How to get to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia
How far is Rome from the cruise port of Civitavecchia?
If your cruise ship stops at the port of Civitavecchia you may thing you can just hop off and explore Rome. This is not the case, Civitavecchia is around 50 miles from Rome. So how do you get to Rome from the Port of Civitavecchia? It takes over an hour to drive to Rome from Civitavecchia and the train takes 45 minutes to 1 hr 10. In fact from the time you leave your ship arrive in port and walk to the station it can take up to two hours to arrive in Rome.
How do you get to the train station from the cruise ship in Civitavecchia port?
It takes about 15 minutes to get to into the port of Civitavecchia from your cruise ship which is to the west of the city.
There is a free shuttle bus from your cruise ship in to the port in of Civitvecchia. After disembarking your ship you will be greeted by shuttle buses. These shuttle buses will drop you in the town of Civitvecchia at Largo Della Pace shown on the map below.
If you hop off of the ship early you will avoid the queues for the shuttle bus.
Civitavecchia port link bus
Once in Largo della Pace you will see a buses and taxis. The port also operates a Civitavecchia port link bus.
This bus to the Civitvecchia train station is €2 each way per person. It is a hop on hop off portlink bus that will take you to the train station and back again if you wish. The bus stop is directly outside the station for your return journey.
Whilst you are in the Civitavecchia bus port you will see lots of people selling taxis and a group shuttle Bus to Rome for €19 return. (this may be another option although we have not tried it )
To walk to the station it will take approximately 25 minutes at a reasonable pace. There are signs to the station along the route.
Getting the train from Civitavecchia to Rome
If you choose to go to Rome alone by train without a tour it will take approximately 2 hours from ship to Rome Terminals. Leave enough time to get back to your ship in time for sailing.
At the station they do an express return to Rome for €15. Then you can purchase a metro as well to use the underground service in the city centre.
The express train had two trains in to Rome and two trains out stopping at Rome S. Pietro and Roma Ostiense and takes about 45 minutes.
The train times are 9.15 and 10.15 from Civitavecchia.
Returning from Roma s. Pietro to Civitavecchia at 15.52 and 16.43.
Returning from Roma Ostiense to Civitavecchia at 15.37 and 16.30
We however wanted to be more flexible so we purchased a flexible one way express for €10 and a return train anytime costing €4.69
The normal trains in to Rome and out of Rome costs €4.69 from la Civitavecchia. The trains run all day until late every 30 minutes. The train takes approximately 1hr 5 minutes. See the website for more details.
If you purchase tickets for the fast train you can get any train back as well as the fast express train.
Children under the age of 12 travel for free limited to one child per adult.
Tip- Do not forget to validate your ticket in the machine before you travel!
Where do I get off of the train to visit in Rome
For visiting the Vatican City in Rome you will alight at Roma s. Pietro. For visiting other points of interest such as the Coliseum or the Trevi Fountain you will alight on the other side of the river at Roma Ostiense or Roma Termini, from here you can walk or take the Metro.
Getting the metro in Rome.
You can purchase a metro ticket at most of the small shops in the metro stations. There is an app to download for all of the stations. All of the trains have screens showing which stop is coming up and which way you are going making it very easy.
Private tours from Civitavecchia to Rome
Other alternatives are to book a Rome in One Day Private Tour. There will be people in port should you wish to do this. Alternatively book a private transfer before you go on holiday. Taking a private shore excursion into Rome is useful to see a lot in one day but can be pricey.
Taxi from Civitavecchia to Rome
There will be lots of Taxis in port should you wish to be taken from Civitavecchia to Rome. Taking a taxi could set you back around €120.
Ship Bus transfer Civitavecchia to Rome
Many ships offer shore excursion transfers. These are around $60 per person bookable with your cruise line.
Ship shore excursion from Civitavecchia to Rome
If you are unsure of getting in to Rome alone you can book a shore excursion with your cruise line.
Port of Civitavecchia Port Mobility service
In the Port of Civitavecchia they have made a paper brochure, available in Italian, English and Spanish for all all tourists arriving at the port which contains useful advice. The Port Mobility service is for cruise passengers and visitors of the Port of Civitavecchia.
Civitavecchia port map
I hope you found this port guide helpful in how to get to Rome from the Port of Civitavecchia.
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