Rome's main airport is well-connected to the center of town
during the day by an express train and other, slower, trains.
The express train between Fiumicino Airport and Termini statin
costs 8.78 and takes approximately 30 minutes. This train departs
from and arrives at track 27 at Termini station, Rome's train
Tickets can be purchased:
- At any tobacco shop and newsstand inside the train station.
- At vending machines at both Termini and Fiumicino.
- At the Alitalia office near track 22 at Termini (9am-7:30pm
- At the ticket window by the platform at Fiumicino.
The following schedule is applicable from June 10, 2001, through
January 26, 2002; the winter schedule may vary by a few minutes.
Fiumicino to Roma Termini:
6:37am - 7:07am - 7:37am -8:07am - 8:37am - 9:07am - 9:37am -
10:07am - 10:37am - 11:07pm - 11:37pm - 12:07pm - 12:37pm - 1:07pm -
1:37pm - 2:07pm - 2:37pm - 3:07pm - 3:37pm - 4:07pm - 4:37pm -
5:07pm - 5:37pm - 6:07pm - 6:37pm - 7:07pm - 7:37pm - 8:07pm -
8:37pm - 9:07pm - 9:37pm - 10:07pm - 10:37pm - 11:07pm - 11:37pm.
Roma Termini to Fiumicino:
5:51am - 6:21am - 6:51am - 7:21am - 7:51am - 8:21am - 8:51am -
9:21am - 9:51am - 10:21am - 10:51am - 11:21pm - 11:51pm - 12:21pm -
12:51pm - 1:21pm - 1:51pm - 2:21pm - 2:51pm - 3:21pm - 3:51pm -
4:21pm - 4:51pm - 5:21pm - 5:51pm - 6:21pm - 6:51pm - 7:21pm -
7:51pm - 8:21pm - 8:51pm - 9:21pm - 9:51pm - 10:21pm - 10:51pm.
There is another train that connects Fiumicino Airport to central
Rome, and while it is slower than the express train, it does cost
less. When you are at the airport tran station, look for the train
with the destination Orte or Fara Sabina. It stops at
some smaller local stations on the way into Rome, but does NOT stop
at Termini. Get off at the Tiburtina station to access
central Rome (Metro Line B and many buses connect Tiburtina with the
center of town). These trains leave approximately every 20 minutes
(every hour on Sundays) and cost L9,000. The trip from the airport
to Tiburtina station takes about 45 minutes.
Fiumicino Airport - Trastevere Station - Ostiense Station -
From 6:27am to 11:27pm.
Tiburtina Station - Ostiense Station - Trastevere Station -
From 5:04am to 10:34pm.
To reach Termini from:
- Ostiense: take Metro Line B or bus 175.
- Tiburtina: take Metro Line B or bus 649 or bus 492.
- Trastevere: Tram 8 to Largo Argentina and bus 40 or bus
For arrivals and departures between 11:30pm and 5am, there is a
night bus running between Fiumicino airport and Tiburtina station.
It stops at Termini station along the way, across the street from
from Fiumicino: 1:15am - 2:15am - 3:30am - 5am.
from Tiburtina: 12:30am - 1:15am - 2:30am - 3:45am.
Ciampino is Rome's smaller airport, used mostly by budget
airlines and charter flights. To get to the center of Rome from
Ciampino, take the COTRAL bus ( 1.23) to Metro A:Anagnina,
and then take the Metro ( 0.92) to Termini. COTRAL buses run ever
half-hour. Buses connecting Ciampino Airport with the center of Rome
stop running at 11pm; the only way to get into town late at night is
Taxis from the airports
The average fare for a taxi ride from Fiumicino or Ciampino to
central Rome is 41.32 during the day, more expensive at night. After
exiting the arrival halls at Fiumicino, you'll find the taxi stand.
For further information on taxis in Rome, click here.
Note: You may be approached by illegal taxi drivers in the
stations and at the airports. If you need a taxi, look for the
official yellow or white metered taxis. There are taxi stands at
both Fiumicino Airport and Termini station. In case of an agrument
over the fare, be sure to take down the taxi driver's name and
number, which can be found on the door of the taxi. Make sure that
your taxi has a meter; insist on the metered fair rather than an
for a list of airline addresses and phone numbers in Rome.
Most intercity trains arrive at Termini station. A few trains,
particularly those arriving late at night, may arrive at Tiburtina
or Ostiense stations.
The hub of Rome's transportation system can be confusing when you
first arrive, but the following explanation of its layout should
help you get oriented. Once you've gotten off the train and have
walked down the platform, you will reach the Main Gallery. The exit
by platform 1 will take you to the north side of Termini; the exit
by platform 22 will take you to the south side of Termini. Brand new
for 2000 was Forum Termini, an underground mall beneath the
station, accessed by several sets of escalators along the Main
Gallery. Forum Termini features such shops as United Colors of
Benetton, Sephora, Ricordi MediaStore (selling CDs and tapes), and
CONAD, a 24-hour supermarket. One of Rome's ubiquitious McDonald's
offers you the chance to eat a Big Mac next to ruins from the 5th
century B.C. From this lower level, you can also access the city's
two subway lines, Metro A and Metro B. Back on the street level,
continue away from the platforms and past the main gallery to reach
the Main Hall, where you'll find the ticket and reservation windows.
Exiting from the main hall, you'll find yourself in Piazza dei
Cinquecento, the largest bus terminal in Rome. The night bus to
Fiumicino Airport stops here as well, though you'll have to look
very hard for the sign (at press time, the stop is on the Palazzo
Thanks to renovation services carried out for the 2000 Jubilee,
the services at Termini have been greatly improved. This map
locates essential services.
