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Rome Ciampino Airport may no longer be the biggest or busiest airport serving Italy's capital, but it remains popular for its close proximity to Rome's Greater Ring Road and for its dozens of cheap Wizz Air and Ryanair flights. Equally affordable car rental in Rome Ciampino Airport bargains are easily found, with historic central Rome a mere 7.5 mile drive away. Car hire, taxis and shuttle buses are the only ways to travel between central Rome and this airport which lacks a direct rail connection.
Who to Book With
Italian car hire companies Locauto Rent and Maggiore stand alongside representatives from Avis, Sixt, Hertz and three more international car hire chains at Rome Ciampino Airport. The offices of all of these reputable companies are situated close to the airport's Via Mameli entrance, near the P8 car park. A free shuttle service travels to and from the Departures terminal.
Need to Know Essentials
The following documents are necessary to collect rented vehicles:
- National driver’s licence or an International Driving Permit
- The credit card used to reserve the vehicle
- A valid passport confirming the driver's age as 21 years or older
- Confirmation of booking
It is often said that all roads lead to Rome, and the Grande Raccordo Anulare ring road near Rome Ciampino Airport easily leads motorists to the historic centre of Italy's ancient capital city. Driving around Rome city centre, on the other hand, is a far more chaotic and confusing experience that is not for the faint-of-heart. Reliable signage is hard to spot, parking is scarce, streets are difficult to navigate and many Roman drivers live up to their impatient and reckless reputations. Although driving in Rome gets easier with time, motorists should still be especially careful in camera-controlled areas marked ZTL, which are reserved for vehicles with special electronic passes. Drivers who enter these areas without a pass are subject to heavy fines.
Passengers reluctant to brave the chaos of Rome's roads in their own car can enter the city aboard Terravision buses during the day or Cotral/Schiaffini buses at night. Both bus lines travel directly between Rome Ciampino Airport and several city rail stations. Bus journeys between the airport and Roma Termini rail station take roughly 40 minutes. Taxis parked opposite the Arrivals hall and free hotel shuttle buses are the airport's only other public transportation choices.
Although Rome Ciampino Airport has no direct rail link with the rest of the city, bus journeys to the airport's nearest rail station, Ciampino Città, cost only £0.80 and last just five minutes. The light rail journey between Ciampino Città and Roma Termini rail station is only 15 minutes long. Ostiense, Trastevere, Tuscolana and Tiburtina are Rome's other major rail stations, with rail schedule information available through rail provider Trenitalia.
The Rome Ciampino Airport taxi stand is conveniently situated opposite the Arrivals hall. Passengers should avoid private vehicles designed to resemble cabs, which are easily deciphered from authentic taxis because of their lack of official identification or meters. Official City of Rome taxis are white and subject to fixed fare regulations.
Rome Ciampino Airport to Aurelian Walls is about £25
Rome Ciampino Airport to Ostiense Rail Station is about £25
Rome Ciampino Airport to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport is about £40
Rome Ciampino Airport to Tiburtina Rail Station is about £30
Atral, Cotral, Terravision and SIT Bus Shuttle are the main bus lines between Rome Ciampino Airport and the rest of Italy's capital city. Buses from all five companies are stationed opposite the International Departures area in dedicated bus bays. These buses usually take between 40 to 45 minutes to travel from Rome Ciampino Airport to either the city centre or Roma Termini rail station. Online fares for the Terravision bus service between central Rome and the airport are around £5 for a one-way ticket and around £10 for round trip ticket. There are departures once every half hour. Fees for the SITBusShuttle lines which travel about 25 times per day are £8 for round trip tickets, while one-way SITBus Shuttle tickets cost around £5. One-way tickets aboard Cotral buses cost £4.
Despite its relatively small size, the single passenger terminal at Rome Ciampino Airport still handled nearly 5.5 million visitors during 2007 alone. A separate terminal is reserved for cargo.
Up to 1,900 vehicles can fit into Rome Ciampino Airport's single car park, which is conveniently situated next to its terminal building. Short-term parking is free for the first 15 minutes, with a half hourly charge for the first half hour followed by hourly charges of around £0.80 for each subsequent hour. Long-term parking can be booked online and rates vary according to length of stay. Eight parking spaces are reserved for disabled passengers.
Visitors can purchase a £8 pass to use the wireless internet which is available throughout Rome Ciampino Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.
Information services are available in several languages at the Rome Ciampino Airport information desk.
Airport Operator (ADR): +39 6 794 941
Lost Property Office: +39 6 7934 8320
Flight Information: +39 6 794 941
First Aid: +39 6 7949 4336
Police: +39 6 7949 4444
Lost and Found: +39 6 7949 4225
Rome Ciampino Airport is well equipped and fully accessible for disabled passengers. Facilities include disabled persons’ toilets, ramps and eight reserved parking spaces in the airport car park.
Restaurants and Bars
A snack bar named Piazza di Spagna operates most of the airport's places to eat, but many more coffee shops and fast food outlets are situated beyond the security area and in the main public terminal area.
Money and ATMs
Banca di Roma operates the Rome Ciampino Airport bank, which features a currency exchange desk. Travelex Italia operates another currency exchange facility at the airport, where passengers can also find several ATMs.
The Departures area past security contains the airport's duty-free shops, but other shopping options are also available throughout Rome Ciampino Airport. In addition to the regular food shops, news stands and souvenir counters found within most international airports, the airport features shops selling toys, travel items and sporting goods.