Suggestions on how to get from Civitavecchia, Italy to Rome? Is there a shuttle or train that would work or is taxi the only option?
My friends were there last month and rented a car. As soon as they got to Rome and were walking around, she was swarmed by Immigrants, robbed of all vacation cash and one week old Iphone. They could not shut the phone down until they were back in the USA. Be aware, thieves are looking for cruise ship passengers.
> Is there a shuttle or train that would work or is taxi the only option?
Taxi is most certainly not the only option and will cost you a lot of money (Civitavecchia is about 45 miles from central Rome).
There are of course private companies which offer private and shared transfer options by bus (just google) but Italy has an extensive, safe, comfortable-enough and relatively inexpensive rail network which is by far the cheapest option and would certainly be my own preference.
Civitavecchia railway station is about 20 minutes' walk from the cruise port (it depends on where your ship berths and you may want to take a taxi to the station). There is no need to buy tickets online in advance: just buy your ticket from the machines at the station (all have English language options). Most accept cards and cash (and give change) but some are card-only. Check the icons on the top of the machine.
You can find train times, details and fares in English on the official Italian railway website:
Civitavecchia to Rome (the city's main station) takes around an hour and run several times an hour during the day. Most are Regionale trains, though there are a very few high-speed Freccia trains which run the route. Regionale tickets (at just 5 euro) are much cheaper than Freccia tickets but you must make sure that you validate (date & time stamp) them before you board, using the green-and-white or the older yellow validation machines you'll find at platform entrances and on platforms. There are automatic fines for non-validation and the inspectors do check.
As Mary wrote, the best solution probably is the train that is the cheapest transportation in Italy, and offer a quite good service.
Directly at the train station you can find a couple of ticketing office.
The Train anyway is a good choice if you have to go to Rome city center.
The cost is 5 euro per person one way.
We just made the trip last month in the opposite direction door-to-door from our hotel in central Rome to our ship. We went through the port's website to find a shared ride. Site is easy to navigate and it worked perfectly. Here's the website:
Much less expensive than a taxi and more convenient than the train as it is "door-to-door".
If you look on the Cruise Critics website, you will find the same information that Mary gave you - just walk to the train station and take the train in to Rome. Just be sure to get back in time.
I personally hired a car and driver (not from the cruise line for half the price) and paid in US dollars to an agent in the USA (the parents of the driver's wife), but that was 10 years ago and while I'm sure you can do the same now, I don't have the contact information anymore or know if it is still valid.
We used bobslimos.com this past fall from the airport to our hotel. Not sure what the difference is to the cruise port. It was 65 Euros that we paid directly to the driver. We had 3 couples, so it was very reasonable, and they dropped us right at the door of our hotel. I guess it depends on your budget of course!
Train is easier than easy, by far the cheapest option, and gives you at least a couple options in Rome for where you can disembark (we have disembarked at both Stazione di Roma San Pietro and Termini). Our cruise line had a free shuttle from the ship to the Civitavecchia train station, so you might want to check that out.
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From the huge dockyard in Civitavecchia, you take a free shuttle bus from your ship to the cute little gateway to the port, walk ten minutes to the Civitavecchia train station, and then catch the train into Rome (1-hour ride, 2/hour, €4 ticket). Once you reach Rome, get off at the Stazione Roma Ostiense and then hop on the subway; in two stops, you’ll land on the Colosseum's front door. After you do some frantic sightseeing for the day, walk from St. Peter's Basilica to Stazione di Roma San Pietro and catch your train back to Civitavecchia.
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