Why Book Pre Cruise, Post Cruise Tours to & from Port - RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private  Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers and Civitavecchia Shore Excursions.

We have provided transfers from Rome’s cruise port in Civitavecchia for more than 18 years and counting, serving tens of thousands of cruisers arriving in Italy either pre-cruise, post-cruise, or just docking for the day enjoying a shore excursion.

We compiled 5 Civitavecchia Transfers tips, suggestions, and advice based on our extensive experience providing port transfers, and from questions, we’ve received from our cruising clients over the years. These are just simple tips and ideas to make your Rome seaport transfer easier, less stressful, and more fun.  

There are different types of Civitavecchia Transfers you can book:

  1. Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Civitavecchia
  2. Rome Hotel Accommodation to Civitavecchia
  3. Civitavecchia to Rome Hotel Accommodation
  4. Civitavecchia  to Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

5 CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS Tips, Suggestions, Advice


Flying into Italy on the same day of your Cruise Ship departure?

EXPERT TIP : Book your flight arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in the morning. It grants you extra leeway time in case of flight delays, missed connections, or luggage delays.

By booking a flight that arrives midday with just barely enough time to get to the cruise port, you risk running out of time if you experience any delays en route to Italy.

There have been cruisers who missed their cruise due to travel delays on their way to Italy.

Rome Airport Civitavecchia Transfers


EXPERT TIP: Arrive in Italy the day before your cruise departure from Civitavecchia.  It will give you peace of mind in case of travel or luggage delays. You can book a transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia the next day and begin your cruise relaxed and well-rested.

Many cruisers fly into Italy the morning before their cruise and spend the night in Rome or in Civitavecchia. This allows for stress-free travel in case of unforeseen flight or luggage delays and also affords additional time to enjoy some sightseeing before their cruise the next day.

We offer options to maximize your limited time in Rome and squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible!

For your flight arrival in Rome, you may book our 2 or 4 Hour VIP Transfer or the popular Rome’s highlights from Fiumicino Airport your hotel in Rome.  Upon special request, we will be happy to also offer longer duration tours of Rome depending on your flight arrival time.

ALSO READ: 10 Things to Know before booking Civitavecchia Transfers

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Our Rome private tours by car are enjoyable, comfortable, and hassle-free.  

By car, you can see more of Rome in less time in the comfort and safety of your private deluxe vehicle and personal English-speaking driver.  You will have time to stop to enjoy various squares, view spectacular monuments, take photos, or enjoy a cappuccino. As our tours are private, you also have the flexibility to enjoy your sightseeing time as you wish.

After a restful evening and a good night’s sleep, the next morning you may enjoy a Pre Cruise Countryside Tour on your way to your Cruise ship.   The most popular pre-cruise countryside tour takes you to Bracciano to visit the splendid medieval Orsini-Odescalchi Castle (Bracciano Castle for short), and a visit with time for lunch in the charming clifftop hamlet of Ceri (formerly a medieval fortress).

READ: How the train ruined the Cruise for thousands of Civitavecchia Cruisers

Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours also offers the delightful Charming Lakeside Villages Countryside Tour to Bracciano, Anguillara, and Trevignano – the 3 wonderful historical villages situated on the shores of the pristine Lake Bracciano.

After your preferred pre-cruise tour, your personal English-speaking Driver will deliver you (and your luggage) right on the pier next to your Cruise Ship.  There’s no better way to start your voyage than a fun-filled morning of sightseeing in Italy.

READ: 10 Important Things to Remember when booking Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers


If you are flying into Italy the afternoon or evening before your Cruise, you may book a hotel in the town of Civitavecchia near the cruise port and relax before your voyage. 

Your hotel concierge or accommodation host can arrange for a local Civitavecchia Taxi to take you to your ship inside the cruise port for an easy stress-free door-to-door service.  

Civitavecchia is a port town, boasting a lovely seaside promenade and the imposing Michelangelo Fortress.  What to see and do in Civitavecchia? With ample cafes, restaurants, shops, pharmacies, and boutiques within walking distance, Civitavecchia is an ideal town for a layover stay close to your cruise ship before you embark on your voyage.

Staying in Civitavecchia before your cruise

Many cruisers are not sure of the best times to schedule their various Rome – Civitavecchia Port Transfers.  Here are some of the most recommended pick-up times for the following types of Port Transfers.

