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a cruise ship at port Civitavecchia in Rome Jeremy Vandel

How to reach Rome from the port of Civitavecchia

To travel the 80 km that separate Rome from the port of Civitavecchia there are different options to suit all budgets and itineraries.

Civitavecchia is a popular destination for many cruise lines operating in the Mediterranean. In 2019, 2.6 million passengers arrived in this port after several years of growth. That’s why over the last decade, Italian authorities have strived to create an infrastructure capable of efficiently transporting large numbers of visitors between Rome and Civitavecchia.

An overview of transportation options

Normally, cruise companies offer transfers and tour packages for their passengers to visit Rome. These services may seem convenient and practical, but in reality, they’re usually very expensive. Luckily, it’s also possible to make a trip to Rome on your own.

For this, you can choose between cabs, buses and various rail services. The best option always depends on your budget and the available time for the visit.

If you only have a few hours to visit Rome, you may want to use the Civitavecchia Express train. It’s relatively expensive but its schedules coincide with the arrival and departure of cruise ships and also allows you to reach the city center in just under an hour and a half.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, you can travel by regional trains. There’s a ticket available called BIRG that costs €12.00 which includes the round trip transfer from Civitavecchia, plus unlimited travel on Rome’s public transportation network for 24 hours.

There are other options as well. Below you can find a brief comparison of the available alternatives. You can check detailed information about each of them in the specific sections of this article.

Available options
Approximate travel time*
Cost of a one-way trip
Cost of round trip
Stops
Notes
Details
Available optionsRegional train FL5Civitavecchia ExpressIntercity and high speed trainSIT busTaxi
Approximate travel time*100 min.80 min.70 to 90 min.85 min.60 min.
Cost of a one-way trip€4.60(€5.00 to Termini)€10.00(€12.00 with Portlink*)€11.00 to €17.00€10.00€140.00
Cost of round trip€12.00(BIRG ticket)€15.00(€19.00 with Portlink*)€22.00 to €34.00€20.00€280.00
StopsThere are 13 in total. The most relevant are: San Pietro (Vatican), Trastevere, Ostiense, and Termini.San Pietro (Vatican), Ostiense, and Termini.Varies.Vatican and Termini.Any destination.
NotesThe cost of the ride from the port to the train station (€2.00) is not included.**The BIRG ticket also includes unlimited travel by public transportation within Rome.The Portlink service includes transfer from the reception center at the port of Civitavecchia to the train station.Fares, stops, and travel times vary depending on the type of service.The cost of the trip from the port to the train station (€2.00) is not included.It isn’t necessary to pay for the transfer to the station as the bus departs from the reception center at the port.It can be challenging to find a cab if many passengers disembark at the same time.
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*Take into account the total travel time including the free shuttle bus from the pier to the reception center in the port, the transfer to Civitavecchia train station, and the trip to Termini train station in Rome.

**The Civitavecchia train station is located one and a half kilometers away from the reception center. It’s most convenient to take a bus at a cost of €2.00 to make this transfer, but it’s also possible to reach it on foot in about 20 minutes (see details).

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Our recommendations

If Civitavecchia is the final destination of your cruise and you don’t have lots of luggage with you, the best option is to take the regional train FL5 to Rome. In case you’re travelling light, the SIT bus is more convenient as it picks you up at the reception center Largo della Pace and takes you to Termini station in Rome.

If you need to return to Civitavecchia at the end of the day, it’s convenient to buy a BIRG ticket and use it for the return trip on the FL5 regional train. The same ticket also allows unlimited travel by public transportation within Rome.

Regional train

Regional trains are undoubtedly the cheapest way to reach Rome from Civitavecchia, although their main drawback is that they’re relatively slow. The journey to Termini station in central Rome takes about 80 minutes.

Stations

The regional line connecting Civitavecchia with Rome is the FL5. It has 13 stations in total and four of them are of great interest to those who want to visit Rome:

Station
Travel time*
Details
StationSan PietroTrastevereOstienseTermini
Travel time*60 min.65 min.72 min.82 min.
DetailsIt’s a 15-minute walk from the Vatican.Station with a connection to line FL1 for transfers to Fiumicino airport.It’s connected to the Pyramid station of metro line B. Ideal for visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.The main hub of Rome. A large number of hotels are located in this area.

*The estimated travel time doesn’t include the time needed to get from the pier to the reception center or to Civitavecchia’s train station.

Regional trains are usually double-deckers and don’t have numbered seats. It’s common that few seats are available during peak hours. During the rest of the day, it shouldn’t be a problem to find a seat, even if you travel with luggage.

Prices

The price of a ticket to Rome on the FL5 regional train from Civitavecchia is €4.60. The only exception is the rides to Termini train station, which cost €5.00.

