How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center: 4 best ways

by marta

How to get from Fiumicino airport to Rome: all you need to know to get from Fiumicino airport to Rome City center by bus, train and taxi. (Updated for 2023)

Fiumicino airport is the main international airport of Rome.

Its official name is Leonardo da Vinci Airport and Fiumicino’s airport code is FCO.

It is usually referred to as ‘Fiumicino’ from its location: the small town of Fiumicino, within the municipality of Rome.

Fiumicino is a modern, well organised airport with several connection options to the city center.

If you are traveling from overseas, this is likely the airport you will be arriving to/ departing from.

All major airlines operate to and from Fiumicino, and even low cost carriers such as Ryanair have now moved most of their flights here (before, they used the other Rome airport: Ciampino Airport).

Getting from Fiumicino airport to Rome is easy and you can choose between several means of transport:

  • Train
  • Bus
  • Car (taxi or private transfer)

In this guide, we share info and tips on the best way to get from Fiumicino to Rome city centre.

You can find here >>> our complete guide to Rome airports (services, shops, what to expect etc)

Departure hall at Fiumicino airport Rome

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Rome airport transportation: 4 best ways to get from Fiumicino to Rome

Fiumicino Airport or Leonardo da Vinci Airport (LDV / FCO) is far from Rome city center.

However, it is well connected to it.

Public transport options such as the bus and the train will bring you to Rome Termini, the city’s main train station which is also a great transport hub with connections to almost anywhere in Rome (and the rest of Italy).

Private options such as taxis and private drivers (NCC in Italian = Noleggio Con Conducente) will bring you wherever you need.

The main ways to get from the airport to the city are:

Mode of TransportBudgetDurationBest for
Train Leonardo ExpressLow – MediumAbout 30 minsAll
BusLow45 min or more, depending on trafficBudget travelers
TaxiMedium about 40 mins, depending on traffic and exact drop offAll
Private driverHighabout 40 mins, depending on traffic and exact drop offFamilies who need car seats, people with special mobility needs who cannot stand in line

How to go from Fiumicino airport to Rome by train

There are two types of train connecting Fiumicino to Rome, both departing from the same station within the airport.

The direct, fast train from Fiumicino to Fiumicino to Rome Termini is called Leonardo Express.

The best way to get from Fiumicino airport to Rome by train is by catching the Leonardo Express. Leonardo Express is a fast train with good seats and luggage storage facilities. There is only one class of travel and it offers comfortable seating, phone charging sockets and decent, yet often spotty, wifi. It brings you to Rome Termini in 30-40 minutes.

My daughter on the Fiumicino Travelator heading towards the train from Fiumicino to Rome city center

The other train is a local train connecting Rome to Fara Sabina.

This is slower but cheaper train, with stops at several Rome stations including Roma Ostiense, Roma Tuscolana, Roma Trastevere and Roma Tiburtina.

The local train can be a good option if you are staying close to one of the other stations: this train has intermediate stops, while the Leonardo Express is direct.

The Leonardo Express is the most used and the one I recommend to reach city centre and my personal favorite way to get to Rome from Fiumicino.

Fiumicino airport has its own train station that is reachable from within the terminal.

As you walk out of the luggage hall and into the arrivals area, you find signs leading you up the escalator/lift and towards the station.

The walk to the train station is all inside the terminal building and has lifts, escalators and travelators.

Once at the station you will see the two types of trains.

They are easy to recognize from one another: as well as a board at the top of the platform with the info about the train, Leonardo Express trains also have their name printed on the side, making them very easy to spot.

The Leonardo Express at present costs

  • 14 Euro one way
  • Kids under 4 go free
  • Kids 4 to 12 years of age go free (one kid per  paying adult only)

You can buy tickets at the automatic machines or ticket office in the Fiumicino station (on you right, as you enter).

At a slightly higher price point, you can also get it online in advance here (there is usually no need, unless you arrive very late and don’t want to have to worry about it on arrival)

The train stops at platform 23/24 in Termini. From Termini, you can then walk, catch a taxi, take a bus or the metro to your accommodation.

The train to Fara Sabina is cheaper. At present, it costs:

  • 8 Euro one way
  • Kids under 4 go free
  • Kids 4 to 12 years of age go free (one kid per paying adult only)

You can buy tickets at the automatic machines or from the ticket office.

Very important note: sometimes, you must validate your train ticket before boarding for it to be valid.

When you buy your train ticket, this may come in one of two forms:

  1. A ticket for a specific train and time – with this one, you just board the train, no extra steps needed.

2. An open ticket with no date/time. This ticket needs to be validated before boarding or it won’t be considered valid.

In doubt, always stamp them! You will find stamping machines at the platforms.

On trains there are checks and they do no make exceptions: a non validated ticket will result in a fine (yes, even you could rightly argue that it wasn’t clear or well explained that you had to stamp it).

This does not apply to e-tickets.

Once in Termini, you may get a taxi to your hotel or one of the local buses.

Find our guide to the Rome bus network here

How to go from Fiumicino to Rome by bus

At present, 5 companies manage the bus service between Fiumicino and Rome city centre, all offering similar service, cost and journey.

At present, there is:

Terravision: connects terminal 3 to Termini, cheap option at 6 Euro, you can buy the ticket when boarding or in advance here .Runs 05.35 to 23.00.

Sit Bus: connects terminal 3 with Piazza Cavour and then Termini, ticket costs 7 euro. It runs 08.30 to 00.30. You can get your ticket in advance here or by when you board.

