All information on the metro and public transportion in Rome; metro map, metro tickets and travel passes in Rome.
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) only switching between trains and metros at the Termini stop. 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 tickets:
- 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.
- Rome Metro Card: This popular combination ticket gives you unlimited access to public transport (incl. metro) and access to the Hop on Hop off bus for 1 day (27.00 €) or 3 days (39.00 €). You can easily reserve the Rome Metro Card online.
- Roma 24H Ticket: This 7 € ticket allows you to travel freely all day until 00:00 am.
- Roma 48H / 72H Ticket: With this ticket you can travel 2 days for 12.50 € or 3 days for 18.00 €. Tip: You can now also purchase your public transport card (72 hours) incl. Airport transfer from Ciampino online. Buy this public transport card here.
- 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 here online, or on this website). Prices for these buses:
- 1 day 28 €
- 2 days 31 €
- 3 days 35 €
The convenient thing is that you can already book your 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.
The yellow ‘Vatican & Rome’ buses
(Temporarily unavailable) In addition to the red buses, there are also the yellow ‘Vatican & Rome’ buses. This organisation came up with a ticket that is ‘all inclusive’. You can use their hop-on-hop-of buses for 24 or 72 hours without limitations, as well as public transport (metro and trams). The advantage of this ticket is that there are 16 stops (see map), and the route is larger, which means sights such as the Vatican and the San Giovanni in Laterano have closer stops. You will receive the ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus per email. You will have to exchange the public transport ticket for a physical one.
The prices of these tickets are:
- 1 day 27 €
- 3 days 39 €
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: