Civitavecchia Cruise and Ferry Port
How to get to and from
your ship in the Port of Rome.
Civitavecchia (Port of Rome)
Port of Civitavecchia is
what cruise lines mean when they show "Rome" on a cruise itinerary. The
deepwater port, which was founded by the Roman Emperor Trajan more than a
thousand years ago, is 80 km or 50 miles from the capital. Civitavecchia
welcomes more than 500 cruises a year, and half a dozen ferry lines carry
passengers, cars, and freight to Sardinia, Sicily, and other points in the
ABOVE: A cruise ship is moored along the
breakwater in Civitavecchia's harbor.
Our accompanying Civitavecchia City
Guide has information on hotels, sightseeing, museums, transportation, and
other topics. For more articles about Civitavecchia, see the navigation menu at
the bottom of this page or
our Civitavecchia index.
What you need to know about the port:
You won't be able to walk to your ship: You'll need to arrive by shuttle bus
shuttle buses run between the
cruise-ship and ferry berths and a new shuttle-bus stop outside the port's
walls near the Porta Tarquinia. (This is a change from past years, when
shuttles ran to the Fortezza Michelangelo next to downtown. See
of this article for more information.
inexpensive shuttle bus runs between the port's shuttle-bus stop and
Civitavecchia railroad station, which has frequent
trains to Rome and
also find a tourist-information booth at
the shuttle-bus stop, where you can pick up a free city map or book a tour to
Rome if you're in town for the day and haven't bought a shore excursion from
your cruise line.
There is no direct train service between
Civitavecchia and Rome's two airports. If you aren't in a hurry, you can
connect through Rome. See our
Airport - Civitavecchia and
Airport - Civitavecchia articles.
If your mobility is limited,
or if you're cruising with heavy luggage,
you may want to consider buying a coach
transfer from your cruise line or booking a
private car transfer between the port
and the airport or your hotel in central Rome. (The trip may take an hour or
longer, depending on traffic.)
If you're departing from Civitavecchia by
car ferry, you can enter the port by
either the north or south entrance,
depending on whether you're arriving via the SS1 or the A12. Once you're
inside the port, follow the electronic destination signboards, road signs, or ferry-company
signs to your ship's berth. (Your ferry line's Web site will also have port
For an overview of the port, zoom in on Google's
satellite photo map. The cruise-ship berths are just inside the
breakwater on the photo.
More port information:
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