Rome's Ciampino airport is the airport for budget airlines like Ryanair. The airport itself is simple & small. I was flying Ryanair that day & didn't have time to fix my things the night before. When flying Ryanair, it's important to make sure that all your stuff is balanced & that your carry-on & checked luggage are both the correct weight & dimensions. I'd done my research & knew exactly which carry-on to use: the pink 1 with the princess ribbons.
No but seriously, Ryanair horror stories really are a thing. Many have been penalized for seemingly trivial things like slightly overstuffing their carry-on or using a bag that's an inch or 2 bigger than Ryanair's preferred size, or using 1 that's made of some soft material (since this stretches the bag a few additional inches). Your carry-on will need to fit into the luggage size checker thing that sits at the beginning of the line dividers. My carry-on turned out to be about a kg. too heavy, but the guy let it slide. I got lucky.
And then there was the order issue..or lack thereof..at the gates. There were a ton of people that day, & while there were gates that showed different destinations, there was only 1 loooOooOooOooong line..like in US restrooms. I wasn't sure if I should be lining up there or what, but I stood around for a bit & asked a few people if they were also going to BCN, & all of them said no. It was all kind of messy & disorienting - or at least it was to me, since I'd never encountered anything like this before. There were others that were still sitting down, but I was afraid that I'd missed my flight (happened once, flying from Vegas to DC). I started to freak & wanted to scream (lol), but just stood in front of my gate & they eventually started letting people through. Guess that's just how they do things there.
If I'm on a tight budget, I wouldn't mind going through CIA again.. If you're familiar with the layout & get there early, there shouldn't be anything to worry about. If I can help it though, I think I'd really rather go through FCO (Fiumicino). It's just nicer overall..& it's nice seeing the drivers in their snazzy suits :)
If you're flying from Ciampino, you probably booked off Ryanair or another ad-filled website that sells plane tickets for convenient yet dangerously low prices. Thankfully, you don't have to leave the city nor spend more than 5 euro of public transportation to get there. There aren't any shops inside to tempt you either.
The entire airport is made of 2 rooms: one for checking in and the other for gates. The terminal does not have any structured lines. This creates a huge mess before boarding, as people are huddled together trying to squeeze through the tunnel of the gate checkpoint. I felt like I was in a breadline of hippies. You will be uncomfortable but these are lines all'italiana, so enjoy the cultural experience.
Taking a flight here reminds me of entering a bus station in the 80s. This is full of backpackers often sleeping on the floor and waiting for checkin counters to open their flights (especially in the morning). This is probably the result of low cost airline Ryanair flying here.
I came here a few times while Easyjet was still operating here. It has no train service to Rome so it is not very convenient. I had to bring back my rental car early (the rental counter was not open yet) so it was not clear how to leave the car either.
Fly only here if you have no alternatives.
Rome Ciampino airport is the closest to rome city airport, located the south of rome city centre rome ciampino offers great access to the city via public transport, there are bus links direct and indirect to the city centre, and the underground is linked in with the bus services. Rome Ciampino airport is mainly filled with low cost carriers, Ryanair and Easyjet to name two, offering flights across europe. Ciampino airport is rather small, and the number of flights have grown significantly over the last few years. Ive been to the airport twice, the first in 2004 and the airport was very quiet, however my last visit in 2008 was different, theres been exetensions to departures, and more check in areas but the place is a nightmare! you have to force yur way through most of it unless you want to miss your flight home.
This user has arrived from Qype, a European company acquired by Yelp in 2012. We have integrated the two sites to bring you one great local experience.