City Transport

City Transport

The public transport system in Rome is very varied, cheap and user friendly. These are the main means of transportation in the city:  

Rome Metro

The Metro of Rome only has three lines and is currently the smallest metro system in Europe. Nevertheless, it reaches the city's most important landmarks. 

Subway in Rome

Opened in 1955, the metro (subway or underground) in Rome has grown very little by little and currently only operates 37,3 miles (60 km) made up of three lines. It is one of the smallest metros in Europe.

At present, there are plans for the creation of a fourth line. The reason why the metro system is so limited is that each time a new tunnel is built, more archaeological remains are found; something which also happens in Athens. 

Most important metro stations

Rome Transport Map

Although the metro only comprises three lines, it gets to most of the city’s top attractions. These are the most important stops to keep in mind:

Line A (Orange)

Line A runs from the northwest to southeast, from Battistini to Anagnina. The most important stops are the following:

Line B (Blue)

Connects the northeast to the south of Rome, from Rebibbia to Laurentina. The most important stops are the following:

  • Termini: Stops at Roma Termini railway station. Here, visitors can take the Leonardo Express to get to Fiumicino Airport.
  • Colosseo: Located near the Colosseumand the Roman Forum.
  • Piramide: If you come in the FR1 regional train from Fiumicino, you will be able to take the metro from this stop.

Where to get a ticket?

Tickets can be purchased at the metro stations, at news-stands and in most corner shops. If you are planning to use public transport regularly we recommend that you buy a few tickets at a time or buy a travel card.

Opening times

The metro opens every day from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. On Friday and Saturday, the metro runs until 1:30 am.  


If you’d like more information on the fares, discounts and the various travel cards, check out our article on tickets and travel cards in Rome 

Rome Buses 

Rome has currently over 350 bus lines and it can sometimes be a bit confusing to find the right bus. Find out the main bus lines in Rome, their schedules and frequencies and tips to help you get around the city on this type of public transport.

 Electric small bus in Rome

Bus stop at Piazza Venecia

Since the metro lines of Rome are rather limited, visitors will most likely need the bus public transport system to get to certain parts of the city. It may not be the most comfortable or punctual form of transportation. Nevertheless, to get to certain monuments and museums it is essential to use the bus.

Currently, Rome has 338 bus lines that run throughout the day, 22 night buses and 8,260 stops. As traffic is an important issue in Rome, do not get impatient if the buses are delayed or if you get stuck in traffic jams, as it is most likely to happen and at any time of day.

Presently, Rome has a fleet of buses that includes electric,, conventional, diesel and hybrid vehicles.

Types of buses

In Rome there are various types of lines, these are the most popular:

  • Urban lines (U): The large majority. They start between 5 am and 6:30 am and finish at midnight.
  • Night buses (N): These lines operate while the urban lines "rest", that is to say, between midnight and 5:00-6:00 am.
  • Express (X): These lines are for the outskirts of Rome, for longer journeys.
  • Exact (E): These lines link the centre with the surrounding neighbourhoods. They run on fixed timetables.

How to catch a bus?

Rome’s bus routes are possibly the most complex of Europe. The most important information is found on each bus stop.

This includes the bus’s route, the first and last bus and its timetable. Although this does seem straightforward, once there, having waited 30 minutes without seeing one bus drive past, things might seem a littly trickier.

The good news is that many bus stops now include screens with the number of the bus and when the next is due to arrive. 

Where to buy a bus ticket?

Bus tickets can be bought in any metro station, news-stand or convenience stores. If you are planning on using the bus regularly, we recommend you buy a few at a time or get a travel card, which might be a better option.  

Always validate your ticket

Although it might seem like nobody in Rome validates their ticket, that is because they have monthly passes which don’t require to be inserted into a machine. However, tourists must insert their tickets in a validation machine. 

Map of routes and journey planner

If you want to find out more about the different bus routes in Rome, or would like to plan a journey, check out the official bus website:


If you’d like more information on the fares, discounts and the several travel cards, check out our article on tickets and travel cards in Rome.  

Rome Trams 

Rome’s trams are usually cleaner than the buses and are also considered by many more romantic. Nonetheless, the tram lines are small and the fact that the network doesn’t get to the city centre makes it less appealing for visitors.

 Trams in Rome

Tram lines

The tram network in Rome has six lines: 

Rome Tram Map

  • Line 2: Piazza Mancini – Piazzale Flaminio.
  • Line 3: Piazza Thorwaldsen – Trastevere.
  • Line 5: Giovanni Amendola – Piazza dei Gerani.
  • Line 8: Torre Argentina – Trastevere.
  • Line 14: Giovanni Amendola – Palmiro Togliatti.
  • Line 19: Piazza Risorgimento – Piazza dei Gerani.

It is important to point out that none of these lines, unless if one of them stops at the door of your hotel, has any special attraction for tourists. The best linefor travellers is perhaps number 8, which links Trastevere with Largo di Torre Argentina.

Opening times

Trams run from 5:30 am until midnight every day, like the city buses in Rome. At night, the trams are replaced by night buses.

Remember to validate your ticket

Remember when you get on any tram to validate your ticket at their validation machines, otherwise you will be fined.

Journey planner

If you want to find out more about the different tram lines in Rome, or would like to plan a journey, check out the official bus website:


If you’d like more information on the fares, discounts and the several travel cards, check out our article on tickets and travel cardsin Rome.  

