Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, known as just Fiumicino Airport, is an international airport in Rome and the major airport in Italy.
The airport is located 34 km southwest of Rome. With 36 million passengers it is the busiest airport in Italy and also one of the busiest in Europe. It has four runways and is operating around the clock.
The airport serves as the main hub for Alitalia, the largest Italian airline and Vueling, a Spanish low-cost carrier owned by International Airlines Group. Based on total passenger numbers, it is the eighth-busiest airport in Europe and was the world's 36th-busiest airport in 2015. It covers an area of 29 square kilometres (7,200 acres) and is named after the most recognized polymathLeonardo da Vinci, who designed the first proto helicopter and a flying machine with wings in 1480.
Airlines & Destinations
Fiumicino is one of Alitalia's hubs, and the company flies to Rome from major cities in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East as well as Tokyo and Kansai International Airport. The airport is also served by most major European airlines and range of airlines from the Americas, North Africa and Asia. Unsurprisingly, as Rome is one of the world's most popular travel destinations.
E-Check-in is available for faster check in; the machines are usually near the counter of the airline.
From Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport, there are two train lines to get you into Rome:
- Leonardo Express trains leave every 30 minutes to the central train station Roma Termini(35 minute, no-stop trip). Beware that these trains arrive at Platform 23/24, which is a 400m walk from the main station. Tickets cost €14 and are available (within 7 days of departure) on line. Tickets sold at the departure platform are also €14 if bought from a kiosk in the center of the station or €15 if bought from an agent. So if there are three of you it is cheaper to take a taxi and you get delivered to your door. You can't buy a ticket for a specific train; it's just a general ticket for a specific route (Termini), but it's good for any time. Get your ticket stamped in a yellow validation machine just before using it. The ticket will expire 90 minutes after validation.
- The Metropolitan train does not stop at Termini. Get off at Tiburtina Station or, before that, at Ostiense Station where you can connect to Line B of the Rome Metro, or get off at Trastevere Station and from there take the '8' tram (direction 'Argentina') to go to Largo Argentina and Campo de' Fiori. Tickets are €8, plus €1.50 for a metro/tram ticket. The extra cost of the Leonardo Express is for the convenience of a direct ride to Termini and for skipping intermediate stations. If you are going somewhere else close to a Metro station, Tiburtina and Ostiense stations are as convenient. Get your ticket stamped in a yellow validation machine just before using it.
There are four dedicated coach services. All of them leave from the bus hub next to Terminal 3. And all of them stop at least at Stazione Termini (the main train station in the city center) either on Via Marsala or at Via Giovanni Giolitti.
- Terravision offers a connection between Fiumicino airport and Rome city center. You can buy the tickets on the plane if flying EasyJet, or pay at the airport, which costs €6 (each way) or €11 return. If you book online in advance, the tickets cost €4 one-way and €8 return. It departs near Terminal 3 and goes to Termini station (at Via Marsala). For the trip to the airport, you have to obtain a boarding pass to guarantee your seat from the Terravision Cafè (available from 20min before departure) at the Termini station.
- SITBusShuttle is another option from Termini station (at Via Marsala) to Fiumicino. One-way tickets cost €6 and return tickets €11.
- RomeAirportBus (by ATRAL/Schiaffini) offers buses from the airport to Termini (at Via Giovanni Giolitti) in the city centre. Ticket prices depend on the direction of travel. Tickets from the airport to the city cost €5.90 single and €7.90 return. Tickets from the city to the airport cost €3.90 single and €7.90 return.
- TAM bus operates buses to Stazione Termini (at Via Giovanni Giolitti) and Stazione Ostiense. Single tickets cost €4 (€8 for return).
By public bus
COTRAL operates public buses from the airport to the city. Don't forget to mark your ticket after getting on the bus. The timetables for its services can be found here . The public bus stop is located at ground level, at the end of the Terminal 1 (Domestic Arrivals). You can buy tickets at the tobacco shop in the Terminal 1 baggage area, with the blue sign (Tabaccheria).
Lines from Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino are:
- Aeroporto - Termini - Tiburtina : €5 one-way (€7 one-way when purchased on the bus). The schedule is:
- Fiumicino Airport to Rome city centre: Mon-Sat 02:15, 05:00, 10:55, 15:30, 19:05; Sun and holidays 02:15, 05:00.
- Rome Termini station (Piazza dei Cinquecento) to airport: Mon-Fri 01:23, 03:53, 10:08, 13:13, 18:08; Sat 01:20, 03:50, 09:35, 12:40, 17:32; Sun and holidays 01:20, 03:50.
