Rome: Local Travel Info
The Eternal City
To and From -
Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo da Vinci)
Rome’s main airport is well-connected to the center of town during the day by an express train and other, slower, trains. The express train between Fiumicino Airport and Termini station (Rome’s main train station) costs € 11.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought at any tobacco shop and newsstand inside the train station, at vending machines at both Termini and Fiumicino or at the ticket window by the platform at Fiumicino.
Ciampino is Rome’s smaller airport, used mostly by budget airlines and charter flights. To get to the centre of Rome from Ciampino, take the COTRAL bus (€ 1) to Metro A: Anagnina, and then take the Metro (€ 1) to Termini. COTRAL buses run every half-hour until 11.40pm. Buses connecting Ciampino Airport with the centre of Rome stop running at 11pm; the only way to get into town late at night is by taxi.
Taxis from the airports - The average fare for a taxi ride from Fiumicino or Ciampino to central Rome is €35-45 during the day and more expensive at night.
Rome By Bus
Rome also has a comprehensive bus and light rail system. Roman buses are not known for running on strict and reliable schedules. But they are a great way to get around to all parts of the city, as long as you're not in a hurry. Tiburtina station is the main bus terminal for buses coming from or going to cities outside the region of Lazio. To reach the centre from Tiburtina, take Metro Line B in the direction of Termini, or bus 649 or 492 from the piazza in front of the station.
Rome By Car
While it is true that tutte le strade portano a Roma (all roads lead to Rome), over the course of 2,500 years the Romans have built so many roads that it's difficult to actually reach the city centre. Added to this, the ZTL (zona traffico limitata) doesn’t allow non-resident cars into the historic centre during the day (8am to 6pm) Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings (8am to 1pm). To avoid getting stuck in traffic or lost, using public transportation is a far superior option of exploring Rome.
If you are looking to travel around Italy, we recommend you hire a car in Rome. For Cheap Car Hire in Rome, view our links in the main tab above. These are updated hourly to provide you with the latest deals and special offers on car rental in Rome.
In Italy, it is not permitted to hitchhike by standing on the side of the road. If you do, almost nobody will give you a ride. Instead you can ask someone for a ride in parking areas or at petrol stations. The majority of locals will not speak English so just say “autostop” (which means hitchhiking) and your destination or show your thumb, otherwise they often think you are asking how to get somewhere, as Italy has a lot of tourists.