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Ryanair airplane at Ciampino Airport Jeremy Vandel

How to get to Rome from Ciampino airport

Ciampino Airport, officially known as G.B. Pastine International Airport, is mainly used by low-cost airlines and serves as the gateway to Rome for about six million passengers a year.

Unlike Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino has only one passenger terminal where all the arrival and departure halls are located. The arrivals area has four baggage belts and a few service counters where you can get information and buy tickets for various transportation services.

It’s good to know that at Ciampino there are no jet bridges to board the planes. This means that after landing, you have to get off the plane via the stairs and then continue by foot or bus to the terminal.

There are several options to traverse the 16 km between Rome and Ciampino Airport. Some of them are very cheap and allow you to reach Rome for only €1.50. To help you choose the most suitable option, here’s a summary of all the possibilities. More information about each option can be found throughout this article.

Available options
Destination
Travel time
Score*
Price
Details
Available optionsTerravision busSIT busRome Airport BusCiampino AirlinkATAC bus + metroATRAL bus + metroTaxiCar-sharing apps
DestinationTerminiTermini, Vaticano and Circonvallazione AureliaTerminiTerminiSubway stations on lines A and BMetro stations on line A--
Travel time40 min.35-75 min.40 min.50 min.30-60 min.40-55 min.30-40 min.30-40 min.
Score*starstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstar
Price€6.00€6.00€9.90€2.70€1.50€2.70€30.00€20.00 - €29.00
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*The scores are based on ease of use, considering the cost and comfort of each option.

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Our recommendations

Terravision buses are often the most convenient option. They’re comfortable, have regular departures, and very affordable prices.

If you have a limited budget, you can take the ATAC city bus and then transfer to the metro. This option is less comfortable than a direct route but costs only €1.50.

If you’re traveling with a group of up to four people or are carrying a lot of luggage, a taxi is an ideal solution. Further on in this article, we’ll give some tips on how to safely grab a cab in Rome.

Terravision bus

If you want to avoid complex transfers between city buses or the high prices of cabs, Terravision buses are the perfect solution. They allow you to reach the Termini train station in a non-stop ride of 40 minutes.

Other bus operators offer similar services but Terravision is the most recommended. This company specializes in transfers to and from airports throughout Europe and due to its large volume of travelers can offer the lowest prices.

Consider Terravision buses even if your final destination is not in the city center. Since Termini is the major connection point of the city, you can easily reach any other area from there by metro or city buses.

Moreover, when traveling with Terravision buses, it’s possible to spot some sights on the way to Termini. Therefore, if possible, choose a seat on the left side of the bus. This way, you can get a better view of the archaeological remains of the Villa dei Quintili (a few minutes after the start of the journey), the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (both near the Termini station).

Terravision bus Eddie
Terravision specializes in transfers to and from airports throughout Europe and due to its large volume of travelers can offer the lowest prices.

Stops

Terravision’s buses begin their journey from a stop in the city of Ciampino. From there, they head to the airport to pick up passengers and then travel directly to the Termini train station.

Stop
Termini
StopTravel timeDetails
Termini40 min.The stop is located on the southwest side of Termini train station, along Via Giovanni Giolitti.

Tickets

If you buy your tickets online, a one-way trip costs only €6.00. A round-trip ticket costs €11.00 (saving you €1.00).

If you want to buy a ticket at the airport (depending on seat availability), the price for a one-way ticket will be as high as €8.00.

All children under the age of four, travel for free by Terravision’s buses.

Type of ticket
Airport price
Online price*
Type of ticketOne-wayRound-trip
Airport price€8.00-
Online price*€6.00€11.00

*You can buy tickets online up to two hours before departure. If you arrive at the airport without a ticket, you can buy one at the Terravision bus stop, depending on seat availability.

Regardless of the type of ticket you need, it’s best to buy it online. That way, you’re assured of a better price and a seat on the bus that is more convenient for you in terms of departure time.

If your flight is delayed, tickets purchased online are still valid for a later departure, depending on available seats.

