Rome airports: how to get there

How to get from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the city center

Rome Fiumicino International Airport Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, L’aeroporto di Roma-Fiumicino) is the largest airport in Italy, located near Rome in the small town of Fiumicino (30 km). The airport is named after the great Leonardo da Vinci, the same name is given to the railway express train from the airport to the city center – Leonardo Express.

Fiumicino Airport opened in 1961 to replace (or supplement) the old Ciampino Airport (Italian: Ciampino), located in Lazio, due to its growing busyness. Since then, the Leonardo da Vinci Airport has been replaced (or supplemented) by the old Ciampino Airport in Lazio. Leonardo da Vinci Airport has been significantly modernized and now handles more than 30 million passengers a year. Currently, it has four terminals: T1, T2, T3, T5.

The following services are available at the airport: free WIFI, ATMs, currency exchange, luggage wrapping, café, free luggage carts, car rental. The Rome Airports smartphone app is also available for download in both the App Store and Google play. The luggage room is located in Terminal 3, in the international arrivals area, and is open daily from 6:30 to 23:30.

Once you have arrived at Rome airport, you can easily reach other popular Italian cities by train or by rented car:

  • Distance to Naples – 240 km
  • Distance to Pisa – 330 km
  • Distance to Bologna – 400 km
  • Distance to Florence – 300 km

On-line Airport Timetable 2020

Airport Location on the Map

Address of Aeroporto Internazionale Leonardo da Vinci:

Via dell’ Aeroporto di Fiumicino, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italy

How to find cheap tickets to Rome

To the international airport of Leonardo da Vinci you need to get a cheap flight ticket to Rome. Leonardo da Vinci International Airport the following well-known and budget airlines fly:

  • Aeroflot
  • AIR ITALY SPA
  • ALITALIA
  • AUSTRIAN AIRLINES
  • Azerbaijan airlines
  • Belavia
  • LUFTHANSA
  • PEGASUS
  • Russia
  • TRANSAERO
  • TURKISH AIRLINES
  • Ukraine International Airlines
  • Ural Airlines
  • WIZZAIR

Learn more about finding cheap tickets to Italy with our Ticket Finder , or search for low fares with the form below:

A few ways to get from Fiumicino Airport to downtown Rome in 2022 cheap

There are several ways to get from Rome airport to downtown: bus, express train, cab, carsharing, and rental car.

By train

Leonardo Express

The comfortable Trenitalia Leonardo Express train, which leaves from Rome’s central station Termini, connects you to the Leonardo da Vinci Airport.

The Leonardo Express runs non-stop. Departures are every 15 minutes.

Leonardo Express

From Termini station: the first train departs at 5:20, the last one at 22:35.

From Rome Airport: the first train departs at 6:08, and the last one at 23:23.

The Leonardo Express stop at the airport is easy to find: after arriving follow the signs with the train on a yellow background, it will take you to the train station at the airport.

Travel time is 30-32 minutes. The cost of the ticket is 14 euros/person.

Where to buy a ticket for the Leonardo Express

  • on the official Trenitalia website (you will need to show the ticket to the ticket inspector at the turnstile at the airport and train station.)
  • at the train station/at the airport
  • self-service kiosks at the airport and train station
  • Authorized travel agencies
  • authorized stores (e.g. cafes, tobacconists, newsstands)

The Orte Fara Sabina – Fiumicino (FM1) train also takes you from the airport to all the major Roman train stations: Tiburtina, Ostiense, Trastevere.

Departures: every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.

The fare is 8€.

From Fiumicino airport to other Italian cities

If you are not going from Rome airport to the city center, but to other Italian cities, then taking the Treinitalia train is a great way to continue your journey. To do this, choose the desired route on the Treinitalia website.

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If you don’t know how to buy a ticket on the website, you can see my step-by-step instructions for buying tickets on the Trenitalia website:

By bus.

You can get to Leonardo da Vinci Airport (and vice versa) by commuter buses of various companies. It’s a longer option, at a much cheaper cost than the Leonardo Express.

COTRAL

The bus stops at the airport are opposite Terminal 2, in the arrivals area. To get there, follow the signs for “Regional Bus Station” .

Bus stops in Rome can be found in several places:

  • Piazza dei Cinquecento (opposite the Museo Nazionale Romano)
  • Tiburtina railway station
  • Cornelia Metro Station – Line A
  • Metro station Eur-Magliana – Line B
  • Ostia – Piazza Sirio
  • Ostia – Piazza Stazione

Tickets can be bought at authorized points of sale (newspaper and tobacconist’s stands) or for an extra fee from the bus driver.

