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Rome Airport Shuttle

Has anyone used the airport shuttle recommended in Rick's book, Rome Airport Shuttle? The price for two people is just a couple of euros more than the price of two Leonardo Express tickets, and they will take you straight to your hotel.

My concern, other than general reliability, is telling them what time to pick us up. Their website asks for a pickup time, but then says

No extra charge for waiting time up to 1h30? after landing time

The sign-up form asks for flight number. Is an hour and a half long enough to deplane and clear immigration? If the plane is late will the shuttle company be aware of that? We probably will not have cell phones, so calling to reschedule might be difficult. And it's pay in advance, so I'd want to be reasonably sure that we make the connection.

Thanks.

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SIT Airport Bus (€5 per person online, €6 at bus station). SIT run more than 20 buses daily in each direction. They run between 05.00 and 20.30 from Rome, and between 08.30 and 00.30 from FCO. The stops in central Rome are at Piazza Indipendenza (near Termini station) and Via Crescenzio (near Castel Sant'Angelo). I believe the stop is outside Terminal 3.

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We're staying near Termini, a couple of blocks south of Piazza della Repubblica. It's walkable from Termini.

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I am confused.

The Leonardo Express is 14 euro per person, one way = 28 euro total

A bus is 6 euro per person one way = 12 euro total

A taxi is 48 euro one way from airport to Termini ( or actually to the hotel)

What did you find that is 16 euro per person?

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Jane, if interested in the airport shuttle buses, here's the info on the Fiumicino website:

http://www.adr.it/en/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/pax-fco-bus

SIT, Terravision, T.A.M.... any with a bus stop at Termini would be fine. Tickets were easily purchased at points outside baggage collection, and the buses were air conditioned, comfortable and very inexpensive. Larger pieces of luggage are stored underneath. We've stayed not far from where you'll be and had no issues walking to our accommodation from Termini.

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Wendy: yes, we are staying at the Aberdeen. We've stayed there before, and love it.

Joe32F: The airport shuttle is €25 for one person, and €6 for each additional person, up to a total of 8. For the two of us, that's €31, only €3 more than the train. I'm wondering if the service is reliable, and if the convenience is worth the extra. I'm also wondering what happens if the plane is late, since we pay in advance. The website for this shuttle is http://www.airportshuttle.it/

Kathy, thank you: I'll take a look at the other bus and shuttle services.

We've stayed at the Aberdeen at least twice before; the first time we took the Leonardo Express. It worked out fine after some initial confusion about platform and schedule changes (announced over the PA system. My rudimentary Italian could follow about half of it!) We had no problem walking from Termini to our hotel, and would certainly be willing to do it again.

The second time we shared a taxi with some other folks. It wasn't a regular city taxi, and we paid less than the regulated taxi but more than the train.

Thanks for your comments, everyone. I'm just checking out all the possibilities.

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Have you thought about a private car service? It will cost a bit more (maybe 20 or 25 Euros) than the shuttle, but not much more than a regular taxi. I make this suggestion for the convenience of having a driver meet you in the terminal and whisk you straight to the hotel and only paying at the end of the trip. The service we've used (and will use again) is Rome Cabs. It is a car service and not a taxi company despite the name. This is the link to a service we've used. We just send an email detailing our needs and get an answer within 24 hours. https://www.romecabs.com/.

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Thanks, TC. I know other folks have used that service and been pleased with it. I'll check it out.

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Jane, prices for the coach shuttles on the Fiumicino website are only 5-6 euro pp one way so a very good deal if watching the pennies, and especially so if close enough to Termini to walk to your hotel. :O)

If you are flying OUT of Fiumicino, I'd buy your bus tickets in advance, to be sure of getting seats on one with your desired departure time, or give yourself plenty of time should you need to catch a later one out.