GETTING IN

FLIGHT

The main airport is Leonardo da Vinci in Fiumicino, about 30 kilometres southwest of the city. The other airport is Ciampino, where most domestic, and some international flights arrive. It lies about 15 kilometres southeast of the city. 
A number of airlines connect India to Rome – from Air India and Air France to British Airways and Lufthansa, you can choose a carrier based upon your budget and convenience.
You can easily get a bus from the airport that will drop you to a stop close to your hotel or the central station in less than an hour. The buses are comfortable and cheaper than taxis. There’s also the Leonardo Express train that will take you from the airport into the main city. Stop by at the Information Centre and ask for the stop closest to your destination.

ROAD

The main road connecting Rome to the north and south of Italy is the Autostrada del Sole, which connects with the ring road circling the city. If you plan to drive anywhere in Italy, you will require an international driving licence.

TRAIN

Rome is well connected by rail to all the major cities in Italy and Europe. The main railway station is Roma Termini. If you plan to travel to towns outside of Rome, it would be best to book a seat beforehand rather than wait in queues at the station. Advance bookings also turn out to be cheaper. A good alternative would be to buy a Eurail Pass before you leave, but remember that just having the pass does not guarantee you a seat in the coach. You will have to go and make a reservation at the station at least a day before you plan to travel.

GOING AROUND

Rome Metro

ROME METRO

Rome’s subway consists of only two lines – Metropolitana Linea A and Metropolitana Linea B. While landmarks like Colosseum and the Vatican have a stop, many other attractions in the city don’t lie along either of the metro lines. You might have to supplement your Rome Metro usage with other forms of transport. You can purchase any of the following unlimited-use tickets:

  • Single - use metro ticket (Validity: 75 minutes;  €1)
  • BIG – Integrated daily ticket (Validity: 24 hours;  €4)
  • BTI – Integrated Tourist Ticket (Validity: 3 days;  €11)
  • CIS – Integrated Weekly Ticket (Validity: 7 days;  €16)

Metro tickets also work on other forms of public transport such as buses and trams, which makes it more convenient for you. 

Buses

BUSES

Rome takes pride in its bus network, which is why it’s one of the most preferred modes of commuting in the city. Bus stops across Rome are marked by signposts that bear the numbers of buses that stop there, as well as the names of their respective stops. Ticket rates are comparable to metros, bearing the same validity, and can be easily purchased at most newsstands as well as tobacco shops. All major bus stops have automated ticket machines as well. Don’t forget to validate your ticket when you board a bus, or else, you could be charged a fine of €50 by the transportation police

 

Trams

TRAMS

With only seven tram lines within its network, Rome’s tram system is more useful for tourists than it is for the locals. The reason being that most trams stop by the Colosseum, the Vatican and near the Pantheon. However, many tram and bus routes overlap, so you need to check the map before deciding which route you should take. As mentioned before, you can use your bus/metro ticket to travel in trams without paying extra.

Taxis

TAXIS

Taxis make up for about half of the overall commuting system in Rome, with tourists opting for taxi services to and from the airport, or traveling back to hotels and hostels late at night. However, traffic in Rome can be a bit unbearable at times, therefore a direct route via metro or tram is often a more viable option. Furthermore, unlike many other cities in the world, “taxi hailing” isn’t a common practice in Rome. Instead, taxis are lined up at designated taxi stands, which you have to walk to. Busy metro stations, piazzas (squares) and tourist attractions such as the Vatican, Colosseum and the Pantheon are some intersections where you can easily get a taxi in Rome.