The Eternal City isn't just a throwaway title – Rome's nickname was coined 3,000 years ago; testament to its genuinely universal appeal.
The city has more A-list attractions than most whole countries, but there's much to it than tourist hotspots – the pasta alone is worth the trip.
Flying to Rome
Rome is so packed with bucket-list must-sees, from the Sistine Chapel to the Colosseum, it can be easy to forget that anyone actually lives and works in this special place. But they do, and you’ll find one of Europe’s busiest business districts here in Italy’s capital, alongside more pasta than you can wave a fork at. When you fly from London City Airport to Rome, you'll be landing at Rome Fiumicino (FCO), aka Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. As the hub for major airlines, it's the bigger of Rome's two main airports (the other being Ciampino), and is ideally placed for getting into the city, whether you're travelling for business or leisure. Here's everything you need to know about the route.
Flying from London City Airport to Rome: Q&A
Take a look at some of our answers to the most common questions about flights from London City Airport to Rome and start planning your journey to one of Europe’s most famous cities.
How long is the flight from London to Rome?
Direct flights from London City Airport to Rome Fiumicino take two and a half hours, and once you arrive, the Leonardo Express train will take you directly into Termini, Rome’s central station, for €14. Of course you can take a white cab if you prefer – a trip to the centre of town is set at a fixed rate of €48. Either way should take around 45 minutes.
How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Rome?
There is a flight every day of the week to Rome from London City Airport, each one arriving mid-afternoon, except for Sunday flights, which arrive in the evening. Mid-afternoon flights leave mid-morning, so if you’re travelling on business, you’ll have plenty of time to arrive, check in and make yourself comfortable. As a tourist, you’ll have even more time to enjoy the city.
What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Rome?
You’ll be flying with British Airways if you fly directly from London City Airport to Rome; the route is operated by the BA CityFlyer brand. Other providers, such as TAP Portugal and Luxair also fly this route, but choosing these options will mean making a short stop on the way.
Practical information about flying from London to Rome
You'll need your passport to get through Italian immigration controls when you fly from London to Rome. As with all flights, make sure you remember to pack any liquids in your hand baggage in transparent 100ml bottles for passing through security at LCY. If you’d like to see more of our tips about how to make the most of your time in Rome, take a look at our essential guide to Rome.
What to expect in Rome
Beauty is everywhere in Rome, but don’t feel restricted to the main attractions. Particularly if you've been before, look a little deeper and you’ll find a modern city full of surprises. You know the must-sees – the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Forum – but make time to explore the bars of bohemian Trastevere, and visit Villa Borghese to explore its beautiful, peaceful sculpture gardens.