At the end of the purchase process, it’s not necessary to print the tickets. You can show them to the bus staff in digital format (e.g. on your smartphone) before boarding. If you bought a round-trip ticket, you must show both tickets to the driver when you board. He/she will give you a coupon that you can use for the return trip to Ciampino Airport.

You can buy your tickets directly on the Terravision website.

Schedule

Due to health measures to control COVID-19, Terravision’s schedule has been temporarily changed. Currently, there are three to six departures per day between 8:35 am and 19:55 pm.

Previously, there were daily departures at a frequency of approximately 50 minutes between 8:15 am and 11:40 pm.

However, departure times can change at any time. We recommend you check the updated schedule for the day of your arrival on Terravision’s website.

Luggage restrictions

Terravision has no limit when it comes to the amount of luggage you can bring, as long as there’s enough room in the designated areas on the bus.

Hand luggage can be taken on board if it’s compact enough to fit in the overhead compartments.

Larger items such as ski equipment, bicycles, wheelchairs, etc. can generally be transported without a problem. Please contact Terravision in advance to verify availability and additional costs (if any).

Location of the bus stop

The stop for the Terravision buses is number 1, just outside the terminal. The airport is small and when you exit, the bus stops are the first thing you see.

Terravision buses suit you if…

  • You’re looking for a cheap and comfortable way to get to Rome.
  • Your destination is in the center of Rome.
  • You prefer a direct route.
  • You want to avoid complications when using public transportation.

SIT bus

The SIT (Società Italiana Trasporti) buses are ideal if your destination is near the Vatican. As with Terravision, the final stop is Termini Station but there are also some intermediate stops.

SIT bus in Rome
SIT buses are a good alternative if Terravision buses are not available (for whatever reason).

Stops

The stops of the SIT bus line are as follows:

Stop
Travel time
Details
StopTerminiVaticanoCirconvallazione Aurelia
Travel time35 min.60 min.75 min.
DetailsThe stop is on Via Marsala 5, next to the NH Hotel and a few steps north of the main entrance to Termini station.The stop is at Via Crescenzio 28, north of Castel Sant’Angelo and a stone’s throw away from Piazza Cavour.The stop is located to the west of Rome. It’s a primarily residential area and of little touristic interest.

Tickets

The price of a one-way ticket from Ciampino to Rome by SIT bus costs €6.00 per person. There’s also the possibility of buying a round-trip ticket for €11.00 (saving you €1.00).

Type of ticket
Price
Type of ticketOne-wayRound-trip
Price€6.00€11.00

You can buy SIT bus tickets in three ways: online, from the bus driver, or from authorized vendors at stops along the route (you can recognize them by their orange vests).

The price is the same everywhere. However, to avoid problems with seat availability, we recommend making your purchase online.

As with Terravision, if your flight is delayed you can still use your ticket upon later departures.

Schedule

Due to health measures to fight COVID-19, the SIT bus schedule has been temporarily changed.

The first bus leaves at 9:20 am and the last at 11:00 pm. In total there are nine departures per day and only the 11:05 bus stops at the Vatican and Circonvallazione Aurelia.

Previously, there were departures from 7:45 am to midnight, with waiting times of 30-60 minutes.

Departure times can change at any time. You can check the updated schedule for the day of your arrival on the SIT shuttle bus website.

Luggage restrictions

There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage you can take on SIT buses, as long as there’s room in the luggage compartment.

Location of the bus stop

The SIT bus stop is number 2, just outside the terminal. The airport is small and when you exit, the first thing you see is the bus stops, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding it.

SIT buses suit you if…

  • Terravision buses are not available for some reason.
  • Your final destination is near the Vatican or Circonvallazione Aurelia and the departure times match your arrival time.
  • You prefer not to use public transportation in Rome.

Rome Airport Bus

The Rome Airport Bus (formerly known as Schiaffini bus) connects Ciampino Airport with Termini train station in a non-stop ride of 40 minutes.

In our opinion, the Rome Airport Bus has no outstanding benefits. Terravision, on the other hand, offers better service and is more budget-friendly.

