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Fiumicino Airport’s train station is right next to the main departures and arrivals hall; there are frequent, 35-minute trains straight into Rome’s main Termini station.
Despite being closer to the capital, the journey from Ciampino Airport into Rome is harder work. There are two options: get a shuttle bus (departs every 30 minutes) to Ciampino Citta station and then a 15-minute train to Termini, or hop on the SITBusShuttle or Terravision buses to Via Marsala, which runs along Termini’s eastern side. They take 40 minutes.
If you don’t fancy public transport, then it’s easy-peasy to hop in a taxi. There tends to be a flat rate from each airport. From Fiumicino it’s €48, while Ciampino fares are normally €30 – you might also collect surcharges for night-time trips or luggage, for example.
Rome and its seven hills are best experienced on foot.
Wander the city’s beautiful streets and squares and you’ll likely spot locals having animated chats, happen upon higgledy-piggledy street markets, smell ever-tempting whiffs or pass a small army of cats. This is the real Rome: venerable, vibrant and bursting with character.
If you get footsore, a variety of public transport options can ferry you around.
The speediest is Rome’s metro, which currently has three lines. Look for the red M sign. Tickets can be purchased at metro stations, in almost all tabacchi (cigarette shops, identified by blue ‘T’ signs), or at newspaper stands.
A single (BIT) costs €1.50 and also covers buses, as do the day passes (BIGs), which cost €7, three-day tickets (BTIs) at €18, and weekly CIS passes, which will set you back €24.
Note that all tickets need to be stamped on the first bus or metro turnstile, and that children aged 10 and under travel for free.
Rome’s bus network is efficient and extensive, although its fleet often becomes mired in the famously heavy Roman traffic.
The Roma Pass discount card provides unlimited use of public transport across the city, plus free entry to two museums of your choice and reductions for many others.
Offering a guided, open-top jaunt across the city is the 110 OPEN bus. Operated on a hop-on, hop-off basis, its two-hour tour takes in St Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and Forum, and Circo Massimo. A full circuit costs €15, while a day ticket is €20. Purchase tickets on board.
Getting around by taxi in Rome can be a pricey enterprise. The official minimum fare is €3, rising to €4.50 on weekends and €6.50 between 10pm and 6am. Most journeys end up costing at least €12, however, with that grisly traffic often entailing something more in the region of €30.
You’re unlikely to need – or want – to rent a car during short city breaks in Rome, but for exploring the outskirts, the nearby attractions or beginning an Italian road trip, you can discover all you need to know on our Rome car hire page.