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: http://www.comune.roma.it/wps/portal/pcr?jppagecode=taxi_tar_fisse_aero_eng.wp

        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. http://myworldtaxi.com/cityPage.php?cityid=63 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:

    Hi,
    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?

    Thanks

  6. Sue-zq says:

    Hi,
    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?
    Thanks,
    Sue-z-q

    • 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:

    Hello,

    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!

    Jim

  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!

    Roy

  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:

    Hi,
    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?
    Thanks

    • 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:

    Jessica,

    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:

    Hi,
    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:

    Hi,
    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.
    Thanks
    M

    • 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:

    Hello

    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!