Renting a scooter in Rome

How to rent a scooter, moped, or vespa in Rome

Although I wouldn't rent a scooter just to whizz around the historic center, a Vespa is an excellent way to visit several outlying sites in a single day—or, my own favorite, making a self-guided tour of the hills of Rome (not just the classic Seven Hills within Rome itself, but also the taller ones ringing the city—like the Gianicolo—that offer spectacualr panoramas).

Note: Traffic is very heavy on the streets of Rome, and the rules and norms of driving are much different from our own.

Keep that in mind, and read the page about smart scootering before taking that Vespa out for a spin.

Scooter rental agencies in Rome

Useful Italian

scooter - motorino or scooter
rental - noleggio
one hour - un ora
two hours - due ore
half day - mezzo giorno
one day - un giorno
helmet - casco

There are several private rental outfits for scooter rental in Rome

  • Treno e Scooter, at Track 1 inside Stazione Termini (tel. 06-4890-5823; Trenoescooter.com)—Pick up the motorino outside the station to the right. The scooters are cheaper than most, but only avaiable for a full day or longer. Book ahead online to save up to 20%.
  • Bici e Baci, Via del Viminale 5 (tel. 06-482-8443, Bicibaci.com)—Scooters are a bit pricier, but they will rent for just a few hours and offer more pick-up and drop-off locations: Via Viminale 5 (near Repubblica), Via Cavour 302 (near Colosseo), Via del Bottino 8 (near Spagna), and Via Rosmini 25 (near Termini).
  • Rome by Vespa (tel. 380-643-2278, Romebyvespa.com) – Near Termini at Via dei Mille 8.
  • Rome for You (tel. 06-4543-3789, Romeforyou.net) –  Two central locations: Vicolo San Nicola De Cesarini 4 (near Largo Argentina) and Via di S.Calisto 9 (Trastevere); also rents bikes and Fiat 500s.

Scooter rental prices

The prices for renting a motorino in Rome are pretty standard across most companies. Note that most have a three-hour minimum rental period.

  • 50cc model: from €7 ($8)–€11 ($13) per hour, €22 ($26)–€45 ($53) per day
  • 125cc model: €13 ($15)–€15 ($18) per hour, €32 ($38)–€70 ($83) per day
  • 150cc model: €47 ($56)–€80 ($95) per day
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Don't be like these Sorrento scooter riders; wear a helmet, and keep both hands on the handlebars (I also wouldn't wear sandals) (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

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