Fly Stansted to Rome in around two and a half hours to find yourself right in the heart of one of the world’s most historic cities. There are plenty of flights that operate from early in the morning until late in the evening, and the volume of services mean that it should be possible to find a well-priced direct flight. If a connection is necessary it will likely take place in a German city such as Cologne or Stuttgart.
Ciampino and Leonardo da Vinci are Rome’s two airports. Ciampino lies 7.5 miles southeast of the city centre, while da Vinci is further away from the Italian capital with its coastal location just under 20 miles southwest. It will be likely that you will land at Ciampino when you fly Stansted to Rome, while it’s worth making sure both legs of your journey use the same airport.
Ciampino has a rail station close by that can be reached by bus, and around two euros will see you on one of the frequent trains to the centre of Rome. Taxis are naturally more expensive, and it should cost around 30 euros to make the same trip, although it’s a good idea to discuss the price before departing. Car hire companies such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty operate from this airport.
Bus companies provide transport from Ciampino, with the inexpensive Cotral putting on services every 15 minutes towards a final destination that is the Anagnina bus and metro station. Catch the Metro Linea A from this station to make your way through the heart of Rome. Tickets can be purchased from machines at the station or from news stands around the city, while a travelcard will be useful if you are planning on exploring large parts of the city.
Leonardo da Vinci is well linked to the city centre, with the Leonardo Express train heading to Rome’s main railway station Stazione Termini every 30 minutes from 6.30am to 11.30pm, costing around 11 euros. Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt all provide car hire facilities, while the Cotral bus can be caught outside Terminal 2 arrivals.