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Getting from Rome Ciampino Airport to City Centre

The distance between Rome Ciampino Airport and the city centre of Rome is approximately 18 km, taking around 25 minutes by car in usual traffic conditions. When travelling from Rome Ciampino Airport to the city centre, you have three direct transportation options; taxi, private transfer, or bus.

Alternatively, whilst there is no rail connection at the airport, you can connect to a number of train stations around Rome to eventually reach the city centre. Just keep in mind the routes are not direct and it will take you a while to reach your hotel.

The most affordable option is to take the bus. You can choose between the official Rome Airport Ciampino Bus and a couple of private shuttle companies that offer direct routes from the airport to the city centre. If you wish to avoid public transport and waiting times altogether, the quickest options are to take an airport taxi or private transfer – as they are door-to-door.

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.

Comparison of the options

Taxi €31 25min 24/7
Welcome Pickups €60 25min 24/7
Regional Train €5.40 45min 05:30–22:30
ATAC Bus + Metro €3 50min 05:30–23:30
Rome Ciampino Airport Bus €13.80 40min 03:25–15:45
Airport Shuttle Bus €12 40min 08:15–23:00

How to get from Ciampino Airport to Rome by taxi

Taking a taxi from Rome Ciampino Airport to the city centre is one of the most convenient transfer options, as the service is door-to-door and takes just 25 minutes to reach your hotel in the centre of Rome.

Official airport taxis are white with a ‘taxi’ sign on the roof. All you have to do is jump in the queue and wait for an available vehicle.

Rome Ciampino Airport to city centre taxi cost

Taxis in Rome charge using a taximeter, however, rides to and from the airport to specific destinations come at a fixed price. The flat rate for a taxi from Ciampino Airport to the city centre is €31. This includes any destination within the Aurelian Walls.

However, fixed rates are set by the municipality and are subject to change without notice so it’s always best to double-check before setting off.

*If you travel to a destination outside the central city ring, you will have to pay what is written on the taximeter.



Trip Duration

25 Min

*Availability may vary unless you pre-book your taxi.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from CIA Rome Airport.

Where do I get it from?

Ciampino Airport’s taxi rank is located in the square outside of the arrivals exits. Just be aware that you may have to wait in line for your turn during busy periods such as peak season (June-August) or rush hours.


Taking a taxi from Rome Airport to the city is definitely one of the most convenient modes of transport. They are available 24/7 and they will drop you off directly at the door of your chosen accommodation. The only downside is that the wait for an available taxi can be very long during peak season and there’s no guarantee your driver will speak English.

Editor’s Note

The flat-rate fee allows you to travel anywhere within the Aurelian Walls without any added extras – this is great for door-to-door travel and allows for a smooth and easy transfer from Ciampino Airport to the city.

Useful Tips

Taxis in Rome can take up to 4 people with 3 pieces of luggage.
It’s not customary to tip a taxi in Rome. However, if the service was great, you can round up your fare to the nearest Euro.
Taxis are required to have POS card machines in their vehicles, but it's always good to check if they take card payments before getting in.
Make sure you keep your receipt at the end of the journey so you can easily contact your driver if you leave any belongings behind in the taxi.
Never accept rides from drivers offering their services inside the airport. These drivers are usually unlicensed and will charge high prices.
Ciampino Airport taxi drivers may not speak fluent English, while private transfer services usually offer guaranteed English-speaking services.

How to get from Rome Airport to the city centre by private transfer

If you’d rather to avoid the wait at the taxi rank and get straight into a modern, pre-selected vehicle, then you should consider pre-booking a private transfer from Ciampino Airport to Rome city centre.

Private transfers like Welcome Pickups’ personalised services, provide services designed to give travellers a little extra peace of mind:

  • Meet and greets
  • Trained English-speaking drivers
  • Flight monitoring
  • Guaranteed fixed fares
  • 24/7 customer support


If you book your private transfer from Ciampino Airport in advance, you won’t have to worry about a thing on the day. Instead, you get to enjoy a seamless arrival straight from the airport to the doorstep of your hotel. Plus, your driver will even give you a mini tour of the city and share a few local tips and tricks so that you can make the most out of your stay.

