How to Take a Taxi in Italy… Without Getting Ripped Off

May 17, 2011

No matter how dedicated you are to walking and public transport, when you are traveling in a foreign city sometimes you just have to cab it.

But while it seems like the easiest option, taking a taxi can also be the easiest way to get stung. In order to help you avoid a bad travel tale, we’ve put together a list of the most common taxi scams in Italy and how to avoid them. The good news is that there’s a 99% chance that you WON’T ever need this information. Regardless of what you might have heard, most Italian cab drivers are professional, friendly, and honest. These tips are for the other one percent and if you keep them in mind we guarantee you’ll never pay too much on your cab fare.

(If you prefer to be behind the wheel yourself, our blog about how to drive in Italy is compulsory reading.)

  • If you can, get a taxi from an official taxi rank. It lowers the chance that you’ll wind up in unregistered taxis, which are notorious for not playing by the rules.
  • Calling a cab for a pickup? Know what to expect: The cab will be a registered taxi (or should be!), which is great. But it’ll arrive with a few euros already on the meter. That’s not because the driver’s cheating you. It’s because, in Italy, drivers start the meter from the moment they get the call… no matter where they are.
  • Try to have small change on you. Don’t get in a cab with just a €50 bill, and the more coins you have on you, the better. Cab drivers should, but don’t always, have lots of bills and coins to create change with. And sometimes, they use the “I have no change” routine as a way to pocket the extra.
  • Don’t take a ride from a driver who approaches you. In general, if someone is hawking a cab, they’re trying to take advantage.
  • A negotiated flat rate… is usually an elevated rate. Unless you know the city very well, you’re not going to come out ahead. Plus, generally speaking, legitimate taxi drivers won’t try to set a rate with you in advance, unless it’s for a long distance. (And popular long trips, like from Rome’s center to one of the airports, have rates that are pre-set by the city — so those shouldn’t be open to negotiation anyway!)
  • Make sure the meter’s running. The driver says it’s “broken”? Ask him to let you out of the car. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the “broken meter” is a ploy to take you for a ride, in more ways than one.
  • Know your destination address… in Italian! Rome is a confusing city, and not every driver knows every hotel or restaurant. Have the address, too. To be on the safe side, write it down. In Italian.
  • And make sure you’re specific. If you say “Vatican,” your driver could drop you anywhere around the small country — if you want, say, the Vatican museum entrance, you have to say it! Ditto, in Rome, for “Borghese” (which could mean the large public park… or the Borghese museum).
  • Know about how much your fare should cost, but DON’T be too paranoid – some extra charges are legit.  In Rome, for example, a taxi fare within the city starts at €2.80 from 7am-10pm… but on Sundays at the same time, at €4, and at night, from €5.80! And if you’re leaving from Termini, there’s a €2 surcharge, plus there’s a €1 charge per piece of luggage that has to go in the trunk. So unless it’s really two or three times what you’d expect to pay, err on giving the driver the benefit of the doubt… as long as you’ve picked a legitimate driver. (And you have, right?)
  • Feel like you’re getting the “scenic route”? Don’t panic. Yes, the driver might be taking advantage of you. But many streets in Italy’s cities also are one-way and winding, meaning it’s hardly ever possible to take a route that feels direct.
  • A small tip’s okay, but not necessary. Italians don’t tip taxi drivers like Americans do — at most, they’ll round “up”, like telling the driver to keep the change when they hand over €10 for a €9.50 fare. But if the driver gives you help, like with your bags, consider tipping €1 or €2.Read more: 6 Tips For How to Drive in Italy


A guide to catching taxis in Italy without getting ripped off.
A guide to catching taxis in Italy without getting ripped off.

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219 responses to “How to Take a Taxi in Italy… Without Getting Ripped Off”

  1. as a matter of fact i had an experience today. we are in italy right now. we were at the vatican and took a taxi from in front of st peters square. thanks for explaining why money was already on the meter. we only needed a ride to trastevere, but we had walked so much we just wanted to get back to the hotel. i dont know how to describe italian taxi drivers except, don’t sit in the front lol. i don’t know how the people drive around here. it’s mind boggling how they just ‘know’ that a car will back off or not. that was a great experience today and now to see what you write, these were great tips.

  2. Mary says:

    Hmm, they try to pull the same tricks over here. Must be the taxi code.

    • Tess says:

      We just got to our hotel (Sheraton Roma) from Rome Ciampino airport and the driver just switched the bills when we weren’t looking. I swear I gave him 60 euros (45 meter+5 airport tax?+2 per luggage (we had 3)), he showed me 45 and told me to pay him more. I didn’t even have a 5 euro bill in my pocket!!! This is bullshit!! Hate them from the bottom of my heart!!

      • walksofitaly says:

        Hi Tess,
        We are so, so sorry to hear that! Yes… these kinds of things happen. He may have switched the bills on you. Also, please note that the “airport tax” is not something we’ve heard of. The price, because your hotel is outside of the city center, should have been the meter + the cost of luggage. Luggage should be free for the first bag, then 1 euro per bag after that. You might also want to note that, if you take a taxi from the city center back to Ciampino airport when you are leaving, the price of that trip is fixed by the city at 30 euros, for 4 people, including all luggage. For more on Rome’s fixed airport taxi rates, see the official Roma Capitale website here:

        Again, we’re so sorry to hear you were taken advantage of! If this gets under your skin (and we know it gets under ours!), you might also want to make sure to check out our post on how not to get ripped off eating in Italy. However, please rest assured that most Italians are *not* like this—there are just those few who take advantage of tourists, and when it comes to taxi drivers, you can usually find them where the tourists are… i.e. at the airport or at the Termini train station.

      • Heather says:

        Tess, This same scam happened to me once in Rome. Since then I have heard that this is a common problem, and other travelers have told me it happened to them as well. I now count the bills aloud as I give them to the driver, i.e., “Here is 50 Euros.” The driver can see that I have checked the amount before I gave it.

        • zvez says:

          Great text! I just traveled to Rome and I had a language problem, as they don’t speak a word of English. Here I found some usefull tips, and even better you can see which taxi company has English speaking drivers, and all other conveniences that each one offers. I found it too late for Rome, but I am heading to Latin America now, and tips about taxis are more then necessary there 😀 Maybe it will serve to some of you, they have great tips for most of the world’s destinations… Enjoy Rome, it’s magical! 🙂

      • Antonia says:

        That’s why I always write down the serial number of the bills before handing them out. Having the phone number of the Guardia di Finanza is always helpful because if they do shady work, they don’t want the arm of the law grabbing them that fast. Knowing that might get you off the hook with few impolite words but still with your money in the pocket.

  3. Connie says:

    We will be leaving shortly for Italy and are trying to find out how to get a cab at 4:00 AM in the morning, any idea? We cannot have the hotel call since we are staying in an apartment and walking to a taxi stand at that time of the morning is too far.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Connie,
      That’s a great question! Where will you be in Italy? Normally, we’d say call the taxi in advance (i.e. the night before) and book it to come pick you up. (Remember, even if you don’t have an Italian phone, your cell phone will still probably work in Italy — here’s how). What taxi company you call depends on what city you’ll be in; for Rome, try calling 06 3570,06 4994 or 06 6645. That runs the risk, however, of your scheduled taxi pickup being forgotten or simply not happening, which can be scary if you have to catch a flight! Also, there’s no guarantee that the taxi operator will speak English.

