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Probably the easiest and quickest way to get around in Rome is by subway, or as we call it here, Metropolitana. Rome has 3 lines, simply called Metro A, metro B and Metro C.
Each metro usually runs about every 5 minutes so it is really rare having to wait long at the stations. The metro system is open from 5:30 am until 11:30 pm, except on Saturdays, on which it is open until 12:30 am.
You can purchase ordinary tickets at any metro station at the special vending machine or at any tabacco shop (tabacchi) for € 1.50, the ticket is valid 100 minutes once validated at the entrance gate.
You can also opt for the following special tickets:
- 24 Hour Ticket - valid for 24 hours from validation € 7.00
- 48 Hour Ticket - valid for 48 hours from validation € 12.50
- 72 Hour Ticket - valid for 72 hours from validation € 18.00
- Weekly ticket - valid for 7 calendar days €24.00
Please note that the above tickets are also valid for busses and trains within Rome.
Helpful information - Metro Stations close to major sites
- Ottaviano (Line A) - Vatican Museums and St. Peters
- Spagna (Line A) - Spanish Steps, near to Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
- Colosseo (Line B) - Colosseum, Roman Forum, near also to Circo Massimo and Caracalla Baths
How to take the metro in Rome
Elisa showing how the Metro system works in Rome. Click here for the direct Youtube link.