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  • Writer's pictureNathaniel Mellor

How To Get From Rome’s Fiumicino Airport To Rome

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

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View of Fiumicino, the town, from above.

Rome has two major airports. FCO and CIA. This is about getting to Rome's centro from FCO. For the CIA article, click here.


FCO (or Leonardo da Vinci — Fiumicino) Airport is the major airways hub for Rome, and most of Italy. It’s the home of ITA Airways, the successor of Alitalia Airways which went bankrupt in late 2021.


CIA (or Ciampino) Airport is Rome’s second airport. If you came to Rome between 1960 and 2007, then you would have arrived at FCO since CIA was only open to charter and private airplanes. (Unless you arrived to Rome on a private plane. In which case, welcome to my humble budget-traveling article.)


If you are arriving from anywhere outside of Europe, chances are, you will arrive at FCO. When CIA opened back up to normal travelers, it was restructured towards low-cost or budget airlines. This means it’s the hub for airlines like WizzAir, RyanAir, EasyJet, and almost explicitly services European countries.


Now that we’ve cleared up the question of “which airport” let’s talk about getting to Rome’s city center, or centro.


Taxi


I’ll be honest, I heavily dislike it when a blog or article recommends using a taxi, just like I’m doing now. It’s the obvious choice, right? Like, I’m on the website trying to find out what other options exist. Okay, enough with the italics.


Why have I included “taxi”? So you know I’m not forgetting this as an option.


Taxis will cost about $50. They should cost exactly €50 from FCO and €31 from CIA, but in the recent months a number of allegations have been levied against the Roman taxi drivers up-charging on the set rate.


However, potential scandals aside, if you’re traveling with a family, it’s a great choice. Door to door service, plus you get to see some of the city as your drive through.


For anyone thinking, “I’ll just get an Uber,” let me be the first to inform you that regular Uber doesn’t exist in Italy. Rome and Milan are two of the only cities that allow Uber, and only Uber Lux, Uber Black, and Uber Van.


Also, Lyft doesn’t operate here.


Taxi unions are powerful in Italy, and protests are common. Taxis don’t have the billionaire investors that companies like Uber and Lyft have, so Italy as a whole restricts the operation of ride-share (for profit) companies. Companies like BlaBlaCar do operate here, however, since most of their business is city-to-city.


Leonardo Express


Perhaps the second-easiest way to get to Rome’s centro is the “fast train.”


The Leonardo Express runs directly from the FCO Airport to Roma Termini, Rome’s central train station. It takes roughly 30 minutes and it’s a direct trip.


Unlike some of the other train options, the ticket you buy for the Leonardo Express is good for any of their time slots. Miss the 4:12? That’s okay, you can take the 4:32 without having to buy another ticket, like you might for Trenitalia.


Strangely, the cheapest place to buy a Leonardo Express ticket is on the Trenitalia website. (The National Train Company’s website.) Here’s a link to the English Version of their website. If you’d like to, you can buy a ticket from the Leonardo Express website, but the ticket is a few euros extra.


It used to be that if you bought more than two tickets, you would be offered a slight discount, but I haven’t been able to find this offer in the past few months. If you’ve seen it, please leave me a comment so I can share it!


Trenitalia


The second train option.


Because Fiumicino (the town that the Rome airport is technically located in) is its own town, there is a train line running between Fiumicino and Rome. The train either originates at the airport, or it stops at the airport for about ten minutes. Using that Trenitalia link above, you can find cheaper tickets on the regional train. The catch is the trip will take about an hour, not 30 minutes.


Besides that, it’s a lovely little train ride.


However, don’t be me, and pay attention to where to train arrives. I bought a super cheap ticket to Termini, before realizing it went to Tiburtina instead, Rome’s other major train station that’s less centrally located.


Trainline


Trainline* is an aggregate website, like Skyscanner* is for flights, but it focuses on trains and buses. I use it as my default for buying tickets for the simple reason that the English-version website here is better than Trenitalia’s and because I can compare multiple services in one place. Specifically, Italo and Trenitalia (Italo being a private train company in Italy operating high-speed trains between large cities).


Trainline also has tickets from Leonardo Express listed on their website.


The best practice is to compare their prices to Trenitalia’s website. Most of the time, the prices are dead-even, but there have been times where one is cheaper than the other.


Bus


There are TONS of bus options from FCO to Rome. Most of them are around $5-$10 a ticket and take about an hour.


Darcy (my travel partner) and I have only taken the bus once or twice, but we prefer the space and speed of trains. Plus, at 6'4", I can’t fit into most bus bathrooms.


But if you’re looking for a super budget way of getting into Rome, buses are a great option.

I won’t list all the bus providers, becasue there are many, but websites like BusBud* will show you options and have links to where you can buy tickets. Rome2Rio, while not selling tickets, is another great tool at exploring all the options for arriving at Rome’s Termini.


BlaBlaCar


This is more of a longshot, but if you want to have an adventure on your arrival to Rome, try and connect with someone landing who has a car and is willing to bring you into Rome in exchange for gas money. There’s a good chance you won’t find someone, simply due to arrival times not lining up, but you never know! Especially in the summer!

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