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Getting from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City

There are four main transportation options when travelling from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City; taxi, private transfer, train or bus. The first and most popular option is by an airport taxi, as the trip takes just 30 minutes and the service is door-to-door.

Alternatively, you can travel by bus. There are a few direct and indirect options, but most will get you to the Vatican in around 45 minutes, with prices starting at €7. The second but least convenient public transport option is to take a combination of trains. The journey takes just over an hour and tickets cost around €15.50.

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How to get from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City by taxi

Taxis are easily recognisable at Fiumicino Airport as they are lined up at the official taxi ranks; taxi vehicles are white with a black and white taxi rooftop sign. Depending on the provider, taxi fares can range between €55 and €70, depending on traffic conditions. Taxis are a great choice as the total journey time is just 30 minutes and they are available 24/7 throughout the year.

Taxi fare from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City

As the Vatican City is located in the peripheral district of Rome and not in the city centre, local taxis generally use taximeters to calculate their fares. It is important to note that taxi fares can be affected by the time of the day, the amount of passengers and luggage you are travelling with, as well as the type of vehicle you have chosen.

Nevertheless, the estimated price of a standard taxi from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican is around €60.

*If you wish to get the best service and price available, it is highly recommended to book your Fiumicino Airport taxi online, in advance.



Trip Duration

30 Min

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at the airport are available 24/7, all year round.

Where do I get it from?

Fiumicino Airport’s taxi rank can be found on the ground floor, outside the main arrivals terminal building. Once you exit the luggage claim area, clear signs are available throughout the airport, in order to guide you to the taxi ranks.


Travelling from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City by taxi, is the most convenient and comfortable transport option, as they offer door-to-door services, in the comfort of a private vehicle.

Editor’s Note

If you are travelling in a group of 4 people or more, you can all split the overall price, making the taxi option as affordable as most public transportation systems in Rome.

Useful Tips

Avoid unlicensed drivers that approach you at the airport exit, as they are not authorised to work at the airport and are known to overcharge travellers.
When you are travelling with a metered taxi, you will be charged a supplement for each item of luggage.
Make sure that your taximeter reads “Tariffa 1” as this is the correct rate/km for rides within the centre of Rome. “Tariffa 2”, is much more expensive and should only be used when travelling on Rome’s highway or Grande Raccordo Annulare.
It's not expected to tip your taxi driver in Rome. However, if you enjoyed the service, you can round up your fare to the nearest Euro.

How to get from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City by bus

SIT Bus Shuttles provides the only direct bus line to get from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City. The service departs from Terminal 3, Bus stop 12 every hour, taking approximately 45 minutes to reach “Roma Vaticano (Via Crescenzio)”.

There are also a few indirect routes that include taking a bus to “Roma Termini Station” in central Rome first and then transferring to the Vatican from there. Bus operators such as T.A.M. Bus and Terravision connect the airport to Termini Station, typically taking around 45 minutes to reach the station. From there you will need to take a local bus to the Vatican. Some of the best options are Line 64 or the 40 Express, taking 30 minutes or so.

How much is a bus ticket to get from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City?

The cost of your journey from Rome Airport to the Vatican will depend on which bus provider you choose. SIT Bus tickets are €7 for a single and €13 for a return.

If you end up taking an indirect route, the Terravision shuttle costs just €6 for a one-way ticket and the T.A.M. Bus starts at €6 one-way and €11 for a return. You’ll also need to add an extra €2 onto your final cost for the local bus service from Termini Station to the Vatican City.

*Tickets for all providers can be purchased online in advance or from the ticket booths at the airport.



Trip Duration

45 Min

The waiting time is around 1 hour for the SIT Bus and 30 minutes for other services.

Value for Money

Terravision is available from 08:00-00:30, SIT Bus runs from 08:00 to 21:55, and T.A.M. Bus operates from 05:40 until 02:30.

Where do I get it from?

You can easily find Rome Fiumicino Airport’s bus station on the west end of Terminal 3. All the terminals connect at Fiumicino Airport, meaning that you do not need to exit the building until you reach the bus station.


Taking the bus from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City is definitely the cheapest travel option. Nevertheless, if you don’t catch the direct service, changing at Termini Station can be tiring and time consuming.

Editor’s Note

Travelling by bus is always the cheapest option, however, if you are hasty to arrive to the centre, it may be worth looking into taking a taxi or private transfer.

Useful Tips

There have been cases of petty theft and pickpockets during bus trips in Rome; it is highly recommended to keep your personal belongings closely by your side when using public transportation.
If you purchase your bus tickets directly from the bus driver, you may only pay by cash and in Euros. However, you can pay by debit/credit cards at the ticket machines and from the ticket counters at the airport.
Kids under 4 years old travel for free.
During airport rush hours you might need to wait to get to the next available bus, no matter if you booked your ticket online.

How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City by train

Unfortunately, there are no direct train lines connecting Rome Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City. This means you’ll need to take a train and the Metro. All in all, the journey from the airport to the Vatican takes just over an hour and costs a total of €15.50.

First, you’ll need to catch either the Leonardo Express or a regional train from the airport train station to “Termini Station” or “Trastevere Station”. From Trastevere, you can hop on another regional train to get to “Rome Saint-Pierre”, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the Vatican. From Termini, you can take Line A of the Metro to reach “Ottaviano – San Pietro Station”, the closest station to the Vatican.

How much is the train from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City?

A one-way ticket on the Leonardo Airport Express train costs €14 and the regional train from the airport costs €8. You’ll also pay an extra €1.50 for the metro.

In total, you’ll pay around €15.50 for the trains from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City.

*You can either buy your tickets using the ticket machines at the airport and stations or from one of the official ticket desks.



Trip Duration

70 Min

The Leonardo Express departs every 15-30 minutes. Regional trains depart every 15 minutes on working days and every 30 minutes on Sundays and public holidays.

Value for Money

The Leonardo Express runs from Roma Termini from 05:20 until 22:35 and from Fiumicino Airport from 06:08 until 23:23. Regional trains are available from 05:58 until 23:38.

Where do I get it from?

The train station at Rome Airport is located outside Terminal 3. Signs will direct you to the station, taking approximately 10-15 minutes on foot.


The train is certainly the most comfortable way to travel if using public transportation, as there is plenty of personal space and storage for your luggage. However, it is the only non-direct option and can take well over an hour to reach your final destination, not to mention the direct bus is much cheaper.

Editor’s Note

If you board a Leonardo Express train before your boarding time, you can be fined by train inspectors. You should always board the train as indicated on your train ticket.

Useful Tips

It is recommended to book your train ticket in advance, as this allows you to chose your seat.
Termini Station is the main railway station in Rome. It also provides a local bus station and metro system to connect to other areas of Rome.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City?

The average Rome taxi fare from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City is around €60. Factors such as the time of day and type of vehicle can further affect the taxi fare. For a competitive fixed fare with no hidden fees and an English-speaking driver you can rely on, we recommend pre-booking an airport taxi with Welcome.

How much is a train ticket from Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City?

If you’re travelling from Rome Airport to the Vatican City by train, you’ll need to buy at least two tickets. A one-way ticket on the Leonardo Airport Express train costs €14, or you can take the regional train for €8. You’ll also need to pay an extra €1.50 for the metro. All in all, the journey from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City by train should cost about €15.50.

How far is Fiumicino Airport to the Vatican City?

Rome Fiumicino Airport is approximately 30 km away from Vatican City; it takes around 30 minutes by car in usual traffic conditions.

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