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July 27, 2010

Getting to Rome, Italy

Italy’s main airport Leonardo da Vinci (or Fiumicino) is located a short distance (26 km or 15 miles) away from the city center. It has taken over from the Ciampino airport as the primary airport. The Ciampino is still functioning but is primarily used for domestic flights and a few international flights.

Getting to Rome from either of these airports is quite simple and stress-free. Every 30 minutes a train connects the airport to the central railway station—Stazione Termini. The train’s usual timings are 5:52 am to 10:52 pm. A shorter trip of 15 minutes is also available between the airport and local stations including Trastevere, Ostiense, and Tiburtina. Additionally, there is also a night bus shuttling between the airport and a local station in Tiburtina. Taxis are also available during the day to take passengers from the airport to the city center. This tends to be a far more expensive option, however, since there is a supplementary charge in addition to the rate shown on the meter, and a surcharge is applied for each piece of luggage you carry.

The Ciampino airport is approximately 20 km (or 12 miles) outside of the city center. COTRAL buses ply every 40 minutes between the airport and the Anagnina stop or the Termini Station. Here, too, taxis are available and are priced in approximately the same way as with the other airport.

For those who prefer to ride into Rome, Italy by train, there are a number of routes from the Stazione Termini and the Tiburtina Station that connect with major cities in Italy as well as the rest of Europe. Eurostar trains have a reputation for being very quick, as are Intercity trains. Local trains take a little longer to arrive at their destination. Tickets for Eurostar trains must be purchased in advance and seats are reserved prior to boarding the train. These tickets are available the train stations, at various travel agencies, or on the Internet. The latter method requires payment by credit card and tickets are reserved for and received by passengers when they board the train. If you do buy your tickets only, be sure to validate them at one of the yellow electronic boxes in the boarding areas prior to boarding the train.

Buses also ply between various Italian cities and other European destinations from the Tiburtina train station. After the trains, this may be the most cost-effective option for those on a slim budget who wish to see more of Italy during their journey to Rome. It’s the best way to find out if all roads lead to Rome.

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