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A guide to Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, including ground transportation between FCO and central Rome.

Rome's Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is usually called "Fiumicino Airport," with the airport code "FCO," after the name of the suburb where the airport is located.

FCO is the larger of Rome's two major airports and is served by about 150 international and domestic airlines. (The other airport, Ciampino,  is used by general aviation, charters, and a few low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, Easyjet, and W!zzair.) 

Rome airport waiting room

ABOVE: Waiting for a plane at Leonardo da Vinci Airport, a.k.a. Fiumicino Airport.

Airplane landingFiumicino has four main terminals:

Terminal 1 (formerly Terminal A) is used by Alitalia, Air France, and KLM flights within the Schengen Area, which includes more than two dozen Western and Central European countries that share open borders.

Terminal 2 (formerly Terminal AA) handles EasyJet departures only.

Terminal 3 (formerly terminals B and C) is the main terminal for airlines that aren't using Terminal 1, 2, or 5, as well as arrivals from outside the Schengen Area.

Terminal 5 (which opened in 2008) is a check-in and security facility for departures only by U.S. airlines and El Al.

(No, we haven't forgotten Terminal 4--it was still on the drawing board when we updated this article in 2011.)

Getting around the airport:

Airport departures signTerminals 1, 2, and 3 are connected to each other by walkways, so it's easy to reach the check-in areas from the airport's railroad station and bus drop-off points. Just follow the signs and maps.

Terminal 5 is less convenient: It's isolated from the other terminals, and if you're arriving at the airport by public transportation, you'll need to catch a shuttle bus from Terminal 3. After you've checked in, an airside shuttle will take you to the airport's West Satellite Terminal for boarding.

Airport hotels:

The most convenient airport at Fiumicino is the Hilton Rome Airport, which is connected to the terminals by an elevated corridor with a moving sidewalk. It isn't cheap, but it's worth the splurge if you have an early-morning flight.

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