Most budget airlines to Rome fly into Ciampino Airport. Smaller and less frantic than Rome Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino is approximately 12km south of the city centre. Over the past few years it has undergone a makeover and now has two terminals and a nice selection of shops and food places.
Although it’s closer, Ciampino Airport is not as well connected to the city centre. It does, however, have various travel options to choose from – taxi, private transfer, rail, or coach – so which one is right for you? To help you decide, Oh-Rome has put together this guide to talk you through each method of transfer.
There are a few coach services which provide transport between Ciampino Airport and Rome. At the airport the coaches are parked in designated bus bays opposite international departures. They will take you to either Termini Station or Anagnina Station.
Termini is the main station in Rome located in the centre (about 40 minutes from the airport depending on traffic) from where you can take both metro lines and many buses to other parts of the city. Anagnina is on the outskirts of Rome (about 20 minutes from the airport depending on traffic) and from here you can catch the metro (line A) which will take you into the city.
If you want to use the metro or bus service within Rome to get to another part of the city after your transfer from the airport, you will need to buy a Metrebus ticket for €1.50 (one-journey). You can do this on arrival at Termini or Anagnina from a ticket machine or newsagents.
Atral bus (run by Cotral and Schiaffini)
- To Termini Station – buses depart Ciampino airport between 05.30 and 22.50. Tickets cost €3.90 one-way and €6.90 return. You can buy these directly on board the bus, online, in the airport hall of arrivals, or other authorised selling points.
- To Anagnina Station – buses depart Ciampino airport between 06.10 and 22.40 every 40 minutes. Tickets cost €1.20 one-way, so it is the least expensive option, but if you have luggage you have to pay €1.20 on top of this. You can buy tickets on board the bus, at the information box in the airport hall of arrivals, online, or other authorised selling points.
- This bus takes you from Ciampino airport directly to Termini station. You can buy tickets online or at the airport for €4 one-way. This service operates between 08.15 and 00.15 and departures conveniently coincide with flight arrivals.
- This offers a very similar service to Terravision and there is not much to distinguish between the two. You can buy tickets online or on board the bus for €4 one-way. Buses depart the airport between 07.45 and 23.15.
There’s no train station at the airport, but there are Cotral/Schiaffino buses departing every 30 minutes to the closest one train station, which is just5-10 minutes away. You can buy tickets on board the bus for €1. From the local station there are trains to Termini (located in Rome) which depart every 15 minutes. The cost of a ticket is €2 which you can buy at the train station from the ticket machines or newsagents. Before getting on board, make sure that you validate your ticket by stamping it in the machines by the platform.
When you leave the arrivals hall, you will be inundated by taxi drivers competing for your business. Look for the official white taxis clearly marked with the Comune di Roma name and symbol on the do or and the licence number. Avoid white, unmarked Multipla cars – they are not official drivers, and not particularly reliable.
Taxi transport to the city centre has been set at a fixed rate of 30 euros. This fee includes four passengers and all bags so if there are four or fewer of you, don’t accept taxi drivers trying to negotiate price s. (It is important to note that ‘city centre’ refers to the area within the Aurelian walls – all other destinations are charged by the metre.) Although much as been said about the poor quality of Roman cab service, there has been a strong effort to improve the quality of the service over recent years.
A pricier option is to hire a limo service, which will cost approximately 50-70 euros. The best option is to pre-book a limo service which can be done through your hotel and added to your final bill. Limo transfer service is by far the least stressful option as they are clean, reliable and accommodate all special requests such as baby seats and extra baggage.