To return to Civitavecchia on the same day, it’s best to buy a BIRG ticket, which allows you to travel back on the FL5 regional train. The card also includes unlimited travel by public transportation in Rome and is valid until midnight on the day it’s first used.

A BIRG ticket for 5 zones costs €12.00 and is cost-effective if you take the metro or bus at least twice during your stay in Rome. It can be purchased at the Civitavecchia train station.

Please, take into account that this ticket doesn’t include the transfer from the port to Civitavecchia’s train station. For this, you must take a bus, which costs €2.00. On foot, it’s about 20 minutes to the train station.

In a nutshell, the total cost of a one-day visit to Rome with the purchase of a BIRG ticket would be €16.00 (€12.00 + €4.00 for bus transfers between the port and Civitavecchia train station).

Here’s an overview of the available travel options:

Ticket type
Price
Total cost round trip (including transfer to train station)
Details
Ticket typeOne-way ticket for the FL5 trainBIRG ticket
Price€4.60(€5.00 if the destination is Termini)€12.00
Total cost round trip (including transfer to train station)€13.20 - €14.00(two train tickets for €4.60 or €5.00 and two bus tickets for €2.00 each)€16.00(a BIRG ticket for €12.00 and two bus tickets for €2.00 each)
DetailsIt’s valid for a one-way trip on the FL5 train. Ideal if you don’t need to go back to Civitavecchia.Includes a return trip from Civitavecchia and unlimited travel on public transportation in Rome, until midnight on the day of validation. Ideal for walking around Rome and returning to the port at the end of the day.

Timetables

FL5 regional trains depart every 20-30 minutes throughout the day. The exact timetable for a specific day can be consulted on the Trenitalia website.

Civitavecchia Express

Since early 2019, it’s possible to reach Rome from the port of Civitavecchia with a train called Civitavecchia Express.

This service offers a fast connection and has special schedules for visitors arriving by cruise ship. Ideal for when you only have a few hours to visit Rome.

Stations

One of the advantages of this service is that it stops only at stations of touristic interest:

Station
Travel time*
Details
StationSan PietroOstienseTermini
Travel time*35 min.47 min.59 min.
DetailsIt’s a 15-minute walk from the Vatican.It’s connected to the Pyramid station of metro line B. Ideal for visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.The main hub of Rome. A large number of hotels are located in this area.

*The estimated travel time doesn’t include the time needed to get from the pier to the reception center or to Civitavecchia’s train station.

The Civitavecchia Express departs from the Civitavecchia train station, which is one and a half kilometers from the port’s reception center. This distance can be covered by bus or by foot.

If you decide to use the Civitavecchia Express, it’s best to choose the Civitavecchia Portlink service. This includes transportation by a special bus from the port to the train station. The ride takes about 10 minutes and is an initiative offered specifically to cruise ship passengers.

Prices

A one-way ticket for the Civitavecchia Express costs €10.00 and a return ticket costs €15.00. Children up to 12 years old travel for free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available on the Trenitalia website or at ticket counters and ticket machines at the Civitavecchia train station.

If you choose to buy the ticket with the Portlink option (for the bus transfer to Civitavecchia train station), the cost is €12.00 for the single ticket and €19.00 for a roundtrip ticket. In this case, children between 4 and 12 years of age (accompanied by an adult), only have to pay €2.00 for the bus transfer.

Tickets for the Portlink service can be purchased online at the Trenitalia website or directly at the reception center in Largo della Pace. To avoid queues, it’s wise to reserve your tickets online.

Lastly, it’s useful to know that there’re no restrictions on the number of pieces of luggage that can be transported and that pets are also welcome on board.

Type of service
One-way
Roundtrip
Details
Type of serviceCivitavecchia ExpressCivitavecchia Express + Portlink
One-way€10.00€12.00
Roundtrip€15.00€19.00
DetailsOnly the outward journey from Civitavecchia to Rome is included.Children between the ages of 4 and 12, accompanied by an adult, travel for free.The Portlink option includes the bus transfer from the reception center at the port to the Civitavecchia train station.Children between the ages of 4 and 12 pay only €2.00 for the bus transfer (€4.00 in the case of a return ticket).

Timetables

There are two daily departures of the Civitavecchia Express train from the Civitavecchia train station. One at 9:35 am and the other at 10:15 am. On Sundays and holidays, the first departs slightly earlier, at 8:30 am.

Days
Monday - Saturday
Sun- and holidays
Monday - Sunday
DaysCivitavecchiaSan PietroOstienseTermini
Monday - Saturday9:3510:10/1510:22/2410:34
Sun- and holidays8:309:08/139:20/229:34
Monday - Sunday10:1511:03/0811:17/1911:30

For the return to the port, there are two daily services. One leaves from Roma Termini station at 15:30 and the other leaves from Roma Ostiense at 16:30.