How much is a private transfer from Ciampino Airport to Rome?

If you decide to book a Ciampino Airport private transfer, you’ll receive a fixed quote ahead of time. This means you can book and pay for your transfer before leaving home and avoid any surcharges.

That being said, a private transfer from Rome Ciampino Airport to your hotel in the centre will cost €60 in one of our modern sedans. Likewise, if you’re travelling in a group of up to 8, you’ll pay €81 for a minivan transfer into the centre.

You can book via our website or app within minutes. Just enter your personal details, flight number, and the pickup time to get your fixed quote and pay in advance. That way, you can ensure there are no surprises on the day.



Trip Duration

25 Min

*Booking your private transfer in advance is the best way to ensure a seamless experience.

Value for Money

Private transfers are available 24/7 from Rome-Ciampino G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA).

Where do I get it from?

With a pre-booked private transfer, there’s no need to worry about heading to the taxi rank outside. Instead, your trained, English-speaking driver will be waiting for you just outside of arrivals, holding a sign with your name on it. They will then help with your luggage and lead you to your private, modern vehicle.


Private transfers offer more convenience and customization than that of a standard taxi service. They are considered to be a premium service and are usually more reliable. Families and business travellers after a hassle-free arrival may prefer this choice, as it is a great way to save time and ensure a top-quality, convenient service. With perks such as flight monitoring and 24/7 customer support, you can travel stress-free and ensure everything goes smoothly.

Editor’s Note

We recommend setting the pickup time to 20-30 minutes after the landing time to leave enough time to clear passport control and baggage claim.

Useful Tips

Sedans can seat up to 3 passengers and minivans can take up to 8.
For rides between 21:00 and 06:00, you'll pay a fixed night rate of €72 for a sedan and €97 for a minivan.
You will receive an email including your driver's name, details, and vehicle information so that you know what to expect on the day.
If you need a child booster or baby seat, you can request one during the booking process online or using the app.
Fixed fares are not subject to change.
No surcharges will be added on top of your final fare.

How to get from Rome Ciampino Airport to city centre by train

Taking the train from Ciampino Airport to Rome is a good budget-friendly choice, but the route is not direct, making it a little more complicated than the other options. Luckily, there are around 76 regional trains connecting Ciampino train station to Rome.

As there is no train station at the airport, you’ll have to hop on the Ciampino Airlink Bus to the station first. The bus leaves from the square in front of the airport and takes just 10 minutes to reach “Ciampino Railway Station”.

From there, you can take one of the 76 daily regional trains to “Roma Termini Station”. The trip takes about 15-25 minutes, depending on which service you board.

How much are the trains from Ciampino Airport to Rome city?

If you decide to travel by train from Ciampino Airport to Rome, you can purchase a combined ticket of €2.70 for the bus and train.

*Tickets can be purchased online in advance, using the Trenitalia app, from the self-service machines at the airport and stations, or from a few designated points of sale in the airport including Lottomatica’s LisPaga, SisalPay and Banca5.



Trip Duration

40 Min

The Airlink Bus departs on average every 20 minutes. Regional trains depart every 15-30 minutes from Ciampino Railway Station.

Value for Money

Trains run from 05:25 to 23:19. The Airlink Bus operates between 05:30 and 22:30.

Where do I get it from?

To get to Ciampino Train Station, you can take the Airlink from outside the arrivals terminal in the square. It’s clearly signposted so you won’t miss it.

From there you can take a train to Roma Termini in the centre of Rome. It’s best to check the address of your final destination so you can figure out how to get from Termini Station to your hotel or accommodation.


Whilst taking the train from Rome Ciampino to the city centre is cheaper, the journey is not direct and includes at least one changeover. If you don’t mind a slightly more complicated route and carrying your luggage from A to B to save some of your budget, this is a good choice.

However, it’s important to note that services get quite busy during peak season and rush hours, so you may end up waiting even longer for the next bus or train due to overcrowding.

Editor’s Note

If you are on a tight budget, the train is your best option to get to the city centre. If not, consider another mode of transport as it can be quite complicated.