Rome Airport Bus in Rome
Rome Airport Bus, formerly known as Bus Schiaffini, is in no way different from other alternatives.

Stops

The buses begin their journey from a stop in the municipality of Ciampino. From there, they go to the airport to pick up passengers and then continue directly to the Termini train station.

Stop
Termini
StopTravel timeDetails
Termini40 min.The stop is located on the southwest side of Termini station, along Via Giovanni Giolitti.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket by the Rome Airport Bus is € 9.90, considerably more expensive than Terravision. If you buy a round-trip ticket, the price is €13.90.

Type of ticket
Price
Type of ticketOne-wayRound-trip
Price€9.90€13.90

Currently, Rome Airport Bus doesn’t allow the purchase of online tickets. However, you can buy your tickets directly at the counter in the arrivals hall of Ciampino Airport (depending on available seats).

Schedule

Due to health measures to control COVID-19, the Rome Airport Bus schedule has been temporarily changed. The updated timetable can’t be found online yet.

However, if you’d like to use this service, please check what the new departure times are after arriving at Ciampino Airport.

Luggage restrictions

The travel conditions for the Rome Airport Bus indicate that all luggage must weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs.) and must not exceed 80x45x25 cm (31x18x10 in) in size.

There is no indication of the maximum number of pieces that may be carried, from which it can be inferred that there are no restrictions.

Location of the bus stop

The Rome Airport Bus stop is number 3, just outside the terminal. The airport is small and when you exit, the first thing you see are the bus stops.

The Rome Airport Bus suits you if…

  • Terravision buses are not available for some reason.
  • Your destination is in the center of Rome.
  • You prefer a direct route.

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
StationLaurentinaPiramideColosseoTerminiTiburtina
Travel time*28 min.43 min.47 min.53 min.61 min.
DetailsThis 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
StationCinecittàPonte LungoTerminiSpagnaOttaviano
Travel time*13 min.25 min.31 min.35 min.40 min.
DetailsThis 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 ticketPriceDetails
BIT€1.50It’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.

ATRAL bus + metro

The bus company ATRAL offers a service connecting Ciampino Airport with the Anagnina district, where there’s a subway station of line A and a regional bus station of COTRAL.

This connection is especially useful if you want to reach other cities in the Lazio region by bus. If you want to travel to Rome by metro, it’s best to opt for ATAC city buses. These are cheaper and have more departure times.

ATRAL bus at Ciampino Airport Ric Garrido
ATRAL buses are useful to make connections with COTRAL regional buses. At Ciampino Airport, they depart from bay number 4.

Interesting stations on metro line A

The ride from Ciampino Airport to Anagnina by ATRAL buses is non-stop. In case you decide to continue your journey by metro, these are some interesting stations on line A:

Station
Travel time*
Details
StationAnagninaPonte LungoTerminiSpagnaOttaviano
Travel time*20 min.34 min.43 min.47 min.52 min.
DetailsThis route is covered by bus. Anagnina is the departure point for several regional buses of COTRAL.This station is 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

A one-way ticket for the ATRAL bus costs €1.20. To travel by metro from Anagnina station, you need to buy an additional BIT ticket for €1.50.

Type of ticket
Price
Type of ticketA one-way ticket for an ATRAL bus rideBIT ticket for a subway ride
Price€1.20€1.50

Bus tickets can be purchased at the tourist information point at the airport or directly from the driver. BIT tickets are sold at the Anagnina metro station or the ATAC bus stop at the airport.

Schedule

There are 25 daily departures of ATRAL buses from Ciampino Airport. Services have a frequency of 30 to 50 minutes between 06:15 am and 10:40 pm.

The updated schedule can be consulted on ATRAL’s website.

Luggage restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding the number of pieces of luggage that can be taken on ATRAL buses and the subway of Rome. 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 ATRAL buses is number 2, just outside the terminal. When you leave the airport, the bus stops are the first thing you see.

