Which city card suits you
Rome City Card. City passes with different services are offered for Rome. Rome cards, Vatican cards, cards with or without public transport, airport transfers or hop on hop off buses, we shed light on the confusing offer for you and explain which pass is worthwhile for you.
Popular passes include the Roma Pass, the Omnia Card and the Rome Tourist Card.
Free use of public transport is included with the Roma Pass and you will therefore receive a card that allows you to use public transport and is valid for access to the museums.
With the Omnia Card 72h, the Roma Pass comes with additional services such as St. Peter’s Basilica audio guide, the Vatican Museums and hop on hop off buses.
The Rome Tourist Card does not include public transport and you can get all tickets online.
The Roma Pass
The Roma Pass is the official Rome city card of the municipality of Rome. You can order it online and 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
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 Borghese Gallery you book at +39 06 32810. For reservation of the museums of the municipality you call at 060608.
The Roma Pass is valid for the National Museums and for the Museums of the Municipality of Rome. The Omnia Card is also valid for the Vatican Museums.
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. Nevertheless you have to reserve for the accompanying children at the phone numbers indicated above.
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>
Small children have free entry to the museums of the municipality of Rome. Children from the age of 6 pay a reduced admission price. The museums of the municipality of Rome include the Capitoline Museums and the markets of Trajan.
The Omnia Card with Vatican and hop on hop off buses
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. You can get to St. Paul from St. Peter by bus 23 – from the Castel Sant’Angelo stop to the Baldelli stop – or from the main train station or the Colosseum with the 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 Tourist Card
The Rome Tourist Card is the Rome city card of Ticketbar. The card 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 Tourist Card includes the following services: one Airport transfer (Ciampino or Fiumicino), preferential entry to St. Peter’s, Colosseum ticket with audio guide plus entry to the Palatine and Roman Forum and 24h hop on hop off bus. You can book the Vatican Museums as an option. For all other bookings with Ticketbar in Rome, you will receive a discount of 20% with the Rome Tourist Card. Rome Tourist 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 saved, as you don’t have to waste time queuing and 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
24h Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, hop on hop off buses or 72h Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, hop on hop off buses, museums in Rome and free public transport
Pass with St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Hop on trip and airport transfer
Preferred entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum 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.