Rome Public Transport Tickets & Travel Passes

Make An Informed Ticket Purchase For Travel On The Rome Metro, Buses, Trams And Some Train Services

Typical Newsstand / Tobacconist Selling Rome Public Transport Tickets

Typical Newsstand / Tobacconist Selling Public Transport Tickets

What Can You Use Public Transport Tickets On

Public transport tickets are valid for all city public transport, (city buses and trams, Metro and some rail services within the Rome urban area.

Ticketing on Rome public transport is comparatively simple, there are no complicated travel zones or peak/off peak travel periods.

What Is Not Covered By Rome Public Transport Tickets

There are a few transport options you cannot use public transport tickets on.

For the visitor the main choices not covered are:

- The Leonardo Express train running non-stop between Fiumicino Airport and Rome's Termini Station.

- Any airport bus or train to either of Rome's two airports, Fiumicino or Ciampino.

- The trains to and from Rome's cruise port, Civitavecchia.

- Rome's hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses.

Your Transport Ticket Choice

For short term visitors to Rome you have a very straight forward choice of ticketing options.

Your only decision is whether you need single tickets or a 1, 3 or 7 day travel pass.

A single ticket is valid for 75 minutes, allowing you to switch bus lines if there is no direct service.

On the metro you can switch Metro lines at Termini Station with one ticket.

The 1,3 and 7 day travel passes give unlimited rides and are valid for calendar days, not 24 hour periods, e.g. a 1 day pass expires at midnight on the day of use.

Rome Public Transport Pass

Rome Public Transport Ticket

When you buy any transport ticket it is not stamped with a start date. You have the responsibility to stamp your ticket on machines provided for that purpose before you start your journey.

If you travel with a blank unstamped ticket its no different to travelling without a ticket at all.

The tickets themselves are card with a magnetic strip like the 7 day travel pass image here.

Ticket options are:

  • B.I.T. € 1.50. Standard ticket, valid for one Metro ride or 75 minutes on all buses.

  • B.I.G. € 6.00. Daily ticket, valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome.

  • B.T.I. €16.50. 3-day tourist ticket, valid for everything listed under the B.I.G ticket.

  • C.I.S. €24.00. Weekly ticket

Where To Purchase Your Public Transport Tickets

Kiosk at Termini Bus Station Rome Selling Travel Passes & Tour Tickets

Row Of Kiosk at Termini Bus Station
Selling Travel Passes & Tour Tickets

English Language Screen Interface Of Rome Public Transport Ticket Machines

English Language Screen Interface Of Public Transport Ticket Machines

You can purchase the travel passes from a wide variety of sources including vending machines and manned ticket offices at metro stations and many newsstands / tobacconists like the one pictured at the top of the page..

If you don't speak Italian and are nervous about using vending machines, rest assured most of the people serving at the outlets where tourists frequent normally speak good English, often much better than your hotel.

Most independent visitors to Rome will arrive in Rome city centre at Termini Station. Many kiosks within the station like the one pictured at the top advertise they sell transport tickets.

Out the front of Termini Railway Station by the bus station is the row of kiosks pictured here that specialise in selling travel passes and tours. They advertise the transport passes prominently with prices displayed boldly and staff speak good English too.

These kiosks are conveniently situated next to a Rome public transport information kiosk.

Ticket machines are multi-lingual, easy to use and seemingly reliable. There are manned ticket counters at the key stations.

As yet there is no facility provided by the public transport authority themselves for advance purchase over the internet though there are a couple of options offered by third parties aimed at the first time tourist visitor, (see further down page).

Validating Your Public Transport Tickets

When you first purchase a travel pass or ticket it is blank.

The travel pass only becomes 'live' after you have validated it, (stamped with the date you first use it). Showing a ticket inspector an unvalidated ticket is no different to having no ticket at all.

On the Metro lines the travel pass is automatically validated when you pass through the ticket barriers for the first time.

Ticket Validation Machine For Rome Public Buses

Ticket Validation Machine

On other modes of transport there is a validating machine inside buses and trams and on the platforms of train stations where it is your responsibility to insert your pass into the machine and get it validated.

Single ticket are valid for 75 minutes from the time stamped on the ticket. On buses and trams you can switch routes within this timespan and on the Metro you can switch Metro trains at Termini Station without going through any ticket barrier.

Travel passes are valid from the date stamped on the pass for the number of calendar days of the pass. If you purchase a 3 day pass on a Monday at 2 p.m. it expires on Wednesday at midnight.

Finding Your Way Around

Most visitors will only be travelling in a compact area in the centre of Rome where all the main attractions and hotel districts are situated. The Metro system is very simple, at the moment just 2 lines with a third scheduled to be implemented in stages up to 2018.

The Rome Metro System - Full Details

Bus Map Central Rome

Bus & Metro Map Central Rome

If the Metro is not the solution to an individual journey then the local city buses will be the answer. At first sight the number and complexity of bus routes can seem overwhelming.

Rome Transport Map On Sale In Rome

Rome Transport Map
On Sale In Rome

On the ground less so, as each route at each bus stop is laid out clearly with all the stops to its terminus. There is normally at least one direct bus going to the destination you require on short trips.

Buses are very frequent too.

The bus and Metro map, (link above) covers all of the central area if you want an orientation of routes in advance.

If you are planning on using public transport extensively to get around Rome and visit attractions outside the tourist hotspots in the centre then investing in a Rome bus and Metro map is worthwhile.

You can find these sold in most newsstands around bus and train stations like Termini Station.

Outside the front of Termini Station, the main local public transport hub in Rome there is a public transport information kiosk for tourists on one side of the bus station.

Roma Cristiana Tour Bus Plus Rome Public Transport Bundle (1 & 3 Day Tickets)

(The Vatican & Rome Card)

Save time and money!

Its a straight forward proposition, combine the Roma Cristiana hop on, hop off city sightseeing bus with a 1 or 3 day public transport pass.

The public transport covering all of Rome's metro, tram, suburban train and bus system. Roma Cristiana is one of Rome's leading Hop On, Hop Off sightseeing buses that visits all the major sights in the city of Rome.

Both are combined in one convenient and money saving pass that covers all your transport requirements when visiting Rome.

Roma Cristiana Rome Tour Bus Plus Public Transport Pass

Omnia Card - 3 Day Pass Including Roma Cristiana Bus, Public Transport Pass, Roma Pass & Omnia Vatican Card

When you buy this exclusive travel and sightseeing card, you get access to all Rome’s public transport with a 3 day public transport pass, Roma Cristiana Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Bus, Roma Pass and Omnia Vatican Card. The only pass that includes both Vatican and City Of Rome major attractions.

The pass is offered through Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP) a branch of the Vicariate of Rome, organ of the Holy See directed by the Cardinal Vicar of the Pope.

This complete solution to your transport and sightseeing needs include:

  • Roma Cristiana Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

  • 3 day public transport pass

  • Fast track admission to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with the Omnia Vatican Card

  • Fast track admission to St. Peter’s Basilica with the Omnia Vatican Card

  • The Roma Pass with free entry to two top Rome attractions like the Coliseum, Borghese Gallery, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and Capitoline Museums

  • Discounted entry to more than 30 other Rome attractions with the Roma Pass

Omnia Sightseeing Card For Rome

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