Getting to and from Fiumicino Airport Rome

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This post will help travelers get from the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport to the city center in Rome, including local and express trains, express buses, shared shuttles, private cars, and taxis. Each has its pros and cons and we explain them in the following sections.  Be sure to read our guide to Rome’s Metro system.

Express + Local Trains
Airport Bus
Shared Shuttles
Taxi, Uber + Private Cars
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours of Rome

 


 


FIUMICINO AIRPORT TRAINS

There are two different trains running out of Fiumicino Airport, both run by Trenitalia, Italy’s main national train operator. While the first and more expensive option, the Leonardo Express, is designed to take you directly and quickly to city central train station.  The other cheaper option, the FR1 local train, services some of the suburbs and surrounding areas of Rome, where it connects to Rome’s metro system but does not terminate at the central train station.  The express train is not always the wisest option, as it depends on where you are staying.  We suggest using this Google map link for exact mass transit directions from Fiumicino Airport to anywhere in Rome and its environs. 

You can purchase tickets at the airport.  There are large red automated ticket machines in the baggage claim and throughout the airport. 

 

Leonardo Express Ticket Machine

 

Purchasing tickets is easy enough, but keep in mind that during peak season, you could be dealing with long lines.  It is possible to purchase tickets in advance.

Important Info: Tourists who take either train must validate their tickets before boarding. If you attempt to board with a ticket that has not been stamped, you will be fined up to €50 per person.

Signs pointing you to the train platforms at Fiumicino Airport are numerous and easy to follow and the walkway from baggage claim to the train station is covered and easy to use.


The Leonardo Express

This train is one of the easiest and, for many, affordable methods for traveling to Rome’s city center. The Leonardo Express is a direct service which travels from the airport to Termini Station and takes 30 minutes. Termini Station is located very close to several major landmarks and hotels, making it easy for most travelers to reach their destination with ease. Tourists should be aware that this is one of the more popular options on our list and the train can get very busy during peak seasons.  One consideration for this train and all public transport options that terminate at Termini is whether your hotel or other accommodation will require an additional long journey from the terminus.  If so, you might consider the local train, a shared shuttle or taxi to save time. 

 

The Leonardo Express. Image Source: Wikimedia user Hide1228 on February 7th, 2017.

 

  • Ticket Price: €14 per person
  • Availability: Daily from 6:23am – 11:23pm
  • Duration: 30 minutes (departs every 15 min)
  • Children under 12 ride for free w/ adult supervision (1 per adult)
  • All children under 4 ride for free.
  • No size limit on luggage
  • Click here to purchase in advance

Important: You must pick a train time for advanced purchases and there are no refunds.  So, if your flight is delayed, you may lose your ticket.

With an average score of 3 ½ out of 5 stars, it’s fair to say that reviews for this service are pretty good. Travelers who took issue with the Leonardo Express were unhappy with the price and inaccurate departure times. Even guests who enjoyed their trip indicated that it was not cheap, but they also referred to the train as quick and easy to use. Some visitors even suggested that this train beats the taxis! Couples were the most likely to appreciate this express train.

 


FL1 Local Train (previously the FR1 Train)

Depending on where you are staying, you may want to consider taking the FL1 Local Train instead. This train does not offer service to Termini Station, but it does stop at several stations with connections to Rome’s subway, buses, and tram (read our post on mastering Rome’s metro system).  For some riders, this option may actually be quicker than the express train, particularly those staying in the outskirts of town, such as Trastevere (just 26 min) or even in the city center, such as Campo de Fiori or the Pantheon area.  It’s best to use this Google Maps link and enter your accommodation. 

 

 

FL1 map stop from airport


In addition to offering stops on the outskirts of Rome, this train is also much more affordable than the Leonardo Express. As if that weren’t good enough, the FL1 runs about as often as its competitor – once every 15 minutes during periods of heavy traffic. If you have a hotel room that isn’t very close to city center, you might want to consider this option over a taxi or Uber.

  • Ticket Price: €8 per person
  • Availability: Daily from 5:58am – 10:28pm
  • Duration: 30-50 minutes (departs every 15-30 minutes)
  • One child and all toddlers ride free w/ every Adult Ticket
  • Tickets can be purchased at the airport train station ticket window and self-service ticket machines.
  • Make sure your ticket is validated before boarding the train

Although there aren’t many reviews for the FR1 Local Train, some of the people who use this service appreciate the fact that it is much cheaper than the Leonardo Express. Users also tend to find this train more convenient for transferring to the Rome Metro. Transfers may cost extra, but depending on where you’re planning to go, this may actually be a more cost-effective option for reaching your destination.

 


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SHARED SHUTTLES

If you don’t mind sharing a ride with other people, you might want to consider this remarkably low-cost option. Shared shuttle services typically use a nice van to take travelers from the airport to Rome city center. The cost of one ride is spread across each customer, allowing you to enjoy a worry-free trip to Rome without paying a premium price. If you don’t mind purchasing your seat ahead of time, this could be your best bet.

