How to get around Rome with public transport?
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How to find your way around Rome? To discover Rome and its beauties, it will be great to walk, but it is necessary to consider the extension of the city, and it can become a really tiring endeavor, so take the opportunity to use the public transport network such as the subway, the train or the buses that allow you to reach the major tourist attractions in less time. Find out more in our section on Transport in Italy!
Cost of Public Transport in Rome
Just to give you an idea of values in Rome:
- BIT (€ 1.50) valid for 100 minutes from the moment you validate it.
- BIG (€ 7.00) for 24 hours, unlimited number of times within Rome.
- BIG (€ 12.50) for 48 hours, unlimited number of times within Rome.
- BTI (€ 18.00) for 3 days, unlimited number of times within Rome.
- CIS (€ 24.00) for 7 days, unlimited number of times within Rome.
It is a tourist-cultural card of the capital, promoted by Capital Roma and by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, in collaboration with ATAC. It is the card that offers reductions and services to tourists and the public of curious to enjoy the beauties of Rome.
How to use the Roma Pass?
Fill in the back with the name, surname and activation date, it is valid for three days from the activation date for access to museums, sites or the date of the first validation on the means of public transport. The card is valid until midnight on the third day, including the day of activation. It is activated when accessing the first place or museum, or also the first trip on a means of public transport, it is displayed on the personal control request, along with a valid identity document. Click here with no commitment and check the value of the Roma Pass through Ticketbar.
We advise you to purchase the Roma Pass, which costs 34 euros and allows you to use public transport for three consecutive days, in addition to enjoying the same period with various offers in museums, tourist attractions, businesses and theaters. We have said that in Rome you can stroll on foot and by public transport. Much of the tourist interests, in fact, is concentrated in a few kilometers. The first advice is as soon as you arrive in Rome look for a map of the city next to one of the Tourist Information Points. Access the following link of the stops for the main tourist monuments DOWNLOAD THE MAP AND PRINT TO SEE WHAT ARE THE MAIN MONUMENTS AND THE STOPS YOU WILL HAVE TO USE
1) How to get around Rome with public transport? USING THE SUBWAY
In each case, the fastest and cheapest way to walk in Rome is the metro, divided into two lines, A and B, that intersect at Roma Termini. To these are added the seven lines of the metropolitan railway of Rome and the lines of the regional railway that connects Rome to Viterbo and Lido. Find out here How to use the subway in Rome?
Therefore, the subway turns out to be the most used means of transport, because, as it were, it surrounds the Historic Center, and once you reach the historic center you can easily walk around. In fact, only 2.5 km separate the Colosseum from the Spanish Steps nd the most famous monuments are found in the same area. The ticket allows you to use the bus, tram, electric bus, Cotral bus, metro, regional trains (Rome – Lido, Rome – Viterbo, Rome – Pantano, Trenitalia regional trains). The public bus and tram service in Rome has a thorough, rather than efficient network, so the fastest and most preferred way for many to visit the monuments that are almost all located in the center is the metro.
2) How to get around Rome with public transport? USING THE BUS
Bus or “pullman” in Italian. In addition to the subway there are many buses and trams that can take you around the city, ask people which bus takes you to the place you want to visit, for example: “I have to go to the Colosseum, which bus do I have to take? Where is the stop? Surely someone will always help you !!! At bus stops there are signs with bus stops and all stops, I always advise you to ask the driver (autista in Italian).
- Question pullman si ferma… (name of the tourist monument)? or
- Quest pullman va… (name of the place or street).
- The best thing is to always ask for information directly at the hotel about which bus to use to avoid wasting unnecessary time.
Good to know
We can say that the bus network covers the entire area of Rome and the neighboring areas, indicating the stops with large signs of rectangular shape with a yellow or white background. Generally, bus frequencies vary from 5 to 25 minutes, but unfortunately the heavy traffic sometimes makes impossible to fully respect the routes. Daytime races start at 5 am and end at 11 pm, then night races start, which of course are much more scarce, as are Sunday races.
Tickets must be purchased before boarding buses or trams, at authorized businesses such as tobacco shops and stalls. The color chosen for the buses is orange, also lately the vehicles are covered with advertising messages. They usually have three doors: the central is reserved for exit, while the anterior and the posterior are for going up.
