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Getting from Civitavecchia to Rome

Useful information and tips about the main public connections from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome

A lot of Mediterranean cruises 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.

From Civitavecchia to Rome by train

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 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:

  • San Pietro (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 other 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.

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.

From Civitavecchia to Rome by taxi

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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