Rome-Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport is the largest (by passenger volume served) airport in Italy and one of the largest airports in Europe. It is located 32 km from the center of Rome. Fiumicino Airport is very often chosen by Polish tourists as a destination. Cheap airlines Wizzair and Ryanair offer flights from Poland at favorable prices from Wroclaw, Katowice or Warsaw, among others. Rome is one of the more popular Italian destinations. If you want to visit this city steeped in history, the Colosseum or the Vatican, choose one of the airports near Rome - Fiumicino or Ciampino, described here.
Basic information about Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Full name: Leonardo da Vinci Rome-Fiumicino Airport.
Airport IATA code: FCO
Official website: https://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en/
The airport has everything you need for your trip: free Wi-Fi, banks, pharmacies, currency exchange offices, car rentals, as well as bars and restaurants. VIP areas are also available: Prima Vista, Plaza Premium Lounge, Star Alliance Lounge and HelloSky Arrival Lounge. Access to these can be booked here.
Update 2023 on security checks
The company that operates Rome-Fumicino Airport has launched innovative hand luggage screening equipment at the T1 terminal, which translates into comfort for passengers served:
- it is no longer necessary to separate liquids from luggage
- The maximum limit of 100 ml of a given liquid has been lifted. So you can already transport larger flacons of perfume, water, and even bottles of wine and oil!
- there is no longer a need to pull out mobile devices - tablets, laptops or smartphones
Keep in mind that this technology is not yet widely available. For now, in addition to Rome-Fumicino airport, special detectors are also located at Linate and Malpensa airports.
How to get from Rome-Fiumicino Airport to the center of Rome?
There are several bus lines at Fiumicino Airport that will get us to Rome. If we go to the center of Rome, our destination will be Termini station - the main railroad station in Rome and the hub between trains and buses. The price for a single ticket to the center is about €6, and the travel time is about an hour. Detailed information about the timetable and bus ticket prices can be found on the carriers' websites. In practice, let's choose the bus that departs the fastest. Buses to the center depart even every ten minutes or so. They run from 5:40 am to 00:15 am.
The current schedule of all bus lines for the current day and the next 2 days can be found on the airport's home page: https://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en/pax-fco-bus
Terravision is one of the most popular airport carriers. We will get to Rome Termini station by their bus directly, without stopping at intermediate stops. The cost of a ticket is €6. We can buy the ticket directly from the driver or on the carrier's website here.
Buses run from the airport from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Travel time from Fiumicino Airport to the center is less than an hour.
The stop of the carrier Terravision is located at Terminal No. 3 (T3). It is marked with the number 14.
Rome Airport Bus Carrier
Another carrier is Rome Airport Bus. It offers slightly more expensive tickets than Terravision, at €6.90. This airport bus also does not stop at intermediate stops - it goes directly to Roma Termini station.
Bus departure times from the airport:
08.10 - 10.10 - 10.30 - 11.45 - 12.10 - 13.25 - 14.30 - 15.30 - 16.30 - 17.50 - 18.50
Bus departure times to the airport (from Roma Termini):
06.15 - 07.35 - 09.20 - 10.30 - 11.20 - 12.10 - 13.00 - 14.15 - 15.30 - 16.40 - 17.40 - 19.00 - 20.00
We can purchase the ticket at the ticket counter at terminal T3, online on the carrier's website Or directly with the driver.
The stop of this carrier is located at terminal T3, marked with the number 15.
T.A.M. Bus Carrier
Choosing the T.A.M. carrier, we will have access to free Wi-Fi and the ability to charge our phone. The bus stops at the intermediate Ostiense station. A one-way ticket when purchased online costs €7 (to be purchased on the official website of the carrier here). We can also buy a ticket at the ticket counter at the T3 terminal and from the driver.
