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Airport Transfers

Planning a holiday always takes a little bit of thought, and when you have to take kids into consideration it always takes that little bit longer. If youíre planning on heading out to Rome you have options right down to which airport you fly into. Rome has two: Ciampino and Fiumicino, and both area easily accessible from the city centre.

Taxi

There wonít be a great amount of difference between how much a taxi from Ciampino costs and how much a taxi from Fiumicino costs, both will cost you between 30 and 70 euros depending on how good your bargaining skills are. Factor in more for getting from the airports back to the city centre than for the other direction. You do need to be a little careful that you get into a properly registered taxi, the official taxis are white and identified by the illuminated Taxi sign on the roof. The journey will take twenty or thirty minutes from Ciampino and around fifty from Fiumicino.

Rail

If you want to take the train directly from the airport to the heart of Rome, your only option is Fiumicino. The train service is called the Leonardo Express and runs directly from Termini (in the heart of the city) to the airport with no stops, it runs every thirty minutes and takes around 35 minutes.

Bus

There are several bus companies that run from the city centre to both major airports. Tickets can be bought on the bus or from the stop outside the airport or in the foyer of the arrivals lounge. Tickets cost between five and ten euros depending on which bus service you get and take a little longer than taxis to get to the city centre. If youíve got a lot of luggage, the bus (or taxi) is probably the best option.

Metro

The cheapest way of getting to Ciampino is by far the Metro Line A from the city centre. Follow it all the way to the end and there is then a bus service which costs just 1.20 euros (the metro ticket costs 1 euro also). It is very quick and quite convenient, though finding your way around Anangina metro station isnít all that easy. The major drawback is that itís never fun lugging baggage through the underground.

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to taking a holiday abroad and transfers from the airport are just one of them. Nearly all methods of transport in Rome end at Termini in the heart of the city. If youíre looking for a good deal on all inclusive holidays take a look at the ThomasCook website, some great deals at the moment mean that youíll have a few more pennies, and if you have kids it might just be worth treating yourself to a taxi from the airport.


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