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Rome transportation - Travel to Rome

Travel to Rome

All you need to know about the Eternal City

Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By car

As you know every road leads to Rome ..The city center is easily accessible by car via the Rome-Fiumicino motorway. Car hire: At the airport just follow the Rent a Car signs: offices are located in the Domestic and International Arrival Halls. It is also possible to hire a car with driver. Approximate travel time, 30-45 minutes depending on the traffic.

By plane

There are two main Airports in Rome:

The main one is the Leonardo da Vinci, approximately 26 km south-west of Rome. The cheapest way to reach the city is to take the Airport Express Train that leaves every 30 minutes for Termini Station (the journey takes about 30 minutes), or the train to Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina stations proceeding north (Magliano Sabina). There is a night bus to Tiburtina Station, too. Ciampino Airport, some 20 km south-east of Rome, is mostly used by the major low-cost airlines. A bus from the Cotral company links the airport to the "A" line of the underground network. The taxi fare from Fiumicino airport is based on the meter price plus an airport supplement of 7.23 and 1.03 for each piece of luggage (during the day). The overall taxi fare Fiumicino-Rome is approximately 40/50. The taxi fare from Ciampino to Rome is approximately 30/40. For more information visit ADR Aeroporti di Roma official website.

By train

There are many stations in Rome, but the principals two are:

They are both linked to the underground system and to the main public bus lines. For more information on timetables and train fares, please visit

There are two underground lines in Rome: the "A" line from east to west (Anagnina Battistini) and the "B" line from northeast to southwest (Rebibbia Laurentina).

The "A" line passes close to the main tourist sites such as Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo and the Vatican. The "B" line serves Tiburtina station, the Coliseum and the EUR district. Tickets can be purchased in tobacco shops, newsagents and automatic dispensers available in every station.

By bus

The bus network is vast and covers the entire city. There are three kinds of buses, each one identified by a different symbol on the notice at the bus stops: the Express lines (X) cover long distances and have very few stops; the City lines (U) cover shorter distances and have numerous stops; the Exact lines (C) serve the suburban areas with a precise time schedule. Night buses run from midnight to 06.00 (they can be identified by the symbol of an owl); they have different routes to daytime buses and run approximately every 20 minutes.

Most of the buses coming from other Italian cities or from abroad arrive at Tiburtina bus station (in front of the train station). Tickets can be purchased from the authorised ticket offices available in the station.