Civitavecchia Italy is a nice vacation spot. It’s also where you’ll find one of the largest seaports on the Mediterranean.
If you’re cruising to Rome, your ship will dock at the port here. And while a few passengers spend a day exploring Civitavecchia, most travelers want to see more of the country than that.
Civitavecchia’s convenient train service makes it quick and easy to explore italy. Most cruise ship passengers want to visit Rome or Vatican City, but there are some other fantastic places to visit nearby. Two of the most interesting are Tarquinia and Tuscania, with ancient Etruscan ruins.
So if you’re planning a Mediterranean cruise, read on to find out how to get from Civitavecchia port to the train station.
ⓘ TIP: If you’ll be visiting Rome for a few days, be sure to check out the helpful travel planning links at the end of this article.
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About Civitavecchia port and train station
Here’s a quick overview of the seaport and train station in Civitavecchia.
Civitavecchia train station
Civitavecchia railway station, known in Italian as the Stazione di Civitavecchia, first opened in 1859. It’s been serving the town ever since.
The train service is currently managed by subsidiary train services of Italy’s state-owned railway operation, or Ferrovie dello Stato (FS). This line currently stops at three major cities: Rome, Livorno, and Pisa.
Civitavecchia “Port of Rome”
Civitavecchia Port, also known as “The Port of Rome,” is a bustling seaport. It lies on the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is often referred to as “the arm of the Mediterranean.”
It’s worth mentioning that the Rome Cruise Terminal (RCT) is part of this port. So, if you’re embarking on a Mediterranean cruise from Rome, this is where you will board your cruise ship.
The cruise terminal in Civitavecchia consists of seven piers: 10, 11, 12, 12bis, 13, 13bis, and 25aud. Each pier has its own shuttle bus, which ferries passengers to and from the ship to the port’s service center Largo della Pace. Buses run every 15 minutes and that all Civitavecchia port shuttle buses are free of charge.
Civitavecchia has a separate terminal called the Autostrade Del Mare (ADM). This is where you catch the ferry to Sicily and Sardinia, as well as Spain and North Africa. Shipping and cargo services dock here as well.
How to get From Civitavecchia port to the train station
There are three main ways to get to Civitavecchia train station from the port.
Once you leave your cruise ship, find your nearest shuttle bus. It will take you to the port’s main hub, called Largo della Pace.
There, you’ll find a bus station. It’s where all the local buses, mainly the ones with the logo ‘ARGO’ on the side, run from the port hub to the train station.
A one-way bus ticket on one of these local buses will cost you around €2. Luckily, they’re fairly quick and run frequently, so the trip usually takes anywhere from 15–20 minutes. You can purchase tickets at the ticket office or the pizzeria Mastro Titta at the Largo della Pace.
Another option is the PortLink buses, which are available only to holders of the Civitavecchia Express ticket.
PortLink buses run every 10–20 minutes, and you’ll find them waiting at the Largo della Pace to take you to the square in front of the train station. This is also where they’ll be when you need a ride back from the station to the port.
No ticket is needed for the PortLink buses. Just show them your Civitavecchia Express, and you’re good to go.
Book a cab
Cab services are one of the most common ways to get around Italy. Yet, they’re not the most affordable.
However, there might be times when you’re in a rush to get somewhere, or you need to catch a flight on time, and you need a quick ride to get to the airport. That’s when cab rides become a reliable and comfortable solution.
To save time, you can call in advance and reserve a cab to pick you up from the cruise port and take you to the train station or the other way around.
Fortunately, this is a relatively short ride. So even though cabs are expensive, you’ll probably end up paying somewhere between €10 to €15, depending on traffic.
Be sure to book a driver with a permit that allows access to the port. This way, they can drive right up to your ship terminal and pick you up from there. This convenient service reduces the hassle of collecting your bags, getting on the shuttle bus, then getting off and waiting for the cab.
If you don’t have a lot of luggage or just love soaking in local Italian life, then you can walk to the train station. It’s about a kilometer, or less than one mile, away from the Port of Civitavecchia. Depending on how much you’re carrying, it’ll likely take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
To save time, you can always use the free Port Mobility shuttle buses to get to the port’s main hub. From here, simply get your bags and set off.
Don’t worry about getting lost. There are signposts along the way that clearly mark the route to the train station from the port gate.
As you walk to the train station from the port, the most important thing to remember is to keep the water to your right. Once you pass the iconic “Unconditional Surrender” statue and the 16th-century Forte Michelangelo, Civitavecchia train station will be across the street, on your left.
A final note
Knowing how to get from Civitavecchia port to the train station can save you a lot of stress, time, and money the next time you’re cruising to Rome. Whether coming or going, this town and its port have become a one-of-a-kind must-see hub for tourists, visitors, and lovers of all things Italian.
Fai buon viaggio!