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Taxi from Rome FCO to Trastevere (4 People with Bags)

I'm wondering if I should reserve in advance a taxi/limousine to transport 4 adults with bags? Our two friends are not RS travelers and may have larger bags. Please provide advice on how taxis operate from Rome FCO. On a recent arrival at Paris airport, taxi line had attendants doing an efficient job of separating out groups of 4 or more in order to get them in larger taxis. If Rome does similar, perhaps we do not need an advance reservation.
Thanks to all RS travelers for sharing your expert advice!
:-)

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In my experience the taxi line at FCO is very efficient
They will put you in a taxi van when one is available
Don’t think it would be a long wait at all
Fixed rate 50 euros
Might be extra for extra bags

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You might want to consider a private car service. The fee should only be a little more than a regular taxi.

The company known as Rome Cabs is definitely a car service and not a taxi company despite the name. We send an email detailing our needs and get an answer within 24 hours. This is the link to their site. https://www.romecabs.com/.

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Another vote for setting up a car service...we used Suntransfer and preset and prepaid so did not even have to worry about having cash or using or card. It was about 5 euro more than a cab into the city....well worth it to have them waiting for you after a long flight and being jet lagged.

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If you want to pay with credit card, make clear before gettin' on the cab that you have no cash and that you are not stopping at an ATM because his machine is broken. This way you will avoid any dishonest taxi driver in the line

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hey hey lhdunlap
everyone has opinions of good and not good.
i would hire one, they will be waiting for you when you get out of baggage claim. we did this years ago, first trip to rome, not knowing the city or taking a bus or train. times have changed now, but i still would after a long trip and not lugging bags. leave the driving the the taxi man.
another must, your two friends need to pack lighter.
aloha

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Has anyone taken the train from the airport to Trastevere then used a Tram?

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Has anyone taken the train from the airport to Trastevere then used a Tram?

Thousands every day. What do you need to know about the FL1 train and the new #8 bus?

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€50 up to 4 passengers, inclusive of all supplements (like bags).
https://www.comune.roma.it/web-resources/cms/documents/tariffario_taxi_A.pdf

However expect to be for asked a few euro more, like the bags supplement of €1 per bag (after the first one which is free) and the dispatch initial supplement of €4. Taxi drivers are slick and sometimes they pretend not to remember that all supplements are included in the 50€ from the airport.

Also if you plan to pay by credit card, let them know right away before you board, because somehow their POS machine always breaks down and they expect to be paid in hard cash (they don't like to report their income or to pay the VAT to the tax man).

If you pay cash you will be more likely to be charged more than the 50€ because they won't give you a receipt either, so you won't be able to complain to the City that they asked you for more than the City mandated €50.

The Taxi stand attendant (or any of the taxi drivers on the long queue) will direct you to a taxi minivan or station wagon that can accommodate 4 passengers plus luggage. So you do not need advance reservations.

If you prefer a limo service many people here recommend Romecabs, as suggested above. They charge 70€ for 4 people however, so choose your poison (slick taxi drivers who charge you €5 or €6 on top of the proper fare, or more expensive limo service who don't trick you).

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| Has anyone taken the train from the airport to Trastevere then used a Tram? |

| Thousands every day. What do you need to know about the FL1 train and the new #8 bus? |

Any help would be appreciated. This is the first time we have ever flown into Rome. We are staying at the Hotel San Francesco in Trastevere.

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Jerry-
We have flown into FCO many times and still prefer to just take a taxi to our lodgings in Rome

If it fits your budget

Get your bags and go right out to front of terminal, get in the taxi line ( often NO line),
Ignore anyone offering a cab before then
Wait your turn
Get in the taxi and hand the driver a card with your hotel address and the 50 euros cash
Sit back, enjoy the ride

Could not be simpler

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Jerry, line #8 will use buses up to January 2023. The FL1 train from FCO makes some intermediate stops before and after Roma Trastevere, memorize the name of the station before Trastevere because trains don't stop for long.

One FL1 ticket costs € 8, you'll need a 1.50 € ATAC ticket to ride buses, metro and trams in Rome. Do not forget to time-stamp.

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We just did this last week— two adults, two kids, and 4 22-inch roller bags. Hopped into a Standard size cab no problem (I rode up front with the driver). €50 flat rate. I suppose if your group had bags too large for a standard cab, they would stick you in one of the minivan style cabs

Agree that you want to demonstrate your desire to pay with credit card before departing (not just at the airport but anytime you grab a cab in Rome). Also make sure it is a “Rome cab“

Also be aware that the driver may ask you to wear a mask in the cab. I think it is still the law in Italy, although only about half of the cabs we were in asked for us to wear masks.

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@Jerry:
I stayed at the San Francesco Hotel last June. Great choice.
They have a roof top bar with great views, albeit not very cheap, but the hotel is very reasonable and they have a nice bar in the lobby too.

I took a taxi from Fiumicino, for convenience.

You can certainly take the FL1 train from Fiumicino to the Trastevere station, then from there you would take the tram No. 8 to the stop at the Ministero della Publica Istruzione (Ministry of Public Education), just a few stops away. The tramway line 8 will be operated by city buses if you go in the next 8 months since they are replacing the tracks during this period (they just started the work while I was there, beginning from Piazza Venezia, which had already the tracks cordoned off).

From the Ministry of Public Education stop to the hotel it's a very short walk (about one short block) on cobblestones (in case you have rolling suitcases, that might be a challenge). We used the tram 8 a lot from the hotel to the city center and also to visit my relatives who live down along the line at Monteverde.

The FL1 train + tramway (now temporarily bus) will certainly be a cheaper option than the taxi, but that also depends on the number of people in your party. A taxi is 50€ for up to 4 passengers, the train+bus will be €9.50 per person. If you have substantial luggage a taxi might be a more convenient choice, but it is up to you.

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So you give the cab driver the 50 euro at the beginning of the ride, not at the end?

(Two adults, two teens and four carry-ons...we plan to take a cab from FCO to P Navona area around 2300 on a Saturday night in October...)

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No. You pay the taxi at the end of the ride.
If you intend to pay with credit card let the driver know you intend to pay with a card when you start. Sometimes their POS is broken (or so they say) and they accept only hard cash.

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We always take a car service from FCO. Price is typically the same as a taxi and it’s always nice after an overnight flight to walk out and see a driver holding up a sign with your name. We have used https://www.rome-chauffeur.com/ many times with great success.