The work of urban transport in Rome is well established under the auspices of the ATAC company. The cost of a single ticket is 2.40 EUR, it is called BIT, it is valid for 100 minutes from the moment of composting (or one pass through the metro turnstile). If you plan to spend several days in Rome and actively move around, buy a travel card. There are tickets for 24, 48 and 72 hours, as well as for 7 days. They operate in the subway, trams and city buses, they are sold, like BIT, in vending machines at railway stations, in bars, tobacco and newsstands. The prices on the page are for November 2021.
According to sportingology, all tickets must be punched in small yellow boxes, otherwise the controller will slap a decent fine and no “Russo tourists don’t understand” will not work.
An extensive bus network permeates all of Rome, including the outskirts, and tram lines are a great addition to the system, allowing you to move without delay during rush hour. Please note that the schedule may be different on weekdays and weekends. At night, the number of buses is reduced significantly, but you can still get to the desired point. Buses often fly past small stops, do not hesitate to wave to the driver.
If there is no bus for a long time, look for the sign “Sciopero” at the bus stop. It signifies a driver’s strike and automatically blesses you for a hike or taxi hunt.
In the evening, it’s good to ride the rare trams TRAMbelcanto and TRAMjazz through the streets of Rome, the pleasure is not cheap, but the atmosphere is sincere.
The metro is not very large, only 3 lines, new stations are being built slowly – the reason is numerous historical monuments and archaeological finds. But for a quick move around the city, the subway is perfect, it will not be difficult to figure out the scheme – many stations are tied to world-famous attractions. The metro operates from 5:30 to 23:30, on Saturdays until 1:30, the interval of trains is from 5 to 15 minutes.
Tourists should be careful in all forms of transport going towards the Vatican, especially in buses of routes No. 64, 640 and trains of line A of the metro in the section from the Termini station to the Vatican. Do not carry large sums in your pockets. It is better to keep your passport and air ticket in a safe at the hotel, and carry certified photocopies with you.
Taxis in Rome are usually white, with a sign “servizio pubblico”. Payment by the meter, but tips, as usual, are welcome. For landing on a weekday, on average, they ask 5 EUR, 1 km of the way – about one and a half euros, there is an extra charge on weekends, holidays and at night. Standing in a traffic jam will cost about 40 EUR per hour. For trips outside the city (for example, to the airport) there is a special fixed fare.
There is also a private cab in Rome – these are taxis that do not have a state license. They are usually cheaper, but are considered unsafe. The Romans tend to avoid them, as do cautious tourists.
Sightseeing buses of several companies travel around Rome at once. International City Sightseeing and Rome’s ATAC have a joint project – joint unlimited travel passes for city transport and sightseeing buses for 24 and 48 hours. Price – 30 EUR and 40 EUR. The yellow buses of Roma Cristiana pay attention to the iconic places of the Christian religion, and the green Archeobus introduces important archaeological areas. There are also CiaoRoma, Green Line Tours, Trambus open, Roma open tour – all these companies are easy to find on the net and get acquainted with their routes and prices.
It will be possible to ride along the Tiber on river buses from March to November, navigation is closed in winter. Keep in mind that the embankments in the city are high, you can’t see much from the deck of the ship, but don’t be in a hurry to ignore this romantic mode of transport – nobody canceled bridges, sunsets and reflections of light on the domes of cathedrals. The ticket price depends on the services and the duration of the tour. The simplest ones will cost a couple of euros for the transition from Tiberin Island to the Duke of Aosta Bridge, excursions with dinner – from 60 EUR.
From the airport and back
Between Fiumicino and Termini, the Leonardo Express branded train runs twice an hour, travel time is 30 minutes, a ticket costs 14 EUR. There is a regular train to Ostiense and Tiburtina stations with a ticket for 10 EUR, it takes a little longer, as well as a special metro line FM1 leading to major stations in the city. Travel – 7 EUR. Trains run from approximately 06:00 to 23:30. Also, buses from Cotral, TAM, Terravision and other companies constantly depart from the airport to the city. An hour trip will cost about 10 EUR. Tickets are sold on websites or from drivers. Alas, they also go only until midnight. After that, there is a taxi. Average rate — 65 EUR, but they can ask for more, so it makes sense to book a taxi in advance through one of the international dispatch services.
