Rome Fiumicino Airport
Fiumicino Airport, or the Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, is the sixth busiest airport in Europe and handles over 35 million passengers annually. Fiumicino is a great airport to use when visiting Rome as is well connected to the centre of the city through public transportation making it easy to skip the traffic jams after a long flight.
The airport has loads of shops, restaurants and passenger entertainment options. However, there are often queues during peak periods and passengers are advised to arrive early to skip the masses.
The airport is 19 miles (30km) south-west of central Rome.
Getting to the city
Train: The train station is across the road from Terminal 3, near car park D. There are two trains to the city. The Leonardo Express travels directly to Roma Termini, the station in the city centre, every half hour from 6:30am to 11:30pm for €14. Buy a ticket at the ticketing counter in the station and then validate it at one of the machines (the ticket will then be valid for an hour and a half). A cheaper option is the slightly slower Metro line FR1, which runs to major stations (Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense and Trastevere) every 15 minutes, or every half hour on Sundays and holidays, and costs €8.
Bus: Cotral buses leave from Roma Tiburtina railway station and stop at Piazza dei Cinquecento in front of the national museum. A one-way ticket to town will cost €4.50 if you buy it from the ticket machine in the arrivals section or at newsagents or tobacconists in the airport, and €7 if you buy it on the bus.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).
Telephone: +39 06 65 951 or +39 06 6595 4554.
The car rental desks are in the multi-storey car park lots C and B, directly in front of the terminal and connected via passenger walkways. Simply follow the signs from the arrivals area. There are several major companies represented, including Hertz, Avis, Sixt and Budget, as well as a few local operators.
Only use authorised taxis (white cars with meters) - they can usually be found in the arrivals areas. The journey to central Rome will take 40 to 60 minutes and the fare is approximately €60 with a surcharge for public holidays and Sundays or late at night. Some taxis will charge extra for luggage, as well.
Transfer between terminals
Fiumicino Airport has four passenger terminals - 1, 2, 3 and 5. Terminal 1 handles Alitalia flights and Schengen flights, Terminals 2 and 3 handle domestic flights, Non-Schengen and Schengen flights, while Terminal 5 handles American and Israeli flights. A free shuttle bus operates between them and the car parks every 15 minutes or so.
Money and communications: ATMs and currency exchange throughout the terminals.
Luggage: Baggage wrapping facilities at all terminals.
Conference and business: Head for the ATA Hotel Executive Centre in Area B, after security, for your business needs.
Other facilities: Travel agents, pharmacies, massage parlours, photo booth (Terminal 3). Terminal 1 has a beauty parlour, hairdresser and solarium, as well as slot machines and laundry facilities.
Wi-fi: The airport has free wi-fi, and Exactta internet kiosks throughout the terminals.
Information: There are information desks in each terminals, as well as several touch-screen information kiosks dotted throughout the airport.
Shopping: There's lots of shopping to be had at Fiumicino Airport, from high-end branded fashion (Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Gucci, Hermés - the list is endless) to Italian wines, leather goods, jewellery and accessories, and foods. There are also the usual travel stores, bookstores and newsagent dotted throughout. If you've got cash burning a hole in your pocket, you won't for long!
Food and Drink: Rome being the café culture capital that it is, you won't be disappointed by the excellent selection of coffee shops and delis in the airport, especially in Terminals 1 and 2. For sit down meals, there are the usual fast food joints (such as McDonald's) and a few decent sit-down restaurants.
There is a wide range of parking options available at Fiumicino Airport. Rates range from €3 for the one-hour spaces in front of the terminal to a variety of options within the multilevel parking garages and the long-term lots. All parking options are connected to the terminals either via walkways or shuttle buses.
Flights to Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport can be booked from most cities worldwide. Some of the major airlines offering flights to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport include Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Canada, British Airways, China Airlines, easyJet, Jet2.com, Iberia, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, US Airways, Vueling Airways, Wind Jet and many more.
Free wifi is available throughout Fiumicino and Internet kiosks are also provided.
The ATA Hotel Executive Centre is fully-equipped for all business needs. However, it is located after security.
Rome Fiumicino Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.