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Your Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Travel Guide

The Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport serves the Rome market and is the busiest airport in Italy. Check out this guide to help you easily get around Rome.


Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport - Welcome

Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (A.K.A. Fiumicino)


It is the busiest airport in Italy and it was the hub for Alitalia, the Italian flag carrier that is now out of operations, but is now the hub for its replacement ITA Airways. The Rome airport is 16 miles southwest of the city and it is linked to the city by train and by road. The train ride is 35 minutes and ends at Termini Station. Fiumicino Airport has public transport options that I’ll describe in more detail below. There are also taxis located outside Terminal 1 and 3. They are all fixed-price into the city center.


The company Aeroporti di Roma manages the Rome Fiumicino airport. It has two passenger terminals and it is dedicated to business and leisure customers on national, international and intercontinental routes.

Terminals at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport


Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport - Flights in Terminals 1 and 3

Flights in Terminals 1 and 3


The Rome Fiumicino Airport, after renovation and expansion, consists of 2 passenger terminals; Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Terminal 1 (Gates A1–A59) typically operates with domestic and Schengen flights, but it had been closed for renovations. Terminal 3 operates with domestic, Schengen and Non-Schengen flights and is the hub for ITA Airways. Terminal 5 has been rolled into Terminal 3 following renovations.

Transportation To The Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport


Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport - Leonardo Express

Leonardo Express is Inexpensive and Convenient


As you’d expect from such a busy airport as FCO there are several transportation options, both public and private, for getting to and from Rome. Depending on your personal preferences for cost and convenience there is an option right for you.

Bus To Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

There are several private companies that provide bus service into Rome. It will be cheaper than renting a car or taxing a taxi, but the trip will take longer.

Taxi To Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

Taxis are an option if you are traveling to Rome. The prices change, but there is a flat rate of around 50€ for the trip that will bring you to the historical center. If you are taking a Taxi to other spots, you will be charged by the meter. You can grab a taxi outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, in front of the Arrivals areas. All authorized taxis are white, and carry a “TAXI” sign on their roof. Don’t be fooled into taking an unofficial taxi, although cabs right outside the terminals are very tightly controlled.


Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport - Car Rental Options

Car Rental Options from the Airport


Trains To Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

Inside Rome Fiumicino Airport is a train station where you can easily get to from the Arrivals and Departures areas. There are two options for More information on train travel in Italy from FCO to the historical center. A less expensive option is to use the regional Trenitalia train. This might require a transfer, depending on where you are going, but the price for me was 6€. The other option is to buy non-stop Leonardo Express Tickets, which takes around 35 minutes and brings you directly to Termini Station for 14€ each way. These can be reached from the train station across from Terminal 1. It’s important to know that the service is guaranteed even in the event of a strike (sciopero), which is not uncommon.


Subway To Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

Nope, the Rome subway does not directly serve the airport, and so if you need access to the Metro system you will have to take either a bus or train from the airport to Termini Station in the center of the city.

Car Rentals At Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

The airport offers car rental desks, which are located in the Office Tower 2, and have all the popular rental agencies. You will need an International Drivers License if you are from the U.S., or a valid European drivers license.

Non-Stop Flight Options

There are a number of carriers that provide non-stop flights between the United States and Rome, Italy. In addition to the routes listed below, there are partnerships with European carriers, so you should also look at Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways.


Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport - So Many Destinations

So Many Choices of Destinations


Here is a list of direct nonstop routes from the United States to Rome:

  • Delta Air Lines from ATL to FCO

  • Delta Air Lines from JFK to FCO

  • United Airlines from EWR to FCO

  • American from JFK to FCO

  • ITA from JFK to FCO

The Ciampino Airport in Rome

In addition to Fiumicino, there is another Ciampino airport in Rome (CIA). The Ciampino airport is the smaller of the two airports and it services far fewer flights than its bigger brother. This airport is located only about 8 miles from the center of Rome. This does make it the closer of the two airports, and if that is important to you, then Ciampino could be the right choice. Although it is now used as a commercial airport, it was once a military airport that has since been converted. It is known as a low-cost airport with several of the budget airlines taking off from Ciampino. The discount airlines that dominate Ciampino include: Ryanair, SkyAlps, Wizz Air and soon a connection with Barcelona.

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