      Your other option, if all of that seems like a hassle, is to book a transfer in advance. Our rates for a transfer from the Rome center to the airport start at 60 euros for 2 people. Although a normal taxi should charge you 45 euros, remember that whenever you call a taxi, they start charging you from the moment they leave the stand, not from when they pick you up, so in your situation, the transfer price is actually about the same. You can book a transfer with us here.

      I hope that helps!

  4. Sophie says:

    I would like to know how I could get to Rome from the port in Civitavecchia and back. 4 of us want to spend the day in Rome. any idea how much money we’re talking about?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Sophie,
      Luckily, we’ve just written a blog post on that very subject! You can find the various options for getting from cruise ports in Italy (including Civitavecchia) to destinations (i.e. Rome) here. A taxi costs about €160 each way, but that’s not your only option—you could take a private transfer (which has the benefit of being scheduled so it’s waiting for you, plus you don’t have to worry about any of the potential problems we’ve outlined in this post with taxis) for €140, or a train for €4.50 per person. Check out the post for more details, and let us know if you have any other questions!

  5. Charl says:

    Can you any one help me?
    I need to know how to get from
    Malpensa Airport, Italy to 37018 Malcesine, Italy
    How much would a taxi be?


  6. Sue-zq says:

    I will be in Florence in the 2nd week of Sep. I nned to go to a wedding in the Castello di Gabbiano, via di Gabbiano Mercatale, Val di Pesa. How and what is the best way to get there and back the next day to catch a 9am train to Milan?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Sue-z-q,
      Since there isn’t a train station nearby, you’ll probably have to drive. Taxi drivers in Florence likely won’t take you that far outside of the city, and it would be prohibitively expensive in any case. We’d recommend renting a car, if you’re comfortable driving, or you can email us at [email protected] to see what our transfer rates would be for that service. Also, we’d recommend reaching out to the wedding organizer or party: Surely you won’t be the only one with this problem, and they’ll have gotten the question before!
      Let us know if we can do anything else!

  7. Benson says:

    I’m going to Italy to retrace my grandfathers steps in WWII. I’ll be in the country side visiting these towns: Castell’arquato, Rustigazzo Province, Località Prato Barbieri, San Michele Province, Lugagnano Val D’arda, Bardi and Massa

    Is the best option to getting around renting a car or can I use trains and taxis?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Benson,
      When it comes to the countryside, it’s definitely better to use a car! Train stations can be far outside of the towns you want to go to, and taxis aren’t all that common in the smaller towns (plus, it would be very expensive). Just make sure you rent a car with a GPS, get good insurance, and do some reading up on Italian driving rules and etiquette before you go!
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  8. ken says:

    we are going to be in florence and have a 6am flight home. We will be staying near SMN station. What is the best way to Florence airport for 6 of us?

  9. tracey says:

    Hi. My cousin and I are going to Italy in August with Contiki but we are wantng to stay a couple days either side of our trip in Rome. All this taxi talk is freaking me out. I just want to get to my hotel cheap and easy so I thought this would be the best option for us. We havnt been told where the hotel is yet but I think its around the trevi fountain. How much would it cost us from the airport to our hotel or atleast the trevi fountain?

    • walksofitaly says:

      No need to freak out, Tracey! From Fiumicino airport to your hotel in the center, the flat rate, which is set by the city, is 48 euros, including all luggage. Just make sure that your driver knows you’re aware of the rate when you get in the cab and does not turn on the meter. Let us know if we can answer anything else!

  10. Jill says:

    We (4 people) will visit Roma in late Feb. We will arrive at the Fiumicino Airport at 8:30pm and stay at Aurelia Residence San Pietro (Via Aurelia 145). I wonder if this location falls to the taxi flat fare zone? If not, what would the estimated cost be? Thanks!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Jill,
      Yes, even though it’s not technically within the Aurelian walls, the city expanded the definition slightly and where you are staying, a stone’s throw from Vatican City, should be included within the flat fare. Enjoy your trip!

  11. Jim says:


    We (2 people) will arrive in Rome on Friday at Fiumicio Airport at 10pm and stay at a B&B on Via Giuseppe Garibaldi near Piazza de Santa Maria in Trastevere. May I know if this location falls under the flat-fare zone, and if so, would be far be EUR48 + EUR2 (EUR 1 per piece of luggage) = EUR 50? I’m not sure if the flat fare would be higher that late at night.

    Thank you in advance!


  12. James Connor says:

    Our cabbie pretended to drop my 20 and then say I had given him only a 5. He wasn’t very good at it so I told him to check the bill he dropped in his lap. Lo and behold he was so sorry for the mistake. He was even more sorry when he got my almost non tip for his attempt at deception. Welcome to Roma!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi James,
      We’re sorry to hear that… but we’re so glad you caught it! Yes, some taxi drivers can be quite nefarious indeed! For future reference, you don’t generally have to tip at all (Italians don’t)—so don’t let them think you have to, either ;-). We hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly!

  13. Eddie Meechan says:

    Hi I am arriving in Florence in June with my wife and 3 children. We are getting the bus from Pisa airport to Florence main train station. After that we will be getting a taxi from there to our villa in San Donato in Collina. According to aa route planner it is just under 11 miles. Could you please give me a ball park figure as to the price and do they have hackney cars to accommodate 5 people? The train station has an official rank outside so at least it will be a legitimate taxi.

  14. Eddie Meechan says:

    Thank you walksofitaly. Do they have 5 seater taxis or will we need to take two cabs?

  15. Roy Kotecha says:

    My Wife and I are arriving at Fiumicino Airport on Sunday evening. We will be catching a Taxi to; Hotel Augusta Lucilla palace – Via Massimo D’Azeglio, 24, (near Roma Termini).

    What would be the cost of catching a taxi from Airport to Hotel? Does this fall within the Taxi Flat Rate Zone ?

    Any help, very much appreciated.

    Thank You!


  16. Gladys says:

    Can anyone tell me what is a reasonable rate for a cab going from the Fiumicino airport to Viterbo.

    Any recommendations for a taxi service are highly appreciated.

    Thank you

  17. Luc says:

    Two families will be arriving at the Naples airport in July on a Monday: a family of 3 (1 adult and 2 kids) around noon, and a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) around 8:30pm. Both families will have suitcases and both will be going to a hotel in via Depretis, NW of Molo Beverello. On the various lists of published fixed fares, we see that the fare from the airport to Beverello is €16. Could you tell us (1) whether that is for the ride regardless of the number of people OR whether that is the charge per person and (2) separate from the fare, will there be any additional charges for the luggage or the time of day, or some kind of a base charge applied before the fare. Thanks for your help and for this forum!

    • Hi Luc,
      We’re happy to help! That price would be for the group, not per person. It’s also the fixed rate for any time of day and for luggage included. Just make sure you specify the flat rate when you get in and that the meter is not switched on. Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  18. Jessica says:

    Hi, My fiance and I are heading to Rome in May, having never visited the city before and having limited to no italian I am trying to research our options prior to leaving London. We will be landing at Fiumicino Airport and heading to Hotel Oxford, does this too fall in line with the flat rate zone of EUR 48? Is it better to book the taxi when we arrive at the airport or will the taxi’s in the rank be ok to use? And does this standard rate apply upon leaving the hotel to the airport also?

