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 the center city they can be found at the main squares or piazzas such as Piazza Venezia, Piazza Argentina, Piazza San Silvestro, Piazza Barberini, Stazione Termini, etc. During the rush hour (4pm-8pm), as in all cities, it can be difficult to find a taxi. Taxis can be radio paged but remember that you’ll pay for the time it takes to get to you not just from the time you enter the cab. 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.

The main radio-taxi network telephone numbers are: (+39) 06 3570; 06 88177; 06 4994; 06 6645; 06 5551; 06 4157.

Licensed taxis are all white and have 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 and 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 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 train network.

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 northeast to southwest from Rebibbia to Laurentina near EUR in the south. It stops at sites such as the Coloseum, Circo Massimo, and St. Paul’s Basilica.

The B Line connects the three main railroad stations: Stazione Tiburtina, Stazione Termini and Stazione Ostiense, and runs from Sunday to Thursday from 5.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m., and until 1.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Both lines intersect at Stazione Termini.

Bus

There are buses to almost everywhere in greater Rome.

The ATAC local buses serve the city center and most nearby suburbs. The city buses are an excellent way around Rome especially 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) until 6 am there are special Night Lines which cover different areas of the city and run approximately every 20 minutes.