Here is a list of the Rome – L’Aquila transport possibilities and options that connect Rome city center/airport with other cities and towns in the reagion of Abruzzo. Firstly, the choice of your public transport depends on if your destination is Rome in general (as for, theses meeting @, one day Roma trip @, or similar) or you would like to reach Rome airport. This article is about reaching the Rome airports and the Rome city center from L’Aquila. Of course, this holds for all the Abruzzo region as well. Please share, comment and/or link back if you find it useful.
How to reach Rome airport from L’Aquila and Abruzzo
Rome: the capital of Italy, very hot in the summer (not a good time to visit Rome), very busy in the rush hours. It has two airports:
- Chiampino (the smaller one, most of Ryanair flights fly to and from here) and
- Fiumicino (big international, from low cost comanies it is the base for Easyjet flights), and the mentioned train stations:
- Tiburtina (Arpa, Eurolines and other buses departure from here) and
- Termini (the main train station with nearly all the trains arriving to and from, cca 4th metro stop from Tiburtina – with the blue metro using the line Laurentina-Reibbia blue line. Note: never use the blue Laurentine-Conca D’Oro line to go to Tiburtina, it is 30 minutes walk from the Annibaliano stop and not really intuitive one..).
L’Aquila: student town in the region of Abruzzo, in the heart of Italy surrounded by mountains that’s been dealing with the consequences of a massive earthquake from 2009.
L’Aquila to Roma Chiampino and back
A direct bus
Nowadays, we are all lucky. The company called Gaspari bus, has saved us a quite long and quite complicated trip with busses and metro from Chiampino to Rome train stations Tibutina or Terminy. The bus runs around 7 times a day and the ticket for Gaspari bus can be bought from the driver (cash, no cards unfortunately) or purchased upfront online here (see that also for timetables). The fixed price for a single journey ticket is 16 Euros, not depending on your age nor the occupation.
I have used this service many times and have never bought the ticket online. However, it is up to you, if you do mind risking the bus will be full but, as said, it has never happened to me. –> MISTAKE!! A return online ticket is 28 Euros and then you only need to tell the driver your name and you are in. No refund, I think..
The bus is generaly fine, not a high class but a normal comfort (no toilets though!). It uses highway all the way down to Rome and you pass some pretty towns on the way so the view is amazing
Note: on the way back- the bus from Chiampino to L’Aquila is usually around 5 – 30 minutes late, depending on the traffic. Gaspari bus used to stop here, now – few months ago, the bus stop has been moved to hier. However, if the bus driver sees you, he will also stop at the old one, to pick you up and tell you it is the last time he is doing this.
As for Pescara or other towns in Abruzzo, Gaspari is always a good choice. The bus that I discovered yesterday (and made me finaly finish this article!) is called ProntoBus.
Subway and Arpa bus
The other way contains metro and Arpa connection: purchase a bus ticket to metro stop Anagnina, take a metro line from there to Terminy, change there (possible to use the same metro ticket, just don’t cross the control again) to line and drop on Tiburtina. The metro ticket can be bought in every station in a ticket machine, cost 1,5 sinle journey (not depending on age or occupation, dogs go for free – no one can be bothered). Once you are at Tiburtina station, get one way 11 Euros ticket there. What is Arpa bus @?
Take a taxi: not recommended. At all.
L’Aquila to Roma Fiumicino and back
A direct bus
Gaspari bus gets you safely also directly from the Fiumicino airport. The bus stop is just in front of the airport. For more information about prices and timetables, please see the previous paragraph about L’Aquila to Roma Chiampino and back – A direct bus.
As for Pescara or other towns in Abruzzo, Gaspari is always a good choice. The bus that I discovered yesterday (and made me finaly finish this article) is called ProntoBus.
Subway and Arpa bus
There is a direct airport train possibility from the big Fiumicino airport to Rome city center. It stops in both Tiburtina and Terminy train stations and costs around 8 Euros. You get the ticket on the platform. It runs every 30 minutes, if I remember correctly. Once you are at Tiburtina station, get one way 11 Euros Arpa bus ticket there. What is Arpa bus @?
Note: if you happen to get of at Termini, the main train station with nearly all the trains arriving to and from, you can walk 30 minutes or take subway|metro. Tiburtina is the 4th metro stop from Terminal – with the blue metro using the line Laurentina-Reibbia blue line. A piece of advice: never use the blue Laurentine-Conca D’Oro line to go to Tiburtina, it is 30 minutes walk from the Annibaliano stop and not really intuitive one..
L’Aquila to Rome city center and back – bus or train?
Well, it is possible to use train. The trip cost 12 euros, you have to change in Terni and a dog in petbox travelles for free in these regional trains. Ps: interested in more about regional trains in a and around L’Aquila?
As for busses you have 3 options: ARPA (11 Euros), Gaspari or Baltour. Regional public bus transport is run by the Arpa company – blue or white with blue stipes busses. As for Baltour, you get their rides in the Arpa search as well, as they are partner companies. Prices are similar to Arpa. Gaspari has only included the L’Aquila to Rome Tiburtina route and the prices range from 1-9 Euros, depending on how busy your bus is.
Arpa ticket has to be bought before entering the bus in the Arpa office. Travel agency offices are located just 2 meters opposite to the platforms and the Arpa one is cca half way through from each side.
Arpa busses stop in Rome in few places, starting their way at the Tiburtina (always from one of the first few platforms), which I also find to be the easiest one to find and reach. It is the 4th subway stop after the Termini, the blue line metro in Rome.
Arpa stops in L’Aquila are also easy to find. The bus coming from Rome stops at Amiternum first and then continues up the way Croce Rossa towards the Terminal. The same holds for the way back.
Note: Arpa page needs to be refreshed, otherwise can show pretty inaccurate timetables. Better check it twice, otherwise you might end up rushing through morning and breakfast running to the bus stop realising that the bus Arpa page suggested to you to take doesn’t run on weekend (did I mention it was Sunday?) and the next one is in more then one hour.. true story.
Check the alternative transport possibilities in Abruzzo. Do you have any more ideas about how to get to the Rome airport?