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Rome Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport (FCO)

Overview

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.

Location

The airport is 19 miles (30km) southwest 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.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).

Contacts

Telephone: +39 06 65 951 or +39 06 6595 4554.

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Giovan Battista Pastine Airport (CIA)

Overview

Giovan Battista Pastine Airport, generally known as Rome's Ciampino Airport is situated in downtown Rome. It is one of Italy's busiest transport hubs and one of the world's oldest operating airports as it was built in 1916.

The newer International Airport in Fiumicino handles most air traffic coming into Rome. However, the Ciampino Airport has now become a key hub for low-cost carriers like Ryan Air and easyJet. The airport offers relatively short waiting times as well as reasonable onward travel options and facilities.

Location

The airport is situated nine miles (15km) southeast of Rome.

Getting to the city

Airport taxis: As has been mentioned, taxi fares from Ciampino Airport into the centre of Rome (defined as the area within the Aurelian walls) can be prohibitively expensive. To combat this problem, the airport has set up an official taxi stand, located opposite the arrivals hall. Here, taxis operate on a fixed rate of €30 per cab, good for a maximum of four passengers and their baggage. However, be warned that it is only the cab drivers who are officially licensed by the city of Rome that are obliged to offer you the fixed rate - if they're not around, and you have to use someone else, the fare will be more like €50. The trip should take 25 minutes - but in traffic, it'll be closer to an hour.

Train: Buy a ticket (€1) in the arrivals hall for a COTRAL/SCHIAFFINI bus to Ciampino Città, the nearest train station to the airport. Buses leave every 30 minutes, and only take 5 minutes to reach the station. From there, you can buy a ticket (approx. €2) to Termini, which you should reach in about 15 minutes.

Bus: You have quite a few options available to you, should you choose to go the public bus route.

Terravision offer a service between Ciampino Airport and Rome's main railway station, Termini. These buses operate from stops located just outside the departures area of the terminal building, and make trips from the airport every 15-45 minutes, between 8.40am and midnight. You can buy tickets (€4 one-way, €8 return) for Terravision buses in the arrivals hall.

Sitbus also offers a service between the airport and Termini. These leave from the public bus stops, located across the road from the airport's parking area. Sitbus buses leave every 45 minutes between 8:30am and 11.45pm, with a journey time of about 45 minutes. Tickets (€4 one-way, €8 return) can be bought when boarding the bus, and there is no extra charge for luggage.

These two are the best options for going to Termini. If, however, you wish to get off at another Metro station, you should take an ATTRAL bus to Anagnina Metro. The (blue) ATTRAL buses operate from the public bus stops, located across the road from the airport's parking area, and run to the metro station Anagnina (on line A), leaving every 40 minutes between 6am and 10.40pm. You can buy your ATTRAL bus tickets (€1.20) from the arrivals hall, and it should take 10-15 minutes to get to Anagnina. Once at Anagnina, follow the 'M' sign to find the Metro station (line A). Metro tickets can be bought from an automated machine, and cost €1.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).

Contacts

+39 06 7934 8521 or +39 06 7949 4234.

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Rome Fiumicino Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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