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

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

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for reliable Airport Transfers, Civitavecchia Transfers,  Day Tours, and Shore Excursions.

Arranging your airport or Civitavecchia port transfers is an important aspect of your travel plans. You’ll need to know how to get to your hotel in Rome from the airport and then back again, or how to get to and from your ship in Civitavecchia for your cruise.

Stefano’s RomeCabs makes this process easy and seamless by providing both Airport and Civitavecchia Port Transfers so all your transfer needs are taken care of.

When booking your transfers, there are some important things to keep in mind to avoid disappointments during your travels. Below we discuss the most important ones.


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


1  Use the Correct Arrival Date in Rome.

Some travelers departing from the American continent (Canada, US, South America) incorrectly book a transfer for the date of their own departure from home, not on the day “after” when they arrive in Rome.

Please check your plane tickets carefully for the Arrival Date, Time and Flight Number arriving at FCO Airport or Ciampino Airport

2  Check for Correct Flight Number for Arrivals.

 If you have multiple flight connections enroute, make sure that the Flight Number and Arrival Time you book your transfer from the airport is the correct ones arriving at your final destination in Rome.

By double checking your flight itinerary for accuracy,  you from don’t accidentally include the flight number from a previous leg in a different city or country.

3  Include the Complete details Drop Off Location

Be sure to provide your Hotel Name and Address with complete street number.

There are many hotels in Rome, for example, that are similar by name. Having the complete address of the hotel is very important, especially for pick ups when you want your driver to arrive at the correct location to pick you up.

If staying at a B&B or apartment, please provide the complete address with the exact building number. Many streets are long, and surrounded by convoluted one way systems. Knowing the street number not only helps the driver plan the route to your drop off location, but it’s vital for pick ups – without your building number it would not be possible to know your exact location.

4   For a Hotel Pick Up, use the Same Name in your Transfer Reservation as the Name registered at the Hotel

Drivers often arrive at your hotel and present themselves at the front desk as the Driver for “Name in the Transfer Reservation”.  If you book your transfer and hotel under different names, your hotel concierge will not know to inform you that your driver has arrived.

This is also important if the company needs to reach you by phone at your hotel with important information.

5  For Civitavecchia Transfers, be sure to include the actual Ship Name, not the Cruise Line Company.

On many days there can be multiple ships docking in Civtavecchia by the same cruise line, and they dock on different piers making impossible to guess which is your ship if you only provide your cruise line instead of the actual ship name.

For example: Crown Princess (not just Princess Cruises).

6  Schedule your Civitavecchia Transfers at the Right Times.

If your Transfer starts from Rome and ends at your ship in Civitavecchia, recommended pick up time from your hotel is 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

If your Transfer starts from your ship in Civitavecchia and ends at your hotel in Rome, the most common pick up time most cruisers book is 9:00 AM as that is when most cruisers are disembarked by.  

If you schedule your pick up from your ship later than 9:00 AM, you risk disembarking earlier and have to wait on the pier for your driver to arrive for your scheduled transfer.

Civitavecchia is about 1.5 hours away from Rome, if you disembark 30 – 40  minutes early, it would be possible to send the driver right earlier on the same morning  as he or she is likely still enroute to Civitavecchia.

From Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport, travel time is about 1 hour, so keep that in mind when booking your transfer from Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport.


Civitavecchia harbor

7  Schedule your Transfer from Rome to the Airport at the Right Time.

Travel time between Rome and Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino Airport is about 40 – 60 minutes pending traffic conditions.

If you need to arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to your flight departure time, schedule your pick up at least 3 hours prior to your flight departure time to allow for travel from Rome to the airport.

For transfers to Fiumicino Airport also be sure to include in your reservation or inform your driver of the Terminal Number your flight departs from. At FCO Airport airlines share multiple terminals for departure depending on various factors such as first destination city, code sharing, etc. Terminals can also change last minute. It’s important to know which terminal your flight will depart from in advance.


8 Include the Total  Number of your Suitcases and Carry-ons in your Reservation.

To ensure that you and your luggage will safely fit together inside the vehicle, it is important to include the total number of Large pies of luggage (checked in suitcases), and Small pieces of luggage (carry on cases).  

If you exceed the luggage capacity for the vehicle suitable or priced for the number of persons in your party, you may need a vehicle size upgrade, or a 2nd vehicle if you are a party of 7-8 traveling with more luggage than the minivan can accommodate.


