Rome Airport transfers to Civitavecchia Port can be hectic and is slightly stressful if you do not prepare in advance.
Or you may plan to go to Civitavecchia from central Rome.
I flew off for Rome and embarked on a cruise ship for Mediterranean Cruises from Civitavecchia Port. Then the ship went on Middle East Cruises.
In my experience, Rome Airport transfer to Civitavecchia did not go smoothly. However, you can save money and time by learning how Rome transport works by reading this article.
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In this article, you will find the fast and easy way of Rome Airport transfer to Civitavecchia Port.
If you plan to explore Rome and the Vatican before cruising the Mediterranean Sea, please find a Rome guide.
I explain how to transfer from Rome Airport to central Rome in a fast and easy way. The article will also show you central Rome transfer to Civitavecchia.
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Civitavecchia Cruise Port
Civitavecchia means “ancient town” in the Italian language. In fact, it was founded as a port in the 2nd century AD, under emperor Trajan. Today Civitavecchia is the third busiest port in Europe and receives more than 2 million passengers annually.
Civitavecchia Port is the main harbour of Rome and is known as “Port of Rome”. The town is filled with pleasant air with a seafront promenade, archaeological treasures and fine Italian open cafés. The port connects central Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Tunis and Barcelona.
The Port is located about 88 km (via A12/E80 route) northwest from the city centre and is a 54 km distance from Rome Airport. It takes more than one and a half-hour drive from both Rome Airport and the city centre.
By car, reach the A12, which is connecting Rome to Genova, and exit at Civitavecchia. Follow the signs for Civitavecchia centro / Sardegna on S.S. 1 Aurelia for about three kilometres.
Where is the best area to stay in Civitavecchia?
Civitavecchia is a small town. There is no specific area I would like to recommend, but a port area is convenient and pleasant. There are shops and fancy cafes. There are also the town’s archaeological treasures nearby the port area.
Things to do in Civitavecchia
- National Archeological Museum
- Find Michelangelo stronghold Terme Taurine – built by the Roman Emperor Trajan
- Ficoncella Thermal Bath – explore Roman archaeological heritage
- La Cattedrale – located in between the historical centre of the city and Viale Garibaldi
- Santa Severa Castle – the courtyard is a pleasant place to stroll around
Rome Airport Transfer to Civitavecchia Port
Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO) is one of Europe’s busiest international airports and is located in Fiumicino. Civitavecchia is located about 54 km north from the international airport and takes more than an hour to drive and 1 hour and 40 minutes by train.
Map for Leonard da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino Transfer to Civitavecchia Port
Rome Airport Transfer General Tips!
- Make sure that you have cash in advance to make your trip easy right from the beginning. You can withdraw cash at ATM in the airport. Just to remind that you can only withdraw 250 EUR a day.
- Be aware if you have more than 10,000 EUR cash, it is necessary to declare to a custom. Italy does not want to receive a large amount of cash from overseas.
- Rome is the 3rd most visited cities after London and Paris in Europe, but Leonardo da Vinci Airport seems to be outdated. There were long lines and needed much to wait for passport control, immigration and luggage collection. You could get a bottle of water with you and make yourself comfortable in a queue. It depends on the situation, but it took me more than 2 hours whenever I visit Rome.
- It is important that for visitors to go to the US with American airlines need to prepare at least two hours for a flight in advance. The terminal 5 is located at a completely separate far away building. A security check is incredibly slow. My suggestion is 3 hours in advance to check-in.
Which transport options are available?
Transports from Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino to Civitavecchia Port are:
- Private shuttle
- Car Rental
My Tip: A public train is the cheapest, and yet you have to either get a taxi, a bus or walk from Civitavecchia train station to the port information centre.
Getting Civitavecchia Port from Rome Airport
(The fare is by Euro (EUR) on November 2018)
There is a very good train service between Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumichino and Civitavecchia. A train is also the cheapest option and yet you need to handle the following 3 points:
- A train runs every 30 minutes and takes about 1 hour and 41 minutes, and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 24 minutes, but some delays need to be accepted.
- There is no direct train from Fiumicino Aeroport station to Civitavecchia. At least once, you need to change trains at the interchange station and have to carry a heavy suitcase up and down over the stairs.
- You can take a seat anywhere as there is no reservation. There is also no luggage porterage or storage. Just because the train is designed to carry small luggage.
If you are travelling with heavy luggage or are not want to be bothered by carrying them, a train might not the best option for you.
Where can you catch a train for Civitavecchia at Leonardo da Vinci Airport?
The train station at Leonardo da Vinci Airport is called Fiumicino Aeroporto. It is a station for a train going to Civitavecchia.
