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Dec 15th, 2017, 10:28 PM
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Getting to FCO from Rome

Hi all, I have a question about getting to Fiumicino Airport from Rome. Our flight leaves at 8:40 am and their is a train that leaves fro Termini and would drop us off at FCO at 6:07 am. Would y’all recommend taking that specific train or arrange a drive to the airport from a cab or private driver?

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Dec 15th, 2017, 10:43 PM
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Are you sure the express runs that early?

There is a bus that leaves from in front of Termini that leaves at 5am IIRC.

But you don't say where you're going. 2 plus hours is more then enough for a flight inside the Schengen zone.

A cab will save you the effort of getting to Termini and if there is a few of you it won't be much more money then the express train.
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Dec 15th, 2017, 11:03 PM
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Yes, our first flight is on it’s way to Munich then Toronto, and finally LAX. Trenitalia says the Leonardo express will leave at 5:35 and arrive at 6:07. The previous night we will also be staying in a hotel that’s less than 5 minutes from termini. I’d prefer to save the money by using the express but I’ve never flown out of FCO and wasn’t sure if the time buffer would be enough.
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Dec 16th, 2017, 12:39 AM
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If you want to save money take the bus. The bus is €6 . The express is €14. It sounds like there are at least two of you. That makes the express at least €28 versus €48 for the cab. If it's more then two of you the express is worse.

That early in the morning the bus won't have trouble with traffic.

2.5 hours even if you need to check bags etc should leave you yawning at the gate wondering where everybody else is.
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Dec 16th, 2017, 03:28 AM
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My understanding is the price of a taxi to FCO is fixed and sometimes for less than that price you can get a private car service.

Are you required to check in at one terminal before being bussed to your actual departure terminal at FCO? You need to know that when figuring the amount of time actually required.
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Dec 16th, 2017, 04:02 AM
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For the last several years we have been using romashuttle.com and like their service. The cost was 45€ one way. We can highly recommend this company.

Buon viaggio,
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Dec 16th, 2017, 07:27 AM
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Nick is right, the first Leonardo Express from Termini should get you to the airport in plenty of time for a flight within the Schengen area.

It's only flights to the US on US carriers that require bussing to a different exit gate, so that's no problem.
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Dec 16th, 2017, 09:16 AM
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You can buy tickets for the Leonardo Express at the red Trentalia ticket machines at Termini. They have English-speaking attendants to assist you. A ticket is €14. Easy as pie.

The track is either 23 or 24.

The Metro is in Termini so you can take the subway right to Termini if there is a station close to your hotel. I think a ticket is €1.40 The ticket machines are very easy to use and have an English- option button.

I just took the Metro from Pyramide stop to Termini and transferred to LE train to FCO and had no problems.


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Dec 16th, 2017, 09:38 AM
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The tickets are now €1.50, and it's track 24. The only attendants I've seen were "unofficial" and I would suggest you should refuse their help, politely. The ticket machines are multilingual, so you shouldn't need any help. If there are official attendants, I've never come across them.
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Dec 16th, 2017, 03:02 PM
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No, the attendants were official. My receipt did not print and the female attendant had someone come and open up the machine for me to get the receipt.

The attendant didn't ask me for money.

Now, sometimes at the ticket machines for Lines A & B for metro there were Roma girls running a scam.

Who cares if the Metro fare is €1.5 or €1.4?

Stop being petty over .10


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Dec 16th, 2017, 03:12 PM
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I'm sorry if it sounded petty. You said you weren't sure of the exact price, so I supplied it.

I've run into scammers at the Trenitalia ticket machines, too. I don't know if they were Rom or not; they had a Naples accent. They didn't ask people for money. They just created some confusion and hoped the customers would forget to take their change or wouldn't take all of their tickets. (They're a little slow coming out, if there's more than one.) I watched them for a while and didn't see them doing anything worse, but maybe they do a little pickpocketing, too.

I was once using an ATM card in the Trenitalia machine, and one of these "helpers" was standing right over my shoulder. I told him I didn't need any help and asked him to stand back. He stayed right there. I told him that I'd call the police if he didn't back off, and he just laughed. There were half a dozen of these guys hanging around the ticket machines. I looked around and there wasn't an officer in sight. About ten minutes later, the Polfer (railway police) sauntered through and I realized that the "helpers" had all vanished in a flash.
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Dec 19th, 2017, 10:14 PM
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Thank you all for your help! It was very insightful. Love this forum
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