Rome Fiumicino airport FCO · Terminals · Arrival · Departure · Car rental

Rome Fiumicino airport FCO. To save you time at FCO airport, you will find here all the information on arrival and departure, transfer, train station and car rental.

The "Leonardo da Vinci" intercontinental airport of Rome Fiumicino FCO

Rome Fiumicino intercontinental airport is Italy’s largest airport and the tenth largest airport in Europe. The airport bears the name of the scholar Leonardo da Vinci.

In 2018, Airport Council International (ACI) voted Fiumicino the best European airport with more than 25 million passengers.

International Arrivals (Extra Schengen)

International arrivals at Rome Fiumicino Airport are handled exclusively at Terminal 3. After passport control, you will come to the baggage belts and then to the exit. The waiting time at the baggage belts is usually 30 minutes, but may exceed one hour at peak times.

In Terminal 3, on the arrivals level, after the exit from the luggage belts, there is the Tourist Information Point (PIT). Here you can pick up the Roma Pass.

The information point is open daily 8am-9pm.

Domestic and Schengen Arrivals

Schengen arrivals are handled in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. If you are taken by bus from the aircraft to the terminal, this is not a problem as the bus goes to the right terminal. If you arrive at the area D of the airport, there is particular that the luggage may be delivered in Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, depending on the airline.
Schengen arrivals are handled in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. If you are taken by bus from the aircraft to the terminal, this is not a problem as the bus goes to the right terminal. If you arrive at the area D of the airport, there is particular that the luggage may be delivered in Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, depending on the airline.

Fiumicino information monitor baggage beltsIn which terminal your baggage is returned,  depends from your airline.

At the exit of area D you will find a monitor where you can see if you need to go to Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 for baggage return. If you don’t have to pick up your luggage, it’s faster to go out at Terminal 3.

The waiting time at the baggage belts is usually 30 minutes, but may exceed one hour during rush hours. The estimated output time is displayed on information monitors.

Way to the train station and the car rental companies

Fiumicino Car rental
Entrance to the car rental

The train station, the car rental companies in the airport, the multi-storey car parks and the Hilton Hotel Airport can be reached via a series of pedestrian bridges:

  • In Terminal 1, there are three elevators on the right that take you to the +2 level and there you find pedestrian bridges
Ausgang Fiumicino Terminal 3
Exit Terminal 3
  • In Terminal 3 there are two lifts on the left, which you can use to go to the level +2 and then via the pedestrian bridge to the mentioned destinations. Alternatively, you can take the escalator on the left and go up the two floors to the footbridge.
  • In T3 In the T3 you can also proceed to the right and then at the end of the terminal to an escalator that leads to a passage under the street and on the other side by a system of escalators directly into the station.
More car rental companies are located in Fiumicino. They each have their own shuttle service to the airport.

Departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport

Rom Fiumicino Terminal 3
View from the railway station to Terminal 3

Rome Fiumicino Airport is quite extensive and has 4 terminals, number 1-3 and remote Terminal 5. If you have pre-checked in, you will find the departure terminal in your boarding pass.

As a rule, the following applies: Terminal 1: Aegean, Alitalia, Air Baltic, Air Europa, Air France, Air Malta, Air Serbia, Air Transat, Airitaly, Brusssels Airlines, Etihad, Eurowings, Hop!, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Mistral, Niki, SAEM, SAS, Swiss, TAP, Vueling and Level Terminal 2: currently closed Terminal 3: All other flights Terminal 5: currently closed
At the entrance to the terminals and at the station, you can find monitors with information on which terminal will handle your flight.

Flights with hand luggage in the Schengen area

Rom Fiumcino Abflughalle Terminal 1
Terminal 1 departure level

If you travel with hand baggage only and you have already checked in via app or web, the security checks can be done both in T1 and in T3. This is possible because the entire Schengen area is connected behind the security controls. If you find long lines of security in the T3, you can try it on T1, where you can usually count on a shorter wait time.

Fiumicino Departure Terminal 1

Fiumicino Abflughalle Terminal 1 Zeichnung
Terminal 1 departure level

In T1 is only one LED wall with information about the check-in counters. It is located on the left side of the terminal. If you have to find your check-in counter, you find the information only there.

The security control is on the left side of the terminal.

Fiumicino Departure Terminal 3

Fiumicino departure hall T3
Terminal 3

If you need to use the check-in at the airport, you must go to the counter where your flight is handled, because there is no common check-in for all flights. Corresponding information can be found on the monitors in the terminals.

The security control is on the right side of the terminal.

Flights to the non-Schengen area

Behind the security check in Terminal 3, on the left side, is the passport control between Schengen and non-Schengen area. Since Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are connected behind the security checkpoint, you can go from any Schengen flight directly to Passport Control.

Information about the approach to Fiumicino

Flughafen Fiumicino Satellitenfoto
Satellite image of the airport

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.

