Reliable Airport Transfers in Rome with Kiwi Taxi

Reliable Airport Transfers in Rome with Kiwi Taxi

Traveling internationally for the first time with a baby (and the additional luggage that a baby produces) was a bit daunting. My husband and I are both seasoned travelers but I was flustered at the thought of a transcontinental trip with this tiny voyager and absolutely adamant about one thing: I wanted to have a car seat for the baby for the Rome to FCO transfer.

We went online and reserved a pickup from Rome with Kiwi Taxi – a pre-bookable service that provides transfers to and from Rome airports.

The cost of a Kiwi Taxi is the same as a regular Roman taxi with the built-in ease of being able to pre-pay and to add customizable extras like a car seat.

Car seats are not technically required if you are in a taxi, but it was really important to me to have one – as well as to have a reliable and trusted driver because I have found that some taxis drive far to fast on the road to Fiumicino Airport.

Because we had a long travel day to California ahead of us (15 hours over two flights, with a baby in economy class…) we upgraded to a business transfer to be sure to have room for our suitcases and to stretch out on during the first leg of the trip to the airport.

However, if you reserve the standard transfer, it is the same price as hailing a cab and pre-booking this way is one of my favorite tips to avoid being ripped off by a taxi in Rome.

There are also options to book a 6 or 7 person van if you have a larger group for about $75. That means that for around $10/person, you can have door-to-door service for the same price as taking the slow train to the airport.

There are several ways to get to and from Rome and Fiumicino airport, but this is a good option for the pure ease, convenience, and reliability.

It is also worth considering for a pick up AT the airport with transfer to Rome. A driver will be waiting for you after baggage claim which can be more relaxing than finding a taxi once you arrive because it will be pre-paid (no worrying about euros right away), and the driver will already know where to take you (no problems with Italian).

Please note that we were guests of Kiwi Taxi but no one tells me what to write and the review is an honest assessment of my personal experience. The links included here may be affiliate referrals but you are under no obligation to book. 

 

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Natalie is a food and travel writer who has been living in Rome full time since 2010. She is the founder and editor of this blog and prefers all of her days to include coffee, gelato, and wine.

8 Comments

  1. Jacquelyn Laurenda
    July 30, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    Thanks for this! Just wondering if Kiwi installed the car seat for you, or if you had to do it yourself. I booked with another company a few weeks ago ahead of my arrival in Rome with a small child, but they let me know I’ll have to install the car seat (their car seat) myself at the airport. Better than nothing, bit I’m not excited about installing an unfamiliar car seat in an unfamiliar car. Same deal with Kiwi about installing the seat yourself?

    • Natalie
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Hi! That is so strange to make you install it when it isn’t even yours! Kiwi taxi definitely had it installed for us. We took it because we were on our way to the US and euro car seats aren’t approved for the US, so I didn’t want to lug the thing with us just for that trip to the airport.

      When I booked with kiwi, I was asked to specify my child’s age so that they would have the right seat. It was all set up when they picked us up – though it was forward facing even though he was six months that the time… that is another Italian regulation that doesn’t match the US. They say forward facing after 9 lbs…so it was all aligned with what is required here!

  2. Jacquelyn Laurenda
    August 6, 2018 / 1:37 am

    Thanks for your response, Natalie! I’m still in time to switch my airport transfer reservation to Kiwi. Much appreciated – I really wasn’t looking forward to installing that unfamiliar car seat!

  3. Sinead
    March 15, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    So helpful. Thank you!

    • Natalie
      Author
      March 17, 2019 / 1:45 pm

      I’m so glad! Have a great trip (and an easy airport transfer!)

  4. Chantal
    March 21, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    I had such a bad experience! Used Kiwitaxi last weekend – trip to the airport the car turns up with no infant seat in it, so we have to drive on the highway to Fiumicino with my baby in my lap. We write to complain and they are very apologetic and say they will make sure it never happens again. Except the exact same thing does happen again exactly three days later on our transfer home. No seat.

    In addition to not having the infant seat we booked on either occasion and sticking us in a dangerous situation, the car was 20 minutes late on the return trip, then made us wait another 40 minutes while he tracked down a customer who left something in the car. Plus you have to lug all your luggage to the carpark which is a fair bit further from the airport than the taxi stand. So long story short, would have gotten home an hour earlier with less effort and the same level of safety for my baby with a regular cab.

    • Natalie
      Author
      March 21, 2019 / 10:54 pm

      That is TERRIBLE! And so disappointing to hear because it wasn’t my experience at all. I’m so sorry. Did they give you are refund? Because they should! And they should have met you directly rather than making you carry all of your things!

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