- Center of Rome
Bicycle and moped rental
The streets of Rome are full of mopeds and bicycles scurrying around. In such an environment, there is a great temptation to succumb to a two-wheeled provocation and get your portion of conditional freedom of movement. But keep in mind that owners of large transport do not treat cyclists as equals, and it’s difficult to ride on sidewalks and pedestrian streets – there are too many people in Rome. Renting a pedal vehicle will cost about 15-25 EUR per day, an electric bike – 25-40 EUR, a moped – 35-70 EUR per day. The rights to scooters with an engine up to 125 cubic meters are not needed, but anti-theft equipment and helmets will come in handy.
Rent a Car
Renting a car in Rome is not a problem, it is more important to understand why you need it. If this is not the first visit to the city, and the program includes trips around the area with tours of medieval castles near Bracciano, relaxing by the sea, visiting country museums and amusement parks, then use the services of major international services in advance – Europcar, Rentalcars, Autoeurope are at your service and many others. There are also enough local rental offices on the market, the prices of which may be slightly lower, but carefully study all the terms of the contract.
The difference in rental prices between companies at first glance may seem to be a multiple. For example, for the “babies” Fiat Panda and Fiat 500 they ask from 15 EUR to 60 EUR per day, but the devil, as usual, is in the details – the insurance against theft or damage additionally added to the “cheap” package (and it’s worth insuring) will just equalize the tariff rates with less attractive offers. Slightly more daring Lancia Ypsilon and Alfa Romeo Mito will cost 45-75 EUR, approximately the same amount will come out not the most prestigious, but still a convertible. Family Fiat Qubo will cost from 70 EUR, roomy Fiat Scudo Panorama – from 170 EUR. Fans of chic and racing are offered Maserati Gran Cabrio and other Ferrari 458 Italia. For the day of owning such a car, get ready to pay from 1100 to 2000 EUR.
Drivers under 25 will have to fork out for a special “Young Driver” fee – from 15 EUR per day plus VAT, not including rental and insurance fees.
If you intend to spend most of your time in Rome itself, exploring its historical center, then the car will turn out to be an unnecessary burden – narrow streets, traffic restrictions, lack of parking spaces and a huge number of dumbfounded tourists staring around can seriously spoil your nerves and rest.
Communication and Wi-Fi
In Rome, a wonderful Metropolitana Wi-Fi project has been implemented, covering the entire city and its environs with a network of public Internet access points. You can connect to the network in many cafes, museums, bus stops, train stations and other public places. Another project is RomaWireless Wi-Fi, there are fewer open points, but they exist and there is no point in ignoring them.
In addition, no one canceled the opportunity to book a hotel with a Wi-Fi connection. However, this point should be clarified in advance – often you can access the Internet for free only in the hotel lobby, but you will be asked to pay extra for access in the room.
It is easier to make calls via the Internet, but if you wish, it is easy to buy a local SIM card. It is better to do this in the company salon of one of the Italian mobile operators – most of their consultants are smartly explained in English and will help you choose the right tariff or package of services.
Many cities have tourist cards, but not all of them are equally useful. Decide if you need a Roman. There are two types of card: Roma Pass and Roma Pass 48 hours. The first is valid for 3 days, gives free admission to 2 museums or archaeological areas from the list of the program, discounts on tickets to the third and subsequent museums, and also replaces the city public transport pass for 3 days. The second has everything the same, except for the validity period of 48 hours and only one free museum. As a bonus, you get a map of Rome and a guide to the Roma Pass. You can buy at any of the museums of the program, at the PIT tourist information centers or at one of the hundreds of Tabaccheria kiosks. And you can immediately buy a Rome guest card online: it’s fast and convenient.
From the pros: the ability to get to popular places without a queue, for example, the Colosseum or Castel Sant’Angelo. Cons: rigid reference to time – you will have to make a trip to museums non-stop, you can’t get to Fiumicino and Ciampino with these cards, they don’t work in the Vatican Museums, in other museums there are not very grandiose discounts on tickets – an average of 1-2.5 EUR, as a result, dubious savings, which manifest themselves only with a scrupulous analysis and comparison of ticket prices and a careful compilation of your own program of a three-day running around Rome.