How to Get from Ciampino Airport to Rome (Updated for 2017!)

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Need to get from Ciampino airport to Rome? Yeah, you could take a taxi. But unless some serious stress and/or getting ripped off immediately on landing in Italy is your thing, you probably won’t want to.

Luckily, there are lots of other ways to get from Ciampino to Rome. They’re easy, fast, and much cheaper than taking a taxi or transfer. All of these options get you into the Termini train station; from there, you can jump on Rome’s metro (either the A or B lines), take a bus, or grab a cab (from Termini, it shouldn’t be more than €15 at the most to get to another part of the city center).

(Note: This information has been updated as of January 2017).

(Not sure if you’re flying into Ciampino? If you’re coming directly from far-afield, like the U.S., you’re probably flying into Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci instead, and here’s info for how to get from Fiumicino to Rome. But if you’re flying from somewhere else within Europe, especially on a budget airline like Ryanair, you might just be landing at Ciampino).

Options for getting from Ciampino to Rome include…

Train

The good news: There is a train station at Ciampino. The not-as-good news: It’s not right at the airport. To get there, you have to take one of the ATRAL or COTRAL buses from the airport. The ATRAL buses depart roughly every 40 minutes (full schedule here), while the COTRAL leaves between every 10 and 40 minutes; the ATRAL costs €1.20, plus an extra €1.20 per piece of luggage, while the COTRAL costs €1.10. While that makes the COTRAL seem better, note that you can buy ATRAL tickets right at Ciampino airport in the arrivals area or directly on the bus, while COTRAL isn’t sold at the airport, but rather from tobacco shops and other sales points outside the airport.

The drive to the train station takes 5 minutes. From there, the train to Rome’s Termini train station departs about every 8-10 minutes, takes 15 minutes and costs just €1.50.

If you time it right, this can be the fastest way to get to Rome’s center, as well as the cheapest. But if you have a lot of luggage, or just want to have as few transport legs as possible, I’d go with the next option—a direct bus—instead.

Bus

For most people, the bus from Ciampino to Rome is the most convenient, still budget-friendly option. Two buses run directly from the Ciampino airport into the Rome center: the SIT bus and Terravision. Prices are €5 one-way or €9 round-trip with SIT or €4 one-way and €8 round-trip with Terravision, and the ride takes a half an hour to 45 minutes, depending on traffic. Both have just one stop, Rome’s Termini train station, so you don’t have to worry about missing your stop. From Termini, you can take a bus or metro (line A or B) to your final destination.

Figuring these buses out couldn’t really be much easier: When you exit the baggage claim at Ciampino, you’ll see the kiosks advertising them right in front of you. Just walk up and ask when the next one is leaving (I recommend asking at both, so you can buy your ticket for the one leaving first!). You can buy your ticket right there—no need to reserve in advance—and they’ll direct you to where exactly the bus is.

Metro

This is only worth considering if you’re staying at accommodation in San Giovanni or the Esquiline (or somewhere else close to a stop on Rome’s metro line A, but before Termini). You can take a bus from the airport to the Anagnina metro station, which is on line A. The bus leaves every 30 to 40 minutes, takes about 15 minutes and costs €1.20, plus an extra €1.20 per piece of luggage. From Anagnina, the metro (which costs €1.50) leaves every couple of minutes and arrives at San Giovanni station in 15 minutes, Manzoni (Esquiline) in 17 and Termini station in 20 minutes.

Cab

I’m including this because, yes, it is an option. And, technically, there is a flat rate set by the city to go from the Ciampino airport to the center of Rome. This price is €30, including all luggage and any extra charges. It’s illegal for drivers to charge you more than this.

But, of course, they do. Or try to. Which is why, at least until the taxi drivers at Ciampino clean up their act, I don’t recommend that anyone risks taking a cab from there. Public transport not your thing? Even without a cab, you still have a couple of options.

Private transfer

There are dozens of companies in Rome offering private transfers, the benefit of which is—of course—it’s convenient, you don’t have to juggle your luggage and it takes the stress out of trying to navigate a new city’s transport links. Of course, you have to pay for the privilege, as private transfers can be around €50 or more (the cost depends on number of passengers and amount of luggage). Do, however, make sure you book a reputable transfer company (among other things, double-check their recent reviews on a site like Tripadvisor); skip that step, and you run just as much risk of being ripped off as you would with a taxi (see below for more!).

