The express train (Leonardo Express)
The simplest way to reach the center of Rome is to take Leonardo Express, a direct train with its terminal station the main railway station of Rome, Stazione Termini (more information below). The one way ticket costs €11 and it must be validated in the ticket validation machines outside the embarkation platform. To find the train station follow the signals from the arrivals that show the exit to the trains. There is a train every 30 minutes, from 06:30 until 23:30.
Make sure that you will use one of the official taxis that are outside the arrivals’ building. The taxis have white colour with an illuminant sign “taxi” at the top of the car and each one should have inside the car’s an operation license. Since October 2006 Rome’s Authorities have imposed a credit limit for taxi prices, from Fiumicino airport to the center of Rome (anywhere within the Aurelian walls that are actually the main tourist area) and the cost must not exceed the €40. If you have problems write the authorization number or the plate numbers and ask for a receipt. You can call 060606 to report any kind of problem.
Ciampino airport is a military airport that has been transformed in a passenger airport since it began to facilitate some low cost airlines. However it still is a small airport without many services or entertainment facilities. Despite these, the airport is gradually developing in a satisfactory way. You can of course buy various snacks, books and souvenirs at the departures’ building, but the arrivals’ building is usually crowded without much information for the tourists.
There are many ways to transfer from Ciampino airport to Rome.
From the airport to Anagnina Metro Station.
The Cotral and Schiaffini buses connect Ciampino airport with Anagnina metro (and buses) station. The buses have little space for luggage and are usually crowded with standing passengers and suitcases. They are not the fastest and the most convenient way to travel but they are the cheapest choice. The tickets cost €1 (plus €1 for big suitcases), and they can be directly purchased from the driver. The buses depart outside the arrivals building every 40-50 minutes and the journey roughly lasts 40 minutes.
Ciampino Railway Station
Amid the journey Ciampino-Anagnina, most buses make a stop at the Ciampino railway station (or Ciampino FS). From there you can catch the train to the central railway station Stazione Termini at the centre of Rome. The tickets cost €2 and you can purchase them at the station or from newsstand kiosks. Do not forget to validate your ticket before embarkation.
Anagnina station is the terminal station of metro line A, which passes from the central points of Rome including the central railway station Stazione Termini and “Spagna” station (Piazza di Spagna). The journey lasts half hour and the tickets costs €1 for 75 minutes.
Reaching Stazione Termini
Leonardo Express Train that leaves from Fiumicino airport makes its final stop at Rome’s central railway station, Termini, which is nodal point for the city’s public transports. Outside the station you can find many bus stops with destinations to all of Rome areas whereas inside the station and down the steps you will be led to Termini Metro (it is the station for Metro lines A and B).