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tram 19 in the city of Rome Jeremy Vandel

The trams of Rome

Rome's current tram network is only a fraction of what was once Italy's largest. Its six lines reach only a few areas of the city but for specific routes they can be very useful.

Due to its limited coverage, Rome’s trams are rarely used by visitors. However, the route of some lines of the tram network is ideal for trips between some of the city’s main tourist attractions.

Line 8, for example, provides a direct connection between central Rome and Trastevere, a district known for its restaurants and vibrant nightlife. To reach the Villa Borghese from the Vatican, it’s best to take line 19. The journey takes a little less than 20 minutes.

Other attractions with nearby tram stops include the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Torre Argentina, Termini train station, and even Rome’s Biopark.

The trams are, in general, comfortable, clean, and reliable. In addition, they have priority on the streets which means that rush hour won’t affect their arrival times. All in all, it’s recommended to use the tram during your stay in Rome.

Lines

There are currently six tram lines in Rome but there are plans to extend an existing line and add another. However, specific dates for the construction haven’t been accounced.

All tram lines are urban and ATAC (the company that manages public transportation in Rome) classifies them in the same way as city buses. Therefore, all stops are marked with a white “u” on a blue background.

Four of the lines converge at the Porta Maggiore station, one and a half kilometers southeast of Termini station. Another line circles the northern, eastern, and southern parts of the city, and only one reaches the actual center of Rome.

Line 2 (Flaminio - Mancini)

This line is of little tourist interest. It covers the Flaminio district connecting to metro line A and the Rome-Viterbo line of the suburban train at Piazza del Popolo.

There’s little chance that you’ll use this line unless your accommodation is in the Flaminio district.

Line 3 (Valle Giulia - Trastevere)

Line 3 is, after line 19, the longest tram line in Rome. It operates around the center to the north, east, and south. Ideal for exploring the sights of the Villa Borghese, visiting the Vatican, or reaching the Trastevere district.

Some interesting stops on this line are:

Stop
Notes
StopVilla GiuliaGalleria Arte ModernaBioparcoPoliclinicoPorta MaggioreManzoniColosseoAventino / Circo MassimoPorta S.PaoloStazione Trastevere
NotesIdeal for a visit to the Etruscan Museum.As the name suggests, it’s located right across the National Gallery of Modern Art. It’s an ideal stop to visit the Villa Borghese.It’s a stone’s throw away from the Biopark, Rome’s zoo.Convenient for the connection to subway line B, east of Villa Borghese.Connection to lines 5 and 14 to reach Termini station.Convenient for the connection to subway line A in southern Rome.It’s located on the east side of the Colosseum.Great for getting from the Colosseum to the Circus Maximus.It provides a connection to Ostiense train station, subway line B, and the Rome-Lido line of the suburban trains, reaching Ostia Antigua.This stop is convenient for connections to the regional rail lines FL1, FL3, and FL5, which allow you to reach Fiumicino Airport, the port of Civitavecchia, and Viterbo.

Line 5 (Termini - Gerani)

This line runs from Termini train station to Piazza dei Gerani in eastern Rome.

The area reached by this line is rather residential and of little tourist interest, but you can use this line to go from Porta Maggiore to Termini, providing connections with lines 3 and 19.

Line 8 (Venice - Casaletto)

This is the newest line of the tram network. It has modern streetcars and reaches the deepest point of central Rome.

It connects Piazza Venezia (near the Roman Forum) and Torre Argentina with Trastevere, an area known for its restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Because of its route, line 8 can be very useful to reach Trastevere station, where you can change to regional trains to reach Fiumicino airport or Civitavecchia port.

Stop
Notes
StopVeneziaArenula/CairoliStazione Trastevere
NotesIt’s located on the west side of Piazza Venezia, where the iconic Altar of the Fatherland is also located. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the Roman Forum.This stop is a stone’s throw away from the archaeological remains of Torre Argentina.Connection to lines FL1, FL3, and FL5 of the regional trains, which allow you to reach Fiumicino airport, the port of Civitavecchia, and Viterbo.

Line 14 (Termini - Togliatti)

Line 14 doesn’t cover areas of tourist interest. It’s almost identical to line 5, except for the last five stations.

This line can be useful to reach Termini from Porta Maggiore.

Line 19 (Risorgimento San Pietro - Gerani)

Line 19 is the longest tramway in Rome and has almost the same route as lines 3 and 5, but is the only one to reach the Vatican.

Some interesting stops on this line are:

Stop
Notes
StopRisorgimento/S.PietroOttavianoMuseo Etrusco/Villa GiuliaGalleria Arte ModernaBioparcoPoliclinicoPorta Maggiore
NotesFrom this stop, you can be at St. Peter’s Square in a 5-minute walk.It connects to subway line A in northern Rome.Ideal for a visit to the Etruscan Museum.As the name suggests, it’s located right across the National Gallery of Modern Art. It’s an ideal stop to visit the Villa Borghese.It’s a stone’s throw away from the Biopark, Rome’s zoo.​​Convenient as a connection to subway line B, east of Villa Borghese.Connection to lines 5 and 14 to reach Termini station.

How to use the trams in Rome

To find out which line(s) and stop(s) are convenient for you to reach your destination, we recommend using the tools mentioned later in this article. This way, you don’t have to use complicated maps or ask people on the street for directions.

The streetcars have multiple doors, any of which you can use to get on or off as there are no access controls. Furthermore, keep in mind that during rush hours, there’s a good chance that there are no seats available and that it can be less pleasant to travel with luggage.

