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Tickets and passes for public transportation in Rome

Rome's metro, buses, trams, and even suburban trains share the same fare system. This makes it even easier to choose the public transportation option that suits you best.

The duration of your stay in Rome and the number of times you plan to use public transportation are the most important factors to consider when choosing the right ticket or pass.

Remember that Rome is an excellent city to explore by foot, with sights at almost every corner. That’s why we recommend alternating the metro, city bus, and tram with walking tours in popular touristic areas.

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Usually, the BIT ticket is the most convenient option for visitors. Passes may seem attractive at first but are rarely economical. In most cases, you’d have to take a large number of rides per day, which is not necessary for most tourist itineraries.

If you have a contactless bank card (with NFC), it’s recommended to use the Tap&Go payment system. That way, it’s not necessary to buy tickets in advance for trajectories at a subway or train station.

You can also use several B+ apps to buy tickets before you arrive in Rome. This way, you can easily and quickly purchase e-tickets and have them scanned from your mobile.

Available tickets and passes

To help you choose the most appropriate ticket, here’s a brief overview of all available options. More information about each option can be found further down this page.

Ticket
Type
Description
Price*
Details
TicketBITRoma 24hRoma 48hRoma 72hCISBIRG
TypeOne-way ticketDay passtwo-day passthree-day passWeek passRegional ticket
DescriptionValid for 100 minutes with unlimited transfers. This is the most recommended option for visitors.It pays off if you make at least five trips in one day, which is unlikely for most common itineraries.If you’re sure that you’ll make at least nine trips in two days, it can be a convenient option.You’d have to make at least 12 trips in three days to make it worth the money.Only recommended for those on long stays and with a larger budget.Useful for transfers to destinations outside Rome, such as the port of Civitavecchia or Tivoli.
Price*€1.50€7.00€12.50€18.00€24.00€3.30 - €14.00
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*All children under 10 years, accompanied by an adult, can travel free of charge by all public transportation in Rome.

BIT (one-way ticket)

The BIT (Biglietto Integrato a tempo) ticket is the most popular option because of its low cost and great simplicity. It’s particularly useful for occasional trips by public transportation.

The ticket is valid for 100 minutes after validation. During this time, it’s possible to make unlimited transfers between various bus, metro, tram, and suburban train lines, as long as it’s not necessary to enter the metro gates again.

For example, you can take the metro from a station on line A, change to line B, and then continue your journey by bus. You can also take the tram and continue by metro. Or you can even transfer between the metro and suburban trains.

The only thing that isn’t allowed, is leaving a subway station and continuing your journey via the same or another metro station with the same ticket.

Type of ticket
One-way ticket (BIT)
Type of ticketPriceDetails
One-way ticket (BIT)€1.50It’s valid for 100 minutes and allows unlimited transfers with minor restrictions.

Roma 24h (day pass)

The 24-hour pass can be useful if you’re planning to make frequent use of public transportation during your stay in Rome. For this ticket to pay off, you’ll need to make at least five trips in a day, which is not necessary for most tourist itineraries.

If you’re not sure which ticket suits you best, it’s recommended to get a BIT ticket or use the Tap&Go system to pay for your trips (explained later in this article).

Type of ticket
Roma 24h (day pass)
Type of ticketPriceDetails
Roma 24h (day pass)€7.00It pays off if you make at least five trips in one day, which is unlikely for the average visitor.

Roma 48h (two-day pass)

While it may seem like this ticket is the best option for spending a weekend in Rome, in reality, it’s barely worth the money. It’s only economical if you’re going to make at least nine trips in two days.

Most of the recommended tours and itineraries do not require such frequent use of public transportation in our experience. However, if you’ve already planned your trips and are ok with the price, you should definitely consider it.

Type of ticket
Roma 48h (two-day pass)
Type of ticketPriceDetails
Roma 48h (two-day pass)€12.00Worthwhile if you’re going to make at least nine trips in two days.

Roma 72h (three-day pass)

Like the other options, this pass is barely worth the money. You’d have to make at least 12 trips in three days and a trip from or to Fiumicino airport is not included.

It’s only recommended if you have a larger budget and want to forget about buying tickets before each trip.

Type of ticket
Roma 72h (abono de tres días)
Type of ticketPriceDetails
Roma 72h (abono de tres días)€18.00Not recommended. You’d have to make twelve trips in three days to make it worthwhile.

CIS (week pass)

The weekly pass (Carta Integrata Settimanale) could be useful if you’re staying more than four days in Rome and want to forget about buying tickets every time you start a trip.

For a profitable outcome, you’d need to make two to three trips a day, with a total of 16 rides during your stay. That’s obviously not impossible but the real benefit of this pass is the convenience of not having to buy tickets all the time.

Type of ticket
Week pass (CIS)
Type of ticketPriceDetails
Week pass (CIS)€24.00Worthwhile if you’re going to make at least 16 trips in a week.

BIRG (Regional ticket)

With a BIRG (Biglietto Integrato Regionale Giornaliero) ticket you can travel unlimitedly with all forms of public transportation, until midnight on the day of activation. It’s valid within all areas of the Lazio region, of which you choose the number of zones at the time of purchase.

The Lazio region is divided into six zones. Zone A corresponds to Rome and the subsequent zones cover the rest of the cities and towns in the region.

View map of transportation zones in the Lazio region

BIRG ticket prices vary depending on the zones you’ll be passing through, as shown in the table below:

Number of zones*
Price
Details
Number of zones*1234567
Price€3.30€6.00€8.00€9.30€12.00€14.00€14.00
Details--Useful for day trips from Rome to Tivoli.**-Allows transfers between Rome and Civitavecchia or Viterbo.--

*The number of zones is calculated from the point of departure. For example, if you’re in Civitavecchia and want to go to Viterbo, you’ll only need a ticket for one zone (since both places are in zone D).

