Travel to Rome

Flying to Rome

British Airways, Alitalia and Air France offer direct flights to Rome from the UK. Cheap flights to Rome are available from no-frills airline easyJet and Ryanair year-round. Cheap flights to Rome are available between January and Easter.

Flight times

From London – 2 hours 35 minutes; New York – 9 hours 10 minutes; Los Angeles – 13 hours; Toronto – 8 hours 30 minutes; Sydney – 23 hours.

Travel by road

Summary:

Most of Rome’s historic centre is closed to non-resident traffic from Monday to Friday 0630 to 1800 and from 1400 to 1800 on Saturday. There are also restrictions in place in parts of Monti, San Lorenzo and Trastevere. If you are staying in this zone, contact your hotel who will be able to arrange permission for you to drive into the restricted zone. For further information, check www.atac.roma.it.

Traffic in Rome drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways and 50kph (30mph) in urban areas. UK driving licences and EU pink-format licences are valid in Italy (UK green licences must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit) and a Green Card and motor insurance certificate are strongly recommended.

The AA or RAC in Britain and the AAA in America have reciprocal agreements with the Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) (tel: 06 491 115; www.aci.it), who provide a useful advisory service as well as dealing with breakdowns.

Emergency breakdown service:

ACI (tel: 803 116).

Routes:

Rome is encircled by a network of motorways. The A12 leads into Rome from the west and the A24 from the east. Ciampino Airport is connected to the city by Via Appia Nuova (SS7). The A1 runs between Rome, Florence and Milan, while to reach Venice, drivers should turn off the A1 at Bologna and take the A13.

Driving times:

From Florence - 2 hours 30 minutes; Milan - 6 hours; Venice - 6 hours; Naples – 2 hours 20 minutes.

Coaches:

The regional transport authority Cotral (800 174 471; www.cotralspa.it) runs blue coaches throughout the Lazio region.

Eurolines (tel: 06 6662 3156; www.eurolines.it) runs international coaches, with connections to cities throughout Europe, such as London (via Paris). Journeys are long and slow, but fares are cheap.

There is no central coach station in Rome, so coaches depart and terminate in front of Tiburtina train station, Via Tiburtina (metro stop Tiburtina).

Travel by rail

Services:

Rome is well connected by train to the rest of the country.

Stazione Termini, Piazza Cinquecento, is Rome's hub station for international and long-distance trains. It is also the metro hub and the location of the main bus terminal.

Rome’s second train station is Stazione Tiburtina and of the capital’s eight other stations, the most important are Roma-Ostiense and Trastevere. Tickets must be validated in the yellow machines located on the station platforms prior to boarding.

All international trains, including direct services to Paris, Munich, Vienna and Zurich, leave from Stazione Termini.

Operators:

Trenitalia (Tel: 06 89 20 21; www.trenitalia.com) is the national rail company, which runs a fast, efficient and good-value service throughout Italy. Tickets can be purchased by credit card online (and then either picked up at one of the automatic ticket machines dotted across Rome station or aboard the train) or by phone at the number above.

Intercity and InterCity Plus trains run from Termini to all major Italian cities, including Florence, Naples and Milan. Venice can only be reached on the Eurostar Italia service.

Journey times:

From Naples – 1 hour 10 minutes; Florence – 1 hour 30 minutes; Milan – 2 hours 55 minutes; Venice – 3 hours 43 minutes; Munich – 11 hours; Zurich – 12 hours; Paris – 13 hours.

Travel over water

Summary:

The port of Civitavecchia is 50 miles northwest of Rome and is located at Molo Vespucci, 00053 Civitavecchia (tel: 0766 25208; www.portoftome.it). It is run by the Autorità Portuale di Civitavecchia. Facilities include a waiting room, ATMs, left-luggage and a bar.

Ferry services:

Ferry and hydrofoil services to and from Sardinian ports are run by a number of companies including Tirrenia Navigazione (tel: 02 2630 2803; www.tirrenia.it), Moby Lines (tel: (0)611 14020; www.mobylines.it) and Sardinia Ferries (tel: (33) 495 329 595; www.corsica-ferries.co.uk).

Nearest port:

Civitavecchia.

Transport to the city:

Trains from Civitavecchia to Rome run approximately every 30 minutes and the journey lasts about one hour. From Civitavecchia train station the port is a short taxi or (free) shuttle ride away. A first-class ticket costs €7, while a second-class one-way ticket costs about €4.50. Taxis to central Rome cost about €100 - if there are no taxis waiting at the port, companies will come out on call. Some hotels send taxis to pick up their guests, which often works out cheaper.

Transfer distance:

2.5km (1.5 miles).

Transfer time:

5 minutes.

Transfer notes:

Rome is 1 hour 15 minutes  away by road.

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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