Find the cheapest flight to Rome

Rome is one of two main gateways for travelers visiting Italy, especially from overseas. The city is on most must-see lists, and there’s a huge international airport nearby, so that all seems very convenient. The trouble is that for some reason it can be more difficult to find cheap flights to Rome (or anywhere in Italy, really) than it can be to other big cities in Western Europe.

If you’re having trouble finding cheap flights to Rome for your trip, you might consider flying into one of the other major hubs in Europe and then looking for a cheap fare on a budget airline to get to Rome. Depending on where you’re starting from, you can sometimes find steeply discounted airfare to cities like Paris, Amsterdam, London, or even Frankfurt – all of which have frequent service from many budget carriers. To make this kind of trip successful, you have to pay closer attention to schedules and logistics – but if it can save you big bucks it may well be worth it.

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>> Don’t forget to read all about where to stay in Rome and what to do in Rome, too.

Airports in Rome

There are two international airports in Rome, although one is far less commonly used by travelers from overseas. If you’re flying from within Europe, however, you have your pick between the two.

  • Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) International Airport (FCO) – Rome’s main airport is typically called Fiumicino rather than its full name. It’s the largest airport in Italy, a main hub for Alitalia, and 34km from Rome’s city center. A list of all the airlines flying in and out of Fiumicino is here. You can get live flight information for departures here and arrivals here. There are PDF maps of the terminals at Fiumicino here. The Italian love of fashion spills over into its airport, as you can shop Gucci, Bulgari, Furla, Valentino and Ferragamo while waiting to catch your plane. There’s a left luggage service at Fiumicino which is located on the arrivals level of Terminal C and open every day from 6:30am until 11:30pm. Your ground transportation options include bus, train, taxi, and even a rented car with a private driver. You can get an overview of all your transport options on this page. The car rental agencies you can choose from are listed here. Learn more about how to get to Rome from Fiumicino Airport.
  • Ciampino Airport (CIA) – Ciampino used to be Rome’s main airport, but it’s much smaller than the newer (and larger) Fiumicino so is now a secondary airport popular with budget airlines. It’s a short 12km from Rome’s city center. There’s no list on the Ciampino site of airlines serving the airport, but at the moment there are only three – easyJet, Ryanair, and Wizz Air. There’s live flight information for departures here and arrivals here. Maps of Ciampino are available as PDFs here. Find out about shopping at Ciampino on this page. There does not appear to be a left luggage office at Ciampino. Ground transportation options to and from Ciampino include bus, taxi, train, and a private car and driver, and there’s an overview of transportation on this page. Car rental companies with desks at Ciampino are listed here.

More Information on Rome

Rome’s not called “The Eternal City” for nothing – Italy’s capital city has been a center of culture, politics and business for millennia, and is a fascinating place to visit. Certainly the many buildings (and ruins) associated with the seat of the Roman Empire draw countless visitors every year. Even more interesting than the Roman buildings themselves, however, could be their juxtaposition right next to the buildings and streets and life of modern Rome. The images of young Italians on their mobile phones sitting amidst the ruins of the Roman Forum, where Caesar himself might have walked, are proof enough that history is literally all around us. Read more in our Rome Travel Guide.