Airport Guide to Ciampino (CIA)

Airport Name
Rome Ciampino Airport

Airport Location
12km (7.5 miles) south of Rome

Terminals
1

IATA Code
CIA

Telephone
+39 (0)6 6595 1

Airport Overview

Rome’s Ciampino Airport – sometimes called Giovan Battista Pastine Airport – is one of the world’s oldest operating airports, built in 1916. Situated in downtown Rome, just outside the city’s Greater Ring Road, Ciampino Airport was Italy’s busiest transport hub until 1960 when Leonardo Da Vinci International (Fiumicino) was built. However, low-cost airlines – and several recent upgrades – have revitalised Ciampino Airport and it now welcomes more than four million passengers each year.

Flights to and from Ciampino Airport are mainly provided by low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet, which offer quick, inexpensive connections to major European destinations.

CIA is a small, convenient airport, centrally located, and boasting short waiting times and merciful security checks. If you only have a short time to spend in Rome, Ciampino Airport is an ideal entry-point into Italy’s capital city.

Terminal Transfer

Not applicable – Ciampino Airport has only one terminal building, although you will take a shuttle from your plane to the arrivals area.

Getting into Town

Train: Buy a ticket (€1) in the arrivals hall for a COTRAL/SCHIAFFINI bus to Ciampino Citta, the nearest train station to the airport. Buses leave every 30 minutes, and only take five minutes to reach the station. From there, you can buy a ticket (approximately €2) to Termini, which you should reach in about 15 minutes.

Bus: You have quite a few options available to you, should you choose to go the public bus route.

Terravision offers a service between Ciampino Airport and Rome’s main railway station, Termini. These buses operate from stops located just outside the departures area of the terminal building, and make trips from the airport every 15-45 minutes, between 8.40am and midnight. You can buy tickets (€4 one-way, €8 return) for Terravision buses in the arrivals hall.

Sitbus also offers a service between the airport and Termini. These leave from the public bus stops, located across the road from the airport’s parking area. Sitbus buses leave every 45 minutes between 8:30am and 11.45pm, with a journey time of about 45 minutes. Tickets (€4 one-way, €8 return) can be bought when boarding the bus, and there is no extra charge for luggage.

These two are the best options for going to Termini. If, however, you wish to get off at another Metro station, you should take an ATTRAL bus to Anagnina Metro. The (blue) ATTRAL buses operate from the public bus stops, located across the road from the airport’s parking area, and run to the metro station Anagnina (on line A), leaving every 40 minutes between 6am and 10.40pm. You can buy your ATTRAL bus tickets (€1.20) from the arrivals hall, and it should take 10-15 minutes to get to Anagnina. Once at Anagnina, follow the “M” sign to find the Metro station (line A). Metro tickets can be bought from an automated machine, and cost €1.

Taxi: Taxi fares from Ciampino Airport into the centre of Rome (defined as the area within the Aurelian walls) can be prohibitively expensive. To combat this problem, the airport has set up an official taxi stand, located opposite the arrivals hall. Here, taxis operate on a fixed rate of €30 per cab, good for a maximum of four passengers and their baggage. However, be warned that it is only the cab drivers who are officially licensed by the city of Rome that are obliged to offer you the fixed rate – if they’re not around, and you have to use someone else, the fare will be more like €50. The trip should take 25 minutes, but in traffic, it’ll be closer to an hour.

Car Parking

There is short- and long-term parking available at Ciampino Airport, all of which is contained in one parking area, located outside the terminal building. Parking is free for the first 15 minutes.

Information Desks

There is a wonderfully helpful Info Point Comune di Roma, located in the baggage reclaim area of the arrivals hall, where you can get all the Rome-related tourist information you’ll ever need (including maps and brochures). The Info Point is open daily, from 9am to 6.30pm.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: A bank (Banco di Roma), located in the departures area, and numerous ATMs and bureaux de change scattered throughout the terminal building.

Luggage: A lost-and-found office is located at the information desk in the arrivals area.

Conference and business: Facilities are available, in the form of a VIP lounge with a snack bar and private boarding/disembarkation gates.

Other facilities: Nursery and medical facilities; a passenger assistance and customer service desk; tour operators and travel agencies; and full access and comprehensive facilities for disabled passengers (the airport is renowned for its convenience for disabled passengers).

Wi-Fi: Not currently available.

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