Rome to Civitavecchia Transfer

If you require a nonstop transfer from your hotel in Rome to Civitavecchia Port, recommended pick-up time is 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The SAFE arrival time to your ship for most cruise departures is no later than 2:30 PM

Private Civitavecchia transfers to Rome with Stefano’s RomeCabs

If you depart too early from Rome, you may arrive at your ship too soon before your embarkation time and may have to wait on the pier. The Pier in Civitavecchia is not equipped for an enjoyable wait time. 

If you depart too late from Rome past 1:00 PM, you risk arriving too late to your ship if you encounter any unforeseen traffic delays. 

Civitavecchia to Rome Transfer

For a nonstop transfer from your Cruise Ship in Civitavecchia to Rome hotel, the recommended pick-up time is 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. This is the time range when most cruisers going to Rome post-cruise disembark.

Cruisers who have early flights tend to be disembarked earlier before 8 AM.  Usually by 9 AM most cruisers are already disembarked from the cruise ship, unless they hold a late disembarkation pass. 

Scheduling your pick up from your ship after 9:00 AM may cause you to have to wait on the pier for your Driver to arrive for your scheduled pick-up time if your ship disembarks earlier than anticipated.  As Rome is about 1.5 hours away, it will not be possible for the Driver to hurry up and arrive sooner, and Drivers usually have other morning services making last-minute changes to accommodate earlier than anticipated disembarkation difficult or impossible. 

Private Civitavecchia Transfers to Rome with Stefano’s RomeCabs

Still not sure when to book your pick-up time from Civitavecchia to Rome?

Check with your cruise ship for your estimated disembarkation time, or schedule your pickup during the most common disembarkation times between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

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Rome to CIvitavecchia transfers / Civitavecchia to Rome Transfers


Many cruisers are short on time and must catch a flight home on the same day their cruise ends in Civitavecchia.

Here are a few tips for flying out of Italy on the same day your cruise ends in Civitavecchia under normal travel conditions.

To be safe, book a departure flight between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Travel time for transfers from Civitavecchia to FCO Airport is about 1 hour pending local traffic and road conditions.

Booking a very early morning flight could potentially place you at risk of arriving too late to the airport if your ship docks late, or if there are any unforeseen delays in disembarkation.  While cruisers with morning flights can disembark as early as 7 AM for a 10 AM flight, any unforeseen delay with the ship or at the cruise port can place you at risk of arriving late to the airport. 

As most cruisers without a late disembarkation pass are disembarked by 9:00 AM if you book a flight later than 1:00 PM you might find yourself with too many hours to wait at the airport where it may not be convenient or suitable to arrive excessively early.

Fiumicno Rome Airport
Civitavecchia to Rome / Fiumicino Airport

If an afternoon flight departure is your only option, we can suggest some sightseeing tours on the way to the airport depending on your flight departure time.  You can enjoy some fun-filled sightseeing opportunities for your final day in Italy, and arrive at the airport hassle-free at the right time for your flight.  

Please contact us for information and suggestions for tours from Civitavecchia to Rome Airport, and if you wish to book a customized service that is currently not offered on our RomeCabs website.  Our website includes our Contact Information where you may send us an email with your Civitavecchia transfer and/or tour needs.

Additional Information for cruisers going to Rome Post Cruise:

If you will be returning back to Rome on your disembarkation day from Civitavecchia, you may also enjoy a Full Day Post Cruise Tour from Civitavecchia to Rome. Don’t miss this wonderful day full of sightseeing opportunities to tour Rome or the Roman Countryside.

Post-Cruise Rome in a Day with Vatican Guided Tour from Civitavecchia

Thank you for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Rome Civitavecchia Port Transfers and Italy Shore Excursions.  We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

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Tips on Booking your Airport Transfers with Rome Cabs


Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Transfers and Tours.  Our goal is to make your arrival and departure in Rome as pleasant and seamless as possible.

Booking your Airport Transfer in Rome is an important travel plan that will help make your arrival in Rome pleasant and stress free, and your departure from your Rome hotel to the Airport (FCO/ Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino) a well timed transfer arriving in time for your flight departure.

Here are some helpful tips when Booking your Airport Transfer with Stefano’s RomeCabs



Make sure that you book your transfer in Rome based on your Arrival Date in Rome – not your departure date if you are traveling from, for example US /Canada, where your trip starts the day before your arrival in Rome.



If you will be changing flights along the way, be sure to include the Flight Number of your arrival at the airport in Rome.

