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Rome Fiumicino Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Rome Fiumicino Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The airport police will make you get up if you are laying on the floor. I was told you can only sit in chairs to sleep. No laying down anywhere, it Terminal 3, at least. – a traveller (2024)

FCO Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Rome Fiumicino Airport.

What to Expect

Rome Fiumicino Airport (code: FCO) is a large, old airport that has been renovated in sections over the decades. Your experience will depend largely on the terminal you’re in: Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4. Expect a decent amount of walking, especially if you’re transferring to or from a long-haul flight.

This being Italy, you’ll find a range of eateries offering coffee, pizza, and pasta, plus shops and Italian fashion brands. Several cafes are open 24 hours. Travellers appreciate the free WiFi, the rest zone near the D Gates, and the pay-to-use shower facilities at the entrance of Terminals 1 and 3. Economy class passengers can upgrade their layover by paying to enter several airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Rome Fiumicino Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a Guest Reviewer / 10May2017)

Sleeping in Fiumicino Airport

With frequent regional and international flights, there are always travellers catching some shuteye here. If you’re sleeping airside, a few solid sleep spots have reclining chairs, sofas, or armrest-free benches. There is conflicting information regarding when travellers are able to pass through security.  One reader (2019) wrote that they could not pass through to the secure zone until 3 hours before their flight, while another was able to pass through 9 hours before their flight. Plan ahead just in case you need to stay in the public zone. Landside, most seats have armrests, so you may end up on the cold, tiled floor. Check out any restaurants that are closed – you may be able to spread out on their padded seating. Common complaints are the bright lights and cold temps, so bring an eye mask and an extra layer. Explore our guide to sleeping in Rome Fiumicino Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips. For uninterrupted sleep, one transit hotel is located inside the airport and another hotel connects to Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Additional area hotels offer free shuttle service for guests. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Fiumicino Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport closes for a few hours at night to be cleaned.

Rome Airport Hotels

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins or Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there are options for those of you who are looking to sleep at Fiumicino Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, unfortunately, you will have to pass through security as there are no transit hotels.  Once you are in the public section, HelloSky offers simple rooms that can be booked in 3 or 6 hour time slots for a quick nap.  For overnight stays, the Hilton is connected to the airport by covered walkway.  A number of nearby hotels provide free or paid airport shuttles.

Hotels at Fiumicino Airport

  • HelloSky – Located landside/public area in front of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The hotel is connected by a covered walkway. The facility provides air rooms, a lounge, showers and meeting rooms. The air rooms include a double or single bed, private bathroom and shower. Day use rooms are available for 3 or 6 hours between the hours 10:00AM – 6:00PM. Day rates from 65€ (3 hours)/90€ (6 hours) for a single room or 85€ (3 hours)/110€ (6 hours) for a double room.  Overnight rates from 142€ for a single room or 163€ for a double room.  » Check Rates
  • Hilton Rome Airport – Five minute walk from the terminals. Connected to the upper level of Terminals 1, 2, and 3 by a covered, moving walkway.   » Check Rates

Hotels near the airport

  • Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport – Free airport shuttle is available.  Shuttle stops at Departures (Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 5) and Arrivals (Terminals 1 and 3). Follow the “Airport Shuttle” sign at your nearest terminal. Between the hours of 5:00AM to 1:00AM, airport pick-up can be requested by using the courtesy phone at the shuttle stops.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Fiumicino Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Non-Schengen) – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, non-Schengen Area, 2nd Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge Membership Program.
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Extra -Schengen) – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Area E, Upper Level.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.
  • Prima Vista Lounge (Schengen) – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Schengen Area, 2nd Floor, near Gate D3. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Prima Vista (Non-Schengen) – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Non-Schengen Area, opposite Gate E41. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Casa Alitalia Lounges – There a 4 Casa Alitalia lounges in Rome Fiumicino Airport available to passengers flying with Alitalia. While the lounges include the usual standard offerings, you will also be able to enjoy premium sparkling wine, exclusive coffee blends and Italian bathroom amenities. Lounge Access: $40 – 50.
  • HelloSky – Location: landside in front of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (20€).

