Getting to Rome from Civitavecchia

We are due in Civitavechhia on our next cruise and have been looking at various ideas as to the best way to get into Rome and back to the port. As this will be our first visit to Rome, we realise that the safest way is NCL's own tour after getting off the Epic. However, as they want around £70 just to take into the city and back on a bus, we have been looking at alternatives. 

Our plan is to get the shuttle bus to the outer gates of the port of Civitavechhia, and then walk the 15/20 minutes to the train station. Book a €5.00 ticket  to Rome and get off at Ostiense. Walk the short distance to the Metro stop of Piramide, take 2 stops to Colosseo (€1.50) and start our own tour at the Colisseum. We then intend to slowly traverse the city, taking in the Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Tivoli Fountain, and then finish at the Vatican. The plan then when our half day is finished is to walk down to the  regional train station of Roma San Pietro and then back to Civitavechhia, and a quick walk back to the ship.

My question is, has anybody else done this trip (or similar) themselves , and is it an easy option. Any help would be very useful

Tags: Europe - Mediterranean Italy Civitavecchia (Rome)

11 Answers

With the time that it takes to get from the port to Rome and around Rome, I do not think you will fit in everything that you want to see in just one day. If your going to try it in just one day you may look into a one day train and sub way pass. The subway does have stops at the Colosseo, Spanish Steps, and Vatican. The lines at the Vatican can be long and if you also want the separate tour of the Sistine Chapel ( that is a bit of a walk around the walled city) those two can take up more then 1/2 a day. The Tour of the Colosseo is also a great tour that takes over an hour (self guided on a tape). I also enjoyed the Pantheon when I was in Rome.

The advantage of a tour off the ship is that they have the tickets and get to go rite in sometimes, not have to wait with all the people in line outside.

There is just to much to see in one day in Rome. I would suggest that you Start at the Vatican since it is the farthest out and work your way back to the train station and ship. Rick Steves DVD was useful before my first visit to Rome, it even tells you the best place for a gelato. Try not to have everything packed into a few hours, have some time to stop to enjoy lunch and wander the city a bit. Rome is my favorite city, I have spent a few weeks there a few times and want to go back.

Following on from my question, I have been searching the internet and found a company, SHOREFOX, that run trips from Civitavechhia to Rome and back. Just wondered if anybody has used this company for any shore excursions. It intrigues me as there is not too much information about the itinerary, but calls it a cultural excursion !!. Any help?

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I have done the run from Civitavecchia to Rome and it worked well for an overnight but for the day, I would have to agree that you would not have the time to do what you want. I am unfamiliar with ShoreFox but If they are a partner, they should be reliable. As a former Cruise Director, I have maintained my shoreside contacts and would highly recommend Intertrav as well. They are a first class operation and I have found them to be 100% reliable. If you would like their contact information please feel free to message me and I will be happy to pass it on.

Man, even when I was younger I don't think we would have tried that. I used to call a do it yourself tour like that a "masochistic" tour. We have travelled Rome from Civitavecchia or Civitavecchia to Rome numerous times but only once did we port in Civitavecchia in early morning, do a coach tour of Rome then return to Civitavecchia in early evening for a 6:00PM embarkation. That is a pretty good distance and if you get into traffic, which is most of the time, it can really slow things down.

That was on our first trip to Rome. We took in many of the sites you list, including the Vatican (saw the Pope even), Colosseum, Tivoli Fountain, and had lunch. We were fortunate and had an excellent lady tour guide who had lived in Rome for quite a while, she really knew her way around. Everything had to be precisely timed and coordinated otherwise we wouldn't have seen 75% of the attractions we did. It could easily have been extremely stressful. She did such a good job we got Tivoli in which was not on the original schedule.

My advice, take the shore excursion, relax and enjoy.

Thanks Kennicot for your input. There is a do it ourself drop off tour by Cruising Excursions for £33 each which we may try but the favourite is still the train for €5.

I hope this thread is not dead.

For those of you that took the train from the airport to the cruise port, how far was it from the train station to the ship?

For those of you that traveled via a private transfer company, were they able to drop you off in front of the cruise terminal?


I had the hotel that I was staying at in Rome set up a Limo to the ship, It dropped me off rite near my ship and after the cruise was waiting for me rite next to the ship.

Have a great trip, I hope you spend some time in Rome before your cruise. I have spend a couple weeks in Rome and would love to go back and spend more time in the city.

I am planning on doing the hectic self tour as well - only 5 euros or so for train ride each way from Civitavecchia to/from Roma Termini and then see whatever whenever you want on your own schedule. Is it really impossible?

We have a 12 hour window from 7am to 7pm. If you figure 3 hours travel (train ride is 1 hour each way, plus half hour walk for ship to/from train station conservatively), then total walking tour around Rome is around 10.5km or 2 hours (I mapped a circle from Roma Termini to Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Castel Sant'Angelo, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain). How about 0.5 hour outside of the Colosseum, 0.5 hour at Pantheon, 0.5 hour in Piazza Navona, 3 hours at the Vatican, walk past Castel Sant'Angelo, 15 min sitting on Spanish Steps and 15 min to get a pic at Trevi Fountain. This leaves 2 hours to spare - in case something goes over and also to ensure we get back to port early.

It's not for the faint of heart, it'll be a lot of walking, but we will get to see many highlights of Rome. I certainly wish we had a few days though!

Don't forget, the trains are set times, not when you get to the train station, so more time will be killed waiting for the trains.

What you have planned is a very full fast paced day, it is do able but no time to sit in a cafe and have a coffee, get gelato or sit down and have lunch (The food in Rome is great).

If you get to tired to get everything in, the subway has a stop at the central train station in Rome.

Have a great trip.


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