PLANNING YOUR TRAVEL:
To help your planning process, all weekends will coded red, yellow or green. This coded schedule will be distributed in late March/early April.
You are encouraged to travel and should take advantage of pre-booking sales on air or train travel.
Shorter, local trips that do not require pre-booking should be considered on these weekends, and only if you are in good standing with all courses.
You should not plan to travel on these weekends, but instead should plan for intensive course requirements.
GETTING AROUND ROME
Rome By Bus:
LSU will provide each student with a monthly ATAC pass that will provide access to all public transportation throughout the Roman Province. Additionally, private coaches will be arranged for all field visits into the surrounding landscape.
Rome by Metro:
The metro is usually much faster than the bus system since there is no traffic, but it has some disadvantages too. In Rome there are only 3 main lines and at times they run a bit parallel so they don’t cover much ground. Many of Rome’s major sites are not that convenient to metro stations. The exceptions are the Spanish steps and the Colosseum.
CITY AND REGIONAL TRAVEL:
Transfers from Airport to City Center:
Fiumincio to City Center:
Taxi: For groups of 2-4, taking a taxi may be the most efficient and economical.
Expect a flat fare of €48. Take only registered taxis.
SITBus shuttle: is a bus that goes to Piazza Cavour and the Termini area (in front of ACI at via Marsala 5) for €8. The schedule varies through the day, but it runs around every 30 – 45 minutes. Information at www.sitbusshuttle.it
Leonardo Express Train to Termini: leaves the airport at 7 and 37 minutes past the hour. Fare: €15. Trip Time: 30 minutes. From the Termini Station, you can take a taxi or bus (H Line) to the Trastevere.
Sabina-Fiumcino Metro Line (FM1): A ticket on the FM1 Metro line from Fiumicino to Rome costs €8 to the Trastevere Stop and €14 to Termini. These Metro trains run every 15, and every half-hour on holidays. This line stops at Rome’s Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Ostiense, and Trastevere stations, as well as several other stations of the Rome Metro. At the Tiburtina, Tuscolana, and Ostiense stations you can get off the FM1 and transfer to either Metro line A or Metro line B to get elsewhere in the city center.
Directions to the Train Platforms at Fiumicino:
After you’ve claimed your bags, cleared customs, and are in the main arrival hall for Terminal 3, turn right to get to the entrance to an underpass to the train station. At the far end, there’s an escalator up to the station. When you’ve taken this entrance to the airport train station, the tracks are just to the left. Also to the left are some orange-framed ticket windows for a travel agency; they sell train tickets at the same price as the machines or the official office. You can use them for tickets to Rome if you prefer to pay cash, or for tickets beyond, including reservations if needed. Some tourist information booths and the newsstand also sell tickets into Rome.
To the right are the official ticket office and self-service kiosks. (There are also ATMs in the station if you had problems using them in the terminal or wanted to rush to the station.) The kiosks are more user-friendly than the Trenitalia site and will sell you tickets with seat assignments for upcoming trains.
City Center to Ciampino:
To get to Ciampino airport, you can take the Metro A (red line) from Termini to the last stop south of Rome at Anagnina. From the metro station there are Cotral buses that connect the airport. Allow plenty of time if you choose to take public transportation to Ciampino. The trip on the metro will take at least 30 minutes and the bus will take another 20. See the Airports of Rome web site for the bus schedule.
The trip costs a total of 2 euro, 1 euro for the metro and 1 for the Cotral bus. At the Anagnina metro station, you can purchase tickets for the Cotral bus at the newsstand. At the airport, there are automated machines that sometimes do not work. As a back up, or to avoid lines, you can also purchase them from the bar (coffee shop) at the arrival terminal. Another option is to take a train from Termini to the Ciampino railway station and then a Cotral bus to the airport.
Regional Train Travel:
Rail travel is easy, affordable and efficient. Prices will vary depending on distance, class of ticket, and type of train (regional, local, rapid) The Trenitalia website offers substantial discounts on tickets for pre-purchase or advance purchase. If you purchase tickets online, you will need to print a copy of the receipt for proof on board.
If you want a Eurail pass, you must buy it in the US; they are not available in Europe. Note with the availability of low-cost flights, a train pass may or may not be a good option. It really depends on your travel plans.
If you plan to travel independently before or after the program, you can store your luggage at the long-term luggage deposit at the airport. The left luggage facility at Fiumicino airport is in Terminal 3 on the Arrivals level. The baggage store is open from 06:30 until 23:30. Storage costs €6 per 24 hours. You can also store luggage at the central station in Rome (Termini). There is a fee for each piece of luggage, according to the total number of days in storage. Please note that it is not possible to store luggage here at the UA Rome Center.