Rome is without a doubt one of my favorite cities on the planet. It’s rooted in history but is as diverse as ever. If you find yourself in the midst of planning a trip to Rome, you may be confused by the selection of airports. Here’s what you should know.
One City, Two Airports
Rome has two airports — Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA). Each of these airports handles a high volume of flights but to an entirely different set of customers.
Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Fiumicino airport is the main airport for large airlines such as American, Delta, and United. If you are flying to Rome from the US on a non-stop flight, you’re going to land in Fiumicino. All US-based airlines depart from terminal T3 (formerly T5, but this terminal is under construction).
Fiumicino is located approximately 30-40 mins from the center of Rome and you can get there by either taking the Leonardo Express train (14 Euro) or taxi/shuttle.
Ciampino Airport (CIA)
Ciampino airport is located 20 miles from Fiumicino and is served by two of Europe’s low-cost carriers — Wizzair and Ryanair (Easyjet utilizes Fiumicino). The Pope also uses Ciampino when flying abroad!
When would you use Ciampino?
You would primarily use Ciampino if you are already in Europe and are hopping country to country.
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