TAM Bus, connect terminal 3 with Ostiense and Termini, 4 / 6 Euro per ticket depending on destination, buy as you board. Runs 08.00 to 23.20.

Schiaffini: connects Terminal 3 with Termini station, tickets costs 4 Euro and can be bought inside the terminal. Service runs 06:30 to  21:50

Cotral: These long distance buses connect Fiumicino terminal 2 with Ostiense station, Termini stations and main metro stops: Metro Linea A from 05:10 to 20:10  and  EUR Magliana Metro Linea B from 05:30 to 21:00.

Cost is about 4 Euro for tickets bought in advance from authorized sellers in the airport or 7 euro if bought directly on the bus

Getting from Fiumicino to Rome by taxi

Official taxis in Rome are white and easy to recognize.

They station just outside the airport terminal and you cannot miss them.

They operate on a  fixed fare system and the cost currently is 50 Euro to go from the airport to ‘inside the city walls’ which means in Rome city center.

This system covers most tourist areas but if you are staying out of the centre or have any doubts about the fare, make sure you double check before boarding the taxi.

A sign with current fare is on the walls at the taxi rank and again into each taxi – refer to it in case there is any issues (in fairness, you probably won’t, legit taxis are ok).

You can read here >>> out complete guide to using taxis in Rome.

How to find a legit taxi in Rome Fiumicino: need to know

Official taxis are white, with a ‘taxi’ sign on them and they lign up immediately outside Fiumicino arrivals hall.

They are easy to recognize and operate with a meter, even if the fare is, as said above, set for the city center.

If you follow the signs to the official taxi rank, you cannot go wrong and you will get a legit taxi.

On your way to the taxi stand, you might be approached by several people offering ‘taxi? all legal!’

Now, the thing you need to know about these services is that they are not standard taxis but private providers and, there and then, you will not be able to gauge if/how reliable and legit they are.

If you prefer to get a private transfer service, I recommend you book it in advance (see below) so you can pick a company you trust.

Need to know: Legit taxi drivers in Fiumicino do not enter the terminal hall: they wait in the car in the official taxi line. Ignore anyone else!

Using a taxi from the airport into Rome with kid: car seat rules

Important note if you are going from Fiumicino to Rome city centre by taxi with a child: taxis in Rome do not carry child seats.

They are not compulsory in taxis and if you want to use one (which I highly recommend, the stretch Fiumicino – Rome is motorway!)) you must bring your own.

If you book a private or shared transfer, ask what they provide for children and ensure you are happy with what they offer.

Welcome Pickups (transfer service company) does offer them: make sure you mention at the time of booking and they can source the right one for you.

You can find all our tips for visiting Rome with a baby or toddler here.

How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome city center by private transfer

There are several situations in which a private transfer may be preferable to a standard taxi service.

The main one is when you are traveling with more than 4 people or with a lot of luggage.

Taxis in Rome come in different sizes. A you get to the top of the taxi rank line, you will be directed to a car of suitable size for your group, however, this may take time.

If a large car is not available, you may have to wait until one comes. Taxis for more than 5 people are rare and it may result in you having to take two different cars.

To avoid this, you can book a private transfer: this will ensure you will have the most suitable vehicle for you are your bags too.

Several offer this service, offering different types of vehicles and prices.

Some examples are:

Welcome Pickups – this is a large, reliable company that specialises in transport services in many parts of the world. You can get a free quote online on their website.

Other companies are avaiable on GetYourGuide, which is a handy place to compare prices of different options:

Fiumicino to Rome City center shared transfer (mini van)

Fiumicino Airport to Rome private transfer

Fiumicino Airport to Rome Luxury Transfer

I hope you found this overview on how to get from Fiumicino to Rome helpful.

Landing in Ciampino instead? Have a look at our guide here 

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Photo collage with Trevi Fountain and taxi in Fiumicino airport with text: Fiumicino airport to Rome, 4 best ways to travel

This article was originally published in 2019 and has now been fully updated for 2023.

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Andrei January 23, 2023 - 12:27 pm

Hello. We are a family ,2 adults and 2 children 6 years old and 9 years old . We will visit Rome at the end of January 2023. Reading your articles , considering that our plane lands at 21:10 in the evening , how would you recommend us to get to Piazza dei Popolo , that is the location of our hotel. Thabk you.

marta January 26, 2023 - 11:55 am

I would take a taxi from the airport. The official ones stop outside the arrivals hall, they are white and well signposted, you cannot miss them. The fares are displayed inside the car and they have a flat fee into the city center, what is referred to as ‘inside the Aurelian walls’ – any additional distance is by meter. You may be outside the walls so it can be a good idea to ask when boarding although the fare will be displayed by the meter, asking would just for you to know more or less how much more (if any) it will be

Debbie March 7, 2023 - 3:16 am

Hi! I love your site and read it everyday since I booked my trip. Do you have any suggestions about getting to the airport on Easter morning? We have a 10 am flight and are staying in Monti.

marta March 7, 2023 - 9:42 am

Hi! If you are in Monti, an easy and reliable way is the Leonardo Express from the station (you may be able to walk to it); it also goes on Easter Sunday. It goes from early morning so you’d have no problem getting to the airport in good time for your flight and it goes often, so you should have several good options.Otherwise I would book a taxi in advance with the app ItTaxi or your hotel can book one for you. But if you’re close to the station, the train is excellent and only takes about 30 mins or so

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