Related Pages: Fiumicino Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

A reader tells us, “Water is available in bathrooms. There is a sign that you can refill water bottles.” (April 2024)

Food & Drinks

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors:

  • Landside: Semplicemente Roma (Arrivals, T3)
  • Airside: Rosso Intenso food and wine (Gate D02) • Caffe Kimbo (E2nd Floor) • GranCafe Platinum (Gate E37-38 area)
  • Vending machines are also available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

If you want to relieve yourself from the burden of heavy baggage, luggage storage is available. Location: T3, International Arrivals. Hours: 6:30AM – 11:30PM. Rate: €10 per item per 24 hour period (or part thereof), paid upon pick up.

Mobile Charging

Mobile charging stations are available, free of charge, at the following restaurants: Caffè Rome & You (T1, Landside) • Bagel Factory (T3, Landside) • Lavazza Moka (T3, Landside) • Sante (T3, Landside) • Semplicemente (T3, Landside) • Délice Maison Bakery & Cafe (T1, Arrivals) • Mokà (T1, Arrivals) • Bistrot (Airside, Gates C08-C16) • Briciole dolci e salate (Airside, Gates B14-B23) • Mercedes-Benz Cafè (Airside, Gate B10-B12) • The Burger Federation (Airside, Gate C08-C16).

Rest & Relaxation Zones

The airport has set up a few areas with reclining seating. A traveller (August 2018) tells us that there are two rest zones near the D Gates, specifically one at Gate D1 which was comfortable for sleeping except the bright lights. Unfortunately, we do not have additional information.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.


Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower-only packages are available at the HelloSky hotel, located on the landside, across from Terminals 1 and 3. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM. For €20, you get shower access, towels, hairdryer and toiletries. A few pay-to-use lounges also offer shower facilities. See the Airport Lounge section above for lounge details.


Unlimited free WiFi is available at Rome Fiumicino Airport. Connect to the “Free Wi-Fi” network.

Two options are available: 1st option – receive free, super fast (up to 4 Mbps) access when you install the official free App of Rome Airports “Rome Airports”, or 2nd option – don’t install the official App and receive free, fast access (up to 2 Mbps).

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a good selection of stores selling everything from perfume, to clothing to books. Hours: vary by location, with most open on average from 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Family Services

  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their built up energy after their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Terminal 1, Landside, Arrivals near Belt 16 • Terminal 3, Landide, Arrivals, near Belt 10 and Airside, Boarding Area E, near Gate 51.
  • Family Washrooms – Baby care facilities are available in the dedicated family washrooms, available throughout the airport.
  • Nurseries – Cots and changing mats are available in the nursing areas. Five locations: Departures level of Terminal 3, near the info point • Near Gate D01 • Near Gate E11 • Near Gate E44 • Near Gate E51.

Fast Track Service – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: €8,00. Book on-line.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there are 11 Information Desks available in Arrivals, Departures and in the Transit Areas, all of which can provide you with assistance.

Medical Services

  • First Aid Clinic – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, medical centers are available. Locations: There are seven branches available throughout the airport.
  • Pharmacy – Available. Locations: Pharmacy (Landside, T1. Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM) • Pharmacy (Landside, T3. Hours: 6:00AM – 9:30PM) • Angelini Health and Care (Airside, Boarding Area C. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:30PM) • Angelini Health and Care (Airside, Boarding Area E. Hours: 6:30AM – 10:00PM).


  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.
  • Luggage Wrapping – True Star and Safe Bag provide services in multiple locations (8) on the Departure Levels of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Hours: 7:00AM – 12:00AM.


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Currency Exchange – Foreign exchange counters can be found in the following locations:
    • Landside: Best and Fast (T3. Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM) • Yex Change (T3. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:30PM).
    • Airside: Best and Fast (Boarding Area B • Boarding Area C. Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM) • Yex Change (Boarding E31-44 • Boarding E • E51-61 • E12. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM).
    • Arrivals: Best and Fast (T3 x 2 locations. Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM) • Yex Change (T3 x2 locations). Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM).

Post Office – Send your last-minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s post office. Location: T1, Arrivals. Hours: 8:30AM – 3:30PM (Mon-Fri).

