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Which is the Easiest and Cheapest Way to Transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to City Centre ?

Updated on January 1, 2013

Located 26 km southwest of the city of Rome, Rome international airport, also called Fiumicino airport, or (less-known as) Leornardo Da Vinci Airport is one of the busiest airport in the world. There are many ways to get from Rome airport to city. The cheapest way, which is also the most convenient way, is to go by bus. It will only cost you €5 per person one way (or €8 return) to get from Rome airport to the Termini Main bus station in Rome city centre, a direct route, which takes about 30 minutes. There are a few bus operators, namely terravision, TAM, and COTRAL.

Where to buy the bus ticket?

If you arrive in Rome Terminal 3, you can get the bus ticket in Rome Terminal 3 airport. After picking up your luggage and exit to the arrival hall, look for the sign board that says go to the bus station or train station. Walk towards that direction, and before you reach the bus stations which is just outside the building, on the same floor, you will see a row of booths selling bus tickets. After buying the tickets, you can exit the building and find the bus stops a few hundred metres away, where the buses of various companies are parked.

If you are in Terminal 1, another cheaper choice is to take the bus (from operator COTRAL) to EUR Magliana which stops at the metro station of line B, then you can take the metro from this station to your final destination. It is in fact the cheapest way to get to the Rome city centre (€2.50 bus + €1.50) metro). Look for the sign on this bus reads "Fiumicino-Porto-Magliana".

Taking the Train from Rome Fiumicino Airport to City Centre

There are two types of train, the railway train or Metropolitan train, which costs much more than the bus, i.e. €5.50 or €11, plus metro €1.50. Then, they don't stop at Termini station. More transits mean more hassle in transporting your luggages from one station to the next. Bear in mind that, at Termini station, it is often so crowded. It will not be so comfortable pulling and squeezing through the crowd.

Taking Taxi From Rome Airport to City

Taxi costs €40 from Rome airport to city. It gives door to door service which is great, if you are willing to pay for the price. My recent experience taking taxi in Italy has been great. Most of them use meter and GPS, which means, they will bring you to the destination with the shortest route possible. If they don't use GPS, you can always turn on your smart phone and check the route he/she is taking. With GPS feature easily available in phone, it is nowadays harder for taxi drivers to cheat customers by taking the longer route to reach the destination, hence charging them a higher fare.


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