Rome Italy - Leonardo Da Vinci/Fiumicino (FCO)
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Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci (FCO) International airport and Ciampino (CIA) airport (www.adr.it) are Rome's two hubs for air travel. Fiumicino is the transatlantic traveler's delight with its numerous shops and restaurants. Fiumicino has long and short term parking, and easily connected to Rome by a thirty minute train ride, bus or taxi. Ciampino is hub for European travel, especially for budget airlines like Ryan Air and Easy Jet. Ciampino is connected to Rome by bus, shuttle and taxi.
From the Airport
Fiumicino-Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (FCO)
Train: The Leonardo Express runs directly from the airport to the main rail terminal, Termini
, as well as Tiburtina and Trastevere stations, with trains every 30 minutes from 6:35a-11:35p. Tickets are purchased either from teller or automated machines, and must be validated prior to boarding. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult ride free. Follow signs for "Stazione FS/Railway Station," located on the second floor.
Bus: "Sit Bus Shuttle"
to and from airport to city center(Piazza Cavour e Stazione Termini, in Via Marsala). Bus stop is found in front of Arrivals at Terminal 3. Tickets are purchased on bus. http://sitbusshuttle.it
Taxi: Rome's official taxis are white with black identity codes on the door. A ride from the airport the city center is EUR40, with supplemental baggage fees. Wait in the official-regulated taxi lines rather than falling prey to non-licensed drivers.
Ciampino Airport (CIA)
Bus: to and from Ciampino to Termini Station by buses ATRAL, COTRAL, SIT and TERRAVISION
. The buses are parked in dedicated bus bays opposite International Departures.
Rome is a major hub for Italian rail, at Termini Station. It is managed and maintained by the Italian State Railway (http://www.trenitalia.com/
) and offers a variety of options for continental as well as local travel. The EuroStar and Freccia Rossa are the high speed lines traveling up and down the peninsula. Most of the trains arrive and depart at Rome's Termini station, including all InterCity, regional and national trains, with a few international trains stopping at Ostiense and Tiburtina stations.
Tiburtina Station (http://www.romatiburtina.it/
), north eastern part of Rome, is the base for most intercity buses. The bus terminal is located adjacent to the rail station. Euroline (http://www.eurolines.it/
) and Cotral services bus lines that run internationally.
All roads lead to Rome. The A1, Italy's famed superhighway running from Milan to Naples, makes sure to pass through Rome. The A24 spans east and the SS1 Aurelia coastal route splits the A12/E80 between Genoa and Rome. All converge with Rome's ring road, the Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA). With gas prices paid by the liter and toll roads littering the motorways, driving can be quite expensive. Check out the Autostrada website (http://www.autostrade.it/
) for toll info throughout the country.
Driving in Rome can be a harrowing experience. The historical center is a restricted driving zone (Zona Trafica Limitata
- abbreviated ZTL), and non-resident vehicles are prohibited M-F 8a-6p and Sa 8a-1p, enforced by major fines. Paid parking spaces are marked by blue lines and are all over the city. Parking Termini is located in front of the main train station and is open from 6a-1a. ParkSi and Parking Ludovisi are located near the Villa Borghese. Another option are the parcheggi di scampio
lots, located farther outside the city center usually near metro stops. Around EUR2 a day, this is a very economical but riskier option as lots are unattended.
ATAC is Rome's public transportation provider for buses, trams and metro line. Tickets are 1 euro, and require validation before travel. Duration is 75 minutes. Buses run 24 hours a day throughout the entire city. The Metropolitana
or metro has two lines (A and B) recognizable by large red signs marked "M". The lines criss-cross through the city, intersecting only at Stazione Termini and run from 5:30a-11:30 everyday, and until 12:30a on Saturdays.
Children under ten years ride free. For information about special tickets like the all-day pass and to plan your route, visit http://www.atac.roma.it/
(Italian only site).
Rome's official taxis are white and have a black identification number on the door reading Comune di Roma. Use only these authorized taxis, as they are metered and regulated-- and make sure to keep a close eye on the meter. Normal starting fare (between 7a-10p) is EUR2.80; night fares are higher (10p-7a) EUR5. Remember that Sunday and holiday fares also apply between 7a-10p, and rate per mile increases if you travel outside the city limits. Bring plenty of small bills as Roman taxi drivers are notorious for not having change! Taxi Companies include:
Cooperativa Radiotaxi Samarcanda Radiotaxi 3570
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