Rome has been a popular tourist destination since the time of the ancient Romans, which means that while there is so much to do and see, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to plan a trip here. In this article we will help you organise your holiday with top money saving travel tips and give you the info you need to choose the right way to get to the city!
Finding airport parking
Something that most of us forget about when we choose to fly is how we are going to get to the airport. For most people driving to the airport and parking there is the most convenient option, but it can be quite expensive, especially if you do not book in advance.
Luckily there are a few easy ways to make significant savings on airport parking. Most importantly, make sure you book as far in advance as possible. This gives you the best chance of finding the best deals and the services you want. Next, make sure to book parking through a comparison platform for airport parking. Parkhero is a great example for UK travellers.
For example. If you want parking for Manchester Airport, you just need to choose the airport and enter your dates. In seconds the comparison tool will bring up all the available parking services ranked from the cheapest to the most expensive. You can filter by what facilities you want and in less than 10 minutes you can have your booking complete! This is a simple way to save money on your trip. If you want to find a similar website for your country, simply enter ‘compare…airport parking’ into a search engine.
Flying to Rome
If you are flying to Rome you will either fly into the major Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino) or the smaller Ciampino Airport favoured by budget airlines. Both are around 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Rome.
To get to the centre of Rome from these airports you have a number of options that vary in transfer time and cost. You need to decide which works best for you, but we highly recommend that you book in advance where possible to save money and avoid unnecessary stress!
LEONARDO DA VINCI AIRPORT (FIUMICINO)
One of the most popular options is the Leonardo Express which takes you to the main Termini Train Station in around 30 minutes for €14. The trains run every 30 minutes and you will then need to arrange transportation from Termini to your accommodation. You can walk if nearby, take a taxi or the metro. Be aware of pickpockets!
Buses are the cheapest transfer option but take a lot longer to reach the city. Tickets for the Terravision bus service can cost just €6. Again, you will be dropped off at Termini Station from where you will need onward transport.
Taking a taxi is the most convenient but also the most expensive option to transfer to Rome. You will be dropped off directly at your hotel and do not need to worry about lugging your luggage around.
Make sure to either book a taxi transfer in advance or look out for the white Rome registered metered taxis. You do not want the Fiumicino registered white taxis as these will be a lot more expensive. It will say on the side of the vehicle if it is from Fiumicino or Rome.
You can expect to pay a flat rate of around €50 for trips from Fiumicino to destinations inside the Aurelian Walls (the main city centre). Destinations outside the Aurelian Walls are charged on the meter.
- Limo Transfer
For the ultimate comfort and convenience book a private limo transfer with DriverinRome. We will take excellent care of you and ensure that your trip from the airport to the door of your accommodation is as painless as possible! You can find out more on our dedicated page here.
Taking the bus is the cheapest option from Ciampino with tickets costing around €5 one way with the popular Terravision service. The bus will take you to Termini Train Station from where you can take a taxi or the metro to your accommodation. Be aware of pickpockets!
If you want a faster and more comfortable transfer, take a taxi. Look out for the official white Rome registered taxis outside of the terminal. There is a €30 flat rate for transfers to the city. During the high season, it might be a good idea to book a private limo instead, as taxis are in high demand. These cost around €50 one-way.
- Limo Transfer
If you want to avoid waiting for a taxi and know that you will have a comfortable vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, book a private limo to take you to and from the airport. With DriverinRome you can travel without any stress and arrival at the door of your accommodation in perfect comfort. Check out our dedicated page for further information.
Taking the train to Rome
You have plenty of options when it comes to taking the train to Rome with the national rail service, Trenitalia and private company, Italo. Trains are comfortable and a lot quicker than many other transport options. There are excellent connections to other Italian cities from Rome, as well as great links to other major European cities.
The city’s main train station is Termini in the centre of the city followed by Tiburtina a bit further to the east of the city, which handles more of the European destinations. From either of these stations you can easily access the metro network, walk or take a taxi to your accommodation.
Taking a coach to Rome
If you are looking for a cheaper travel option for getting to Rome, then taking a long-distance coach could be a good choice. There is a growing demand for coach travel in Europe with companies, such as Flixbus, investing in broadening networks and making it a lot quicker and more comfortable.
In many cases it can even be easier to get to Rome by bus than by train, as there are more direct options available. Most buses will drop you off at Rome’s Tiburtina Train station to the east of the city centre. From here you can take a taxi or the metro to your final destination.
We hope these tips will help you plan an unforgettable trip to The Eternal City!