Using Rome public transport system
Rome Public Transport – At Palladini Hostel we are strategically situated in a perfect position to use Rome public transport system and to make the most of your time in the Eternal City. Located just 200 metres from the central station Roma Termini. Roma Termini is the main station and central hub of Rome public transport and is set in the city centre which links the Metro, all the major bus links, the shuttle buses to the airport and all major train links to other Italian cities and the Leonardo Da Vinci express which will take you non stop from Fiumicino Airport to the city centre or visa-versa in 30 minutes.
That aside the hostel is located within walking distance from many of the major attraction, we are only 5 minutes walk away from Piazza della Repubblica and Via Nazionale or 15-20 minutes walk downhill and you will arrive at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Piazza Venezia. So it really is in a great spot to walk around without using much of the public transport.
However for the purpose of the article we are going to try to inform the traveler of the options for public transport with the major links for the metro and buses along with the prices and some tips while using Rome’s public transport system.
The Metro in Rome is known as Metropolitana and Rome public transport metro system is much less complex than the metros you will find in other European cities such as London and Paris. The metro in Rome has really 2 major lines that cross the city. The metro tickets can be bought inside the metro stations itself or in most tobacco shops, the tickets are valid for both the bus and the metro.
Ticket options are:
- B.I.T. Standard ticket, valid for one Metro ride or 100 minutes on all buses and trams allowing transfers. € 1.50
- 24 Hour Ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and tram within Rome for 24 hours from validation. € 7.00
- 48 Hour Ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and tram within Rome for 48 hours from validation. € 12.50
- 72 Hour Ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and tram within Rome for 72 hours from validation. € 18.00
- C.I.S. €24.00. Weekly ticket – valid for 7 calendar days
Note: Public transportation is free for children less than 10 years old.
The 2 lines are as follows:
Line A is also known as the red line and stops at the following points of the city, with the central station termini closest to the hostel but you can also use Repubblica or Vittorio Emanuele which are close. Line A is the line you will use for the Vatican getting off at Ottaviano or Cipro stop.
Line B is known as the blue line and also crosses the red line at Termini station closest stop to the hostel or you can use Cavour which is not too far either. This is the metro line to use should you wish to visit the Colosseum or in the summer to get to the beaches you take until Piramide and then switch onto the Roma lido trains.
The metro stops all run quite regularly throughout the day with approx 3-7 minutes between trains. The Metro opens at 05:30 and closes at 23:30 apart from saturday when it runs until 00:30 but check with the reception upon arrival as the currently under construction line C can cause some interuptions.
Make sure to be aware for pickpockets on the metro, when busy and when getting on and off of the trains.
Using the Buses in Rome Public Transport system
The buses in Rome are quite frequent in the city centre and connect between most of the major monuments and in areas that the metro does not reach such as the area of Trastevere. Once again at the hostel you are suitably positioned with the major buses all arriving at Roma Termini. Things to note with the bus is that you will need to have your ticket in advance before you get on the bus which is different from many countries where you can pay upon entering. So be sure to get your 3 day or 7 day pass or just buy a few single trip ticket to keep with you. On entering the bus you will then need to validate your ticket if its for the single trip. The roman system works in that there are random controls on the buses and those without a ticket will be given a hefty fine and you may be subject to a fine also even if you have a ticket but its not been validated. You can buy a bus ticket at any tobacco shop in the central station, news agents or outside the bus stands at termini station you can buy a ticket.
On the buses they can become quite busy so you MUST BE AWARE for pickpockets who do work on the local buses, especially when the buses are partiularly busy. Just be sure to be aware of where you wallet and your phone, etc are and any bags, backpacks you have turn to the front so you can keep an eye on your things. It is common sense but a lack of concentration and you could be targeted by the theives.
The major lines for the buses that cover most of Rome’s city centre are as below. If you do not find the route you are looking for you can visit the official site for public transport in rome ATAC ROMA