Useful Tips

Children under 4 travel for free.
Make sure that you validate your tickets at the designed validation machines, after validation the tickets are valid for 90 minutes.
All bus and train services have dedicated seats for people with reduced mobility.
If you don't purchase a combination ticket at the airport, you can still buy your ticket to Roma Termini using the red machines at Rome Ciampino.
There is limited luggage space on the regional trains.
Regional trains can get very crowded during rush hours as commuters use them to get to and from work.

How get from Rome Airport to the city centre by bus and metro?

The company that manages public transport in the city, ATAC, provides two bus lines connecting Ciampino Airport to metro stations Laurentina and Cinecittà. Both stations are located around the outskirts of Rome, so you’ll also need to catch the metro into the city centre.

Bus 520 takes 7 stops to reach Cinecittà. From there, you can get on metro line A (Battistini) straight to Termini Station. The total journey takes around 45 minutes, not including waiting times.

Bus 720 takes around 45 minutes (22 stops) to reach Laurentina Station. You can then board metro line B (Rebibbia) to Rome Termini station. This trip is a little longer, taking over an hour.

How much is the bus from Ciampino Airport to Rome?

If you decide to take the metro and city bus from CIA Airport to Rome, you can buy an integrated BIT ticket. The ticket costs just €1.50 and is valid for 100 minutes on multiple modes of transport. You can use it on buses, trams, metro lines, and regional trains – excluding a few direct airport-to-city routes.

You can buy your tickets from ATAC ticket offices in the airport, self-service machines, and certain authorized shops in the terminal including the Tourist Information Point and At Chef Express.



Trip Duration

50 Min

Bus 520 leaves every 20 minutes and Bus 720 runs every 30 minutes. Metro line A departs every 3 minutes and metro line B leaves at 10-minute intervals.

Value for Money

All ATAC service, including the buses and metro, typically operate between 05:30 and 23:30.

Where do I get it from?

The ATAC buses depart from bus stop 4, just outside of the arrivals terminal. Once you reach either station, simply follow the signs down to the metro.


The ATAC bus and metro combined route is very cheap. So if you are trying to save money and don’t mind navigating complicated public transport, this is definitely the super saver option you’re after.

However, the journey can be quite long, especially when factoring in waiting times and carrying your luggage up and down escalators. If you’re travelling as a family or simply don’t want to deal with any stress, we’d advise avoiding a non-direct route such as this one.

Editor’s Note

If you're staying in areas further away from the city centre, the ATAC bus and metro services are useful as there are plenty of services and stops.

Useful Tips

Make sure you validate your ticket at the beginning of your journey and when you switch to a metro line.
If you're journey takes longer than 100 minutes, you'll have to purchase another ticket.
There is no luggage storage on ATAC public transport services.
You cannot book in advance or reserve a seat. So if the bus is full, you'll either have to stand or get the next bus.

How to get from Ciampino Airport to the city centre by bus (Rome CIA Airport Bus)

The Rome Ciampino Airport Bus (also known as the Schiaffini Airport Bus) provides a direct route from Ciampino Airport to Rome Termini Station in the city centre. If your hotel is not located within walking distance of Roma Termini, you can hop on metro lines A or B to reach your final destination.

How much is the bus from Ciampino Airport to the city centre?

Taking the bus from CIA Airport to Rome city centre is quite affordable. You’ll pay €6.90 one-way and €9.90 return for a Schiaffini bus ticket.

You can purchase tickets online in advance, from the driver on board, or from the company’s official ticket office in the airport.

*Children under the age of 5 travel for free.



Trip Duration

40 Min

The Rome Airport Bus departs every 30-60 minutes from Giovan Battista Pastine International Airport.

Value for Money

The Schiaffini Ciampino Airport Bus runs from 03:25 until 15:45 on weekdays and Sundays and from 03:25 to 22:30 on Saturdays and public holidays.

Where do I get it from?

You’ll find the bus terminal right outside the airport arrivals exit. Furthermore, there is a company desk inside the airport if you need any help.


The Rome Airport Bus is good if you’re on a budget. However, the trip duration depends on traffic levels so the drive could be much longer than anticipated. Additionally, this service gets crowded during peak season, which means you may have to wait for the next bus.

If you’re travelling with lots of luggage or have young children with you, we recommend opting for a taxi or private transfer to avoid the hassle of using public transport.