**The city of Rome (zone A, shown in dark red on the map) counts as two zones. If you want to make a trip from Rome to a destination in zone B (such as Tivoli), you’ll need to buy a three-zone ticket.

The BIRG ticket is valid for:

It’s important to mention that, like the other tickets and passes, the BIRG is not valid for journeys between Fiumicino airport and Rome.

Also, don’t forget to personalize your ticket with your first and last name when you use it for the first time. If you don’t do this, you risk a fine.

How to buy tickets for public transportation in Rome

The tickets and subscriptions listed above can be purchased in a variety of ways, as shown in the table below.

Available options
Description
Details
Available optionsBuying paper tickets and passesPay for trips with the Tap&Go systemPurchase tickets via one of the B+ appsUse an éRoma card
DescriptionAll available tickets can be purchased in this format.There’s no need to purchase tickets. Pay (contactless) for your trips with your bank card or mobile.Use one of the mobile apps to buy online tickets for itineraries.It’s an optional plastic card that you can buy on which passes can be loaded.
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Paper tickets and passes

Nowadays, paper tickets and passes are still very popular. They can be purchased at many points of sale:

  • Tobacco shops
  • Kiosks
  • Tourist information points at airports
  • ATAC counters
  • Automatic machines in subway stations and at (some) bus stops

It’s important to know that it’s not possible to buy tickets or passes on board of buses and trams in Rome. If you’re going to use these two methods of transportation often, it’s convenient to purchase a pass or multiple one-way tickets in advance or to use one of the B+ apps mentioned below.

Paper tickets and passes must always be validated when entering metro stations or before boarding buses and trams. In some metro stations, they must also be validated when exiting.

If you have a pass that’s already activated, you don’t have to revalidate it every time you use the bus or tram. You just need to carry it with you in case there’s a ticket inspection.

Contactless payment with Tap&Go

The Tap&Go system allows you to pay for certain trips with your contactless bank card or mobile with a compatible payment app (such as Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, etc.).

When using Tap&Go, the system automatically calculates the cheapest option for you. For example, if you take four rides in 24 hours, you pay €6.00 (equivalent to four BIT tickets of €1.50). However, if you make five or more trips in the same 24-hour period, you pay only €7.00 (equivalent to a 24-hour pass).

At the beginning of your journey, you can swipe your bank card or mobile along the NFC reader. The system will charge a temporary amount of € 7.00 from your account and give you access. The next day, the number of journeys you have made will be verified, the temporary debit will be canceled and the final costs will be withdrawn from your account.

To pay with the Tap&Go system you must start your trip at any of the following stations:

Once your journey has started, you can use all public transportation options and transfer to other lines for 100 minutes (under the same conditions as the BIT ticket).

You can also install the ATAC Tap&Go app to keep track of your trips and expenses. Using your mobile, scan the bank card you used to pay for your journeys to check that the rides match the costs.

Important: Use this app to transfer to COTRAL regional bus routes. This is because it’s the only way for the inspectors to verify that you have a valid ticket.

Download the Tap&Go app (only available for Android, in Italian).

Buying tickets via B+ apps

It’s possible to purchase tickets through apps from ATAC’s partner companies. This option can be useful if you want to buy tickets in advance. The only drawback is that not all apps are available in multiple languages.

Tickets or passes purchased through one of the B+ apps are virtually stored on your mobile. They can be activated at any time and are valid for all forms of public transportation.

To access a subway or train station with a ticket purchased through one of these apps, you must first open the app and then hold your mobile near the NFC reader or QR code reader at the access control.

If you’re going to use the bus or tram, all you have to do is activate your ticket via the app before boarding. This is because there is no special reader on board of these vehicles. If there is an inspection, you must show the app to the inspector, who can verify the ticket based on the data displayed on the screen.

This option may seem attractive at first glance, but in reality, it’s not always the best alternative for visitors on short stays in Rome. We believe that in most cases, the Tap&Go system is more convenient because of its simplicity.

Below is a list of available B+ apps, in case you want to try one:

éRoma ticket

The physical éRoma card is plastic and can be ordered online. On it, you can then load your weekly, monthly, 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour passes.

Although at first sight, it seems like a good idea to buy this card, in practice it makes little sense. The card costs €3.00 and after purchase you’ll have to pick it up at an ATAC counter (where you can also buy paper tickets and passes).

Therefore, the purchase of an éRoma card yields quite a little. After all, the paper tickets are sturdy enough to use and they can be kept as souvenirs.

Therefore, we recommend opting for paper tickets, one of the B+ apps, or the Tap&Go system. Anyway, if you’re interested in the éRoma card you can find more information on the ATAC website.

Transportation services

Except for the BIRG ticket, all previously mentioned tickets are valid for the following public transportation services:

The tickets can be used for trips between Rome and Ciampino Airport (such as bus and metro combinations), but none are valid for journeys to or from Fiumicino Airport.

Traveling without a valid ticket

In the case of the metro, all stations have access gates. This makes it impossible to enter the platforms without a valid ticket or pass.

On the other hand, there is no control of any kind when boarding public buses and ticket inspections are not very frequent. However, we obviously recommend that you always carry a valid ticket with you to avoid fines during checks.

The amount of a fine starts at €100 and increases depending on the ticket you should have bought. If you pay the fine immediately, it’s halved.