6 easy ways to get around Rome

Our guide to the best transport options in Rome

While Rome isn’t the biggest city in Europe, it still takes some navigating. So to help you maximise your time there, we’ve put together six of the best ways of seeing the sights. 

1. Take public transport

It’s always a little daunting taking public transport in a foreign city, but Rome’s system is pretty easy to work out. Just don’t expect the Romans to always stick to the timetable. You’ll probably use the bus the most (saves the knees on those hills) so make sure you buy a ticket before you board. There’s usually a flat fare in central Rome. You can buy singles, day passes along with two-day and three-day options.

Top-tip: If you’re going to do a lot of sightseeing (and why wouldn’t you), you could consider a Roma Pass. You get free transport on the Metro, bus and tram, along with a free museum pass and other discount ticketing options.

2. Jump in a taxi

One of the most frequently asked questions is: Are taxis expensive in Rome? Well, it certainly isn’t the cheapest way of getting around, but it’s by no means ruinous. Sometimes it’s the best option for getting home late at night after a long day. Roman taxis have fixed fares depending on the time of day and what day of the week it is. Just be aware, that the meter will be doing overtime if you get stuck in a jam during rush hour.

Top-tip: It’s not normal practice to flag down the official cabs, but you should be able to find a taxi rank easily - especially in central Rome. Also at the airport, if you’ve not booked anything, do head to the official taxi rank to avoid unauthorised drivers.

3. Get on a bike

Let’s start by saying it’s hilly - so you can’t say you’ve not been warned. You can hire a bike and explore on your own, or take a cycling tour of the city. There are some dedicated cycle paths in Rome to discover and some of the larger parks have bikes for hire so you can zip around the grounds.

4. Hire a scooter

One of the most iconic images of Rome has to be Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant riding around on a Vespa in “Roman Holiday”. Because most rental scooters are automatic, you shouldn't have any problems getting to grips with them. Prices range from €20 to €80 a day depending on the make and model. You can also book Vespa tours of the city.

Top-tip: Make sure you keep an eye out for potholes.

5. Walk around the city

Of course, this is the cheapest option. The city centre is manageable for walking about - and many of the major attractions, such as the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill are within short distances of each other.

6. Rent a car

You can rent a car at Rome airport - prices vary depending on the size and length of hire.

What else should I do in Rome?

We mentioned it’s hilly right? Probably a few times. Why not consider taking a segway tour of Rome? You can go your own way or do a guided tour.

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