Maps and tools
Maps and tools
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Unfortunately, public bus stops don’t have maps of the lines they’re part of. The information displays only show the other stops on the lines and include the departure times of the first and last bus from the terminal stops.
If you wish to consult the route of a particular line, it’s best to use the Muoversi a Roma tool.
On the other hand, if you want to see the coverage of the urban bus network, you can check out the official ATAC map. It helps to get a general overview of the network but it’s not very useful for route planning. If you want to look up the best traveling option to a destination, it’s best to use one of the available route planning tools.
Download the map of Rome’s bus network (PDF - 3.80 MB)
There are various helpful tools for planning journeys and paying for trips by public transportation in Rome. To use them during your stay, you’ll need a smartphone with an internet connection or, in some cases, a laptop.
|Tool||Moovit||Google Maps||Roma Mobilità||Muoversi a Roma|
|Purpose||Route planning for city buses and all other methods of public transportation in Rome.||Detailed maps and route planning for public transportation in many cities worldwide.||Mobile app to plan routes and check waiting times at bus and tram stops.||Route planning, line information, and waiting time information for buses and trams.|
|Details||See details||See details||See details||See details|
Moovit (mobile and web)
The purpose of this app is to provide information about public transportation routes in Rome and other cities around the world. Besides, it’s the only one recommended by the local transportation authority (ATAC).
When it comes to buses and trams, the app can provide real-time information (based on GPS data) on vehicle arrivals at any stop. For the subway, it provides estimated arrival times of the next trains.
Moovit is ideal for planning trips using any type of public transportation, including regional lines operated by Trenitalia. You can use the app directly in your web browser without having to download it. However, it’s recommended that you install it anyway for a significantly better user experience.
Google Maps (mobile and web)
This popular tool provides detailed information on route planning and sights. Google Maps is very user-friendly and provides real-time updates on all public transportation methods (including Trenitalia’s regional trains).
Just like Moovit, Google Maps suggests several routes to reach your destination. Also, it provides information about the arrival time of vehicles through the “Schedule Explorer” option.
Google Maps is installed by default on most devices running on Android. If you don’t have the app yet, you can download it for free or use the web version.
Roma Mobilità (mobile)
This tool is specifically designed to plan routes and view waiting times at bus and tram stops in Rome. However, it doesn’t contain information about the metro and is only available in Italian. Fortunately, the interface is very intuitive, so you can still use it without any problems.
In some countries, the Roma Mobilità app is not available for smartphones. If you can’t install the app, it’s best to opt for Moovit or the web version of Muoversi a Roma (which has similar features and doesn’t require installation).
Muoversi a Roma (web)
This app works similarly to the Roma Mobilità app but is designed for use on laptops and desktops (it doesn’t work on smartphones). The application is useful for acquiring information about tram and bus lines, and for checking waiting times at stops.
The web app Muoversi a Roma allows you to view the route of each line on a map and see the current location of buses and trams. It also offers the possibility to calculate routes but that function often works poorly. For this, you are better off using Moovit or Google Maps.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t include information about the subway and is only available in Italian.
There are other convenient tools for planning trips by public transportation in Rome and for buying tickets and passes online. You can see the details of all available options in this article:Guide on useful tools and apps for public transportation in Rome