It is very important to have your correctly Flight Number arriving at Rome’s airports so we can track your flight for late arrivals, and terminal numbers to pick you up at. Without the correct flight arrival at Rome’s airport it’s virtually impossible to provide accurate service.



Why is it important to include your telephone number in your reservation? 

Emails are not always successfully received, may bounce back due to non-delivery, or may end up in the spam folder.  Without a telephone number to contact you, there is no other means to reach you with important or urgent information regarding your service.

In Italy, if you bring a working cell phone, it helps stay in touch with you with important or urgent information about your service as phones are a much faster means to connect than via email for time sensitive matters.  With no means to contact you other than email, it would not be possible to assist you with urgent matters surrounding your service.



By not including the correct AM or PM time after your hour and minute arrival, it may result in inability to provide accurate price and service.

If your flight arrives at NOON hour, please include 12: _ _ PM

If your flight arrives at Midnight hour, please include 12: _ _ AM



Travel time between Rome and Airport is approximately 40-60 minutes

If you need to arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to your flight departure time, schedule your pick up in Rome at least 3 Hours Prior to your Flight Departure Time.



In order to be provided the proper size vehicle for your needs, please be sure to include in your reservation booking form the total number of Large Suitcases (check in suitcases) and Carry Ons.

For example, a party of 1-3 is priced for a car service. If you plan to bring luggage in excess of what a car can accommodate, you may require a minivan upgrade.

If you are a party of 6-8 that will be bringing in excess of 8 suit cases and 8 carry ons, you might require an additional vehicle if your luggage exceeds the luggage capacity of a vehicle.

When providing the luggage count, we can advise of the proper size vehicle for your needs.



In our confirmation email, you will receive all the necessary information to prepare you for your arrival in Rome.

It is imperative that you read the information carefully and watch our video HOW TO MEET OUR DRIVER AT FCO AIRPORT so you will know what to expect when arriving at the airport and where to meet your driver.




It’s important to keep a copy of your confirmation email as it also includes our emergency contact number, should you need to reach us with an emergency.

Emergencies that you can encounter during travels that we can assist with are:

Missing your flight and arriving in Rome on a different flight, your flight is delayed, your flight number has changed, your arrival time has changed, you are delayed in customs, your luggage are delayed, your luggage is lost and you need to report it, you are unable to find the Meeting Point and your driver.



Many travelers prefer to travel making plans last minute as they go.  They may book an incoming transfer before they depart for their trip… and then just before they need to return to the airport they book another transfer. When traveling abroad in a foreign country it’s best to secure all your transfers needs in advance to avoid costly mistakes.

However, to ensure all your transfers are taken care of and secured in advance it is RECOMMENDED to book ALL your transfers together before your trip when you are not rushed. Availability for last minute transfers may not be possible, especially during peak travel months.

Booking last minute and in a hurry can also result in providing the company with incorrect information which will result in service not being provided correctly.


We hope this information helps with your travel plans to Rome and booking your Airport Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

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Plan Ahead to Avoid Last Minute Travel Headaches

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs travel blog!  Our mission is to help and advise visitors and cruisers to Rome make the best of their holiday in Italy!

Below are some practical tips to Plan Ahead to Avoid Last Minute Travel Headaches

When you go out to a popular restaurant on a Tuesday night, usually you don’t need to make reservations. However, if you plan to dine at the same popular restaurant on Friday evening, without advance reservation you may not get the table of your choice, you may encounter a long wait, or not be able to get a table at all. 
The same applies to booking private companies for transfers and tours, and it can make the difference between a relaxing and hassle free experience, and a stressful and difficult one.
During the off season months, usually November to March, last minute bookings are usually accommodated in many cases. But during the peak season months, especially May through October, the most reliable and well recommended transfer and tour companies are the first to get fully booked.
As a result you may find yourself fumbling online looking for different car service companies, using airtime minutes to call around if they don’t respond to your email request in time, and then only to find yourself at the mercy of lesser known, unknown, less reputable, or questionable companies that would not have been your first choice at all. And this can make the difference between a carefree, safe, and enjoyable transfer and tour experience, and a frustrating, uncomfortable, and potentially unsafe one.

Waiting until last minute and finding out the most recommended companies are fully booked comes with some unpleasant circumstances.


For one, it leaves many who require transfer services having to rely on taxis and their availability at the airport. This means if you are a party of more than 3 persons, have extra luggage, need a child seat, are wheelchair bound, or need extra service you’re at the mercy of what’s available at the taxi ranks.

