All information on the metro and public transportion in Rome; bus, metro map, metro tickets and travel passes. Tips for getting around in Rome Italy.
Public transport in Rome
Rome has three metro lines (A to C). During your city break, you will probably only use subway line A and B (Line C is still largely under construction). You have several options for buying tickets at the ticket machines. It is important to know that the same ticket is valid for all public transport (ATAC) including metro, trams, buses (with the exception of the tourist buses) and even a number of regional trains (Trenitalia 2nd class, Roma-Lido, Rome-Viterbo and Rome-Giardinetti). These tickets are not valid all the way to the airport; please read this airport transfer article for more information. You can choose from a number of different Rome subway ticketsy:
- BIT Metro Ticket: This ticket costs 1.50 € and allows you to use public transport for 100 minutes after you stamp it. You are only allowed to make one trip by metro or train.
- Roma 24H Ticket: This 7 € ticket allows you to travel for 24 hours after activation.
- Roma 48H / 72H Ticket: With this ticket you can travel 2 days for 12.50 € or 3 days for 18 €. Tip: You can now also purchase your public transport card (72 hours) incl. Airport transfer online. Buy this Rome Travel Card here.
- The metro is also included in the Roma Pass, which gives you 48 or 72 hours access to public transport including one or two attractions.
- CIS Metro Ticket: With this ticket of 24 € you can travel 7 days.
- The metro runs every day from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm, 01:30 am on Saturdays
- Children up to 10 years old travel for free when accompanied by a paying adult
- Do remember to stamp your ticket (you do this yourself in the buses and trams), or you will risk a fine
- A better map of the center of Rome with the metro stops can be found here.
From the airport to the city centre of Rome
This 'Airport to Rome' article describes in detail how you can reach the center of Rome from the two airports Fiumicino and Ciampino.
Certain tourist locations, such as Trastevere, are far from the nearest metro stop. There is an extensive network of city buses you can use for these. They use the same tickets as the metro. Tickets (same as for the metro) can be purchased from the ticket machines at the metro and bus stations and at tobacco and newspaper shops. Do remember to stamp your ticket; after stamping it, you can use the bus for 100 minutes and change lines if necessary. The route planner for the city buses can be found here.
Hop-on-hop-off buses & Tourist passes
Hop-on-hop-off buses are a common sight in every tourist city. Rome chose to go with two different companies for these sightseeing and tourist buses. Rome also has a number of different tourist passes that will definitely save you a lot of money. Here is a list of all the buses and tourist passes; pick the one that suits your needs best:The red Hop-on-Hop-off buses
The most famous organisation behind the open double-decker buses. The bus has nine stops (see route), and buses depart every 10 to 20 minutes on average. Tip: The bus really becomes worth it if you buy a ticket for multiple days (easy, book your tickets online). Prices for these buses:
- 1 day Bus Pass 26 €
- 2 days Bus Pass 33 €
- 3 days Bus Pass 39 €
The convenient thing is that you can already book your Hop-on-Hop-off bus tickets online and show them on your mobile phone when you get on the bus. You will not have to stand in line at sales points for tourists and just step on the bus with your mobile ticket nice and early.
With the Roma Pass you can make unlimited use of the ATAC public transport for 48 or 72 hours. You also have access to one or two attractions (including the Colosseum, Castel Sant'Angelo and Galleria Borghese). After booking you can easily pick up this ticket at the airport. The prices of the Roma Pass are: