Getting around in Rome | The Rome Metro Underground train system at the moment has three lines named A, B and C. Lines A and B intersect at Rome Termini Station, the main public transport hub in Rome. Line C is a new line gradually being opened in stages.
The Colosseum/Roman Forum and Spanish Steps have Metro stations next to the attractions and you can get within 5 minutes walk of the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Square.
The Rome Metro doesn’t go out to either of Rome’s airports direct but you can take line B to Tiburtina or Piramide where you can catch a cheap stopping train to Fiumicino airport and from the southern terminus of line A, Anagnina, there is a local bus to Ciampino airport.
Metro stations close to major sights
Ottaviano (line A) – Vatican Museums, St Peter’s
Spagna (line A) – Spanish Steps
Colosseo (line B) – Colosseum, Roman Forum
Tickets for both the bus system and Metro can be purchased from tobacconists, bars, or vending machines at Metro stations and major bus stops. On both buses and metro there is a flat fare, whether you go one stop or to the end of the line. On buses your ticket is valid for 100 minutes allowing you to change buses using a single ticket.
Rome bus, tram & Metro ticket prices
Ticket options are:
• B.I.T. standard ticket, valid for one Metro ride or 100 minutes on all buses allowing transfers. €1.50
• 24 hour ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 24 hours from validation. €7.00
• 48 hour ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 48 hours from validation. €12.50
• 72 hour ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 72 hours from validation. €18.00
• C.I.S. Weekly ticket – valid for 7 calendar days. €24.00.
Note: Public transportation is free for children under 10 years old.
Airport and cruise transfers
Rome has two airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. Ciampino is used by the low cost budget carriers like Ryanair and some charters.
Fiumicino handles the vast majority of flights.
Civitavecchia is the cruise port for Rome about an hour’s drive from the city itself.
Rome Fiumicino Airport trains to city centre
Leonardo Express Airport train
The Leonardo Express Airport train is a dedicated airport train taking 30 minutes to reach the centre of Rome (Termini Station) with a frequency every 30 minutes. The Leonardo Express is simply the best (fastest and most comfortable) public transport transfer between Fiumicino Airport and Central Rome (Termini Station).
Service is a dedicated airport train and runs non stop, every 15 minutes. The cheapest public transport option between the airport and city centre of Rome is the Terravision Bus, one of four competing airport bus services that also terminate at Termini Station. This is about a third of the cost of the Leonardo Express but takes at least twice as long and is not as frequent.
Trains between Rome city centre and its airports + cruise ports
Getting around in Rome / Rome Private Tours /