Getting around on public transportation has never been the easiest thing to do in Rome- until now! We have some great tips for you, including the best apps to make getting around Rome a breeze- and all you need is a smart phone.
Very few bus stops in have a working timetable with the exact time the next bus or tram will arrive. It can sometimes can be a little frustrating waiting at a bus stop without knowing how long you’ll have to wait for the next bus to take you where you have to go.
Our App recommendations for getting around Rome
These apps will certainly make your life a bit easier:
Both of these apps will give you multiple solutions where travelling from point A to B by foot, bus, tram, metro, or train. You’ll know when then next bus is coming and at what time you’ll reach your destination. You will know how much your journey will cost, whether you’ll have to change to a different line, the distance and even how many calories you will consume if you decide to go on foot! Both apps provide alerts to the latest transportation-related news including any upcoming transport strikes (a very useful feature!)
Bear in mind that Citymapper works only in certain cities. For example you won’t be able to use it in Florence or Naples. However it works in many of the world’s capital cities.
More info about taking the BUS and the METRO
Rome public buses and metro run from about 5.30am to midnight daily. The day bus/metro services are supplemented by night services that run all night along main routes, as in many cities.
For all local public transport you have to purchase your tickets before you board. Most people use a daily/weekly or monthly pass.
Tickets for both busses and Metro can be purchased from tobacco shops, bars, or the 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.
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. €24.00. Weekly ticket - valid for 7 calendar days
Below you’ll find a link to a video by Elisa, one of Eyes of Rome’s amazing storytellers, that will surely help you understand how Rome’s transportation system works! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wkEN7csJH4)
Hopefully this article has been helpful and we would really appreciate it if you share your
experience with us. If you know of any other apps with better features and/or that you like more, please feel free to leave your comment below.
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