Your flight has touched down at Roma Fiumicino Airport and you’ve landed in Italy, now what? How are you going to get into Rome’s city center? Like most travel, you have various transportation options. You can weigh your options given your time, budget and location. Here’s what is available in Rome:
While taxis are often the most convenient, especially after a long transatlantic flight, they are sometimes the most expensive option. However if you are traveling with a group, they can also be a cost-effective option.
It is best to wait in line at the taxi rank. There you are most likely to find an honest cab driver. Don’t follow anyone who has entered the airport and is looking to herd tourists. It is also a good idea to ask how much the ride will be beforehand. I always tell the driver where I am going and ask him to give me an estimate before I get in the cab. That way they are less inclined to charge you an exorbitant amount when you arrive at your destination.
Unfortunately tourists can get taken advantage of. For the most part you shouldn’t have any problem, especially if you read the fixed rate sign on the side of the cab. If you go into the city center, it should cost no more than 50 Euro or 70 USD for the ride, plus a one euro fee per bag. However the charge will depend on the destination.
If you don’t feel like shelling out 50 Euros or 70 USD for a cab ride you can take a bus. COTRAL buses will take you to Termini or Cornelia Station (where you can get on Metro A) as well as Tiburtina Station (where you can pick up Metro B). You can board the bus at the regional bus station at the arrival area of Terminal 2. Tickets cost 5 Euro and buses leave about every 20 minutes.
Another option for the bus is Terravision which costs 4 Euro and will take you right to Termini. You can book online beforehand or go straight to Terminal 3 and look for signs to the bus station to buy a ticket.
The company SIT will take you to either to Termini Station or Piazza Cavour which is located in the area near the Vatican. You can follow the signs for the bus station from Terminal 3. The ticket price is 5 Euro or 7 USD a person and buses depart twice every hour.
While buses are significantly cheaper they typically are about an hour ride into the city, which is about two times the duration of the trip in a cab or car.
The Leonardo Express train to Termini Station is also another good option. In 31 minutes you arrive right downtown. After getting your bags at the airport, follow the signs to the train which depart every 30 minutes. You can buy your 14 Euro or 20 USD ticket at the station from the automated machines, the train personnel or the newspaper stand.
If you don’t need to go all the way into the center of Rome but want to take the train, consult our website. You can buy a different (and less expensive) ticket in order to go to the Trastevere or Ostiense station, etc. The train is a great option and it is cheap!
Buses and trains will likely run less frequently on Sundays and national holidays.
The final option would be to hire a car to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. Depending on time and location, these services can be less expensive than a taxi. Private transfers don’t only have to be used to and from the airport, you can take them to any of your trips outside of Rome or anywhere around Italy during your stay.
Now all you have to do is decide on your method of travel and book. Soon you’ll be in the heart of the Eternal City!
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