If you’re staying in central Rome, then you’ll probably be staying near or repeatedly pass through Rome Termini. The central train station is a central public transport hub with buses and trains heading to both of Romes airports, the rest of Italy and the metro connecting the rest of Rome.
Today, we’re going to be looking at how to get to Ostia Antica from Rome Termini. Popular with tourists, Ostia Antica is a heavily preserved archaeological site situated approximately 19 miles from central Rome.
Pre-Book A Tour Of Ostia Antica
Some pre-booked tours of Ostia Antica come with train travel or a mini bus from Rome included within the price. If you’re already planning on going on a tour of Ostia Antica this maybe an affordable and convenient solution.
Ostia Antica From Rome Termini: By Metro & Bus or Train
The cheapest way to travel to Ostia Antica from Rome Termini is by metro and train, however, the journey is likely to take upwards of an hour each way. So, if you have a little more cash to spare, or you’re travelling as part of a group then I’d recommend checking out one of the other methods of getting from Termini to Ostia Antica.
You’ll want to board the Metro bound for Laurentina at Termini. You’ll want to get off the metro after ten stops (journey time approx 20 minutes) at EUR Fermi.
You can choose to get off the metro at Basilica San Paolo (after 12 minutes approx. 6 stops) and then change onto the rail services bound for Cristoforo Colombo, before getting off at Lido Centro (after 30 min / 8 stops) from there it’s around a 5-minute walk to Ostia Antica.
From EUR Fermi you’ll want to take bus #70 bound for Staz.ne Cristoforo Colombo (RL). The bus leaves every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday and takes around one hour.
Ostia Antica From Porta San Paolo, Rome: By Train
I’m including this as it’s a direct route to Ostia Antica from just outside of Rome, Porta San Paolo. This particular train line has a comprehensive timetable that allows you to travel to Ostia Antica from early morning until late in the evening.
If you’re not staying in a hotel near Porta San Paolo. Then you can either get a bus or a taxi there. From Termini the journey is 10 minutes in a taxi or around 20 minutes by bus.
Ostia Antica From Rome Termini: By Car
The quickest way to get from Rome Termini to Ostia Antica is by car. If you’re not confident about hiring and driving a car while in Rome, then consider getting a private taxi instead (see next point).
The journey time is subject to traffic however, it’s likely to be somewhere around the 50 minute mark. Check out Anna’s blog post for everything you need to know about renting a car in Rome.
Ostia Antica From Rome Termini: By Taxi
I mentioned in an earlier post the problems with Italian taxi drivers. Those in central Rome are no different, and so if you do choose to get a take from Termini to Ostia Antica then please be sure you’re getting a price on the meter and not being charged any unnecessary extras.
If you’re unsure on the matter then consider getting an Uber instead. This way you’re protected by the backing of Uber who can track the drivers route etc. The estimated quote at the time of writing is €67 for one-way for up to four people.
If you’re new to Uber use code CWHFJ for free credit towards your ride.
Hotels In Ostia Antica
If you’re thinking of spending some extra time in Ostia Antica, then consider checking into one of the many local hotels or B&B’s.