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How to Get to Rome from the Port of Civitavecchia

Rome is one of the most interesting cruise ports in Italy. You will be spoilt for choice of what to do when you hop off of your ship on an excursion. But if you want to explore Rome on your own then you will need to know where to go. Once your cruise is docked in the port the next thing is working out how to get to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia. Lets explore the options such as private taxis, shuttle bus or the train.

How to get to Rome from the cruise port of Civitavecchia on your own

How far is Rome from the cruise port of Civitavecchia?

If your cruise ship stops at the port of Civitavecchia you may think you can just hop off and explore Rome. This is not the case, Civitavecchia is around 50 miles from Rome so you will need to work out how to get there.

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 minutes. 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 to get to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia on your own by train

How do you get to the train station from the cruise ship in Civitavecchia port?

It will take 30 to 40 minutes to get to the station in Civitavechia- 15 minutes by shuttle bus out of port and then either a 25 minute walk to the station or a 10 minute bus ride.

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. 

This bus takes 15 minutes to get to into the port town of Civitavecchia from your cruise ship which is to the west of the city.

If you hop off of the ship early you will avoid the queues for the shuttle bus.

Civitavecchia port link bus to train station

Once in Largo della Pace you will see a buses and taxis. The port also operates a Civitavecchia port link bus that will take you straight to the train station.

 This bus to the Civitvecchia 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 for your travel to the centre of Rome, although we have not tried it )

How long does it take to Walk to the train station at the Rome cruise port?

To walk to the station in Civitavecchia it takes approximately 25 minutes at a reasonable pace. There are signs to the station along the route.

The bus to the Civitvecchia train station in port
The bus to the Civitvecchia train station in port

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 CivitavecchiaThe 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!

The normal train in to Rome and out of Rome costs €4.69 from la chitevechia. The trains run all day until late every 30 minutes. The train takes approximately 1hr 5 minutes. If you purchase tickets for the fast train you can get any train back as well as the fast express train Tip- Do not forget to validate your ticket in the machine before you travel!
In Italy do not forget to validate your ticket in the machine before you travel!

Where do I get off of the train to visit in the Vatican in Rome

For visiting the Vatican City in Rome you will alight at Roma s. Pietro.

Where do you get off of the mainline train in Rome to visit the Coliseum?

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.

How to Get to Rome from the Port of Civitavecchia the Trevi Fountain

Others ways to get to Rome from the cruise port of Civitavecchia

There are many others ways to get in to Rome on your port day in Italy here are a few other option if you do not want to get the train;

Private tours from Civitavecchia to Rome

Other alternatives to visit Rome from your cruise chip are to book a Rome in One Day Private Tour. There will be people in port holding up placards should you wish to do this you may need to barter with prices but generally they are quite reasonable.

Alternatively book a private transfer before you go on holiday. Taking a private shore excursion into Rome is useful as you will get to see a lot in one day but can be pricey. There are also private tours that cover a range of itineraries from Rome Vatican tours to Rome food tours.

Take a 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 so it is not always the cheaper option.

Ship Bus transfer Civitavecchia to Rome

Many ships offer shore excursion transfers. These transfers are simply a coach trip for you to enjoy the city at your own leisure but they also guarantee that you will get back on the ship. They can cost around $60 per person and they are 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. There will be lots of choice if you book with your cruise ship including things to do with children.

How to use the underground metro in Rome.

You can purchase a metro train 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 to navigate.

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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