There are hundreds of bus lines running from 5:30 AM until midnight. Public buses stop at carefully marked places called "FERMATA". These are large yellow and white signs hanging from poles along the sidewalk. The advantage of these signs is that they list every stop that the bus will make. Check to see if your destination, a stop close to your destination, or a stop that allows you to change buses is listed. Express buses are marked with the letter X. Exact lines that cover short distances and leave at specific times are marked with a red E. Night buses are marked with the letter N and an owl sits atop their Fermata sign.
A combination Bus and Subway (Metro) ticket may be bought from ATAC/COTRAL windows as well as tobacco shops, newstands and vending machines. The BIT combination ticket now costs 1,50 Euro (as of May 2012) and is valid for 100 minutes of multiple bus rides or one ride on the underground. It is wise to buy a number of bus tickets at one time to offset the non-functioning ticket machines. Stamp your ticket in the yellow machine after boarding the bus. If the machine will not time stamp your ticket, take out a pen and (time stamp it yourself also listing the bus number.) It is advisable to have extra bus tickets for night use, especially the very late night hours.
Daily passes (BIG) are Euro 6,00. Weekly passes (CIS) are 16,50 Euro and Monthly passes are 35.00 Euro. Pass holders board at the front of the bus. Italians do not usually show their "tessera", but you should be ready to do so if asked. Ticket holders board from the rear of the bus and exit from the middle. You must validate your ticket in the yellow machine on the bus. NEVER board without a ticket or a pass. If inspectors come on the bus, the fine for being without a ticket is 51.00 Euro plus the cost of the ticket and it is payable immediately!
Children under one meter tall (39 inches) or under the age of 4 travel free (one per adult).
All necessary information may be found in English at www.atac.roma.it.
OTHER SPECIAL BUSES: CITY TOUR
ATAC City Bus offers a special two hour tour of Rome everyday at 10:30, 2:00, 3:00, 5:00 and 6:00 PM. The bus leaves from the ATAC stop in Piazza Cinquecentro (in front of the Main Train Station). The cost of the ticket is 7.50 Euro. Tours are offered in various languages.
The subway or METROPOLITANA runs from 5:30 AM until 11:30 PM. The last train leaves the capolinea at 11:30 PM. On Saturday evenings, the subway runs until 12:30 AM. There are two lines A and B in Rome crossing at Termini train station.
Sometimes people are looking for car services: a driver to pick you up at the airport or take you there; or for a special trip outside of Rome; or just to be driven around the city. Just remember always to confirm right before you are departing, and to get the name of the driver and a cell phone number.
One service we can recommend is DRIVEROMA, under the supervision of Mr. Tony Mancini. They have cars, vans and supervans, with service to and from airports and ports, including Civitiavecchio, train station service, tours in Rome, tours in Naples (Napoli) and Florence (Firenze) as well as Castel Romano and Valmontone shopping tours. You can contact Tony Mancini at email@example.com or (+39)339.458.4206. His web side is: www.driveroma.com
We also recommend Roberto Morelli, of Five Stars (limo & coach service)
Via T.Boetti Valvassura 80, 00139 Roma (Italy)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Tel : (001)(39) 347.040.1676
Another service we recommend is that of GREENTRAVEL S.R.L.,Autoservizi, Via Papirio Carbone n. 49, 00178 ROMA, tel (+39)06.9799.7247 fax (+39)06.979.97248, email@example.com
A direct train between Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo Da Vinci) and the Main Train Station (Stazione Termini) is available everyday. The one way ticket is 9,50 Euro and may be purchased at booths near the track where the train departs.
TO THE AIRPORT: Trains run from the train station to the airport every 30 - 60 minutes from 6:50 AM to 9:20 PM. During evening rush hour the train departs every 30 minutes.
TO THE TRAIN STATION: Trains run from the airport to the train station every 30 minutes from 7:37 AM to 8:07 PM. During evening rush hour the train departs every 30 minutes.
There is also a NIGHT BUS for after-hour travelers that leaves Fiumicino Airport at 1:15, 2:15, 3:30 and 5:00 AM. This bus goes to Tiburtina Station but makes an intermediate stop at the Main Train Station (Termini). The cost is 4.00 Euro.
TO CIAMPINO AIRPORT: Take the subway Line A to Anagnina and then a COTRAL Bus to the Airport. The bus fare is one Euro and the bus runs from the Anagnina subway stop between 6:10 AM and 11 PM. The subway fare is one Euro.
From CIAMPINO AIRPORT: Take the COTRAL Bus to the Anagnina subway stop and then Line A into the city. The bus fare is one Euro and the bus runs from the airport from 6:50 AM to 11:40 PM. The subway fare is one Euro.
Always use a white or yellow licensed taxi with an identification number and a taxi-meter. Never use an unmarked cab or you will be overcharged and cheated. Cabs are usually found at marked Taxi Stands with bright orange signs. BE CAREFUL at the Main Train Station or at the Airports to avoid illegal taxi drivers hustling for fares. GO TO THE TAXI STAND in the front of the building.
Taxis in Rome start at a base fare of 2.30 Euro when you enter the cab and it then increases by 10 cent intervals. Supplements are added. They run 2.50 Euro additional for travel at night, 1.00 Euro for Sundays and holidays, or 1.00 Euro per piece if you are traveling with luggage. For cabs that take you to Fiumicino Airport there is a supplement of Euro 7.00, and from the Airport, a supplement of 5.50 Euro. An average fare from the Airport to the center of Rome is around 35.00 to 40.00 Euro. An appropriate tip is just a few Euro for a long trip and a 50 Euro cent tip for a trip across the city.
You may also telephone for a cab, but be aware that the meter begins the minute the cab starts its journey to where you are located, so expect to see more than 2,30 Euro on the meter! Your hotel concierge or restaurant can call a cab or you can telephone yourself at 06.3570, 06.4994, or 06.6645. If you are leaving a restaurant late in the evening, it's always best to have them call you a cab. Also, you will discover that when it rains, cabs are nowhere near their Taxi Stands, but choose to drive around the city instead. If it is raining, always call a cab.
The newest edition of As Romans Do 2010-2012 has just been published. This 144 page guide to Rome and Santa Susanna is a real treasure. It is dedicated to the Alumni of Santa Susanna Church and is filled with historical photos from our archives, as well as current photos from the past three years. Not only is it a parish handbook, it is also an excellent guide to visitors, pilgrims and new residents coming to Rome. It makes all kinds of recommendations for what to see and do, and provides opening times and costs for various museums and other places of interest. It also includes 8 pages of Tips on getting around the city while you are here. We would be happy to mail you a copy of this book. Please send Fr. Greg (firstname.lastname@example.org) your name and address and we will mail you a copy as soon as possible. All we ask is that you consider sending us a donation to help us continue our ministry here at Santa Susanna.