You'll also find an internet cafe, a phone center pharmacy, an
electronics store, a travel agency, newsstands with international
newspapers, a travel agency, and various restaurants and bars.
The second largest train station in Rome is easily accessible by
bus and Metro (Line B) from the center of the city. The slower and
cheaper train and night bus to Fiumicino Airport leaves from here.
Facilities at the station include a 24-hour supermarket and a
currency exchange office. Across the piazza in front of the station
you'll find the buses that depart for destinations all over Italy
and abroad. The ticket offices are located nearby in the piazza nd
around the corner on Circonvallazione Nomentana. From Termini, take
Metro Line B to Tiburtina, or bus 649 to the end of the line.
Timetables and tickets
Reading Italian train timetables is not particularly
complicated. Train timetables are posted around stations. In
addition to the immense permanent tables located high above eye
level, there are numerous with more extensive and current
information. To find out if a train goes to the city you are trying
to reach, you should check not only the Final Destination
column on these yellow posters, but also the Pricipali
Fermate (major stops) and the Annotazioni columns. The
trains listed in green type (and some black trains
leaving at night) are the normal slower trains. Trains listed in
red type (IC, ED, EN, and ICN) are faster and require a
supplement, while ES* (Eurostar) trains are the fastest and
most expensive of all, requiring reservations on Saturday and
People planning to travel around Italy may wish to consider
buying a Kilometric Ticket (biglietto chilometrico).
Presently 110.52, this ticket is good for 3000 kilometers of
travel within two months, and can be divided among up to five
Note: To avoid being fined, you must validate your
ticket in one of the yellow boxes on the platform before boarding
any train in Italy. This is true for all tickets (local, regional,
IC, EC, ES, Kilometric) except the Eurail Pass.
Approximate train costs (one way)
- Rome-Florence: 14.31; 7.64 supplement for IC;
14.00 supplement for ES.
- Rome-Naples: 10.12; 5.99 supplement for IC; 11.57
supplement for ES.
- Rome-Milan: 26.55; 11.62 supplement for IC; 18.49
supplement for ES.
- Rome-Venice: 24.63; 11.26 supplement for IC;
18.75 supplement for ES.
- Rome-Brindisi: 26.55; 11.16 supplement for IC;
17.15 supplement for ES.
Visit the official FS
website for current prices.
Services for the diabled
In all major Italian train stations, you'll find an office
dedicated to facilitating train travel for disabled people. Upon
request (at least 24 hours in advance for Italian trains, three
working days in advance for international trains) these centers can
organize transportation for disabled people around the train
stations of departure and arrival. Other services include wheelchair
access, luggage transport, and train information. The Termini office
is located by platform 1; the telephone number is 06 4881726. At
Tiburtina, call 06 4730184; at Fiumicino, ring 06 47305300.
Tiburtina station is the main bus terminal for buses coming from
or going to cities outside the region of Lazio. To reach the center
from Tiburtina, take Metro Line B in the direction of Termini, or
bus 649 or 492 from the piazza in front of the station.
While it is true that tutte le strade portano a Roma (all
roads lead to Rome), over the course of 2,500 years the Romans have
built so many roads that it's difficult to actually reach the city
center. If you are on the A1 highway from the north, take the
exit marked Roma nord. If you are on the A1 highway from
the south, take the exit marked Roma est. After a few
kilometers, both of these exits take you to the GRA (Grande Raccordo
Anulare), the ring road around the city linking the highways and the
strade statali (state roads, marked SS). the most
important for the traveler are the Via Aurelia (Pisa,
Livorno, Genova), the Via Cassia (Viterbo, Siena), the Via
Flaminia (Umbria), the Via Tiburtina (Tivoli), the Via
Appia Nouva (Ciampino Airport and the Castelli Romani), the
Via Pontina (Circeo, Latina, Sabaudia, Sperlonga), and Via
Cristoforo Colombo (Ostia). From the GRA, you'll also find the
exit for the Autostrada Fiumicino (leading to Fiumicino-Leonardo da
Vinci Airport), and the A24 highway to Abruzzi (including the
Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo and Pescara).
In areas like Termini and the Vatican, as well as in some other
central areas, there are spaces indicated by blue lines where you
can park for 1.03 per hour. The hours of the day when you must pay
for parking are usually from 8am to 8pm, and until 11pm in some
parts of town. The tickets can be purchased either at the vending
machines along the sidewalk (which take coins only),
tabacchis, or newsstands. There are also some large public
and private parking garages around the city. The most accessible are
ParkSi (in the Villa Borghese; 1.03 per hour for the first
three hours, 0.52 per hour from four to 15 hours, or 7.75 per
day). Other options include Parking Ludovisi, Via Ludovisi,
60, open from 5:30am to 1:30am, and Parking Termini, in front
of the main train station, open from 6am to 1am. Both charge 1.55
per hour or 20.66 per day. Another option is the parcheggi di
scambio, parking lots located near Metro stations a bit further
away from the historical center of Rome (like Anagnina and Cinecittΰ
on Line A, or Ponte Mammolo on Line B. From there, you can simply
take the Metro into the center. At 1.55 per day, the parking is
very economical, but the lots are unattended.
Note: Non-resident cars are not allowed to drive in the
historical center. If you are bringing a car to Rome, we recommend
that you park it in the Termini or Vatican area and use public
transportation (or your own two feet) to explore the historical