The Rome Airport Shuttle and Bus Lines
Various bus lines connect Rome Airport to the city center as well as to the surrounding regions. Operating day and night, buses need a considerable amount of time to reach their destination. Nevertheless, they remain the most budget-friendly transit option from and to Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
The Cotral Bus Lines from Fiumicino Airport
The regional Cotral buses depart from the airport heading to Rome’s main subway stations. Making a lot of intermediate stops, they are the ideal choice to reach various parts of the city. In total, three bus routes (two day-itineraries and one night route) leave from the FCO bus stop, located at the Arrivals level of T1. Please note that the bus stop for Cotral buses is different than the other Rome airport bus lines. Thus, once collecting your luggage, you should follow the signs to “Regional Bus Station”.
The bus heading to Cornelia Station runs from 05:10 am to 8:10 pm approximately hourly (with slightly fewer routes on Sundays and public holidays) and needs around 80 minutes to get to its terminus. Subway Line A departs from Cornelia Station. The ticket price to Cornelia Station costs 3.40€/3.70 if bought from one of the airport’s sale points or 7€/7.70$ if purchased on the bus. Please keep in mind that bus drivers accept only cash payments.
Please remember to validate your ticket when entering the bus.
The Rome airport bus connecting FCO to Eur Magliana (Metro Line B) operates from 05:10 am to 09:00 pm every 45-60 minutes and from 06:00 am to 09:00 pm on Sundays and during holidays with a 2-hour frequency. Its fare is 2.80€/3$ (7€/7.70$ if bought from the driver), and its traveling time is around 50 minutes.
Last but not least, Cotral buses link Leonardo da Vinci to Termini Station and Tiburtina Station during the night. Verily, buses leave the airport every 1 hour from 01:45 am to 05:45 am and get to Termini and Tiburtina Stations in 40 minutes and 45 minutes respectively. The cost of the ride is 5€/5.50$. Still, if you buy the ticket from the driver you’ll pay 7€/7.70$.
Overall, the regional Cotral buses are the most affordable option for your FCO transit. However, they are time-consuming, dependent on traffic levels, and even though they don’t set restrictions concerning luggage, opting for a Cotral bus ride when traveling with heavy personal items can be a tedious choice.
Our Tip 1: Children up to 1-meter tall travel for free.
Our Tip 2: Tickets are available at Fiumicino Airport at the following points: Chef Express Spa C/O Bar Panella, Gelmar S.R.L., Punto Nel Mondo Aeroporto Fiumicino, and Wh Smith Italia S.R.L.
The Rome Airport Bus
The Rome Airport Bus (also known as Schiaffini) connects Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Termini Station. Running from 00:05 am to 10:00 pm every 30-60 minutes, it reaches Roma Termini in about 50 minutes without making in-between stops. The bus stop at FCO Airport is located at the Arrivals level of T3, next to Exit 6. As a matter of fact, Rome Airport Bus leaves from bus stand no.15 of FCO T3. Tickets can be bought online, from the driver, or from the ticket office. A one-way ticket costs as much as 6.90€/7.60$, whereas round-trips come with a discount, at a 9.90€/10.90$ fare. Children younger than 5 years old don’t have to pay for a ticket.
Our Tip: Passengers can use the buses’ free Wi-Fi.
The SIT Bus & Shuttle from Rome Airport
If you are looking for the ideal Rome airport shuttle to the Vatican area, you should definitely opt for the SIT bus and shuttle routes. Buses depart from Fiumicino airport terminal 3 (Arrivals level). Explicitly, the bus stop lies next to Exit 6, at bus stand no.12. SIT buses travel to Roma Termini hourly, making two stops on their way at Circonvallazione Aurelia and Vaticano. Their traveling duration varies depending on the destination (30 minutes to Circonvallazione Aurelia, 45 minutes to Vaticano, and one hour to Termini), and their operating hours are from 08:30 am to 09:55 pm. You can buy your tickets online, from the bus driver, or from the company’s employees at the bus stop (they usually wear orange vests). In general terms, online bookings are recommended as tickets on-site are subject to availability. One-way tickets are priced at 7€/7.70$, and tickets for round-trips are 13€/14.20$. Children up to 4 years of age travel for free.
Our Tip: If you miss the bus, you can take the next route, as long as there are available seats.
T.A.M. Bus and Shuttle from Fiumicino Airport
T.A.M. buses handle connections from Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Ostiense and Termini. A T.A.M. bus needs 40 minutes to get to Ostiense and 50-60 minutes to reach Roma Termini under normal traffic conditions. Routes are available from 05:40 am to 02:30 am and pass every 25-50 minutes depending on the time of the day. The bus stop at Fiumicino Airport is to be found close to Exit 6 on the T3 Arrivals floor. In detail, buses call at bus stand no.13. If you have settled on a ride with the T.A.M. bus, it is advisable to book your ticket in advance to secure your seat on the desired route. Alternatively, you’ll find a ticket office, while tickets are also bought onboard. The price for a one-way journey is 6€/6.60$ (round trips cost 11€/12$). On the other hand, you can purchase a flexi ticket and use it whenever you want until midnight of the selected day. In that case, you’ll pay 7€/7.70$ for one-way rides and 12€/13.20$ for round trips.
Our Tip: T.A.M. buses provide their customers with free Wi-Fi and are equipped with USB outlets.
The Terravision Rome Airport Shuttle
Terravision also links Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini, heading directly to the main Rome rail station. The journey with the Terravision coaches lasts around 55 minutes. You’ll find available routes every 45 minutes, from 08:30 am to 00:30 am. The FCO bus stop is also next to T3 Exit 6. Terravision buses usually depart from bus stand no.14. You can buy your ticket online, at the airport ticket offices, or inside the bus. The cost of a single ticket is 6€/6.60$, and 11€/12$ for a round-trip fare. In any case, children up to 4 years old don’t have to pay for their tickets.
Our Tip 1: Online bookings can be made up to 2 hours before the departing time.
Our Tip 2: Terravision sets no luggage limits as long as there is available storage space.
Our Tip 3: In the unfortunate case of a delay, you are allowed to take the next bus.
Intercity Buses from Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Various intercity buses leave Fiumicino Airport traveling to other than Rome Italian destinations, and departing from the bus stands located in the Arrivals area of terminal 3. Verily, Rome Airport is linked to more than 55 other Italian cities. In fact, several bus companies handle intercity rides from and to Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
Can I buy bus tickets at Rome Airport?
For most of the Rome airport bus rides, tickets are also available onboard or from the airport ticket offices. However, online reservations are always recommended as they usually come with better prices. What’s more, bookings on the spot are subject to availability.
How much is the bus from Rome Airport to city?
The ticket fare for the bus from Rome Airport to the city center depends on various factors. Thus, the chosen bus company, the final destination, and the reservation method (online or on the spot) affect the cost of a Rome airport bus ride. Overall, the journey from Fiumicino Airport to Rome by bus costs from 2.80€-10€/3$-11$.
Is there a shuttle bus from Rome Airport?
Apart from the regional Cotral buses, various Rome airport shuttle lines depart from Fiumicino Airport. Verily, the coaches of Rome Airport Bus head to Termini Station, while SIT buses link Leonardo da Vinci Airport to the Vatican Area, reaching Roma Termini as well. Moreover, Terravision shuttles and T.A.M buses also travel to Roma Termini.