If you’re planning a trip to the Italian capital, this airport guide to Rome is for you. There are two major airports in Rome, Fiumicino and Ciampino. Fiumicino is the largest of the two – in fact, it’s the largest in Italy – so this guide will focus mainly on this airport. Fiumicino services almost all of the major airlines in the world, including American Airlines, AirItalia, Delta, Air Canada and United. There are also a number of budget airlines that use the airport for domestic and European wide flights. Rome is such a wonderful city, full of great design, beautiful hotels and architecture that will take your breath away. It’s well worth a vacation to this gorgeous corner of Italy.
Rome Fiumicino Airport Location and Terminals
Rome Fiumicino airport is located to the west of Rome, just 18 miles from Rome’s city centre, making it a convenient and quick airport to fly into.
There are two functioning terminals at Rome Fiumicino airport, terminals 1 and 2. Terminal 1 is operated largely by Air Italia, with many domestic and some international flights. Terminal 2 hosts more international airlines and is the larger of the two terminals. The airport has undergone some recent renovation including improved toilets, personal shopper service and new self-service check-in stations. Both terminals offer a wealth of eating and drinking establishments and a VIP lounge.
How to Get to and From Rome Airport by Car
You can easily take a car to Rome airport in just 30-45 minutes. If you’re looking for a car rental, the rental agencies are located in office tower 2 which is easily accessible via the pedestrian tunnels which connect the terminals to the multi-level parking lot. Rentals start from around $150 for a small family car. For ultimate luxury, the airport offers a chauffeur-driven car service, which you can find in front of the airport’s exit – follow signs for NCC. You will, however, need to book in advance.
How to Get to and From Rome Airport by Bus
There are a number of bus companies that connect Rome Fiumicino airport with the city centre. They are located just outside the terminals; just follow the signs to the bus station when you arrive. Tickets can be purchased at authorized newsstands or tobacconists. But because there are a number of companies who operate buses to the airport, the easiest way to navigate the buses is to arrive at the bus station and find out which operator is leaving next. Then, just purchase the ticket on board -the small surcharge is worth it. Terravision is the most popular company. All the buses leave from Termini railway station in Rome’s city centre. Each bus operator runs around every 30 minutes and the price is around €6-€7 per person each way, depending on the bus operator.
How to Get to and From Rome Airport by Taxi
Grabbing a taxi is surely the easiest way to reach Rome city centre or the airport. Taxi ranks are situated just outside the terminals and there is a flat fee of €48 to reach the city centre. Authorized taxis will be white and have a taxi sign on the roof. You can hail cabs from anywhere in the city centre towards the airport for the same price. All in all, it’s not the most budget-friendly solution but it’s definitely the simplest.
How to Get to and From Rome Airport by Train
It couldn’t be easier to reach Rome by train. The railway station is located right inside the airport area, just follow the signs from arrivals. The Leonardo Express leaves every 15 minutes and takes around 30 minutes to Rome city centre. You can buy your tickets via Trenitalia online or at one of the self-service kiosks in the station. The cost is around €18 per person, each way.
Other Rome Airports
No airport guide to Rome would be complete without mentioning the other major airport in Rome – Ciampino located to the southeast of the city. This airport is just a 30-minute cab ride into the city centre (which is 16 miles away) making it a useful airport to use if your carrier flies from there. This is a much smaller airport and tends to service some of the more budget airlines from European destinations.
Spending Time in Rome
As our airport guide to Rome shows, it’s easy to access Italy’s capital, leaving you no excuse not to visit. Rome is one of the most stunning cities in the world. And if you’re planning an Italian vacation, you can’t miss it. You can see most of the biggest sights in just 2 days – be sure to check out our 2 days in Rome itinerary for some ideas. Our tours of Rome are a great way to make the most of your time in the city, from food tours to visits to the Vatican.
A multi-day tour package that combines several experiences into a whirlwind journey is another great way to experience Rome. Once you arrive, all that’s left is the check into your hotel – all the rest is meticulously curated for you. The Rome, Pompeii & Sorrento 5 Day Tour Package, for example, is a fantastic journey to three historic icons of Italy. Alternately, cuisine-seeking foodies will love the Taste of Rome Food Tour Package – a full five days of feasting your senses on the city’s culinary delights. Whichever way you choose to discover Rome, you’ll find something to suit you, whatever your taste.