Your Roman adventure will probably start at one of its two airports servicing the city: the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and the Ciampino airport.
From Leonardo da Vinci airport, which is also popularly know as Fiumicino, going to the city would be fairly easy. That is because this airport is connected to Rome railways system via the Leonardo Express train.
On the other hand, if you land at Ciampino airport, your choices would be limited to the two special airport bus coaches that will transport you to downtown Rome.
Rome’s City Railways System
Rome transportation is fairly dominated by its excellent railways systems. You can literally tour the entire city and its suburbs simply by riding a train.
Train ride to and from Fiumicino airport is fast. The Leonardo Express will take you from the airport to downtown Rome in less than 35 minutes.
Once you hop off the Leonardo, you will be welcomed by the majesty of Rome’s central railway hub: The Termini Station. This is the heart of Rome transportation.
Several train routes converge at Termini. There are also regional trains you can take to visit the city suburbs. Some of the most popular suburban trains are the following:
1. Ostia Train – This will take you to the ancient Roman port ruins at Ostia Antica.
2. Pantano Train – This is a cross between a tram and a train.
3. The Viterbo Train – This train traverses the hilly parts of Rome.
4. The Double Decker Suburban – This is most extensive suburban railways system of Rome.
5. The Metro – This is Rome’s underground railways and you can easily tour the city using this public transport.
Riding a Bus to Tour the City
Buses also play a major role in Rome transportation. You can easily take a bus ride while you are in downtown Rome. The public bus service is efficient so you will not wait too long for a ride.
You can also spend a whole night partying at the bars and pubs in downtown Rome and still catch a night bus. Even if it is past midnight, the bus service in Rome will be available for you.
There are also specialized bus services that will take you to the old section of the city. Electric bus lines ply Rome’s ancient alleyways. You can take a ride in one these buses everyday except on Sundays.
The ticketing system of the Metro trains and Rome buses are integrated. This means you can use a Metro ticket to ride a bus and vice versa. Your ticket will be stamped by conductors. You can also take advantage of Rome’s electronic tickets which can also be used on the Metro and in some public buses.
Riding a cab however can be expensive sometimes especially during rush hours when city traffic is heavier than usual.
Rome transportation is one of the most well managed services in Italy. You will not find it difficult to tour the city because of its efficient transportation system.