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How to Get to Rome

How to Get to Rome by Air

Rome’s international airport known as Leonardo da Vinci or more commonly known as Fiumicino is an important point on almost international airlines’ destination map. It is 26 kilometres from the city, to its southwest. It has three terminals which are used by both, domestic and international flights.

Airport Facilities

There are information desks, information kiosks with touch screen technology in all the terminals, and ATP provides tourist information desks as well. The Atahotel Executive Centre has waiting and meeting rooms, rooms for temporary offices, fax, xerox, and internet points. All terminals have airline executive offices.

Banks, ATMs, Bureau de Change, post offices, and internet access points are also there. The airport also has many bars and restaurants along with duty-free shops, selling jewelry, perfumes, and traditional Italian artifacts.

Terminal C, International Arrivals has a left-luggage counter, open daily. The lost property office is also located there. Portal service is available but only on pre-booking.

Other facilities include nurseries, chapels, playrooms, and first aid rooms. There are special amenities for the disables like toilets, lounges and parking. Long and short-term parking are available in the multi-storey car parks that are directly linked to the terminals by pedestrian walk ways. A free shuttle service links the terminals to the car parks.

From the airport, you can take the Leonardo Express train service, which will take you to the Termini Station in half an hour. You can also take the Metropolitan train where you can get off at the Tiburtina Station and take line B for Rome or get off at the Trastevere Station to go to Largo Argentina and Campo de Fiori.

COTRAL or Schiaffini buses operate to and from the airport to the city. Terravision Shuttle services run to Rome’s Termini and also connect with the metro at Lepanto.

Taxis in Rome are white and can easily be found in front of the airport. Make sure that you take a licensed metered taxi. The average fare between the airport to the city centre is €40.

Car rental companies like Auto Europa, Avis, Hertz, Italy by Car, etc all have desks at the domestic and international arrival halls.

Some charter and domestic flights and a few international flights also land at Ciampino Airport. A COTRAL bus runs to and from Ciampino, connecting the airport to a subway to Termini Station. You can also hire a cab or rent a car (only if you are above 21) at the airports.

How to Get to Rome by Rail

The main railway terminus at Rome is the Termini Station or Termini Stazione. It doesn’t beat a plane for swiftness but trains are also a speedy and comfortable way of getting to Rome if you’re travelling from within Europe. With 29 platforms and more than half a million passengers daily, it is the biggest train station in Italy.

It is a major destination on domestic as well as continental (from any of the neighbouring countries) routes to Paris, Munich, Geneva, Vienna and Basel. There is a Eurail office at the entrance.

The other major railway stations are Trastavere, Tiburtina, and Ostiense.

How to Get to Rome by Bus

Buses from other Italian and international cities will stop in front of the Tiburtina Train Station in Rome.

If you are driving to Rome then you’ll have to take Autostrada del Sole highway. If you’re arriving from the north take the A1 route, the A2 if you’re arriving from the south. It is possible to drive into Rome from within Italy as well as from a foreign country.

There are international coach services to Rome. The Italian superhighway or autostrada has an extensive network: be prepared for hefty toll rates. You could purchase a Viacard, which is an automatic toll card that saves you the trouble of poking around for change every time you hit a toll post. There is a system of minor highways that fall into the categories of ‘national’ (strade statali), ‘provincial’ (provinciali) and municipal (communali) that are toll free. Drive on the right. Keep to the speed limit. This is the home of the fiery scarlet race cars, and Italians aren’t too happy trundling at 90 kph when they could be zipping at 110!

At many gas stations business stops on Sundays and pauses at siesta time everyday and most don’t accept credit cards. 113 is the phone number for the highway police and 118 for an ambulance. 116 will get you towing and repair services.

By Sea

Cruise ships dock at the port in Civitavecchia to allow passengers to visit Rome. Small ships also dock at the new port. Ostia, 20 km from the city and are linked by train and metro.

Grimaldi Lines and Moby provide ferry services to Olbia, Sardinia, Barcelona, Toulon, Tunis and Corsica.

Getting Around Rome

The two main public transportation systems are the ATAC and the COTRAL. The ATAC operates buses and trams, and a ticket, which is valid for a stipulated period of time, allows you to change between trams and buses as many times as you need. You are supposed to get it validated every time at a machine that stands at the back in the bus or tram.

The COTRAL operates the suburban train service, some buses and the Metro. You can buy your tickets from a booth, a machine, a tobacconist’s, stations and bus stops. If you are armed with a map it should be easy enough to get around Rome since the network being fairly comprehensive.

Hop-on Hop-off buses also run near the tourist spots. They are perfect if you want to explore the city at your own pace and convenience.

The Termini Stazione is the main station. Taxis are affiliated to stands, so you’ll either have to get to one or you could call one up on telephone for a small extra charge. The meter starts ticking at € 2,80 and there is an extra charge after 10pm, for every piece of baggage, and on Sundays and holidays. Also keep in mind that in Rome the meter starts running when you phone for a taxi and not when you get in.

If you’d rather not be dependent on public transport, you could rent a car (if you’re above 21), a moped or scooter, or a bicycle, which is great way to get around but a little strenuous owing to the hilly terrain. Parking a car in central Rome could be a problem: in most areas it is prohibited and in others, strictly metered.

Cycling is an excellent way of getting around Rome. There are many cycling paths, making it a popular pastime. You can easily hire a bicycle from the many rentals around the city.

The city centre is best seen on foot. However, the traffic can be intimidating so be careful while walking.


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