About airport transportation and getting around in Rome
There are two airports in Rome: Fiumicino (FCO), which is also known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport; and Ciampino (CIA). Taxi, bus, train and private airport transfer can take you to central Rome (within the Aurelian walls). The central train station in Rome is called Termini, which connects with the subway (Metro A and Metro B lines), and city buses.
Taxis in Rome are white and have a fixed fare of €48 for four passengers and luggage from FCO into central Rome.
The Leonardo Express train, located opposite Terminal 3, is a direct train from the airport to Termini. The train runs every 30 minutes from 07.00 – 23.30. The price is €14 one way. See https://www.trenitalia.com/en/services/fiumicino_airport.html
There are several bus lines that connect Rome with FCO which all depart at Terminal 3. The SITBusShuttle stops at Piazza Cavour 3 (Vatican area) and Via Marsala 5 (Termini station). The bus runs from 08.30 until midnight and tickets can be purchased either on board or online for €8. Also, the Schiaffini bus departs from Terminal 3 and goes to Termini station. This bus runs between 06.05 and 20.25, every 45 minutes. Tickets are €5 one way and €8 for a return fare.
By private airport transfer
A private airport transfer is one of the easiest ways to get to the centre of Rome. You can pre-book your ride and a chauffeur will meet you inside the arrival hall with a sign with your name on it. The price is similar to that of a taxi to Rome, starting at €49. For details see FCO website.
Rome does not offer UberX or the other lower-priced services; it only has UberBLACK, UberLUX and Ubervan. Taking an uber is more expensive than taking a taxi.
There is a fixed rate of €30 from CIA to central Rome, accommodating up to four passengers and their luggage.
By shuttle bus
The Terravision shuttle bus is another option to get to Termini from Terminal 3. It is one of the least expensive modes of transportation from the airport with tickets being €4 for a one-way trip and €15 for a roundtrip. It runs seven days a week from 05.35 to 23.00 and is approximately a 70 minute ride with 5 stops. You can book your tickets online or at the airport.
You can buy tickets at any tabaccheria in the city, little convenient shops that are designated with a large T. Tickets are €1.50 each, or opt for a 24-hour, 48-hour or weekly ticket for a discounted price. Tickets are valid for all forms of public transportation in Rome (bus, metro, tram and local train).
Card and cash
Italy still largely functions on a cash economy, so be sure to carry cash with you during your time in Rome. Coins, or spicci, are especially welcome at cafés and small shops so hold on to your Euros – they’re a precious commodity here.