Arriving in Rome by Bus/Coach

How to get to Rome by coach or intercity bus

Rome has coach connections with every major Italian city, but it's vastly preferable to travel by train.

The price is about the same, but bus trips are longer and less comfortable—plus they have to deal with Rome's chatoic traffic, making that last (or first) leg of the journey in or out of the city sometimes interminably long.

However, buses can be handy (but crowded) when the rail system goes on sciopero (on strike)—not as common as in the 1980s and 90s, but it still happens a few times a year.

For 24-hour info on all bus lines in and out of Rome, call (toll-free in Italy) tel. 800-431-784.

Every major European coach line and most regional Italian bus companies all have lines to Rome; you can get details on connections with cities across Ialy and Europe at the websites listed under "Details," below.

The main regional bus company for Lazio—serving the region around Rome—is called COTRAL (

Many intercity buses arrive on or near Largo Guido Mazzoni by the secondary Tiburtina train sation—though some also have a depot on or near Piazza Cinaquecento outside Stazione Termini (the main rail station). Many also have suburban bus stations as well.

All major coach/intercity bus stops are at or near a Metro stop.

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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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