Rome Metro: Instructions for Use
Going around Rome sometimes can be quite difficult for foreign people, buses are slow and crowded and it’s never easy to know exactly where they’re going. Tourists in general prefer to turn to Rome Metro, but if you’re thinking about moving around by Metro in Rome, maybe you should get some information about it and know some useful tips on how to make the most of Rome Metro. In order to improve your Roman experience, Rome-explorer.com has created this little guide to Rome Metro.
Sponsored linksThe first thing a tourist should know, is that unfortunately Rome Metro doesn't cover a large part of the city centre and that, unlike other European cities such as Paris and London, the Metro in Rome covers a very limited part of the urban territory. But have no fear, there are tube stations next to the Colosseum/Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps and within 5 minutes walk of the Vatican and luckily Rome city centre is compact and it’s a very nice place to walk in.
Another thing you should bear in mind is that the Metro in Rome struggles to meet demand, so expect overcrowded carriages, even at off-peak times. Overcrowded carriages are, as you may very well imagine, the best place for pickpocketing, so beware of it. Before you board public transport in Rome, you have to purchase tickets. In every Rome Metro station there are ticket barriers where you have to insert your ticket entering and leaving the station. Tickets for both buses and Metro in Rome are sold from tobacconists, bars, newsagents, or vending machines at Metro stations and major bus stops. Many visitors will be arriving at Termini Station. Termini is a good place to get tickets, especially travel passes. There are a lot of kiosks at the bus station in the big square in front of the railway station and the majority of tobacconists in the area are used to tourists and speak English. For those who feel brave, there are also some automatic ticket vending machines with English instructions.
Rome Metro trains run approximately every 4-10 minutes, from 5:30am until 11:30pm every day and until 12:30am on Saturdays.
Ticket options are:
B.I.T. € 1.00. Standard ticket, valid for one Metro ride or 75 minutes on all buses.
B.I.G. € 4.00. Daily ticket, valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome.
B.T.I. €11.00. 3-day tourist ticket, valid for everything listed under the B.I.G ticket.
C.I.S. €16.00. Weekly ticket
For more detailed information about the different Rome Metro lines you can check Atac.roma.it, the official site of Rome public transport company, and our pages Rome Tube and Rome Metro Map. Those who own an iPhone, could be interested in downloading some applications which could help them find their way around this beautiful, but complicated city. If you want to know the timetables, the stops, the routes, not only of the Metro in Rome, but of all public transport, you can purchase right from Apple.com two very useful applications: Roma Metro and Roma Bus. Even if the best way to see the city centre is certainly walking, savouring the ancient atmosphere and the magnificent buildings of the town, Rome Metro can be a good way to get to less known neighbourhoods, such as San Giovanni with its astonishing Basilica, Piazza Vittorio with its multicultural flare, or Eur where you will discover a completely different town. So hop on Rome Metro and have fun!
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