By Linda Carter
Arrival in Rome can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you arrive on a red eye flight. The easiest solution is a taxi to your hotel, or a pre-arranged car service. If you are traveling directly to the cruise port, the cruise line will offer a transfer. While convenient, this can be expensive.
Affordable transportation is available. From the airport, two bus shuttle companies run to Termini Station in central Rome. One is Terravision, the other is SIT. The transfer in a charter coach with luggage bays runs 5 Euro one way, you can buy tickets for either right at the bus door. The biggest challenge at FCO airport is finding the bus departure location once you arrive. Follow the signs, and if necessary don't be afraid to stop and ask someone, lots of people speak English.
The bus drops you at Termini Station, and you can easily get an affordable taxi to your hotel, or depending on its location, possibly even walk. If you are heading directly to the cruise ship you can go in to Termini station and get a train to Civitavecchia.
Here is a link to some general information about Romes airports
Civitavecchia Cruise Port from Rome Termini Station
If you are going on the the cruise port it is a simple matter of getting the train from Termini. Be aware US credit cards will not work in the ticket machine. There are ATM machines here, so get Euros. The ticket machines do accept euros, so it is an easy work around. Other options include buying tickets online ahead of time, or the tabacchi shops. The line to purchase tickets from the train office itself can be hours long.
Look for the train to Civitavecchia, it is usually at tracks 27-30, which are a 10 minute walk from the central station area. Click here for photos of the terminals & cruise port. Be sure to validate your ticket in the yellow machine before you board the train, you can be fined if you forget. You will find there are usually lots of other cruisers going to the same destination. When you exit at you will go under the tracks, and exit the building, turn right, and follow the crowds to the port entrance, about a four block walk Taxis are available here if you prefer not to drag your luggage.
Here is a link to instructions on the train.
Here is a link to the train booking engine. You may have to call your credit card company to authorize the charge.