The ATRAL bus and subway combination suits you if…

  • You can’t use the ATAC buses for some reason.
  • You’re looking for a relatively cheap travel option.
  • You don’t mind transferring with luggage.
  • Your destination is close to one of the stations of metro line A.

Taxi

Taxis are not exactly cheap, but they’re one of the most comfortable and fastest options to reach your destination in Rome from Ciampino Airport.

A trip from the airport to the Termini area usually takes about 30 minutes and has a fixed cost of €48.00.

Taxis at station Termini in Rome SpirosK
Unfortunately, cab drivers in Rome tend to have a bad reputation. But if you take the right precautions and use common sense, you can take a cab without any problems.

Rates

Taxi fares are regulated by the Municipality of Rome and are fixed for the following journeys from Ciampino Airport:

Destination
Price
DestinationRome city*Fiumicino airportTiburtina stationOstiense station
Price€30.00€50.00€35.00€30.00

*This rate applies only to destinations in the area within the Aurelian Wall. This area is marked in orange on this map of the Municipality of Rome.

These fares are for a maximum of four passengers with luggage. You can generally pay via credit card although you should confirm this with the driver at the beginning of the trip. Verify your driver knows the location of your destination.

For details on extra fees for luggage and extra passengers, see our guide on the taxis of Rome.

Tips for taking a taxi from Ciampino Airport

Most local cab drivers are honest and do an excellent job. But as in many touristic areas, there are unfortunately drivers who want to take advantage of visitors.

Therefore, it’s important to always ask the cab driver in advance how much the ride will cost. This way, you avoid misunderstandings and unpleasant surprises.

Be on the lookout for persons who persuasively offer taxi services at the airport. This is because official cabs are not allowed to promote their services in this way. If someone offers you a ride like this, you can be pretty sure that they’ll try to overcharge you.

Official cabs in Rome are white and, according to the city government’s rules, must display a sign on the outside of the front doors showing the license number. Also, the official “Roma Capitale” sign and the fixed fares for rides from both Ciampino and Fiumicino airports must be visible.

Booking a taxi via the Free Now app (formerly My Taxi)

There are several apps to book taxi rides via your smartphone. Unfortunately, many of these applications don’t work well and therefore we don’t recommend using them.

However, there is one exception. Free Now, a service formerly known as My Taxi. We tested this one out, with excellent results.

The app is user-friendly and an ideal alternative to avoid long lines for a taxi stand. It’s also a convenient solution for night rides to ensure that you’re traveling with a licensed cab that respects the official rates.

To use the Free Now app, you can register easily in just a few minutes. When you want to order a taxi, the app automatically detects your location and will request to enter your destination.

With this data, the app calculates the estimated cost of the trip and offers various vehicle options. In addition to the typical Renault Sedan, it’s often possible to reserve vehicles with up to eight seats or other requirements.

Payments can be made directly in the app via PayPal or credit card. However, it’s also still possible to pay with cash at the end of the ride.

Download the Free Now app for iPhone

Download the Free Now app for Android

Location of the taxi stand

The taxi stand is located on the right side, just after exiting the Ciampino Airport terminal. The airport is very small, so you won’t have a problem finding the stand.

Luggage restrictions

One piece of luggage is allowed per passenger (free of charge). For each additional piece of luggage with dimensions larger than 35x25x50 cm (14x10x20 in), €1.00 will be charged.

The amount of luggage that can be taken depends on the space available in the vehicle.

A taxi suits you if…

  • You want door-to-door service.
  • Your top priority is comfort.
  • You want to avoid long lines at a taxi stand.
  • You prefer not to travel during rush hours.
  • You travel in a group of three or four people.

Car-sharing apps

These applications are an attractive alternative for those who like to drive and want more mobility. A car-sharing service allows you to rent a car for a short period, paying only for the time you use it (from a few minutes to a few days) and the kilometers you drive.

At Ciampino Airport, two companies called Share Now and Enjoy offer this service. Both have reserved parking spots for their cars in the P5 parking lot, which is located a few meters to the right as you exit the terminal.

