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 main Rome airport has been voted as the best aviation hub in Europe. For six consecutive years, Rome Fiumicino Airport, also known as Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, has been named Europe’s best airport by Airports Council International. The award “Best airport over 40 millions passengers in Europe” is based on the quality of services offered at Fiumicino and is the first time in history that the same airport has won the top award for six consecutive years. Leonardo Da Vinci also won awards for most dedicated staff, most pleasant and cleanest airport.
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:
Airport Lounges at Fiumicino
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 (departures area A1-A10 and in departures area E for international flights), you’ll find the “Prima Vista” Vip Lounge, open to all business class and frequent flyer passengers in the airport, regardless of the airline they are travelling.
The HelloSky Arrival Lounge & Air Rooms, is an innovative structure designed to welcome all passengers who need to relax – or work – in a quiet place with comfortable amenities before or after their flight. It’s located in an area open to the public near the ABCD multi-level car parks, easily reachable. Wi-Fi, drinks and comfortable seating are the basic welcome service for anyone with an access ticket. One of the structure’s highlights are the new “Air Rooms”: 29 rooms designed for flyers, with flexible booking depending on the needs of each passenger. Availability ranges from several days to a few hours, meaning they can even be used to simply take a shower before jetting off again.
On the second floor of the departures area E you will find the Plaza Premium Lounge, a high comfort lounge with services open to all passengers departing or in transit.
There are also four Alitalia Lounges called “Casa Alitalia” located at Check-in Area, Terminal 1, Boarding Area D Schengen flights and Boarding Area E Extra Schengen flights. 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.
How to connect
- Turn on your device with Wi-Fi connectivity
- Select “Free Wi-Fi” network
- Choose between two types of Free WiFi: Super fast Free WiFi (by installing the free official Aeroporti di Roma app, “Rome Airports”- up to 4 Mbps) and Fast Free WiFi (up to 2 Mbps)
- Open your browser
- You will be automatically redirected to the home page
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. Click here to read more.
Fiumicino airport is about 32 km from the center of Rome. Depending on the mode of transport and time of day, it takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour to reach the center of the city.
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.
by 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.
by car sharing:
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.
by shuttle bus:
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 and from 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 is a great mobile application 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.Check out our complete guide on getting from Fiumicino Airport to the city of Rome
Terminals at Rome Fiumicino Airport
There are four terminals at Rome Fiumicino airport:
- Terminal 1: handles domestic and Schengen flights
- Terminal 2: permanently closed as there is an expansion project for Terminal 1
- Terminal 3: domestic flights, Schengen and non-Schengen flights
- Terminal 5: temporarily closed due to works
There are many things to do, from shopping at premium and luxury stores like Gucci, Chanel, Liu Jo, Calzedonia and Intimissimi, to getting a glass of wine at Rosso Intenso or indulging in baked goods at Dèlice Maison. The bottom line is Fiumicino airport is equipped with a great shopping and dining experience, VIP lounges, smoking rooms and more. Check out their official website for all their eating and shopping options.
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