Italy's capital is one of the most visited destinations in the whole world attracting millions of visitors each year. For this reason it is extremely well connected to the rest of Italy as well as the rest of the world by all means of transport - planes, trains, buses, cars or even onboard a cruise ship.
Most visitors arrive to Rome by plane to one of two airports serving the Greater Rome area - Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino Airport. These two airports connect Rome with numerous European and worldwide destinations. Getting to Rome by train is one of the most affordable and very pleasant ways of travelling to this city. You can reach Rome from any destination through Italy.
You can also decide to drive to Rome but we would advise you that once you arrive there leave your car and explore city on foot or using public transport. Rome is also one of the most popular destinations among visitors on Mediterranean cruises. The ships actually stop in the port of Civitavecchia which is located on Italy's western coast (some 80 km from Rome) while passengers make a day trip to Rome.
The easiest way of getting to Rome from abroad is flying to one of its two airports - Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino Airport. You can fly to these airports from most European and worldwide destinations throughout the year. Both airports are modern and well organised providing all the necessary services to make the most comfortable travel to passengers.
Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) which is situated 35 km southwest of the city is the main Rome's airport. It is also one of the largest international airports in Italy with more than 45 million passengers. Fiumicino Airport offers various options of transfers to Rome - Leonardo Express shuttle train, shuttle buses, local taxi or organised car transfers. Find out more details on available options here.
Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA), which is situated about 17 km south of Rome, is the second Rome's airport serving around 6 million passengers yearly. This airport serves mostly charter and low-cost companies like Ryanair and Wizz Air. Ciampino also has great connections to Rome - from local trains, buses or local taxi.
Besides flying to Rome, taking a train could be a good choice of reaching Italian capital. If you are travelling to Rome from somewhere in Europe, the easiest option is to reach cities in the north, such as Venice, Milan or Trieste and from there continue your travel to Rome. If you are exploring Italy and heading to Rome, taking a train might be a great choice due to the fact that there are many trains running to Rome.
Train services in Italy are provided by Trenitalia, national railway company and by Italo, private train operator. Trenitalia covers entire country with several train categories: Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, Frecciargento as well as regional trains.
Frecciarossa are the fastest and super comfortable trains in Italy serving 189 stations across the country including frequent connections between major destinations like Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice. Trains to Rome from Naples take approximately 1 hour, from Florence 1 hour 30 minutes while the journey from Venice takes less than 4 hours. Frecciargento trains are also high-speed trains offering connections between Rome and Bologna, Genoa, Venice, Verona, Trieste, Lecce and other destinations.
Italo offers a high-speed train service between many of the major cities across Italy including Rome. You can take their super comfortable modern trains between Rome and Milan, Verona, Florence, Turin, Venice, Bologna and Naples.
Most trains depart from Termini, Rome's main train station which is situated in the city centre and can be reached easily by public transport from elsewhere in Rome. Termini Station has 32 platforms and serves 850 trains each day. This is also where Leonardo Express Train from Fiumicino airport arrive. Some trains also stop at Roma Tiburtina Station, the second largest train station in Rome, which is connected to Termini by metro. There are also smaller train stations - Roma Ostiense and Roma Porta San Pietro (close to the Vatican) that serves mostly local trains. For more detailed information on train travel in Italy check here.
The Italian capital is also a bus transport hub and is connected to many Italian and European destinations. Generally, bus tickets are cheaper than train and plane tickets making travelling by bus ideal if you have a limited budget.
In Italy there are several bus companies operating in certain regions. The bus company Baltour is the leading operator in Italy which offers direct bus connections between Rome and Bologna, Siena, Milan, Venice and Bari. Internationally, Baltour collaborates with Eurolines to extend its network to 23 European countries making it possible to reach Rome from cities such as London, Paris or Marseille.
Marino Autolinee connects the south of Italy with northern parts and offers transport services to Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland and the Benelux). Onboard their ultra modern buses you can travel between Rome and numerous destinations across Italy (Bologna, Foggia, Genova, La Spezia, Milan, Modena, Padova, Parma, Pisa, Pordenone, Reggio Emilia, Torino, Treviso, Verona, Vicenza)
The bus company Marozzi operates network of bus connections from destinations in Apuglia and Basilicata to cities in central and northern Italy. Using their buses you can travel to Rome from Brindisi, Gallipoli, Foggia, Matera, Bari and Taranto.
Sulga Autolinee operates bus routes in the regions of Campania, Umbria and Lazio. This company is ideal choice if travelling from Rome to destinations such as Perugia, Deruta, Todi and Assisi. With Sulga you can also travel between Rome and numerous cities in the region of Emilia-Romagna.
Visiting Rome during a Mediterranean cruise is typically a highlight for cruise passengers. Cruise ships that make a port of call in Rome actually docks at the port of Civitavecchia which is located on Italy's western coast about 80 km north-west from Rome.
Shore excursions are an easy way to get to the city of Rome after disembarking your cruise ship since it takes the hassle out of it. For those who would like to explore Rome on their own, there are options of taking a train, local taxi or organised car transfer.
Taking in consideration that there are numerous trains running between Civitavecchia and Rome daily, taking one could be the best option. Visitors can choose from various options: Civitavecchia Express train which runs directly from Civitavecchia to Rome's Ostiense and San Pietro train stations (close to the Vatican), Frecciabianca train which runs directly to Termini Station, Intercity trains which runs to Ostiense train station or regional trains which are slower as they make several stops along the way.
For those who would like more comfort booking an organised car transfer could be an excellent option. A driver will wait you in front of the ship and drive you directly to the centre of Rome. For more info about getting from Civitavecchia to Rome check here.
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