Does anyone know if it is typical for a cruise line to provide a free shuttle from the Civitatecchia port to the train station ? Thank you.
I wouldn't think so but if not, the bus is cheap.
People take the train, but it is a long ride, some local, some more express. But very, very cheap. You have to get from the port to the train station, a long walk, half-hourly bus, or cab ride. This port is extremely remote from Rome, the city.
On the contrary, it is common for cruise companies to charge extra for any port transfers, UNLESS you buy the air trip from their air department. They also offer packages with a half-day tour of Rome if you have a late flight out of the airport.
Even when people have travel agents, they do not always get enough warning of how you have to plan for your Civitavecchia transfers. We've stayed in smaller hotels that offer one or two free airport transfers (depending on number of hotel nights), but the port transfer is so much farther that it's unlikely you can get it for free anywhere.
I felt that Rick's (our host here ... ) description of the walk from the Civitavecchia train station to the port was light on crucial turn-details, and it was much hotter and farther than I understood it to be. Note that you are getting transferred (in most cases) to the proprietary port bus shuttle station (with military guard presence ... ), where you get on a bus that may be going to more than one ship. Only a subset of cabs and busses have the right to go onto the pier and up to the ship. That would be big recommendation for paying the cruise line for a bus (or, more likely, black-car) transfer all the way to Rome.
Another issue is that the airport (if that's where you're going) is much closer to Civitavecchia than is Rome. And the train does not go to the airport at all. You have to go back out from a Rome station. But the cruise line still gets a big charge to take you on their bus to the airport.
Now I am confused. Please, OP, are you asking about getting from the ship when you disembark to the train station at Civitavecchia, or are you asking about getting from the Civitavecchia train station to the Rome Termini station?
Please clarify because you have now received two different pieces of advice.
Norma, I'm sorry but I've been on three cruises there and I thought more advice was better. I gave much more than was asked for because the question seemed too restrictive for making an informed decision.
The OP is asking for how to get from port to train station. From their post:
....if it is typical for a cruise line to provide a free shuttle
from the Civitatecchia port to the train station ?
Answer to your question --- NO !! have been on four cruises out of Civitavecchia and could not follow Tim's advice, either. On our four Holland Am cruises there was a free shuttle to the port entrance from the ship. From there you walk to the train station along the beach. Taxi are available but with mob getting off the ship the taxiswant the long haul to Rome and the short haul to the station. There is city bus service but it gets packed quickly. You can see the station from the port entrance -- just about due east along the beach. Nice big wide sidewalk.
Great advice and information. Thank you, all.
My actual destination is La Lira hotel, which is near the airport. I am spending a night both, before and after the cruise, as I do not want to miss the sights in Rome. (Probably never be there again). My thinking was that I am able to get to train station from the cruise ship, and then to the airport, it will put me very near my hotel. From the airport to the hotel, I am supposing I may need a cab. I will also inquire about the hotel shuttle from FCO to hotel. Thanks, I very much appreciate everyone's assistance. Being able to visit with others who are familiar with these things is a great service.
Norma, I am asking to get from the cruise ship at the Civitatecchia port area to the train station, and then I will probably take the train to FCO, and also asking how to get from FCO to my hotel at Via Fiumara 24. I am supposing I may need a cab from FCO to the hotel, or perhaps a hotel shuttle. I realize that it would probably be simpler to take a cab from the cruise port directly to hotel, but of course, mush more expensive. Thank you.
OK, so the REAL question is how to get from the port to your hotel near FCO after your cruise. I would assume you also need to know how to get from that same hotel to the port to begin the cruise? I think we were assuming you were wanting to go directly into central Rome, not FCO.
This might be helpful:
Frank, as you're the expert here about the port, would it be more efficient for her just to take the train into Rome, stow the bags at the station, do some sightseeing, and then take the train/cab back out again to hotel/FCO? Or is there a better way?
Kathy, No, actually I am staying at a different hotel before the cruise, as I have been advised to stay at a hotel very near the Roma Termini when arriving in Rome. I found this advice to be very good, and I cancelled my original hotel to one just across the street from Roma Termini. Yes, ultimately, I am seeking advice to how best to get from the cruise port area to a hotel near the airport when the cruise docks at 8 am. Of course, I realize that a hotel "near" the airport probably doesn't mean walking distance with luggage. My thinking was, perhaps taking the train from the cruise port area to the train station, then a cab or hotel shuttle to hotel. Is this feasible ? However, your suggestion of storing luggage at Roma Termini sounds very interesting to me. thanks much.
Kathy, I have clicked on the link you provided. Thank you.
OK, this sounded like you were staying at the same hotel on both ends of the cruise:
"My actual destination is La Lira hotel, which is near the airport. I am spending a night both, before and after the cruise..."
No, didn't mean to imply that I was staying at La Lira twice. I have been advised by several other persons on this forum that staying near Roma Termini when first arriving in Rome, before the cruise was a good idea. thanks
OK, to further clarify, are you intending to sightsee in central Rome AFTER your cruise or are you just wanting to get to your hotel? It makes a difference as it seems like a lot of messing around to go to the hotel FIRST versus directly into Rome if sightseeing is the plan.
