Which ticket is worthwhile for you?
One-way ticket or day ticket?
The single ticket has a validity of 100 minutes and you are allowed to use the metro once. The day ticket costs around five times as much as a single ticket. With five single tickets, you can move around 8 hours and 20 minutes, using the metro five times. The day pass is valid 24 hours and you do not have to worry about how often you drive and how often you use the metro. For example, if you validate the ticket at 4pm, it will be valid until 4pm the next day.
Public transport in the city center
Nowadays the city center is located in the area of the antique Campus Martius. It extends from the Tiber to the Spanish Steps and from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia and the ghetto. In this area you will find most of the sights, most fountains and squares and the center of shopping in Rome. This area is best explored on foot.
If your accommodation is in the center, you will not need a public transport day ticket and therefore no Roma Pass. Your accommodation is not far from the center, such as around the Termini train station, in Trastevere or in Prati? In this case, a day pass for public transport is certainly worth it. If you stay in these districts, you may also return to the hotel during the day. If your accommodation is located in the outskirts of Rome, you have at least two longer trips per day to the center and back to the hotel.
Purchase of tickets in Rome
In Rome, you can buy tickets at vending machines or at some tobacconists and newsagents. There you will usually only find the tickets for the one way trip. In some metro stations and bus stations. you may find also official ticket offices.
Ticket vending machines
Scams at the ticket machines
Often people are standing next to the machines offering their help to the tourists. You should be careful, they could be tricksters.
It often happens that scammers stick the slot for the money return. If you have chosen the ticket and want to pay with a bank note, where the remaining money exceeds 4 euros, the machine returns the bank note. If the slot is taped, the note does not come out and the cheater waits until you leave and picks it up.
Contactless payment in the metro and on local trains
You can pay contactlessly with your credit card or with NFC on the metro and local train lines run by ATAC in the city area. This concerns all metro lines as well as the lines Rome – Ostia, Piazzale Flaminio – Viterbo and Termini – Centocelle. As far as the stations have turnstiles, some turnstiles are equipped with contactless payment readers. On metro line B1, turnstiles are also located at the exit and you will need to use the same card you used to enter.
You can pay with Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Maestro or Vpay, even with NFC from your smartphone or smartwatch.
Unfortunately, contactless payment is not possible on buses and trams. If you start your journey by bus or tram, you will need normal tickets.
How the contactless payment is settled
The contactless purchased ticket costs € 1.50 and is valid for 100 minutes. You can continue by bus or tram for 100 minutes. However, if you want to use the Metro again within the 100 minutes, you will need a new ticket. In the case of a ticket inspection, you show the credit card used to pay the ticket.
If you buy multiple contactless tickets within 24 hours, a 24h ticket will automatically be charged from the 5th ticket onwards and you pay totally € 7 for 24 hours.
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!
Conditions of carriage (excerpt)
- A child up to the age of 10 accompanied by an adult does not need a ticket.
- Tickets are required for luggage >50x30x25 cm, bicycles and pets.
- No tickets are required for seeing-eye dogs, folded baby buggies and musical instruments which do not exceed 150x50x20 cm.
Metrebus Rome Tickets Online Order
If you do not want to lose time with the purchase of tickets on site, you can order the tickets online at rent-a-guide GmbH from Bochum in Germany and have them sent to your home by post. The service is very convenient and reliable. However, you must order in good time due to the delivery time.
Regional ticket 3 zones for 7 days. This ticket will allow you to travel from Fiumicino Airport to Rome on the FL1 trains or by regional bus, from Ciampino Ciampino airport to Rome by regional bus and train, as well as using all public transport in the city of Rome. You can also use it for all destinations within the 3rd zone, such as Tivoli and Castel Gandolfo.
New! From Ciampino: shuttle bus + 72h ticket
Please note: Metrebus tickets Rome city area are not valid from and to Fiumicino airport! The regional ticket CIRS for 3 zones is valid for the train line FL1 which connects to Trastevere, Ostiense, Tiburtina and other stations in Rome. The regional ticket is valid also for the regional buses.
The Metrebus tickets Rome city area is valid between Ciampino airport and the Cinecittà metro station of line A with bus 520 and the Laurentina metro station of line B with bus 720.
One way ticket metrebus
BIT (1,50 €) valid for 100 minutes from the first validation or for a subway ride, also on several lines, without leaving the turnstiles. This ticket is not available online.
The Lazio region is divided into 7 zones, with the city center of Rome (see map-red) beating with 2 zones.
Attention! Limited validity on the connections to Fiumicino airport!
The regional tickets are not valid for the train “Leonardo express” from Termini to Fiumicino airport and not for the COTRAL connections between Termini station or Tiburtina station and Fiumicino airport.
For train line FL1 and the other COTRAL connections between Fiumicino airport and the city of Rome, a three-zone ticket (for details see below, BIRG 8 € for a day) is necessary or tickets for a single journey.
Metrebus Rome Tickets Online are available online as a three-zone ticket for seven days (see above). There are also the following tickets:
BIRG – day ticket valid until midnight for an unlimited number of trips in the area of Lazio.
The cost varies depending on the number of zones: 1 zone 3,30 € – 2 zones 6,00 € – 3 zones 8,00 € – 4 zones 9,30 € – 5 zones 12,00 € – 6 zones 14,00 € – 7 zones 14,00 €
BTR – 3-day ticket valid until midnight of the 3rd day valid for an unlimited number of trips in the area of Lazio.
The cost varies depending on the number of zones: 1 zone 8,90 € – 2 zones 16,50 € – 3 zones 22,00 € – 4 zones 26,10 € – 5 zones 33,70 € – 6 zones 39,20 € – 7 zones 39,20 €
CIRS – integrated regional weekly ticket valid until midnight of the 7th day for an unlimited number of trips in the area of Lazio. The cost varies depending on the number of zones: 1 zone 13,50 € – 2 zones 24,00 € – 3 zones 34,50 € – 4 zones 42,00 € – 5 zones 52,50 € – 6 zones 61,50 € – 7 zones 61,50 €