The major tourist season in Rome is from June to August, the temperatures are the hottest and the chance of rain is at a minimum. This does make it more difficult to find cheap flights to Rome although there are always a few gems stashed away that you might be able to find. August is when most Italians take their holidays so if you book your flights to Rome for this period, expect to see more tourists than locals. You can however sit outside eating ice cream and taking in the views. Easter can also be a fantastic time of year to visit the Vatican and churches, but the flights to Rome will be more expensive.
You’ll find the cheapest flights to Rome in November and February. If you’re not fazed by rain and lower temperatures then this could be the perfect time to get your flight tickets for. You can also find cheap flights to Rome for early January until March (before Easter). Although the weather might not be the best, your experience could be as hotel rates are usually lower and you can embrace Rome without the hustle and bustle.
If you’re hoping to get flights to Rome during the peak season, you’ll struggle to find cheap flights no matter when you book. That being said, try to start monitoring prices 6 months prior to when you want to fly if your schedule allows it. Sometimes an airline can drop prices 2 or 3 months before a particular date too. It’s a lot easier to find cheap flights to Rome if you want to visit during the off seasons, however it’s still recommended to book a few months in advance to save the most money.
A tip to consider when searching for your flights to Rome, or anywhere for that matter, is to sign up to a few airlines to receive newsletters. You might get lucky and receive discount codes which you can apply to your flights.
Flights from London (All airports) to Rome – 2 hours 30 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Rome – 2 hours 45 minutes
Flights from Birmingham to Rome – 4 hours 10 minutes – connecting flights only.
Flights from Glasgow to Rome – 4 hours 50 minutes – connecting flights only.
The most popular airlines to purchase your flight tickets from are Ryanair, British Airways, Norwegian and Alitalia. Make sure to compare the prices of them all, although Ryanair normally just edges it in regards of the cheapest flights to Rome, however Norwegian do offer WiFi onboard the aircraft so if you need to work or be online they can be a good option too.
The airport is located about 26km southwest of the centre of Rome, meaning you can’t take a stroll to the centre. A popular option to travel there is the Leonardo Express. It’s the direct train that goes between the airport and the city centre every 30 minutes. You can catch the train from Termini, at track 24. You’ll need to buy a ticket and get it validated before you travel, and tickets are more expensive from the departure station than from the Termini news stand. Another option is to take one of Rome’s white taxis, they are on a fixed price which €40. The other option is to get a bus, either a regular local transport one (you can buy your tickets from any tobacco shop – Tabaccheria) which picks you up outside terminals B & C, or to jump on the Terravision shuttle bus. This is more expensive but has a direct route to the centre of Rome.