    Thanks in advance

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Jessica,
      You’re in luck—because the Hotel Oxford is in the centro storico, you’re within the 48 euro zone. There’s no need to book a taxi in advance of arriving at the airport; just make sure you get a licensed taxi when you arrive, by queuing in the official taxi rank. And yes, the standard rate also applies when going from the hotel to the airport.
      Have a great trip, and please let us know if we can answer anything else!

  19. Sree says:

    Really excited to have stumbled upon this site. I think what you are doing is just amazing!
    Next week, I have to travel in Milan from Malpenso Airport to CESI located at Via Raffaele Rubattino. The distance as shown from google maps is about 65 km. I would like to take a taxi from Airport unless it is unadvisable, since I am travelling with some luggage and my Italian language skills are almost zero. What approximate taxi-fare should I expect? Really appreciate if you could advise.

  20. sam eyre says:

    How much would a taxi be for 2 people from Ciampino airport to the Mecenate Rooms Hotel? We will have 1 suitcase and 2 small bags. The hotel will arrange transfers for us at €40 is this a good deal or will i be better getting my own taxi from the airport?

    • Hi Sam,
      From Ciampino to Mecenate Rooms, the flat rate for a taxi is 30 euros. So it’s cheaper, but some people prefer paying a bit extra for a transfer so they know they have someone waiting for them, don’t have to worry about the odd taxi driver who might try to rip them off, etc.
      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  21. Reed says:


    My wife and I will be landing at Fiumicino (FCO) on a Monday at 0900 AM and will want to get a taxi into Trastevere. Is that within the 48 euro zone? Is it easy to find the location of the official taxi rank?

    • Hi Reed,
      Yes, the center of Trastevere is within the 48 euro zone. The taxi rank is located right outside the airport. Let us know if we can help with anything else!
      -The Walks team

  22. illie says:

    Our family of 5 will be arriving at Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on a Sunday, end of May. The company we booked our apartment with do offer airport transfer – for €80. The apartment is near the Pantheon and there is 5 of us – would it be cheaper to grab a taxi at the airport?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Illie,
      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it would be cheaper to take a taxi. The flat rate of 48 euros from Fiumicino to the historic center applies to you. It includes all luggage and all 5 passengers—you just have to wait at the taxi rank to find a taxi van that can take you all.

      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

      • illie says:

        Thanks for the reply.
        Yes, my concern is not finding a van or big enough cab for all of us – I’m taking my elderly parents so would like to walk and wait as little as possible.
        Another question, do you know of any churches that hold free or inexpensive classical concerts?
        Thank you.

        • Hi Illie,
          Apologies for the late reply on this! Regarding your question on concerts, the churches of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and San Paul within the Walls frequently offer free or very inexpensive concerts. For special performances in other churches, it’s best to buy the “Roma C’è” weekly publication, which details these kinds of events (it’s available at any newspaper kiosk once you get to Rome). Safe travels!

      • Neil says:

        Our family of 5 will be arriving at Rome Fumicino (FCO) on a Tuesday in June. The company we booked our apartment with offers airport transfer – for €65. The apartment is in Trastevere and there are 5 of us plus some luggage– would it be cheaper to grab a taxi at the airport?
        Thank you.

        • Hi Neil,
          The city’s fixed-rate taxi fare of 48 euros includes your whole family and all bags; you’ll just have to ask/wait for a taxi van at the taxi stand to take all of you. When you get in, make sure the driver does not run the meter and that you only pay the flat fare of 48 euros (there are no extra charges). So yes, the taxi is cheaper 🙂 Let us know if we can answer anything else!

  23. monica says:

    I am in Florence and will need to take a taxi within the city, from one fixed destination to another, practically daily. The walk is too long. In a situation like this can you arrange a fixed and reasonable rate, in advance
    Any advice would be really appreciated.

    • Hi Monica,
      No, unless the rate is fixed by the city, the ride should be metered. Although some drivers will arrange a fixed rate with you, we don’t recommend it—it usually works out to the driver’s advantage, not the tourist’s! (Remember, the driver knows the city better than you do!). So perhaps go with the meter—or try out Florence’s bus system! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  24. Trish says:

    We are going to be staying at the sheraton rome in August. How much would a taxi ride for 5 people cost to the center to see the attractions. Do te charge per person? Thanks

  25. suraksha says:

    Hi we are 7 people ( 4 adults + 3 children ages 13, 10, 4). We arrive roma termini from venice at 3.15pm on thr 11th June. Our apartment in near navona/pantheon. Where are the licensed taxi stand in termini? What would be the flat / metered rate? Also we require 2 taxis or 1?
    We also require taxi service on the 15th of June from the apartment to rome fumicino at 7.30 am. Pls advise how and where to hail the flat 48 euro taxi or weshould pr book a mini van?

    • Hi Suraksha,
      We’re happy to help! The licensed taxi stand is located just outside the front, on the main square. The rate from Termini to your apartment would be metered; don’t accept a flat rate if a driver offers it. Metered, the journey should cost about 10-12 euros to your apartment. A large taxi van might be able to take all 7 of you, depending on your amount of luggage. From the apartment to Fiumicino, it’s best to either call a taxi or to find the nearest taxi stand (ask the owner of your apartment where it would be located). Otherwise, a mini van might be the more relaxing, although expensive, option.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

    • Rabih says:

      Hi, Suraksha, could you please advise how easy was it to find a big taxi in termini station? Thanks

  26. Colleen Blank says:

    Hi Just wondering how much a maxi taxi (6 adults and luggage) would cost from via Palestro 17(Montecarlo Hotel) to via Vurgilio 1 (NH Giustiniano Hotel)?? We may need 2 taxis if no maxi available..prob about 10am on a Friday monring…or even a booked transfer???

    • Hi Colleen,
      The transfer only takes 10 or 15 minutes. A taxi can be called from the reception—there’s no need to pre-book a transfer. It will probably cost around 15 euros per taxi. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  27. Tarajane says:

    Hi, we are staying at a convent opposite the Vatican Museum on viale vaticano. We are to catch a train to Venice leaving Termini at 6.50 am. I assume a taxi will be the easiest as we are 4 adults, 2 cases and 4 small hand luggage bags. I am concerned about trying to book a taxi the night before and being sure it will arrive. What are my other options? What is the approx cost, would leaving convent 5.45am be reasonable as I understand termini is huge to navigate. Is there a taxi rank nearby our accommodation that is certain to have a taxi available? Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Tarajane,
      If you want to book a car in advance, it’s best to book a transfer with a company (like us!). That’s because most taxi companies need to be called 10-15 minutes before you want the taxi to arrive—they don’t do reservations a whole night in advance. That said, they are 24 hours and they are reliable, so if you call the company 15 minutes before you want it to arrive, you should be fine! We like to use the company at the telephone number 063570.

      If you won’t have access to a phone, though, or the idea of leaving it that late makes you nervous, again, we’d recommend booking a transfer. Although you can try a taxi rank, it’s not for sure that there will be a taxi immediately at that time of day.

