Know the transportation system in Rome
If you visiting Rome for the first time and planning to use the public transportation you should know the transportation system in Rome!
How to get around in Rome from the airport:
There are two airports in Rome, Fiumicino (which is the biggest in Italy and the 6th in Europe concerning the traffic) and Ciampino (which opened in 1916 and is currently used specifically for budget flights). They are both located around 30 minutes’ drive outside the city.
For getting to Rome, we recommend you to choose from the several companies operating regular bus transfers, with prices between €4-6 for one way. In the airports, just follow the marks and they will lead you easily to the bus stations. You can see http://www.terravision.eu, http://www.cotralspa.it and even the airports’ websites http://www.adr.it/fiumicino or http://www.adr.it/ciampino.
You can also take a train from Fiumicino to Termini called Leonardo Express. It travels every 30 minutes, 1st class service at €14, but it tends to be crowded.
The Termini Station is the largest public transportation connection point – trains, trams, buses, and the subway go through this station. Buses from the airport and Leonardo Express have their end stop here.
Get to know Rome underground
The Rome underground transport network has been opened since 1955 and is a rapid and easy way of going from one attraction to the other. There are two lines, the A (red) and B (blue), which meet at the same intersection in the Termini Station.
Take the subway’s map with you, as this guide will reference how to get to different places using the Metro.
Buses and trams
Although buses and trams are also available and can offer you nice sightseeing opportunities, they are slower and more crowded, so not always recommended for a trip with kids. But it is a good idea to have the “basic” map of trams and buses with you too. It shows the public transportation that connects the main city attractions.
Few more tips about the transportation system in Rome
If you use a stroller:
In case you still need to use a stroller, you should be aware of the fact that the access to the subway often has no elevators and the public transport tends to be overcrowded. Still, there are many places you can visit that offer you easy access with strollers.
Purchasing a City Pass might be a good idea. There are two main sites where you can buy such a card, http://www.romeandvaticanpass.com and http://www.romapass.it, and they offer you access to public transportation and main view-points of the city. The price is good and you will skip the sometimes endless lines in front of Rome’s attractions. Visit the websites for the best combination to meet your family’s needs.
Due to the large number of tourists that visit the city throughout the year, as well as the government’s desire to protect historical places, car traffic is restricted in some of Rome’s areas. You can enjoy the many squares, parks, and alleys where the kids can run free and let them “release” their pent-up energy.
Kids’ Travel Guide – Rome – especially for your kid
Your kids can also learn basic information about transportation system in Rome and much more! in Kids’ Travel Guide – Rome