Prayer Room – A multi-faith prayer room and a catholic chapel are available in Terminal 3, International Arrivals.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted airside at designated smoking lounges in these locations: T1, airside, Departures (in the shops and restaurants area) • Gate B11 • between Gates B05 and B07 • Gate C08 • Gate D02 • Gate D05 • Gate E38 • Gate E51-52 • Gate E14 • In Terminal 3 departures, airside, restaurant area, upper level.

Spa Services – Be Relax Spa offers spa services at the airport. Locations: Airside, near B14-23 • Airside, near D4 • Airside, Gates E33-34. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Rome and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there is a Punto nel Mondo travel agency with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Locations: T1, Arrivals • T3, Arrivals.


Terminal 1: Aegean Airlines • Air Baltic • Air Corsica • Air Europa • Air France • Air Italy • Air Malta • Alitalia • Brussels Airlines • KLM • Level • Lufthansa • Luxair • NIKI • SAS • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Vueling.

Terminal 3: Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aerolíneas Argentinas • Air Albania • Air Algérie • Air Arabia • Air Canada • Air China • Air India • Air Moldova • Air Serbia • Air Transat • Alba Star • American Airlines • Asiana Airlines • AtlasJet Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Azerbaijan Airlines • Belavia • Blue Air • Blue Panorama Airlines • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Cathay Pacific • China Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern • Air Corsica • Croatia Airlines • CSA Czech Airlines • Delta Air Lines • EasyJet • Egyptair • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Finnair • Fly Estelar • Flyone • Freebird Airlines • Germanwings • Hainan Airlines • Iberia • Iran Air • Isair • Jet2 • Kenya Airways • Korean Air • Kuwait Airways • LATAM • Mahan Air • MEA • Montenegro Airlines • My Way Airlines • Neos • Norwegian • Nouvelair • Onur Air • Pegasus Airlines • Pobeda • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • Ryanair • SAS • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Siberia Airlines • Sichuan Airlines • Singapore Airlines • Sun Express • Swiss • TAROM • Tassili Airlines • Thai Airways • Titan Airways • Transavia • Tunis Air • Turkish Airlines • Tus Airways • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • Ural Airlines • Uzbekistan Airways • Wizz Air • Yemen Airways.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


FCO airport is well connected to the bus system. To plan your route, visit the Rome Fiumicino Airport website.

Car Rental

The following car rental agencies are located onsite: Autovia • Avis/Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Locauto Rent • Maggiore • Rent4U • Sixt and more. The car rentals area is located in Torre Uffici 2 in the Multi-level Comfort Parking structure, connected to the airport terminals by pedestrian tunnels.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service free or for a fee: Comfort Hotel Roma Airport Fiumicino   •   Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport   •   Hotel De La Ville Relais   •   Airport One Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

The airport offers a free shuttle bus service that travels between the terminals, the airport’s parking lots and the Cargo City area. Buses run in 15 minute intervals, but must be requested via intercom (there is one available at each stop) between the hours of 1:00AM – 5:00AM.


Official city taxis are available. These taxis are white with an illuminated “TAXI” sign on the top and the license number printed on the doors, back and inside of the cab. At the time of this update, the following one-way flat rates are available to/from the airport: New Rome Fair €25, Rome Center (within the Aurelian Walls) €48, Ciampino Airport €50, Tiburtina Station €55 and Civitavecchia Harbor €120.


Fiumicino has a train station located near the Arrivals and Departures Terminal. Three Trenitalia rail services connect the airport with central Rome:

  • The Leonardo Express is a non-stop service between Fiumicino Airport and Rome Termini train station, with departures every 30 min (every 15 mins at peak times). Total travel time is 32 mins one way.
  • FL1 regional trains offer service between the airport and important train stations, including these main train stations in Rome: Tiburtina, Tuscolana, Trastevere and Ostiense.
  • Frecciargento trains offer modern and comfortable service along high-speed and traditional rail lines between Fiumicino Airport and major cities in the northeast and south sides of the country.

Tickets for any of the above services can be purchased online, at ticket vending machines, Trenitalia ticket offices, authorized travel agents and authorized points of sale. For further information, visit the Trenitalia website.

Airport Photo Gallery

See also: Rome Fiumicino Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-07

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.