Many cruise ships sailing in the Mediterranean stop at the port of Civitavecchia, which lies about 80 km north of Rome. From here cruise passengers head to the vibrant Italian capital to explore its unique historical sights, stroll down the lively squares and taste the delicious local food.
Many cruise passengers also end their cruise in Civitavecchia and need transport to two of Rome's airports to travel back home or Termini station to continue their travel within Italy. Some passengers want to spend a few days in Rome at the end of their cruise and need to reach their Rome accommodation from Civitavecchia port.
They can all choose by taking one of many trains running daily from Civitavecchia train station towards Rome, taking a regular taxi or pre-booked a private car transfer. Booking one of many available organised day trips could be an excellent option for those who do not want to worry about doing all of the planning.
Once your cruise ship docks in the port o Civitavecchia and you disembark, you need to take one of the shuttle buses running between the various cruise-ship docks 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. If Civitavecchia is your embarkation or debarkation port, you'll have your luggage with your and might find it convenient to take a taxi to reach the train station.
There are several types of trains running from Civitavecchia train station towards Rome with various journey times and they cost from €5-18 one-way, depending on the speed of the train and selected class:
To see the detailed train schedules and book your train tickets (for Frecciabianca, intercity, regionale and regionale veloce trains) you should visit the official Trenitalia web-site. Tickets for the Civitavecchia Express train can be purchased at the ticket office in Civitavecchia station. Also, there are 6 self-service ticket machines and 2 more in the port.
If you intend to use regional trains from Civitavecchia to Rome we advise you to buy a BIRG ticket (5 zones), a daily ticket that covers the use of all regional trains in the Lazio region (in second class only), COTRAL buses, city buses, metro and trams in the region. This means that the BIRG ticket which costs €12 includes the train trip from Civitavecchia to Rome by train (and return) and unlimited use of all means of public transport in Rome (buses, metro and trams). Please note that this ticket does not work on any Intercity, Frecciabianca trains and Civitavecchia Express train.
When travelling by train from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome you can get off at several stops across Rome depending on what you wish to visit first:
San Pietro train station is situated just a 10-minute walk from Saint Peter's Square and Basilica and therefore ideal for those who wish to visit the Vatican first. Vatican Museums are situated 10 minutes from Saint Peter's Square. The long straight avenue called Via della Conciliazione will take you to Castel Sant'Angelo on the banks of the Tiber River. If you cross nearby Sant'Angelo Bridge you will find yourself in the historic centre of Rome. If you don't feel like walking you can take metro line A from the station Ottaviano - San Pietro to reach the historic centre.
Ostiense train station is a convenient stop for those who wish to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum first. From nearby Piramide metro station you can take metro line B to reach the Colosseum (just 2 stops). In the area there are also several interesting sights such as the Pyramid of Cestius, Centrale Montemartini museum or the Basilica of Saint Paul's Outside the Walls. Using city bus no.81 from the Colosseum you can reach Piazza Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Vatican. To reach the Vatican faster take metro line B from Piramide station to Termini, change there onto metro line A and travel to Ottaviano - San Pietro station.
Trastevere train station is situated in Flavio Biondo Square behind Trastevere neighbourhood, next to the Marconi area. Trastevere is a charming part of Rome on the right side of the Tiber River. From here you can easily reach Campo de'Fiori, Piazza Navona and Pantheon by foot. The Vatican is also reachable from here by a leisurely 20-minute walk along the Tiber River. From this station you can catch tram no.8 as well as many buses to reach other parts of Rome
Roma Termini station is the Italian capital's main train station and is situated in the centre of the city. From this station you can reach any other destination all over the country as it serves around 850 trains daily. This is also where the Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino Airport arrives and departs.
From Termini you can easily reach any other part of Rome by all means of public transport - metro, tram or bus as well as taking a taxi ride. Just a few hundred metres from Termini you will find Piazza della Repubblica with its large fountain and majestic arcades. By walking from Termini station down Via Cavour you will reach the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Vittorio Emanuelle II monument from where you can enjoy beautiful views of Rome.
Port of the Civitavecchia is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean and the huge number of passengers disembarking at once makes it sometimes impossible to catch a free taxi.
We advise you to book in advance your private car transfer from the port to Rome or one of Rome's two airports. You can do this safely and easily online via Viator web-site which 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 ride between Civitavecchia port and Fiumicino airport can be booked starting from €120 for up to 3 people while rates to Ciampino Airport start from €135 for up to 3 people with luggage.
Taking an organised day trip from Civitavecchia to Rome to explore the highlights of Rome is an ideal choice for cruise visitors. If you choose one of many available day trips, your personal driver will pick you up directly from the cruise dock and transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle to Rome where you will meet your local guide.
The guide will accompany you on your adventure across Rome and will show you unmissable sights such as Saint Peter's Square, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and many others. You will also have some free time to enjoy some delicious local food in one of many restaurants. At the end of the trip (after 7-8 hours) your driver will take you back to the cruise port.
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