"Rome Underground METRO Lines System and Trains" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Tuesday 10th January 2012
Rome's metro system is very useful and quite safe as long as you are alert. Although the bus network is extensive and buses run frequently (though still crowded), the metro is much simpler to master.
The metro system has only two lines, A and B, which cross at Termini. There are trains from 5.30am until 10.30 pm every day (Sat. 0.30am). Metro stations on line A do not have facilities for disabled (except Cipro-Musei Vaticani and Valle Aurelia); In alternative, bus 590 follows the same route of metro line A and has wheelchair access. All the metro stations on line B have facilities for disabled except Circo Massimo, Colosseo and Cavour (direction Laurentina). The subway, or Metropolitana, runs daily from 5:30 to 23:30 pm. (until 00.30 on Saturdays).
Metro A offers the possibility to organise itineraries particularly interesting both for shopping and for the visit of monuments. The A Line (Linea A) which runs from Via Mattia Battistini, through to St. Peter Station near the Vatican then to Via Lepanto, Piazza Spagna, Barberini, Repubblica, Termini (where you can change to Linea B), Vittorio, Manzoni, S. Giovanni, Re di Roma, Ponte Lungo, Furio Camillo, Colli Albani, Arco Travertino, Porta Furba, Numidio Quadrato, Lucio Sestio, Giulio Agricola, Subaugusta, Cinecittà to Anagnina. It crosses the town. Here is a list of metro A stops with possible itineraries:
The B Line (Linea B) which leaves Termini (south of Termini) Station and stops at Via Cavour, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Pyramid, Garbatella, St. Paul's, Magliana, EUR Marconi, EUR Fermi and Laurentina. Also runs (north of Termini) to Policlinico, Piazza Bologna, Stazione Tiburtina, Quintiliani, Monti Tiburtini, Pietralata, S. Maria del Soccorso, Ponte Mammolo and Rebibbia. Metro B stops relevant for tourists, instead, are the following:
Tickets and cards are available at some tobacconists or ATAC kiosks (the card only at the beginning of each month). Both tickets and cards cover all kind of transportation within the city. Once on the bus you must validate your ticket in the automatic machine at the back and/or front of the bus. There is a fine of 51€ for riding without a cancelled ticket. Tickets for the subway may also be purchased, using exact change, at the automatic vending machines at the subway stations. For Subway METRO Line Tickets and Passes Visit: http://www.atac.roma.it/index.asp?p=2 (There are also English pages)
Travelling by train is convenient. Trains connect Rome to the major cities in Italy and Europe as well as smaller towns throughout Italy. The train stations in Italian towns are most often in the city centres. In fact, train travel is more convenient to some of the major tourist centres in Italy, such as Florence, Venice etc. where parking is at a premium. Bear in mind that during the Christmas, Easter and August holiday seasons, trains will be packed and it is best to reserve far in advance.
TO/FROM FIUMICINO AND CIAMPINO AIRPORTS
Trains to and From Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Rome's main airport is well-connected to the center during the day by a direct train and slower trains. The direct train between Fiumicino and Termini costs € 9,50 and takes approximately 30 minutes.
The FS (State Railway) fleet includes:
|EUROSTAR or PENDOLINO||Modern and fast trains connecting only some major cities. Must be booked in advance and some carry only first class.|
|RAPIDO or INTERCITY||Fast trains connecting major cities. Some must be booked in advance and carry only first class.|
|EXPRESS||Long distance trains carrying both classes|