Now we like the low cost airlines. And will not have a bad word said against them. What we like less is the getting out to the regional airports from the center of town in the early hours of the morning.
So what are the options? Ask a family member to give you a lift. Pay for a taxi. Take a low cost bus ride.
From Rome, a number of companies do the bus trip, and competition is forcing the prices down. Almost by 50% in the last few years.
So who do you go with?
From Ciampino Airport to Rome Termini, dont look further than Sit Bus Shuttle (pictured). Its always there waiting for passengers coming out of arrivals, Its always next to empty, and you can pay in cash for your seat. No queues, no problems.
From Rome to Ciampino we would have said Terravision, but no longer. A new boarding pass system means you still have to suffer the queue in their walk through coffee bar, even if you have dutifully booked online.
Last time we took the bus, we were also greeted with this crazy message 'prohibited soil, checks will be carried all the way, thanks'. Weird!
We have never tried COTRAL, but one way is €3,90 and return €6,90