Although it can be a 10 minutes walk along the station area, there are moving walkways and lifts.
Note: the station has three platforms for Leonardo Express to central Rome and two local trains. Please check which platform the next train departs from, even if there is only one train in the station.
- The train is operated by Trenitalia
- The first train departs at 5.57 am
- The last train departs at 23.27 pm
How Can you buy a train ticket
At the Fiumicino Aeroport train station, there are ticket machines, the official ticket desk and some independent outlets that all sell tickets for the train to Civitavecchia.
A train ticket cost from 12.60 EUR to 32 EUR per adult dependent on a seat
A one-way ticket from Fiumicino airport to Roma Trastevere is 8 EUR. Then a one-way ticket from Roma Trastevere to Civitavecchia port is 4.60 EUR. The total for this journey will be 12.60 EUR.
In my experience, at Europe’s major train stations, manned ticket offices accept payment with a credit card but have always long ques.
Ticket machines are easy to use. If you have cash at hand, ticket machines are much easier. But I do not recommend you to use a
One thing I would like to remind you is that always get a stamp on your local train ticket. Whenever you get through, there is a machine and it automatically stamps the date
‘Have a stamp before you get on a train’. If you did not and be found by an inspector, you will receive an unwelcome surprise with a lot of penalty fine.
How can you get the cruise terminal from Civitavecchia train station?
(The source of the information is from Port Mobility Civitavecchia.)
Civitavecchia Train Station and Civitavecchia Port
Largo della Pace
Once you arrived at Civitavecchia train station, the place you go next is Largo della Pace. It is Civitavecchia cruise ship reception
You can go to Largo della Pace with the following options:
- Free shuttle – Running every 20 minutes
- Local bus service – 10 minutes ride, costs 2 EUR and runs every 20 minutes
- Taxi – Make sure that they have got a licence to access a safe area. It takes 6 minute drive and costs about 15 EUR, including a luggage cost.
- Walking – 1.5 km distance and about 20 minutes walk
From Largo della Pace, passengers get on a port shuttle to each ship.
2. Private Shuttle
Fiumicino Aeroporto transfer to Civitavecchia Port can be stressful due to simply heavy traffic.
It is good to book a private or a shared transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia Port.
- Cost: about 140 EUR (up to four people and two large bags) or 160 EUR (five to eight people and twelve bags) in one way
- Time: About 1 hour and 20 minutes if traffic is smooth
Private transfer is definitely easy and comfortable. However, there was a problem. My flight arrived at the airport very early. The phone number I was given from the private transfer company was switched off. It was early arrival and no shop or cafe literary opened, and I had to wait for the scheduled time.
Next time, I would consider either taxi or train.
Taxi is super convenient and comfortable but it is costly.
- Cost: about 160 EUR, depends on traffic and route, in one way
- Estimated time: 1 hour and 20 minutes if traffic goes smooth
- Easy to find taxies, just outside arrivals’ terminal
- If you take a white metered taxi in Rome, you do not need to tip but to Civitavecchia, it is about 10 to 30 EUR dependent on the service you are happy for.
How can I hail a taxi?
It is not a good feeling to be ripped off at the airport. There are unlicensed cabs around, especially in the airport and Rome Termini station, as that is normal anywhere around the world.
I never had a problem in Rome. I tell a driver the place I would like to go
In Rome, I only hail a “white colour metered taxi” with the sign “TAXI” on the top roof and check the registered number and a taxi company normally written on a door.
Note: The number of luggage what taxis can carry at the airport is limited. If you have more than 3 large cases, it would become a problem for a normal size taxi.
Can you pay by a credit card?
Yes. All the Rome city taxis are required by law to have POS machines. You should be able to pay with a credit card, but I suggest you be ready
It is always good to make sure with a driver whether a credit card is accepted or not in advance.
Note: You can also book a taxi by calling but the meter will start running from the moment you called them.
Other surcharge added to a taxi fare is:
- Surcharge for telephone reservations: 3.50 EUR
- Rome Airport surcharge: 2 EUR
- Other surcharge depends on time and day
6. Car Rental Service
Signs to the rental car service desks are located in the Arrivals Area. Go to Office Tower 2 from the pedestrian tunnels which is connecting the Terminal buildings.
Bonus Tip!: Visiting Information for Italy
- Travel Visa Information Italian Government Official Site
- Currency: Euro (EUR) Go to a currency converter
- Internet: Free WiFi access in Civitavecchia Port
- Civitavecchia Weather Information
- Public Holidays in Italy – change a year
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