Getting around Rome

Public transport

Rome’s public transport system includes metro, tram, bus, suburban trains and buses. ATAC (tel: 06 57003; www.atac.roma.it) operates the city's buses and trams, while Met.Ro (tel: 800 431 784; www.romametropolitane.it) operates the two metro lines (A and B). Trains run every 5 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.

Taxis

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 prebook a taxi, call Radio Taxi (tel: 06 3570), Radio Taxi Samarcanda (tel: 06 5551), and Pronto Taxi (tel: 06 6645).

Driving

Driving in Rome is complicated given the number of streets restricted to traffic between 0630-1800.

Blue markings denote pay-and-display parking (€1 per hour). Buy tickets at the meter or in the nearest tobacconist. The most convenient car park is at Villa Borghese, which is open 24 hours. Other car parks are located at Stazione Termini and Stazione Tiburtina.

Car hire

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: 06 481 4373; www.avisautonoleggio.it), Europcar (tel: 06 4521 2043; www.europcar.it), Hertz (tel: 02 6943 0019; www.hertz.it) and Maggiore (tel: 199 151 120; www.maggiore.it).

Bicycle hire

Bicycles, scooters and motorbikes are available for hire at Bici & Baci, Via del Viminale 5 (tel: 06 482 8443; www.bicibaci.com). Scooters are also available at Scooter Hire, Via Cavour 80 (tel: 06 481 5669), and Treno & Scooter, Termini Train Station, next to platform 1 (tel: 06 4890 5823; www.trenoescooter.com). RomaRent, Vicolo de' Bovari 7A, near Campo de' Fiori (tel: 06 689 6555), has scooters, bicycles and cars for hire.

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