Travelling Between Rome’s Airports, Rome Central Station & Cruise Port

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Travelling Between Rome’s Airports, Rome Central Station & Cruise Port

Cruise lines will usually provide coach transfers from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (also known as Leonardo da Vinci International airport) to the Civitavecchia (port of Rome) cruise terminal, though will usually charge a small fortune for the pleasure. Typically, this will range about $80 to $100 USD per person, each way. You will be met in the airport, your bags will be taken by a steward and often placed straight into your cabin on the ship. Straightforward and very little stress. However, that is very easily $400 if you count two people with return journeys. So public transport, or even private taxis, can offer easy and cheaper alternative solutions.

If you are flying into Rome’s Ciampino Airport, then there are fewer options available as no train line exists between the airport and the city. Both airports are discussed below.

Obviously, if you’re going in the opposite direction (e.g. from Civitavecchia to Rome to sightsee for the day) just reverse the instructions!


Whether you are travelling from the airport or from the centre of Rome, there are quick and reliable trains available to take you to Civitavecchia (or the other way around).

Trastevere Station
Trastevere Station

The FL1 commuter train runs every 15 minutes and will take approximately 30 minutes to travel between the airport and Trastevere station. From there you can change for the FL5 to Civitavecchia which run every 30 minutes and take approximately 50 minutes to travel. Please remember that depending on the time of day (e.g. rush hour), you could need to miss a train if it is too full and so should leave plenty of time. If you miss the stop at Trastevere, just change at the next one in Ostiense.

The alternative is to take the Leonardo Express to Rome Termini, the city’s central station. These trains run every 30 minutes and will take approximately 30 minutes. This is a good option if you have some spare time and wish to do some sightseeing before heading to the port. The FL5 train runs every 30 minutes from Rome Termini to Civitavecchia and will take approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.

The stations at Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Termini all have ticket counters where you can ask questions and get help.

Rome Train System Map (Simple)
Simplified Rome Train System Map


Rome Metro Map
If you so wish, a full map of the Rome main train system is available here.

Bus from Ciampino Airport

As no train line exists from Rome’s Ciampino Aiport, you must first take a shuttle bus from the airport to Rome Termini station. These run every 20 to 40 minutes depending on the time of day. From Termini station, you can follow the guide above to take the FL5 train to Civitavecchia.

Private Hire Taxis

Just as easy as taking the cruise coach transfers would be to book a private hire taxi for the journey. Expect to pay about €120 to €140 for a car for up to 4 passengers (depending on volume of luggage!). Journey time from Fiumicino Airport will be about 1hr and from Ciampino Airport will be about 1hr 30mins.

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