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Rome Fiumicino airport is the former name of the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. It is about 30 kilometers south-west of the city proper. The airport currently has four terminals (T1, T2, T3 and T5) which are reserved for domestic, international and intercontinental flights. The airport serves as the focal point for Alitalia, Italy’s major carrier. The Fiumicino is the sixth busiest airport in Europe based on the total number of passengers. In 2011, they served close to 40 million passengers. On that same year, it was recorded as the 25th busiest airport in the world.
The Leonardo Express is the fastest and the most comfortable transportation between the airport and the Termini station (which is at the center of Rome). The vehicle is an in-and-out airport train and runs non-stop every 30 minutes. However, this is not the transportation of choice for those in low budget as it costs double (even triple) of other buses and competing vehicles.
The cheapest public transportation to and from the Termini station is the Terravision Bus. It costs around third of that of the Leonardo Express but runs twice as long and not as frequent as the former. There are also taxis available for passengers. However, they should only take the authorized taxis, which are colored white, and with meters that can usually be found in the arrivals areas. The journey to central Rome will take 40 to 60 minutes and the fare is approximately €60 with a surcharge for public holidays and Sundays or late at night. Some taxis will charge extra for luggage, as well.
Rent-a-car offices are located at the domestic and the international arrival halls. Just follow the rent-a-car signs. The following are the companies with telephone numbers you can contact if you want to hire a car in advance.
The only hotel situated inside the airport is the Hilton Rome Airport. It is just a five-minute walk from the train station. Connecting the Hilton Rome Airport to all the domestic and international airport is a pedestrian walkway. Signs to the Hilton Rome Airport hotel are undoubtedly visible.
Passengers can go shopping at various destinations at the Fiumicino airport. There are shopping areas for high-end branded fashion and signature brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Gucci, Hermés can be found here. Duty free shops are available at the passenger station C. There are also shops like the Fabriano, Imaginarium, Venchi, Roma Travel Shop, Tutto-All-Items, Tendenze, and Riva. People can also shop the tastiest, best Italian wines at the vicinity of the airport. Leather goods, jewelries, and accessories can also be found here. There are also the usual tour and travel stores, bookstores, and newsagents dotted all over the airport.
Since Rome is considered the café culture capital, superb selections of coffee shops and delis are also found inside the airport especially in terminals 1 and 2. You will find many coffee shops and restaurants in passenger station A and B. McDonalds is there and many other famous Italian food chains as well.
There are ample of flights, which take off from Fiumicino airport to various destinations. Passengers can know the list of destination and book the flights according to their needs online. The following are the e-booking sites every passengers can choose from:
Information about flights at the airport are available not only on the web site, but also at the airline companies’ ticketing counters, the handling companies’ counters, on the interactive totem connected to an operator, and on monitors throughout the terminal.
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