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Review of all the Rome city passes and travel cards: from the Omnia Card to the Roma City Pass. Which Rome tourist cards do we recommend and will save you loads of time?

Review: Best tourist pass in Rome

Rome has a wide variety of city passes and tourist cards. A few of these Rome City Passes give you the advantage of saving money or having fast track tickets. In this article we will review the advantages and the disadvantages of the Rome city passes so you can choose the right one for you.

1) Highly recommend: Rome Tourist Card

In my opinion, this is the best tourist pass for a city trip to Rome. With only one purchase you have all the important tickets in Rome. Even better, you don´t have to pick up the card in Rome, because you get all the tickets online. For most other Roma city passes you need to pick up the card in Rome. Click on the link for the Rome Tourist Card. During the booking process you can select your arrival date and select your timeslots. After payment, you will receive your tickets by email or you can show them via smartphone.

This Rome Tourist Card covers the most important tickets like:

  • Priority entrance into the Colosseum
  • Entrance to the Forum Romanum and the Palatine
  • Guided tour St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Audioguide for the Pantheon
  • 10% discount on various attractions and excursions
  • More info Rome Tourist Card
  • More than 9 persons? Click here to get guidance for your group booking

No availability? It is only possible to reserve tickets a couple of weeks in advance.

2) The Vatican City Pass

Do you want only the most important tickets for visiting the Vatican City? Then a handy card is the Vatican City Pass, which contains the tickets for St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Book your Vatican City Pass easily via this link. During the booking process you can indicate on which dates and time slots you want. After payment, you will receive your tickets by email or you can show them via smartphone.

This city pass contains the main entrance tickets for Vatican City:

3) Roma Pass 48 hours or 72 hours

Is the Roma Pass worth it?: We recommend the Rome Tourist Card. This pass includes the Colosseum. The tickets for the Public Transportation, that's included in the Roma Pass, you can simply buy at a machine at one of the metro or bus stops. Another disadvantage is that you still have to collect your Roma Pass card on the spot. With the Rome Tourist Card you will receive the tickets online.

The following is included in the Roma Pass 48 hours:

  • 48 hours (or 72 hours) use of the public transportation (ATAC) in Rome (bus, tram, metro and some train lines)
  • Access to one museum or archeologic site (check out the museums here). This is also the biggest disadvantage of the Roma Pass, during high season the popular highlights like the Colosseum and the Borghese Gallery are probably already sold out. The 72-hour card includes two museums.

4) Vatican & Rome Omnia Card

You can order the Vatican & Rome Omnia Card for 72 hours. This is the most expensive, but also the most comprehensive city pass. It contains various entrance tickets, public transport and the Hop on Hop off bus. This Omnia card has a number of advantages and disadvantages:

  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum
  • Including public transport
  • Including Hop on Hop off bus
  • Includes access to San Giovanni in Laterano and Mamertine prison
  • Including guide booklet and map
  • Advantage: You can cancel for free up to 24 hours before your trip
  • Disadvantage: You still need to exchange your voucher for a physical card at a transfer point in Rome after booking (however, it is very close to the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica)
  • More information about the Rome & Vatican Omnia Card

Our advice: The Omnia Card is a fine card that contains almost everything, but you still have to pick it up. However, the Omnia Card is the card with the best cancellation options.

5) Rome Travel Card

Do you want to use public transport in Rome? Then the Rome Travel Card is exactly what you need! 3 days of unlimited public transport (metro and bus) in Rome plus a private airport transfer from Ciampino or Fiumicino airport. The Rome Travel Card is ideal to discover the city and start your city trip in a relaxed way! Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport and can communicate in English. During the taxi ride you will receive your 3-day public transport card from your driver.

  • Private Airport Transfer to your accommodation by taxi.
  • Welcome Service at 'Arrivals' at the Airport.
  • Optional: Rome Public Transportation Card for 3 Days (Metro, Bus)
  • Your driver speaks English
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6) Rest of the city cards

In this article we have tried to give you a review of the most popular and the most affordable Roma passes. However, there are also many other cards in circulation such as the 'Best of Rome Pass', 'Vatican and Rome Experience Pass' and 'Rome Underground Pass'. The disadvantage of many cards is that you still have to pick them up in Rome at a specific location or that you can only visit some attractions to a limited extent and are therefore not really interesting.

Conclusion: The winner of all Rome city passes in our opinion is the aforementioned Rome Tourist Card, which really gives you the most important tickets digitally in one purchase.

7) Buy separate tickets

If you only want to visit a limited number of attractions, it can also be advantageous to purchase individual tickets instead of a Rome pass. The most popular sightseeing tickets:

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