In Rome, get around by metro cheap and efficient. Hop on or off at the Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps or Vatican City. Mind you though, the Italian capital’s subway system only has two lines, a lot less than cities like London or Paris. Alternative ways of getting around are by bus or tram. Or, roam around the open air museum that is Rome, on foot.
Rome’s metro system consists of two lines, A (red) and B (blue), which meet at Termini central station. The metro takes you to all the important sights, such as the Colosseum (B – Colosseo), Pantheon (A – Barberini), Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps (A – Spagna), Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel (A – Ottaviana). A so-called ‘BIG’ day pass costs €6 and is available at ticket machines on all stations. A three day pass, BTI, sets you back €16.50, a week pass costs €24. Unlimited use of Rome’s metro system. A one-way ticket is just under €2. Waits are usually less than 10 minutes. Children under 10 travel for free.
Attractive alternative: the Roma Pass. For €28 (2 days) or €36 (3 days) you get unlimited use of public transport – metro, bus, tram – and free admittance to some museums and discounts on other entry tickets.
Getting around by bus
Partly due to the limited number of metro lines in Rome, buses remain an important way of getting about in and around the city centre. The bus takes you to places where the metro can’t get. Termini central station is the final destination of most buses. Bus lines 40 and 64 cleave the heart of Rome. Bear in mind that buses might get crowded – seats are not always available – and heavy traffic causes longer traveling time. Night buses are in abundance in the Eternal City. Buy a ticket from the driver for a few euros.
Rome tram, yes!
Another option is to travel by tram. Six lines connect the suburbs to the centre. Cycling around Rome is not as popular as in a city like Amsterdam. Especially because of its heavy traffic and lack of cycling lanes. When on city trip, the Rome Metro System remains the best mode of transport. Quick, cheap and efficient.