Buses of this line run on average every few dozen minutes. Below are the current departure times from the airport:
05:40 – 08:00 – 08:45 – 09:25 – 09:50 – 10:30 – 10:55 – 12:00 – 12:25 – 12:55 – 13:20 – 13:50 – 14:50 – 15:30 – 16:15 – 17:05 – 18:30 – 20:20 – 20:50 – 23:30 – 00:15
The bus stop is located at Terminal T3, and is marked with the number 13.
Carrier Sit Bus Shuttle
This bus stops at two intermediate stations: Vatican City and Aurelia. It will be the best option for those going specifically toVatican City. It departs from the airport on average every hour, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. The ticket price when purchased online is €7 (we can buy them on the official website of the carrier here). We will also purchase the ticket directly from the driver.
Sit Bus Shuttle's bus stop is located at Terminal T3, marked with the number 12.
The bus stop of the Cotral carrier is located at Terminal 1, in the arrivals area. The bus will take you to the city center (Roma Termini train station) and other destinations such as Tiburtina, Cornelia, Magliana, Ostia. Due to the fact that the bus stops at so many stations, the trip may be a bit longer.
Buy your ticket already at the airport at authorized kiosks, tobacco stores and from the driver (for an additional fee). The price of a ticket from the airport to the center (Termini station) is about €5 at a kiosk or on the website, or €7 directly from the driver.
A detailed schedule can be found on the carrier's (unfortunately very unintuitive and unfriendly) website: https://www.cotralspa.it/
There is a train station at the airport, which will get us to the center of Rome without spending crores for a cab or car rental. We can buy a ticket at the ticket office or online, on the carrier's website Trenitalia. Also check the train schedule there.
To get to the train station after landing and collecting luggage, go to T3 and follow the signs.
The Leonardo Express train will get you directly to Roma Termini station in just 32 minutes. The train runs every 30 minutes from 6:08 a.m. to 11:03 p.m. It is a dedicated service for tourists traveling from the airport to the center of Rome.
The price for a single one-way ticket is €14. It is possible to purchase a group of 4 tickets. The price of such a package is then 40€, instead of 56€. Children under 4 years old travel for free. In addition, for every adult who has purchased a ticket, there is one child aged 4-12 who can also travel with him for free.
Choosing a regional train we can save a few Euros, as the fare to Termini station will be €8. Unfortunately, such a trip will be with a change at one station, making the whole trip longer. The regional train will also get us to the other stations in Rome.
The regional train from the airport leaves every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.
The cab stand is located at the T1 and T3 terminals. Authorized cabs have a white color and the word "TAXI" on the roof of the car. They also have the city symbol and license number on the door. Below are sample fixed fares for some directions from the airport:
- Rome city center: €50
- Magliana: 31€
- Ciampino Airport: 52€
- Tiburtina station: 57€
- Ostiense station: 47€
- Civitavecchia port: 125€
These prices can change, so it is worth asking the cab driver before getting into the cab for the final fare.
Uber and Bolt
The price for an Uber ride from Fiumicino Airport to the center is a fixed 60€. So, comparing the price of a cab and the fact that it is not uncommon to have to wait up to 30 minutes for an Uber, it is definitely yepter wi Bolt does not do its business in Rome.
We can also get to the center by renting our own car. There are many popular car rental companies at the airport, such as Avis, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz and Firefly.
If your trip to Rome is only a so-called city break, it is not worth renting a car, as it will be most convenient to get around the city by public transportation. However, if you plan to visit not only Rome, then renting a car may be a good idea.
We wrote a separate article about how to rent a car in Italy, which you can find here: https://viaitalia.pl/jak-wypozyczyc-samochod-we-wloszech/
Getting to the center of Rome at night
Arriving at the airport at night, transportation options to the center of Rome will be somewhat limited. You will get there by cab or bus from the T.A.M. carrier.
Overnight in Rome
Accommodation in Rome is worth booking in advance, as prices can be high - especially in high season. Below is the current list of accommodations on bookings: