Rome Airport Transfer: Airport Taxi vs. Uber vs. Welcome Pickups

Rome is one of the most beloved cities in the world and consequently one of the most visited by tourists from all over the world. Most of them arrive in one of Rome’s two airports. Getting from there to the city is possible via a train, a bus, an airport taxi, Uber, or via Welcome Pickups. Buses and trains are not available 24/7, so we won’t get into analyzing them. Aside from bus or trains, there are the other Rome airport transfers:

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Airport Taxi

Almost at any time, there is a taxi at the airport. Most of the cars are clean and relatively new. The drivers look decent and do that for a living. However, only just a small percentage speak English. They usually don’t charge for luggage, but they don’t give you a flat rate either. At the end of the trip, they will charge you what the taximeter will show. If there is a rush hour or some work on the road, the amount can become quite high.


There is no classic Uber in Rome, just Uber Black. Aside from Rome, Uber black is available only in Milan. Uber Black means that you will get a pretty nice vehicle, but at the same time, it also means you will be charged handsomely. That’s the price of getting Uber Black. Again, there is no guarantee that the driver will speak any English, nor that he will be there if your flight is late. Other than that, Uber in Italy is perfectly safe, and there haven’t been any incidents.

Welcome Pickups

This is a relatively new start-up that wants to disrupt airport transfers. From the look of things, what they offer, their results so far, they are doing a pretty good job. Here’s what they offer:

  • Flat fee with no hidden costs. It doesn’t matter if it is day or night, the driver needs to take the longer road, its rush hour, or anything like that. The pre-agreed fee is what you pay, nothing less and nothing more. In average, their rates are the same as standard taxi rates.
  • You are welcomed by an English speaking driver that will be waiting for you on the exit gateway. He will be holding a sign with your name, and he will carry your luggage to the car.
  • You will have a 24/7 customer support in case you got a question or struggle with something regarding your airport transfer. The customer support can be reached both via email or phone.
  • Your driver will be waiting for you even your flight is late. Their drivers monitor flights and make sure that they arrive on time when you land.

From the look of things, the winner could be only one, and that is Welcome Pickups. Their service is superior to the other alternatives, both in quality and rates. The only more affordable airport transfer is if you catch a bus or a train, but that again depends on your arrival time. Other than that, it’s Welcome Pickups all the way!


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