You might even require more than 1 taxi if one vehicle cannot accommodate your group or your luggage. All of a sudden, the price of transportation just doubled! And unlike reputable companies that charge clients only the quoted price so you know in advance what you’ll pay, the same cannot be said about all taxis or fly-by-night companies.

Bad Weather

Rainy Day in Rome with Traffic


During rainy weather taxis are in demand and you may have to wait a long time at the taxi rank for cabs to arrive at the airport. Even worse is if you require a taxi to take you to the airport. If you need to make your flight on time, this is a risk not worth taking. With a private car service reserved in advance, these are someone else’s headaches, not yours.

Public Transportation Strikes

Taxis are also difficult to find at the airport when there is a public transportation strike because they are much in demand in Rome itself. When taxis are busy locally, they will not travel to the airport unless they are dropping off clients they picked up in Rome. When all the train takers need a taxi to get into Rome, the demand for taxis just increased a thousand fold. And once again, if you are in a hurry to get to the airport and there are no taxis readily available, it spells trouble for your trip home.

Taxi Strikes

Hopefully you don’t need a transfer during a taxi strike (which has happened on a few occasions in Rome in January 2012) and be forced to take public transportation when you are among those who find it difficult to do so.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation is a great mode of transportation for many travelers, but may not be a pleasant experience if you’re traveling with a lot of luggage or heavy luggage, children, are elderly, disabled, wheelchair bound, and extremely jetlagged and exhausted.

Taking the Train to Civitavecchia with Luggage

Taking the Train to Civitavecchia with Luggage

Leonardo Express stops at one of the farthest tracks at Termini Station that requires quite a bit of walking to get to the metro, bus and taxi area. Once you’re there, your choices are once again: metros, buses, or taxis.

Passengers waiting at FCO Airport for Leonardo Express Train

Passengers waiting at FCO Airport for Leonardo Express Train

If you plan to take the bus, you’ll need to know well in advance which bus number to take (there are dozens of buses at the stop, it might take some time walking back and forth to find the right one…only to have to wait for it if it hasn’t arrived yet), which bus stop to get off at, and where exactly is your accommodation from there.
Bus Ride in Rome on A Rainy Day
If you are taking the Metro, you will need to know if it’s the A line or the B line, and which direction you need to go….in some cases, you might even have to take an extra bus if the metro stop is not near your accommodation (as it’s often the case with off the beaten path B&B’s, rental apartments, and other types of accommodations).
Taking the Metro in Rome
If by the time you arrive at Termini station you decide to take a taxi, you’ll have to put your trust in the taxi driver that he will be honest with the fare and the short drive to your hotel won’t cost as much as the transfer from the airport itself.
Taxi Rank at Termini Station



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Tours also get booked early during the peak season. This is further impacted when numerous ships arrive in Civitavechiaat once, and thousands of people have booked shore excursions in and around Rome.
With limited number of professional and experienced English speaking driver guides in Rome, tours get booked up rather fast. This leaves you with very few alternative options.

Public transportation such as trains and buses are not always convenient, are time consuming, and not very reliable for day trips in many areas outside of Rome – especially in less touristy yet very attractive areas. During the hot summer months it proves to be uncomfortable as well.


There are very few options available, and probably not where you wanted to go. If you are on a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, and there is a public transportation strike, your options of getting to Rome on short notice are very limited (and very expensive if you opt for a taxi).

Renting a car for the day works for some people, but may not be a practical option for many either because it can be an expensive or a time consuming process. If you are on a shore excursion and renting a car, you must be sure not to get lost or delayed in any way that may cause you to miss your ship.


Here are a few tips to consider when planning your vacation.

* Book your airport and port transfers when you book your airline tickets.

* Book your shore excursions once you book your cruise and know the places you’d like to visit.   

* Book your day trips after you booked your hotels and once you decide on the places you’d like to visit.

With a little planning in advance and booking early, you will have the peace of mind knowing that you won’t have any last minute hassles booking the services you need with the companies you trust.

For more information on Tours, Shore Excursions and Transfers, please visit us at http://www.RomeCabs.com  or click on the OPTIONS below:







You may also visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours at www.StefanoRomeTours.com.

We’d love to hear from you and help you make your visit to Italy a most memorable experience.

Do you have any practical travel tips and ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

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Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog. We wish you Happy Travel and hope to see you in Italy soon!
~ The Rome Cabs Team
P.S. This blog was inspired by stories and experiences shared with us by other travelers. We thought we’d share them with others in order to help them avoid the hassles these folks experienced.

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