Rome City Card. For Rome, various city passes are offered. I bring to light the confusing offer and explain you which Rome Pass is worthwhile for you.
Rome City Card · Overview
Popular passes include the Roma Pass, the BLUE SIAT® Pass, the Omnia Card and the Rome City Pass.
Roma Pass, BLUE SIAT® Pass and Omnia Card 72h include free use of public transport. These city cards can be sent home or picked up locally.
The Rome City Pass does not include public transport and is therefore delivered online.
The Roma Pass is the official city card of the municipality of Rome. You can order it online and have it delivered to your home or pick it up in Rome, for example at a tourist information point on arrival at Fiumicino airport (on the arrival level in terminal 3 open 8 am-8:30 pm) or Ciampino (in the arrival hall open 8:30 am – 6 pm).
The Roma Pass gives you free access to public transport in Rome. Not included is the transfer from Fiumicino airport to Rome. From Ciampino airport you can use bus 520 to the subway station Subaugusta or 720 to the subway station Laurentina.
From the first use the Roma Pass is valid for 48 hours or 72 hours.
Roma Pass online order
The Roma Pass 48h allows free entrance to one museum, the Roma Pass 72h includes the visit of two museums. If you want to visit more museums, you will pay reduced admission with the Roma Pass. The Vatican Museums are not included in the Roma Pass offer.
Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum are one museum complex, although there are separate entrances. The visit counts as a single museum visit. There is also the preferential admission to Castel Sant’Angelo, which is very convenient. You must book the time to visit the Coliseum by calling +39 06 39967575. The reservation fee is 2 Euro. The Roma Pass is not valid for the Borghese Gallery.
The Roma Pass and the Blue Siat Pass are valid for the National Museums with the exception of the Borghese Gallery and for the Museums of the Municipality of Rome, the Omnia Card is also valid for the Vatican Museums.
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Rome City Card · The Roma Pass for children and adolescents
The Roma Pass has no reduction for children and teenagers. Admission to the state museums, including the Colosseum, is free until the age of 18. If the adults have the Roma Pass, the BLUE SIAT® Pass or the Omnia Card, the accompanying children can pass the queue at the museums and receive the free tickets directly at the ticket office for pre-ordered tickets. You have to book the entrance to the Colosseum for yourself and the children at the hotline +39 06 39967575. The reservation costs 2 Euro per person.
Children up to the age of 10 travel free on public transport in Rome accompanied by an adult. For the older children you can buy day passes or multi-day passes. Metrebus tickets online>
For the museums of the municipality of Rome, children up to the age of 6 have free admission. Older children pay a reduced entrance fee. The museums of the municipality of Rome include the Capitoline Museums and the markets of Trajan.
The BLUE SIAT® Pass is a package of the the German tour operator Rent a Guide.
The BLUE SIAT® Pass is very comprehensive and extremely flexible. It consists of one or two Roma Pass, plus airport transfers from the Rome Ciampino or Rome Fiumicino airports and preferential access to the Vatican Museums.
With the BLUE SIAT® Pass you can combine quite freely. The airport transfer on arrival and departure may be outside of the validity period of the Roma Pass, as well as the visit of the Vatican Museums. The validity of the 48 or 72 hours counts from the first use, either in the public transport or in a museum. You can use the airport transfer on the day of arrival and if you decide to start to use the Roma Pass the next day, the hours of validity count from there.
Rent a Guide offers the BLUE SIAT® Pass with a duration of 2 to 6 days. The package for 2 days includes airport transfer, Vatican Museums and a 48h Roma Pass with 48 hours of free public transport and one free museum entrance, the package for 3 days includes a 72h Roma Pass with two free museum admissions. Accordingly, the package for 4 days includes two Roma Pass 48h with two free museum entries and the package for 6 days two Roma Pass 72h with four free museum entries.
The Omnia Card is the City Pass of the Roman Pilgrimage. The Roman Pilgrimage also operates the Yellow Hop on Hop Off bus route, which is especially for pilgrims and has several basilicas on its route.
In the version for 24 hours Omnia24 you have free travel on the yellow hop on hop off bus, free preferential entry to the Vatican Museums, preferred entry and app for St. Peter’s Basilica as well as free entrance to the cloister of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Anything more can not be done in 24 hours anyway. However, the yellow bus does not go to the Basilica of St. Paul. If you want to visit it you have to go by public transport, from St. Peter by bus 23 – from Castel Sant’Angelo to the stop Baldelli – or from the central station or from the Colosseum by metro line B.
The 72-hour Omnia Card is the ideal card for a four-day stay in Rome. It offers a 72h Roma Pass with public transport and two museum admissions, preferential entry to the Vatican Museums, preferential entry with audioguide to St. Peter’s Basilica, audioguide in the Basilica of St. John and 72h free travel on the yellow hop on hop off bus. The Omnia Card for 72 hours costs 113 euros.
For the Omnia Card there is a reduced price for children from 6-9 years. Omnia Card Online Booking>
The Rome City Pass is a product of Ticketbar. The pass offers a package of services to make your stay in Rome enjoyable. All the tickets in the package will be delivered online, so you can order online and use the pass without paperwork in minutes. The Rome City Pass includes the following services: Airport transfer (Ciampino or Fiumicino), preferential entry to St. Peter’s, Coliseum ticket with audio guide valid for entry after 2 pm plus ticket for visit of Palatine and Roman Forum in the same day or on the next day and 24h hop on hop off bus. For all other bookings with Ticketbar in Rome, you will receive a discount of 20% with the Rome City Pass. Rome City Pass at Ticketbar>
Rome City Card · Which Rome City Card is worthwhile for you?
Whether and which city card pays off for you depends on what you intend to do in Rome.
The City Passes are usually cheaper than the individual services. The biggest advantage, however, is the time savings, because you do not have to queue everywhere and do not have to waste time buying tickets.
Here is my short summary:
Pilgrim Tour with fast admission to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, complete package for 1 or 3 days
Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s, Hop on hop of buses; free museums in Rome and free local transport (only with the 3 day card)
Pass with Vatican Museums and airport transfer for 2 – 6 days
Vatican Museums, museums in Rome, free local transport and airport transfer
Pass with St. Peter’s Basilica, Coliseum, round trip and airport transfer
Preferred entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, Coliseum with audio guide, Roman Forum and Palatine, Hop on hop off bus, audio guide in the Pantheon
Only public transport and museums for 2 – 3 days
Museums in Rome and free local transport
Only visit free attractions, shopping & fun
If you want to move freely in Rome but do not want to visit any museums, I would recommend the Travel Card, which allows for a day or three the free travel on public transport and the yellow hop on hop off buses.
Rome City Card · The Archaeologia Card
The Archaeologia Card is not a city pass but a museum ticket. It comprises three complexes of state museums and has a validity of 7 days. Admission is free until the age of 18, EU citizens between 18 and 25 pay a reduced amount of 15 euros for the Archaeologia Card, the full price of the card is 25 euros. The card can be bought at the museum cash desk and offers preferential entry.
The three museum complexes are
- the Coliseum with Palatine and Roman Forum
- the Baths of Caracalla with the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the Villa of the Quintili
- the Roman National Museum with its four branches.
Rome City Card · Comparison chart of all passes
For a comparison of the different city cards please read on my Comparision of Roma Pass and the other City Cards>
In the list of museums you will find information on opening hours and days with free admission. The list also includes the museums, where admission is always free.