Arriving in Rome by cruise ship

Where the Civitavecchia docks are in relation to the train station, Cruise to Rome - Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy (Photo © OpenStreetMap contributors)
Where the Civitavecchia docks are in relation to the train station

How to get to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia

First of all: the port of Civitavecchia is not even remotely near Rome.

Civitavecchia is 80km (50 miles) north of the city of Rome on the coast.

It takes more than an hour to drive between Rome and Civitavecchia the train takes anywhere from 40 minutes (express) to 60–80 minutes (local).

Getting to Rome from Civitavecchia

All cruise lines will offer a direct transfer to Rome on a bus, but at a steeply inflated rate (things like this are where cruises really make their money).

The good news is, you can get to Rome on your own—cheaper, and sometimes even faster.

In fact, with the train station only about 15-minute walk from the port and the fast trains making the trip to Rome in 45 minutes, you can easily beat the folks taking the overpriced cruise shuttle to Rome.

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  • By cruise ship shuttle - Priciest option (though rates vary line to line). Takes about 60–80 minutes.
  • By private car - A private transfer still takes 60–80 minutes, but will often be cheaper than the cruise line's service. Book one via our partners at Viator.com for $30 (€29 ($32)).
  • By tour - If you're just in port for the day but still want to see Rome, you don't have to sign up for the ship's crowded tour bus; consider a private tour of Rome in one day offered by our partners at Viator.com.
  • By train - There are two to three direct trains every hour between Civitavecchia and Rome's main rail station, Roma Termini. Most local trains take 60–80 minutes and cost around €5 ($6) each way (in second class). Hourly Frecciabianca and Intercity trains take 40–45 minutes and cost €11 ($12)–€16 ($18). You still have to get from the Civitavecchia train station to the cruise terminal at the port; see below.
  • By taxi / limosine - If you have the €125 ($138)–€150 ($166) for a taxi, please just book the same exact service for €30 ($33) from Viator.com and then send me the extra €100 ($111) that is clearly burning a hole in your pocket.

Getting between Fiumicino (Rome's airport) and Civitavecchia

Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport at Fiumicino is about 50km (31 miles) south of Civitavecchia. If your cruise doesn't include airport transfers (or charges an arm and a leg for them), you have three options:

  • By private car - A private transfer will often be cheaper than the cruise line's. Many airport car services charge exorbitant fees (€90 ($99) and more). Book a private car to the port via our partners at Viator.com and it only costs from €29 ($32) per person.
  • By taxi - Only if you are made of money. It'll cost about €120 ($133)–€150 ($166).
  • By train - You'll have to take a shuttle train first into one of Rome's three central stations (~30 min.), where you change to a connector train. The total transit time is about 90–120 min. This is the cheapest option (only €11 ($12)–€30 ($33)), but also way more time-consuming and complicated, especially with luggage, since you'll have to walk that final 15 min. from the station to the port. Not advised.

How to get between the Civitavecchia train station and the port / cruise terminal

If Civitavecchia is your embarkation or debarkation port (as opposed to a port of call), you'll have all your luggage and might not want to haul it along the five-block walk betwen the port and the train station (detailed below). In that case, it can be well worth the €9 ($10) to €15 ($17) for the quick taxi ride (price varies depending on how many people/bags there are; the local taxi stand's phone number is tel. 0766-26121).

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If your cruise ship happens to dock, not along the long skinny pier, but rather across from it on the mainland alongside a giant parking lot, congratulations: you're at Nuova Banchina Commerciale 24 or 25—and the walk to the train station is a whole lot farther...like 30 minutes. You'll want to plump for a €15 ($17) taxi ride instead.

There are sometimes shuttle buses between the train station and the port, but those are usually timed to coincide with local ferries to Sardegna, not cruises.

If you do choose to walk: Head to the base of the loooong pier, around the Renaissance castle that serves as the port authority, and through the exit (this can be quite a ways as the dock is insanely long; ask about the public shuttle bus along the pier to the uscita). Cross the street to turn right down Via Garibaldi. The train station will be on your left after about a five-block, 10-15 minute walk. 

Here's a map showing the route.

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