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There are 5 ways to get from East London to Rome by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly East London to Rome  •  14h 25m

  1. Fly from East London (ELS) to Rome (FCO) ELS - FCO

321€ - 722€

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Fly East London to Naples, train  •  20h 55m

  1. Fly from East London (ELS) to Naples (NAP) ELS - NAP
  2. Take the train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini

392€ - 925€

Bus to Umtata, fly to Rome  •  19h 13m

  1. Take the bus from East London to Umtata Shell Ultra City
  2. Fly from Umtata (UTT) to Rome (FCO) UTT - FCO

421€ - 946€

Fly East London to Pisa, train  •  20h 38m

  1. Fly from East London (ELS) to Pisa (PSA) ELS - PSA
  2. Take the train from Pisa Centrale to Roma Tiburtina

498€ - 1195€

Drive  •  7 days 9h

  1. Drive from East London to Rome 13767.5 km

1700€ - 2500€

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International entry into Italy from South Africa

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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Cyprus, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand

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Conditions of entry into Italy from South Africa

  • Health declaration required
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  • 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
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  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
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Rules to follow in Italy

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Considerations leaving from South Africa

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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No, entry into Italy from South Africa is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rome is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Rome is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Rome is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, returning to South Africa from Italy is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 24 Jan 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from East London to Rome is to fly which costs R 5 500 - R 14 000 and takes 14h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from East London to Rome is to fly which costs R 5 500 - R 14 000 and takes 14h 25m.

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The distance between East London and Rome is 8478 km. The road distance is 13767.5 km.

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It takes approximately 14h 25m to get from East London to Rome, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from East London Airport to Rome Airport. The quickest flight takes 19h 5m and has one stopover.

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Rome is 1h behind East London. It is currently 2:02 PM in East London and 1:02 PM in Rome.

Yes, the driving distance between East London to Rome is 13767 km. It takes approximately 7 days 9h to drive from East London to Rome.

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Alitalia, Comair, Ethiopian Airlines and six other airlines offer flights from East London Airport to Rome Airport.

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There are 20383+ hotels available in Rome. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from East London to East London Airport is to taxi which takes 9 min and costs R 120 - R 150.

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  • Distance: 8478 km
  • Duration: 14h 25m

What companies run services between East London, South Africa and Rome, Italy?

Safair, Alitalia and 13 other airlines fly from East London to Rome every 2 hours.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from East London to Rome via Johannesburg, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
300€ - 700€
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
370€ - 850€
Flights from East London to Naples via Capetown, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
18h 55m
When
Friday
Estimated price
400€ - 900€
Flights from Umtata to Rome via Johannesburg, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
21h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
390€ - 900€
Flights from East London to Pisa via Johannesburg, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
20h 50m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
490€ - 1100€
Flights from East London to Pisa via Capetown, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
500€ - 1200€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from East London to Rome via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
13h 5m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
290€ - 850€
Flights from East London to Rome via Capetown, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
19h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
320€ - 1000€
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, Rome
Ave. Duration
25h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
360€ - 1100€
Flights from Umtata to Rome via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
370€ - 1100€
Flights from East London to Pisa via Johannesburg, Rome
Ave. Duration
16h 40m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
470€ - 1400€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
19h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
390€ - 1100€
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
24h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
380€ - 900€
Flights from East London to Naples via Capetown, Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
400€ - 950€
Flights from East London to Pisa via Johannesburg, Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
22h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
470€ - 1100€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from East London to Rome via Capetown, Munich
Ave. Duration
18h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
360€ - 800€
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
26h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
440€ - 1000€
Flights from East London to Pisa via Capetown, Munich
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
550€ - 1300€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from East London to Rome via Johannesburg, Zurich
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
300€ - 900€
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, Zurich
Ave. Duration
25h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
380€ - 1100€
Flights from Umtata to Rome via Johannesburg, Zurich
Ave. Duration
18h 40m
When
Friday
Estimated price
390€ - 1200€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from East London to Rome via Johannesburg, Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
300€ - 850€
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
19h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
390€ - 1100€
Flights from Umtata to Rome via Johannesburg, Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
18h 55m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
390€ - 1100€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from East London to Naples via Johannesburg, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
26h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
400€ - 1100€
Flights from East London to Pisa via Capetown, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
21h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
500€ - 1500€
Flights from East London to Pisa via Johannesburg, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
21h 55m
When
Friday
Estimated price
500€ - 2900€
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from East London to Rome via Johannesburg, Addis Ababa
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Every day
Estimated price
320€ - 950€
Flights from Umtata to Rome via Johannesburg, Addis Ababa
Ave. Duration
20h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
410€ - 1300€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from East London to Naples via Capetown, Vienna
Ave. Duration
24h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
320€ - 1100€
Egyptair
Website
egyptair.com
Flights from Umtata to Rome via Johannesburg, Cairo
Ave. Duration
20h
When
Friday
Estimated price
600€ - 900€
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 65€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
19€ - 26€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Train from Pisa Centrale to Roma Tiburtina
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
26€ - 85€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
26€ - 35€
Base Standard
45€ - 65€
Base Premium
55€ - 85€
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 21€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 21€
Train from Pisa Centrale to Roma Tiburtina
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
20€ - 29€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
20€ - 29€
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 30€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
27€ - 30€
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Napoli Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 50€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
19€ - 28€
Smart Low Cost
17€ - 25€
Smart Flex
35€ - 50€
Bus operators
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from East London to Umtata Shell Ultra City
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from East London Windmill to Mthatha
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Greyhound ZA

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