Editor’s Note

If you miss the bus you bought the ticket for, you cannot use the same ticket for the next bus. To be sure, we suggest purchasing a ticket for a bus that leaves a little later so you have enough time to clear airport procedures and get on the bus.

Useful Tips

There is free WiFi on the bus.
Return tickets are valid for 30 days.
If you purchase your outbound and inbound trips together, you can save €3.90.
There is some luggage storage, although space is not guaranteed during peak season (June-August).

How to get from Rome Ciampino Airport to the city centre by shuttle bus

You can also get to Rome using a number of shuttle bus services. There are a two main companies providing bus transfers from Ciampino Airport to Rome: Terravision, and SIT Bus.

The Terravision service is a non-stop service, getting you to Termini Station in 40 minutes. Likewise, the SIT Bus takes the same amount of time to reach the centre. All buses stop at “Roma Termini Station” in central Rome.

How much are the buses from Ciampino Airport to Rome?

As there are a couple of private companies offering similar services, costs are competitive so you’ll pay the same price for whichever service you end up using.

Nevertheless, taking the bus from Rome Ciampino Airport to Rome will cost you around €6 for a single and €11 for a return.

*Tickets can be purchased online on the respective websites. Also, you can buy your tickets from the driver on the bus or from the ticket offices at the airport.



Trip Duration

40 Min

There is an average waiting time of 30-60 minutes for the airport shuttle buses.

Value for Money

The Terravision buses typically operate from 08:15 to 22:30. The SIT Bus runs from 09:20-16:30

Where do I get it from?

Regardless of which provider you use, all the bus stops are opposite the International Departures exits. As you exit the airport, simply follow the signs to the buses. You’ll see covered bus stops just outside.

More specifically, the Terravision bus stops at coach station 1, just look for the pink signs. If you’re taking the SIT Bus, they depart from Stall 2.


Airport shuttles are useful as they offer direct public transport options to Rome. Of all the bus options, the shuttle bus companies provide the quickest and most convenient services. However, keep in mind that these services can get very busy during peak season and you could end up waiting over an hour.

Editor’s Note

We recommend booking your tickets in advance to get the best rates and secure a seat, especially if you're travelling during peak season.

Useful Tips

Remember that the journey can take considerably longer if traffic is heavy.
During airport rush hours you might need to wait to get to the next available bus, no matter if you booked your ticket online. But not to worry, these companies allow you to use the same ticket if you miss your bus.
There is some space for luggage on board the buses, however, if you're travelling heavy, this may not be the most convenient choice for you.
Online bookings can be made up to 2 hours before departure.
All the shuttle buses provide free WiFi, ample luggage space, and USB outlets for charging your devices.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Rome. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get from Ciampino Airport to city centre?

Ciampino Airport is fairly close to the city centre of Rome, at only 18 km distance. This means it will take around 25 minutes to reach the centre by car or taxi.

How much is a taxi from Rome Ciampino Airport to city centre?

Taxis at Ciampino Airport are charged at a flat-rate fee to specific destinations. That being said, it will cost €31 to take a taxi from Rome Ciampino Airport to the city centre. However, if you are travelling outside of the central ring, the taxi will be charged by a taximeter that calculates the fee depending on distance. For a more seamless experience with premium service, you can book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups.


How to get from Ciampino Airport to city centre?

There are four ways to travel from Rome Ciampino Airport to Rome: taxi, private transfer, bus, or a combination of bus and rail. Buses start at €6 and take between 40-50 minutes to reach the station. You can also take a combination of a 10-minute bus and then a train from Ciampino Airport to Rome, costing just €2.70. Last but not least, the fastest and easiest way to get to your final destination is via taxi or private transfer, taking just 25 minutes door-to-door.

Can you get a train from Ciampino Airport to Rome?

Unfortunately, there is no train station at CIA Airport. This means you’ll need to catch the Airlink to Ciampino Train Station. The journey is only 10 minutes long. You can then get on a regional train to Roma Termini. The trip costs €2.70 and takes approximately 40 minutes factoring in average waiting times. Note that the journey time can be much longer during peak season as the services are very busy and you may have to wait a while for an available seat.

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