The cheapest and most pleasant way to reach the Rome city center is with one of the four private shuttle bus companies that offer airport shuttle services from FCO Airport to central Rome.
The journey to Termini Station (Rome's Central Station) takes about 55 minutes, and from Termini, you can either walk to your hotel or take a public bus or metro.
A one-way ticket costs €6, and can be purchased on board or online.
Terravision offers the most comfortable service with Wi-Fi on board, you can get your tickets online and avoid queue.
All of the buses are located near the bus station next to Terminal 3.
• Around 10 million tourists visit Rome every year, so the airport is always busy and you might find a long queue for the shuttle, and may even need to wait for the next bus. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as it entitles you to priority boarding.
• FlixBus offers connections from Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport to various cities around Europe; you can buy your tickets (starting from €5) and check the bus schedules from the FlixBus website.
Two train lines connect FCO Airport with central Rome:
❯ The Leonardo Express train is a direct train that will take you to Termini Station (Rome's Central Station) in 32 minutes.
A one-way ticket costs €14, and can be purchased from the automated Trenitalia machines, at the newsstands in the train station's main hall or from the Trenitalia website. Don't forget to validate your ticket before boarding the train, to avoid a €50 fine.
Trains are every 15-30 minutes, from 6:23 AM–11:23 PM, at 5 or 35 minutes not-so-strictly past the hour.
To access the railway station, simply follow the signs through the corridor after the baggage claim/arrivals area.
❯ The FM1 commuter train may be an even more convenient option if you're staying in the Trastevere, Testaccio or Aventine areas of Rome. A cheaper alternative to the Leonardo Express, this train doesn't go to Termini Station, but instead to Tiburtina Station, a 45 minute journey, also stopping at Roma Trastevere, Tuscolana, Ostiense and Fara Sabina.
A one-way ticket costs €8, and can be purchased from the automated Trenitalia machines or at the newsstands in the train station's main hall. You can also buy tickets from the Trenitalia website, but will need to register with the website to do so.
Trains leave every 15 minutes throughout the day, except on Sundays and holidays, when they run every 30 minutes or so.
To access the railway station, simply follow the signs through the corridor after the baggage claim/arrivals area. Look for a double-decker train on the opposite side of the platform from the Leonardo Express.
• If you are three or more people, taking a taxi is both cheaper and faster and will take you straight to your door.
• Should you decide to take the FM1 train, but your final destination is closer to Termini Station, you can change at Trastevere (connecting with Tram nr. 8, direction Argentina) or Ostiense (connecting with Metro line B).
• If you know that you'll be transferring to the Metro, get a "Metrebus" metro ticket at the same time as your train ticket.
A taxi ride from FCO Airport to central Rome takes about 45 minutes.
The Comune di Roma has established a flat rate for rides in licensed taxis between FCO Airport and the city center (any location within the Aurelian Walls), currently fixed at €48.
Taxis in Rome are white, and can be found outside of the arrivals hall (simply follow the signs).
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
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