How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City
Getting from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City is posible through three main ways of transportation. The first and most common practice is transportation by taxi, since it is the only method that allows for a door to door drop off. The second most preferred option is the Leonardo Express train, which requires a train switch at Roma Trastevere Railway Station. The third and least used option is the bus connection from Fiumicino Airport to Roma termini and then to S. Pietro station near Vatican City. The trip with a Fiumicino airport taxi costs 55€ to 60€ and takes around 35 mins under light traffic. The train option costs 14€ and and takes 1 hour and 15 minutes for the trip including the waiting times at the stations. Lastly, there are three bus options from Fiumicino Airport to Roma termini and two corresponding bus choices from Termini station to Vatican City. The total bus trip will last around 1 hour and 15 minutes including the waiting times, while the combined price comes to a total of 7.5€. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Rome at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.
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Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €55|| 40min|| 24/7|
| Welcome Pickups || €48|| 40min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €15|| 75min|| 08:30–23:30|
| Train || €28|| 115min|| 06:30–23:30|
How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City by taxi
All licensed vehicles at the ranks of Fiumicino Airport are white and carry a black and white taxi rooftop sign. Unlike the fixed fares to Rome, the transportation to Vatican City is regulated by the taximeters in taxi vehicles. Regardless of the taxi operator, fares range from 50€ to 60€ depending on traffic conditions and other factors, while the total travel time is usually around 40 minutes during rush hour. Lastly, taxis from Fiumicino airport are available 24/7 throughout the year.
Taxi fare from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City
Since Vatican City is located on the peripheral district of Rome, the trip fares are generated by the taximeters of the vehicles. However, prices usually hover around 55€ on average. The fare is generally affected by the time of the day, amount of luggage and passengers, as well as the type of vehicle.
*It is advised to pre-book your Fiumicino airport transfer in order to make sure that you get the best service available.
When it comes to comfort and travel convenience from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City, the taxi option is the most appropriate solution, because it offers door to door drop off and unlike the public transportation options there is no need for network connection on busy stations.
Hiring a taxi with 4 or more people can reduce the price per person significantly, making the taxi option as affordable as most public transportation systems.
Avoid unlicensed drivers who will try to approach you as you get out of the main gates since they will certainly try to overcharge unsuspected travelers and especially newcomers.
Unlike the standard fares for going into Rome city centre where bags are part of the fare, for metered rides you will be charged a supplement for each item of luggage.
How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City by bus
Unfortunately, there is no direct bus transportation from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City, thus a bus trip is only possible though a connection at Termini Station in Rome. The buses traveling to and from the airport to Termini station are: SIT, TAM and Terravision. The bus takes around 45 minutes to reach Termini Station. Bus lines 64 and 40 express run from Termini Station to Vatican City in 30 minutes.
How much is the bus from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City?
The combined price for the two bus tickets comes to a total of 7.50€ (bus to Termini Station is 6€ and 64 and 40 express buses are 1.50€) . Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines inside the airport, from ticket counters or directly inside the bus.
Waiting time is around 30 minutes.
All three buses from the airport are available from 8:30am to 11:30pm.
Where do I get it from?
At Rome Fiumicino the buses start from a small bus station to the west of Terminal 3. All the terminals at Fiumicino are joined together so you do not go outside until you reach the bus station.
The bus option is definitely the most economical travel choice from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City. On the other hand, the lack of a direct connection between the two locations renders the trip quite exhausting and time consuming.
While a lot of people suggest that these buses are very good for the ticket price, there are also several complaints about inaccurate schedules and late arrivals. When the time comes for your trip back to the airport, you may want to invest in another option.
Buses in Rome can be dangerous at times, especially when traveling with exposed bags and luggage. Thus, try to be very careful inside the buses and constantly keep an eye on your personal belongings.
Tickets inside the bus can be purchased only with EURO currency and in cash. Debit and Credit cards are accepted only at the ticket machines and counters.
How to get from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City by train
Similar to the bus option, there is no direct train connection from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City. Traveling by train requires to first take a train to Roma Trastevere Railway Station and the the corresponding next train to Vatican City. The whole trip usually takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to completion. Last but not least, the train network operates from 6.30am to 11:30pm.
How much is the train from Fiumicino Airport to Vatican City?
A one way ticket for the Leonardo Express Airport train costs 14€. At Fiumicino Airport there are ticket machines, official ticket desks and three or four other independent outlets that all sell tickets for the Leonardo Express train.
Waiting time is around 15 minutes.
The train from Fiumicino Airport is available from 6.30am to 11:30pm.
Where do I get it from?
At Fiumicino Airport, the station is part of the passenger terminal complex. Although it can be a fair walk out to the station area it is undercover with moving walkways.
The train is certainly a more comfortable travel option than the bus connections since there is plenty of personal and luggage room. Moreover, trains are more people friendly, making the overall trip more relaxing and less tiring.
If you board a Leonardo Express train departing before your boarding time a punitive fine may be imposed by the guard. However, boarding a train after the time on your ticket is no problem.
Try to book your train ticket in advance since it will guarantee you a nice spot in your cart.
Termini Station as well as being the main railway station for Rome also houses the main local bus station and is the hub where the Metro system operates from.
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