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How to use the Subway in Rome

Rome subway, or Metro how is called in Europe, is an easy, fast, and efficient way to move around the city. Unfortunately, it can also be intimidating if you don’t know how to use it. Let’s explore together everything you need to know about using the Subway in Rome.

Line A, B, and C

There are three main subway lines in Rome. They are the orange line or Linea A, the blue line or Linea B, and the green line or Linea C. Importantly, the green line is not very important for tourists, because it goes outside downtown. Furthermore, it is mostly under construction.

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Rome Subway Orange Line (Line A) – Blue Line (Linea B) – Green Line (linea C)

Passengers can change between the orange line and the blue line at Rome’s Termini Station, and between the orange line in the green line at San Giovanni station.

The orange line goes from the station of Battistini on the west and Agnanina on the east. There are two trains that go along the blue line one that starts in Laurentina in the south, and ends in Rebibia in the north. Another train that starts in Laurentina in the south and ends in Jonia.

So for example, if you are a Termini station and you want to go to the Spagna station for the Spanish Steps you need to go in the direction of Batistini. Likewise, if you are the Colosseum and you want to go to the Circus Maximus you need to go in the direction of Laurentina.

The names of the train’s last stop are always written above the stairs that take you in the correct direction. When you’re waiting for the train there will be a display that confirms the direction of the train by mentioning the last stop on the line.

Subway stations

All the subway stations in Rome are marked by a red letter M as this stands for metro. They are very easy to spot.

Stations on the A-line (Orange Line)

As a tourist there are few important subway stations in Rome that are worth knowing on the Linea A. These are:

Termini Station

Termini station is the center point of Rome’s blue and orange line. Further, Termini station also connects to regional trains, in addition to the high speed trains from Trenitalia and Italo

Barberini

This station is on the very central Piazza Barberini, with the famous Fontana del Tritone by Bernini. Also, this is the closest station to the Trevi Fountain. In fact, the famous landmark is only 8 minutes walking from the metro station.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome
The Trevi Fountain

Spagna

If you are looking to go to the Spanish Steps, Spanga is your metro stop. Moreover, the steps are just outside the metro station. (If you would like to know more about what to see in Rome, here is a great article for you). This station is also close to the high-end shipping area of Rome. In fact, the famous Via Condotti is just in front of the Spanish Steps.

The Spanish Steps in Rome
Spanish Steps from Piazza di Spagna

Flaminio – Piazza del Popolo

This is the station that you can use to visit the beautiful Piazza del Popolo with the church of Santa Maria del Popolo with the paintings by Caravaggio and the Chigi Chapel by Bernini. Also, if you are a fan of the movie Angels and Demons, the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo was an important place in the movie.

Rome Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo

From the Piazza del Popolo station, you can also visit the Pincio Terrace where you can admire one of the best views of Rome and take a stroll at the Villa Borghese gardens.

Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani

If you are planning to visit the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica this is the station you need to take. The entrance of the museum is about 10 minutes’ walking from this metro station.

The Spectacular Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel - The Best Part of a visit to the Vatican
The Sistine Chapel, the amazing Ceiling

San Giovanni

In the opposite direction of the Termini Station, you will find the San Giovanni Metro Station. Indeed, this is where you can stop if you are planning of visiting the beautiful Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta).

Stations on the B-line (Blue Line)

On the line B of the subway in Rome, you will have less stations that are important for tourists. In particular:

Termini

At the Termini metro station, tourists can change between lines here and also catch a train to pretty much everywhere in Italy. (If you want to read more about Italian Train Travel here you can find a very in-depth article)

Colosseo

At this station you can visit the Colosseum, the Forum and the ruins area. The station is just in front of the Colosseum itself and it is probably the best and easiest way to reach the attraction.

View of the Colosseum from the outside on an old Roman street
View of the Colosseum

Circo Massimo

If you want to visit the vast area of the Circus Maximus this is the Metro station that you have to take. Also closer to this station is the Aventino Hill with the beautiful view of Rome from the Orange Garden and the famous Key Hole.

Piramide

You exit this stop if you want to go see the Pyramid of Rome. Also close by, you can visit the non catholic cemetery of Rome where you can see some interesting tumbs.

Basilica di San Paolo

From this station you can reach the Basilica of St. Paul. According to the legend this Basilica was built on the site where the Saint was beheded.

Tickets and Passes

You can buy tickets for the Metro at the automatic vending machine at each station. Also, you will be able to buy tickets in some newsstands and tobacco stores. Lastly, you can use the ticket for the subway but also city buses and some specialized local trains. (For a complete list of where you can use the ticket you can check this website).

There are different kinds of tickets you can choose from, first a single ride ticket. This kind of ticket is good for a single ride on the Metro or for 100 minutes on buses.

Secondly, you can choose to buy passes. There are 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, and weekly passes available. Additionally, if you are planning on using the metro often when traveling to Rome these passes offer a much better deal. (Pricing is available here).

It is also possible to tap your credit card at the gate for a single use subway ride.

You will need to use your ticket at the gate to enter the station. However, differently from other metro stations in the world, you will not need a ticket to activate the gate to get out.

Hours of operation

The subway in Rome runs every day from 5 am to 11 pm. At peak hours, there is approximately one train every 4 minutes. Train frequency is higher during the week, while during weekends and holidays trains are less frequent.

How Safe is the Metro in Rome

Normally the Metro in Rome is very safe. However, like any other place that is very crowded, you have to be a little cautious about your belongings so watch out for pit pockets. To be sure, pay closer attention when you reach a popular tourist attraction, such as the Colosseum or the Vatican Museum. Indeed, most pickpockets tend to target those particular stations.

Saint Peters in Rome
Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome

The Rome subway is a great way to get around the city. It is very efficient, especially because doesn’t have to deal with Rome traffic. It is also a very cheap alternative to taxis. However, there are areas of Rome that are easily reached by subways such as the Pantheon or Piazza Navona.

Rome Metro FAQ

How much does rome metro cost?

The metro currently costs € 1.50 (As of 4/25/2021)

We hope you liked this article on how to use the Subway in Rome, if you need more help leave a comment below.

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