Civitavecchia Cruise Port To / From City Of Rome By Train

Logistics of using the train for travelling between Rome & its cruise port

Rome Train To Civitavecchia, Rome's Cruise Port

Rome Train To Civitavecchia
Rome's Cruise Port

There is a very good train service between Rome and Rome's Cruise Port, Civitavecchia.

The core service is broadly a twice hourly service on commuter style trains taking around 70 to 80 minutes to travel the full route. The terminus in the centre of Rome is Termini Station, but there are interim stops attractive to those travelling to and from Fiumicino Airport or have a hotel around the Vatican area.

There are also much less frequent long distance inter city long distance trains that will do the journey in around 45 minutes non-stop. Tickets however for these cost well over double that of the commuter trains.

Rome Stations

The terminus in Rome City Centre, Termini Station, is the main public transport hub for Rome in the city centre.

The trains travel at quite a speed from the outskirts of Rome to Civitavecchia but are frustratingly slow within Rome taking a circuitous route around and into the city centre. Of a typical 80 minute journey, 30 minutes will be spent within the Rome urban area.

For many people it can make sense to get off at other stations than the Rome terminus at Termini, especially if you are on a day trip or going to Fiumicino, Rome's main airport.

Travelling from Civitavecchia a typical train will stop at S Pietro (40 mins), Trastevere (50 mins), Ostiense (55 mins) and finally Termini (70 mins). S Pietro is around 15 minutes walk to the Vatican and St Peter's Square.

Trastevere is the interchange for a frequent airport train to Fiumicino Airport.

Ostiense is an interchange with the Rome Metro which can take you direct to the Colosseum or Spanish Steps.

Trains Between Rome City Centre And Its Airports + Cruise Ports

Trains Between Rome City Centre And Its Airports + Cruise Ports

Civitavecchia Train Tickets & Luggage

Both Civitavecchia and Rome Stations have manned ticket offices that take credit cards and there are also ticket machines. Ticket machines are easy to use, take all major credit cards and support several languages including English.

Beware, the queues at Termini Station especially can be very long for the manned ticket offices.

Most frequencies between Civitavecchia and Rome are by local stopping train. There are infrequent inter-city trains that run non-stop between Civitavecchia and Termini Station, in the Civitavecchia to Rome direction punctuality especially is not good.

This is not Switzerland, do give yourself plenty of contingency - the trains are reliable but are subject to delays.

Beware, the queues at Termini Station especially can be very long for the manned ticket offices.

Beware, if you buy a ticket for the local trains it is flexible and you have to stamp it before you board the train at machines around all the stations. You risk a heavy fine if you produce an unstamped ticket for a ticket inspector. Further details of this are on our main Rome public transport page.

You can also purchase tickets in advance on the Tren Italia web site. (See link below).

Train Fares Between Civitavecchia and Rome

(Last checked January 2016)


Standard Adult Fare One-Way

Local Train


Civitavecchia - Rome (Termini Station)



Civitavecchia - Rome (S.Pietro / Vatican)



Civitavecchia - Rome (Fiumicino Airport) via Trastevere



* On-line inter-city train prices are extremely variable, the earlier you book the cheaper the fare

† Not all inter-city trains stop at S.Pietro

Note: Fares on The TrenItalia site for Civitavecchia local trains are only displayed up to seven days in advance. Inter city trains, 4 months.

TrenItalia Timetables & Ticketing
Civitavecchia Train Interior

Civitavecchia Train Interior

The local trains themselves are more often than not run with double deck carriages. The picture left is of a typical interior, seats are not allocated.

There is a small space between the seats where you can put a medium size case and overhead luggage rail, (see picture left). Its not as bad as it might look, luggage will be a problem if you have two or more large cases per person, plus hand luggage.

Trains are not normally crowded at all except at the height of the commuter period into Rome in the morning and out in the evening.

At Rome's Termini Station there is a left luggage office so it is possible to have a brief visit to see the sights of Rome before catching a late flight or train.

Civitavecchia Station To/From Cruise Terminal

Its about 750m between Civitavecchia train station and the dock gates for the cruise port.

Complementary shuttle buses run from your cruise ship to the dock gates.

Civitavecchia Promenade

Civitavecchia Promenade

For those without luggage its a pleasant 10-15 minute walk along the promenade. For those with luggage it is doable but taxi's are freely available.

In the port to train station direction, once you pass through the main entrance to the port, where the bus drops you off, you just keep to the right hand side of the road that runs parallel with the sea. Your path should look uncannily like the picture to the right.

As you can see its pretty wide and flat, suitcases on wheels should roll along nicely. Just keep going, you'll see a couple of reassuring signs indicating the way to the train station (stazione ff.s).

When you are opposite the Hotel de La Ville on the other side of the road its time to cross the road and follow the same coastal road on the other side. Very shortly the station approach road slants slightly uphill up to the train station entrance.

In the reverse direction, when you come out of the station entrance turn right past the taxi rank, descending to a main road that follows the coast to your left. This road goes all the way to the port entrance. At a convenient point cross over to the coastal side of the road. If you want a break along the way there are several open air cafes, even an Irish pub, on the station side of the road.

Day To Trip To Rome? - Maybe Get Off Train At St Peter's (S.Pietro)

If you are visiting Rome on a stopover on a cruise ship, the train is an excellent way of avoiding the high prices of the cruise line offerings.

For most doing such a day trip its a good idea to get off the train at S.Pietro (St Peter's). Not only is it marginally cheaper than going to the terminus at Termini Station but it will save you 30 minutes, maybe more. St Peter's Station is only 10 minutes walk from St Peter's Square and the Vatican Museums. All the Rome Hop On, Hop Off sightseeing buses park in front of St Peter's Square.

There are also local buses from in front of St Peter's Station that will take you into the very heart of Rome.

Walking Directions S.Pietro Station to St Peter's Square.

The main walking routes from St Peter's Station are marked on the map below.

By foot, on leaving the front of St Peter's Station there is a small square where the bus terminus is located. With the station building behind you, turn left at the back of the square down the Via Innocenzo, a one-way street with the traffic including the buses coming towards you.

Walk on the right hand side of the road and after about 100 yards/metres take the first right down the Via Nicolo. Walk to the end of Via Nicolo, (only about 75 yards) and turn left into the Via Della Stazione di S.Pietro. You will see a petrol/gas station about 50 yards in front of you at a fork in the road. Our route forks right here in front of the petrol station down the Via Alcide de Gasperi keeping to the left hand side of this road.

After about 100 yards the Via Alcide de Gasperi joins the busy Via Delle Fornaci from the right. Keep on the left hand side of the road and you soon come to a wide underpass for pedestrians that takes you under a busy road. On the other side you see the Roman Columns of St Peter's Square immediately in front of you.

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Taking The Train Between Fiumicino Airport And Civitavecchia

There are no direct trains between Rome's main airport and its cruise port, but the journey can be performed very easily with one change of train at Trastevere. The trains between Fiumicino Airport and Trastevere and Trastevere and Civitavecchia both run several times an hour and you can purchase a through ticket,

If you have time for sightseeing in Rome you can take the Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino Airport to Rome's Central Station, Termini. By the platform at Termini this train uses is the left luggage office, (though expect queues). All the hop on, hop off sightseeing buses start from in front of the station. The Civitavecchia trains start from Termini Station.

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