How to get from airport to downtown Rome  

Once your flight has landed at Roma Fiumicino Airport and you are ready to head to town center, the decision to make is how do I get to your final destination?

To reach your accommodation in Rome from the airport you have the following options: taxi, bus, train, private transfer.


This is the most obvious option for travelers who want to get quickly to their hotel. And it is a costly option since it is a one hour drive to the historic town center.

To take a taxi just wait in line at the taxi rank outside the arrival terminal. Here is where all officially licensed taxis wait for their customers. Anyone who enters the terminal and offers you a cheap taxi ride into Rome is not an official taxi driver and will overcharge for the service. So please avoid these offers for your own safety.

If your final destination is into the historic town center there is a fixed taxi fare of 48 Euro plus a 1 Euro rate per piece of luggage.

We suggest to check with the driver that he applies the fixed rate as he should. If you are going somewhere not in town center, ask the driver for an estimate of the cost.

Please be aware that only few taxis accept credit cards for payment. Those who do display a sticker with the credit cards logo.

Radio taxi Samarcanda accepts credit cards on each taxi car

Private Transfer

This is a very good option (and our favorite) to get to the front-door of your final destination in Rome. Private transfer services are provided in good cars or mini-vans and are comparable to taxi in terms of price. Service is better since the driver picks you up in the airport terminal where he waits for you at arrival outside baggage collection area.

Private transfer is also a very convenient option to move across Rome when visiting tourist sites and monuments.

To book your private transfer service click here.


The bus option is cheaper than the taxi or private transfer but a bit more complicated.

Three different services are available:

Cotral – this service takes you to Termini Railway Station or Cornelia Station (where you can change for the Metro A line), and to Tiburtina Railway Station (where you can change to the Metro B line). Cotral buses depart from the parking outside the arrival area of Terminal T1 and T2 and tickets cost 5 Euro. website

Terravision – this bus service takes you directely into Rome to Termini Railway Station. You can buy the ticket on-line in advance (recommended) or once at the airport. Bus departs from the parking outside Terminal 3 and tickets cost 4 Euro. website

SIT – this service takes you to either Termini Railway Station or Piazza Cavour (this is good if your destination is close to the Vatican) Bus departs from the parking outside Terminal 3 and tickets cost 5 Euro. website


The train is a good option to reach Rome Termini Railway Station and then reach your final destination. The Leonardo Express Train service departs from the “Fiumicino Aeroporto” station every 30 minutes and reaches Roma Termini station in a 30 minutes non-stop trip. Tickets cost 14 Euro and can be purchased at the station in the airport.

If you need to reach a different train station in Roma such as Trastevere, Ostiense, Tiburtina, etc. then take the regular train service from the airport. Tickets are cheaper in this case and can be purchase at the train station. Remember to stamp the ticket before boarding. Trenitalia website

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