If you register in advance and activate your account, you can book a car in advance and pick it up at the parking lot. We recommend you register 1-2 days before arrival because verifying your driver’s license can often take a while.

Cars of Share Now in Rome
Car sharing is an ecological alternative that has grown rapidly in popularity in cities with mobility problems, such as Rome.

How it works

Picking up a car goes the same way with both companies. Check the app to see if a vehicle is available in the parking lot and book it (if you hadn’t already) to unlock the car doors.

The exact instructions may vary by the rental company but the app will clearly guide you through all the steps.

You don’t need a ticket to leave the P5 parking lot. As soon as you approach the exit, the barrier will raise automatically thanks to the license plate reader.

When you no longer need the car, you can park it in any free spot within the designated area in the app or use one of the special car-sharing parking spots in the streets of Rome. Please, note that it’s forbidden to leave the car in a private parking lot. If you do this by mistake, you may face problems with the rental company.

Terms of service

The basic requirements to use car-sharing services in Rome are a valid driver’s license, a credit card, and a smartphone to use the app. In some cases, rental companies may also ask for a European health card or information about your health insurance.

However, all requirements are clearly listed during the registration process of both apps.

Rental prices with Share Now

Share Now rates vary depending on the car chosen and the demand at the time of rental. In Rome, the current minimum rate for a two-seater is €0.19 per minute, while a four-seater has a minimum rate of €0.29 per minute.

Minimum rates are rarely available, in most cases, you will end up paying a little more per minute. In the case of temporary rentals from Ciampino Airport, a one-time fee of €5.99 is also added to the total price.

You can see an approximate cost to get to Termini, Trastevere, or the Vatican with the different vehicles available in the following table. Keep in mind that these calculations are based on minimum rates. The actual cost at the time of arrival will probably be higher, depending on the current demand at that time.

Destination
The minimum cost for a two-seater car
The minimum cost for a four-seater car
DestinationTerminiVaticano or Trastevere
The minimum cost for a two-seater car€11.69€13.59
The minimum cost for a four-seater car€14.69€17.59

*These calculations include additional airport fees and the estimated travel time of 30 minutes to Termini, and 40 minutes to the Vatican and Trastevere. A one-time validation fee of €9.00 is included for a new account, which is charged during the registration process.

Visit the Share Now website for more information (available in English).

Rental prices with Enjoy

Enjoy has similar rates, but offers only one type of car, the Fiat 500.

The price per minute for renting with Enjoy is €0.25. It’s also possible to rent a car for a whole day for €50,00. Longer rentals are allowed, up to 15 days, with a rate of €40,00 per day.

In addition, there is a one-time fee of €4.50 for renting a car from Ciampino Airport. If you need to create a new account and don’t register with an Italian driver’s license, you pay a one-time fee of €10.00 for the validation of your documents. Half of it (€5.00), will be returned as a credit to be used on your first booking.

There are also some limits on the number of kilometers. If these are exceeded, you’ll have to pay more. The total calculation of the costs will be shown in the Enjoy app at the end of the rental period.

In the table below, you can see an estimate of the cost to get to Termini, Trastevere, or the Vatican with this service:

Destination
Approximate cost*
DestinationTerminiVaticano or Trastevere
Approximate cost*€12.00€14.50

*These calculations include airport fees and the estimated travel time of 30 minutes for Termini and 40 minutes for Vatican City and Trastevere. It doesn’t include the cost of verifying non-Italian documents (€10.00) which is charged at registration.

Check out Enjoy’s website for more information (available in English).

Location of the parking lot

The cars of both companies have their reserved spots in the P5 parking lot, located on the right side of the Ciampino Airport exit.

Luggage restrictions

Apart from the space available, there’s no specific limitation on the amount of luggage that can be transported in short-term rental vehicles.

Car-sharing apps suit you if…

  • You like to drive.
  • You have a valid driver’s license and a credit card.
  • You like to support sustainable mobility projects.
  • You travel in a group of up to four people.
  • You don’t mind dealing with the traffic in Rome.