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Rome Cruise Port to Airport or City Centre: Your DIY Transportation Guide

With an increasing number of one-way and repositioning cruises ending in Rome, getting from the Civitavecchia cruise port to your next stop – whether it’s Rome’s city centre or one of its busy airports (Fiumicino-FCO or Ciampino-CIA) – requires some planning.

Don’t worry, this guide will break down your DIY transportation options and help you make the most efficient, convenient and budget friendly choice for the final leg of your cruise adventure. If you’re doing a roundtrip cruise from Rome Civitavecchia port, be sure to check out my embarkation guide, too!

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Rome Civitavecchia (Italy) Cruise Port Essentials

Aerial View of Rome Civitavecchia cruise port
Source: 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. 

🚄 The train ride from Civitavecchia to Rome city centre takes 45 minutes to an hour. 

✈️ 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. The train journey time is about 1 hr 30 minutes, excluding transfer time from the port.

If you’re flying from Rome to a city outside of Europe, you will almost certainly be flying from Rome Fiumicino. Low cost airlines from within Europe mostly fly from Ciampino Airport (CIA), which is further away at 53 miles (85 km) from Rome Civitavecchia port. 

📜 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

💶 Cash or 💳 Card in Italy?

Currency: Euros

  • 💳 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
  • 💶 Cash: Smaller businesses, such as bakeries and street vendors will be cash only, so I would advise to carry some euros in cash
  • Tip: “Bancomat” 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 you’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

Disembarking in Rome? Here’s how to navigate Civitavecchia Cruise Port

Civitavecchia Cruise Port cruise dock map
Source: Port Mobility, download PDF here

Disembarking your cruise ship in Rome’s Civitavecchia port can feel a little overwhelming, especially since it’s such a large and busy port. Don’t worry, getting to the Civitavecchia train station is straightforward. Here’s how:

  • Know your Dock: Check your ship’s daily guide to see where it will dock. This will help you pick the best option to get to Civitavecchia train station.
  • Docks near Dock 12: If your ship is near Dock 12 (see map above), you have two choices:
    • Paid Shuttle: Take the direct shuttle bus to the station (€6)
    • Free Shuttle + Walk: Ride the free shuttle to “Fort Michelangelo” and walk to the station (about 10 minutes, flat ground)
  • Docks further away: You’ll likely take a shuttle to the main terminal near Dock 12, where you’ll pick up your luggage, then choose one of the options above.
  • Dock 25:
    • Paid Shuttle: Take the direct shuttle to the station (€6)
    • Free Shuttle + Walk: Get off at Largo della Pace (see map below). It’s a 15-20 minute walk on flat ground to the station, or you can take another shuttle to “Milo del Bicchiere” near Fort Michelangelo for a shorter walk.

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

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

  • Paid Shuttle (€6): Paid shuttle takes cruise passengers directly from the Cruise Terminal (outside cruise dock 12) to outside Civitavecchia train station. There is virtually no walking involved. 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 👆, 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.

Getting from Rome Civitavecchia Cruise Port to Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

  • Shuttle or Walk to Station: Use one of the options above to get from ship to Civitavecchia station
  • FL5 regional train: Take the train to Rome Trastevere Station (approx. 1 hr)
  • Change to FL1 regional train: Change at Rome Trastevere for train to Fiumicino Airport (approx. 30 mins)

Tickets and Timetables

  • Cost: One-way regional train tickets cost €11 (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 Civitavecchia Cruise Port to Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA)

  • Shuttle or Walk to Station: Use one of the options above to get from ship to Civitavecchia station
  • FL5 regional train: Take the train to Rome Termini Station (last stop, approx. 1 hr)
  • Change to FL4 regional train: Change at Rome Termini for train to Ciampino Station (approx. 15 mins)
  • Shuttle to Airport: Take the bus (“Ciampino Airlink”) to airport (approx. 10 mins)

A one-way combined ticket (including the “Airlink” bus) from Civitavecchia port to Ciampino Airport is €6.80.

Getting from Rome Civitavvechia Cruise Port to Rome City Centre

The Colosseum in Rome on a sunny day
Photo by Davi Pimentel from Pexels
  • Shuttle or Walk to Station: Use one of the options above to get from ship to Civitavecchia station
  • FL5 regional train: Roma Termini, Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere, or Roma San Pietro are connected on the FL5 line from Civitavecchia. Check your hotel’s location and get off at the closest train station, where you can connect to either the metro or buses to your destination.
  • See section above for information on timetables and tickets.

I hope this guide makes your transition from ship to city or airport as smooth as possible! If you found these tips helpful, please share this post or leave a comment below. Happy travels!

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