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Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port Guide: DIY Airport Transfers to Cruise Terminal

Welcome to Rome Civitavecchia (pronounced chee-vee-ta-vek-kee-aa), Italy’s bustling cruise port and your gateway to the Eternal City of Rome and countless Mediterranean adventures. Whether you’re arriving at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or the smaller Ciampino Airport (CIA), getting to your ship can be a breeze. In this guide, I’ll cover the distances, travel times, and walk you through step-by-step DIY transfers to make your journey smooth sailing!

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Rome Civitavecchia (Italy) Cruise Port Essentials: What You Need to Know

Aerial View of Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port
Courtesy of Port Mobility

Where is Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port?

Located about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Rome on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Rome Civitavecchia cruise port offers convenient access by train from both the city centre and the airports.

๐Ÿš„ The train ride from Rome city centre to Civitavecchia takes 45 minutes to an hour.

โœˆ๏ธ The closest airport to Rome Civitavecchia cruise port is Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), aka “Rome Leonardo da Vinci” Airport. Rome Fiumicino is 37 miles (60 km) from the Port of Civitavecchia. If you’re flying into Rome from outside Europe, you will almost certainly be flying into Rome Fiumicino. Low cost airlines from within Europe mostly fly into Ciampino Airport (CIA), which is further away at 53 miles (85 km) from Rome Civitavecchia port.

๐Ÿ“œ Rome Civitavecchia port was initially constructed in the 2nd century AD by Emperor Trajan, famed for his architectural achievements. It served as a vital maritime hub for the Roman Empire. Did you know that Michelangelo contributed designs and fortifications to the port in the 16th century?

Port Address: Porto di Civitavecchia, Banchina 25, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy

Which quay? There are 8 berths / quays – docks 10, 11, 12, 12bis, 12bis, 13, 13bis and 25. Be sure to check on your final cruise documentation for your ship’s dock location, as dock 25 is very far away from the others!

Did you know? Rome Civitavecchia cruise port is so huge that the dedicated (free) shuttle bus operating within the port has 22 stops! Find out how to get to your cruise terminal without getting lost.

๐Ÿ‘‡ I’ve marked “Largo Della Pace” in the map below, as this is the best reference point for any cruise passenger visiting the port. Every shuttle leaving from or returning to a ship, regardless of where it’s docked, will stop at Largo Della Pace. It is also the junction where the main road leading to Civitavecchia train station and city centre is.

๐Ÿ’ถ Cash or ๐Ÿ’ณ Card in Italy?

Currency: Euros

  • ๐Ÿ’ณ Card: I had no issues paying with card 95% of the time, from train tickets, local metro/bus tickets to restaurants, convenience stores and museums
  • ๐Ÿ’ถ Cash: Smaller businesses, such as bakeries and street vendors will be cash only, so I would advise to carry some euros in cash
  • Tip: โ€œBancomatโ€ is the Italian word for ATMs

Language: Italian

Official Websites:

Recommended Transport App: In Rome, Citymapper is my go-to resource for navigating public transportation. To get directions, use “Aeroporto di Fiumicino” for Rome Fiumicino Airport and “Porto di Civitavecchia” for Rome cruise port.

eSIM for roaming in Italy: For a great data connection without the huge roaming fees, use an eSim data pack from Airalo. I always recommend having a smartphone with a valid plan when youโ€™re at port touring independently. Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo when you use ROXANN1666 when you sign up or apply it at checkout

View from Celebrity Apex – docked at Quay 12, Civitavvechia port – looking into town centre

Getting from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Rome Civitavvechia Cruise Port

Step 1: Take the Train to Civitavvechia station

  • Take the FL1 regional train from Fiumicino Airport to Rome Trastevere station (approx. 30 minutes). Note that the Leonardo Express to Roma Termini is faster but does not connect to trains heading toward Civitavecchia.
  • At Rome Trastevere, transfer to a FL5 regional train heading to Civitavvechia (approx. 1 hour)

Step 2: Reaching Your Cruise Terminal

  • Option 1: Paid Bus (โ‚ฌ6): Outside Civitavecchia station, take the paid bus service directly to your cruise terminal.
  • Option 2: Free Port Shuttle: Walk a short distance from the station to access the free port shuttle bus that will take you to your cruise terminal.
  • Jump to my guide on the difference between the paid and free port shuttles

Tickets and Timetables

  • Cost: One-way regional train tickets cost โ‚ฌ11 (all seats second class). Children 4-11 receive a 50% discount, and children under 4 travel free.
  • Faster Options: Intercity trains are faster and more expensive and may offer first-class seats. Consider pre-booking during peak travel times.
  • Timetables: Check the latest schedules on Trenitalia’s English website. (Enter “Fiumicino Aeroporto” for the airport, “Civitavecchia” for the port).
  • Buying Tickets: Purchase tickets for regional trains at the station. No pre-booking is needed. Don’t forget to validate your ticket before boarding!
  • Transfer Tip: At Roma Trastevere, look for elevators to each of the six tracks, especially if you have luggage.