3) How to get around Rome with public transport? USING THE TRAMS
The tram network (also tram in Italian) consists of six lines and 192 stations that form a 40 km network. Rome’s trams were put into service in 1877 and are run by the ATAC firm (Azienda Tramvie and Autobus del Comune di Roma). The network consists of the following six lines:
- Line 2: Piazza Mancini – Piazzale Flaminio.
- Line 3: Piazza Thorvaldsen – Piazzale Ostiense.
- Line 5: Stazione Termini – Piazza dei Gerani.
- Line 8: Piazza Venezia – Via del Casaletto.
- Line 14: Stazione Termini – V.le. Palmiro Togliatti.
- Line 19: Piazza Risorgimento – Piazza dei Gerani.
Important to Know
- VALIDATE THE TICKET !!! Many people travel without validating it, but believe me it is not worth it, the ticket price is very small and if you are surprised by the inspection without the ticket or without having validated it, you will pay a very expensive fine, you will have to get off the transport immediately, will receive a verbal rebuke, Can you imagine that shame?
- Do you really think it’s worth it? Always validate tickets, or as a better alternative, buy tickets that are valid for the whole day. The validating machine is always inside the bus. In the case of trains you will find the machine always close to the torque / platform. After you have validated for the first time, it is not necessary anymore, just respect the expiration time of the ticket.
4) How to get around Rome with public transport? USING SPECIAL BUSES FOR TOURISTS
110 OPEN. To access the historic center, there are a limited number of electric buses with access from the rear door. Bus line 110 is dedicated to tourists and reaches a quarantine of Rome’s monuments starting at Piazza Ferrovia Central Termini (Termini Central Railway Square) and following this direction: Piazza Barberini (Barberini Square), Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square), Piazza Augusto Imperatore (Emperor Augustus Square), Piazza San Pietro (St Peter Square), Piazza Venezia (Venice Square), Piazzale Ugo la Malfa (Ugo la Malfa Square), Colosseum. On board a guide (or you are given a radio guide) explains in all languages all the Roman wonders included in the tour.
5) How to get around Rome with public transport? USING THE BOAT
The Boat (or batello in Italian). Since 2003 the river line with boats from Rome has also been added. You certainly don’t need to be in a hurry, this is the ideal transport to stroll around Rome enjoying the landscapes, it is certainly fascinating !! After many recovery interventions on the Tiber, Rome returned to its navigation line on the river. Eight points and two distinct routes: the longest runs from the Italic Forum to Tiber Island, the other from Ripa Grande to the Marconi Bridge.
Hours are from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm, with a break after lunch. It was thought to extend the hours until midnight, but this has not yet been accomplished. Naturally, the boat cannot accommodate many passengers, so you may have to wait to board the next one. The fare is very competitive. The times are long compared to the means of land, but the total lack of traffic makes this transport attractive, besides obviously getting to know Rome from another point of view. I really recommend this transport as a tour, not as public transport.
6) How to get around Rome with public transport? USING OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORT
We will also leave here some options with private transport. So you can compare what is worth before arriving in Rome.
If you would like to go anywhere with extreme convenience, you can call a taxi, a safer but also more expensive means of transport. Before taking a taxi, make sure it is an official vehicle, make sure that there is a taximeter and that it is zero since the beginning of the race, ask how much it will cost according to the destination. It is difficult to stop a taxi on the road, especially at night, here are some taxi service numbers in Rome: 06 8822 or also 06 3570, 06 4994, 06 6645, 06 551.
In Rome taxis are white cars with a taxi written on the roof. The taxi will take you anywhere you want to go, but it has some high costs and it is not advisable to take it during busy hours. To take a taxi down the road, to stop it, raise your arm or you can call and make it come to pick you up indicating the place where you are.
Using Private Driver
This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending to train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are! If you are with family, elderly people, small children or small groups, it is certainly the best thing!
The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time and using it to visit other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your own hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places. Take this tour with one of our partners. Ask for a free budgeting by clicking right HERE!
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How to get around Rome with public transport? Whether by bus or tram, they are especially useful to reach regions not covered by the metro service, for example Piazza Navona, Campo de ’Fiore and Trastevere. The service works every day, also at night, but if you must visit the monuments in the center always use the metro, it will be much faster and easier.
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