Getting around Rome Italy might be easier than you think in terms of the size, as within the city center, everything you will want to see is in fact fairly close within a concentrated area. However, finding your way can be complicated, as the streets are ancient, the connectedness of public transportation is poor, the subway connections are limited, and taxis have traffic limitations as well as street access prohibitions and so cannot always take you door to door. Below is a guide to which type of transportation is best in various situations.
If you are staying within the city’s historical center in a range from the Coliseum, Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Campo de’Fiori, Vatican, and Trastevere, chances are walking might be your best option. Similar to Venice, it is wondrous and beautiful to wander in Rome, especially among the tiny streets dressed with wisteria vines in the spring and often small café tables. However, this blissful picture is very frustrating as you can likewise easily get lost finding your way and at times these streets can be crowded. We suggest considering walking as the first option if your destination in the ancient center is within 20 minutes, and if you need to arrive at a specified time for a dinner reservation or a tour meeting point, it can be helpful and fun to have a Prontopia Local take you there as you will learn about the neighborhood along the way.
Rome has many taxis stands distributed throughout the city, and generally a good supply of taxis waiting. It is prohibited to hail a taxi in Rome, so to get a taxi, you must either go and wait at a taxi stand, or call and order a taxi to be dispatched to your pickup location. Phone numbers for dispatch are: Radio Taxi 06-3570 or Pronto Taxi 06-6645.
The city has official taxi rates and drivers are required strictly to charge according to the meter. Nevertheless, there is a lot of swindling that can occur with taxi rides. Above all, only choose official, white, city taxis. Ensure that the meter is on, and check that you are being charged according to the meter. Never accept a ride from someone propositioning you from a car service as you will surely be taken “the long way” and exorbitantly overcharged.
Subway and Trams
Note: There are several day and week passes (travel cards) available to tourists that are good for all public transport lines: buses, trams, metro, and urban trains. A day pass costs 6€, a 3-day tourist pass costs 16.50€, and a week pass costs 2€4. Tickets and passes can be purchased from vending machines in the metro stations, newsstands (there are several outside of Termini Station), or “Tabacchi” shops.
The Rome Metro lines are limited in the city, and consist of three lines, A, B, and C, with the main lines A and B intersecting at Termini Station. The Metro lines connect to tram lines that serve the surrounding suburbs of Rome, extending to the west to Ostia Antica, to the east to Giardinetti, and north to Viterbo.
The most useful lines and stops for tourists to get to and from the main sites are Ottaviano stop on line A for the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s, the Spagna stop on line A for the Spanish Steps, and the Colosseo stop on line B for the Coliseum and Roman Forum. Standard tickets are 1.50 € fir 100 minutes of travel. The sane ticket is good for the bus and tram lines.
Sometimes there are strikes and the public transportation stops, therefore we reccomend you to book a Prontopia Local connection when you arrive in Rome in order to get a better understanding on how to get around and a precious local help!
The bus system in Rome is notoriously complicated, and buses can be very crowded. In the heart of the ancient center where there is no Metro service, the bus can be a good option for short distances. The most useful lines for tourists are the Express Line 40, which runs from Termini to the Vatican by way of Piazza Venezia, bus line 62 from Piazza Repubblica to the Vatican by way of the Spanish Steps, bus line 60 from Termini to the Coliseum, and the number 8 Tram from Piazza Venezia to Trastevere. There is also a network of small electric buses that run through the tiny streets of the center, from Monti over to the Pantheon, and all the way up to Villa Borghese. You must validate your bus tickets before entering the bus, and don’t expect to get a seat in peak times!