      And yes, leaving the convent at 5:45am will give you more than enough time in Termini.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  28. Kileen says:

    Can a family of five fit in one taxi (do they have mini van or suv sized taxi’s in Florence, Italy?

  29. Ken says:

    We are staying near Trevi Fountain next week. On Thurs evening, we need to go to a location 8 miles away for a 9 p.m. concert. If it starts late, we may not be done until 11 p.m. Any idea what the taxi will cost? Should we arrange the pick-up in advance since it may be hard to get a taxi for the return this late? The location is Chiostro Del Buon Pastore which is right near a restaurant that I found on Google (Schiavi d’Abruzzo, via Bravetta 370. Thanks so much! Ken

    • Hi Ken,

      We’re happy to help, and apologies if this answer comes too late to be of use to you! However, in general, you can’t book a taxi in advance, so you’re better off getting a taxi when the concert finishes, either by telephoning (we like the service at the number 063570) or asking where the closest taxi stand is. At the night rate, your ride will probably be between 20 and 25 euros or so.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else, and enjoy the concert!

  30. Tarajane says:

    Thank you so much. We will have a phone so can certainly make a call for the taxi. Can you give me a rough idea how much it will cost and will they understand english? I don’t know any italian.

  31. Ray says:

    We are vacationing in Florence for the first time in Sept. After exiting customs with bags in hand at Florence airport is there any advice to getting to the official taxi stand? We have a hotel near the Duomo and are arriving around 9AM. Any advice on not getting sidetracked to non-official taxis without knowing that we’ve done so? Thank you.

    • Hi Ray,
      Apologies for the late reply to this, but we hope it still helps! The official taxi stand should be quite obvious and marked “Taxi”. Any cabs there will be official. If you’re still concerned, you also can look into hiring a transfer, either with a company or with your hotel.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  32. Jose says:

    We are staying in a small hotel Hotel Roma Vaticano and need an early ride to Fiumicino Airport for a 7am flight on July 11th. I tried to reserve Romecabs but they say are all booked. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions? Don’t want to miss our flight

    • Hi Jose,
      We’d recommend either booking a transfer with another reliable company (like us!), or calling a taxi in the morning, about 20 minutes before you would need to leave. You would call the numbers 06 3570, 06 4994 or 06 6645, and someone would send you a taxi then. (You can’t book taxi companies further in advance, only transfer companies). However, for the sake of making sure you get there on time and aren’t stressed, we do recommend you stick with a transfer, just try another company, there are many out there! Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  33. Brian Brown says:


    We are flying into Rome in July and staying in Maremma for a week. I believe it’s a couple hours away from Rome. Should we rent a car for the week and what’s the average cost for seven days. Do you know what a 2 hour can ride would cost? Just curious

    • Hi Brian,
      In Maremma, having a rental car is definitely the way to go, as public transport isn’t super-developed there. A rental car generally costs between 40 and 60 euros per day (it’s more for an automatic), and you can save by booking the car in advance online. Check out our tips for renting a car in this post. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  34. Sicilia Taxi says:

    in sicily is different 😉

  35. Kat says:

    We need to get from Port in Civitavecchia to Sheraton Hotel in Rome. What is best way to go and least expensive. How much for private transportation vs taxi? Thank you.

  36. Stacy says:

    I (female) will be on my first proper solo trip and I am a bit concerned landing on a Sunday night (7pm) The hotel I am staying at ( in Via dei Gabrielli, just off Via dei Coronari) advises guests to take shuttle to Termini and then a cab to the hotel. What is the best way from Fiumicino to the hotel as a single person on a Sunday night? In terms of cost and convenience ?
    p.s. I am so glad to have come across this very useful blog

    • Hi Stacy,
      No need to be concerned—you have lots of options! In terms of cost and convenience, we’d recommend a different route. Instead of the Leonardo da Vinci train from Fiumicino to Termini, which costs 14 euros each way, take the normal “Regionale” train (from the same station, other platform) to “Roma Ostiense,” which costs 8 euros and takes the same amount of time (half hour). From there, exit and grab a cab from there. The taxi ride will cost the same or a little less than from Termini, since from Termini there is a surcharge. (It’ll be about 10-15 euros).

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  37. Adam colasante says:

    In Rome and going to see my cousins in pescara was wondering what is best way to get there by bus or train and where can I buy tickets for each, I am staying in camo dei fiori and will most probably need to get taxi to station what is best way to order a taxi any help would be much appreciated

    • Hi Adam,
      From Rome, the bus to Pescara is actually faster. It takes 3 hours, while the train takes four and you’ll have to change. In Rome, the bus leaves from the Tiburtina station; from Campo dei Fiori, you can either take a taxi from Corso Vittorio Emanuele (the main street near Campo) to Tiburtina or, to save money, take either a bus or taxi to the Termini train station, get on the metro, and get to Tiburtina that way. You can find bus schedules from Rome to Pescara here.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  38. Marijo says:

    What a fab site! Thank you.
    We will be in Rome in October. We will be attending a concert at the Vatican and will need to get from there to the Rome Cavalieri Hotel leaving the Vatican @ 11:00 pm. Approximately what should a taxi cost us?

  39. Nancy says:

    Thank you for answering questions on this site. It seems very helpful to everyone. We will be arriving in Rome FCO around 9:30 am in September. Our hotel is the Il Cantico hotel at via del Cottolengo 50, near the Vatican. Does this location fall within the flat rate zone? Is the flat rate 48 euros for one person or for each person? Thanks

    • Hi Nancy,
      We’re happy to help! Yes, that location is within the flat-rate zone. The 48 euros is for all passengers, including all luggage, and there should be no extra fees.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  40. Khairiah says:

    Hi, thank you for the tips so far! I will be going to Oct next week and am planning to go Galleria Borghese and Vatican City for the whole day. I’ve reserved a ticket for Borghese from 1100-1300h. After which I will have to go to Vatican City as I have a guided tour at 2pm! Correct me if Im wrong, but taxi will be the easiest way out? Also, how much will the typical fare be like? How do I identify a registered cab? Is it a safe mode for a solo female traveller? Sorry for asking too many questions! Hope to hear from you soon! Cheers!

    • Hi there Khairiah,
      We’re happy to help! You should have time to take the metro from the Borghese to the Vatican, but it depends on whether you want a bit of time to relax and have lunch between museums. If you do take the metro, you would walk from the Borghese to the “Spagna” stop at the Spanish Steps (a 15 or 20-minute walk, but beautiful, as it’s through Villa Borghese park), then take metro line A (the only line at that stop) and get off at Ottaviano (about a 10-minute ride). Otherwise, yes, a cab is simpler; it should cost about 12 euros. Registered cabs are very clear as they’re white, have a light on top and have an inscription on the side identifying them as a Rome cab. And yes, it’s perfectly safe.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  41. patti says:

    I have 4 clients flying into ROME FIUMICINO APT weekday and wat to take taxi to the Mecenate Palace….how much would taxi be for the 4 of them each have suitcase . ALso how long would the trip take Thanks patti

    • Hi Patti,
      The Mecenate Palace is in the historic center, so the taxi should have a *flat rate* of 48 euros, including all luggage. Tell your clients to make sure as soon as they get in the cab that the driver does not run the meter, and that the rate is no more than 48. The trip depends on traffic, but will take about 30-45 minutes.
      Hope that helps!

