The day after tomorrow I am flying to Rome with a group of Swedes. I am flying down to Copenhagen tomorrow, back to the south of Sweden with a train and then tomorrow we'll fly to Rome.
Rome can be a chaotic city, but it can also be just wonderful! And one of the things about it is how to get around. By foot of course, since there is so much to see. But also by using the metro system, built in 1955.
It is called Metropolitana by Italians. The Metro runs approximately every 7-10 minutes, from 5:30am until 11.30pm every day (until 0:30am on Saturdays). Tickets can be purchased in newsstands, tabacchis, or vending machines. The drivers do not sell any tickets.
The Metro is much simpler to use for a short time visitor, arriving for the first time.
This is a great summary of the public transportations in Rome, I send a thank you to the writers of www.rome.info, where you will find the text in original:
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TICKETS
Biglietto semplice B.I.T. (time integrated ticket)
Price: 1,00 Euro
B.I.T. tickets can be used on any means of transport in Rome; they are valid for 75 minutes and the visitor can take any transport mean to reach the preferred destination during the 75 minutes time. Tickets needs to be stamped when starting the travel; if the visitor takes the metro, then the ticket needs to be stamped a second time.
Biglietto giornaliero B.I.G. (one-day ticket)
Price: 4,00 Euro
Valid 24 hours on any means of transport, it must be stamped only one time (when starting the travel); in case the visitor use the metro, the ticket must be exhibited to the controller at the entrance of the metro line.
!WARNING: this ticket is valid untill the midnight (of the day it had been stamped)
Biglietto per 3 giorni B.T.I. ( 3-days tourist integrated ticket)
Price: 11,00 Euro
It is valid for 3 days in a row on any public means. It has to be stamped just once when starting the travel and exhibited to the controller at the entrance of the metro line.
Biglietto settimanale C.I.S. (tourist one-week integrated ticket)
Price: 16,00 Euro
SPECIAL TOURIST BUSES: fares and tours
Price: 16,00 Euro
Reduced ticket: 7,00 Euro (kids from 6 to 12 years old)
Free ticket: kids under 5 years old
- The bus departs every 10 minutes from Piazza del Cinquecento (the square in front of Termini Railway Station).
- Tickets can be purchased at the Infopoint Trambus on the square or directly on board (in this case the price increases of 0,50 Euro).
- The 110 Open bus crosses about 40 of the most famous sights of Rome and it stops at:
It works like a ‘jump on’ / jump off’ tour, and the visitor can stop at any of the above mentioned sights, as long as the ticket is used just one day.
- The whole tour lasts about 2 hours. A hostess on the bus offers a guided tour in different languages. The 110 OPEN ticket ist valid the whole day.
For info and booking call: 06/6840901
Price: 13,00 Euro
Free ticket: kids under 5 years
Like the 110 Open, the Archeobus departs everyday(including holidays), every 20 minutes from Cinquecento Square (from 9:00 to 16:00) and it stops at the most famous Roman archaeological sights along the
Appian way (Circo Massimo, Mura Aureliane, San Callisto and San Sebastiano catacombs, Tempio di Romolo, Circo di Massenzio, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Villa dei Quintili, Mausoleo di Casal Rotondo, Valle della Caffarella, Baths of Caracalla, etc).
The hostess on the bus describes the sights in different languages. The journey lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes and is valid the whole day.
If you purchase the ticket on board there is an over price of 1,00 Euro.
For info: 06/6840901
110 OPEN + ARCHEOBUS (JOINT TICKET)
There is the possibility of a join ticket for 24,00 Euro per person. The ticket is valid 2 days.
If you need a taxi, remember to look for the official metered white or yellow taxis. There are taxi ranks in many locations throughout the center, but is nearly impossible to hail one driving down the streets, particularly at night.
Make sure your taxi is metered; insist on the metered fare, rather than an arranged price.
To call for a taxi within Rome, try 06 3570, 06 4994, 06 6645, 06 551, or 06 8822.