Take the train from Civitavecchia to Rome

Take the train from Civitavecchia to Rome


Mediterranean cruises often include departures, disembarkation or stopovers in Rome. To be more precise: cruise ships do not dock in Rome but in the medium-sized city, which is almost 70 kilometers away Civitavecchia on. In such cases, a trip to Rome is usually on the passengers' agenda.

Civitavecchia-Roma Cruise Terminal

Civitavecchia-Roma Cruise Terminal

How to get from Civitavecchia to Rome or vice versa?

We know two reliable options: With the first, we entrust ourselves to the cruise operators. They are all too happy to offer their guests overpriced trips to Rome. One of the cheaper offers among the Rome tours is the shuttle bus from the berth in Civitavecchia to St. Peter's Basilica. Without a guide, of course. A few hours later, the guests are picked up again and driven back to the ship. This form of transport costs around 50 euros.

Cruise ships in the port of Civitavecchia

Cruise ships in the port of Civitavecchia


In the second option, we take the initiative. We don't even think about renting a car and wasting time looking for a parking space in Rome. Instead, we take one of more than 40 daily trains that run between Civitavecchia and Rome.

For safety reasons, Civitavecchia's port authority offers free shuttle bus rides between the berths of the cruise ships and the port exit at Largo della Pace, which was set up a few years ago. – From there we take a shared taxi to the train station. In 2017, five euros per passenger were required. Currently, the prices are likely to be higher. The way to the train station is not recommended. The route is almost two kilometers long, the path is only attractive in the last third and we don't want to lose any time.

Civitavecchia's train station

Civitavecchia's train station


Arriving at the train station we buy our tickets from the machines (with German operator guidance) or at the counter. The overarching goal is the main train station “Roma Termini”. In 2022, 2nd class return tickets on Trenitalia trains will cost from €9,20. If you buy your tickets in a travel agency in front of the train station, you pay a little more, but you don't waste any time waiting.

Rome – the right train station

The journey takes about an hour, depending on the train. Those who want to see St. Peter's Basilica and its surroundings should get off at Roma San Pietro. A quarter of an hour's walk separates the station from St. Peter's Basilica.

Rome - Colosseum

Rome - Colosseum


Visitors who don't care about St. Peter's Basilica may want to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. In this case it makes sense to get off at Roma Ostiense station. From there a short walk leads to the “Piramide” subway station, whose stop cannot be overlooked. Tourists choose the “Termini” direction on the metro. After just two stops you get off at the “Colosseo” station. This is opposite the Colosseum. Nothing can go wrong in the metro either. The subway tickets cost 1,50 euros and are valid for 100 minutes each. They are bought from vending machines that follow the guests' wishes in multiple languages, including German.

Rome - Isola Tiberina

Rome - Isola Tiberina


We don't like to recommend the centrally located Roma Termini main station. The trains to/from Civitavecchia arrive and depart from outside the station. The way to and from the train seems to be endless. The main sights of Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, the Mausoleum of Augustus, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Pantheon and much more can be easily discovered from the two aforementioned stations.

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Update November 2022