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Mira Dominguez

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Public transportation in Rome?

Can someone tell me what the public transportation is like in Rome? Is it safe for a group of girls and is it just buses or are there subways? Are there any discounted passes?

I'm going to Florence for sure next year (actually first time in Italy!!!) and I was thinking about going to Rome if it is easy to get around and fits into our budget  I have no idea what it's like over there so hoping to get an idea here!

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  • DMae Binkley

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    Hi Mira,

    You have gotten some very good responses! If you come to Rome from Florence, you will arrive at the Stazione Roma Terminiand the metro lines and many busses are there. The public transportation system includes both busses and the metro. As mentioned, there are two metro lines that sort of make an 'X' that meets in the middle at Termini station.

    The best way to get around Rome is by walking. It is a pretty compact place and you will discover all sorts of marvels just walking from one place to another. If you need to travel a longer distance or your feet give out, there is usually a public bus, tram or metro somewhere you can access.

    Try this link to get all the information you need about the transportation. A three day pass is a great savings; you can hop on and off busses and metros all day long without getting a new ticket. There is also a weekly pass and a monthly pass. You can purchase those passes easily at a Tabacchi shop. Those shops have either a white or a blue sign with a large 'T' on it.

    One word of advice - if you can avoid bus route 40, do so. It is a haven for pickpockets as it is heavily used by tourists. Besides, it is very, very crowded most of the time.

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      Great to know that there are these options. Thanks a bunch for your advice on what to take and what to avoid! Very much appreciated!!! · (0 likelikes)

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      These are great suggestions! I've added an "@" sign next to your suggestions so that they show up on the right hand side in a list and mapped. It's a really cool function on Trippy! · · (0 likelikes)

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  • Oleg Kaganovich

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    Mira,

    You've gotten plenty of good responses on buses/metro, so I won't repeat. That said, Rome is quite walkable, so forget about public transportation, and throw on (or buy!!!) some comfortable shoes!

    Florence is made for walking and takes less than an hour to walk. Enjoy yourself and take in the experience as you stroll along.


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      Wow Oleg, it sounds like you've been all over Italia! This is good to know. Thanks for giving me an excuse to do even more shoe shopping there!!! :) · (0 likelikes)

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      Florence is one of the leather capitals of the region. Have fun. · (1 likelikes)

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      Perfecto! I'm looking forward to a few pairs of comfy real leather shoes!! · (0 likelikes)

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      I agree with Oleg. I stayed for two weeks in Rome and took a bus twice: Once to get to the Vatican, and another time because I indulged in a little too much vino and didn't trust myself to walk back to the hotel at night. Everything else was totally walkable, or a quick metro ride. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Przemek Czaicki

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    The transport in Rome is good when it works. I didn't have any issues with the Metro (there's only 2 lines), it was fast, reliable and air conditioned. However the buses... it's Italy, so there's no schedule. You just find a bus stop and hang out until one decides to appear. Rome is pretty safe and overall pretty friendly. In the summer you'll find tons of fellow American tourists, if the language starts to pose issues with the locals. Or you can use gestures, since it's Italy :)

    If I remember correctly, you can get a tourist pass for 3 days, but don't quote me on it. Most European capitals do the 3 day city pass as part of tourism development.

    Rome is definitely worth a visit, it's fantastic city with great food and awesome vibe. If you can squeeze it in, definitely do.

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      Thanks a bunch for the speedy response Przemek!!! Very good to know that they have a tourist pass of sorts and about that bus schedule!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Laura Faerber

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    Rome Hey Mira! The buses in Rome are very easy to understand and for the most part safe (be careful late at night if you've been drinking - same anywhere). If you take the train into Rome from Florence, I'm not even sure you would really need to use public transportation depending on your luggage. The whole city of Rome is super walkable, and all of the major museums/sights/restaurants etc. are in downtown Rome. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions - I studied abroad there for 4 1/2 months so I know it pretty well :)

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      This sounds great and I'm going to try to travel as light as possible. I'll talk to my girls and see if we want to tack on Rome because if so, we're going to need to know what to eat and see!!! Thanks a bunch Laura!! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Grigori Boudenkov

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    First of all, Rome is just a short train ride from Florence so definitely try and fit it in. Being a very "touristy" city, there are plenty of ways to get around (buses, subways). I've been there twice and mostly got around on the metro, it's very simple, cheap and gets you right where you need to go. BEWARE - you WILL experience a lot of annoying individuals/beggars near the ticket machines who are going to "help you" purchase the right tickets. They are there to do 1 of two things, 1. Pickpocket you, 2. demand/snag your change after the machine spits it out. Aside from that, it's totally safe for a group of girls, just make smart decisions and you'll be totally fine. Like i said, the city tries to make it as easy as possible for tourists,

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      Thank you Grigori! :) Good to know that I can take a train ride from city to city and thanks for the warnings!!! · (0 likelikes)

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    There is a subway system that covers a good amount of the city, between 2 lines. The major sightseeing hotspots are all relatively close to a station, although be prepared to do a lot of walking as well. For example, the subway will get you close to the centro storico area, but you'll have plenty of walking between the Campo dè Fiori , Spanish Steps and Pantheon Pantheon

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