There are many ways to get to Rome. Here you will find all information about the Roman airports and how to get from the airports to the city, how to get there by train and how to get there by car.
All roads lead to Rome. Even thousands of years ago, the Romans had built an elaborate network of roads, on which letters, people and goods could circulate well and quickly. Rome has therefore been well integrated into the European transport network for millennia.
Rome has two airports, Fiumicino Intercontinental Airport “Leonardo da Vinci” and the city airport of Ciampino “G. B. Pastine”.
Here you will find detailed information about the connections from Fiumicino and Ciampino airports to the port in Civitavecchia.
The Italian high-speed system works fine and you can be in a few hours from Rome in Naples, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Bolzano, Milan and Turin. Milan and Turin are connected to the French TGV.
Over the Alps to Austria, Switzerland and Germany it goes on wild romantic routes.
High speed trains
In particular within Italy the high speed trains (AV = alta Velocità) are an interesting opportunity to come to Rome. The network extends from Bolzano, Venice, Milan and Turin via Bologna to Rome and on to Naples and Salerno. On the line Rome – Milan trains compete in terms of travel time with the flight connections from Milan Linate to Fiumicino.
The stations Termini, Tiburtina and Fiumicino (for two connections to Venice) are connected to the high-speed network.
The high speed trains of the Italian railways are divided into the train families Frecciarossa and Frecciargento. The ETR500 types and the new ETR1000 trains are the “red arrows” Frecciarossa, the “Silver arrows” consist of older series. In particular, the connections to the internet are better in the Frecciarossa trains.
There is also the private operator Italo. The trains are slightly shorter and lighter than the “Frecce”.
The Frecciabianca – white arrow – fast trains circulate outside of the Italian high-speed network. The trains are cheaper than the high-speed trains.
Particularly picturesque is the route from Genoa via Pisa and Livorno to Rome, which for the most part has been built in the 2nd half of the 19th century.
You can use regional trains with regular train tickets or regional metrebustickets. You can find information about the regional tickets in my post about the metrebus tickets.
It’s recommended to buy train tickets on the Internet, as there may be long queues at the ticket offices in the train stations.
The Italian motorways are toll-paid, only the ring motorway around Rome (GRA – Gran Raccordo Anulare) and the motorway from Rome to the airport Fiumicino are free.
The main route from the North is the motorway Milano – Bologna – Rome, which leads to Naples further south. A second popular route runs from France on the coast along past Genoa and Pisa. Via Aurelia ends directly at the Vatican.
To the east is the motorway A24, which divides before Aquila in the direction of Teramo and in the direction of Pescara. The A24 ends in Rome on the “Tangenziale”, which runs around the center in a semicircle.
The Tangenziale ends in the south near the Basilica of St. John – San Giovanni, in the north-west it divides into a tunnel stretch to the right to the Monte Mario and to the left to the tiber banks and the Vatican. The Tangenziale is poorly signposted and you can easily get lost. The Tangenziale crosses the consular roads Tiburtina, Salaria, Flaminia, which all lead to the city center.