If you have a previously validated ticket or pass, you don’t need to do anything when embarking. Just make sure you have your ticket ready in case there’s an inspection. If you still need to validate your ticket, you can do so at one of the yellow machines located at the front or rear of the streetcar.

In case the machines don’t work, follow this rule: write the date and time of the start of your journey on the ticket. If this isn’t possible due to the lack of a pen, don’t worry too much. You’ll only be checked if a ticket inspector gets on the bus.

The driver won’t check if you have a valid ticket when you board. However, ticket inspectors get on the buses from time to time to inspect everyone’s tickets. It’s good to know that the amount of a fine for an invalid ticket (or lack thereof) is €104.90 and is reduced to €54.90 if you pay it immediately.

Tickets and passes

The tickets sold by ATAC can be used to travel by tram, bus, suburban train, and the subway in Rome.

A one-way ticket (BIT) costs €1.50 and allows you to make unlimited transfers to other methods of transportation in the city. The ticket is valid for 100 minutes after validation.

On the other hand, if you plan to make multiple trips during your stay, some of the passes may be convenient for you. You can check the details of all the available passes in our guide.

Please, note that it’s not possible to buy tickets in the tram. You need to purchase them in advance at tobacco shops, kiosks, or ticket machines at metro stations.

There’s also the possibility of buying tickets online with your phone, using one of the B+ apps from ATAC.

Guide for buying tickets and passes for public transportation in Rome

Schedule

Like most public buses in Rome, the streetcars start operating daily at 5:30 a.m. In the evening, the last streetcars leave the final stops of each line at midnight.

The up-to-date timetables can always be consulted at the stops of each line. On the other hand, the frequency is normally 6 minutes on all lines but may vary by season.

For trips after midnight, it’s possible to use the night buses. More information can be found in this guide on buses in Rome.

Consult waiting times

The streetcars are equipped with a satellite system that allows ATAC to constantly track the location of the vehicles. With this information, the company has created a tool that can be used to consult waiting times for trams and buses throughout Rome.

You can also check the waiting times on your smartphone, using the Roma Mobilità app or the Muoversi a Roma tool. Neither is available in English, but both have intuitive and user-friendly interfaces.

To look up details on the arrival of the next tram, you’ll need the identification code of your stop. It’s five digits long and can be found on the lower left side of the information display.

With these tools, it’s also possible to enter the line number to see where the trams are currently on the route.

Useful tools

The tools below are very useful for planning trips by all means of transportation in Rome. They are all free and to use them during your stay, you will need a smartphone with an internet connection.

If you don’t have one, it’s best to plan your trip in advance. That way you know exactly which lines you can use and where you have to get on and off. When in doubt, you can always ask for directions at tourist information points or people on the street.

Roma Mobilità App

If you plan to use public transportation a lot during your stay in Rome, it’s highly recommended that you install this app on your smartphone.

The tool is specifically designed to plan routes and view waiting times at bus and tram stops in Rome. However, it’s only available in Italian but 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).

Download the Roma Mobilità app for iPhone

Download the Roma Mobilità app for Android

Muoversi a Roma

This app works in the same way as the Roma Mobilità app and is mainly useful for checking waiting times at bus and tram stops.

The website is only available in Italian, but its interface is intuitive enough to use if you don’t understand the language. With Muoversi a Roma, you can see on a map the route of each line and the current position of the buses or trams that are currently operating.

It also offers the possibility to calculate routes, but this feature often doesn’t work well. For this, you are better off using Google Maps or Moovit, which we will discuss later in this article.

Once you’re on the website, select the option “Cerca linea” or “Cerca fermata” to get information about a specific line or stop.

If you’ve chosen the option to obtain details of a stop, you must enter the stop’s identification code. This can be found on the information board of each stop.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for information about a specific line, you only need to enter the number or letter of the line.

Access the Muoversi a Roma tool

Google Maps

Google Maps is a favorite of many. It has up-to-date information and offers a very clear and user-friendly interface. In addition, it always indicates whether there are better alternatives than the bus or tram for the route you specify.

This app doesn’t allow you to view waiting times in the same way as the tools mentioned above, but it does have up-to-date data and provides detailed information on the arrival of upcoming vehicles through the “Timetable Explorer” option.

Google Maps is installed by default on most Android devices. If you don’t have the app yet, you can download it for free (also available for iOS) or use the web version.

Download the Google Maps app for iPhone

Download the Google Maps app for Android

Access the web version of Google Maps

Moovit

This app provides information about public transportation routes in Rome and many other cities around the world. It’s based on ATAC data and can provide up-to-date information on bus and streetcar arrivals.

Moovit is ideal for planning trips on any public transport mode and is the only external tool recommended by ATAC.

It can be accessed via a browser (e.g. Chrome) without having to install the app. However, we recommend installing it anyway, as it offers a significantly better user experience.

Download the Moovit app for iPhone

Download the Moovit app for Android

Access the web version of Moovit

Viaggia con ATAC

This is a tool developed by ATAC to calculate routes and provide information about stops, stations, and lines of public transport in Rome.

Unfortunately, the functionalities could be improved and therefore we wouldn’t recommend this option.

If you still want to try the tool, you can do so via this link:

Access the “Viaggia with ATAC” tool

Maps

Unfortunately, tram 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 tram 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.

If you want to see the full network of trams, you can consult the official ATAC map:

Download the map of Rome’s tram network (PDF - 625 KB)

However, it’s less useful for planning your trip. You’re better off using the tools mentioned above for that.