How to Reach Rome


  • By Air: Rome has two main international airports, namely the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport and the G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport. The Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport is a modern and huge airport serving flights to and from all the major destinations across the globe. Late-night transfers are difficult since the buses are irregular after-hours. The G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport is a relatively smaller and cheaper. It is closer to the city centre but no direct trains are available. Once reached the airport, these are the ways you can reach the city centre- From the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport, there are two train lines: The Leonardo Express leaving every 30 minutes is the best way to reach the city centre from the airport. There are also private bus companies offering connections and you can also hire a taxi to reach the city centre.
  • By Train: Roma Termini is the main train station of Rome and offers connections to all the major destinations in Italy. Roma Tiburtina, Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere and Roma Tuscolana are the other stations in Rome. For long distance travel, luggage storage is available.
  • By Car: Rome is served by the motorway Grande Raccordo Anulare or GRA. GPS or a map is essential. 
  • By Boat: There are two ways to reach Rome by boat- cruise ships and ferries. Ferries operate ro Barcelona, Tunis, Toulon (France), Porto-Vecchio (Corsica), Olbia and Sardinia.


  • By Car: You can hire a car for reasonable charges but the Rome Travel guide recommends avoiding it. The traffic is chaotic, parking is rare and the directions are difficult to find.
  • By taxi: This is the most expensive way to get around Rome but a convenient and efficient one. Taxis run on meters but make sure the meter is working before you get in.
  • By Bus: Probably the best way to get around Rome; the buses operate to all the parts of the city. There are also night buses are useful since the metros do not operate after 11.30 pm.
  • By HO-HO Bus: Hop-on-Hop-off buses are a great way to explore all the attractions in Rome. Various companies operate these double-decker buses.
  • By Tram: There are six tram lines operating in Rome # 2, # 3, # 5, # 8, # 14 and # 19.
  • By Metro: There are three and a half Metro lines: A, B, its B1 branch and the new C line. Lines A and B cross at Termini, while line C doesn't reach the city centre.
  • Light Rail: Nice option to reach the parts of the city like Viterbo or Ostia Antica.
  • On foot: This is a beautiful way to explore the romantic city of Rome.

If you are planning to stay in Rome for three or more days, you can buy a Roma Pass which avails entry to the first two museums (except Vatican museums) and full access to public transport and reduced tickets to Rome museums, exhibitions, music events, theatrical and dance performances.

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  • Planning a cruise through Italy and am wondering how Italy is recovering from the historical storm you had in November. Will tourist attractions be ready next October? A friend might be coming also but is very nervous about the conditions.

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    • It is difficult to say what would be the conditions in Italy in next October. But, Italy has always been known to recover soon. You can search online to stay updated about Italy in the coming months. Also, it would be great if you can get in touch with the locals. 

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