Days
Monday - Sunday
Monday - Sunday
DaysTerminiOstienseSan PietroCivitavecchia
Monday - Sunday15:3015:3715:47/5216:30
Monday - Sunday-16:3016:38/4317:20

SIT bus

SIT (Società Italiana Trasporti) buses are a less popular alternative for reaching Rome, but they can be convenient if you’re looking for comfort and convenience, especially if you’re traveling with a lot of luggage.

Stops

This service is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers. The departure point for the buses is the reception center at Largo della Pace and on the way, there are a couple of stops within Rome:

Stop
Travel time
Details
StopVaticanoTermini
Travel time60 min.75 min.
DetailsThe stop is located at Via Crescenzio 2, north of Castel Sant’Angelo.The bus doesn’t stop right in front of Termini station, but at Piazza dell’Indipendenza, which is a 5-minute walk away.

Prices

The cost of the SIT bus ticket is higher than that of the regional trains and equal to that of the Civitavecchia Express. However, with this service, it’s not necessary to go to the Civitavecchia train station, so it’s certainly more convenient and sometimes cheaper.

Ticket type
Price
Ticket typeOne-wayRound trip
Price€10.00€20.00

Tickets can be purchased when boarding or in advance through the SIT website. Sometimes this service is in high demand, so it’s best to buy tickets online in advance to avoid the possibility that seats will run out.

Timetables

The timetable for this service matches the arrival of the cruise ships:

Days
Monday to Sunday
DaysCivitavecchiaVaticanoTermini
Monday to Sunday9:3010:3010:45

Intercity and high speed train

It’s also possible to reach Rome from Civitavecchia by the Intercity or “Frecce” (high speed train). Due to their high prices, they’re only recommended if you want to reach the city quickly and the schedules of alternative services don’t match your itinerary.

Tickets

The price of a one-way Intercity trip varies, but is usually between €11.00 and €15.00, depending on the class you choose.

In contrast, the same trip on high-speed trains, known as “Frecce”, can cost between €12.00 and €17.00 (or even more).

Timetables

The timetables for these services vary constantly. Therefore, we recommend consulting the Trenitalia website to find up-to-date travel information.

Taxi

Cabs are a very convenient option for getting from Civitavecchia to Rome. However, they are considerably more expensive than any other available option, so only recommended if you’re looking for the highest level of comfort and have a generous budget.

To take a cab, you’ll need to use the free shuttle bus that connects the docks to the reception center on Largo della Pace. If the cab stand is very busy, you may have to wait a while for a taxi to become available.

In this guide, you can find tips for catching a cab in Rome.

Fares

Unlike cab fares from Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, there’s no fixed fare for travel between Civitavecchia and Rome. The cost is determined by the taxi meter.

Normally, under normal traffic conditions, a ride to the center of Rome costs about €140.00. This amount is higher on Sundays and holidays and between 10 pm and 6 am.

How to get to the train station from the port of Civitavecchia

The cruise terminal of the Port of Civitavecchia consists of seven piers (10, 11, 12, 12bis, 13, 13bis and 25sud). All are provided with a free shuttle bus service that connects them to the reception center at the point known as Largo della Pace.

When you get off, you’ll have to wait for the bus to take you to the reception center. From there, you can take a public bus or walk to Civitavecchia train station, which is about 1 km away.

Portlink bus and public bus

There are two bus services on the route from Largo della Pace to the Civitavecchia train station.

The first is the Portlink bus, which is only available to passengers of the Civitavecchia Express. The second is a line of a public city bus. Both services run every 10 minutes and have a travel time of about 6 minutes.

To use the Portlink bus you don’t need to buy a ticket. You just need to show your Civitavecchia Express ticket.

A ticket for the public bus costs €2.00 and can be purchased at the ticket office in Largo della Pace or at pizzeria Mastro Titta, near the reception center.

By foot

It’s also possible to walk from Largo della Pace to the train station. This will take about 20 minutes and maybe a little longer if you’re carrying luggage.

If you choose this option, when you leave the reception center, cross the street to the fire station (vigili del fuoco in Italian). If you turn left, you will see a traffic circle. Turn right at the second exit (the first is a dead end) and continue straight on that road.

The route is very well marked. Simply follow the signs that say “stazione” on them.

If you don’t want to go through Largo della Pace, it’s best to take the free bus that runs along the quay and get off on the side of Fort Michelangelo. From there, it’s just a 10-minute walk to Civitavecchia’s train station.