Uber

Yes: the app taking over the world’s cities has made it to Rome (much to the consternation of taxi drivers). Although the basic idea of this ride-sharing app is similar to other cities, there’s one big difference. Rome doesn’t offer UberX or the other lower-priced services; it only has the higher-end services: UberBLACK, UberLUX and UberVAN. That means that, often, taking an Uber is as expensive as (or more expensive than) taking a taxi. But it also means that drivers often aren’t “normal” people picking up some cash on the side, but rather professional drivers, which is a benefit.

From Ciampino airport (which has WiFi, so you can book an Uber using the Uber app on your phone when you arrive), it should be about €40 into the center, although, as always with Uber, it depends on pricing and availability at that time. (You get a fare estimate before you book).

Also: why you should see this pyramid, the 5 most overrated things to do in Rome and what to know about visiting in summer.

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18 comments

  1. Thanks for the nice summary. I’ve heard that people sometimes also do walk to the Casabianca station directly in the south of the airport instead, which is about a 2 kilometers walk.

    Have you ever tried this? 🙂

  2. AVOID TERRAVISION IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL STRESSFREE. THEY’RE ALWAYS LATE, HAVE WEIRD POLICY-BOOKING ONLINE IS NOT ENOUGHT. THEY OVERSELL AND TOU MIGHT END UP LOOSING YOUR FLIGHT. BUS IS DIRTY.

  3. You are 100% right about the Ciampino taxi drivers, they work together to rip-off customers – avoid at all costs! On my first trip I was grossly over charged in the most blatant fashion. It was late evening, and there was no other way to get to my hotel. The taxi driver stood there with a big smirk on his face, well aware that he was cheating me. I have been to Rome many times since then, and I would rather crawl on my hands and knees before using a taxi from Ciampino. 99% of people use the bus, avoiding this notorious scam. Google it, you will be shocked. Walking to station is not an option (local bus is essential).

  4. please tell how can i go to lazio from champiano airport? is it good with bus? and then, how can i go from lazio to rome ?

  5. That’s really helpful :).. Can you also suggest if the 42 hr ticket is valid on these lines? and if it makes sense to get that ticket if I want to stay in Rome for 2 days?

  6. Hi there, Could you kindly explain the route in reverse? I’d like to fly out of Ciampino in the afternoon after having arrived to Roma Termini in the morning.
    Thank you for any help.

    1. Sure, Erin — any of those options will work in reverse. If you don’t want to take a taxi (where the flat rate should still be the same), you can grab a bus like the Terravision bus from Termini train station. Just look on the bus website for exact times and locations. I hope that helps!

  7. Hello, thank you for useful info. I just want to ask which one is the bus station at the airport to get to the Ciampino train station?(is it the first one in front of the airport?) And next question does the bus arrive directly to the train station in Ciampino? I do not have a lot of time for my train so I do not want to get lost ot look for a way too long. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi there! I’ve just updated this post, so it should answer your questions now – but let me know if you have any more! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hello!
    We need to get to the Ciampino airport very early in the morning, our flight departure is at 6.55am.
    The earliest Terravision bus to Ciampino leaves at 4.30am, but we are not sure about the traffic and, as it is mentioned in the first comment, they have tendency to be late.
    Could you please advise if it will be safe to book tickets for that bus?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Anastasia, you’ll probably be just fine — if you’re flying within Europe, the cut-off is usually something like 45 minutes or an hour (check with your specific airline), so worst case scenario even if you arrived at 6am (which would be an unusually long journey from Rome to Ciampino indeed!) you should be OK. That said, I have a tendency to cut flights a bit close… so if you’re on the more cautious end of the scale, and/or will be incredibly stressed in the time leading up to your departure, then just spring for a private transfer instead.

  9. Trains from Ciampino are NOT every 8-10 minutes! I have waited over 40 minutes for the next train. And the station in Ciampino is a disaster. Also, Altral buses are hard to find…

    1. Thanks for your comment, Sylwester. Your experience waiting 40 minutes is a good reminder that the nature of living (or travelling) in Italy means that things can go wrong — especially when it comes to trains! As you can see if you search on the Trenitalia site, though, regional trains are in fact scheduled for every 8 to 10 minutes during the day and evening from Ciampino to Roma Termini. As always when planning your transport somewhere, it’s best to check in advance to see exactly what trains are departing around the time you want to go. Thanks again for stopping by!

  10. Hi Amanda!
    If I buy a ticket for the bus to Termini, but then need to take the metro after that, can I use the same ticket or do I need to buy another one?

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Jessie, you can use the same ticket (assuming it’s within 100 minutes of when you validated the Termini bus ticket). I hope that helps! Have a good trip!

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