Rome from a Cruise Ship

Our cruise ship is in Rome for a day. Any tips on visiting Rome from a Civitavecchia cruise port?

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If you are pulling in to the Civitavecchia Port as part of your cruise, you might be considering a day trip to the beautiful and historic city of Rome. You can either book transfers and tours or do a day trip yourself by using public transport.

Book a Rome tour from Civitavecchia

There are many companies that will provide transfers from the port to Rome, as well as doing day tours throughout the city once you get there.

Rome Cabs provide private transfers from Civitavecchia to Rome and will pick you up from the cruise ship (if you take public transport you will need to make your way into the township). Their taxis can take up to 8 people, and they are a convenient way to get to the city, even though they are a lot more expensive than public transport. This company also offers guided one day tours for when you arrive in Rome, or you could plan your own day and only use them for the transport aspect of the day.

Smart Cruise Tours are another company that can offer private or semi-private transfers and day tours. You can go in groups of up to 8 people, and prices are generally per person. Like the other port excursion companies they are allowed on the pier to pick you up. Although it can be convenient to book day tours through companies like this, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the tours once you reach the city as Rome is notoriously busy. You might consider just using these companies as a private transfer service and then planning your own itinerary for the day.

Or take public transport

It is possible to take public transport into Rome from Civitavecchia Port, and this is by far the cheapest way to get into the city. It is easy to plan a self guided tour of Rome from the cruise port.

The easiest way to get to Rome on public transport is by train. You can take your cruise ship's free shuttle service to the main train station in Civitavecchia. You can catch the train straight to Roma Termini (Rome's main train station), but it also stops at Roma San Pietro, which is close to the Vatican, and Roma Trastevere, where you can catch the number 8 tram to the historic centre. You can take the faster (and more expensive train) to reach the city in about 45 minutes. The slower regional train will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to cover the same distance.

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