CIA: Roma "GB Pastine" - Ciampino (Italy)

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CIA: Roma "GB Pastine" - Ciampino (Italy)

Post by atoutprix » 13 Feb 2016, 12:19

There are two main airports at Rome : Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA), which lies south east of the town center and is a Ryanair base.

The runway :
- 2200 x 45 m
- 15-33

The airport website :
http://www.adr.it/ciampino

Ciampino was the main airport before Fiumicino was built. It is now used by LCC and military transport aircraft; it's also the airport for government and official VIP aircraft. One can usually see a lot of Canadair firefighters parked there.
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The arrival and departure hall have recently been enlarged, but it is still rather a small terminal.

Transportation from the aircraft to the terminal is usually by bus - there are no airbridges.
At the exit out of the baggage claim area, there are booths that sell the bus and coach tickets to Rome.
There are three ways to go to the city center :
- coach Terravision and others - direct to the Termini railway station. The easiest way, especially if you have heavy luggage. The fare at the moment (june 2012) is 4 euros or around that.
- bus to Anagnina metro end station (1,20 euro) and from there metro to whatever metro station you want, Termini for instance (buy a metro ticket at the newsagent or at the automats - it's 1,50 euro).
- bus to Ciampino railway station (1,20 euro) and then train to Termini (at Ciampino station : train ticket sold at the station).
All three routes take at least 45 minutes, more often like 60 minutes to Termini, still more in case of traffic jam or other hitch on the way.
On the way back to the airport, I like to depart from Termini at the latest 2 hours before ETD (having web-checked).
Tickets for the trip to CIA :
- Terravision : if you didn't buy a return ticket, there is a selling desk near the coach halt via Marsala.
- Schiaffini bus stop is via Giolitti (on the other side of the station). Tickets sold on board (3,90 euros).
- railway : tickets on sale at the automatic selling machines; bus ticket on board
- metro : tickets at the station (1,50 euro); bus at Anagnina (usually at stand n°1) : ticket sold on board (1,20 euro)
- at Anagnina, one can also take one of the buses (for instance to Velletri) that stop on the road at the roundabout in front of the airport (some 300 m from the terminal); good if you don't have large baggage and don't want to wait for the next bus to the airport self. Rather fast as it doesn't do the detour to the Ciampino railway station. Tickets sold at the Cotral window downstairs.

The terminal at CIA is rather plain; not many shops landside - a bookshop, sometimes with Italian aviation magazines (JP4, Volare) - and a small self-service restaurant; airside, a good skyshop with food, beverages, perfumes, etc.
The departure hall is closed 24.00 to 04.30. Ii seems that the toilets in the arrival hall are available 24/24 (to be checked).

The terminal, from outside :

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The new check-in hall:
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The "Schengen" departure hall is a large square rather noisy that can be crowded at the rush hours :

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From the departure hall, one enjoys a good view on the runway : a FR landing on runway 15

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Airside, from an arriving FR :

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