How to Get Around in Rome
Finding your way around Rome isn’t easy. Rome will welcome you at the airport, train or the bus station. Below is transportation information you will find useful once you arrive in Rome
Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino)
The easiest way to get from the airport is by train, but there are also buses and private shuttle services.
The set taxi fare to/from the city center is €48, which is valid for up to four passengers with luggage. Taxis registered in Fiumicino charge more, so make sure you catch a Comune di Roma taxi – these are white with the words Roma Capitale on the side along with the driver’s ID number. Journey time is approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
Leonardo Express Train (one way €14)
FL1 Train (one way €8)
SIT Bus (one way €6)
Cotral Bus (one way €5, if bought on the bus €7)
To get into town, the best bet is to take one of the dedicated bus services. You can also take a bus to Ciampino station and pick up a train to Stazione Termini.
The set taxi rate to/from the city center is €30. It typically takes 30 to 45 minutes.
The airport shuttle runs transfers to/from your hotel for €25 for one person, then €5 for each additional passenger up to a maximum of eight.
Terravision Bus (one way €6, online €4)
SIT Bus (from/to airport €4/6)
Stazione Termini & Bus Station
Stazione Termini is Rome’s main train station and transport hub, with regular connections to other European destinations, major Italian cities and many smaller towns.
From Termini, you can connect onto metro lines A or B, or take a bus from the bus station on Piazza dei Cinquecento out front.
Taxis line up outside the main exit/entrance. Assume about €10 to a central Rome address.
How to Travel in Rome
Rome is a sprawling city, but the historic center is relatively compact and it’s quite possible to explore much of it on foot. The city’s public transport system includes buses, trams, metro and a suburban train system. Tickets, which come in various forms, are valid on all forms of transport.
Getting Around the Rome on Metro
Rome’s Metro is the best for avoiding traffic jams and for getting around Rome quickly.
Rome has two main metro lines, A (orange) and B (blue), which cross at Termini.
Trains run between 5.30am and 11.30pm (to 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays).
Take line A for the Trevi Fountain (Barberini), Spanish Steps (Spagna), and St Peter’s (Ottaviano–San Pietro).
Take line B for the Colosseum (Colosseo).
Traveling Around the Rome on Bus
Busses in Rome are the best for getting around the historic center.
Rome’s buses and trams are run by ATAC (www.atac.roma.it).
The main bus station is in front of Stazione Termini on Piazza dei Cinquecento, where there’s an information booth. Other important hubs are at Largo di Torre Argentina and Piazza Venezia.
Buses generally run from about 5.30am until midnight, with limited services throughout the night.
Night buses are marked with an ‘n’ and bus stops have a blue owl symbol. The most useful routes:
- n1 Follows the route of metro line A.
- n2 Follows the route of metro line B.
- n7 Piazzale Clodio, Corso del Rinascimento, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Venezia, Via Nazionale, Stazione Termini.
Roman Trams are the best for hopping over the river to Trastevere and for suburbs such as San Lorenzo and Pigneto.
The most useful tram routes for visitors are:
- Line 2 Runs north from Piazzale Flaminio.
- Line 3 Ostiense, Testaccio, Colosseum, San Giovanni, San Lorenzo, Villa Borghese.
- Line 8 Runs along Via Arenula to Trastevere.
- Line 19 Connects Pigneto and San Lorenzo to Villa Borghese and the Vatican.
Rome Taxis are the best for late-night trips.
Official licensed taxis are white with an ID number and Roma Capitale on the sides.
Always go with the metered fare, never an arranged price (the set fares to and from the airports are exceptions).
In town (within the ring road) flag fall is €3 between 6am and 10pm Monday through Saturday, €4.50 on Sundays and holidays, and €6.50 between 10pm and 6am. Then it’s €1.10 per km. Official rates are posted in taxis.
You can hail a taxi, but it’s easier to wait at a rank or phone for one. There are taxi ranks at the airports, Stazione Termini, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza del Colosseo, Piazza Belli in Trastevere, and in the Vatican at Piazza Pio XII and Piazza del Risorgimento.
You can book a taxi by phoning the Comune di Roma’s automated taxi line on 06 06 09 or calling a taxi company direct. Note that the meter starts running as soon as you book.