Trying to book air flights and it seems that all the flights want to leave Rome early in the morning. How much time does it take to get from the Port to the Airport? We may end up staying a day or so after in Rome, but may decide to do the stay before the cruise to get accustom to the time change. Then we would want to leave the same day we return.
You bring up a very good point. I have recently started to work this problem myself, and I'm certain that we are not alone.
The port is less than 70kms from FCO (a majority on a superhighway) so travel time is less than an hour. Figure a minimum of 2 hours at the airport before your flight. We had 2 hours this past June and were really tight on our time - only minutes to spare. From what I've read that 2 hours can easily become 3+ hours by mid-morning.
If you are flying into the southern US, about 70% of your flights out of Rome are before 9am; into JFK, 70% of your flights are after 9am.
Taking the train from the port to FCO is going to take you a minimum of 3.5 hours from ship to plane gate (extremely tight) to 5.5 hours or more. That being said, maybe flying out the following day is a good idea.
Interesting alternative I found yesterday. Both Delta and Alitalia have nonstop flights from Pisa to JFK departing at 1:35PM. Departing Civitavecchia station at 7:16am could put you at the airport in time for those flights. You would have 3h 15m from the time that you arrived at Pisa Centrale. The airport is a fairly quick cab ride away. Pisa airport is much, much smaller than FCO!
As for me, I haven't decided yet but am leaning the Pisa direction.
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Well keep me appraised of what you find out there. That would be an interesting option. Currently, we were planning on flying through Chicago (to drop the kiddos at the grandparents) but that is not firm yet. The flights from/to Chicago don't seem as restrictive time wise but they still have the monring flight out issue.
Now that is a very interesting idea (using Pisa). But keep in mind its not a short trip. There is an excellent IC train that leaves "Civ" at 8:24 am and gets into Pisa at 10:57. Assuming that train does not run too late and you can get a fast taxi, that should get you to the Pisa airport by 11:30 which would be fine for a 1:30 flight. On the other hand, if there would be any problems with the train you would miss your flight. The IC trains usually do run close to schedule, but there is some risk (I would want to know how the airline would handle the change and at what cost). If you do use the train to Pisa, keep in mind that you need reservations for the IC. By the way, that Delta and Alitalia fight is actually one plane (code share).
Ok, but back to my original question, how long does it take to get from Civ to the Airport in Rome (FCO)? I found a flight that leaves at 11:55AM which we could make if the trip to the airport doesn't take more than 2 hours. And what would be the best way? Train? Taxi? (I think the cost of a taxi all the way to the airport might be cost prohibitive.)
Note that the CCL Freedom docks in Civ on Thrusday and disembarkation is on Friday. I don't see why they wouldn't let us leave the ship very early on Friday as we probably clear customs on Thursday?
Originally posted by Jim C.:
Ok, but back to my original question, how long does it take to get from Civ to the Airport in Rome (FCO)? I found a flight that leaves at 11:55AM which we could make if the trip to the airport doesn't take more than 2 hours. And what would be the best way? Train? Taxi?
I am trying to avoid a hotel room the night after. Already doing the day before hotel. My CCL cruise specialist just told my that they don't allow any flights booked before 9:30 AM and that their shuttle is 45 mins. Right... So they start disembarkation by 6AM. IF we can get off the ship by 7AM, even triple the 45 mins still gets us to the airport in time. Though I think I would rather take the train and avoid possible traffic delays. What time do the trains start running to the airport and how frequently?
Jim, We have made 10:30 flights out of FCO without a problem but its better if you can get something 11 or later. The early shuttles from the ship can take anywhere from 45 min to 1 1/2 hours with 1 hour probably being average. Once you get out of the immediate port area its all main highway (the A12) to the airport. The only slowdowns can sometimes occur near the airport during morning rush hour. I do not recoommend the trains if you have a morning flight because there is no direct train to the airport. You actually have to go into Rome (about an hour) and than catch the train back out to the airport (another 30 minutes plus the waiting time between trains). You would also need to get from the ship to the "Civ" train station with your luggage and its very possible you will not find a taxi willing to do that local run. You would than have to use the port shuttle to the entrance and still have a long 4 block walk to the station. Thats no problem for daytrips but no fun with luggage. And if you happen to get unlucky and have a rainy day it can be miserable.
Thanks Hank.. Our flight is at 11:55AM. So your advice is perfect. I don't like the idea of paying the $85 cruise transport fee, but for the convience and the gaurantee that we will get there (versus multiple trains and cab connections) its probably worth it. You wouldn't happen to know what a cab ride to the airport from the cruise port entrance costs, do you? There is only the two of us, so if we could cab it for less than $170 that would be another option.
My goodness, 11:55. You will have no problems other than too much time to kill at the airport. I do not know the exact taxi fare but you are probably talking about $250 give or take a few bucks. With taxis it is negotiable and supply and demand rules! You might want to google Rome airport transfers and send some e-mails for prices. But I suspect the cruise line transfers are going to be your cheapest option. This darn port is always a hassle (as are many European ports). We always spend time in Europe before and/or after cruises, and whenever we begin or end in "Civ" we plan a land trip so that we can either pick-up or drop a rental car in "Civ." Even that has become a hassle because security lately has prohibited the rental car companies from doing business inside the port (they used to meet us at the ship). We have booked the April 08 Grand Princess transatlantic that ends in Civitavecchia, and I am not looking forward to getting from ship to the rental car dealer.