How much does Rome cost?

Typical prices and costs in Rome faced by visitors and tourists

Frustratingly, Rome can be both shockingly expensive and surprisingly cheap.

Sure, there are plenty of pricey places to stay, but there are also plenty of moderate ones. Same goes for dining.

Sightseeing is often seen as a fixed cost—you fork over the €17 ($20) to get into the Vatican Museums because, hey, you didn't come all this way not to see the Sistine Chapel, did you? 

Average Rome prices

  • Hotel room: €115 ($134)–€200 ($233) on average—in the desireable neighborhoods, more like €170 ($198)–€220 ($256)
  • Glass of wine: €7 ($8)–€15 ($17) 
  • Espresso at a bar: €4.50 ($5)–€7 ($8)
  • Metro / bus ride: €1.50 ($2)
  • Vatican Museum entry: €17 ($20)
  • Colosseum & Roman Forum entry: €12 ($14) 
  • Coca-cola: €3 ($3)–€8 ($9)
  • Lunch in a trattoria: €15 ($17)–€25 ($29)
  • Lunch menus: €25 ($29)–€35 ($41)
  • Dinner in a moderate restaurant: €30 ($35)–€45 ($52)
  • Movie ticket: €9 ($10)–€14 ($16)
 
 

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