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Getting from Civitavecchia to Rome

Many cruise ships sailing in the Mediterranean stop near Rome, in the port of Civitavecchia which lies about 80 km outside the Rome. Passengers usually goes on a day trip to Rome. They have three options of travelling from Civitavecchia to the Italian's capital: by train, by taxi or pre-arranged private car transfer. Many passengers also ends their cruise in Civitavecchia and need to reach Rome's accommodation or airports.

From Civitavecchia to Rome by train

First you need to take one of shuttle buses running between the various cruise-ship piers and Forte Michelangelo at the entrance of the port. From there it's a short 10-minute walk down Viale Garibaldi to the train station. Consider buying a BIRG one-day travel pass (€9.30) at the station which includes travel down to Rome and back and bus/metro travel within the city.

The trains leave regularly, and cost from €5-18 Euros one-way, depending on the speed of the train. Here is what train types you can take:

  • Intercity - this is the fastest of the commuter trains, but note that it drops you at the Rome Ostiense train station. This means you will need to get from there to anywhere you want to go in the Rome. 

  • Regionale - meaning, regional train, making lots of small stops and moving slowly

  • Regionale veloce - meaning fast regional train, making fewer small stops than the regular regionale

  • Frecciabianca - this is the Eurostar or fast train.

The trains leave pretty regularly, and cost from €5-18 one-way, depending on the speed of the train. There are two types of trains you can take from Civitavecchia to Rome: a commutes/regional train or a fast train (Frecciabianca which is a Eurostar train).

To see the train schedules you should visit the Trenitalia official web site. We advise you to buy a BIRG ticket (5 zones), a daily ticket valid until midnight of the day it has been stamped and for an unlimited number of journeys using all public transports in Rome - bus, metro and tram - for €12. The ticket includes the trip from Civitavecchia to Rome. This tickets is not a Trenitalia ticket - it is issued by ATAC Roma, the Rome public transport agency.

If you take regional trains from Civitavecchia port to Rome you can stop at several stops in Rome depending on what you wish to visit:

  • San Pietro station (the Vatican) - get off at this station if you wish to visit the Vatican first or if you are staying in a hotel in this area. San Pietro train station is situated only 5 minutes walk from Saint Peter's Square and 15 mintues from the Vatican Museums

  • Ostiense - get off at this station if you are staying in this area or if you wish to visit the Colosseum first. From Ostiense, you should take the blue Metro line B to the Colosseo metro stop.

  • Trastevere - this area is the charming neighbourhood of Rome on the right side of the Tiber river. You will not find and main tourist sights in this area. You should get off here if you are staying here or want to explore the area.

  • Termini Station - this is the main train station in Rome. From here, you can get the Leonardo Express train to Fiumicino Airport. Also from here you can take shuttle buses to either Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports or take a metro, bus or a taxi to any other part of Rome.

A new express train from Civitavecchia to Rome

A new express train connecting the town of Civitavecchia with the capital city of Rome will be running from this year. The non-stop service is designed specifically for tourists who arrive on cruise ships docked at Civitavecchia and who often have a short amount of time to visit Rome.

The direct service will connect the port with Rome's San Pietro and Ostiense stations and will be in operation from 1st April until 14 December. There will be four daily trains, two in the morning in the direction of Rome and two in the afternoon heading to Civitavecchia.

The service will take about 34-40 minutes between Civitavecchia and San Pietro and 55 minutes from Civitavecchia to Ostiense.

From Civitavecchia to Rome by taxi or private car transfer

You will find a very few taxis at the port. However, don't count on any of these to take you to the train station. And, if you want one of them to take you from Civitavecchia to Rome, you may find yourself out of luck. The huge number of passengers disembarking at once overwhelms the supply. 

Your best options of getting from Civitavecchia to Rome is to book in advance your private car transfer. We advise you to book your transfer safely and easiyl online via Rideways web site. Rideways offers professional transfer services worldwide. Rates for the ride between Civitavecchia and Rome usually start at about €130 for up to 3 people with luggage, and go up from there, depending on the number of people and luggage (the larger the vehicle, and the more people and luggage they have to take, the more it will cost.)

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