Transport in Rome

Taxi

Taxi in Rome can be pricey. The easiest way to get a taxi is to find the nearest taxi stand. In city centre, taxis can be found in the main squares or piazzas such as Piazza Venezia, Piazza Argentina, Piazza San Silvestro, Piazza Barberini, Stazione Termini, etc. It can be difficult to find a taxi during rush hour (4pm-8pm). You can call the taxi companies to book a cab, but remember that you are going to pay also for the time that the taxi takes to get to you, not just from the time in which you get on the cab.

The phone numbers of the main taxi companies are: (+39) 06 3570; 06 88177; 06 4994; 06 6645; 06 5551; 06 4157. There is a fixed (flat rate) fee for taxis going between the city (defined as inside the Aurelian Walls) and the two airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. The fixed fee to/from Fiumicino is € 48,00 and to/from Ciampino is € 30,00.

Licensed taxis are all white and display a taxi sign on the roof of the car as well as their license number inside the car. In every official taxi there is a card that explains – in English – the extra charges for luggage, late-night travel, Sunday holiday travel and airport journeys. Always make sure the meter is switched on. Be careful of unlicensed and illegal taxi drivers who approach you at the train station or at the airport. They will often ask for additional fees at the end of the trip.

Public transportation

Rome has an extensive integrated public transportation system, which includes buses, subways, trams and a suburban trains.

Subway

There are two subway lines, A and B.

Line A runs east to west from Battistini to Anagnina and stops at many tourist sites such as the Vatican, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Barberini and Piazza del Popolo. Line B runs north-east to south-west from Rebibbia to Laurentina near the EUR are in the south. It stops at sites such as the Coloseum, Circo Massimo, and St. Paul’s Basilica.

Line B connects the three main railroad stations: Stazione Tiburtina, Stazione Termini and Stazione Ostiense and runs Sundays to Thursdays from 5.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays until 1.30 a.m.

Both lines meet at Stazione Termini.

Bus

There are buses to go almost everywhere in greater Rome.

The ATAC local buses serve the city centre and most nearby suburbs. City buses are an excellent way to go around Rome especially to go to places not served by the subway lines.

The Express Lines cover longer distances and make fewer stops, but run frequently. Another bus service, COTRAL, serves the outer suburbs and outlying regional areas, but run less frequently.

From 12 am (midnight) to 6 am there are special Night Lines which cover different areas of the city and run approximately every 20 minutes.