Ciampino airport is Rome's second airport. It used to be Rome's only airport before the construction of the Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino, to the west. Ciampino has risen into the public eye because over 100 airlines now use the busy airport, many of them budget airlines. Ryanair and Easy Jet both fly into Ciampino.
Ciampino Airport Location
Ciampino is located about 15 kilometers or 9 miles southeast of central Rome. If you're driving, state road SS7, Via Appia Nuova, takes you to the Rome ring road, or into Rome itself. Note that you are not allowed to drive into Rome's historic center without a permit.
How to Get to Rome From Ciampino Airport
Trains run between Ciampino station, near the airport, and Termini station in Rome 2 or 3 times per hour from 6:00 to 22:28. The trip takes 15 minutes. Check the current schedule and price on trenitalia.
COTRAL operates an inexpensive bus which connects the airport to the Anagnina Metro station (line A), taking about 20 minutes, and to the Ciampino train stationt, taking about 5 minutes. From Anagnina station, it is a direct 30-minute metro journey to Termini station, Rome's main train station. From the Ciampino train station, it's a direct 15 minute train connection to Rome Termini. COTRAL also runs buses between Ciampino and Fiumicino airports.
Terravision operates inexpensive direct buses between Ciampino and Termini Station, taking about 40 minutes. These buses run about every 30 minutes during the day and less frequently at night. You can reserve and buy tickets (must be printed out) through the web site at least 12 hours in advance or buy them directly at the Terravision airport desk or Rome bus stop.
The bus stop and the ticket vending machine are located in the international departure area of the airport, open from 6.10 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
After hours, an expensive taxi ride may be your only alternative. Taxis leave from outside the departure terminal. Taxi fares from the airport to central Rome are regulated and should be posted inside the taxi but fares can be higher at night.
Renting a Car at Ciampino Airport
Car rentals and buy back leases (for those traveling 3 weeks or longer) from Auto Europe can be picked up at Ciampino Airport. Auto Europe often saves you money on car rentals as they usually find and book your rental through the least expensive rental company available and include insurance in the total price.
Rental car companies at Ciampino include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty Car Rental, Maggiore, and Sixt.
Hotels Near Ciampino Airport
Hotel Residenza d'Epoca Pietra di Ponente is highly-rated and bills itself as a romantic hotel near Ciampino Airport. They offer parking and a shuttle service to the airport. La Villetta Suite has 6 rooms and a seasonal swimming pool. Hotel Louis II is a 3-star hotel with parking. The well-rated Amarcord Bed and Breakfast is an economical choice 10 minutes from the airport.