Transport in Rome

How to get around Rome, Italy, by bus, tram, Metro (subway), foot, car, Vespa (scooter), bicycle, and taxi

Useful Italian
Where is?... - Dov'è?
left - sinistra
right - destra
straight ahead - avanti or sempre diritto

ticket - biglietto
city bus - autobus
bus stop - fermata
taxi - taxi
bike rental - noleggio bici
In brief: you'll get around Rome mostly by foot and by bus.

The Rome Metro (subway) system is not terribly convenient (plus you'll miss too much riding underground), taxis are expensive and not really all that faster than buses (though convenient when you have an early flight and anytime you have luggage).

River cruises can make for a nice scenic break from the walking, but not really good for getting around, and you'd be nuts to drive in Rome.

Okay. On to the details.

Major forms of public transit to get around in Rome

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How long does Rome take?

Planning your day: Rome wasn't built in a day, and you'd be hard-pressed to see it in that brief a time as well. Still, you can cram a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Eternal City, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, three, or four days to spend in Rome. » Rome itineraries

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Transport links
  • Rome main rail station
  • Roma Termini:, Piazza dei Cinquecento (ENE of the city center)
  • Bus to center: 40, 64 (Tiber Bend, Vatican); 170 (Ancient Rome, Aventine); 71, 492 (Tridente, Upper Tiber Bend)
  • Metro to center: A (to Spagna or Flaminio); B (to Colosseo or Circo Massimo)
  • Car resources
  • Emergency service/tow: tel. 803-116
  • Highway agency: (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA):
  • ZTLs: (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)
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