Jan 15, 2011

3 Click Car Hire - Rent a Car Services in Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) Italy

Rome Ciampino Airport Information

Rome Ciampino Airport ( Aeroporto di Roma-Ciampino or Giovan Battista Pastine Airport) is a joint civilian, commercial and military airport near Rome in Italy. The airport is situated 12.0 km (7.5 mi) southeast of central Rome, just outside the Greater Ring Road (Italian: Grande Raccordo Anulare or GRA) the circular motorway around the city.

A single terminal facility, Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) is relatively small in comparison to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also known as Fiumicino. However, despite its size it is still a busy facility, handling flights operated by a large number of airlines to an expanding number of international cities, as well as destinations in Italy.

Ciampino Airport was opened in 1916 and is one of the oldest airports still in operation. It was Rome's main airport until 1960, with traffic amounting to over 2 million passengers per year. Since the opening of Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino has been handling almost exclusively charter and executive flights.

After decades of stagnation in scheduled traffic, low-cost carriers have boosted Ciampino; it is now one of the busiest and fastest growing airports in Italy. Serving some five million-plus passengers on a yearly basis, Rome's Ciampino is actually amongst Italy's busiest and most important airport, and has recently been expanded to cope with increased traffic created by its budget airlines.

There is no rail transport at Ciampino Airport. There are direct bus connections both to Roma Termini railway station and to close local stations (either metro or regular train). From the local stations there are train services to Termini and other destinations.
• COTRAL/Schiaffini operates buses from outside the terminal building to Anagnina metro station. A metro to Roma Termini takes about half an hour.
• Regular buses go to the Ciampino local train station, from which a train can be taken to Roma Termini. Travel time is at least 45 minutes.
• Bus operators Terravision ltd, Schiaffini and BusShuttle run a direct services to Roma Termini, travel time is about 40 minutes.
• The fixed fare for a taxi ride to the city centre is €30. This fixed fare is inclusive of up to four passengers and luggage.
• Car rental is available at the airport.

Airport car parks
A single car park situated adjacent to the terminal building is available to drivers arriving at Rome Ciampino Airport.
The car park offers a total of 1,900 spaces for short-term, long-term and disabled parking.

Short-Term Airport Car Parking
Short-term parking is available in the airport's single car parking facility, the first 15 minutes is free and thereafter a hourly charge applies, or half hourly for the first 30 minutes and payable upon exiting.

Long-Term Airport Car Parking
Long-term parking is available alongside short-term parking in the airport's single car park. Rates vary according to the length of time and security is provided. Booking online is possible.

Disabled Airport Car Parking
Eight spaces are allocated to disabled drivers in the airport's single car parking facility. These are conveniently located near to the car park's exit/entrance, making access to the terminal convenient for disabled passengers. Further assistance can be arranged by calling the airport or your respective airline in advance of your arrival at the airport.

Practical information
Rome Ciampino Airport has a wide variety of convenient transfer options to central Rome and beyond.

Cheap options include free hotel shuttles and public services such as buses and trains, while taxis, and rental cars provide more expensive but convenient alternatives.

Travel by Buses
The Terravision Bus service runs regularly between the airport and Roma Termini central station, while at night the Cotral/Schiaffini service operates the same route. Buses are reliable and frequent, making them a cheap means for getting into the city.

Travel by Hotel Shuttles
As Italy's capital city, Rome has a large number of quality hotels, many of which offer free transportation to and from the airport for guests staying at their establishments. We recommend that you check the availability of shuttles with your proposed hotel at the time of booking.

Travel by Trains
A train station at the airport operates regular services to Ciampino Railway Station, from where bus connections to central Rome are available. Alternatively, you can connect with trains to other destinations farther afield.

Travel by Taxi Cabs
A taxi rank is located opposite the Arrival Hall, from where taxis can be hired for journeys to Rome and other destinations.

Car hire
Rome Ciampino Airport is easily reachable by car and driving in the city of Rome is only suitable for experienced drivers.
If you are using Rome Ciampino Airport either as a holidaymaker or a business passenger, you may use our car rental services and pick up your car right at the airport. 3Click Car Hire operates pick up points located within the airport. We maintain a large hire fleet and help you find the best quote for your destination. Car hire customers are guaranteed a wide range of models and types of cars presented in excellent condition because we only deal with leading car rental companies.
If you are considering renting a car for your stay in Rome, we recommend that you arrange this before your arrival. If you fail to pre-book a vehicle you do run the risk of not getting the make and model of car that suits your needs

Speed limits in Rome, Italy
Open roads in Rome: 90 kph / 55 mph
Towns and residential areas in Rome: 50 kph / 30 mph
Motorways / highways in Rome: 130 kph / 80 mph

Driving and Parking in Rome
Driving around Rome in the early morning and late afternoon is not advisable. Italian drivers are notorious for their intimidating driving and the congestion and traffic jams in the centre of Rome is best avoided. However, cars are the perfect option for exploring the surrounding area of Lazio.

A number of parking garages are available around Rome city centre, all of which are expensive and can become busy. These include the Terminal Gianicolo off the Piazza della Rovere, a car park at St. Peter's train station (Stazione San Pietro), the Auditorium Car Park in Parioli, and the Parcheggio Ludovisi, close to the famous Spanish Steps.

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