Civitavecchia Port is located 100 km away from Rome. Almost all cruise liners are put in this port.
It’s relatively easy to get to Civitavecchia, but one needs to consider several things to avoid missing your liner.
One can take a regional bus, go by train or take a taxi to Rome. I recommend choosing a bus or a transfer. The train is the least preferable option.
A bus for 10 Euros
You can get from Civitavecchia port to Rome by bus for 15 EUR and arrive at Termini railway station. The number of seats is limited, so it’s better to buy a ticket online in advance at www.tiqets.com
The route and the timetable are the following:
- Civitavecchia (departure at 9.00 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.) – Vatican (arrival at 10.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.) – Termini station (arrival at 10.15 a.m. and 10.45 a.m.);
- Termini station (departure 3.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.) – Vatican (departure 3.45 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.) – Civitavecchia (arrival at 4.45 p.m. and 5.15 p.m.).
The bus is equipped with free Wi-Fi, and it arrives directly at the terminal of departures of cruise liners. When boarding the bus, show the driver the QR code on the screen of your smartphone or any other device. No need to print anything.
A train for 5 Euros
- If you choose a train, you will spend up to 4 hours (depending on your starting point).
To get from Rome to Civitavecchia port is the cheapest option but in return, you will spend much more time on the road and can face unpleasant railway stuff along your way. Strikes of the transport services occur about three times per month, and you never know whether you will catch them.
But if you are ready for such an adventure, go to www.trenitalia.com to check the timetable and choose the option.
Trains departure from Roma Termini station, which means that if you stain in a hotel not close to this area, you need additionally spend time to get there by bus or metro. Besides, please consider that once you arrive, the station is 700 meters, about 10 minutes walk from the port itself.
There is no need to buy tickets in advance as there are no reserved seats. If your liner departures at 5 p.m., for example, you should leave Rome minimum at 1 p.m. I would go even at 12 p.m.
- The official website of Civitavecchia port is www.civitavecchiaport.org, where you can check the timetable of all cruise liners.
Taxi for 120 Euros
- Way time – 1 hour 15 minutes. The most expensive but fastest option.
It is the most expensive and the fastest way. Worth considering, especially if you are not traveling alone. Taxis rate is 120 Euros for a trip from the Aurelian Walls zone to the port of Civitavecchia Port if you take an official taxi rank. In practice, taxi drivers may demand an additional fee for luggage, for the 4th passenger, for a call to the hotel, etc.
Here I described the peculiarities of Roman taxi drivers.
Transfer for 115 Euros
Way time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
An excellent alternative to taxi drivers is to order a transfer in advance. Then, you will be picked up directly from the hotel, in a comfortable Mercedes E-class – it is convenient, reliable and even 5 Euros cheaper. Plus, there are definitely no surprises and extra charges. However, plan your trip at least 24 hours in advance.
We recommend ordering a reliable transfer to the Civitavecchia Port on the website Rome4.us from Sergio, the most reliable Italian in the world.
From Fiumicino airport
On trains from 11 to 33.5 Euros
Way time: 2.5-3 hours
There is no direct train from Fiumicino airport to Civitavecchia. First, you have to go to Termini on the Leonardo Express train for 14 Euros, and then make a change. The second option is to take a regional train to Trastevere station for 8 Euros and change there. Here is detailed instruction on how to get from Fiumicino to Rome.
This option should only be considered if you have spare time, a limited budget and already have experience of traveling by train in Italy.
By taxi for 120 Euros
Way time: about an hour.
It’s the same story with taxi drivers from Fiumicino – the price should be 120 Euros. It is better to ask in advance before getting into the car. I recommend literally asking 2-3 times whether there will be a fixed price. Anyway, we advise you to order a transfer in advance. Sergio will pick you up at the airport for 115 Euros and deliver you to the port on time without any unpleasant surprises.
- Read about taxi drivers in Rome.
If your cruise liner stays at the Civitavecchia Port for one day, then it is rational to combine the return transfer with an individual excursion ALL ROME IN 3 HOURS by car. You will be picked up at the port, and taken to Rome, where in 3 hours an English-speaking guide will tell you about and show the main attractions, advise a restaurant for a delicious lunch and bring you back by the departure of the liner. The cost of such a program for 1-4 people will be 450 Euros.
I am sure these tips are helpful to you. We will be glad to answer your questions in the comments.