When you land at Rome Ciampino Airport, you get in the right mood for your stay in Rome. In normal weather conditions, you will fly over the city and can see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum from above. For a good view, book a seat on the right side of the aircraft. Ciampino’s international code is CIA.
Ciampino is the low cost airport of Rome. The larger airport is the intercontinental airport Fiumicino.
Fiumicino has received the ACI Airport Service Quality awards since 2017. It is the only European airport to have achieved the highest level 4+ in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program together with Ciampino. By 2030, both airports are planning to be CO2 neutral.
Arrival at CIA
One thing is certain: you can’t get lost in Ciampino Airport. After the baggage claim there is a small arrival hall with a bar and various ticket sellers.
Regarding entry requirements for corona virus, see our article on the corona rules for details.
You usually don’t have to wait long for your luggage as the airport is not that big.
If you have ordered a pick-up, someone will be there with your name tag.
Taxis and buses can be found in the parking lot in front of the terminal. Be sure not to get involved in illegal taxis. There are a lot of scams out there.
As Ciampino is a small airport, it often happens that taxis are not available. Especially if you arrive late in the evening, it is worth booking a taxi in advance.
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City bus between Ciampino Airport and Rome
Rome Ciampino Airport is connected to Rome by two city bus routes.
Both lines can be used with the normal ticket for city transport. The ticket costs 1.50 euros and is valid for 100 minutes.
The 520 bus runs from the Subaugusta terminus of metro line A to Rome Ciampino Airport and back. The bus also stops at the Cinecittà metro station and the Capanelle train station on the FL4 train line.
The bus runs every 20 minutes from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
The 720 bus runs from the Laurentina terminus of Metro Line B to Rome Ciampino Airport and back. The bus runs around twice an hour. The journey takes about 40 minutes, provided there is no traffic jam on Via Ardeatina.
The first bus leaves from Laurentina station at 5:30 in the morning and may be in Rome Ciampino at 6am, the last bus leaves Laurentina at 11:30 pm and may be in Rome Ciampino at midnight for the return trip.
You can use both lines with the Roma Pass, which you can pick up at the tourist information point in the arrivals hall between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm.
The shuttle bus takes you directly to Termini Central Station. The journey time is 30 – 45 minutes depending on the time of day.
Book the shuttle buses here.
Taxis and chauffeured cars
There is a fixed price of 30 € for the trip to Rome for destinations within the Aurelian walls. For more details, see our article on Taxis in Rome.
It is even more convenient if you have a chauffeur pick you up at the airport. The vehicles are very high quality. So start your stay in Rome really classy.
Car rental at Rome Ciampino airport
The offices of the car rental companies are located slightly away from the terminal at the parking lot P8. You can take the free shuttle bus to get to the rental car companies. It takes about 10 minutes by foot from the terminal to the car rentals.
Departure from Rome Ciampino airport
There is a temperature control and you can only get into the terminal with a ticket or a boarding pass and not earlier than 3 hours before departure. Since it is very small for the number of passengers, one has to expect longer waiting times for baggage handling and security checks.
Also limited are the options for eating and shopping. There are not enough seats in the waiting area in front of the gates.
If you do not want to stand for a long time, a lightweight tripod stool could be helpful. Or you try not to be too early at the airport. In particular, if you only travel with hand luggage, should be sufficient one hour before departure. Of course, this does not apply to exceptional situations such as a strike.
The low cost airport “G.B. Pastine” Rome Ciampino
Rome Ciampino Airport CIA is a military airport also open to civil aviation. It also serves as a government airport and provides a general aviation terminal.
The airport counts around 6 million passengers per year.
Here, in the summer, the fire-fighting aircraft are also stationed, which draw the water from the volcanic lake under Castel Gandolfo or from the sea, where they have to go.
Cheap airlines from all over the world and charter flights are served. In case of weather problems in Fiumicino, part of the traffic can be diverted here.
Information about landing in Rome Ciampino
The airport has a runway with north-south orientation. Depending on weather conditions, landing is both from the north and from the south, while most of the time the takoffs are going to the south.
If you come from the north and want to see the city, you should choose a seat on the right side. With a little luck, you can see St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum from above.
Who was Giovan Batista Pastine
The military airport of Rome Ciampino is named after Giovan Batista Pastine. He was a balloonist and airship captain. In 1908 he took part in the Gordon Bennet Cup in Berlin with the balloon Aetos and in 1913 in Paris with the balloon Roma.
In 1916, Ciampino Airport became the base for airships. Pastine was stationed here and died in 1916 in Gorizia as a war hero at the age of 41 years.