Rome can be quite confusing at first. Make sure you get in touch with one of our locals to avoid getting lost! Despite having most of the main must-see places in Rome within a walking distance from each other (providing you are well equipped with comfortable shoes!), it is useful to know how to get around Rome. Here’s a guide on which public transportation tickets to buy in Rome, with information on tickets and schedules.
Rome is not really well-known for having the best public transportation in Europe, especially among those who live in the suburbs but work in the city center and Uber isn't always available. Luckily, though, if you are reading this article, it means you are a tourist trying to figure out your way around the city. Well, good news: the center of Rome is pretty well-connected.
There are buses that will take you anywhere you want to go. For the little streets in the heart of the city, you can take navette, or small buses!
Piazza dei Cinquecento is where many buses leave from. If you want to go to St. Peter’s for example, you can easily take the 64 or the 40 from Termini directly to the heart of the Vatican. Bus 87 has quite a scenic tour. It will take you to largo Argentina, where you might visit the place where Julius Caesar was killed. Just a five-minute-walk from there, you will find yourself in front of the Pantheon.
Bus 81 is also pretty handy if you are looking for a tour around the center. It will take you to via Cola di Rienzo, one of the fanciest and most famous streets in Rome and, eventually, to piazza Risorgimento.
If you are planning a visit to piazza di Spagna and Trevi Fountain, any bus that goes to piazza Venezia would work. From piazza Venezia (or even Largo Argentina) it will take you just a little and pleasant walk. Ice cream and pizza will most certainly give you the right energy. For further information on buses and routes, the ATAC website will give you the step-by-step itinerary.
All the three metro lines open at 5:30am and close at 11:30pm, except for Friday and Saturday, when they close at 1:30am. During the night, night buses try to cover as much as possible in order to offer an almost complete service. Some of the night buses can be a bit sketchy, so make sure you stay awake and sit towards the front of the bus.
Rome has three lines: Line A (you will see it in orange on the maps); Line B (blue); and Line C (green).
Metro Line A: This line is the one you will be using the most. It connects the main tourist and historical sites.
Metro Line B: The metro stations you will probably end up using are Colosseum, Circo Massimo and Cavour; Piramide (worth a quick visit, especially for the cemetery and Testaccio market); Basilica di San Paolo if you want to visit one of the four Papal Basilicas.
Metro Line C: You will probably never have the need to use this. It is the most recent one, and it is still not finished. It connects the suburbs on the east side of the city to San Giovanni metro A station. It improved the lives of many locals, but it will not have much of an impact on the tourist experience. Both metro A and metro B meet at Termini station, which is the hub of the city, in terms of public transport, buses, metro and trains.
Strollers and wheelchairs
Unfortunately, not all metro stations have elevators. Hence, if you are traveling with a stroller, you might have to hope for some help from other commuters. As for wheelchairs, the metro might be almost impossible to use. Buses, though, are well prepared to offer the right service for travelers on wheelchairs.
The regular ticket, called BIT, costs 1,50€ and it is valid for 100 minutes. Within this time frame, you can take as many buses as you want. Metro rides, instead, are unlimited only for changing lines underground. Roma 24H: 7€ and it is valid for 24 hours from the moment you validate it; Roma 48H: 12,50€ and it is valid 48 hours from the moment you validate it; Rome 72H: 18€ and it is valid for 72 hours from the moment you validate it; Weekly pass: 24€ Monthly pass: 35€ Regular tickets can be bought at any metro station or newsstand, but not directly on the bus. Make sure you validate your ticket on the bus to avoid getting a fine. Wouldn’t you rather spend that money on something delicious?
The Leonardo Express is a direct train that connects Termini station to Fiumicino airport and viceversa. It literally connects Terminal 3 to the most important station in Rome! The cost for the drive is only 14€ and it takes about 32 minutes to get to Termini Station.
A further note: No matter what means of transport you choose, always make sure you have your eyes peeled for pickpockets. There are plenty in the crowded buses and metro wagons, especially in rush hours.
For further information and help, contact one of our locals, and don't worry about a thing!