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Nov 25

Rome Fiumicino Airport Review

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For a major world capital and center for tourism, Fiumicino Airport is a well located, adequately arranged and well connected place from which to transit to and from the city. The Airport is named after Leonardo da Vinci and offers a good variety of services.

 

Connectivity

Since Rome is such a hub for tourism, and a gateway for all of central Italy (including Tuscany) flights can be found from virtually every corner of the globe. Many from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. Rome serves as a stopover point for many long haul flights coming from the Middle East and Asia. Airlines may have flights which stop in Rome on their way to Paris or London and so this can make for some good ticket combinations if one is savvy enough to find them.

Getting to and from Rome city center

The Airport lies in a small coastal city called Fiumicino which is around 40 minutes from Rome’s city center. By mileage it is closer, but traffic generally gets congested once one reaches the tighter streets of ancient Rome.

Taxi services are abundant, but are expensive, they can be found in front of every terminal and the official rate to anywhere inside the city walls of Rome is 45 Euros set by the city. However most likely one will have to insist on this rate as drivers will often try to get more.

Low cost buses depart from various train stations and metro stops in the city. The highest concentration of bus companies and therefore the most competitive rates can be found at Termini Station in Rome. On the Via Marsala side of the station on can find all the bus companies. Tickets can be bought in the offices or online ahead of time. Buses depart several times an hour from various companies. Rates are often around 10 Euros or less each way.

City Trains arrive to the airport as well. The Leonardo Express comes directly from Termini Station with no stops and the regional train departs several city train stations but most notably Termini and Trastevere stations. The fare for the regional train is around half that of the Leonardo express.

 

Layout

The Airport has terminals 1-3 all arranged in the same platform area interconnected with the train arrivals hall, the bus arrivals and the parking garages. Terminal 1 is the hub for Alitalia while terminal 2 hosts some low cost carriers and terminal 3 plays host to most mainline European, African and Asian airlines. Terminal 5 is in a satellite location which one must access by a fee shuttle bus that runs every fifteen minutes or so between the terminals. It is clearly marked outside on the upper departures level. Terminal 5 is the building for all U.S. and Israeli flights.

 

Facilities

The airport has a wide array of airline offices as well as check in stalls set up in kiosks. The place is fairly easy to navigate and the airlines have always been efficient at processing check in. Lines can form just due to the vast number of tourists and one should especially leave time for security. It is not that the process is rigorous, just that so many passengers makes the effort time consuming. The airport is clean, but it is not super modern. Chairs are a cold steel benches, the ceilings are low and places to charge devices are few and far between. WiFi is by purchase only, the quality of airline lounges really depends on which terminal one is in. It has a good sampling of restaurants and duty free stores, but the prices are typical of a European airport.

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