  42. Jody says:

    What a great site. Took a taxi from St Peters Basilica to Trevi fountain at 4pm. Charge was 27 euros…think we were ripped off.

  43. Pat Shelton says:

    Best way to transfer from Rome hotel to Cittavechia. Also cost of transfer from Florence hotel to Lido Cammiore hotel. Thank you!

  44. Liz says:

    I am wondering about parking at train stations. We are going to be renting a car and we are staying out side of rome in guidonia montecileio we are planning on taking the train from lunghezza into rome center and I want to have a heads up on parking fees. Unfortunately the website does not support english although it has an option everytime i just get redirected to the same page in italian.

    • Hi Liz,
      You won’t have to pay for parking at the Lunghezza train station. However, are you sure you need a car? As you probably know, you definitely won’t want to use the car in Rome’s center, so it might make more sense to drop the car off and not have to pay for it as you won’t be using it those days anyway. But as for parking, yes, there is parking and it will be free at Lunghezza. We hope that helps!

  45. katheryn says:

    We are a family of 7 travelling from FCO to the Mercure Roma West Hotel on a Thursday at 8pm. Can you tell me if this falls in the flat zone rate and which rate it is?
    Thank you

    • Hi Katheryn,
      You’re staying near Piazza Bologna, just outside the historic center; the location is not covered by the flat rate. Instead, your driver will have to run the meter. It should cost only slightly more, however, depending on traffic. Remember that you’ll have to get 2 taxis given the size of your group. Given all that, you might consider booking a transfer instead: We offer a transfer for up to 8 people for 99 euros, and can take you to your hotel for the same price, so it will wind up being cheaper, as well as less stressful, than getting two taxis on your arrival. More info here. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  46. Sam says:


    My wife and I will be leaving Rome on Sunday and have a 6am flight. Our hotel is near the Colosseum. What should the rate be?



  47. Joan says:

    Approximately how much would it cost to hire a taxi for a 3 hour night tour around Rome? I’ve seen various prices for hiring a car for such a tour, but not sure if a cab or hired car would be my best option.

  48. Mandy says:

    My friend and I will be travelling to Rome from Johannesburg via Dubai for the first time. What is the cheapest and safest way to travel from Fiumicino International Airport to the San Remo hotel in Via D’azeglio? Preferably from terminal to hotel door.

    • Hi Mandy,
      The only way to get from FCO to your hotel door is by cab or transfer; your hotel is within the flat rate zone, so it would be 48 euros from door to door, including both of you and all of your luggage (no extra fees should be charged). Otherwise, it is a little cheaper to take the Leonardo da Vinci train from the FCO train station directly to Termini (about 14 euros each), which takes a half hour, and from there it is less than a 5 minute walk to your hotel.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  49. Thao says:

    Hi! I was wondering if our hotel -Regent Hotel Rome Via Filippo Civinini, 46, Rome, Italy, 00197 will be within the flat rate zone from FCO. Thanks so much!!

  50. Sue says:

    We need to get from the Roma Tiburtina train station to the atlante garden hotel in Rome. How many euros should we expect to pay? We will have 4 people, and 7 pieces of luggage.

  51. Rob says:

    Hi there, i’m trying to find out if the “capped” taxi rates from the rome airports to within the Aurelian walls are the same 24hrs per day- i can;t seem to find anything that says on the official Roma Capitale website.

    Thank’s for your help!

    • Yes, they’re the same 24 hours a day. At a very late/early hour, however, the problem getting from the city to an airport can be finding a taxi; to minimize stress, we’d recommend booking a private transfer instead.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  52. Lori Chisholm says:

    Do you happen to know what I should expect to pay from the Florence airport to my hotel very near the SMN station? We will be a group of 11 with one bag each. I anticipate 3 taxis…

  53. Julia Stroud says:

    Hi there, we are arriving in July at Fiumincino and heading to a hotel in Trastevere. We are 5 people. The hotel is offering pick up for 75 euros. Is it in the 48 euro flat rate zone? Should we take up the hotel rather than risk having to get two taxis if a 7 seater isn’t available at the taxi rank? Advice appreciated!

    • Hi Julia,
      Yes, it should be 48 euros; you should be able to find a taxi for 5 people, but you may just have to wait a little longer in the queue at the airport. So really up to you!

      Safe travels!

  54. sandra says:

    hello . My family of 4 are arriving by train into Termini around 8.30pm at night so its starting to get dark , which is my concern in a strange city with children and luggage .I the area around the station well lit and how much would it cost to get to Via del corso ( hotel Regno ) by taxi . I am presuming there is a big taxi rank outside the station.
    Does that 1 euro luggage fee only pertain to large bags that need to go in the trunk or even sholder bags ?


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sandra! The train station is well lit and we do recommend finding a taxi at the large taxi rank outside the station. The fare should come out to around 8 euro, and the luggage fee only pertains to large bags that are placed in the trunk. Buon viaggio and be sure to let us know about your experience!

  55. Jean Halliwell says:

    What a god site. Thank you .You have answered a lot of questions for us.We would like to know when taking a Taxi to Civitaveccia from Rome how can we be sure that the Taxi has the permit to enter the port.We are Seniors so it is important for us not to have to walk too far with luggage.

  56. Mrs Nirmalee Peiris says:

    Please let me know the taxi fare from foggia train station in italy wto hotel colonne in san giovañni rotondo to visit st padre pio shrine, Also let me know how to book a taxi in advance. Thank you.
    Nirmalee peiris

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hello Nirmalee, the taxi fare from the Foggia train stain to the hotel is approximately 55 euro. We’d suggest calling a local taxi company (0881 711722, 0881 713382) to book in advance. Enjoy your trip!

  57. Doug Kreifels says:

    I will be in Rome this summer and will need to take a taxi from the Vatican to Tiburtina station. Does the taxi hold five people?

  58. DJ says:

    Great Website. Thanks for helping so many people. My wife and I are here in Roma celebrating our 20th anniversary. We switch hotels from Hilton Airport to Hotel Victoria Roma on Via Campania tomorrow. What is the smartest lest costly way of switching hotels? we have two roller bags each. Do we take free shuttle to Roma Center and walk to hotel, or take taxi, or take train/metro to Barberini exit? or just taxi from Hilton to Hotel Victoria?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi DJ, we hope you’re enjoying Rome! We suggest taking the shuttle to the city center then taking a taxi, especially because you are traveling with quite a bit of luggage. We offer a large selection of exclusive tours in Rome and Vatican city, available on our website:

  59. Debbie says:

    Hi, we are travelling from Fiumicino Airport to Rome (30km) with 2 bicycles in bags/boxes. Do we need to pre-book a maxi taxi or will they be available at the airport? What should we expect to pay for this trip?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Debbie, taxis should be available at the airport and the flat rate is €48. If you’d like the peace of mind of having a large car waiting for you we would suggest booking a private transfer to your hotel. Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions!

  60. irish says:

    hi!! we are going to hotel piemonte from Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci airport. Is the 48 euro a flat rate? or is it the starting rate then the meter goes on ? are there additional charges for luggages? thanks

    • Walks of Italy says:

      The 48 euro is a flat rate fee, including luggage. Be sure to let your cab driver know that you’re aware of the free upon entering the taxi (you can give him the address and say “quarantotto euro prezzo fisso”) so you are not charged any additional fees. Buon viaggio!

