How to get to Rome from Ciampino airport

ATAC bus + metro

Thanks to the cooperation between ATAC (the company responsible for public transportation in Rome) and AdR (the company that manages the city’s airports), there are a few city buses that connect Ciampino Airport to Rome’s metro network.

With this solution, it’s possible to reach many areas of Rome for only €1.50, something that travelers on a tight budget greatly appreciate.

City bus in Rome Stephen Rees
Rome’s city buses combined with the metro are not the most comfortable option but they’re undoubtedly the most economical way to get to Rome from Ciampino Airport.

Bus lines

Currently, two bus lines connect Ciampino Airport to the metro stations. One is line 720 that goes to Laurentina station, where you can change to metro line B (blue). The other is line 520 that goes to Cinecittà station, where you can continue your journey via metro line A (orange).

Which line to choose depends on the location of your destination in the city. With both combinations, it’s possible to reach Termini. But with bus line 520 in combination with subway line A, the journey is 20 minutes shorter.

Interesting stations on metro line B

If your final destination is near Trastevere, the Colosseum, or the northeastern part of Rome, it’s best to take bus line 720 in combination with subway line B (blue).

The most interesting stations on this route are:

Station
Travel time*
Details
Station Laurentina Piramide Colosseo Termini Tiburtina
Travel time* 28 min. 43 min. 47 min. 53 min. 61 min.
Details This route corresponds to the journey of bus line 720 from Ciampino Airport. Connected to Ostiense station for regional trains (convenient to reach Trastevere) and to Porta S. Paolo station for urban trains (e.g. to go to Ostia Antica). This station is located in front of the Colosseum. Convenient if your accommodation is near that area. This is the main hub of Rome, where many city bus lines stop. This is a well-known transfer station for regional trains and buses, northeast of Rome.

*The travel time indicated doesn’t include waiting or transfer times at stops and platforms.

Interesting stations on metro line A

If your accommodation is near Termini, Piazza di Spagna or the Vatican, it’s best to choose the combination of bus 520 and subway line A (blue).

The most interesting stations on this route are:

Station
Travel time*
Details
Station Cinecittà Ponte Lungo Termini Spagna Ottaviano
Travel time* 13 min. 25 min. 31 min. 35 min. 40 min.
Details This route corresponds to the bus trip from Ciampino Airport. Connected to the Tuscolana regional train station. This is the main hub of Rome where many city bus lines stop. This station is only a few steps away from Piazza di Spagna. This station is ideal if your destination is near the Vatican.

*The indicated travel time doesn’t include waiting or transfer times at stops and platforms.

Tickets

To use the above transportation combination you’ll need to purchase a BIT (Biglietto Integrato a Tempo) ticket. It costs only €1.50 and is valid for 100 minutes.

Type of ticket
BIT
Type of ticket Price Details
BIT €1.50 It’s valid for 100 minutes and is suitable for transferring to other metro lines, city buses, and trams.

Transferring to another line is allowed with the BIT ticket but there are some restrictions. These are explained in detail in our guide on tickets and passes for public transportation in Rome. However, you can use the BIT ticket for both the bus and the metro, as long as the journey doesn’t exceed 100 minutes.

BIT tickets can be purchased from the automatic machines next to the bus stop outside the airport. You can also buy them at the tourist information point in the arrivals hall or the Chef Express restaurant at the terminal.

Schedule

The first buses of both lines pass by Ciampino Airport around 6:00 am and the last just before midnight. The frequency varies throughout the day, but usually, three buses pass every hour.

The first metro of each line leaves at approximately 5:30 am and the last at 11:30 pm. If you land at Ciampino after 11:00 pm, it’s recommended to look for an alternative method of transportation.

Luggage restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding the number of pieces of luggage that can be carried on Rome’s city buses and subways. However, it’s not recommended to use these transportation options if you’re traveling with more than hand luggage.

Location of the bus stop

The stop for the ATAC buses is number 4, just outside the terminal. The airport is small and once you leave it, the bus stops are the first thing you see.

The ATAC bus and subway combination suits you if…

  • You have a limited budget.
  • Your priority is to save money whenever possible.
  • You don’t mind transferring with luggage.
  • You’re willing to trade comfort for lower travel costs.
  • Your destination is close to a subway station.
Introduction
ATAC bus + metro