Unmissable tourist sites
Most buses run from 5.30am to midnight. The most convenient bus routes to explore the centre are:
Line 40 and 64 –Termini-Vaticano;
Line 116 and 117 – Electrical-powered minibuses that serve the historic centre;
Line 85 –Stops at the Coliseum, the Imperial Forums, Piazza Venezia and Via del Corso.
Archeobus –Serves the main archaeological sites from 8.30am to 4.30pm (departures every 30min from Termini station). €15 not including entrance to the sites (€10 with Romapass, combined ticket with the 110 Open pass: €30). www.trambusopen.com
110 Open Tour – Departures with audio guides to the main tourist sites (every 20min from 8.30am-8.30pm at Termini station). €20, valid 24hr (or €15, valid 24hr with Romapass). www.trambusopen.com
Line 3 is the most convenient of Rome’s six tramlines. It stops at Trastevere, Circo Massimo, Coliseum, S. Giovanni in Laterano and then heads north to the Villa Borghese gardens around the historic centre. Line 8 runs from viale di Trastevere to largo di Torre Argentina.
The underground runs from 5.30am-11.30pm (1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays).
The 2 underground lines converge at Termini railway station, but skirt the historic centre because archaeological ruins make it impossible to dig this section of the city. Beware of pickpockets.
Fares and discounts
Tickets are valid on all means of public transport.
BIT ticket: €1, valid for 75 min.
BIG ticket: €4, valid all day until midnight for an unlimited number of journeys.
BTI ticket: €11, valid for 3 days from the first time it is stamped.
CIS ticket: €16, valid for 7 days from the first time it is stamped.
Romapass: valid 3 days. Offers unlimited travel on public transport, free entrance into two museums and discounts on other museums, events and concerts. €23. www.romapass.it
Night buses (midnight-5am) are marked with an N and bus stops with an owl sign.
The fixed pick-up charge is around €2.80, to which you should add €0.10/unit. Extra charges for night fares (10pm-7am €5.80) and public holidays (€4). Make sure you take a metered taxicab (white or yellow) and you won’t have to worry about the final bill.