  61. ana says:

    Hello, we are coming to Rome April 4th at 9.30pm and we are thinking at taking a taxi from Fiumicino airport to our Hotel Atlante Star on Via G. Vitelleschi, 34 00193 Roma ….is this location part of the flat rate taxi? and how much would that be?
    Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Ana! Your hotel is located in the city center so it is included in the flat rate zone, which is 48 euro. Be sure to agree on the price with your driver before heading to your destination. Buon viaggio!

  62. Rebbecca says:

    Hi, I’m looking to book my hotel for Milan and one of my main concerns is the availability of taxis at night. I’ve seen a hotel which is on the outskirts of Milan (near maciachini metro), so we would need to take a taxi home after nights out when the metro has stopped. I’ve read that these are only available from taxi ranks. I was just wondering if you knew how common these taxi ranks were and if it is easy to get a taxi late at night? I’m worried about booking a hotel away from night spots such as Navigli and facing being unable to get home in the early hours! Thanks

  63. Amanda says:

    Can you please advise the easiest way to get a taxi from Pioltello Limito train station to casa lambretta in rodano which is only 10 mins away by car. The train station is unmanned and looks to be remote. Is there a local taxi rank and how much would I expect to pay? Thanks.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Amanda! We recommend organizing a taxi ahead of time by calling the local taxi company at +39 333 2937646. The taxi should be around 10 euro. Let us know if you have any questions!

      • Walks of Italy says:

        Hi Amanda, it seems quite strange that the company would charge 35 euro + vat for one way as the journey is only 10 minutes away. Since there are very limited taxi companies in the area, we suggest calling again and explaining that the 10 minute journey should cost no more than 10 euros one way. Do let us know if you have any other questions!

  64. Yvonne says:

    Wish I had read this before our taxi ride today from Naples to Positano. Classic mistake and so angry just thinking back. We had negotiated a rate and he didnt give us change of €10! Really leaves a bad taste of Italy in my memories. Not the best way to start an Italian holiday. Now super suspicious of everybody here. They just can’t be trusted!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Yvonne, we’re sorry to hear about your taxi experience but we are glad to see that you have found our guide for your future taxi rides. Enjoy your stay in Italy!

  65. Christine says:

    we are planning a family trip to Italy and are still trying to find out the best way for us to travel in Rome since we are a family of 3 adults and 3 children. should I just simply arrange the hotel minivan? too expensive? coz the way back from attractions to hotel will be a problem unless we split to use 2 taxies..? please advise….

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Christine, depending on how centrally located your hotel is, you should be able to walk to many of Rome’s attractions. We would also recommend using public transportation (metro and buses) to save on taxi fare. Do check with your hotel if you are interested in using their shuttle for their prices as they tend to vary. Let us know if you have any questions!

  66. Ash says:

    What a great service you are providing here. Please can you assist me is my planning to Rome.
    Our family of 3 will be arriving at Rome Fumicino (FCO) in late June on a Wednesday. We need to get from FCO to our Hotel, Rome Cavalieri (address is Via Alberto Cadlolo 101). Please can you tell us how much should we expect and if we will have a metered rate. Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ash, you can actually set a flat rate of 48 euro (including luggage) from the airport to the city center. Be sure to let the driver know ahead of time that you want to use the flat rate. If you go by the meter, the trip should cost around 55 euro. Let us know how it goes!

  67. Mary Harris says:

    Can I get a cab for 5 people in Rome?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Mary, taxi for 5 people in Rome do exist, but are a bit limited. We recommend calling ahead of time when possible, maybe through your hotel or restaurants you will dine in when you’re there, to arrange the proper vehicle. Let us know if you have any questions!

  68. Veronica says:

    hello , please advice how to get from Parma to Bussetto on taxi, 90 km distance. how much it can cost, there is no any other transportation to this small city?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Veronica, the taxi ride should cost around 60 euro. We suggest taking a bus from Parma to Busseto, which takes around an hour and runs quite frequently. The website (in Italian) can be found here: Let us know if you have any questions!

  69. Innie says:

    Hi, it seems this site is the only website that I can get an answer about riding a cab.

    I arrive at Ciampino airport 23:10 on Sunday.
    I am heading to Freedom Traveller’s Hostel (Via Gaeta, 23, Rome, Italy, 00185)

    Is my destination is within the city center walls ? Is the flat rate still 30 euros at night?

    Also, I wonder if it is easy to take a cab around the time.

    Annd, does the driver refuse a ride sometimes? I am worried about any unexpected things.. since I take a cap late and I am a foreigner and alone.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao! The hostel you are staying at is located in the city center and the flat rate from the Ciampino airport is 30 euro. Sometimes taxi drivers do not mention the flat rate, so we suggest agreeing on the rate before entering the taxi. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a taxi at that time. Be sure to let us know about your experience!

  70. Michelle says:

    Hello there! I will be arriving at the Florence airport on Saturday. I will be needing a cab to the select executive hotel. And then at a later date I’ll be needing a cab ride back to the airport. What’s the pricing for that? And is there a certain cab company to use? Or not really? Thank you so much!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Michelle! The flat rate from the airport to the city center ranges from 20 to 25 euro depending on the time of day and how much luggage you are traveling with. You can either call a taxi that morning (have your hotel do it if you’re staying at a hotel), or book a transfer in advance. For info on transfers, please email us at [email protected]. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  71. Very nice post. Thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful stuff. Really informative and worth reading again and again. Cheers!

  72. Sara says:

    Hello! Thanks for this great site! Wondering if there’s a set fee from Termini Station in Rome to an apartment or hotel in the centro? Approximately how much should I expect to pay to get to the Piazza Navona area?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Sara, set fees are usually only available to and from the airport. The trip from Termini to the Piazza Navona area should be around 10 euro. Let us know if you have any questions!

  73. Amanda says:


    We are visiting Italy very soon and my husband would like to see the site of the old Innocenti Lambretta factory in the Lambrate area, I believe the address is Via Raffaele Rubattino, 81-87. We will arrive at Milano Lambrate train station. Can you tell me how far it is by taxi and how much it should cost. Also are there plenty of taxis at this station?

    Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Amanda! The taxi ride should be under 10 minutes and cost around 10-12 euro. You should have no problems finding a taxi outside the station, just be sure to look for the orange “taxi” sign. Buon viaggio!

  74. Last time when i was in rome, i use this site – best choice!

  75. Nadia says:

    I’m going to Florence, Venice and Capri in a week and I don’t want to depend on stopping a cab nor hiring a service, I was wondering if there are any apps that I can use there to pre book a car like Uber or Hailo?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Nadia, at the moment we don’t know of any apps similar to Uber that are available in Florence, Venice and Capri. Your best bet would be to book cars and taxis in advance through your hotel. Let us know if you have any questions!

  76. Ram says:


    I have a dumb question. We are planning to leave for Rome in couple of weeks.

    I have booked for transfer from the airport to the hotel through a website. Looked reasonable.

    We are going to Florence via train from Rome. I read that it costs about 10 Euros for a taxi from the SMN station to the Arizona hotel. Is this per person ? This will be a family of 4 with 2 kids of 11 and 4.

    thanks in advance for your help.