The exact timetable can be found on the official COTRAL website.

The timetable is an hour.

SIT BUS SHUTTLE

The bus stop at Fiumicino Airport is located near the terminal 3 exit in the arrivals area; the bus stop number is 12 (follow the signs at the Regional Bus Station).

The SIT BUS SHUTTLE stops in Rome are in Termini Station (Via Marsala), at the Vatican (Via Crescenzio 2).

Buses leave every 30 minutes, every day. Tickets can be bought online on the official website of the SIT BUS SHUTTLE , or from the driver on the bus.

The fare: 6 euros.

T.A.M. S.r.l.

The bus stop at Fiumicino Airport is located near the terminal 3 exit in the arrivals area; the bus stop number is 13 (follow the signs at the Regional Bus Station).

The nearest T.A.M. stops in Rome are: Ostiense Station (at Piazzale 12 ottobre 1492, opposite Eataly), Termini Station (Via Giovanni Giolitti 34).

The bus leaves every 30 minutes, daily. Tickets can be bought online at the official T.A.M. website or from the driver on the bus.

The cost of the ticket: 4,5 euros.

TERRAVISION

The bus stop at Fiumicino Airport is located near the terminal 3 exit in the arrivals area; the bus stop number is 14 (follow the signs for the Regional Bus Station).

TERRAVISION bus stops in Rome are located at the Termini train station (in Via Marsala).

The bus leaves every 30 minutes every day. You can buy tickets online on the official TERRAVISION website or from the driver on the bus.

The cost of the ticket is 5,80 euro.

ROME AIRPORT BUS

The bus stop at Fiumicino Airport is located near the exit of Terminal 3, in the arrivals area, bus stop number 15 (follow the signs Regional Bus Station).

The bus stop in Rome is at the Termini Station (via Giolitti 34/36).

The bus leaves every 30 minutes every day. You can buy tickets online on the official website of ROME AIRPORT BUS , or from the driver on the bus.

The cost of the ticket: € 6.90.

The connection between terminals

A free shuttle bus provides a connection between Fiumicino Airport terminals. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and at night (from 01:00 to 04:00) only on call from the intercoms located at the shuttle stops.

How to get to/from Fiumicino Airport at night

There are COTRAL buses from Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Termini and Tiburtina stations in Rome at night. For information on the official website: COTRAL

Note that the Leonardo Express does not operate at night.

Moreover, at any time of the day or night you can take a Kiwitaxi, a taxi-transfer service in airports and cities around the world.

By cab

By renting a car from the airport

You can rent a car directly at Rome airport. All the major international rental companies are represented here: Hertz, Avis, Europcar, etc., as well as Italian rental companies such as SicilybyCar. However, I book a car 1-2 months in advance with Rentalcars:

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The rental car locations are located in Office Tower 2, easily accessible by the pedestrian tunnels that connect the terminal buildings to the multi-level parking lot. Signs in the car rental area are in the arrivals area.

Car returns are as follows: cars are returned to the same area where they were rented (Buildings A, B or C of the multi-level parking lot). When approaching the airport, follow the road signs on the Rome-Fiumicino freeway.

By car to Rome airport

Leonardo da Vinci Airport is 32 Km from Rome and easily accessible by car from the Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA) and then from the A91 (Rome-Fiumicino). Then follow the signs to get to a specific terminal.

From Civitavecchia, take the freeway to Rome, after leaving the tollbooth follow the signs to the airport.

Parking at the airport

If you arrive at the airport in a rented car, you must leave the car in a special parking lot. Follow the signs for Car rent or look for a sign with the name of your rental company.

Also remember to fill the car up to a full tank before you return it. The address of a gas station near the airport:

Carsharing

This mode of transportation is gaining universal popularity around the world. And Fiumicino Airport is no exception. You can take your car directly from the top floor of the short-stay parking lot in Terminal 1.

To do this you need to download the Enjoy or Car2go app to your smartphone and book the desired car. Usually you can take the following cars: Fiat 500 in Enjoy and Smart Fortwo in Сar2go.

Getting in and out of the parking lot of Terminal 1 is done by reading the license plates of the carshare cars. You do not need to pay anything.

TAX FREE at Fiumicino airport

The customs office is located in the check-in area of Terminal 3: there you have to show your purchases, receipts, and get a customs stamp. Then go to the VAT refund signs (area H).

The company’s shopping tax offices are located at:

  • Global Blue Terminal 3, boarding area, check-in counter 326,
  • Global Blue Terminal 3, departure area “E” – after the passport control

At Fiumicino airport (Terminal 3) you can obtain an electronic customs stamp through the OTELLO system at the Global Blue office. To obtain it you need to show the Global Blue staff the items you purchased, your passport and your airline ticket (boarding pass). Keep in mind that the e-customs stamp can be obtained no earlier than 5 hours before departure.