Reviews for these services are excellent, with most companies receiving a rating of about 4 ½ out of 5 stars (read reviews here). Most customers indicate that their driver was right on time, but others have had to wait for 10-20 minutes before their shuttle arrived. Even when having to wait, most travelers agree that the service is great and definitely worth the price.

 


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AIRPORT BUSES

It probably won’t surprise anyone to find that the bus is going to be your most economical choice for reaching the city center. Bus tickets are cheaper than every other option on this list, and there are four different services to consider. While the Terravision, T.A.M. and S.I.T. buses run several times during the day, you’ll want to take the Cotral bus after dark. Most of these shuttles will take you to either Termini Station or a nearby location.

 

Rome Fiumicino Airport Bus Transfer

 


S.I.T. Bus (our recommended choice).  This company averages 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 1600 reviews on Get Your Guide (read the reviews here).

  • Ticket Prices: €5 per person (online) | €6 at the station
  • Availability: Daily from 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Duration: 50 minutes on average
  • This bus will take you to Piazza Indipendenza near Termini Station
  • Click here for more details

T.A.M. Bus

  • Ticket Prices: €5 per person | €8 for a return ticket
  • Availability: Daily from 8am – 11:30pm
  • Duration: 45 minutes on average
  • This bus will take you to Termini Station
  • Click here for more details

Terravision Bus

  • Ticket Prices: €4 per person (online) | €6 at the booth
  • Return Ticket: €8 per person (online) | €11 at the booth
  • Availability: Daily from 5:35am – 11:00pm
  • Duration: 45 minutes on average
  • This bus will take you to Termini Station
  • Click here for more details

Cotral Bus

  • Ticket Prices: €5 per person (ahead of time) | €7 on the bus
  • Availability: Nightly from 1:15am – 5:00am
  • Duration: 50 minutes on average
  • This bus will take you to Piazza dei Cinquecento near Termini Station
  • Click here for more details

While the Terravision service does not have very good reviews, S.I.T. enjoys a rating of 3 ½ out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Visitors who took the T.A.M. bus were also fairly positive and gave the company an overall score of 3 out of 5 stars. When it comes to Cotral’s overnight service, travelers indicate that it is pretty safe and reliable. While a lot of people suggest that these buses are very good for the ticket price, there are also several complaints about inaccurate schedules and late arrivals. When the time comes for your trip back to the airport, you may want to invest in another option. Couples were more likely than any other audience to provide positive reviews of all four bus services.

TIP: If you do get a return ticket, make sure to arrive at your return bus as early as possible to avoid missing your ride.

 


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FIXED FARE TAXIS, UBER, AND PRIVATE CARS

When you exit the airport, you’ll most likely be greeted with dozens of white taxis which are ready and waiting to offer transport. Thankfully, all taxis serving the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino airport have a fixed fare for all travelers looking to reach the city center. Although this is still one of the most expensive options on the list, it’s also very easy and it could in fact be very affordable for larger groups. If you’re visiting with a family of at least four, you may find that a taxi is even cheaper than the Leonardo Express!

  • Ticket Price: €48 per taxi
  • Availability: Daily at almost any time
  • Duration: 30-45 minutes on average
  • Fairs are fixed at one low price
  • Traveling with 4 or more people brings the price down to €12 per person
  • Click here for additional details

The Rome airport taxis are typically rated 2 ½ stars out of 5. While several travelers report a positive experience with these taxis, others have indicated that some drivers aren’t very trustworthy. Quite a few visitors appreciate the fact that modern taxis are very clean and new, but there are reviews suggesting that this trip isn’t worth the cost. Families were the least likely to take issue with this service, and we recommend this option to groups of 3 or more if you want to save on travel expenses and avoid potential scams.

TIP: If you’re traveling to a destination other than the city center, you may be fined more than the fixed amount of €48. Please keep this in mind before hailing a taxi.


Uber/Private Cars

If all else fails and you don’t feel like waiting for a bus or a train, you can always get an Uber or call for a private car. This is going to be the most costly option, but it will also be one of the best ways to get anywhere you want to go in Rome. You may want to consider these services if your hotel isn’t very close to Termini Station or if you will be arriving at the airport later in the night.

  • Ticket Prices: €45 and up per ride
  • Availability: Daily at pretty much any time
  • Duration: 30-45 minutes for a trip to city center
  • Great option for late night arrivals

Although it’s difficult to find accurate reviews for Uber, private shuttle services typically receive ratings as high as 4 ½ out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Travelers who use these private vehicles typically report that drivers are prompt, quick and very helpful. Some customers even indicated that their experience was worth the extra money. This option was very popular among couples and families.

 


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