Getting from Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port

Step 1: Take the Shuttle Bus to Ciampino Station

  • Take the bus (“Ciampino Airlink”) from the square in front of the airport to Ciampino Station (approx. 10 mins)
  • One-way combined ticket (including the “Airlink” bus) from Ciampino Airport to Civitavecchia port is โ‚ฌ6.80. Luggage is free.

Step 2: Take the train to Roma Termini station

  • Take the FL4 regional train to Roma Termini station
  • At Rome Termini, transfer to a FL5 regional train heading to Civitavecchia (approx. 1 hour)

Step 3: Reaching Your Cruise Terminal

  • Option 1: Paid Bus (โ‚ฌ6): Outside Civitavecchia station, take the paid bus service directly to your cruise terminal.
  • Option 2: Free Port Shuttle: Walk a short distance from the station to access the free port shuttle bus that will take you to your cruise terminal.
  • Jump to my guide on the difference between the paid and free port shuttles

Getting from Rome City Centre to Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port

If you’ve enjoyed a pre-cruise stay in Rome, here are two ways to reach the Civitavecchia cruise port:

Step 1: Take train to Civitavecchia station

Depending on your hotel location, you can conveniently depart from Roma Termini, Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere, or Roma San Pietro โ€“ all connected to the FL5 line heading to Civitavecchia. Roma Termini is the closest (largest and busiest) train station in the centre of Rome, while Roma San Pietro is the train station closest to the Vatican.

Take the FL5 regional train heading to Civitavecchia (approx. 1 hour); this train stops in all the Rome stations above. Single tickets, from any of the Rome stations (Termini, Ostiense, Trastevere, San Pietro) are โ‚ฌ4.60. See section above for details on timetables and tickets.

Step 2: Reaching Your Cruise Terminal

  • Option 1: Paid Bus (โ‚ฌ6): Outside Civitavecchia station, take the paid bus service directly to your cruise terminal.
  • Option 2: Free Port Shuttle: Walk a short distance from the station to access the free port shuttle bus that will take you to your cruise terminal.
  • Jump to my guide on the difference between the paid and free port shuttles

Note: About the Rome Termini to Civitavecchia Coach Service

You may have heard about a non-stop coach service from Rome Termini station to Civitavecchia. This service, operated by STA Bus, does exist. However, it’s primarily designed for cruise passengers visiting Rome for the day from their ship. The timetable (typically 9:30 am departure from Civitavecchia, 3:30 pm return from Rome Termini) is inconvenient for most cruise passengers embarking on their cruise from Civitavecchia. That’s why I haven’t included this service as a recommendation in this guide.

Civitavecchia Port Shuttle: Free vs Paid – What’s the Difference?

Civitavecchia Shuttle Routes in Civitavecchia Port Map
Source: Port Mobility, download PDF here

Let’s break down the two shuttle options from Civitavecchia train station:

  • Paid Shuttle (โ‚ฌ6): Paid shuttle leaves outside Civitavecchia train station and takes cruise passengers directly to the Cruise Terminal (outside cruise dock 12). This route is not shown in map above.
  • Free Shuttle: This shuttle takes a larger loop around the entire port area, serving all visitors, incl. ferry passengers. The closest stop from the train station is “Milo del Bicchiere” (see map above ๐Ÿ‘†, near “1 – Fort Michelangelo”), just a short walk away. Cruise passengers for Dock 25 can transfer at Largo Della Pace (2 stops away) to a second shuttle that goes to the Dock 25’s cruise terminal.
  • Note: If your ship is docked at a quay far away from Dock 12’s cruise terminal, there will be a free shuttle to the ship as well, after you’ve checked in and dropped off your bags.

My Experience: While the paid shuttle offers a more direct route, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a faster journey to the terminal, as it runs only every 20-25 minutes. If you’re comfortable with a short walk, consider the free option. I’ve walked from the train station to Largo Della Pace; it’s approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) on flat ground and takes about 15-20 minutes. You’ll likely see many other cruise passengers choosing the same route, with their luggage, on embarkation day!

Recommendation: Ultimately, the best choice depends on your luggage situation and how much walking you’re comfortable with.

I hope this guide has made planning your DIY transfer to Civitavecchia a breeze. Now, all that’s left is to relax and enjoy your Mediterranean adventure! If you found this information useful, please let me know in the comments or share this post. Bon voyage!

Featured Photo by Julius Silver

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