Taxis in Rome
Look for white taxis licensed by the Rome City Council with the word "TAXI" on top. Since there are some unauthorised taxis charging a much higher price than the city’s fixed fare, be sure to spot the ones with the Rome City Council symbol on the doors and the license on the back left of the vehicle. Have a taxi in front of you within minutes by calling one over the phone at 060609 or going directly to a taxi rank. To ensure a safe and secure journey, ask the driver to place the taxi meter above the dashboard and ask for a receipt at the end with the details, license number and driver’s signature.
There are 65 taxi ranks across Rome which can be viewed at www.060608.it/en
What are the fares?
Throughout the municipality of Rome, there are sole progressive taxi meter rates that work on a unit system based on kilometers travelled and the total time for each trip. Thankfully the fares do not go higher than the annual inflation rates from the National Statistics Bureau (Istat). Women have 10% discounted fares when traveling alone at night, including anyone going to the hospital or teenagers leaving discos on Friday and Saturday nights depending on previous agreement with the concerned club.
The main taxis to use are by Largo Torre Argentina, Metro Anagnina, Villa Borghese, Piazza Venezia, Trastevere, Piazzale Ostiense, Fontana di Trevi, Termini Station, Piazzale della Stazione Tiburtina, Ostia and the Vatican.
During weekdays, the set fare of departure from 6 AM to 10 PM is €3; during weekends, 6AM to 10 PM, €4.50; at night, 10 PM to 6 AM, €6.50. Hourly rates range from €27 for traveling at a speed less than 20 km.
Know All About the Roman Buses
Buses in Rome
Find the major bus terminal right by Termini Station and many bus stops spread across Rome, but check the following major bus routes to properly explore the city where it’s often difficult to reach the hidden gems with public transportation.
Route 8 (Tram): Piazza Venezia - Argentina - Trastevere
Route 40 (Limited stop express): Termini - Piazza Venezia - Argentina - Piazza Pia (for St Peter's/Vatican)
Route 60: Termini - Piazza Venezia - Colosseum - Circo Massimo
Route 62: Repubblica - Spanish Steps - Piazza Venezia - Argentina - Vatican
Route 64: Termini - Piazza Venezia - Argentina - Vatican
Route 81: Vatican Museums - Piazza Imperatore (Spanish Steps) - Piazza Colonna (Trevi Fountain) - Piazza Venezia - Circo Massimo - Colosseum
Route H: Termini - Piazza Venezia - Argentina - Trastevere
Bus tickets can be purchased at bars, tobacconists or vending machines and they last for 100 minutes, so don’t be shy to change buses with just one ticket. Tickets purchased for the bus are the same as metro tickets in Rome. There are five different types of ticket options:
- B.I.T. (Biglietto Integrato a Tempo) Standard ticket: At €1.50, this is valid for 100 minutes on all buses with transfers and one Metro ride
- 24 Hour Ticket: At €7.00, this provides unlimited bus, metro and train travel within Rome for 24 hours upon validation
- 48 Hour Ticket: At €12.50, this provides unlimited bus, metro and train travel within Rome for 48 hours upon validation
- 72 Hour Ticket: At €18.00, this gives unlimited bus, metro and train travel within Rome for 72 hours from validation
- C.I.S. (Biglietto settimanale): At €24.00, this is the weekly ticket valid for 7 days
Once inside the ancient city center, you will quickly see that the standard buses will never pass through the tiny streets. Take the electric buses that have room for only a few people at a time. Don’t forget your standard bus ticket nonetheless.
Cycle Through the Ancient City
Bicycles in Rome
Rent a bike for about €4 per hour and peddle through the romantic, historical streets of Rome. Although a bike sharing program does not continue anymore, you will still find locals and tourists alike riding throughout the Eternal City.
If you do decide to bring your bike with you on the metro, make sure to remember that you are allowed to do so only on holidays and in evenings after 8PM on lines A and B and the Rome-Lido railway line. Unless you already subscribed to Metrebus, you are still required to purchase a ticket for each bicycle, with the exception of foldable bicycles.
Biking Route Suggestions
Some biking route suggestions are in Appia Antica Park or through Via Appia Antica with the Catacombs, the Villa of Massenzio and the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, the Park of the Aqueducts and the Valle della Caffarella. Consider taking the Ostia Lido train from the Piramide Metro where you can find bike stations in Ostia and cycle towards the beach.
Metro in Rome
Rome has three metro lines (A, B, C). Thankfully, Termini Station is where Lines A and B intersect and where the largest hotel district in Rome is. Although it is not recommended as the best way of transportation throughout the city since it does not fully cover the center of Rome, the metro will still bring you to famous sites like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Square.
Take Ottaviano (Line A) to reach the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica; Spagna (Line A) to reach the Spanish Steps; Colosseo (Line B) to reach the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.