Getting around Rome
Rome’s public transport system includes a metro, trams, suburban trains and buses, most of which are run by ATAC (tel: +39 6 4695 3984; www.atac.roma.it). There are three metro lines with trains running every five to 10 minutes between 0500-2330.
All tickets must be pre-purchased and are available for sale at ATAC counters, tabacchi (newsagents) and at automatic ticket dispensers at metros. The cheapest ticket, the Biglietto Integrato a Tempo (BIT) is valid for up to 75 minutes of travel on buses and trams, or for one trip on the metro or suburban train lines. Day (BIG), week (CIS) and tourist (BTI) passes are also available.
Taxi ranks, with official yellow and white taxis, are located at various points around the city centre. While taxis may be called by telephone, the meter is turned on immediately after the call and not on pick-up. Tipping is not expected. To pre-book a taxi, call Radio Taxi (tel: +39 6 3570), Radio Taxi Samarcanda (tel: +39 6 5551) or Pronto Taxi (tel: +39 6 6645).
Driving in Rome is complicated given the number of streets restricted to traffic between 0630-1800. Blue markings denote pay-and-display parking, and tickets can be paid for at the meter or the nearest tobacconist. The most convenient car park is at Villa Borghese and is open 24 hours. Other car parks are located at Stazione Termini and Stazione Tiburtina.
Cars can be hired at the airport, railway station and hotels. You need to be over 21 and require a credit card and an EU driving licence or an International Driving Permit (IDP).
Recommended car hire firms include Avis (tel: +39 6 481 4373; www.avisautonoleggio.it), Europcar (tel: +39 6 4521 2043; www.europcar.it), Hertz (tel: +39 2 6943 0019; www.hertz.it) and Maggiore (tel: +39 6 2245 6060; www.maggiore.it).
Bicycles, scooters and motorbikes are available for hire at Bici & Baci, Via del Viminale 5 (tel: +39 6 482 8443; www.bicibaci.com). Scooters are also available at Scooter Hire, Via Cavour 80 (tel: +39 6 481 5669). RomaRentBike, via di San Paolo alla Regola 33 (tel: +39 380 643 2278; www.romarentbike.com), offers bike rental and bicycle tours.