No matter how much you want to, you cannot simply walk throughout Rome without having any means of transportation. While it is true that the city of Rome is a one big museum in itself, you still need some vehicle to travel, unless you wanna carry your one week worth of luggage from the airport to your hotel room. Just kidding. Still, the distances between some landmarks to others are not exactly proper walking distance. The good news is that Rome provides you with tons of choices on how to enjoy your trip.
Rome, like any other big city, has metros, busses, trams and taxis for public transportation. Different people prefer different modes of transport. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages as well.
For instance, the subway or metro has a train that leaves the station every five minutes. What’s good about it is that you don’t have to wait too long and plus, you get to your destination faster. However, metros can get very busy: in fact they often do. It also stops at stations which may not be exactly what you want.
As for bus rides, it has more stops than the metros have. It drops you off at major tourist destinations making it an easy way to travel from one landmark to another.
Taxis are the most comfortable means to travel Rome, however it’s more expensive than the metro or bus. Good thing is that you get the car to yourself, so you can make it stop anywhere and anytime you like. Just in case you pass by souvenir shop and want to check it out, you can simply ask the taxi driver to do so because you won’t be disturbing any other passengers anyway.
Majority of the public transports in Rome is run by ATAC (Azienda per la mobilita.) The rest is managed by COTRAL (Compagnia Trasporti Laziali.)
For more information about how you can get through the streets of Rome and other things about public transport in Rome, visit their websites.
TIP: You can buy public transportation tickets in either a tobacco shops or a ticket kiosk. You can even choose from the four different cards.
- BIT – ticket valid for one metro ride or 75 minutes of bus ride, costs €1 ($1.30)
- BIG – ticket valid all day on all (*) types of transport in Rome, costs €4 ($5.25)
- BTI – ticket valid for three days on all (*) types of transport in Rome, costs €11 ($14.35)
- CIS – card valid for a whole week on all (*) types of transport in Rome, costs €16 ($21)
* – Except the Fiuimicino airport and the Tivoli
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