ATAC, Azienda per i Trasporti Autoferrotranviari del Comune di Roma, is Rome’s primary public transportation authority. It manages the wide network of metro lines, trams, and buses that moves thousands of locals and tourists in and around the city of Rome.
A single ticket costs €1.50 and has a duration of 100 minutes. After stamping your ticket you can make as many transfers among many means of transportation as you like* before the ticket expires. Children under 10 ride for free.
You can purchase tickets from most Tabacchi (you’ll see the characteristic “T” sign outside their shop), a giornalaio (newspaper and magazine vendors on the streets), Rome info points, or at the ticket machines located in all metro stations.
Sometimes there is a ticket machine located on the bus or tram. These machines accept only coins and do not give change, so you must have the exact amount. Not all buses and trams have these ticket machines, and it’s common to find them out-of-service so don’t count on buying your ticket on board.
For buses and trams, carrying a validated ticket is based on the honor system. That is, it’s possible to get on a bus or tram without a ticket or without validating your ticket. ATAC officers conduct frequent checks on the busiest lines and will ask to see your validated ticket. If you don’t have one, you’ll face a fine of at least €50, payable immediately if you have cash.
*Your ticket can be used only once for the Metro. Switching Metro lines doesn’t require a second validation. You can stamp the ticket on a bus or tram and still use the already stamped ticket to enter into the Metro. Your ticket is also valid for the Roma-Lido train from Piramide to reach Ostia Antica.
Rome has 3 Metro lines:
The A & B lines intersect at just 1 station, Termini Station which is Rome’s main public transportation hub.
Stations (from North to South)
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Stations (from South to North)
*Note: For trains traveling from Laurentina, there are 2 directions: toward Rebibbia and toward Jonio
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Stations (from South to North)
The C line in the historic center is still under construction, it is only useful for tourists wishing to visit the periphery. Also note that none of the operating stations intersect any of the stations of lines A or B.
Rome’s tram network is extensive which makes reaching longer distances not serviced by the Metro much more convenient. Areas like Trastevere (Trams 3 & 8) and around Villa Borghese (Trams 3 & 19) are much easier to reach thanks to the Tram system.
All of the trams are above ground which also gives the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, which on most lines is really quite spectacular. In fact, if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to view many beautiful parts of Rome from a window seat, hop on Tram 3 at Trastevere Station and take it all the way to Villa Borghese. You’ll pass through the entire historic center in about 25 minutes with a really spectacular view along the way.
Unfortunately Rome’s public transportation is susceptible to employee strikes – often at the most inconvenient times. Called Sciopero in Italian, a strike will effectively shut down the metro, trams and/or buses for most of the day when they occur. Every strike is different, so for the most up-to-date information check the official ATAC website to find out what lines are participating and the time of day there won’t be service.
Download the app Moovit which will send you push notifications about strikes, closures, or delays. When there is a strike, the only reliable transportation is a private taxi.
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