Getting Around Rome on a Budget
Since Rome is so tightly packed with historical and cultural attractions, there's a lot to see and do. Our research about getting around Rome on a budget is below, but remember first to book some airport transfers with Holiday Extras. You can choose the transfer that's right for your budget, from shared shuttle buses to private cars.
Rome is incredibly well served by buses, with over 350 different lines. You'll most likely use the urban lines (starting at 5am-6.30am and finishing at midnight) or night buses (operating between midnight until about 5am). You'll need to pick up a BIT ticket: a one-way ticket costs €1.50 and lasts for 75 minutes, while a day pass (BIG) costs €6 and lasts until midnight of the day of purchase.
The BIT will also be your first choice for getting around Rome by tram. It's the cheapest option for inner-city travel – pick up a three-day tourist pass (BTI) for €16.50 or a week pass (known as the CIS) for €24. Don't forget to validate your travel cards before boarding or you could be fined.
The metro is also covered by your BIT, BIG, BTI or CIS cards. There are only three lines on Rome's metro, but they cover a lot of tourist sites. The orange line A goes near the Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica and the Trevi Fountain. Blue line B gets close to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. They run 5.30am-11.30pm Monday-Thursday & Sunday and 5.30am-1.30am on Friday and Saturday.
It's generally advised against plumping for a taxi in Rome, due to some drivers preying on foreigners and overcharging. To avoid getting swindled, remember the general fares. Minimum weekday fare 6am-10pm: €3; minimum public holiday fare 6am-10pm: €4.50; minimum night-time fare: €6.50; rate per kilometre: €1.10-€1.60. Get them from official taxi stops and remember that all official taxis are white with a taxi roof sign and taximeter.
It's entirely possible to see Rome on foot – a lot of points of interests are close together and it's a beautiful city to wander. Pack some sturdy shoes and look out for walking tours and guided walks if you'd like advice and information from an expert.
Our Rome airport transfers are reasonably priced and are the perfect way of getting to and from the airport safely and reliably.