one-way train fare is Euro 11.00.
- The FR1 (Ferrovie Regionali) metropolitan service connects Fiumicino Airport with Roma Trastevere, Roma Ostiense (Metro Line B) , Roma Tuscolana and Roma Tiburtina (Metro Line B). Operating between 5:57 am and 11:27 p.m., this train leaves every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays. One-way fare is Euro 5.50.
Traveller’s Tip: If Rome is not your final destination, it may be better to use the FR1 to Roma Tiburtina and make your connecting journey from there. Tiburtina is less crowded than Termini and most of the trains that leave Termini for a regional destination stops at Tiburtina. This tip comes from Mark Putnam, a frequent traveller from Fiumicino Airport to Spoleto. Mark says that there’s also a train “from Fiumicino Airport that rambles all the way to Orte”, another major hub from which he connects to Spoleto or the many other points up north.
The following Cotral Bus services connect Fiumicino to the various train stations. See www.cotralspa.it for further information:
- From Fiumicino Airport (Terminal 3) – Termini Station (Metro A and B) – Tiburtina Station (Metro B)
- From Fiumicino Airport (Terminal 3) – Cornelia Station (Metro A)
- From Fiumicino Airport (Terminal 3) – Eur Magliana (Metro B)
The following SIT Bus service connect Fiumicino to Rome stations. See www.sitbusshuttle.it for further information:
- From Fiumicino Airport (Terminal 3) – Piazzo Cavour (Metro A) – Rome Termini (Metro A and B)
Private shuttle buses can deliver you from Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) Airport to any hotel in central Rome, located within the railway ring. If you have heavy cases or prefer not to navigate public transportation after a long flight, this is the way to go. For further information and to book your airport transfer, see HERE.
Taxis are easily available at Fiumicino Airport. The set fare for a taxi to Rome’s historical centre (including luggage) is Euro 40.00 per taxi, carrying up to a maximum of four passengers. Taxis authorized by the Rome City Council are white in colour and bear the ‘TAXI’ sign on their roofs. Beware of taxi touts who will attempt to take you to other vehicles which are not authorized and which may charge you higher fares.
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