Civitavecchia Cruise and Ferry Port
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ABOVE: A cruise ship's shuttle bus collects
passengers near the Port of Civitavecchia's main gate.
Shuttle buses in Rome's cruise port
At the Port of
Civitavecchia, cruise ships normally moor along the breakwater between the
harbor and the Tyrrhenian Sea. (Ferries use dedicated piers.)
Free shuttle buses run
between the cruise ships and the south or downtown entrance to the port, which
is next to Civitavecchia's business district and within easy walking distance of
the railroad station.
Often, there are two types
of shuttle buses at the port:
of Civitavecchia shuttle buses, which look like white city buses,
don't have luggage compartments underneath, and operate throughout the port
on a regular schedule. (You'll see a printed timetable on the bus shelter
near the port gate.)
buses for individual cruise ships, which are coaches with outside
luggage compartments. (Look for a sign behind the windshield with the name
of your ship.)
How to use the free shuttle buses:
If you're arriving on a
cruise ship and haven't booked a transfer or shore excursion, take the
shuttle bus to the south or downtown port exit, where you can walk to the
train station. Don't count on finding a taxi--there aren't many, and drivers
may not be willing to accept passengers for short trips.
If you're departing on a
cruise ship or ferry, wait at the bus stop inside the downtown port entrance
until a bus comes along. At peak times, there may be a wait for a
shuttle--especially if you're cruising on a ship that carries several
thousand passengers--so try to reach the port ahead of the crowd.
Shuttle drivers don't expect tips, so there's no need to
reach for your wallet.