Rome Urban Railway 

The urban trains in Rome, called Ferrovie Urbane, complement the three metro lines and are run by the same company. The tickets are the same and the prices too. 

Ostia Antica suburban train

Urban railway lines

The Ferrovie Urbane is made up of following three lines:

  • Rome – Lido.
  • Rome – Viterbo.
  • Rome – Giardinetti.

Of these lines the most important from a tourist's point of view is the Rome-Lido, since it stops at Ostia Antica.

Where to buy the tickets?

Since the tickets are the same as other forms of public transportation in Rome, these can be bought in urban train stations, metro stations, news agents and convenience stores. If your hotel is near one of these stations or you think you’ll be using the public transport in Rome regularly, then we recommend you get a few tickets at a time or buy a travel card.

Timetable and frequency

Urban trains run approximately from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm. The Rome-Lido line runs until later, till 11:30 pm. Trains leave every 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the time of day.


You can see the price of the trams and other forms of transportation here: Tickets and travel cards for transportation in Rome.

Keep in mind that if you want to travel to the outskirts, you will have to buy another more expensive ticket. 

 Taxis in Rome 

Unfortunately, taxi drivers don’t have a good reputation in Rome. Many tourists and locals are continually overcharged. What's more, taxi rates in Rome are considered quite high compared to certain European capital cities. Find out about the rates and tips on how to avoid being swindled.   

Taxis in Rome


  • Minimum fare on weekdays from 6 am – 10 pm: 3€
  • Minimum fare on public holidays 6 am – 10 pm: 4.50€
  • Minimum fare at night time: 6.50€
  • Rate per kilometre (Tariff 1): 1.10€
  • Rate per kilometre (Tariff 2): 1.30€
  • Rate per kilometre (Tariff 3): 1.60€
  • Surcharge for each additional suitcase (one per passenger included in the price): 1€
  • Surcharge for telephone reservations: 3.50€
  • One hour waiting time: 27€.

If the taxi rates are compared to those in Madrid, they are slightly higher and the minimum fare is also higher. However, if compared to Florence and Amsterdam, the prices in Rome are slightly lower.

Based on the official taxi rates, an average journey in the centre of Rome should cost between 6 and 8 euros.

Avoid being swindled

Taxi drivers in Rome are renowned for trying to rip off both visitors and Romans. Find out what to do to avoid this happening to you during your stay in this magnificent city:  

  • Official taxi rates to and from both airports: To get to and from FiumicinoAirport and Ciampino Airport will always cost you the same. The journey to/ from Fiumicino costs 48 € and Ciampino, 30 €. These prices are valid for up to four passengers and their suitcases. Refuse to pay if you are charged extra.
  • The rates from Terminirailway station to the city centre should cost between 8 and 15 €. If you can, it is always a good idea to check the route on Google Maps before you get in the taxi so you have an idea of how long it takes.
  • Choose the correct type of taxi: The first thing to do as not to get swindled is to make sure the taxi you take is correctly identified. All taxis in Rome are white, with a taxi roof sign and a taximeter visible at the front of the car. Hail cabs that have a telephone number written on the sides of the vehicle, which means that they work for a taxi company.
  • If you have any problem, write down the taxi’s license plate number (it is always at the back of the front seats) and call the taxi company.
  • If at any point you think you are being swindled, don’t let the taxi driver intimidate you and call the Carabinieri. Additionally, it is always a good idea to ask for a receipt and complain to the taxi company.

Taxi companies

Although the cheapest way to catch a cab is by waiting at the official taxi stops on the streets of Rome, it is also possible to reserve this type of transportation by telephone. These are some of the best taxi companies in the city:

  • Radio Taxi: 06-3570.
  • Pronto Taxi: 06-6645.
  • Other companies: 06-5551, 06-4994, 06-4157.  

Rome transport tickets 

In Rome, visitors can purchase different types of transport tickets and travel cards depending on the number of days they stay in the city and how often they plan on using the public transportation. 

Rome public transport ticket

Types of transport tickets

One-way ticket (BIT)

The BIT ticket lasts 75 minutes since its first validation and allows for unlimited transfers between the metro, buses, trams and urban trains. The only transfer that is not allowed is to leave the metro and return (by the metro turnstiles), even if it’s in the 75 minutes of validity. The ticket costs 1,50 €.

Day pass (BIG)

The BIG ticket allows unlimited public transportation from the moment the ticket is validated until midnight of the same day. The BIG day travel card costs 6€.

3 Day Tourist Pass (BTI)

The three-day tourist pass (BTI) gives visitors unlimited use of the public transportation from the moment it is first validated and for the following two days. The BTI has a price of 16,50 €.  

Week pass (CIS)

Identical to the BTI card, but valid for seven days instead of three. This travel card costs 24 €.

Other travel cards

If you’re planning on staying in Rome for a longer period, there are also annual and monthly travel cards.

What means of transport are included?

  • Metro
  • Buses
  • Trams
  • Cotral bus services (within Rome)
  • Urban trains: Rome–Lido, Rome–Viterbo and Rome–Pantano.
  • Trenitalia Regional trains (second class).

Where to buy the travel cards and tickets?

Public transportation tickets can be bought in vending machines in any metro station, convenience stores or newsagents. There is also a way to buy tickets by SMS, but unless you have an Italian phone number, we do not recommend this option.