How to ride the Metropolitana di Roma, which has three lines that connect many of Rome's most popular hotel areas and tourist attractions.
The Metropolitana di Roma offers a quick, easy way to travel between Stazione Termini (Rome's central railroad station) and several major tourist areas.
Although the Rome Metro is tiny in comparison to the Paris Metro, the London Underground, or the Madrid Metro, its trains run at frequent intervals, and Rome's subway fares are among the cheapest in Western Europe.
For related information, see our Metrebus Tickets and Fares article, which includes step-by-step instructions for using ticket machines in Rome Metro stations.
Rome's Metro lines
Rome has three Metro lines, which are laid out as an "X" with a couple of offshoots. (See map.)
Of the two original lines (A and B), Linea A is the more comfortable, 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.
When you're ready to travel, head for the turnstiles and do one of the following:
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
Once 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 wheelchair-accessible.)
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.
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