In normal flight operations you can therefore not see the city of Rome from the plane. Only when the flight comes from the south, you usually fly from Castel Gandolfo over the city and then thread in the north of Rome in the path of landing aircrafts.

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.

22 thoughts on “Rome Fiumicino airport FCO · Terminals · Arrival · Departure · Car rental”

  1. My son will be arriving on Norwegian Air, and has 1 hour to find his transfer flight with Czech Airlines. Does he have to go through customs, security, etc. to catch his transfer flight? Also, can you tell me the terminal and route he should take once he arrives? Thank you!

    • This is only possible if your son has already the boarding pass for the connecting flight and he travels with hand luggage. If he wants to check in luggage, he has to clarify before, whether he can check thru baggage from Norvegian to Czech Airlines. This depends on the airline DCS they are using.
      Czech Airlines is in codeshare with Alitalia. The Alitalia flight departs from terminal 1, the Czech flight from terminal 3. He will see on his boarding pass the departure terminal. If your son does not leave the transfer area, he has no customs and security control.
      Your son arrives at T3. If he arrives at the bus gate, he has to go up one level and then look for the connection flight (T1 or T3).

  2. I will be arriving from JFK (NYC) to Rome on 11/23. I need to meet reps from Royal Caribbean. Their instructions are to go to Arrival Hall. Has anyone done this before? Any more information you can share? Thanks in advance.

  3. I am arriving from Johannesburg on Wed 18 Sept AZ 849 6.50am, then direct to Venice AZ 1471 at 8.15. Where do I land and which terminal do I depart from?
    Thank you.

    • Hi,
      you shall check thru your baggage to Venice.
      You’ll arrive in terminal 3, pass immigration and go then directly to terminal 1. There is a direct passage between T3 and T1.

  4. Hi Bernhard,
    I arrive from South Africa at Rome (FCO) at 6:50 on Alitalia. I have a connecting flight on Alitalia to Spain departing at 8:10. One ticket. Will I have enough time to clear customs, check-in again and make the connecting flight?

    • Hi Cecilia,
      with you unique ticket you shall check through your baggage to Spain and do the customs clearance there, also receive the 2nd boarding pass already in SA. You must only pass immigration at Fiumicino and go directly to your connecting flight.

  5. Hello There! Excelent and useful information in this site. I have a question similiar to those above: I am flying from Firenze to Fiumicino, Roma. It will be Alitalia, departing at 6:35 am, arriving at 7:25 am. I think, being a domestic flight, to terminal 1.
    Second leg will be from Rome (Fiuimicino, terminal 3) American Airlines, 9:15 am. No checked luggage and most likely boarding pass on hand. My chances are?

    • Hi, there is a unique transit area between T1 and T3. You can pass internally from T1 to T3 without going to the exit. It is a 10-15 minutes walk from T1 to the passport control at T3, so your chances are excellent.

  6. Arriving in Rome airport at 7:15 a.m., how long will it take to arrive at the terminal for a flight to Bari. What flight time should we look for. Will we have to go through customs again?

    • To be on the safe side you shall consider 3 hours between passport control, baggage claim and check in of the domestic flight. You shall also check the statistics for delays of your incoming flight on a site like https://www.flightradar24.com/. There is no customs on domestic flights but if you don’t have a transit ticket and you have to check-in in Rome you have to pass the security check. With a transit ticket and baggage check-through, two hours or less are enough.

  7. Arriving at terminal on Norwegian at 11:40 and have a flight to Naples on Alitalia departing in terminal 1, can I make my 2pm flight with collecting my bag and going through customs? Thanks

    • Hi Elaine,
      if the arriving flight is on time it’s ok. If possible, it would be better to check through the baggage to Naples. In alternative, you can take the Leonardo Express to Termini and take the high speed train to Naples.

  8. How many Tourist Information Points are there in Terminal 3? I am being met at Fiumicino Airport and would like to find an appropriate spot at Terminal 3 Arrivals to be met by my contact in Rome

    • Hi Annmari,
      there is only one passenger exit at T3 and one Tourist Information Point. As meeting point I suggest the bar “Semplicemente Roma” opposite the passenger exit inside T3.

  9. Um voo que chega de PARIS (CDG) as 20:25 daria tempo para embarcar em um voo para Larnaca (Chipre) as 22:50. Contando o tempo de recolhimento e entrega das bagagens e passando pelo controle de passaporte?

    • If you have a connecting flight, you can check through your luggage from CDG to Larnaca. Otherwhise you have some risk like flight delay or delay of baggage return and you shall do this with hand luggage only.

  10. would a US citizen arriving at 8AM into Rome airport and flying KLM to the US be able to make a flight departing at 9:30AM? thanks

    • For a transit that should go, but it depends on the punctuality of the incoming airline. If you come from Rome and have to drop your luggage, you should be there at least two hours before and for a group even more.

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