Thanks to all for the great advice. The suggestion of storing my luggage at the Roma Termin or airport sounds very good. Thank you.
What time is your return flight??? Has a big bearing on your question.
My return flight is at about 9 am, so I thought it a good idea to stay near airport. Hotel is listed at about 1 mile from FCO. Thanks
Is it a flight to another European city to connect to the return flight to the US? 9am direct flights to the US are not common. Hotel shuttles are not as common as in the US. I assume the your airport hotel has a shuttle to the airport. You will have to take a taxi your hotel from Termini or a train from Termini to FCO and then a taxi to your hotel.
Actually 9:45, Rome to Newark, New Jersey, thank you for your help.
Still an early flight since most direct flight don't start till closer to noon. May be the first out. You will need to be in the airport by 7am and no later. Staying at the airport will save the 30 min taxi ride. Personally I would stay in Rome and accept getting up 30 mins earlier to have another evening in Rome but that is only my preference. It will create some problems and expense to get from Civit.... back to Termini, out to your hotel, and back to the Rome, and then back out to the hotel. It is my understanding that the Hilton that is part of the airport actually runs a scheduled shuttle between the hotel and somewhere in Rome. Hilton is not an inexpensive hotel but the shuttle service may add some value.
Great advice. So it may be wise to stay very near the Roma Terrmini for both of my nights, one before, & one after cruise, or stay at the Holiday Inn with the shuttle you suggested ? This is very helpful information for me. Thank you for taking the time to help me. I realize I have been confused about some things, but better to be confused now than when I arrive in Rome. Thanks to all those helping me.
Where is the Holiday Inn suggestion? The hotel at the airport is a Hilton and you just walk from the Hilton to the airport check-in -- hundred yards or so. The only reason that I would stay in the Termini area or the general Roma area the day/evening before departure is for the ambivalence and to have one final evening in Rome. As opposed to hanging out at an airport hotel with nothing around it or even LaLire has little around it. And it is a hotel that is difficult to get to other than using a taxi. We are willing to forgo an extra half hour of sleep or so just to spend the time in Rome. We figure that we will sleep some on the return flight. So for us, staying near the airport is not a big deal. But you have exhibited a lot of nervousness about this trip, so it may be beneficial for you to stay near the airport.
Let me make another suggestion in case you have not read about it in a guidebook or received it here at another time. Granted -- we have a fair amount of travel experience and it is obvious it has been years since we were newbies. But we can lost just as easy as anyone else.
Although we have spent nearly a month in Rome over the years and think we know our way around very well, we still get lost and often do. On our last trip we were somewhere in west Rome and decided to walk back to our hotel in the Termini area. One of the reason we like the Termini area -- and we should have done it but didn't - is that many buses, trams go to Termini and if the little sign on the front of the bus will say, "Termini" we know we can jump on that bus and it will end at the bus station in front of the train station. We can walk to our hotel from there. BUT -- it was nice evening so we thought we would walk. Didn't have a map but had my compass. So we walking along, taking a long time, and not seeing familiar territory but keep walking. Mistake No 2 --- Compass says we are going in the wrong direction. Though it was being thrown off by the buildings. Kept walking -- Suddenly we see water and a river. We had walking about 90 degrees away from our hotel and the compass was correct. Now we are even further from our hotel and tired of walking. So --- looked for the nearest taxi stand, handed the driver a business card from our hotel, 9 euro and 20 minutes later we are in front of our hotel. So don't be afraid of being lost -- happens all the time.
If you don't have a business card for your hotel -- we always grab a couple when we check in -- write it clearly on a slip of paper. That way there is no mistake about where you want to go. And the driver will appreciate it also. I read a lot of anxiety in all of your questions and responses. You need to relax some to better enjoy your trip. It will not be as difficult as you seem to be imagining.
My mistake. When I referred to Holiday Inn I meant to refer to the Hilton. Thanks for all your help.
Your advice has been very helpful to me. I will cancel the La Lira. ( I opted for free cancellation in anticipation of scenarios such as this) And I will do the Hilton at the airport or a hotel very near the Roma Termini. I like your idea of another night in Rome, as opposed to the airport, and I don't mind rising early. Thanks, again.
If you stay in the Termini area I would ask the hotel to arrange a taxi about 6.30 and arrive the airport around 7 to 7.15. It will be a fixed price of 48 euro. If you want to use the train, the first non-stop train is 6.35 from Termini, arriving 7.07am at 14 euro now. Saves money but there is a convenience factor of door to door for the taxi. You might check with the hotel for a shared shuttle - probably priced somewhere in the 20s. Processing through exit immigration and security for the return flight will take some extra time but you are earlier so lines should be short.
Great and helpful detailed information, Frank. Thank you much . Gary
Thank you to all who have replied. I appreciate your advice very much. I am now staying very near the Roma Termini both before and after the cruise, for accessibility to public transportation. Again, thanks for the great information.