How to ride public streetcars in Rome, Italy.
Rome once had the largest streetcar network in Italy, but--like many other cities--it ripped up track and replaced most of its tram lines with exhaust-spewing buses after World War II. Still, a few of the old lines are still in service, and (as in many European cities) new lines have been added in recent years. We prefer trams to buses for two reasons:
Where the trams go
Rome has six tram lines (see map, which will open in a new browser window). For the most part, the streetcars serve Rome neighborhoods that aren't visited much by tourists, but two lines are worth mentioning:
How to ride the trams
Rome's trams use the same "Metrebus" tickets as the Metro, buses, and trams do. See our Metrebus Tickets and Fares article for details. (The Roma Pass, a transportation and museum card for tourists, is also valid on trams.)
To board a tram, simply wait for disembarking passengers to get off and enter through any set of doors. (If necessary, press a button to make the doors open.)
When you're inside the car, validate your unused paper ticket in the machine near the doors. (Hold the front of the ticket toward you, insert the end with the arrow in the slot, and wait for the machine to stamp your ticket.) A single-ride ticket is valid for 100 minutes from the time it's stamped, and you can transfer to other trams or buses during your journey.
If you're using a Roma Pass or other RFID (radio frequency identication) ticket, hold it against the electronic card reader's round yellow sensor until the green light flashes.
If you're caught riding a tram, bus, or Metro train without a validated ticket, you can be fined €50 plus the price of a ticket.
Updated August, 2013
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