Strike in Rome – What to do in a strike
Strike in Rome is fortunately rare. Here you can find tips for the case that a strike tumbles your planning.
Strikes are generally announced in a timely manner. Wild strikes and sudden sicknesses of the staff are extremely rare. A spectacular case, however, has recently occurred in Rome on the occasion of an important football match, which the staff wanted to watch rather than follow their work.
If you’re aware of a strike announcement, you should adjust your planning to spend your precious time not with the adverse consequences of the strike.
Strikes in Rome can be suspended in the event of storm or snow warning, major events or in particularly critical situations.
Strikes in Rome’s public transport are more frequent, but usually only for a few hours. The metro will be completely closed and there will be only a few buses and trams. The operation in the morning hours and in the evening is usually ensured. During the peak hours, strikes are forbidden. Until 8:30am and from 5 to 8pm strikes are not allowed.
Taxis are difficult to get on strike days. If you need to get to the airport, you should order a limousine with driver. Since you have to consider a strong car traffic, you have to reckon a longer travel time. If you are near the FL1 or the Termini station, you can also take the train to the airport. The private shuttle buses to the airports are often stuck in traffic, especially on strike days. They can only drive irregularly and are often overcrowded. You must therefore consider some more hours for your journey to the airport.
Even if the regional trains do not go so often, they can be a great help in the event of a local public transport strike in Rome. Thus the line FL1 runs from the airport via Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana, Tiburtina to the north of Rome, the lines FL3 and FL5 from Saint Peter to Termini and the lines FL4 and FL6 to Ciampino. Even in case of a strike of the regional bus COTRAL, often a train connection can help you.
Not affected by such a strike are the hop on hop off buses.
Train strikes are extremely annoying because they can take quite a long time. As a rule, the operation of the high-speed trains is secured, while all other connections are not or are irregular.
Alternatives to the train
In case of a strike announcement, you should check the timetable of the regional buses. If there are no suitable connections, you should not venture into the Roman surroundings, for example to Civitavecchia or Nettuno, if you are dependent on a return journey by train.
For the trip to the airport you can use shuttle buses or pre-arranged taxis or a limousine service.
If you want to take a taxi to the airport, you should pre-order it, as otherwise the radio taxi centers often can not send a taxi in time.
General strikes are extremely rare. In these cases, public transport and rail are affected, in rare cases also air traffic. Municipal and state museums, post offices and other public services may also be closed.
In these cases, the railways will serve an emergency timetable only for the regional traffic, but the high-speed trains shall operate normally.
The metro will be completely closed and there will be only a few buses, trams and trains. Also the regional buses are only sporadic.
In the case of a general strike, you should delete your program requiring public transport. You can use private transport services, hop on hop off buses, taxis, shuttle buses and limousine service.
But in Rome there is enough to experience. You can stroll through the alleyways and go shopping, visit the parks and churches and eat a good ice cream or sip a coffee in a piazza.
There can be various strikes in air traffic.
Extremely rare in Italy are strikes of air traffic controllers. But traffic control in other countries also has an impact on air traffic in Italy. In these cases, flight failures or delays occur.
Also strikes of the handling personnel are rare. In this case there are delays in the check in and the return of the baggage. If you want to leave with luggage, you should take several hours for the check in. If you fly with hand luggage only, you should get the boarding pass on the Internet.
A major problem may be strikes at airlines. In these cases, it depends on the willingness and ability of the airline to offer alternative solutions.
In Rome, it is not always easy to find a taxi if you need it. In a strike it is practically impossible. For airport transfer, You should order a limousine service or plan a trip by public transport.
Information on transfer from the airports and about public transport can be found in arriving in Rome.
Strikes of the city police are a curiosity. If there is no blackout of the traffic lights, the traffic flows better when there is no police on the street. In