Rome Metro and Metro Map

Though Roman metro is one of the smallest metros in Europe and has only 3 lines (A, B, C), it will easily take you to the main attractions of the city. A huge part of Rome still doesn’t have the underground system and might never have it in the future. The explanation is this: Rome is full of history inside out and under the ground, too, so to make a metro here is a whole new ball game. Nonetheless, the metro in Rome is still slowly developing, especially the green line C. Also, you have abundant options of getting where you want by other means of transport. In Rome they are taxis, buses, trams and regional trains. The latter are interconnected with the metro system. That’s why Roman metro map looks so very confusing. Please, don’t be daunted and concentrate on the orange, blue and green lines only.

Now let’s learn some basics about Metropolitana di Roma (Italian way to call Roman subway). 

How to Use Metro in Rome - Step by Step Guide

  1. To buy tickets use the metro, news-stands and tabaccherias (Italian corner shops)
  2. To identify Roman metro look for a white big M sign on the red background – the sign for the entrance
  3. Study the map and know where you want to go 
  4. Validate your ticket and keep it till the end of your journey, it definitely can be checked
  5. Uscita is the word for "Exit" in Rome 
  6. Keep in mind that Roman metro works from 5:30 to 11:30 on weekdays and from 5:30  to 1:30 on Fridays and Saturdays.
  7. Remember: one way ticket (BIT) is valid for 100 minutes for all kinds of public transport
  8. Good news: among your options apart from one day pass, you also have a 3-days and 7-days pass
  9. Stay safe by taking precautions regular for any place, but which we tend to forget when we get excited. Find important safety tips at the end of the article

Rome Metro Map

Red Line A – Battistini - Anagnini

Red Line is the second line built in Rome after the Blue one. It has 27 stops and contains the biggest amount of stations that are of interest for tourists. For example,  to reach the Vatican Museums aim at Cipro or Ottaviano stations. The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain are close to Barberini – Fontana di Trevi station. Villa Borghese and Piazza di Spagna are situated near the metro station called Spagna.

At the station Valle Aurelia there is an important interchange with the railway line FR3 or FR0, which takes you to the suburbs in the direction of Viterbo. 

Blue Line B – Laurentina – Rebibbia/Conca D’Oro

The Blue Line B was the first metro line for Rome. Nowadays it has 26 stations, among which only about three or four will be of use for Rome visitors. Line B will take you to the ancient Roman sites, such as Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Circo Massimo and the Caracalla Baths. All of those will be close to Colosseo station. In the vicinity to Piramide station you can find Porto San Paolo e Museo della Via Ostiense, unique Testaccio area and its famous market, Piramide Cestia etc. 

One important detail about the Blue Line B is that it has 2 branches in one of its directions: to Conca D’oro and to Rebibbia, so make sure to take the right train. Fortunately, with the opposite direction of Laurentina you can’t go wrong.

Line A and B intersect at Termini, which is important for two main things. Firstly, you can change lines here. Secondly, you have the central railway station here.

Green Line C – Monte Comparti – San Giovanni

It’s the youngest line in Rome, as it was founded only in 2014. It hasn’t been finished yet completely and until recently it wasn’t connected to the Roman metro system (2018). Now it can take people from the suburban area Monte Compatri to the center of Rome and you can freely change to the Lines A and B.

Green Line C is interconnected with the Orange Line A at the station San Giovanni. Later on, this line will continue as the dashed line shows on the map. Pigneto station is also an important interchange that connects Line C with FR1 and FR0 regional trains. 

Some safely tips for traveling by metro and other public transport.

  1. Take as less things as possible and be aware of them while sightseeing
  2. Keep your hands on the bag at all times while being in a crowded place
  3. Extra vigilance at rush hours - this time is ideal for pickpockets
  4. Be wary of any strangers approaching to ask you anything or involve you into any kind of communication with them 
  5. Take off your rucksack and keep it in front of you while using public transport
  6. You don’t have to worry about wearing your jewels in Rome, though it's always better to keep it simple and comfortable whenever you travel 
  7. It is always a good idea to come prepared to Rome in terms of clothes, bags and shoes. The more comfortable you feel about your outfit the more focused you stay

Have a comfortable and safe trip around Rome! 

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