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Early morning FCO/Rome departure--strategy for previous nigh

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Early morning FCO/Rome departure--strategy for previous nigh

For an 8:55 AM international flight from FCO, how early do we (my husband & I) need to be at FCO?

We are staying in Todi previously with a car so we're trying to decide where to stay the last night (recognizing the need to return the car to FCO at some point--and being willing to do it the night before we leave if we can get around easily). Ideas for something easy, interesting, & not too pricey? We'll have a fair amount of luggage after a trip that includes a week of business and a week of leisure.

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1. Re: Early morning FCO/Rome departure--strategy for previous nigh

Should you be travelling to the USA, passengers are advised to be at the airport three hours in advance of flight departure.

There are car rental depots at Rome Termini www.auto-europe.com

Trains Rome Termini to Fiumcino Aeroporto www.trenitalia.com Click on the UK flag for current train times

Taxi to the airport 50 euro

Hotels Rome Termini www.venere.com

Be aware of ZTL areas roninrome.com/transportation/driving-italy

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2. Re: Early morning FCO/Rome departure--strategy for previous nigh

There's really no place in the historic center where you can stay with a car, so your decision comes down to either stay in the city, turning in your car there and then dealing with getting yourself and your luggage out to the airport early in the morning, or stay out at the airport. Personally, unless you are planning to arrive in Rome quite late the evening before, I'd stay in the city and use a cab to the airport (fixed fare of 48 Euro) or a car service. While there are train and bus services for quite a bit less money (as low as 4 Euro for the bus and as high as 14 Euro for the express train), neither are ideal if you have a lot of luggage.

If you are flying on a non-stop flight to the United States on a US-branded airline (United, Delta, American, US Air) you will depart from Terminal 5, which does require you to be at the airport two and a half to three hours prior to flight time. Note that if you arrive at the airport by train you will need to transfer to a shuttle bus to get out to Terminal 5.

If, on the other hand, your flight is on Alitalia OR if you have a stop elsewhere in Europe before landing in the States, you will depart from one of the main terminals and you only need to arrive two hours prior to your flight.

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3. Re: Early morning FCO/Rome departure--strategy for previous nigh

Our flight takes us to AMS.

Will that simplify matters?

Has anyone stayed in the Ostia Antica area when arriving late at FCO (as we will do) or leaving early? Recommendations there?

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Turn in the car at the airport the night before and take the Leaonardo express to Termini. Stay at a hotel withitn walking dsitance to Termini nad on checkin at that htoel arrance for an early morning taxi/shuttle to the airport.

Staying near FCO has no advantage. unlike hotels in the US ( maybe UK?) there are no free shuttles to the airport. Some of the shuttles run only during business hours (and are not free), which leaves you getting a taxi. The shrot taxi ride can be inordinately expensive because there are no restrictions on price like the taxi ride fron within Rome's Wall's to FCO.

Another palce to stay beside Termini is the Hilton that is attached to the Airport. Sometime you can find good deals for it online to make it less expensive.

Since you need to be at FCO aqt 6-7am there is no way that I woud not spend the night before in Rome.

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never return a rental car just before a flight -- it is important to get a receipt that you hve gassed the car and returned it without damage -- that isn't happening at 5:30. and often rental returns are poorly staffed or slow and they count on you having to rush off and not be able to context later bills for damages or gas.

I would return the car the day before and stay at the airport. you can take the train into Trastevere for dinner -- or into central Rome, but be at the airport for the flight out.

You really don't want to be driving a distance the morning of -- stuff happens -- if some truck jackknives across the highway, you miss a high stakes flight and have to buy a walk up one way ticket. We have experienced very late trains, planes, strikes, and traffic jams (and once a tram breakdown on the way to the train station) -- stuff happens. You need to be in the town of departure the night before a high stakes flight and in this case, there is much to be said for staying at a hotel AT (not near) the airport. Otherwise, return the car the night before and stay in a central hotel arranging for an early cab for the airport.

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Two hours are plenty for inter-Europe flights.

Ostia Antica is much nearer the airport than central Rome is, but the cost of a taxi wouldn't be proportionately lower. If you arrive early enough to visit the archaeological site, that would be a nice way to spend your last afternoon. It closes around sunset and it takes about two to three hours to get even a partial look at the site.

You might consider staying at the Airport Hilton, which is right at the airport, connected by a covered walkway to the terminals. They have a free shuttle into Rome, so you could go there for a last evening. I don't know what time the last shuttle returns to the airport.

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7. Re: Early morning FCO/Rome departure--strategy for previous nigh

A flight to AMS is withing the Schengen area and will not leave from T5, so two hours prior to departure is fine. If you are continuing on the the US you will go through passport control at AMS.

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8. Re: Early morning FCO/Rome departure--strategy for previous nigh

This was a while back, not sure if OP still needs suggestions...

We are also planning on visiting and staying in Ostia Antica the day before our flight. We will have a car and will return at the airport before our noon flight. Found this agriturismo....

tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g673275-d429…

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