Rome has two international airports – Fiumicino (FCO), which is sometimes referred as Leonardo da Vinci airport, and Ciampino (CIA). Fiumicino helps transport passengers worldwide so if you’re coming from the US, Canada, or other long-haul destinations, then you’ll almost certainly be landing there. Ciampino, on the other hand, is the smaller of the two and deals mostly with European-based budget airlines and charter flights. Read on for practical information about Rome’s airports, including how to get back and forth, where to eat and drink, and where to shop.
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Fiumicino is the bigger of the two airports in Rome and is consistently ranked among the world’s best airports according to the Airports Council International (ACI). Despite its heavy traffic (40 million passengers per year), the airport well organized and has all the facilities you could want in an international airport. Boarding Area E, which was unveiled in 2016 at a cost of €390million and is a part of Terminal 3, is particularly well-served. This international departments area has a number of gourmet restaurants including Attimi, helmed by Heinz Beck of the 3-starred La Pergola, and Assaggio from Cristina Bowerman, the only female chef in Rome to hold a Michelin star. If you’re not in the mood for fine dining, there’s also options for pizza, pasta, sandwiches, pastries, salads, and ramen. Shoppers are well catered for by more than 50 retail stores including the likes of Bulgari, Fendi, Max Mara, United Colors of Benetton, and Valentino.
How to get to the city centre from Fiumicino Airport
For a stress-free journey, we recommend allowing Treasure Rome to organize a private airport transfer. One of our drivers will meet you at arrivals and take you direct to the door of your apartment. Just email us at email@example.com and we’ll take care of everything for you.
A taxi rank is stationed outside of Fiumicino where you’ll find drivers who’ll take to the city centre for a fixed fee of €48. Just like at Ciampino, private shuttle buses are also a popular means of travel. Terravision, SIT, and Schiaffini all run regularly throughout the day, making trips to and from Termini station. Alternatively, passengers can take the Leonardo Express train, which runs every 30mins and costs €14. Don’t forget to validate the ticket by stamping it in one of the machines located just before the platforms – there are regularly inspectors on board!
Home to budget airlines like Ryanair and Whizzair, Ciampino is a former military airport that only sees 2-5 million passengers pass through each year. It features just one terminal so you don’t need to go far to find your gate (it’s almost impossible to get lost here) and getting through check-in and security is usually pretty simple. Facilities, however, are limited. There are a couple of shops where you can pick up gifts, souvenirs and in-flight essentials but no big-brand stores and no designer boutiques. Ciampino is rather short on eating options too. There are two (almost identical) cafes that sell sandwiches, coffee and pastries and another outlet offering pizza by the slice and fried snacks. Despite the limited amenities, many travelers choose this airport for its simple passenger experience and convenience. It’s also slightly closer to the city center.
How to get to the city centre from Ciampino Airport
The easiest way to get to the city centre from Ciampino is to let us arrange a private driver for you. To organise a transfer direct from Ciampino to your Treasure Rome apartment, just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taxis from Ciampino to the city center cost a fixed price of €35. Be sure to tell the driver your destination and agree the price first, as addresses outside the center are charged on a meter. There are a small number of ATAC (public transport) buses which head into town, but first-time visitors will likely be more comfortable taking one of the private coaches which go directly to Termini train station. Look for signs for Terravision or SIT transfers and expect to pay about €7/8 for a single ticket.