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Airports in Rome

Rome Leonardo da Vinci International 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

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. 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 Regional FL1 train, which runs to major stations (Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense and Trastevere) every 15 minutes, or every half hour on Sundays and holidays.

Cotral buses leave from Roma Tiburtina railway station and stop at Piazza dei Cinquecento in front of the national museum.

Time

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

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 are available and 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 about €30 per cab, good for a maximum of four passengers and their baggage. The trip should take 25 minutes - but in traffic, it'll be closer to an hour. Buses are another option, and there are many service providers. Travellers are advised to choose to go the public bus route.

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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Paulina Pimperova is a licensed tour guide in Rome and a passionate traveller, and is never happier than when seeking out hidden corners of the Eternal City. After 15 years of experience in international tourism as a tour leader accompanying groups in Italy and abroad, she decided to dedicate her energy mostly to the study of Rome.

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