Getting around in Rome: info, costs and advice

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Every year, thousands of tourists from all over the globe reach Caput Mundi to admire the countless beauties spread throughout the urban area. Rome is an open-air museum, where most of its famous attractions can be easily reached on foot or by public transport. As in any self-respecting European or international metropolis, road traffic can turn out to be a real disaster.

Here is a guide on how to get around Rome: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Rome
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The main attractions of Rome are located in a large area that it can be covered on foot. Alternatively, you can opt for the evergreen hop-on hop-off open-top sightseeing bus! Remember that the city welcomes many tourists every year, causing long queues at the main attractions: especially for the Colosseum and Forums, book the VIP tour of the Colosseum, Arena and ancient Rome with priority entrance!

For the more distant areas there are public transportATTACK, which includes trams, buses, trains and the metro. The best way to avoid traffic and delays is the metro. An excellent alternative is always the panoramic bus, which will allow you to get off and on near the main attractions.

The car is absolutely not recommended: due to the huge ZTL, congested traffic, uncertain road surface and the problem of parking! Instead, opt for taxis, but be aware that they are quite expensive and still suffer from traffic.

If you stay more days, buy the Roma Pass or the Omnia Card, which include unlimited transportation and skip-the-line entry to Rome's historic sites, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum!

Rome is a city that is discovering and trying to enhance the bike-friendly side. The Capitoline Administration is trying to increase the number of cycle paths, in addition to expanding and improving the service of bikes: a green revolution that Romans and tourists really like but that still has a lot to do.

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, metro, panoramic bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars, scooters, taxis
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Roma Pass (from € 32,00 -), Omnia Card (from € 130,00 -), 24h day ticket (from € 7,00), CIS 7 days (€ 24,00 -)

How to get from the airport to the center of Rome

The city of Rome is connected to the rest of the world by two airports: Rome Fiumicino Airport (also known as Leonardo da Vinci Intercontinental Airport) and Rome Ciampino Airport, named after Giovan Battista Pastine, both international airports. Ciampino airport is also a military airport.

Roma Fiumicino

  • Distance from the center: 31 km / travel time: 45 min;
  • By Express train: Leonardo Express line / ticket cost: from € 14,00
  • By train: Regional line FL1 line / ticket cost: from € 8,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 30,00 / travel time: 40 min
  • By bus: average cost € 6,00 / Sit Bus Shuttle, Terravision, Cotral, TAM lines
  • Private transfer: private transfer from Fiumicino airport

Rome Ciampino

  • Distance from the center: 20 km / travel time: 30 min;
  • By train: regional line FL4, FL6 / ticket cost: € 1,50
  • By bus + train: Ciampino Airlink bus + train / ticket cost € 2,70
  • By taxi: average cost € 30,00 / travel time: 35 min
  • By bus: average cost € 6,00 / Sit Bus Shuttle, Terravision, Distribusion lines
  • Private transfer: private transfer from Ciampino airport

How to get around on foot

Despite the size of its metropolitan area, Rome boasts the presence of the largest Limited Traffic Zone of the Old Continent, impossible to circumvent, given the presence of cameras ready to "immortalize" the offenders.

Anyway, the capital can be explored on foot, taking into account the attractions present in a specific area and, perhaps, organizing moving from one area of ​​the city to another using public transport. Given its size and the many things to see, the ideal would be to organize specific itineraries within the individual neighborhoods: we recommend the organized tours that will allow you to skip the queues at the major attractions, such as the priority tour to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill! An excellent alternative is the Ancient Rome Segway tour, which will allow you to move quickly through the streets of the city in a totally green and safe way thanks to your guide!

But Rome is also there home of good food, with its delicious dishes and recipes! If you are a foodie, you can't miss a great tasting of traditional food and wine or a street food tour!

Con i mezzi pubblici

Bus, tram, trolley bus and metro: the Capitoline public transport service is widespread, with many rides, and allows displacements even at night, thanks to the vehicles active after 23:00.

If you have little time to visit the Eternal City or want to enjoy a wonderful panoramic tour, you can opt for the panoramic bus, which will allow you to admire the city from another perspective and which will take you near the main attractions. making travel much easier, as well as fun!


The Roman underground currently consists of three main lines (A, B, B1 and C) which guarantee rides even on weekends (extended up to half past one at night). The metro is the preferred means of transport to move around the city. Waiting times, in fact, are almost negligible, especially at peak times: 2 min for line A, 3 min for line B and 12 min for line C.

The purchase of the Metrebus Rome season ticket is recommended, which can be valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours and can also be used on the bus, tram, trolley bus, on the Rome-Lido, Rome-Giardinetti, Rome-Viterbo regional railways (urban route) and on the Trenitalia regional trains - 2nd class urban route.

