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).
(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…
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 COTRAL/SCHIAFFINI buses from the airport. They depart every 30 minutes and cost €1; the drive to the train station takes 5 minutes. From there, the train to Rome’s Termini train station 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.
Several buses run directly from the Ciampino airport into Rome. These include buses run by ATRAL (atral-lazio.com), COTRAL (cotralspa.it), SIT (sitbusshuttle.com), and Terravision (terravision.eu). Prices are usually about €5 each way, and the ride takes about a half an hour, depending on traffic.
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.
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.
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