9  Read the Information in the Website and Confirmation Email to Inform yourself about the Services you Book.

Different companies in different countries operate by certain set of laws, regulations, and culture norms.  

Read the Terms of Service prior to placing your reservation so you know in advance what is included and what is not included in your transfer, payment and cancellation policies, and other important information. Assuming all companies in all countries operate the same only leads to disappointment during your travels.

Also read the information available on the website prior to booking your transfers, and the confirmation email as well so you fully understand the type service you book and what to expect, know where to meet your drivers, emergency contact information, and the price of the service.



10  If any Information Changes in your Reservation, Please Contact Us to Update Your Reservation

If you experience changes in the number of passengers, arrival flight number or arrival time, your Hotel, or amount of luggage, please contact us so we can update your reservation with new information. Failure to provide the company with updated information may result in service not provided accurately.


We hope this information helps you book your perfect Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers for stress free and seamless transfers.

If you’d like to book your Airport Transfer or Civitavechia Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs, please visit our website at www.RomeCabs.com , or click on the Transfers of your choice below:




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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Italy. We look forward to welcome you to Rome!

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team


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Costly Case of Mistaken Identity at Fiumicino Airport (and how to prevent it)

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There are many travelers who share same or similar name as yours. Don’t let mistake identity ruin your arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome.

Find out how here:

You booked your Airport Transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Rome, and arrived at at FCO exhausted and jet lagged, making your way out of the insanely busy baggage claim area to meet your private driver with whom you booked your hotel transfer.

You see someone holding a sign with your name….or maybe it looks like your name slightly misspelled. Close enough, these Italians must not be so good at spelling. He must be our driver, let’s go!

Whoa!! Hold on right there!

This is a classic case of Mistaken Identity at Rome Fiumicino Airport.

With tens of thousands of travelers coming through Fiuminicino Airport each day, it’s bound that someone else who shares your last name (or something similar to it) booked a private driver.

It’s so easy to go up to the wrong driver assuming he’s the one you booked with. And not all drivers are quick to realize that you are not the party that he was supposed to pick up.

And off you go…with the wrong driver, to the wrong hotel, for the wrong price.  Should you be worried? You bet!

Likely you booked a transfer company based on recommendations from sources you trust, extensive research, positive reviews on peer review sites, past experience with them, safety record, or other significant reasons.

Now you’ve unknowingly gotten into a vehicle with an unknown driver from an unknown company who thinks you are a different client taking you to a different destination than the one you booked.

Your personal safety could be at risk because you don’t know if this driver operates a legitimate business, his vehicle is properly maintained and insured, is a safe driver with a clean driving record.

All of a sudden, your vacation could be off to a bad start and you don’t even know it!

For your personal safety and well-being, we urge to keep in mind the following tips next time you arrive in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.  

If you booked your Airport Transfer in Rome with Stefano’s Rome Cabs, you would first receive in your confirmation e-mail a link to a video that shows you exactly where to meet your Rome Cabs driver at the airport.



If you see a driver with a sign bearing your name who is not standing at or near the designated meeting point, he may not your driver.  

During the busy season there may be many drivers standing at the Meeting Point holding signs, so make sure you always look for your name on the signs.

Always make sure the driver you see holding up a sign with your name confirms that s/he is from Rome Cabs, knows your final destination and the quoted price.

A driver from a different company would not have this information, only your correct Rome Cabs driver does. Many SCAMMERS will approach you pretending to be “another ” company and take advantage of trusting travelers. Don’t become a victim.

Imposters and copycats actually COPY legitimate companies’ names on fly by night websites and can even copy a company’s logo and name on Name Cards to trick travelers into approaching them based on mere name recognition.

If you are uncertain about the driver, please call us immediately at the number we provide for you in case of an emergency. Keep that number handy as you should always call us if you’re unable to spot your driver, your arrival flight is late, or you a delayed exiting the baggage area.

You’ve come a long way to get to Rome, don’t let a bad case of mistaken identity ruin your first day here.

For more information on Rome Airport  Transfers from Fiumicino and Ciampino airports and Port Transfers to Civitavecchia, please visit us at www.RomeCabs.com. We look forward to assisting you in making your arrival to Rome a wonderful welcome to the Eternal City.

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~Stefano’s Rome Cabs Team