Rome Metro Lines and Trains
ABOVE: Inside a modern train on Linea A.
Rome's Metro lines
has two Metro lines, which are arranged in a slightly misshapen "X" with Termini
Station at the center. (See map.)
Linea A runs from Battistini, on the western edge
of the city, to Anagnina in the southeast. (The latter is close to
with a shuttle bus serving airline passengers.) The line is popular with
tourists, because it has stations at Spagna (close to the Spanish Steps),
Barberini (near the Via Veneto and the Trevi Fountain), and the Piazza Del
Linea B goes from Rebibbia, on Rome's
northeastern edge, to the modern districts of EUR and Laurentina in the
south. For tourists, the most important stations (besides Termini) are
likely to be Colosseo (for the Colosseum), Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus),
and Tiburtina (the location of Rome's main intercity bus station).
Linea A is the nicer of the two lines, with modern open-plan
trains like the one in the photo above. (Linea B's trains aren't air-conditioned
and can be stuffy in summer.) Still, both lines are functional and convenient,
and unless you're traveling at an odd time on a Sunday or holiday, you won't
need to wait more than a few minutes for a train.
Entering the Metro
The Metropolitana is open from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30
p.m. on every day except Saturday, when trains run until 12:30 a.m.
Before you can ride the Metro, you'll need to buy a ticket (see
our Metrebus tickets and fares
article for details) or the Roma
Pass, which is a transportation and museum card for tourists.
you're ready to travel, head for the turnstiles and do one of the following:
Insert your Metrebus paper ticket in the
slot on the front of the turnstile, as shown in the diagram next to the
slot. Be sure to retrieve your validated ticket when it's ejected from
another slot on top of the turnstile.
If you're using the Roma Pass or another
RFID (radio frequency identification) ticket, simply hold the pass or ticket
against the round yellow sensor on the front of the turnstile.
The turnstile gates will open when your ticket or pass is
recognized, and you'll need to keep the ticket or pass with you while traveling
on the Metro.
Riding the trains
you're past the turnstiles, head for the train platforms. You may need to take
an escalator or a flight of stairs. (Unfortunately, most Metro stations are not
On the platform, you'll see an electronic sign that tells how
soon the next train will arrive.
You'll also see a warning to stay behind the yellow line at the
edge of the platform.
When the train comes, wait for the doors to open and stand aside
to let passengers exit the car. If no one is getting off, press the button by
the doors to open them.
Before heading for the Metro platforms,
check a map for the end station in your direction of travel
(e.g., "Battistini" if you're taking Linea A from Termini to Spagna, or
"Rebibbia" if you're taking Linea B from the Colosseum to the Tiburtina bus
For more information and trip-planning tools, visit the Web site of
Rome's public-transportation agency,
ATAC.(Warning: The last time we checked, ATAC's site
was extremely frustrating to use.)
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