    Very useful site. Learnt a lot today.


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Thank you, Ram! First of all there are no dumb questions 🙂 10 euro would be the price of the taxi ride, not per person. Let us know if you have any other questions 🙂

  77. umporn says:

    I will go to Verona at 18:30 PM. Dose it have taxi available at that time near Verona porta nova station? How many euro from station to Hotel Milano near Arena?/

    thank you so much

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hello! You shouldn’t have any problems finding a taxi at that hour near the station in Verona and the fare should be approximately 8 euro. Let us know if you have any questions!

  78. Ricky says:

    Hi. I would like to know if there is a 24-hour public transportation other than a cab and how much would it cost me from ST GIOVANNI to FCO. My planes leaves at 630 am and I need to be at the airport by 4am.
    Please help.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Ricky, the metro is closed as at that time and buses tend to be unreliable in the middle of the night. We highly suggest booking a taxi in order to be sure you will reach the airport in time for your flight. Buon viaggio!

  79. Margaret says:

    Hi! Was wondering how much it would cost for a cab ride from Spanish Steps to Trastevere, and Spanish Steps to Vatican City.

    For our Milan trip, would you also know how much the flat rate is from Best Western Hotel Galles (along Corso Buenos Aires) to the Malpensa airport.

    Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Margaret! The cab from Spanish Steps to Trastevere should be around 10 euro and Spanish Steps to the Vatican around 10 euro as well. The flat rate from Milan’s city center to Malpensa is 90 euro. Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions!

  80. Raffaello says:

    Hello! We want to know how we can get to the Ciampino Airport on 3 January 2015. We are 5 people and our flight is at 6.45 in the morning. thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Raffaello, your best bet would be to take a taxi for a flight that early in the morning. Let us know if you have any questions!

  81. Amanda says:

    I was wondering how much it costs from Naples airport to near Castel Nuovo. In a taxi.
    Or could you recommed the best way to get to this area from airport?

    Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Amanda, We’re sorry, we don’t know exactly how much a taxi would cost, but there are busses that run from Central Naples: the C55 bus (Corso Umberto – Via De Pretis) and R2 bus (Central Station- Piazza Trieste e Trento) that would likely be less expensive.

  82. moniotorgil says:

    Thank you for this awesome post, no one wants to get ripped off by a taxi driver.
    from moniot Israel.

  83. Thanks for this helpful post. making easy to hire a taxi.

  84. Tatiana says:

    Hi, You guys have super hepful info, thank you.
    I will be traveling from Florence (arriving by train) via either Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast, and heading to Agriturismo – Il Poggio Alle Ville on 5/23. i’m wondering what my options are for getting to the villa and about how much that would cost. I’l be traveling with a friend.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Tatiana,

      Though it depends on where exactly the Agriturismo is, your best options are a private car service, a taxi (discuss a price in advance if possible) or renting a car. Agriturismi are usually “off the beaten path” (helps with the peace and serenity!) so taking public transport could be difficult. Have a great trip!

  85. sjhan says:

    Can you hail a cab on the streets of Florence or do you have to call them? If you can hail a cab, what’s the best way to do it?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Simon,

      Most of the streets in central Florence are “limited traffic zones,” meaning that traffic can’t drive there. While cabs are able to in certain areas anyway, it’s not so easy with throngs of people. Luckily the city is incredibly walkable! If you do need a cab (like when you arrive with luggage) there will be lines of them outside the central train station or you can sometimes find them in a dedicated area behind the Duomo in Piazza del Duomo. Let us know if you have any other questions 🙂

  86. Raghavendra says:

    Greetings! I will be flying to Verona from Mumbai, India in September and i am very excited about touring the city on a bicycle! So i am looking for some guidance on should i buy a bicycle or rent it. Because there are some sites which were showing renting a bike to be expensive.

    At the same time commuting on a cycle will save me a lot of money on expensive cab rides. So on an average i am estimating Euro 50 per day is the least on cab rides. Multiply that with 7 days it comes unto 350 Euros. Might as well buy a bicycle and sell it off later.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Raghavendra,

      Though we don’t know the average cost of bike rentals in Verona, we do know that it’s a beautiful city to tour on bike and on foot! The center of Verona is rather small and easily manageable on foot. Though you can certainly buy and then resell your bike, perhaps it would be easier to rent a bike only for the days you wish to explore further afield in Verona, and walk the days you’re in the historical center. Let us know what you decide and how it went!

  87. Thank you for this useful post.

    Same applies also to every major city in Europe, and not just the cities of Italy. In case you happen to travel in Jerusalem, Israel – Be sure to use only the authorized taxi stations in order to travel safely and avoid getting ripped off.

  88. Beth Player-DiCicco says:

    I’m planning to visit the Vatican Museum on one of the special Friday night entrance tickets 7pm -11pm. SInce we’d be traveling late back to the Sheraton Roma in EUR area south of Rome center…How would I book a transfer or taxi to get us back to our hotel?

  89. Suzi Kyle says:

    Best taxi service in Italy and the surrounding area. I always use this taxi going to airport and coming back in to the city. Driver was very friendly and clean cars.

  90. Grace says:

    We are staying in Florence in June and are planning on flying out of Pisa at 6:25 (am) from PSA. Is it necessary to take a taxi (from Florence to PSA) or is there any way we can find a bus or public transport that will get us to the airport in time for the flight? If a taxi is inevitable, what would that cost approximately for 7 adults? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Grace,

      There are trains starting at 4:30 am from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence to the Pisa airport stop (fermata aeroporto) but they arrive at 6:08 am. It seems like with a flight that early, your best option is for a taxi. Order two in advance or ask for a van for 7 people. The trip should cost around 30-40 euro total.

  91. Jane Harbour says:

    My husband would like to visit his home town of San Giovanni in Fiore in Calabria which he left as a young child. What would be our options for getting there from Lamezia Terme and also from Cosenza? Any help you can give is appreciated.

  92. ellieS7172 says:

    Nice blog. Thanks for sharing.

  93. Roy Whetnall says:

    My wife and I are taking a cruise out of Civitavecchia Port on 7th January 2017. We are all set for getting to the port, but on our return we have to get to the Carpediem Resort for a week. We are wondering what is the most sensible way to get from the port to the resort. My wife thinks the trains and subway will be best, like an adventure. But the subway does not go all the way and we will have luggage, I think a car transfer is better. Also we have to get from the resort to the airport at the end, same problem. what do you think is the best way. Would a taxi cab all the way work. thanks for your help.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Roy,

      Yes you could absolutely take a taxi to and from your hotel, but it will certainly cost you more. If you decide it’s too much, we’re sure that there will be public transportation to get you quite near. Check out to map out your route and see what public transportation is available, and have a great trip!

  94. Vallabh says:


    First, thank you for this very useful website! Lots of great information!
    My family (2 adults and 2 kids) are traveling from the US to Rome and we will land at FCO at 11pm. Our hotel is a few blocks from termini station (Domus Romana). My question is if it is safe to get a taxi from the airport that late at night and how much it will cost us? Also approximately how long does it take to clear immigration and customs?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Vallabh,

      Not only is it safe, it’s probably your best bet at that time of night. The fixed fare for a Rome taxi is €48 between FCO and central Rome (within the Aurelian walls) for up to four people and their luggage, be careful that they don’t try to ask for more! The trip takes approximately 45 minutes to most parts of this central area, though if your hotel is nearer it could take less. Immigration and customs just depends on how many flights landed that day around the same time and how big they were. Have a great trip!

