Public transport & taxis in Rome
In your travel to Rome, you will probably also reach the central railway station, named Termini Station. It is the main public transport point of convergence in the city: there you will find the subway, the main bus station for local buses, airport buses and trains. Inside the station there is a big underground shopping mall on two floors, including a supermarket.
The Rome travel subway system features three lines named A, B and C. Lines A and B cross at Rome Termini Railway Station, while Line C is a new line that covers the outskirts of the centre, so you will not use it often. The subway in Rome is quick and efficient and tickets can be bought from the automatic machines prior to boarding. Make sure you validate your tickets first, as many tourists get caught out by this. The Colosseum/Roman Forum (Line B) and Spanish Steps (Line A) are included in the Rome travel subway service and you can reach them within a few minutes’ walking. The Vatican Museums and St Peter's Square are also on Line A.
All local public transportation is integrated, so with the same subway ticket you can travel by bus and tram as well. Tickets can be purchased from the vending machines at subway stations and major bus stops or tobacconists, bars. On both buses and subway there is a flat fare, whether you go one stop or to the end of the line. On buses your ticket is valid for 100 minutes and with the same one you can change many buses. Public transportation is free for children less than 10 years old.
Taxis are cheaper than in many comparable cities and are white colored. The Rome Travel service is operated by private companies, licensed by the Local Authority. Be sure to use an official taxi: they display a "TAXI" sign on the roof and the Rome crest (with "SPQR") on the doors.