Rental Car Return at FCO then what??

Sep 17th, 2012, 01:45 PM
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Rental Car Return at FCO then what??

We will be driving in from Ascoli and returning our rental car at FCO. We will then be taking a taxi to our Rome apartment in Trastevere. Do you walk from the car rental return site to the airport arrival area to get a taxi OR do they have shuttles ala US airports to take you to the terminals OR are there taxis available at the car return areas? Thanks for any advice!
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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Why don't you take the train into Rome? It's right next to FCO.

Once in Rome, get a taxi to your apartment.

It's a heck of a lot cheaper.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Why don't you return the car in Orvieto and take the train into Rome? Would save you a lot of stress, and probably some money too. You can call your rental company and ask for the switch. There usually isn't a problem unless you are renting a special kind of vehicle that they like to keep at the airport.

If you end up driving all the way to the airport, you can take a train from there to the Trastevere station and get a taxi from there instead of going all the way to Termini.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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>>>We will then be taking a taxi to our Rome apartment in Trastevere.<<<

You can take the local train (FR1), not the Leonardo Express, from the airport to Trastevere (8€). It departs every 15 minutes. Where is your apartment?
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:13 PM
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I just remembered:

An even shorter drive from Ascoli Piceno would be to Foligno in Umbria, where there are car rental offices. Less than 2 hours. From Foligno, you can get a one-seat train ride to Rome Termini in under 2 hours.

Otherwise you are almost literally driving from one side of Italy to the other, driving past Rome, then doubling back to get into Rome. Pick something easier.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:16 PM
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Well -- I just checked the drive times. On the autostrada, you can make it to FCO in under 3 hours, so maybe that isn't so bad.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:23 PM
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Foligno is a nice small station, if I recall.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 04:36 PM
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@kybourbon--it is at 00153 via Della Luce. I have not been able to determine if I would easily be able to make my way from the Trastevere station to the apt. or need another taxi. The PLAN is to only have carry-on luggage. I had also read a report about the difficulty in finding the stops on the local train. I am open to your thoughts.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 04:46 PM
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@pizzocchieri--I did a fair amount of research and reading befor I made the rez to return at FCO. From a time perspective it did not seem to be advantageous to go to Orvieto (I did not know about Foligno).
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Sep 17th, 2012, 04:59 PM
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It shouldn't be a problem. Just be ready to get off at Trastevere as the train only stops for 1 minute. Here's the list of stops. Be sure to validate your ticket before boarding.

Fiumicino Aeroporto 08:28
Parco Leonardo 08:33 08:33
Fiera Di Roma 08:36 08:36
Ponte Galeria 08:39 08:39
Muratella 08:44 08:44
Magliana 08:47 08:47
Villa Bonelli 08:50 08:50
Roma Trastevere 08:54 08:55

Do you know the street number for your apartment? That street runs parallel from the main street from the Trastevere train (viale di Trastevere)station towards the center of Rome. You could hop tram 8 (1.50€) which travels the main road, but you would need to know where to get off (which stop would be closest to the apartment). Belli is the last stop before crossing the river, but your rental agency should be able to tell which is closest and the street is only a block over from viale di Trastevere. Here's the tram map.

http://www.atac.roma.it/files/doc.asp?r=5

When you find out the street number, you can enter Trastevere stazione and the address on ATAC and it will route you.
http://www.atac.roma.it/
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Sep 17th, 2012, 05:46 PM
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The train station in the Trastevere has taxi stands, if I remember correctly.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 02:03 AM
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I'm with Micheal. Take a taxi.

But if you decide to hop a tram, make sure you have the right ticket.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 02:12 AM
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@italy2012,

I agree with your research! It surprised me that the drive-time to FCO was so short.

I am sure the car rental office folks can tell you where to find a taxi, and it's either a reasonable walk back to the terminals or they have a courtesy shuttle.

I would opt for a taxi to the apartment. They are about 40e flat rate, I presume.

If you decide to take the train, and then need to "hop" a tram, I believe you need a separate ticket for the tram.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 02:14 AM
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Sorry for the double post! But I changed my mind in between. Taxi seems much easier. I guess I just like easy travel, even if it costs a few euros more, and getting on with my enjoying Rome.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 03:26 AM
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Taxi from the airport to Rome is 48€. Make sure you get an official taxi or you could be paying more.
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