Civitavecchia to Rome by Train
Whether you're going into Rome for a day of sightseeing or at the end of a cruise, the is an easy way to reach the city from the port--assuming that you aren't overloaded with baggage. (If you're traveling with multiple suitcases, or if you're headed directly for the airport, you may prefer the convenience of your cruise line's coach transfer or a private car transfer.)
Here's a step-by-step guide to traveling from Civitavecchia to Rome by train:
1. Go to Civitavecchia's railroad station.
The railroad station in Civitavecchia is only about four blocks--or 300 meters at most--from the south or main entrance of the cruise port.
From your ship, take the free shuttle bus to the port entrance (next to the Forte Michelangelo) and walk along the Viale Garibaldi. Bear left where the road slopes uphill; the station is on the Viale della Repubblica. See Google's satellite photo map. (The port entrance is just to the right of the fortress on the left side of the photo, and the railroad station is identified with a train icon on the right.)
If you want more detailed directions or a printed map, stop at the tourist office's kiosk by the port entrance.
2. Choose a station in Rome.
Most trains from Civitavecchia to Rome complete their journey at , the city's main railroad station and the hub of Rome's public-transportation network.
However, many trains also stop at intermediate stations such as Roma San Pietro (close to the Vatican) and Roma Trastevere (where you can catch the No. 8 tram to the Centro Storico). Depending on where you're headed, you may prefer to finish your journey at one of these stations.
3. Check the timetable.
In the station, look for a yellow Partenze (Departures) table that shows train times and platforms. Or click here to view printable timetables in PDF format (courtesy of Massimo Rimondini) and check the platform number when you're in the station.
Trains depart for Rome at least twice an hour from early morning until late in the evening. Nonstop trains take about 45 minutes to reach Roma Termini; commuter trains, which stop at intermediate stations, usually require 1 hour 15 minutes or longer to cover the same distance.
4. Buy your ticket.
You can buy tickets in several ways:
You do need to buy tickets online before your arrival in Civitavecchia. The Civitavecchia-Rome line is a commuter route, with plenty of departures and no reserved seats on trains.
5. Find the platform, stamp your ticket, and board your train.
Look for a yellow Partenza (Departures) table or an electronic sign in the railroad station to find the platform number for your train.
6. Get off at the correct station in Rome.
If you're going to Roma Termini, just stay on the train until it reaches the end of the line and everyone gets off.
However, if your destination is an intermediate station like Roma S. Pietro or Roma Trastevere, you should be ready to disembark quickly when the train arrives. (If the doors don't open automatically after the train stops, look for a green button by the doors.)
If you're continuing to the airport, see:
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