  95. Betty Ann German says:

    I have been travelling to Rome for almost 30 years now. When I come into the airport in Fiumicino , I now hire a private limousine service called BlueCar ([email protected]). I send them an email in advance of my arrival with all my flight details for arrival and departure and my hotel address. They are always at the airport on time with a little sign with my name; the drivers are helpful and courteous and the cars comfortable and clean, and more upmarket than the usual taxis. The drivers are excellent and don’t make my hair turn white with fear – I can totally relax in the back seat. The price is between 48 and 55 Euros (depending if I select a hotel in the historic center or outside in the Porta Pia area). I cannot recommend this company enough and can tell you that it eases my stress level when I travel.

  96. Pat says:

    Hi, What an absolute wonderful website! I read all the posts and I don’t think anyone asked about it before: we will be in Rome in March with 2 year old toddler. He will be mostly in his pushchair.
    Is metro accessible for a pushchair? or will we have to use escalators?
    Do we pay extra for taxi having when having a pushchair with us? Also do I have to keep him on my lap? There will be 6 adults and the little one with us so is a taxi an option at all? Minivan or do we have to split? I think we will need it from Vatican to Colosseum on one day, From Via Leone IV to the Zoo on another day and perhaps to come back to Via Leone from some other attractions (I haven’t though about what to see when yet)… We are there for 4 days. Many thanks in advance for your answer

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Pat,

      What a great question! The metro should be accessible for baby strollers, with an elevator available, though some might be limited to just the escalator. As for a taxi, you don’t have to pay extra, but you will not find a taxi with a carseat in Italy easily. You also won’t be refused a ride if you don’t have one. Car seats are not required in taxis but in private cars. You can buckle your child in to the seatbelt or hold him on your lap, or if you’d feel safer you can buy a backless booster seat and then leave it in Italy on your last day so as not to lug it around longer than necessary. Have a great trip!

  97. Kanika says:

    This Taxi Service is really good. I have experienced for traveling this cab. Nice…

  98. Audrey Tanner says:

    my question
    We will be driving from Tuscany to Rome. We want to drop the car off there. The airport??
    Then cab from car drop off to hotel Navona Cab fare for 3
    Resturant suggestions?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Audrey,

      Your car rental company can tell you where you can drop off your car in Rome. Sorry, we’re in the day-tour business, and so not able to recommend any restaurants in Rome, but we’re sure you’ll find something great!

  99. Nice post. thank you .!!

  100. Martin says:

    Very much like here in Prague, Czech Republic. Unfortunately Prague is still full of scams. Nowadays it seems the best to have an app for local taxis. As a tourist you will never really know the optimal route and you will likely get charged more than locals. However the tips you posted works well for Prague too. The difference is that most companies in Prague do not start the meter when they are booked, but when the passengers actually hop in.

    I hope I will go back to Italy soon. I love it. For now I will bookmark your page. Awesome source of travel information.

  101. Savannah says:

    We need to get from Fiumicino airport to Vacanza a Casa guest house (Exact Address: 00135 Roma – Via Angelo Maria Bandini 10 Floor 0 int.2). We land at 3:40pm.
    What’s our best and cheapest option to get there?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Savannah,

      It depends on just where this guest house is located. Taxis are by far the easiest way to get there – into Rome they are a flat rate – but not always the cheapest. If it’s centrally located, you might be able to take the bus. Check to see all your transportation options.

  102. A travel agency offers a wide range of car/ taxi to suit the requirements of individuals, business travelers as well as tourists. its a very nice and informative post. thank you for sharing this post.!!!

  103. Great information here. Thank You for this helpful post.

  104. There are various agencies and also many apps, such as: my taxi or uber where you can book your ride. Or search on google for some agency.

  105. Diego Padilla says:

    Hello i have a problem, i left 2 bags of my shopping at the taxi, i called and report the issue and they told me that the taxi driver wasn’t working at that moment, they told me also the code to identify the taxi, and they also told me to call tomorrow morning to look for the driver, do you know if i would get my bags back? 🙁

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Diego,

      We just organize excellent, locally-guided day trips, but we’re so sorry to hear about your difficulties! We do hope you’re able to get your bags back.

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  107. Nancy says:

    what is the best taxi or driver service to use to go from Hilton Garden Inn hotel at FCO to Borgo Di Tragliata

    Via del Casale di Tragliata, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italy for 2 adults and 2 kids

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Nancy,

      We’re sure your hotel can call a reputable taxi company for you to get where you need to go. Have a great trip!

  108. StellaB says:

    hi there

    We are a family of 6 arriving in rome. we will be staying at Golden Tulip Rome Airport Isola Sacra
    416 Della Scafa. its les than 15 min from the airport.

    What would be the best form of transport and how much would it cost.

    Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Stella,

      The airport authorities have set a fixed fare of 48 euro between Fiumicino Airport and destinations in Rome city centre (aka within the Aurelian Walls) for up to four people and baggage included. If your hotel is not within the city center limits we imagine that the price will be lower. Have a good trip!

  109. Alfred Cucchiara, PhD says:

    Hi, and may I first compliment Walks of Italy for having this very informative article and comment section! I will be arriving alone at the Florence Airport at 11:30 PM on the evening of December 11, 2018. I need to go to the Poggio Baronti B & B, via dell’Eremo, 3,
    Bagno a Ripoli. I do not know how far it is from the airport, however, may I please have an estimate of what a transfer would cost me if I made a reservation with Walks of Italy? Additionally, can transfers be made in the return direction, from the B & B to a specific location within Florence during the week of Dec 11? Your very kind assistance is very much appreciated.

  110. kat says:

    Hello. Going to Rome end of November for a week. We will stay at a rental about 15 min from Termini. Or so our land lord told us. We will be leaving at 5 am to catch flight back from Leonardo Da Vinci airport. Should we call ahead for taxi and what is the best taxi service to call? would it be around 60euro or more? Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kat,

      The price for a taxi to go to or from Fiumicino Airport is a fixed 48 euro from the city center. If your hotel is outside this area, you will have to pay whatever is on the meter. We’d suggest calling a taxi company the night before to reserve it. Ask your landlord for information on taxi services!

  111. Preeti shaw says:

    I am very thankful for the effort put on by you, to help us, Thank you so much for the post it is very helpful, keep posting such type of blog.

  112. Awesome article! You really done it well, the points you mentioned above are very helpful. Thanks for sharing and keep up the amazing work.

  113. Lara Blixen says:

    Few days before, i was looking for reliable taxi which find through this channel. so i will prefer this website to other readers/viewer. Thanks for services.

  114. Hi,

    Great article.

    But I’d like to suggest that finding taxi in Italy is very easy now. You just need to type best taxi service in “city” + Italy or just activate your GPS location on your phone and type car rental or taxi companies near me, you will get dozens of taxi services near you.

    It easy!

    At the same time, We’re also providing private hire car services in Italy. Most of our clients usually reach us through organic traffic. Google has made everything easy my love 🙂

    Happy New Year!


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