If you are staying in a hotel in the center of Rome, then in most cases you can get to the Vatican on foot. From airports it is convenient to take a taxi or transfer, cheaper and longer - take a bus or train. Consider in detail all the pros and cons of each option.
From Termini Station in Rome
The nearest metro station to the Vatican is called Ottaviano - it is a red line. Take the Termini train station and after 12 minutes you are there. Trains run every 3-5 minutes.
From the Ottaviano Station, 200 meters away are the Vatican Museums and about a kilometer from St. Peter's Square and the entrance to the Cathedral.
From Fiumicino Airport
- See instructions: how to get from Fiumicino to the center of Rome
Buses from www.sitbusshuttle.com go from Fiumicino airport almost to the Vatican (the distance to the cathedral entrance is about 1.5 km) - this is the cheapest way. You need a bus that goes to Via Crescenzio, 2 here is a point on the map immediately behind the castle of Saint Angel - look at the map and decide for yourself whether it is comfortable for you to get to your hotel, since it can be quite far. The wording “hotel near the Vatican” does not always correspond to reality.
There is a bus during the day about 2 times per hour from Fiumicino from 08:30 to 00:30, the journey takes about 50 minutes. Tickets cost 6 euros one way and 11 euros round trip. On board the bus even promise free Wi-Fi.
The bus back from the Vatican to Fiumicino starts operating at 5:10 a.m., the last one leaves at 20:45. If you have a morning flight, be sure to buy tickets in advance on the website - the bus is not rubber, and being late for the flight is not the most fun life experience.
- I advise you to read: the best hotels near Vatican City
A taxi ride from Fiumicino Airport during the day should cost 48 euros + surcharge for luggage and the 4th passenger, since the Vatican formally belongs to the Aurelian walls, and it has a fixed tariff. But there are surprises with taxi drivers, which I described in detail in this article.
Let me once again sincerely recommend my friend, the most reliable Italian in the world, Sergio, as a wonderful alternative to not always decent taxi drivers. A transfer on a Mercedes E-class from Sergio costs 50 euros - it is reliable, comfortable, without surprises, surcharges and nerves.
- Since licensed drivers have the right to drive in lanes designated for public transport, this helps to avoid large traffic jams and get to Fiumicino in just 25-30 minutes.
The option with a train from Fiumicino to the Vatican is not the best, since you have to get to Termini station by Leonardo train for 14 euros, and then transfer by metro, but if your hotel is located in the area of the Roma San Pietro station, you can consider taking an electric train from change to Stazione Trastevere for 8 euros.
To do this, read the instructions for Trenitalia trains, then check the schedule on the website and select the train you need.
Tickets to buy this train in advance are not necessary, they are always available. If your connection is late for the necessary train from Trastevere - do not worry, just catch the next train, the ticket is valid all day. Watch the video on buying a ticket in the machine:
From Ciampino Airport
- See instructions for Ciampino Airport
By bus and metro
Please note that the Sitbusshuttle.com bus (schedule here) from Ciampino runs only to Termini Station. It costs 5 euros one way and 9 euros round-trip when buying tickets immediately. Travel time is about 35-40 minutes. From Termini, take the metro according to the instructions at the beginning of the article. In this case, it is more profitable to travel by bus of the company www.terravision.eu for only 5 euros.
A taxi ride from Ciampino to the Vatican should cost 30 euros, a reliable transfer from Sergio - 45 euros.
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I wish you a good journey and invite you to our original tours of the Vatican, Arthur.