Rome is a city not only to visit, but also to savor. Most of the streets have some kind of beauty or charm, but it is certainly too big, so using public transport at some point is inevitable.
Regional trains make stops at major stations in the city, but usually take indirect routes, so I don’t recommend them.
Traffic in Rome is very dense, so they become expensive, although it is a good choice for 4 travelers.
Every time they try to expand it, they find new ruins, that must be evaluated. Because of this, the network is too small for the size of the city, although well distributed and useful for tourists.
There are only two operational lines, with interchange at Termini. From there, the Orange line (had been Red lifelong) allows you to reach the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo and the Vatican (20 minutes). Blue arrives near the Coliseum in just 5 minutes. Open until 11:30 pm (1:30 am Friday and Saturday). Simple ticket 1.5 €. It does not allow to transfer to buses or trams.
Although line H (Piazza Venezia, Trastevere) and 714 (St. Mary, St. John Lateran) can be useful, I hate them, a lot. The city bus system in Italy in general and Rome in particular brings out the worst of oneself. In fact, I’m recalling it right now while writing and I’m getting grouchy:
- Due to heavy traffic, they are very unpunctual.
- Itineraries showing the stops are not the most intuitive ones I’ve ever seen.
- But the worst, what irritates me, is the buying tickets system. On buses you cannot buy the ticket, which are only sold in metro stations, kiosks and tobacconists. Let’s see, if I’m waiting for the bus probably is because there’s no subway station nearby, so you search for a tobacconist or newspaper stand, but beware that not all tobacconists and kiosks sell tickets. Besides, what tobacconist or kiosk is open at times such as 8 o’clock in the morning, lunchtime or especially after 8 pm? When you finally find the tobacconist, you may have to queue 5 minutes, and then wait for the next bus … So you have to calculate when you will use the bus and buy tickets in advance. They must be validated when entering the bus. If you have not been able to buy a ticket, you have two options: either get on the bus without paying, or do not go up. Do not try that Mr. Roman busdriverdude will have mercy on you at 11 pm because there is no place to buy the ticket, you will be told “is your problem”. If you opt for going up without paying, be aware that the inspectors show up very often. Simple ticket 1.5 €, allows transfers between buses and trams for 75 minutes.
They can be useful to go to the hotel but do not go near attractions, except for number 8 (light green) that runs along the Trastévere. Simple ticket 1.5 €, allows transfers to other trams and buses for 75 minutes.
Because of this, and especially if you are going to use the bus, you’d better buy a pass, that is what they want you to do and why they complicate your trip: day pass 6 €, 3 days 16.50 € and one week 24 €. They are valid for metro, bus and tram, but must be validated every time (monthly ones are not validated, so it may seem that locals skip paying, but they are not).