Rome Fiumicino Airport: everything you need to know
Europe’s sixth and the world’s 25th busiest airport is the largest aviation hub in Italy, and services more than 35 million passengers on an annual basis. One of the best things about the airport is the fact that it’s just a short ride away from the city centre, but its convenient location is not the only feature of Fiumicino that travellers seem to love.
The airport is refreshingly modern and in addition to the varied selection of food and shopping both pre- and post-security, FCO offers a wide array of facilities to make your journey as comfortable as possible:
Usually, these areas are exclusive to business and first class passengers, but at FCO, economy passengers can either purchase a day pass or sign up for a membership program to enter the airport lounges. At Terminal 3, you’ll find I Mosaici, Le Anfore Business Class Lounge, and the Avia Lounge. There are also three Alitalia Lounges in Terminal 1 and two lounges in Terminal 3. Each offers their own amenities, from conference facilities to showers. Check out Sleeping in Airports for more details on each of the lounges.
Free WiFi is still an issue for many travellers as the majority of airports are still reluctant to provide the service without an added cost. Thankfully, passengers can access WiFi for free throughout Fiumicino by simply registering for the “Airport Free WiFi” or “Boingo” networks.
Like many of the leading European airports, Fiumicino has short stay, long stay, and valet parking options. There are also plenty of parking spaces available for business and other short-term travellers: long-term parking is a shuttle ride away from the airport, while valet parking is located in front of the domestic terminal. There is also handicap and express parking which have additional benefits such as insurance coverage, a welcoming service, as well as the Alitalia fast check-in service.
No matter what time you’re catching a flight out of Rome, getting to Fiumicino airport can seem stressful without a car. Here are some useful routes from the city center to the airport. Find out more in our airport transportation guide.
By metro and the Leonardo Express, you can easily get to Fiumicino airport for under €20. The Leonardo Express will take you directly from Termini station to Fiumicino airport in 30 minutes. You can catch it every 15 minutes from 5.35am to 10.35pm.
Private Airport Transfer:
Save time and money and book your private luxury transfer service to and from Fiumicino to the City of Rome. Don’t wait in long lines for taxis, just choose from three different car options: a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Berlina, a Mercedes-Benz Viano Minivan or a Mercedes-Benz Vito Minibus.
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 car-sharing 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.
One-way services for both airports cost €6 while a roundtrip ticket to Fiumicino airport costs €11. Trips to Fiumicino airport begin around 4.30am and end at 9.30pm. One-way services to Fiumicino include stops at the Vatican (Via Crescenzio, 2) and Circonvallazione Aurelia 19, making the trip nearly one hour long. Tickets and reservations are available online, on board the buses, and at all bus stops (Termini, Vatican, and Circonvallazione Aurelia).
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 taxis have a fixed rate of €48 to Fiumicino. Taxis 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 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.
Free Now are great mobile applications that allow you to order your taxi from your phone. Similarly to Uber, both apps show you the closest taxies and tracks your cab as it approaches you. The apps estimate your trip cost and allow you to pay online with credit card.