Getting To & From Ciampino and Fiumicino Airports
Learn the most economical and efficient ways to get to Rome’s airports! No matter what time you’re catching a flight out of Rome, getting to Ciampino and Fiumicino airports can seem daunting if you don’t have your own car. Below are some useful routes from the city center to the airports that can help smoothen your trip.
Fiumicino: The Leonardo Express will take you directly from Termini station to Fiumicino airport in 30 minutes. You can get to Termini by bus or the A and B metro lines, which have stops at Pyramide, San Pietro, Colosseo, and Circo Massimo. By metro and the Leonardo Express, you can easily get to Fiumicino airport for under €20. The Leonardo Express, running from 5.35 am to 10.35 pm, departs from Termini every fifteen minutes. From Fiumicino airport, the express service operates from 6.23 am until 11.23 pm. If you’re taking the Leonardo Express directly to/from Termini station, tickets cost €14. Regional trains also depart from other platforms at Fiumicino airport, which can transport you to other stations like Roma Trastevere or Ostiense (€8 each) with stops in between.
Ciampino: While there is no express train to Ciampino airport, a regional train from Termini station can get you to the town of Ciampino for €1.50. Depending on the time of day and train you take, the journey is around fifteen minutes. Once you arrive at Ciampino station you are very close to the airport and can take the SIT bus (in the Termini direction) to the airport, a fifteen minute ride. Or, an AirportBus (Termini direction) leaves Ciampino station for the airport and takes approximately ten minutes. Using mobile applications like Citymapper that track buses’ arrivals and departures are very useful during non-direct journeys. For more applications for navigating Rome by bus or metro, check out our Essential Student Guide: Transportation in Rome.
If you’d prefer not to coordinate a complex route by public transportation or want to enjoy a few moments of personal space before a long flight, you can drive a vehicle from carsharing networks like Car2Go or Enjoy. Car2Go requires an international driver’s license for foreign drivers and charges between €0,24-€0,29/minute, while Enjoy accepts EU and U.S. driver’s licenses and charges €0,25/minute. For more information about how these services work, check out our Essential Student Guide: Transportation.
Fiumicino & Ciampino: SITbusshuttle is another shuttle service offering transfers between the city center, Fiumicino, and Ciampino airports. One-way services for both airports cost €6 while a roundtrip ticket for Ciampino airport is €9 and a roundtrip to Fiumicino airport costs €11. Trips to Ciampino and Fiumicino airports begin around 4.30 am and end at 8.30 pm. and 9.30 pm accordingly. One-way services from Termini (Via Marsala 5) to Ciampino are 30 minutes while services to Fiumicino include stops at the Vatican (Via Crescenzio 2) and Circonvallazione Aurelia 19, making the trip nearly one hour long. For the complete timetable click here. Tickets and reservations are available online, at the Ciampino airport desk, on board the buses, and at all bus stops (Termini, Vatican, and Circonvallazione Aurelia).
Ciampino: Terravision operates in many EU and UK cities, offering city tours and low cost airport transfers. For €5,80 adults and children (ages 5-12) can ride the shuttle bus from Termini station to Ciampino airport (a 40 minutes trip) at various timeslots, with departures spanning between 10 to 100 minute intervals depending on the time of day (for the complete timetable click here). For transfers from Ciampino airport to Termini, tickets cost €5 for adults and are always free for children aged four and younger. Reserving your one-way and/or return trip online allows you to bring extra luggage and adjust your departure dates/times without additional fees, but you must reserve your timeslot at least 12 hours in advance. There is no need to print your reservation since Terravision accepts e-tickets. If you need a transfer within 12 hours, you can buy tickets at the Terravision airport desk or Terravision bus stops at Via Giolitti 38 (Termini) and/or Via Bruxelles at Largo Liegi (Ciampino city center).
Early flights may call for a cab ride, which you can order or reserve by phone at (+39) 060609, 063570, 066645, or 066651. By law city taxies have fixed rates to/from Ciampino airport for €30 and €48 to Fiumicino. These rates apply to one-way trips to or from the city center, are for four passengers or less, and include luggage. Taxies should have a card reader for credit card payments, however it’s always best to have cash on hand in case your cab doesn’t have a POS machine. If you’re looking to travel from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports to the city center, beware of gentlemen who approach you in the airport and offer you a taxi. These people work for private companies and will charge their own flat rates that are usually very expensive. Also, if you get into a non-metered taxi (noleggio con conducente) at the airport or elsewhere, be sure to establish the price for your trip before beginning your journey.
MyTaxi is a great mobile application that allows you to order your taxi from your phone. Similarly to Uber, MyTaxi shows you the closest taxies and tracks your cab as it approaches you. The app will also estimate your trip cost and allows you to pay online with credit card. For more information, check out our essential transportation guide.