- Rome Tiburtina station to airport: Mon-Sat 01:15, 03:45, 09:30, 12:35, 17:30; Sun and holidays 01:15, 03:45.
The night Fiumicino timetable is not kept very well. The bus may be half an hour late or not arrive at all. Perch on the bus stop, do not give up, it will probably come,eventually.
- Aeroporto - Roma Cornelia (metro A): €3.40 (schedule )
- Aeroporto - Roma Magliana (metro B): €2.80 from airport, €2.20 to airport (schedule ). This bus stops directly at the metro station and the sign on this bus reads "Fiumicino-Porto-Magliana".
- Aeroporto - Ostia Lido: €1.10 from airport, €1.30 to airport (schedule )
- Aeroporto - Fregene: €1.30 (schedule )
- Aeroporto - Fiumicino (città): €1.10 (schedule )
By taxi or car
Taxis in Rome are white. There is a fixed fare of €48 from Fiumicino Airport to downtown (any point at your choice within the city's ancient Aurelian Walls) and vice versa. Occasionally taxis in the queue at the airport are not from Rome but from the town of Fiumicino. These are not bound by the fixed fare rule and are best avoided. Ciampino Airport to the City center and vice-versa costs €30. Between the two airports is €50. For most other destinations fares are not fixed and are based on the meter. In the main Rome taxi drivers are hard-working honest people. But there is a hard core of crooks, and these tend to work the airports and the main station. Do NOT negotiate the price for the city center and be sure your driver activates the meter (all regular taxis have a meter) when he/she starts driving to any destination not covered by a fixed fare. Drivers at the airport may try to talk you into paying more than the fixed fare, saying that your destination is 'inside the wall' or 'hard to get to'. If they try to overcharge you at your destination ask them to call a policeman. They will probably back down. Licensed limousine drivers may approach you at the airports, particularly Fiumicino where there are several companies (mainly cooperatives) with booths close to the exit. A drive with them to the center could reach as high as €80 but if you are in a group a large limousine or "van" could be cheaper than two taxis. Be aware as well of unlicensed "taxi" drivers. Go directly to the taxi stand and ignore touts.
Rental cars are available from all major companies at both airports. Providers can be reached easily in the Arrivals Halls at both Fiumicino and Ciampino.
Another option, is to book a licensed limousine or minicab in advance online. For example, a sedan, usually a Mercedes E-class, from Fiumicino Airport to Rome Centre and Hotels can be booked for €45 or a minivan for €55 [www]. The same prices also apply from Ciampino Airport [www].
The terminals were upgraded during the 1990s and 2000s. In 1991, the domestic Pier A with 12 gates opened. In 1995, the international Pier B with 10 gates opened. In 1999, the international Satellite C with 14 gates and an elevated automated people mover, called SkyBridge, connected it with the main terminal.
In 2000, the new domestic Terminal A opened, and the terminal buildings, then consisting of Terminal A (with Pier A), Terminal AA, Terminal B (with Pier B) and Terminal C (with Satellite C), were reorganized. In 2004, the new Cargo City terminal opened. In 2008, Terminal 5 opened for check-in for American carriers and El Al. Passengers are then bused to what was then called Satellite C. The terminal serves 950,000 passengers per year. In 2009, the terminals were renamed — A was renamed T1, AA was renamed T2, B and C became T3 and T5 stayed the same.
- Terminal 1 (Gates B1-B13 and B14-B30) is used by Alitalia (short-haul flights), Air France, Croatia Airlines, Etihad Regional and KLM.
- Terminal 2 (Gates C1-C7) is mainly used by easyJet with Blue Air, Wizz Air, and Ryanairbeing the only other tenants.
- Terminal 3 (Gates C8-C16, D1-D10, H1-H3, H6-H19 and G1-G14) is the largest terminal and used by Alitalia (long-haul flights), Vueling and several other companies.
- Terminal 5 (Gates H1-H3, H6-H19 and G1-G14) is used by all U.S. and Israeli carriers.
Accommodation & Hotels
Things to know
- First Aid station, 06 6595 3133 - 3334.
There are several pharmacies at the airport. In terminal 1 it is located next to the check in counters, in terminal 3 both groundside (departures) and airside and in terminal 5 airside.
In the terminals 1 and 3 there are many shops before the security check. Airside shops can be found in the areas B, C-8-C16, D, G and H. There you can also find restaurants and cafes.