Rome City Buses
How to get around Rome by ATAC public bus.
Buses are the mainstay of Rome's public transit network, with scores of routes crisscrossing the city and extending into outlying districts such as Lido di Ostia. For route maps in PDF format, see the ATAC public-transit agency's map links.
City bus stops are clearly marked, and city buses are easy to recognize: They're usually light grey or orange, with an ATAC logo on the side and large electronic destinations signs on the front. In additon to standard buses, ATAC has several "electric-powered routes" in the city center that use minibuses like the one in the small photo.
How to buy tickets
You must buy a ticket or tourist card (such as the Roma Pass) before you board a bus. For more information, see our Metrebus Tickets and Fares article.
How to ride buses
Riding an ATAC bus is simple. Get on at any door, then do one of the following:
Rome buses are often crowded (especially during morning and afternoon rush hours), so don't be surprised if you need to stand.
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