From Fiumicino Intercontinental Airport to Rome you can get by private pick-up services, cabs, shuttle buses, regional train or Leonardo Express.
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. A child up to the age of 12 accompanied by a paying adult is free.
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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.
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Thanks for being active for years, I am sure you are helping lost tourists like me.
While this might have been answered, I am asking for complete clarity so I can travel with peace of mind.
I am arriving from Delhi to Rome on ITA Airways at Terminal 3, then for some reason while it is a non Schengen flight, my flight from Rome to London which is 4 – 5 hour later on the same PNR says departure as Terminal 1.
I understand from your comments that most likely checkin maybe at Terminal 1, but actual departure will be from Terminal 3, I have asked the airline for clarification too, but worst case scenario, if I had to go from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 with my bags already checked-in, can I do so without passiMassport control.
the information about Terminal 1 concerns check-in, but if you are checked through from Delhi to London baggage included, you do not need to leave the Extra Schengen Area. It’s not recommended to do a second check-in with baggage in Fiumicino and then you would have to go through passport control. The extra Schengen transit area is very nice and you can book the premium lounge for a comfortable waiting time.
I am flying into Rome FCO from Split landing at 2310 (no checked luggage)
Do you know if there are still shuttle buses going to Vaticano Prati area at that time? If not what are my options?
How would you get to your hotel at that time on a budget?
at that time are no direct connections to the Vaticano Prati area, but only to the Termini train station with the Terravision bus or with the Leonardo Express train. From there you can take a bus to the final destination. After midnight run night buses.
If you are registered with a car sharing service like Enjoy you can use their cars.
We arrive in Rome from the U.S. at 12:15pm at T3 and we have a connecting flight to Naples T1 at 1:30pm.
We did not check our bags.
Is that enough time?
Can we walk directly to T1 or do we need to go through immigration and customs first?
Thank you, Mary
Hello, without checked baggage is not a problem. You can go directly in the transit area from T3 to T1. When leaving T3 you have to go through passport control.
I have arrival at T3 on Thursday 1st September at 16:20 and departure from T1 at 17:20. I am worried that this won’t be enough time for my luggage to be moved from one plane to another. Am I right to say that I don’t have to go through security again and go directly to T1 to catch another plane?
Hello, You can go directly from T3 to T1 without security check. You must not leave the transit area to do this. If you go through the gates to the baggage carousels, you will then have to go to the exit, go up to the departure levele and through security. Baggage handling is the responsibility of the airline and this shall work in an hour.
Hi! We are staying in a hotel near the airport, in the seaport area, on our last 2 days in Italy. If we need to travel to Roma Termini via the airport Leonardo Express, can we enter the airport train station without going through security?
Hello, you can go directly into the station through the parking garages or even through the airport (T3 arrivals) without going through security.
Hey! I have booked a connection flight at FCO for the 2nd of sept. The first flight (from Abu Dhabi) lands at terminal 3 and the second flight takes off (to Toronto) at terminal 3 as well. What are the steps I have to go through during the connection? are there transit visas? customs process? etc. Please help as I am traveling soon. Thanks
if you have checked through your baggage to the final destination you can stay in the transit area without any formalities. Otherwise, you must comply with the EU immigration regulations.
If I have to retrieve my baggage and then re-check in, what would be the process? also, how much time would an average person need to make a transit at FCO?
You have to go through passport control (remember that this is a regular entry into the EU) and then you can pick up your baggage. Then go up one level from Arrivals to Departures and check in with your airline. After that you have to go through security and passport control and then you are back in the transit area. For this, you have to expect at least two hours from the moment you got off the 1st plane.
We are 3 friends arriving to FCO in different flights.
Is there any area where we can wait for the rest of the group? some will have to wait 3 hours so searching options where to wait besides next to baggage claim.
FCO has a very nice transit area airside, but if you need to pick up luggage, you can’t wait there. Terminal 3 has a large area with bar, restaurant and stores on the second floor. When you arrive in T3, after customs go left and you find escalator and elevators. When you arrive in T1, take the pedestrian bridges to T3. Or you take the pedestrian bridge to the Hilton Rome Airport and meet there at the bar.
Hey. I plan on arriving a day early and staying at the adjoining Hilton. The next day we walk back to the airport and take a transfer service (taxi) to the cruise port. Is it safe to assume there is no issue going back into the airport and waiting for the taxi at the arrivals area after leaving customs? Can you recommend a transfer company? Thanks!
Hello. Yes, you can go back to the airport and take a cab there. But if you book a private driver, he will also pick you up safely at the Hilton at the airport. I could recommend you this transfer service from the airport to Civitavecchia.
Hi. In your experience, how long is the immigration clearance at FCO? I’m planning to go directly to Florence via high speed train from Roma Termini. If I arrive at 6am at FCO, will I make it to my 930am train at Roma Termini? I’m not an EU citizen, if that helps. Thank you!
Yes, this is feasible. On average, passport control takes 20 minutes. You should catch the Leonardo Express train at 8:38 at the latest, which arrives at Termini at 9:10.
We are departing Rome on Tuesday October 11, 2022. Our flight departs at 11:00 am for the US. What time do we need to get to the airport?
The rule is to be at the airport two hours before departure.
I am departing FCO to the United States and do not plan on checking a bag. Can I go directly to Terminal 5 and by pass baggage drop off?
Hi Susan, I think, terminal 5 is closed. You shall leave from T3 and if you have a web check-in you can go directly to the security control.
I’m staying in Fiumicino along the seafront and wondered how much a taxi will be from the airport please. Also if I get a 3 day pass can I use it starting the nxt day or does it start from the day I buy it.
Hi Kath, there are no fixed taxi prices from Fiumicino village to the airport. I don’t know which pass you mean. Fiumicino is not part of the metropolitan area of Rome and you can’t use the city tickets of Rome, which are valid 24/48/72h from the first trip. The city tickets are valid in Ostia Lido, which is part of the City of Rome. From Fiumicino to Rome you need a 3 zone ticket (this is not valid for the express train from the airport to Termini main railway station) and you can buy tickets for more days.
There is a ticket for 3 days that is called BTR and is valid until midnight of the 3rd day after the first trip. For 3 zones it costs 22 €. Then there is a 7 day ticket CIRS and it costs 34,50 € for 3 zones. The day ticket BIRG is valid from the first trip until midnight and it costs 8 € for 3 zones.
I have arrival at T1 on Sunday 29th May at 08:45 and departure from T3 at 10:35. Will this be enough time? I do not have hold luggage only hand luggage. Am I correct in saying I don’t have to go through security again?
yes, that’s enough. You can go to T3 without leaving the transit area and don’t need to pass security.