The Rome Metro (subway), bus, tram and trains in the city area belong to the Metrebus tariff network. You can therefore use all local public transport with one ticket.
In addition to the physical individual BIT tickets and the day and week tickets, there is the option of online payment as well as contactless payments on the metro and local railways.
The Rome underground network
The metro in Rome suffers from numerous problems due to maintenance delays. For example, there are regularly closed stations for maintenance or unforeseen breakdowns and long waiting times because numerous trains are in the depot for maintenance. In addition, shorter operating hours in the evening are planned into 2023.
The Metro Rome has three lines A, B and C. Line A dates back to 1980. It leads to the city center and the Vatican, carries most of the passengers and is often congested. Line B dates from 1955 and passes the Basilica of St. Paul, Ostiense train station and the Colosseum. Lines A and B cross at Termini Central Station. The modern driverless line C runs from San Giovanni (Metro A) to Pigneto and further east to the outskirts along Via Casilina. Click on the metro map to enlarge it.
The tram in Rome used to go everywhere. Today there are 6 lines that run through Rome. ue to necessary maintenance work, some lines are cancelled and replaced by buses. Click on the tram plan to enlarge it.
Lines 3 and 19 are particularly picturesque. Line 3 runs from Trastevere train station past Porta Portese and Testaccio. From the pyramid, the ride goes to the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. The route then leads to the basilicas of San Giovanni, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and San Lorenzo with the Verano monumental cemetery. On the further journey you pass the university and through residential areas to the zoo on the back of Villa Borghese. Line 19 still runs with the old trains from Piazza del Risorgimento near the Vatican to the zoo and on the same route as line 3 to San Lorenzo, then turns onto Via Prenestina. With these two tram lines you can enjoy a nice and interesting day and get to know Rome from a little-known side.
Incidentally, you can rent a historic train from 1928 with 30 seats for excursions. You can take a romantic drive on scenic routes in a small group.
Modern lines are line 2, which goes from Piazzale Flaminio to Parco della Musica and the Olympic Stadium, and line 8, which goes from Piazza Venezia to Trastevere and the Gianicolo.
Lines 5 and 14 and the local train from Termini to Giardinetti are commuter routes to the east of Rome.
Bus routes in Rome reach in the middle of nowhere. However, they only run sporadically and there are no coordinated connections. These are the main lines for tourists:
Bus 23: from the St Peter’s Basilica to St. Paul outside the walls
Bus 40: express line from the central railway station Termini to the Vatican
Bus 62: Connects the Tiburtina railway station to the Vatican. When traveling through the center, it stops in Via del Tritone, near the Trevi fountain and the Spanish Steps, as well as in Via del Corso, Piazza Venezia, Torre Argentina and Piazza Navona.
Bus 64: Crosses the center on the way from Termini station to St. Peter’s. This line is one of the main attractions for tourists and pickpockets. Important stops are Piazza Venezia, Torre Argentina and Piazza Navona.
Bus 115: From Via del Corso to the Gianicolo and on to Trastevere – unfortunately only very sporadically
Bus 118: From Piazza Venezia to the archaeological area of Via Appia Antica and further to Villa dei Quintili and back
Bus 218: From San Giovanni to the Catacombs San Callisto, San Domitilla and San Sebastiano, and further to the pilgrimage site of Divino Amore
Bus 492: From the Vatican through the center and via Termini to the Basilica of St. Lawrence and on to Tiburtina station
Bus 792: From St. Paul outside the walls to St. John (San Giovanni)
Rome has two lines of local trains. The line from the pyramid to Lido di Ostia at the city rate is interesting. For your trip to the sea, you can also get on at the Basilica of San Paolo and get off at the Stella Polare, Castel Fusano or Cristoforo Colombo stations, which are parallel to the coast. Due to lack of trains, the line currently runs only to Metro B Magliana. There are 2 – 3 trains per hour. Read also A day in Ostia
The line from Piazzale Flaminio serves commuters from the north of Rome.
The regional trains are operated by the state-owned Trenitalia and can be used in the city with the city ticket. From Ostiense, the train is the fastest connection to St. Peter. The closest stop to the Vatican Museums is Valle Aurelia.
See the map of the metro, tram and trains on Google Maps.
The single BIT ticket costs € 1.50 and is valid for 100 minutes and for one trip on the metro. There are also tickets for 24h, 48h, 72h and weekly tickets. A 48h ticket or a 72h ticket is included with various Rome Passes.
Children up to 10 years do not need a ticket. A ticket is required for luggage >50x30x25 cm, bicycles and pets with the exception of guide dogs.
There are ticket machines in the metro stations and at some important bus stops. You can also get tickets from many tobacco shops and some newspaper kiosks.
|Metrebus Tickets||100 minutes||24 h||72 h|
|Price||1,50 €||7 €||18 €|
Rome Metro contactless payment
You can also make contactless payments at the turnstiles in the metro stations. You must use the same card for the turnstiles at the exit. You can then continue to travel by bus and streetcar for up to a total of 100 minutes. In the event of a check, show the credit card with which you paid contactless.
Metrebus Rome tickets online
You can also pay for the Metrebus tickets using apps. Use either the MyCicero app or the Nugo app. But be careful! Use the app only with the QR code. If you use it with NFC and have a payment app installed on your mobile phone, the fare will be deducted using contactless payment.
Where the Roma Metrebus urban zone ends
Tickets in the city of Rome are valid for all public transport, bus, train, tram and metro. The tariff boundaries of Zone AB are marked in red in the map, which you can download here. For many City Passes, the use of public transport is already included!
Information on possible connections and departures to the city in Rome are not readily available and also not reliable. The app provides good results. Moovit integrates the data of the public transport company ATAC with the real-time data of the users of the app. Also Google maps gives acceptable results for your route planning.
In public transport and in large gatherings of people, you should be aware of pickpockets. You will find a few tips in our post Pickpockets in Rome!