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Getting to Rome
by Plane, Train, Car & Cruise Ship

Rome is one of the most visited destinations of the world. If you decide to fly you will land at one of two Rome's airports - Fiumicino and Ciampino from which you will easily reach the city center. One of the most popular means of travel in Italy is by train. Rome can be reached from any Italian destination by modern and fast trains. You can also decide to drive to Rome but we advise you that once you arrive leave your car ad explore the city by public transport. Find below the short guide about getting to Rome.

Getting to Rome by plane

Fiumicino airport in Rome

The easiest way to reach Rome is by taking a plane to one of its airports - Fiumicino airport and Ciampino airport. Fiumicino airport lies some 30 km south-west and connects Rome with numerous European and worldwide destinations. Leonardo Express train runs between the airport and Termini station in Rome frequently. You will also find taxi stand in front of the airport building as well as shuttle buses which runs to the city. Find out more about getting from Fiumicino airport to the city here.

Ciampino airport is situated some 12 km southeast of the city and is served by low-cost carriers. From there you can take shuttle buses or a taxi to reach Rome's city centre.

Getting to Rome by train

If you like overland travel, the train can be a good way of getting to Italy – for example via the daily Palatino night train from Paris Bercy, which takes a leisurely 14.5 hours (eurorailways.com). The main station is Roma Termini, to the east of the centre.

Some trains also stop at the outlying Roma Tiburtina station, which is connected to Termini and other points beyond by metro. Italy’s high-speed trains, ‘Le Frecce', have come on apace in the past decade and are good ways of exploring the country, too (timetables and prices attrenitalia.com). The private Italo company (italotreno.it) also offers high-speed services between larger cities.

Getting to Rome on a cruise ship

Rome is one of the most visited destinations for visitors on Mediterranean cruises. Cruise ships usually dock at the port of Civitavecchia, about 70 km north-west of Rome.

Cruise visitors usually make a day trip to Rome which is very easy to do by taking a train from Civitavecchia to Rome San Pietro station (45 minutes). 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.


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