Hotels in and around Rome airport

If you need to spend the night at the airport, you can book Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky at Fiumicino, which is located at the airport itself, or stay at any hotel in the city.

For budget hotels I can recommend: BEKING ROMA TERMINI in Rome, which has an excellent location near Termini station, good reviews and a reasonable price.

For comfortable but more expensive hotels, I suggest a hotel in the most expensive area near Villa Ada Park: Radisson Blu GHR Hotel, Rome

How to get to Rome from Fiumicino airport

Fiumicino or Leonardo da Vinci, as it’s also known, is the largest airport in Italy and the port with the highest number of flights and so you’ll probably get your trip to Italy from there. However, getting to Fiumicino is a fairy tale – Rome airport is quite far from the city itself.

The distance from the airport of Fiumicino to the center of Rome is just over 30 kilometers and the easiest way to get from the airport to the city is to take the train. Italians in general love to connect their airports with cities by train lines and Rome certainly could not be an exception.

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Leonardo Express.

There is a railway station on the territory of Rome Airport, from where trains go to the city regularly – at 15-30 minutes intervals. The route is called the Leonardo Express, and the train journey to the Termini train station – already in Rome – takes 32 minutes.

Finding the station at the airport terminal is quite easy – there are numerous signs pointing in its direction. Therefore, even if you are at the main airport of Rome for the first time, you will not get lost.

Flights from Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini operate seven days a week from 6:23 am to 11:23 pm with no holidays or weekends. Moreover, this service operates even during periods of mass strikes.

Flights in the opposite direction, from Roma Termini to Fiumicino Airport, leave from platforms 23 and 24 of the main railway station of the Eternal City from 5:35 am to 10:35 pm.

The Leonardo Express station is located at the airport.

A Leonardo Express ticket costs 14 euros for an adult on a single trip (2022). Children under 12 are allowed to travel for free when accompanied by a paying adult. There are no luggage limits: the main thing is not to disturb the neighbors.

Within Fiumicino you can buy tickets for the Leonardo Express at the ticket office at the airport train station, at many press outlets and at vending machines. The ticket office and most of the vending machines are located in the main lobby of the airport train station.

Another way to buy tickets is to do it online at omio.ru [link]. Note that in addition to the Leonardo Express, there is a cheaper train on the schedule for 8 euros. If you need to get to Roma Termini, the cheaper option will be less convenient because it involves transfers. We will tell you more about this below.

When buying a ticket at the train station before boarding the train it must be stamped at special machines located in front of the exit to the platform. If the ticket is purchased through the omio website, you can simply show it to the ticket inspector from your smartphone screen.

Automatic ticket punching machines at Fiumicino Airport

Subway from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

Another way to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome is to take the Regionale commuter train (they leave from the same train station at the airport as the Leonardo Express). This is the cheaper train mentioned in the Leonardo Express option.

The special FM1 line is called Sabina-Fiumicino. It starts from the airport and passes through Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense, Trastevere and several other stations.

At the stations Tiburtina, Tuscolana and Ostiense you can transfer from FM1 line to Metro lines A or B and thus reach almost all major points of the “Eternal City”.

These trains do not pass through the main railway station Roma Termini. If you need to get there, you have to change trains.

Metro line Sabina-Fiumicino (FM1)

In 2022, a ticket on the FM1 line from Fiumicino Airport to Rome would cost 8 euros. Children under 12 years of age can travel for free when accompanied by a paying adult (1 child per 1 adult). As with Leonardo Express, tickets purchased at the station must be validated before boarding the train, and those purchased through the website must be shown on your smartphone screen.

Trains generally depart every 15 minutes on weekdays and at intervals of up to 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

Buses from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

Updated on January 25, 2022.

It has always been possible to get from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the center by bus, but for quite a long time this option was implemented in the Eternal City rather “askew”. Recently, however, the situation has changed radically.

Now the bus option is fully implemented, the schedule is tight, and the routes to Rome run like clockwork. The main advantage of buses is the price. If you buy tickets in advance online, you can get to Rome from Fiumicino Airport by bus for only 7 euros (compared to 14 on Leonardo Express).

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The routes run from 8:30 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. and take about 55 minutes. In Rome, the buses arrive at the Termini train station stop on Via Marsala, almost at the same point as the Leonardo Express. In the opposite direction, from Termini to the airport, the route operates from 6:15 to 20:00; the stop is in Via Marsala 5, opposite the Best Western Hotel Royal Santina.