  • Downloadable map: rome-metro-map
  • from Monday to Thursday and Sunday line A, B, B1 and C 5: 30-23: 30; Friday and Saturday line A, B1 and C 5: 30-1: 30, line B 5: 30-1: 27
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket 24h € 7,00, ticket 48h 12,50, ticket 72h € 18,00


The bus service network consists of well 414 lines: 383 buses and 31 Nitbus, night buses. The lines do mainly subdivide into three types: the urban lines marked with the letter U run 5: 00-00: 00, while the night lines, marked with the letter N, are active 00: 00-5: 00, while the Express lines, marked with the letter X , run faster and with fewer stops.

The buses of Rome are affected by heavy traffic which involves the streets of the capital on a daily basis, so during peak hours it is likely to have to wait up to 40 minutes before the vehicle arrives. A useful service to understand the traffic situation in real time and predict the arrival of the bus is offered by the official website of ATAC.

  • Downloadable map: rome-bus-map - night-lines-map
  • urban lines 5: 00-00: 00; night lines 00: 00-5: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket 24h € 7,00, ticket 48h 12,50, ticket 72h € 18,00


Rome has a single trolleybus network, crossed by the 90 Express and, sometimes, by the 60 Express. Each jointed vehicle is 18 meters long and there are about twenty in circulation.

In the past, the electricity grid of the capital was very extensive and covered a high number of trips, which were then suppressed in 1972. There are no night rides, for which buses must be used.

  • 5:00AM - 23:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket 24h € 7,00, ticket 48h 12,50, ticket 72h € 18,00


The Roman tram service consists of 6 lines. Unfortunately, the network is rather limited and does not cover all areas of the city. Furthermore, trams do not guarantee night runs and travel times are slower than buses.

There are no apps or sites where you can check the arrival of the tram in real time, however during peak hours, vehicles tend to pass more frequently.

  • Downloadable map: rome-tram-map
  • 5:30AM - 00:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket 24h € 7,00, ticket 48h 12,50, ticket 72h € 18,00

By car

In Rome it is really not recommended to move by car! This is mainly due to the really intense traffic, especially during rush hours, which would only cause unnecessary stress and a lot of time wasted! Furthermore, the means of transport are widespread and allow you to reach every point of the city.

Furthermore also the Limited Traffic Zone does not allow you to move easily with its own vehicle on the Roman roads. The measure, activated to try to combat the disastrous scourge of smog that afflicts large cities, could create a lot of inconvenience to a tourist who has come to the capital with his own car or who has opted for car rental to gain some independence on the streets of 'Urbe (without forgetting, moreover, the presence of paid parking, as annoying as the holes that "afflict" the Capitoline road surface).


The ZTL Centro Storico of Rome is very extensive and in turn is divided into various areas. It is closed to cars from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) in the hours 6: 30-18: 30 and Saturday 14: 00-18: 00, while in the night time it is closed on Friday and Saturday from 23: 00-3: 00 . Only the categories of law, taxis, rental cars with driver (NCC) are exempt; motorbikes and mopeds have free access to the ZTL every day, at all hours, and can park inside it in the spaces for two-wheeled vehicles (with the exception of the Trident A1 ZTL); vehicles with electric traction only, subject to registration.

Limited traffic area: Tridente, Trastevere, San Lorenzo and Testaccio

In addition to the large ZTL, in the city you will find other Limited Traffic Zones, which correspond to some neighborhoods. These are:

  • Trident (A1) closed to cars, mopeds and motorcycles from Monday to Friday 6: 30-19: 00, Saturday from 10: 00-19: 00;
  • Trastevere, closed to cars every day 6: 30-10: 00, excluding holidays, Friday and Saturday 21: 30-3: 00;
  • San Lorenzo, closed to cars on Fridays and Saturdays (even on holidays) from 21pm to 30am;
  • Testaccio, closed to cars on Fridays and Saturdays (excluding holidays) from 23pm to 00am.

Stops and parking

La stop in the blue stripes of the city of Rome it is subject to the payment of the hourly rate, but also provides for special rates. THE Atac exchange parking lots offer the possibility to leave the car at discounted rates for long-term parking and continue towards the central areas of the city by exchanging with the city public transport. In fact, all the exchange car parks are located at the stations of the A, B and C lines of the Metro, the stops of the metropolitan railways or at the terminus of urban and extra-urban buses.

Finally, I parking at an unconstrained rate they are located in particular points of attraction in the city and offer differentiated pricing methods both to favor the rotating use of parking spaces and to meet the needs of particular categories. These are the Auditorium, Partigiani (near Ostiense station), Metronio, Trieste and Trastevere car parks. To find out more, refer to the Parking section of the ATAC Rome website.

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