There are two airports in Rome. If you’re flying from across an ocean—and even if you’re coming from another European city—chances are you’ll arrive at Fiumicino, otherwise known as Leonardo da Vinci Airport. This airport is also well-connected to Rome transportation, as it is served by regular train service to Rome’s central train station, Termini; trains leave every 30 minutes and the journey takes about half an hour. Rome’s other airport, Ciampino, is less frequently used. Budget Airlines and inter-European flights often land here. The best way to get into the city from here is via bus, which drops travelers off at Termini railway station.
There’s one central railway station in Rome: Termini. The station is located in the city’s Esquilino neighborhood, which, at one time, was not a place you wanted to get lost in. These days the area around the station is increasingly safe. There are always plenty of taxis in front of the station, but it’s centrally located enough that walking to your hotel is also possible.
There is no central bus station in Rome—though on the outskirts, some stations exist to serve regional routes.
When it comes to Rome transportation, travelers can spend days in Rome and rarely encounter the city’s subway system (called Metro). The two lines, Line A and Line B, skirt the historical center and it’s mostly residents who use the Metro for their daily commute. The city is currently building a new line that will go right under the historical center, but it is still years away from completion. Diminutive buses snake through the city center, but the best way to get around Rome is by foot. The Metro is clean and generally safe—though we’ve seen pickpockets there, so be sure to hold on to your valuables. A ticket for the bus or the Metro costs one euro and is good for 75 minutes of ride time.
Just don’t do it. Driving in Rome is about as frustrating as anyone could imagine. In addition to the congestion, there are crazy, constantly butting-ahead drivers, confusing one-way streets and ill-marked signage. With such insanity, and a high mortality rate, it's no surprise driving is often considered the most dangerous form of Rome transportation.
Unlike, say, New York, you don’t really hail a cab in Rome. Instead, look for designated taxi stands throughout the city and if a cab isn’t already there, then wait a few minutes until one arrives. The minimum fare as you set off is 2.33 euros (and 3.36 euros on Sundays) or 4.91 between 10PM and 7AM.