Civitavecchia into Central Rome
Chances are, your cruise ship or ferry with a destination of Rome (Roma) docks at the Port of Civitavecchia, the modern port of Rome located west of the Eternal City.
There is a train station in the town of Civitavecchia with several trains per hour going to Rome. Local trains take you to Rome's central station (Roma Termini) in about an hour and 20 minutes. Faster trains can make it in under an hour. The station is close to the entrance of the port, but quite a distance from where passengers usually disembark.
Cruise and Ferry passengers can catch a shuttle to the entrance of the port and walk 4 blocks to the train station. A detailed route with pictures is available on European Port Reviews.
If you're coming from Rome and wondering where to catch the shuttle, Mary Jane Cryan, Elegant Etruria, says, "The shuttle bus leaves and drops off passengers from the ships at the Michelangelo Fortress - you can't miss it- a large stone fortress inside the port area. From there the bus swings through the dock area and leaves people at whichever ship they are taking." She also says there's a lack of taxi. So although some taxis may be available in the disembarkation areas, large ships overwhelm the supply and it's best not to count on getting a taxi.
Civitavecchia into Rome Airport Fiumicino
The Rome international airport, Fiumicino, is approximately 50 km from the Port, along the highway.
Trains leaving from Civitavecchia station go to Roma Ostiense or Roma Trastevere, where you'll have to change for Fiumicino. See Trenitalia, entering "Civitavecchia" and "Fiumicino" to see the timetable of the trains.
Passengers of cruise ships trying to avoid the cost of a cruise shuttle to the airport often wish they had paid the price. While the train connection is inexpensive (around 10 Euro at time of writing, not including any taxi cost in getting to the station at Civitavecchia), the changes make it quite inconvenient for passengers with luggage.
Shuttle and Transfer Services
Several shuttle services to Rome and its airports are available. If you're in the US and want to arrange your transportation before you go, you can book your shuttle through Select Italy Private Transfer Service. For a list of private transportation companies that will transport you from Civitavecchia port to Rome or Fiumicino see Civitavecchia Transfer Services to Rome.
Where to Stay in Civitavecchia
If you're leaving from or arriving in Civitavecchia on a cruise ship or ferry it may be more convenient to spend the night in Civitavecchia than traveling back and forth to Rome with your luggage. Here are top-rated Civitavecchia hotels.
What to do with a day in Port
If you're looking for a smaller, more personalized tour than the cruise ship offers, Select Italy has a Rome Shore Excursion full-day tour with pick-up and drop-off at your ship and an English-speaking private guide.
If you want to travel to Rome independently, see our suggested 4-hour independent walking tour of Rome, or if you want to go somewhere else on your own you can take the train to the nearby town of Tarquinia to see the Etruscan tombs and museum. If you're going on your own be sure to allow plenty of time to get back to the ship! Also, see Linda Garrison's Rome and Civitavecchia - Mediterranean Ports of Call for more on what to do with a day in the port.
With more time, you can explore Lazio, the region around Rome with our Lazio Maps.
Want a day in the country or a cooking class? The owners of Fontana del Papa will pick you up at the port, provide a memorable day with a typical lunch on their small farm, and take you back to meet your ship.