Ciampino is Rome’s second airport and only caters to Europenean, budjet airlines: Ryanair, Easyjet and Wizzair. Being rather small (only 16 gates) Ciampino doesn’t offer much in terms of amenieties so here you won’t be able to kill the time shopping or having a drink.
But on the bright site it’s dead easy to get around and much closer to Rome (15 km) then Fiumicino.
If you’re flying into Ciampino you’ll have quite a few options for getting to Rome. Let’s what those options are.
Although the station is located outside the airport, from Ciampino you can easily reach Rome’s city centre by train.
Ciampino Airlink is a single ticket that includes the bus from the airport to the train station and the train journey from Ciampino to Roma Termini Station. The cost of the ticket is € 2.70.
The bus stops right outside the airport terminal and it’s easily recognizible: it’s red with a big, white Ciampino Airlink sign on the side.
You can check the timetable and yout buy tickets on the Railway official website. You will need to indicate the station you’re departing from (Ciampino Aeroporto ) and the one you’re going to (Roma Termini).
While the bus is specifically dedicated to airport transfer service, the train is a regional, commuting line so at peak hours it might be very crowded.
Buses leave the airport every 15/20 minutes and the whole journey takes between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the train you take and how long you’ll have to wait between the bus and train. Check the bus timetable here.
If you are going to Tiburtina Train Station, you won’t have a direct train from Ciampino. You’ll have to go to Termini and get the metro line B toward Rebibbia. Still quite easy.
AUTOBUS E BUS SHUTTLE
BUS 720 E 520 – ATAC
ATAC is Rome’s public transport company and you’ll be using it quite a bit to get aroung the city.
From Ciampino airport you can get: bus n. 72o going to Laurentina Station (sounthern end of metro line B) or bus 520 that goes to Subaugusta and Cinecittà stations, both along metro line A.
ATAC buses have a less reliable timetable and they take much longer to get there but they are certainly the cheapest way to reach the center. A single ticket costs € 1.50 and you can re-use it one more time for the metro. This ticket is also covered by ATAC PASS and ROMA PASS. For more information on bus and metro ticket options I recommend you read my guide of Rome’s public transportation.
If you need metro line A you can also get the ATRAL bus that goes from Ciampino to ANAGNINA metro station.
A single ticket costs €1,20 and you can buy it online, at the ticket desk at the airport or directly on board. Buses run from 05:50 am to alle 23 pm. Go to Atral official website for on line booking and timetable.
There are two private companies that offer a bus transfer service from Ciampino airport to Rome’s city centre:
TERRAVISION ROMA CIAMPINO
This company working in most international airports in Europe has some of the lowest fares. A single, one way tickets costs € 5,00 with €1,00 discount for round trip tickets or for booking well in advance.
Buses from Ciampino to Roma Termini Sation run everyday from 08:15 am to 11:40 pm. Buses from Termini to Ciampini run from 04:30 am to 09:20 pm. Check the time table here.
If you buy tickets online, you will be asked to indicate the date and time of your trip. Choose your date carefully but don’t worry too much about the time: depending on availability you can actually take any bus on your chosen day regardless of the time you have indicated. You don’t need to print out your ticket, just show it on your mobile phone.
SIT BUS SHUTTLE
This bus too goes to Roma Termini Station with an intermediate stop in the city of Ciampino. A single ticket costs €6,00. Buses from the airport run from 07:45 am to 00:30 am. Buses from Termini to the airport run from 04:30 am to 09.30 pm. For online booking and timetable go to SIT official webisite.
The journey time indicated is approximately 40 minutes but it actually depends a lot on traffic.
SIT bus stops are located on both sides of Termini Railway station that is on Via Marsala e Via Giolitti.
If you’re travelling to Rome from Ciampino or vice versa with a group of 12 or more people it’s a wise choice to book a private transfer service that will take you from the terminal to your accommodation.
I suggest grabbing a quote on the Suntransfer website for the best prices.
An example: if there are 8 adults, 3 children, and 1 infant the cost of a transfer from Girona airport to central Barcelona and vice versa costs around €185.00 (€15.41 pp each way).
Suntransfer also has car seats for kids up to 4.
TAXI A ROMA CIAMPINO
Taxi is obviously a very comfortable option but much more expensive. All the more so becasue Roman taxi drivers have a bad reputation for overcharging passengers, especially tourists.
Always bare in mind that official, licensed taxis from Rome airports have fixed rates.
Ciampino airport to Rome’s city centre: € 30
Ciampino airport to Tiburtina Staion: € 35
Ciampino airport to Fiumicino airport: € 50
If you want to pay by card, you should tell the driver in advance to make sure it’s actually possible as it’s not always the case.
At any rate, I recommend you get a free airport taxi quote using Taxileader.
You’ll easy spot the taxi rank once you exit the airport terminals.
For more taxi options and useful info, check my article on Rome’s transports.
An equally comfortable option is car rental with driver. In this case the rate is variable and must be agreed upon directly with the company.
If you are travelling in a group you may want to consider private transfer. There are several companies that offer this service, we recommend Suntransfer.
If you are a group of 6 people you’ll end up spending around €10 each and you’ll be taken straight to your hotel at the time you indicate.
If you’re still not sure how to get from Ciampino airport to the city centre make sure you write me in the comments below with your hotel/hostel address and I’ll let you know the best way in!