Understanding the metro network in Rome and knowing different metro ticket types, ticket prices and working hours will allow you to be more independent during your stay and give you the chance to visit all of the attractions of the city that are worth visiting. However, keep in mind that the metro network of Rome is not as developed as in other European cities and that you should be highly aware of pickpockets.
Rome’s metro system is not developed enough for such a large city. It consists of only two lines:
Line A –red line
Line B – blue line
There is a third line C (green line) which has not yet been finished. The end of that project is planned for 2020. Some sections of the C track have been opened, but the track has not reached the city center, and therefore for now it is irrelevant for tourists.
Metro in Rome is open from 5:30 till 23:30h.
It is quite simple to use, when you enter a station you will notice two signs for every metro line that show the color of the line and the name of the last stop on that line. Depending on where you are and where you want to go, you just need to check on the map which direction from your station you need to take, you need to remember the final station and then just follow the sign.
The tickets can be purchased in the automated selling points in all metro stations which offer quite a few languages from which to choose. There are many different ticket types that you can buy and we will just mention a few:
Price: 1.5 Euros (€).
It is a one way ticket for metro as well as for any other type of transportation. It is valid for 100 minutes, which means that you can use it for metro, buses and trams 100 minutes after you cancelled it by entering the metro or a bus. There is a trick though - if you enter the metro first, you can use any other type of transportation afterwards, but you cannot enter the metro after you have used the ticket for the buses or trams previously, nor re-enter the metro after you have exited the station.
Price: 7 Euros (€).
It is valid for 24h after cancelation for an unlimited number of trips on the subway, or by buses and trams.
Price: 12.5 Euros (€).
It is valid for 48h after cancelation for an unlimited number of trips on the subway, or by buses and trams.
Price: 18 Euros (€).
It is valid for 72h after cancelation for an unlimited number of trips on the subway, or by buses and trams.
Price: 24 Euros (€).
It is valid for 7 days after cancelation for an unlimited number of trips on the subway, or by buses and trams.
LIDO Line (a line that takes you to the seaside of Rome) - this line will take you from the station Piramide (which is on the B line) to the seaside of Rome. The ticket costs 1.5 euro, like the regular metro ticket.
(!) Metro in Rome is a perfect place for thieves, be careful where you keep your documents and wallets.
(!) A passenger caught without a ticket needs to pay a fine that goes between 100 and 500 euro, nevertheless the price is 50 euro if paid within 5 days after the incident.