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Riding buses in Rome

Bus 913 Bus, Metro & TramTraveling by car in Rome is at best, difficult. If you avoid the “unique” driving habits of the locals and safely arrive at your destination, then you have to find a place to park! Undoubtedly the most convenient and economical way of getting around Rome is by bus. The buses do run 24 hours a day and go all over Rome – extensively. Last year there were an estimated 375 separate bus routes. Read more…


Bus & Metro Tickets in Rome

Bus Tickets Bus, Metro & TramUnlike many countries, you do not purchase tickets – or even show your ticket – when entering a bus in Rome. But you still have to have a ticket! Many locals riding the bus have annual or monthly bus passes. Today there are many more options available to visitors – single-use, daily, 3-day, or weekly bus tickets are available. Read more…


Kiosks for Bus and Metro Tickets

Bus kiosks Bus, Metro & TramIf you are uncomfortable heading into a Tabacchi shop to purchase a bus ticket, there is another option. Ticket kiosks are being placed throughout Rome. You will see kiosks in EVERY metro station… but they are also installed at many of the larger bus stops. These new kiosks replace the older, far less reliable units. For more information on how to use these kiosks, Read more…


Riding the Metro in Rome

Bus metro car Bus, Metro & TramRome has many narrow, one-way streets. There’s also monumental traffic jams… and then of course, there are the driving habits of Romans. All these contribute to make the metro system in Rome a good alternative for getting around town. Unfortunately, there are currently only two metro lines – Line A and Line B. Although limited, the metro is easy to use. To see how, Read more…




Metro, Tram, and Bus Maps for Rome

Bus map Bus, Metro & TramThe buses in Rome are a great way to get around the city. Unfortunately, the ATAC website is often difficult to navigate and the maps on the ATAC website are sometimes difficult to read (or find). One option is to purchase a Roma Metro, Tram, & Bus Map. There are multiple versions of these maps available. They are sold at numerous Tabacchi shops for about €6. For an example, Read more…


Bus #64 – to Piazza di San Pietro

Bus 64 Bus, Metro & TramThe 64 bus in Rome is probably the most famous – or rather infamous – bus in the ATAC system. The route is very popular for tourists, and unfortunately, also for pick-pockets. This bus is often called the pickpocket bus. If you ride this bus, make sure ALL your personal items, money, credit cards, wallets, etc. are secured. If you’d like to head to the Vatican Area on the 64 bus, Read more…


Bus #64 – to Roma Termini Station

Bus 64 Roma termini Bus, Metro & TramIf you want to get back to Roma Termini from the Vatican Area, then the 64 bus is one option to consider. Also, for many cruisers, the Roma San Pietro train station is their first option as they enter Rome by Regionale train. Getting off the train at the Roma San Pietro, the only public transportation option into Rome from this train station is the #64 bus. For more info on this 64 route, Read more…


The 116 Bus Routes in Rome

Bus 116 Bus, Metro & TramThe 116 bus is one of the more popular routes. It is a small, electric bus that can go into the narrow most pedestrian-burdened streets streets of Rome. It passes through the Campo de Fiori, behind the Pantheon, up to Piazza Barberini, and over to Villa Borghese. For many folks wandering downtown, this small bus can save you some walking. To see route maps & photos, Read more…


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Bus 117 to Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano

Bus 117 Bus, Metro & TramLike the 116 bus, the 117 is also a smaller, electric bus. It’s quite popular because it runs from Piazza del Popolo, down the Via dei Corso, loops through Piazza Venezia, up Via Nazionale, and downhill towards Via Cavour. Then it heads to the Forum, stops at the Colosseo, turns right at San Clemente, and finally ends up at Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano. For info on this route, Read more…


The Bus 117 Route to Piazza del Popolo

Bus 117a Bus, Metro & TramIf you’re headed from the San Giovanni area back to the center of town, the 117 bus may be your best option. The 117 leaves from Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, an open piazza directly behind the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. It winds it way through town, passing by the Spanish Steps, and finally ends in Piazza del Popolo. Here‘s the route for the Bus 117 to Corso/Popolo: Read more…


The #8 Tram in Rome

Bus 8 tram Bus, Metro & TramThe #8 tram is the primary mode of transportation for many visitors heading to Trastevere from Largo Argentina – or for folks connecting to or from the Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) on the FM1 train. Your ATAC bus tickets are also good on the trams. Most of the trams have single-use ticket machines on-board. The #8 tram route IS being extended to Piazza Venezia. Read more…


How to Read a COTRAL Bus Schedule

Bus Cotral Bus, Metro & TramIn the city of Rome, the city buses are managed by ATAC. In the Lazio Region, the provider is COTRAL. They work in the city of Rome and also cover the surrounding areas. Their ticket system is similar yet different, so often it’s best to tell a vendor where you’re headed and they’ll know the number of zones necessary. And ticket you correctly. For help on the COTRAL bus system, Read more…


ATAC Raises fares 50% on effective May 25, 2012

Bus argentina Bus, Metro & TramThe cost to utilize Public Transportation in Rome has increased. A price increase went into effect on May 25, 2012. Using the trams, buses, and metro systems in Rome has always been a great bargain; not so much anymore. Back in January, the Roma Pass got the jump on any ATAC price increases by raising their Pass price from €25 to €30. For the new price structure, Read more…




Strikes in Italy

Bus strikes Bus, Metro & TramStrikes are very commonplace in Italy – especially transportation strikes. They are a way of life here and you just have to adjust your plans if you get caught up in one. About a third of the strikes are cancelled but the threat still manages to cause serious transportation disruptions. In Italy, a strike or temporary work stoppage is called Lo Sciopero (plural scioperi). Read more…


Hop On/Hop Off Buses in Rome

Bus HOHO Bus, Metro & TramThere are several Hop On/Hop Off (HO-HO) bus companies in Rome. The HO-HO buses get mixed reviews by visitors. For some, they are a great way to acclimate to the city. Most “routes” take a little more than two hours to complete and allow you – during a pre-purchased period – to jump on and off at your leisure. The commentary is often pretty basic, but it will give you an overview. Read more…


The Terravision Bus Service To and From Rome

FCO Terravision Bus, Metro & TramTerravision, has been in and out of the FCO airport in the past few years. It is a airport major bus service provider in Europe. In Italy, they also offer services at Ciampino, Pisa, Bergamo Orio al Serio, Trapani, Verona, and Torino. With the discounts they offer, Terravision is often the least expensive transportation option between the Airport and Rome. Read more…


The SITBus Shuttle Service To and From Rome

FCO SITBus Bus, Metro & TramStarting in 2009, the SITBus Shuttle began daily runs from Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO) to two locations in Rome – the Roma Termini Train Station and also Piazza Cavour. The SITBus Shuttle buses begin their routes at 5 AM – another plus for early travelers as the Leonardo Express does not start until 05:52 AM. Read more…


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