This is how you get from Fiumicino airport to Rome. Depending on the time of day, you can choose between cabs, train, bus and private shuttles.
You land at Rome Fiumicino Airport and hear the announcement, welcome to Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Maybe you think, oh God, where am I? – Don’t panic! – You are in the right place, Rome’s intercontinental airport. The airport bears the name of the genius artist and philosopher Leonardo. The international code is FCO.
Fiumicino Airport offers the best service and has been awarded the ACI Airport Service Quality awards since 2017. For example, waiting times at security checks are only a few minutes.
Together with Ciampino, it is the only European airport to have achieved the highest level 4+ in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Both airports are to be CO2 by 2030.
The airport is located on the sea near the fishing village of Fiumicino about 30 km from the center of Rome. A highway connects it with the ring road and the southern district of Roma EUR. There is a direct rail connection, the “Leonardo Express” to the main station Termini and the ring railroad line FL1.
Trains run from 6 in the morning until shortly after 11 pm.
You can get to the station in T3 on the right through an underpass or take the elevator on the left up two floors and then take the pedestrian bridge. In T1 the elevator is on the right.
The Leonardo Express usually runs every 15 minutes from Fiumicino Airport to Termini Central Station without stopping. The journey time is 32 minutes. The Internet ticket is valid for one trip on the booked day. So you can simply take a later train in case of a flight delay. Children up to the age of 12 accompanied by a paying adult are free.
The regional line FL1 runs in a half-ring around the city. Important train stations are Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina. In Trastevere you change to St. Peter’s Basilica, in Ostiense the Metro B crosses and the line to Ostia begins, Tiburtina is an express station and there is the bus station for connections to the Apennines.
Tickets: from vending machines and in the station for 8 €.
There are also high-speed trains to Florence and Naples. Reservations are required for these trains. Tickets at Trainline
The Roman taxis are responsible for the journey to Rome. They have fixed prices for different destinations in Rome. The standard is € 51 for destinations within the Aurelian walls. For more details, see our article on taxis in Rome.
For the closer surroundings, the cabs from Fiumicino are responsible. They are more expensive and there is no fixed price.
Most cab drivers are honest, but unfortunately there are always reports of inconveniences. Do not get involved with illegal cabs under any circumstances. There are a lot of scams there.
You can order the pickup in advance and an English-speaking driver will pick you up from the airport.
Since the driver knows your flight number, there will be no problems in case of delays.
You can also pre-order a ticket for 72 hours for all public transportation in Rome, which will be given to you by the driver.
This service is very reliable. Especially for late arrivals in the evening and at night, it is indispensable. Tickets
To the right of the Terminal 3 exit there is a small bus station with private lines to Rome and other directions. From Terminal 1, however, it is quite far to the shuttle buses.
You can book two lines here:
The Sitbus goes to Termini Central Station and stops on Via Aurelia and behind Castel Sant’Angelo on the way. So if you don’t want to go to the station area but to the western terminus of metro line A or to the Prati district behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sitbus is a good choice. However, the Sitbus has relatively short operating hours in the evening. Tickets
Terravision goes directly to the main train station Termini. One advantage of the line is the long operating hours until after midnight. Tickets
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Arrival at FCO
Although it is the largest airport in Italy, it is quite manageable. There are only two terminals, T1 and T3. The remote T5 is only for special flights.
Regarding entry requirements concerning the coronavirus you will find details in our article on the corona rules.
You usually have to wait around half an hour for your luggage and then you continue to your destination.
T1 and T3 are connected internally. If you continue your flight from Fiumicino and have checked your luggage, you do not need to leave the transit area.
Departure from Rome Fiumicino airport
For each terminal, T1 and T3, there is only one entrance with temperature control from the street and one from the pedestrian bridge. You can only get in with a ticket or a boarding pass and not earlier than 3 hours before departure.
Many airlines have only a few check-in desks open and there can be long lines. It is therefore better if you are there two hours before departure.
To bridge the waiting time, take a good book with you or use the free WiFi in the airport.
Information about the approach to Fiumicino
The airport has three runways, during normal flight operations, landing is on two runways from the north and starting on the third runway towards the sea.
If you’re coming from the north, you won’t see Rome when the weather is nice. Coming from the south from Castel Gandolfo, you usually fly a loop over the city and then thread the plane north of Rome into the landing aircraft.
Only in rare cases, with north wind, the whole thing is the other way around. You fly over the city, you can see St. Peter’s Dome, and then come from the south. The flight time is extended by about 10 minutes, but you will be compensated by the view of the city. Unfortunately, these weather conditions are not very common.
In very unfavorable weather conditions, the runway must also be used for landing, but this significantly reduces the capacity of the airport. In very rare cases – but this must be a heavy storm front – flights are diverted to Ciampino airport or you land in Pisa or in Naples.