If you're taking a Mediterranean cruise or ferry and Rome is your destination or one of your ports of call, your ship will dock at the Port of Civitavecchia, the modern port of Rome located northwest of the Eternal City. From there you may need to get to the airport or into Rome (or the reverse if you need to get to your cruise ship or ferry). Here's how to do it:
Civitavecchia into Central Rome by Train
There is a train station in the town of Civitavecchia with several trains per hour going to Rome's central station, Termini. Local trains take about an hour and 20 minutes to reach Termini, while faster trains can make it in under an hour, but costs three times as much. The station is close to the entrance of the port, but quite a distance from where passengers usually disembark. You can walk the approximately 2 km to the station, or take a bus from Largo della Pace. You can buy a €2 bus ticket at the Largo della Pace transit station.
But remember to get to the bus stop or the train station, you'll first have to get out of the port area. A free port mobility bus takes cruise passengers to Largo della Pace, but may be crowded and difficult if you've got a lot of luggage.
Civitavecchia to Rome Airport Fiumicino by Train
The Rome international airport, Fiumicino, is approximately 50 km from the Port, along the highway. Inexpensive regional trains leaving from Civitavecchia station go to Roma Trastevere station, where you'll have to change for Fiumicino. Fast (and more expensive) frecce trains go from Civitavecchia to Termini, Rome's central train station, and from there you can take the Leonardo Express train to the airport.
Passengers of cruise ships trying to avoid the cost of a cruise ship shuttle to the airport often wish they had paid the price. While the train connection is inexpensive, the changes make it quite inconvenient for passengers with luggage.
Shuttle and Transfer Services
Dozens of companies run shuttle services to Rome and its airports, including daylong excursions. The big advantage of these, if you are embarking or disembarking on a cruise, is that they drop-off/pick-up right at the dock of your ship, so there are no long walks with luggage involved. If you're in the US and want to arrange your transportation before you go, you can check our list of Civitavecchia to Rome Transfer Services.
Where to Stay in Civitavecchia
If you're leaving from or arriving in Civitavecchia on a cruise ship or ferry, it may be more convenient to spend the night in Civitavecchia than traveling back and forth to Rome with your luggage. Here are top-rated Civitavecchia hotels.
What to Do with a Day in Port
If you decide you don't want to partake in the cruise ship excursions to Rome or environs, you can head into the city independently. Just keep an eye on the time — if you've got a departing ship to catch, make sure you allow enough time to get back out to Civitavecchia. If you prefer to stay closer to the port city, you can take the train or bus to the nearby town of Tarquinia to see the Etruscan tombs and museum.
Another option, if you have a few hours and don't want the stress of getting back and forth from Rome, is to spend some time in Civitavecchia town. While it's not Italy's most beautiful seaside city or town, it does have a nice seafront promenade lined with shops, restaurants, and street vendors. A few blocks inland lies the centro storico, with some interesting and picturesque streets. You could also just go to the beach – it's a few steps from the promenade.
Important: If you're going out on your own be sure to allow plenty of time to get back to the ship! Taking a taxi back to the port is probably the best option so you can be sure not to be late.