Many cruise ships sailing in the Mediterranean stop near Rome, in the port of Civitavecchia which lies about 80 km outside the Rome. There are two options for travelling from Civitavecchia to Rome: train or taxi.
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:
The trains leave pretty regularly, and cost from 5-18 Euros one way, depending on the speed of the train. There are two types of train you can take from Civitavecchia to Rome: a commuter/regional train, or a fast train (Frecciabianca, which is a Eurostar train.)
To see the train schedules, go to the Trenitalia website. You may click on the flag in the top right corner of the page to go to the English version.
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:
Once at Civitavecchia Station 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, subway and tram- for €12. The ticket includes the trip from Civitavecchia Station to Rome.
A new express train connecting the town of Civitavecchia with the capital city of Rome. 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.
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 bet to get from Civitavecchia to Rome by taxi is to book in advance with a private car service. Rates usually start at about 130 Euros 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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