Tickets can be purchased both one-way and round trip. Buses run at an average interval of 60 minutes. If you bought a ticket for a certain time but missed your bus, you can use the same ticket to leave on the next bus.

At Fiumicino Airport, the bus stop is near Terminal 3, platform 12. It is easy to find by following the signs in the arrivals area.

The site of the service, where you can find out more details about the route, as well as book your tickets, is at this link .

Another link to the service site where you can buy tickets for the bus from Fiumicino Airport to Rome and back, as well as the best selection of hotels in the center of Rome.

Useful tip: When planning your time in the Eternal City, download a mobile audio guide to Rome for iPhone or Android [link]. The full version of the audio guide contains several ready-made audio tours of the city and a map with the sights of the routes, working even without the internet.

Built-in GPS will allow you to easily track your location and find your way to the nearest tour points. This is much more economical than even the most budget-friendly tours of Rome.

Transfer from Fiumicino Airport

If you are not traveling in a large group, a shared shuttle can be more cost-effective than a cab, and in most cases is faster and more convenient than public transportation.

In common parlance a shared transfer is a minibus which takes passengers from the airport directly to the hotel. Due to the fact that it takes on board several passengers at once, the trip is cheaper than if you rented a minibus by yourself.

One of the shuttles serving the route between the airport and Rome

The cost of this service depends on the number of passengers and if there are two of you, it’s from 19 Euros per person.

Reservations are very easy and only take a few minutes. For more details and to book your transfer you can follow the links below.

During the booking process you will be asked to indicate the time of boarding the shuttle. As a rule, you should indicate the time 60-90 minutes after the landing of the flight to make the reservation.

By the way, in exactly the same way you can order the return shuttle – from the hotel to the airport Fiumicino.

Cab from Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Rome

While there are still cab drivers in Rome who don’t mind overcharging unsuspecting travelers, there is a very real way to avoid them.

One of these ways is to order a cab online [link] for your flight before you arrive at Fiumicino Airport, although you can also catch a car at the exit of the terminal. Another thing is that all the risks in this case fall on you.

Calling a cab online from the airport Fiumicino to Rome in recent years has become increasingly popular, and it’s not just the nuances of the behavior of Italian cab drivers. Even if you are prepared to take all local risks in advance, most Italian cab drivers simply do not speak English.

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With the option of calling a car online – everything is easier. You specify your flight and destination in advance, prescribe, if necessary, special requirements for a car (for example, a roomy trunk or child seats), and the system calculates a fixed rate for you.

When ordering a cab online you do not need to worry about the possible delay or even transfer of the flight: the company providing the transfer, keep track of all the information on the arrivals, and therefore will not charge you extra for the waiting time of the passenger.

Meeting the driver is also easy: as a rule, he meets passengers with a plate with their names on it at the exit of the luggage claim area – it is impossible to separate.

You can check the work of the service, calculate the price of the trip or just order a cab from Fiumicino Airport to Rome at this link.

Rent a car with a driver

By and large, this is a somewhat specific option, which is not particularly different from cabs. The only significant difference is that the companies providing the corresponding service are not subject to the unified rate at which cab drivers work.

That is, if you choose this option, you need to be prepared to pay exactly how much you are going to drive.

Such cars at the airport can be recognized by the NCC sign, which means “with driver”. As a rule, cars with NCC signs are grouped in the same place as official cabs, but can be rented from the kiosks located inside the airport building.

Rent a car at Rome Fiumicino Airport

If you are going exactly to Rome, you hardly need to rent a car – it is better to move around the city by public transport or by cab. But if Fiumicino is only a starting point for a self-trip around the country, it’s a different story. Moreover, the prices here do not bite (from 15 euros per day).

Prices for car rentals at Fiumicino Airport start at 15 Euros per day (sometimes cheaper).

There are many car rental companies at Rome airport and it is not easy to choose the best operator. You can, of course, go through the largest vendors piece by piece, compare prices, conditions, and stop at one, but it is quite time consuming.

A much easier way to compare the conditions of rental cars in different companies at Fiumicino Airport (and not only) is to use Rentalcars service from the creators of the popular hotel portal Booking.com.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is available from 21 euros per day

The system monitors all changes in the rental companies and, depending on the conditions, offers a rating of the best prices in this or that location.

What is also nice: in addition to prices Rentalcars compares other rental conditions, which allows you to find the best option in a few minutes. Of course, it is better to book it right away, because the conditions tend to change over time.

By the way, if you are planning to take a car for a journey, we also recommend our article: Rent a car in Italy: everything you need to know when booking a car.

Infographics to the article

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