Rome Metrebus Tickets and Fares
How to buy (and use) tickets for Rome's Metro, buses, streetcars, and local commuter trains.
Rome Metropolitana trains, buses, and trams use "Metrebus" tickets, which are valid on all three modes of transportation. The tickets can also be used for commuter-train rides within the Comune di Roma (including the beach at Lido di Ostia but not Fiumicino Airport).
Unless you're riding the Metro (where you can buy a ticket in the station), you should purchase a supply of Metrebus tickets ahead of time, since you'll need to have a ticket before you board a public bus or streetcar.
The tickets come in several basic versions:
The different types of ticket look identical on the front, but the data stored in the magnetic stripe and printed on the back side of the ticket is different. Here's what the back of a single-journey BIT ticket looks like after validation:
Another option is the, a transportation and museum card for tourists. (See below.) It works a little differently than the Metrebus tickets, but you can use it on the Metro, ATAC buses, trams, and specified commuter-train lines.
Validating your ticket
You must validate your Metrebus ticket prior to travel. Riding without a stamped ticket can result in a fine of €50 on the spot, plus the cost of the ticket. Here's how to validate the ticket:
When traveling with a 1-, 3-, or 7-day tourist ticket on a bus, tram, or commuter train, stamp it only once (the first time you use it) but keep it with you in case an inspector demands to see it.
When traveling with a Roma Pass or other RFID (radio frequency identification) card, hold the card next to the yellow sensor on the bus, tram, or Metr turnstile until the green light flashes.
Where to buy tickets
Metrebus tickets are available from:
The Roma Pass may be worth investigating, depending on your Rome vacation plans. It comes in two versions: the original three-day , and a cheaper . Both allow unlimited travel on Metro trains, city buses, trams, and a handful of commuter trains. Each pass also allows free or reduced entry to selected museums and archaeological sites, with a priority "skip the line" turnstile at the Colosseum.
ATAC, Rome's municipal transit network, has public-transport maps, timetables, and other information in Italian and (sometimes) English on its abysmally-designed Web site. If you don't see any text, scroll down half a screen or more until you do.
Updated February, 2015
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