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Getting Around Rome


Rome, a crowded and heavily trafficked city, is not known for its public transport. In fact, the best and practically only way to get around the city is by foot. The hectic and crowded streets of Rome do not make for great bus, taxi, or car travel either.

Should you venture onto one of the buses, subways or suburban trains, tickets cost 1 per 75 minutes (regardless of destination) and are interchangeable on all forms of public transport. You may purchase a book of 5 tickets for around 5, an all-day ticket (BIG) for 4 or a weekly pass (CIS) for 16. Tickets must be purchased before boarding and can be purchased at many newsstands, tobacco shops, or at main subway or bus stations. Note, the fine for riding without a ticket is over 50 and is even enforced against “ignorant” pleading tourists, so buy a ticket before boarding.


Public buses are operated by the ATAC.  Buses run from 5:30am to 11:30pm.  After 11:30pm an erratic night bus system (notturno) runs until 5:30am. ATAC’s info booth in the center of Piazza dei Cinquecento sells helpful transit maps and can give a list of all the bus routes.


Rome’s subway consists of two lines, A and B, both of which skirt the city center, running between 5:30am and 11:30pm.  Take Linea A to Ottaviano (Vatican City & St. Peter’s), Spagna (Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese), Barberini (Trevi Fountain) and Stazione Termini. Linea B takes you to Colosseo, Circo Massimo, and Piramide/Ostiense.  The neighborhood of Trastevere, south-west of the city center, is not serviced by the subway.