How to Get From FCO Fiumicino Airport to Rome
Are you flying in and wondering how to get from FCO Fiumicino airport to Rome Termini station? We will look at all the ways you can easily get from FCO to Rome city center or termini. The Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO), also known as Fiumicino, is located 35 km from downtown Rome and is the central hub for tourists starting their Italian holidays. FCO Fiumicino is also the main airport for the many cruise ship passengers who are arriving to board their ship in Civitavecchia (the port of Rome). Also, the airport is quite big and has four main terminals (numbered Terminal 1, 2, 3, and 5). Terminal 4 is currently under construction.
By far, the easiest way to get from FCO Fiumicino to Rome is to take the Leonardo Express. The Leonardo Express is a shuttle train that takes just 32 minutes to get you to from FCO Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini and costs just €14.00. The train runs non stop, every 15 minutes during peak time, and every 30 minutes during less busy times. Also, the Leonardo Express runs from 6:23 am to 11:23 pm, and travels between FCO Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini. In the other direction (Termini to the Airport), the train runs from 5:35 am to 10:35 pm.
Riding The Leonardo Express
How to Find the Leonardo Express at FCO Fiumicino Airport (And travel to Rome Termini)
You will find the Leonardo Express at the train station across the street from the arrivals at FCO Fiumicino by terminal 3. So, just grab your bags and cross the street. You can buy the ticket for the Leonardo Express on the Italia Rail Website or at a kiosk near the train station, or even a newsstand! For simplicity, we recommend buying the tickets online.
IMPORTANT: An interesting thing about the the Leonardo Express is that it’s guaranteed to run, regardless of any labor strike.
How to Find the Leonardo Express at Rome Termini (And travel to FCO Fiumicino)
If you are at Rome Termini station and you want to go to FCO Fiumicino Airport you can follow the signs on the floor:
You will find a special gate for FCO Fiumicino just before the platforms (usually 23 and 24):
Video: Riding the Leonardo Express from Rome Termini to FCO Fiumicino, and back.
You can pre-purchase tickets for the Leonardo Express on Italia Rail, or at the train station, Roma Termini itself. Considering the train tickets are valid for the entire traveling day, I’d recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Indeed, by doing so, you’ll have one less thing to do at the airport.
In case you need to get to another stop in Rome, the Leonardo Express isn’t perfect for you. So, here are some other options that will get you to and from FCO to Rome.
FCO Fiumicino To Rome Train Option 2: Sabina-Fiumicino
Sabina-Fiumicino: this is a regular commuter train that also stops at the airport. It’s not a shuttle train, and it has few other stops in between, such as Roma Trastevere Station, and Roma Tiburtina. The journey takes about 50 minutes, but it does not stop at Termini. A Sabina-Fiumicino commuter train is a good option for tourists booked in hotels located in the Trastevere area. Note: This train runs less frequently than the Leonardo Express. For the most updated timetable, visit the Italia Rail train Website.
Regardless of which train option you take, be sure to have your camera ready as it will be a lovely journey.
How to get from FCO Fiumicino to Rome By Bus?
There are a few bus companies that run shuttle services between the FCO Fiumicino airport and downtown Rome:
Terravision: This bus line connects Fiumicino to Rome Termini Station, with a stop in between and the complete journey takes about 55 minutes (without traffic). Click Here for the Terravision Bus Website.
SIT BUS: This bus connects FCO Fiumicino to Rome Termini Station and some other stops in between. It costs only €6.00 to take the SIT Bus. Click here for the Sit Bus Website
TAM BUS: this bus connects the airport to Termini station as well. Tickets can be purchased online at the Click Here for the Tambus Website
How Much Does It Cost to take a Taxi from FCO to Rome?
Taxies are wildly available and are at pretty much every terminal exit. The taxi cost is regulated and is currently a flat fee of €48.00 (Current as of May 2020) for up to 4 passengers and bags. Taxi’s will take you from Fiumicino to the Centro, or Downtown Rome. If you’re not going to the Centro, the price will vary.
Tip: Make sure you take an official “Città di Roma” (City of Rome) Taxi. It’s important to know that some “not so legit” drivers will try and get you in their car. These illegal taxies may not be adequately insured, are known for scamming tourists, and as a result, I don’t recommend using them.
How to Book a Limo from Fiumicino to Rome
You can book private car services, or a limo, through the hotel concierge, or online. The drivers usually wait for their clients at their arrival with a sign. The prices start around €80.00 and go up depending on the kind of car, and the time of the year. Keep in mind that traffic can be quite heavy, making this the slowest option.
How to Get From FCO to Civitavecchia to board a Cruise Ship
Cruise ship passengers that need to reach the Port of Civitavecchia have a little longer of a journey as there’s no non-stop trains from FCO Fiumicino to Civitavecchia. Passengers will first need to get to either Rome Termini Station (Using one of the four options above) or too Trastevere Station before transferring to a to Civitavecchia Porto bound (The cruise terminal) train. Note: it can take two to three hours to get from the airport to the cruise port.
Bonus: Some Must do Things in Rome
While you’re at it, you might be interested in our related article, The Best Things to See and Do in Rome. We cover all the best things Rome has to offer, whether you have, 1, 2 or 3 days.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Leonardo Express (By far the best way to get from FCO to Rome) costs just 14€. By taxi, the Fixed cost is currently 48€.
The Leonardo Express is by far the best way to get from FCO to Rome Termini, and back. It runs every 15 – 30 minutes, and is guaranteed to run even during a strike.
The Leonardo Express takes 32 minutes to get from FCO Fiumicino to Rome Termini. If you take a taxi, or bus, it can take much longer, and costs will vary.
Currently, the fixed rate for a Taxi from FCO Fiumicino airport to Trastevere (or anywhere downtown Rome) is 48€.
UBER and other ride sharing is not currently permitted in Rome.
Yes! Fiumicino airport is also known as Leonardo da Vinci airport.
Yes, there are two main train lines: 1) the Leonardo Express, and the commuter lines.
To have a very good feel of Rome, I recommend staying 3 nights, and prebook the highlights.
Taxi drivers generally speak enough English to get by. Just let them know the name of the hotel or monument you want to go too and they’ll figure it out!
Andrea was born and raised in Northern Italy. At the age of 30, he moved to Vancouver Canada. Over the years he traveled extensively in North America, Europe, Central America, and Asia. He is passionate about traveling, cruising, and travel photography. He likes to write about his traveling and shows his travel photos.