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Rome Metro Guide

Rome Metro Guide

A quick guide

Although the Rome Metro is a smaller system than other major European cities, it is a major source of public transportation within the city.

Whether you're just visiting for a special trip or plan on moving to Rome, read on to find out everything you need to know about the Rome Metro...


About The Metro

The Rome Metro is made up of three lines that serve 73 stations throughout the city.  It opens at 5:30pm and operates until 11:30pm from Sunday through Thursday.  On Friday and Saturday nights the operating hours are extended until 1:30am.

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Tickets And Passes

You are required to have a ticket on you at all times while on the Rome metro system.  Rome has instituted tough fares for fare evaders up to €200 and there are frequent inspections of your ticket.

1) Fares

Single fares called BIT tickets are €1.50 for adults and can be used for unlimited transfers between the metro, buses, trams and urban trains for 100 minutes.  However, once you exit the metro system, you’ll have to buy a new ticket to re-enter.

2) Day Passes

There are one day (€6), three day (€16.50) and weekly (€24) transit passes available for unlimited public transportation until midnight of the day the pass expires.

3) Roma Pass

Along with the three day pass, there is also a Roma Pass available for three days at a cost of €36.  Included with your free bus and metro travel, you get discounted museum and monument admissions.

Where To Buy Tickets

Tickets for public transportation can be bought through vending machines at all metro stations or at convenience stores and newsagents throughout the city.

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Trip Planning

If you've never traveled on a foreign metro system, even a smaller one like the one in Rome, it can be a bit daunting at first.  Just take a moment to relax and gather your bearings.  Before you know it you'll be navigating the metro system like a pro!

Before you're off to somewhere, take some time to plan out your route.  Figure out which line or lines you'll need to go on and which stations you need to transfer at in order to get to your final destination.  Also, figure out which exit you'll be leaving that station out of as some stations have many exits.

As with other major cities, pickpockets love working the metro.  Overcrowded stations and train cars give them ample opportunity to work their craft.  Just remember to be smart and protect yourself.

Navigating The Metro

1) At the station

Validate your ticket or pass when you pass through the gate to the metro and hold on to your ticket until you have exited the metro as ticket inspectors may ask you to show proof of purchase.

2) Find your train

To find your train line just follow the colored directional arrows and signs.  As each line has trains going in two different directions, check the directional map on the wall to make sure you’re heading the right way.

3) Exiting the station

Once you’ve arrived at your final destination, find your desired exit and insert your ticket into the turnstile to leave the station.

Transferring Lines

Some trips will involve transferring from one line to another.  When you get off at your transfer station, follow the colored directional signage leading you to your next line.  Again, make sure you’re going in the right direction and off you go.