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.
Location of your accommodation
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
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.
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Limits of the city area
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.
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.