Rome travel information for getting to Rome, public transport and safety in Rome. Compare the various options for arriving by plane, train, bus, cruise or car.
Flights to Rome
The Leonardo da Vinci intercontinental airport in the municipality of Fiumicino is the largest airport in Italy. It was voted the best European airport with more than 25 million passengers by the Airport Council International ACI, ahead of Munich and Copenhagen.
Ciampino is Rome’s older airport and serves low cost flights.
It is closer to the city, but has no rail or motorway access.
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The transport network of Rome consists of bus, train, metro and tram. In the historically grown network there are only a few lines that are of interest to tourists. Fares are cheap and there are also options to pay online or contactless.
There is hardly any parking in the center of Rome and it is not very convenient to have your own car. Public transport is often unreliable and overcrowded. In addition to taxis, there are officially licensed rental cars with drivers that can be rented for several hours and are more luxurious.
Arrival by car
In Rome, traffic works by means of a kind of swarm intelligence. In addition to the road traffic regulations, there are some customs that have been handed down from the era of chariot racing.
Drive slow enough to stop before any unexpected obstacle.
Train and bus
Italy has a well-functioning system of high-speed trains. Air traffic between the centers of northern Italy with Rome and Naples is therefore hardly competitive.
Rome has two long-distance train stations and numerous light rail stations, a long-distance bus station and 5 regional bus stations.
Cruises and ferries
Civitavecchia is the cruise port of Rome and a good starting point for cruises in the Mediterranean. Numerous ships dock here and allow passengers to take a day trip to Rome.
The ferry port of Civitavecchia offers connections to Sardinia and Sicily as well as to Spain and Tunisia.
Security in Rome
Rome is basically a very safe city. You can find celebrities, MPs, senators and government officials on the street without bodyguards.
But of course there is petty crime in Rome too. Pickpockets and tricksters in particular make trouble in the city center and on public transport.