Roaming About Rome: The Woes of Public Transportation

Once you’re in Rome, you have a few options to get around the Eternal City.

Option One: You can walk.

While there were many occasions when I chose to just walk somewhere, Rome is a large city and walking takes a lot of time and energy.

Rome is also filled with hills and steps that make walking very difficult for some people.

After a while my fellow students and I got used to walking to many different places, but when my parents came to visit me they absolutely refused to walk.

If you plan on walking everywhere around the city, find a city map that highlights the different attractions. Check out this map at the link:

Rome Map for Walking

Option Two: You can taxi everywhere.

If you taxi everywhere…well it is going to cost you a lot of money.

The only time I used taxis were when I was going back and forth from the airport and the one time that public transportation shut down for a day.

The nice thing about taxis is that they have one flat rate from the airport to anywhere in the city. From Fiumicino Airport to anywhere in Rome is 48 euros.


Option Three: Public Transportation

This is by far your best option. Your school may provide, but if not you should buy, an unlimited card to take all three types of Roman transportation. To keep your card handy when travelling around the city you should buy a card holder, which sticks right on to the back of the phone and you don’t have to worry about pulling out your wallet. Check out the link below:

Phone Card Holder

Rome has three different types of public transportation.

Rome has a Metro (subway) like most major cities. The only problem with the metro is it makes an “X.” To switch lines you have to go to Termini and the locations are very limited. The “A” line covers the Vatican Museums, the Spanish Steps, and Cinecitta. The “B” line covers Saint Paul’s Basilica, Circo Massimo, and the Colosseum.


Rome also has a set of trams, which are very reliable. The tram usually comes between 8-15 minutes and covers the majority of Rome, bringing you to almost all of the major tourist spots.

Lastly, Rome has a large bus network. There are hundreds of different bus routes in Rome. Roman buses though are slightly unreliable though and in some cases you will have to switch between multiple buses to get to your destination.


After a couple of tries, you will get the hang of Roman public transportation. It is by far the most useful and cheapest option to getting around the city. You also get the REAL Italian experience by using public transportation just like the local do.

If you plan on travelling outside of Rome and all around Italy check out my blog, Termini: The Gateway to all of Italy.

While there are many different ways to get around the city, public transportation is the best option for college students studying abroad.

Ciao belli!


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