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Getting to Rome Info

Find out useful tips on getting to Rome by plane, train, cruise ship or car

The beautiful Rome is one of the most visited destinations in the world with millions of visitors each year. If you decide to fly to Rome you should know that there are two airports serving the Greater Rome area - Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport. Most European and worldwide airline companies fly to these two airports.

The train travel is one of the best and cheapest ways to get around in Italy. Rome can be reached from any other destination in Italy by modern and fast trains. You can also decide to drive to Rome but we advise you that once you arrive leave your car and explore city by public transport. Many cruise ships on Mediterranean cruises stop at the port of Civitavecchia from where passengers make a day trip to Rome.


Getting to Rome by plane

Fiumicino airport in Rome

The easiest way of getting to Rome is flying to one of its two airports - Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino Airport. You can travel to these airports from most European and worldwide destinations throughout the year. Both airports are modern and well organised providing all facilities needed for a pleasant journey.

Fiumicino Airport which is situated 35 km southwest of the city is the main Rome's airport. Once you land you can choose from several transfer options to Rome - official taxi( fixed rate is €30 one-way), private or shared car transfer, Leonardo Express train or shuttle buses

Ciampino Airport is the smaller of Rome's two airport serving mostly low-cost airlines (Ryanair & Wizzair). From this airport, which is situated some 12.5 km from the city, you can take a taxi (fixed rate is €30 one-way) or shuttle buses. For more comfortable travel you can book private or shared car transfer in advance.

Travelling from Europe

Lately, it's become very easy to get a cheap flight to Rome, especially if you are travelling from another European city. 

There are numerous air connections between both Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports and European destinations. Some of the airlines flying to Rome are: Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air France, Air Italy, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Croatia Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, EasyJet Airlines, Eurowings, Finnair, Flybe, Germanwings, Iberia, Jet2.com, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Mistral Air, Monarch Airlines, Montenegro Airlines, Neos, Niki, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Primera Air, Ryanair, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tarom, Traid Air, Transavia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Vueling Airlines and Wizzair.

Travelling from the US

Visitors flying from the United States will find direct flights to Rome from New York, Philadephia, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. The airlines that provide nonstop flights to Rome (sometimes several times a day) are following: Alitalia, Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, KLM and Lufthansa.

Travelling from Canada

Compared to the U.S., it is a little more difficult to find direct flights from Canada to Rome. Here is a list of airlines that provide these flights: Air Canada (direct flights from Toronto), Alitalia (direct flights from Toronto), Air Transat (direct flights from Toronto and Montreal), Air Canada Rouge (direct flights from Montreal).

Travelling from Australia

Australia's main cities offer flights to Rome with one or more stops: Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.

Getting to Rome by train

Besides flying to Rome, taking a train can be a good way of getting to Italy. If you are travelling to Rome from somewhere in Europe, the easiest option is to get to Milan or Venice and from there take a train to Rome.

Rome's main train station - Termini Station, which is situated in the city centre, has numerous connections to other Italian destinations. The high-speed trains, called Frecciarossa, connect Rome and other main cities in Italy in only a few hours. Train journey between Rome and Venice take only 3 hours, between Rome and Milan 3 hours, Rome and Florence a little over an hour and half. There are also other categories of trains called Frecciargento and Frecciabianca which connect Rome with most cities in the country but slower.

Some trains also stop at Roma Tiburtina Station, the second largest train station in Rome, which is connected to Termini and other points by metro. Italian state company Trenitalia operates most trains in Italy while Italotreno, the private company, 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 80 km north-west of Rome. There are two solutions of getting to Rome - taking a train or booking a private car transfer.

Cruise visitors usually make a day trip to Rome which is very easy to do by taking a train from Civitavecchia to Rome which stops on several stops along the way. With the regionale and regionale veloce trians, you can stop at San Pietro (the Vatican), Ostiente, Trastevere and of course main train station Termini. If you take Frecciabianca train which is faster train you will travel directly from Civitavecchia to Termini Station.

Termini Station or 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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