How long from Civitavecchia to FCO?

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#1
Silver Spring, Maryland
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We have a 9:45 flight from Rome to D.C. and our ship docks at about 5:00am on a Sunday morming.

If we leave, hopefully, at around 6:00am how long is the drive to the airport?

Thanx
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#2
Petaluma, Ca. 94954
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This is asked almost weekly.

Docking at 5am doesn't meant getting off at 5am. It depends on immigration showing up, and clearing the ship. Travel time to the airport is about 45 minutes. And, it can be 2 hours to get thru security.

This could be extremely risky to try to catch this flight. If everything goes perfectly, you may catch your flight. But why do you want such worries and stress on your vacation?
#3
San Diego
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I have done it several times. With a private driver, it took us 50 minutes to get to FCO. For us, the longest part was getting our bags checked and boarding passes at FCO. We had a 10:50 AM flight. They had one man checking luggage at the counter. Took us nearly 90 minutes. Security was not too bad. 30 minutes.

Then we had to show passports and boarding passes at another short line. Then a bus to the correct terminal and find our gate. Total time was about 2.5 hours at the airport.
#4
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Thanks for the heads up regarding the final bus to the correct terminal. I will be on the lookout for it. We have similiar flight plans from FCO to CLT at 11:05 AM. Our plan is to have RomeCabs pick us up at 7:00 AM. We will be one of the first off the ship and carry our own luggage as soon as we have clearance to disembark.

For me this will be the most stressful part of the trip - catching our flight home in time.
#5
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Originally posted by Gourmet Cooks
Thanks for the heads up regarding the final bus to the correct terminal. I will be on the lookout for it. We have similiar flight plans from FCO to CLT at 11:05 AM. Our plan is to have RomeCabs pick us up at 7:00 AM. We will be one of the first off the ship and carry our own luggage as soon as we have clearance to disembark
??? If you have a car service there's no need to worry about a bus to the terminal, the car service can drop you right at Terminal 5.
#6
San Diego
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We used Rome Cabs too for our cruise. We asked them to pick us up at 6:45AM. We woke up to a rain storm. Turns out our driver, sorry I forgot her name, had been waiting outside the terminal under an umbrella since 6:00AM. So if you get off early, I think they will be waiting.

For US departures, everyone checks into Terminal 5 but then you need a bus to the real terminal. It's a pretty fast ride. You check in luggage, get boarding passes and pass security in Terminal 5. Your gate is usually in in Terminal C. And after all that rushing, our flight left an hour late, as do many international flights from FCO.

From the Delta web site. http://www.delta.com/traveling_check..._maps/rome.jsp
#7
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Originally posted by Fblack
We used Rome Cabs too for our cruise. We asked them to pick us up at 6:45AM. We woke up to a rain storm. Turns out our driver, sorry I forgot her name, had been waiting outside the terminal under an umbrella since 6:00AM. So if you get off early, I think they will be waiting.

For US departures, everyone checks into Terminal 5 but then you need a bus to the real terminal. It's a pretty fast ride. You check in luggage, get boarding passes and pass security in Terminal 5. Your gate is usually in in Terminal C. And after all that rushing, our flight left an hour late, as do many international flights from FCO.

From the Delta web site. http://www.delta.com/traveling_check..._maps/rome.jsp
How long did it take you to get to FCO and what time was your flight. Thanx
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#8
Sheffield, UK
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a) the drive from Civitavecchia to FCO is an hour or just under - and that's from getting into the car to getting out at Departures. Of course, that relies on there being no holdups on the road;

b) as long as the ship's last call was at another port in the Schengen Zone - which includes France, Spain, and Greece - there are no immigration formalities when you arrive at Civitavecchia. The Schengen Zone is an area of genuinely open borders. Also, as long as your last port of call was in the EU - which also includes France, Spain and Greece - there's no need to go through Customs; the EU is a customs union. So there won't be any holdup on arrival at Civitavecchia. In any case, many cruises finishing at Civitavecchia do so having previous called at another Italian port, e.g. Naples or Messina - definitely no formalities when moving from one Italian port to another.
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#9
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Originally posted by Fblack
And after all that rushing, our flight left an hour late, as do many international flights from FCO.
For what it's worth, this has not been my experience at FCO, flying in and out of there once or twice a year for the past eight years. I can only remember one flight delay.
#10
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Originally posted by tom_uk
a) the drive from Civitavecchia to FCO is an hour or just under - and that's from getting into the car to getting out at Departures. Of course, that relies on there being no holdups on the road;

b) as long as the ship's last call was at another port in the Schengen Zone - which includes France, Spain, and Greece - there are no immigration formalities when you arrive at Civitavecchia. The Schengen Zone is an area of genuinely open borders. Also, as long as your last port of call was in the EU - which also includes France, Spain and Greece - there's no need to go through Customs; the EU is a customs union. So there won't be any holdup on arrival at Civitavecchia. In any case, many cruises finishing at Civitavecchia do so having previous called at another Italian port, e.g. Naples or Messina - definitely no formalities when moving from one Italian port to another.

thanx for the info. Our last stop is actually in Isreal so I do not know if that will be a problem or not - probably not (I hope)).
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#11
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Originally posted by lcumpire
thanx for the info. Our last stop is actually in Isreal so I do not know if that will be a problem or not - probably not (I hope)).
That does change things, in fact: Israel is not a member of either the Schengen Zone or the EU. If the last port of call before Civitvecchia is in Israel, then the ship may well need to complete various formalities before passengers can disembark, and I honestly don't know how long they will take, or what will be entailed.

Can you change your flight time? What time do your cruise line recommend as the earliest flight to book?
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#12
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I would suggest you have a contingency plan in place. You may make the flight, but there's more than a small chance that you won't. Be ready with alternate flights and an idea of where to stay if you can't get a flight home that day.
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#13
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Most of the people on our roll call are spending extra days at the end of the cruise in Rome. We are not as we have been there before and will be flying home on the day of disembarkation. Right now we have Princess transfers. Our flight leaves at 10:55am. Is there anyone who has ever donw Princess transfers and will this work with our flight?
#14
San Diego
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We had a 10:50AM Delta flight from FCO to JFK. Based on a review of its flight history (and you can also check other flights) , it rarely leaves on time. Our Rome Cabs driver made it from the ship to FCO in about 50 minutes. And it was raining; but also a Saturday morning. I would not book a flight though assuming it will depart late. For our flight, we sat at the gate an extra 45 minutes.

The following web site will allow you to register for free and track flight history for several months. As an example I just tracked the 10:20AM Delta flight 245 from FCO to JFK.

It departed as follows:
4/27/2010: 11:23AM
4/25 11:01AM
4/22 11:13AM
4/17 11:06AM
4/16 12:28PM
4/15 12:55PM

http://flightaware.com/
#15
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Originally posted by Fblack
We had a 10:50AM Delta flight from FCO to JFK. Based on a review of its flight history (and you can also check other flights) , it rarely leaves on time.
Yikes! As if I needed another reason to avoid Delta ...
#16
Sheffield, UK
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Let's sum up. I've finished a cruise in Civitavecchia on three occasions, and each time the ship (Galaxy x 2, Solstice) docked very early (earlier than 6am) and some people were off the ship and into cars by 6am. But all of those cruises had come to Rome either from a Schengen Zone port or indeed another port in Italy, so there were no formalities to perform. IN addition to my experience, other people have also said that in the case of their similar cruises, the ships docked very early.

In the case of the OP's cruise, however, the previous port is not a Schengen Zone port, so entry formalities may well have to be gone through. Does anyone have any knowledge of docking times in that case?
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