Travel to Castel Gandolfo by Public Transport:
As the summer residence of the Pope, Castel Gandolfo is a very popular with people of the Catholic faith. They flock to this town from around Italy and overseas whenever there is a religious event or when the Pope gives an audience.
Castel Gandolfo commune itself is very small and there are only a few hotels in town and around Lake Albano, but fortunately Castel Gandolfo is easily reached from Rome.
How to Get to Castel Gandolfo from Rome
Castel Gandolfo is about 24 km south-east of Rome and if you are the Pope and travelling in an Italian military helicopter, the travel time is only 15 minutes. But for the rest of us catching public transport, there is a choice of catching the train or bus.
From Rome Termini Station, there are regular train services to Castel Gandolfo. Journey time is about 40 minutes and the fare is only € 2.10 each way (March 2013). See www.trenitalia.com for the complete Castel Gandolfo service schedule. Tickets can be purchased online or at the station.
Tip: When making online bookings, type “Roma Termini” as the system does not recognize “Rome Termini”
From the Castel Gandolfo train station, it is about 8 minutes walk to Piazza della Liberta, the main square. The road up to the Piazza is on a slight gradient.
The rural Cotral bus to Castel Gandolfo leave from the bus terminus in Anagnina. Anagnina is easily reached on Metro Line A – it is at the southern end of the line. Journey time by bus is about 30 minutes.
Note: Being the rural service, don’t expect to find English-speaking bus drivers or staff at the ticket office, but usually you’ll find someone who will be able to point you to the right bus.
If you are driving from Rome, take the GRA exit 23 (Via Appia, Albano). After Ciampino Airport, on the third traffic light turn left in the direction of Castel Gandolfo.