Rome Airport Guide

Getting to Rome from the UK:

Rome has two airports - Leonardo da Vinci, the main airport commonly referred to as 'Fiumicino', and Ciampino. Fiumicino is 30km (~18 miles) out to the southwest of Rome. While Ciampino, a smaller airport, served mainly by low-cost airlines, is 15km (~9 miles) southeast of the city.

Fiumicino airport:

 

Airlines flying from the UK to Fiumicino include: British Airways, Alitalia, Jet2 and EasyJet. They fly from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, London City, London Luton, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. If you get stuck in Fiumicino and need something to do, check out this excellent post from Nile Guide Rome.

A left luggage facility is located in the International Arrivals area on the ground floor (street level) of Terminal 3. It is open daily from 06.30 to 23.30 (6.30 am to 11.30 pm) and costs about €6.00 per item for each 24 hour period. The full daily rate is charged for periods less than 24 hours.

Fiumicino to Rome

 

To get to Rome, the Leonardo Express train can be taken to Stazione Termini (the main train station in Rome) and costs around 10 euro. It arrives at and leaves from platform 27 at Stazione Termini and takes about 30 minutes.

There is also a S.I.T. bus to and from Fiumicino. A one-way ticket will cost €8, a return €15. The full timetable and online booking can be found here.

If you prefer a taxi, head to P.I.T, the Tourist Information Point of Rome, inside the airport, which supplies information on the service. There is a flat charge of 40 euro, baggage included, for a maximum of four passengers, for all the destinations inside the Mura Aureliane which delimitate the central area of the city. The cost for the service is the same in either direction. For destinations outside the city wall the cost will be indicated by the taximeter on each taxi, to which a baggage fee would also be added. Roman taxis are white and carry a "TAXI" sign on the top along with an identifying licence number on the doors, on the back and inside of the car.

If you prefer to drive yourself, a number of rental services are found within the airport. Details on car rental can be found here. Fiumicino is connected to Rome by an autostrada. Follow the signs for Rome out of the complex and exit from the autostrada at EUR (exit 30, I think), following the target sign for the centre. From there, Via Cristoforo Colombo will take you directly into the centre.

Ciampino airport: 

 

Ciampino is the airport I know best, as this is the one I use from Stansted. Ciampino can be reached from London Stansted (with Ryanair), London Gatwick (with EasyJet), Bristol (EasyJet), Glasgow Prestwick (Ryanair), Liverpool (Ryanair), Edinburgh (Ryanair) and Nottingham East Midlands (Ryanair) among others. At the time of writing (November 2010), Ciampino didn't have a left-luggage service. The nearest service is at Stazione Termini in Rome city centre.

For great views of Rome city centre, don't forget to be on the right-hand side of the plane as this affords great views of all the sights.

Ciampino to Rome

 

Stazione Termini in Rome can be reached by Terravision bus for 8 euro return (children under four go free). The journey takes 40 minutes. See the Terravision website for more information and to reserve tickets (they might be more expensive if you just turn up). There is also a S.I.T. bus to and from Ciampino. A one-way ticket will cost €6, a return €8. The full timetable and online booking can be found here.

Cars can be rented from Hertz, who have a deal with Ryanair and Europcar. Details on car rental (and problems we've experienced in Ciampino) can be found here. To save you clicking through however, the main, most important point here is that at no point do you see any signs as to where the car rental places are. To pick up your car you actually have to leave the terminal and cross the road to a bus shelter with the words 'Autonoleggio'  (i.e. car rental) written on it. Once there, you wait for a small navette bus to come into view, which will take you to the car rental office.

All prices correct as of May 2011. Let me know if there are any errors. Hope this helps!

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