station is quite far from the piers where the cruise ships
dock but there is a free shuttle service, provided by the
Port Authority, that takes you from your ship right to the port's gate.
From where the shuttle drops you off to the train station is a 10-minute
bus picks you up from the pier where your ship docks and
drops you off by the fortress designed by
Michelangelo located within the boundaries of the port, next
to a "tourist information" kiosk, just a few steps away from the port's gate
You don't need to go anywhere to catch the shuttle bus, you
just need to wait by your ship's gangplank and it'll
come by and stop to pick up the passengers.
The shuttle bus constantly runs between the cruise ships and
and Michelangelo's fortress.
Should it not be there when you disembark your ship, you'll
just need to wait a few minutes.
When you get off the shuttle walk towards the
information kiosk and, once you reach it, walk to your right
to face the port's exit.
Walk across the gate
to exit the port and you'll se
a "Mc Donald's" restaurant
on your left. At this point you should be facing the seaside
Walk on the
seaside boulevard keeping the beach to your right.
doesn't really matter which side of the boulevard you walk
on but maybe walking on the left hand side would be better,
since the train station is on the left hand side of the
Walking on the
left hand side of the boulevard you'll pass by a church,
shops, restaurants and hotels, till you'll arrive to
a point, just near the "Hotel De la Ville", where the street
sort of splits in two to continue in the same direction but on two
different levels. Continuing to walk on the upper level
of the street you'll arrive directly to the train station and it'll appear
to you as shown in the picture on the right.
on the right
hand side of
the boulevard you'll pass some shops, a merry-go-round and
some sort of a tourist market which really isn't always
If you walk on
the right side of the boulevard or on
the lower level of the street, you'll see a sign pointing to the train station.
The sign, black letters in white field, says "stazione ff.
ss." (in Italian this means State Railroads Station)
and it's placed right at the bottom of the short stairway
which you'll have to climb to get to the train station.
that if you'll have walked this far on the right hand side of the
boulevard, the sign will be on the other side of the street
and you'll have to walk across the street to climb steps
to the train station.
Once at the train
station you can buy your B.I.R.G. ticket (acronym for Biglietto
Integrato Regionale Giornaliero = Daily Integrated Regional
Ticket), such ticket, presently (2011) sold for 9 Euros, not
valid for the round trip from Civitavecchia, but also to
buses and the subway in Rome for the day. Its validity is 24
Do not forget
to validate your ticket at the stamping machine in the
lounge before you board the train.
You can buy
from the vending machines if you are familiar with such
devices or from the ticket office simply asking for
You can also
check the train schedule and buy
your ticket on line clicking on this link:
You can get
off the train at St. Peter's station which is near the
Vatican if that where you want to start your tour from or at
the main train station called "Termini" if you want to
start touring the city from its center. St. Peter's station
is very small and it's a lot easier to meet there rather
than the huge and dispersive Termini.
The trains from
Civitavecchia stop also at other stations in the city, but
San Pietro or Termini are the preferable ones for sightseers.
See maps below:
City map of Civitavecchia
Map of the Vatican and the
neighborhood of the Stazione San Pietro