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How to reach the city center from the airport at Ciampino

Published on January 4, 2019 by C. P.


How to travel to the city center of Rome from the airport

As noted in a previous post on the same subject, as most other cities of similar size, Rome relies on two different airports: Leonardo Da Vinci in Fiumicino/FCO and JB Pastine in Ciampino/CIA. However, they are at a significant distance from the city proper, so when landing you will have to complete your travel with a commute from the airport areas to the center of the Eternal City

With this short guide, we tried to list all possible travel options from Ciampino to the city with an estimate of costs and travel times.

From Ciampino to the city using public transportation

Ciampino has an infrequent, if cheap, public bus connection (ATAC line 720) to the B line subway terminal at Laurentina and (through ATAC line 520) to the A line subway stops Cinecittà/ Subaugusta. Once there, you can reach your destination by a combination of other buses or subway trains. This solution is not particularly convenient: if you’re not familiar with the mass transit network, don’t understand Italian or in the event your accommodation is the center of Rome, it will take a long time (we can’t stress this enough) to complete your journey.

COSTS: a single fare ticket for the ATAC bus service is 1,50 EUR per person and lasts 100 minutes from the moment the ticket is validated on board.
RECOMMENDED IF: know where the bus stops are/where to get tickets; with travel time to the center of Rome being upwards of 2 hrs, we can honestly recommend this only to return visitors staying in areas of the city closer to Ciampino.

The public regional bus line CoTral /Atral also connects the airport with the train/bus/subway hubs at Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina and, additionally, with the subway terminal at Anagnina (A line AKA red line). Once there you will have to complete your journey with a combination of other public means of transportation (or a taxi).
Unfortunately, this service is not frequent and, again, being a public bus, it’s bound to take a long time.

COSTS: 5 to 7 EUR for a single-fare ticket, per person, on the blue CoTral/white and blu Atral buses.
RECOMMENDED IF: you’re a return visitor; know where the bus stops are/where to get tickets; are not staying in the center of the city and need to get to one of the suburbs reached by the service.

Private bus service

As with Fiumicino, a few private bus companies also offer shuttle services from the JB Pastine airport at Ciampino to Rome. Some feature a fixed fare, while others have changing prices depending on when the tickets get bought. All operate on a “first come, first serve” basis, meaning you may get tickets for yourself but the other people in your party may not be able to secure theirs due to the bus being booked up.

Said companies end their rides at either the hub at Roma Tiburtina or Roma Termini, which means you will be on your own from there on and will need to get to your accommodation by bus, metro or a taxi, with extra costs to be factored in.
COSTS: Costs depend on the chosen company and how much in advance you book your tickets (when applicable).
RECOMMENDED IF: you’re a return visitor not staying in the city center; you know where the bus terminals are at the airport and know a bit of Italian.

Train service

Ciampino doesn’t have a proper train shuttle service from within the airport. A public bus operated by ATAC can take you to the Ciampino train station, and from there you will be able to get to Roma Termini. Once there, you will need to get a cab or a bus/subway ride to reach your final accommodation.
COSTS: A 1,50 EUR single fare ticket, per person, for the ATAC bus that will get you to the train station at Ciampino. If said ticket hasn’t expired by the time you reach that, you can use it to board the train to Rome Termini. Once in Termini, prepare to complete your journey with other means of transportation.
RECOMMENDED IF: you’re traveling on a budget and don’t mind the long waiting times, are a return visitor and/or speak some Italian.

Be aware that some or all of the above public options do not run or have very limited circulation at night, in the early mornings and/or on Sundays.

Taxi cab

As with passengers landing at Fiumicino, a taxi ride from Ciampino is the most obvious choice for reaching the center of Rome. The municipality there has decided for a set fare which will cover the journey from the JB Pastine airport to within the walls of the city.
As noted in the previous post on this same subject, some taxi drivers act disgracefully by asking far more than said set fare, as they rely on tourists not knowing this rule and/or not really understanding a language. You can protect yourself by booking a cab beforehand, by the time you’re ready to leave the airport. You can do so with such popular apps as MyTaxi or ITTaxi, which allow you to pay the ride in-app. The number of participating riders is on the rise, so waiting times are really short, too.
COSTS: A set fare of 30 EUR from Ciampino to within Rome’s city walls.
RECOMMENDED IF: you’re a return visitor and know your way around the airport; are familiar with taxis in Italy; don’t mind waiting a long time in a queue; are traveling in a group so you can split the fare.

Private transfer

Like with private buses, a number of companies offer transfers, either by limo or minivan, to the center of the city. Prices vary wildly depending on the service chosen. It is probably interesting to note that Uber works in Rome as a private transfer service only, with higher costs compared to what happens in other countries.

At From Home to Rome, we work side by side with one of such agencies, and they can guarantee a highly professional, cheaper alternative for travelers needing to get fast into the city. The advantages are obvious:

  • you won’t have to queue for your car but will have a private driver at your disposal, ready to pick you up as soon as you retrieve your luggage;
  • you will be taken directly to your accommodation, with no unnecessary detours;
  • you will be taken care of by a skilled professional who will be even able to tell you a bit about the city while taking you to your destination;
  • finally (and more importantly) there are no hidden costs or extras, and the cost will be particularly appealing if you’re traveling in a group – splitting the fare makes this solution even cheaper than taking the train!

Our partners at Autonoleggio Conti not only will be available to pick you up at any airport, but upon request they can arrange to take you on day trips in other selected areas of Italy at large: get in touch with us today to know more about their range of services!

COSTS: a set fare of 50 EUR for transfers of up to three people; 55 EUR from 3+ people
RECOMMENDED IF: you want to get rid any extra stress from the final leg of your travel!

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