Rome Pass. Should I buy the card?

Roma Pass is a tourist card with which we can save on our vacations in the Eternal City. Next, we will discover all the benefits offered by those who acquire it, as well as information of interest related to it (price, where to buy it…) so that you can decide whether or not it is convenient for you to buy it during your visit to the capital of Italy.

What is the Roma Pass?

view of rome

As we have just said, the Roma Pass is a tourist card that costs just under forty euros and allows you to enjoy various discounts and services for a period of 72 hours. It can be purchased at the various tourist information offices in the city or at affiliated monuments and museums.

There is the possibility of purchasing the 48-hour Roma Pass. In this case the price is reduced to twenty-eight euros. The difference with respect to the three-day one, in addition to the cost and duration, is that with the first one you can enter the first two museums or archaeological sites you visit for free; and with the second, only one.

Advantages of the Rome Pass

The Roma Pass includes unlimited free travel on all buses and trams municipal of the city. Also on lines A, B, B1 and C of the metro.

Besides, you can travel on regional trains Rome-Lido, Rome Flaminio Piazza del Popolo-Viterbo (until Sacrofano) and Rome-Giardinetti in the territory of the capital Rome. Transport from the airports to the center or the regional train services of Trenitalia are thus excluded.

Roman Forum

The tourist card also allows you to obtain discounts at many attractions. Among them the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine; the Castel Sant’Angelo; the Baths of Caracalla and those of Diocletian, the Capitoline Museums, the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, the National Gallery of Modern Art and much more.

In addition, with the Roma Pass you can enter without the need to queue to several of the places mentioned; obtain discounts at exhibitions or events of collaborating companies; or get a map of the city in augmented reality, as well as a multilingual audio guide to create our own tourist itinerary.

The Roma Pass has the disadvantage, on the other hand, that does not offer any kind of discount in Vatican City if we want to visit it too. In this case, other alternatives that we will see later should be taken into account.

So, is the Roma Pass profitable?

Rome Coliseum

We could say yes, but as long as it is not possible to benefit from other discounts, or when the card is going to be used intensively. That is, if you intend to enter the interior of various monuments and museums.

Also It is convenient because it includes free transportation. We must not forget that Rome is a large city and that sooner or later we will have to resort to it to move somewhere and thus save time on the move.


However, it should be remembered that Rome is like an open-air museum in which many of its charms are fully accessible, such as its neighborhoods, its churches, the Trevi Fountain or its squares.

Alternatives to the Roma Pass

Basilica of Saint Peter

To benefit from various discounts there is another tourist card: the Roma Archaeologia Card, which costs just over twenty-five euros and is valid for seven days.

With it you can enter many remains of Ancient Rome, such as the Roman Forums, the Palatine Palace or the Colosseum, for free, but does not include public transport in the city.

We should also talk about the Omnia Card, which, in addition to presenting all the advantages of the Roma Pass, includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica with a free audio guide; or the tourist bus tour of the city. All this, yes, for the amount of one hundred and thirteen euros and eighty for children.

As you can see, there are different possibilities. It is best to prepare your trip to Rome in advance, deciding what you want to see and how you are going to get around the city. In this way it will be easier for you to choose the tourist card from which you can get the most benefit, or not to acquire any, if you do not see it clearly.

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