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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €15–45
  • Double room in a budget hotel: €60–130
  • Pizza plus beer: €15
  • Double room in a hotel: €100–200
  • Local restaurant meal: €25–45
  • Admission to Vatican Museums: €17
  • Roma Pass, a 72-hour card covering museum entry and public transport: €38.50
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a four- or five-star hotel: €200 plus
  • Top restaurant dinner: €45–160
  • Opera ticket €17–150
  • City-centre taxi ride €10–15
  • Auditorium concert tickets €20–90


Not required by EU citizens. Not required by nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA for stays of up to 90 days.

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Getting to Rome

Most people arrive in Rome by plane, landing at one of its two airports: Leonardo da Vinci, better known as Fiumicino, or Ciampino, hub for European low-cost carrier Ryanair. Flights from New York take around nine hours, from London 2¾ hours, from Sydney at least 22 hours.

Domestic flights connect Rome with airports across Italy.

As an alternative to short-haul flights, trains serve Rome’s main station, Stazione Termini, from a number of European destinations, including Paris (about 15 hours), as well as cities across Italy.

Long-distance domestic and international buses arrive at the Autostazione Tibus near Tiburtina train station.

You can also get to Rome by boat. Ferries serve Civitavecchia, some 80km north of the city, from a number of Mediterranean ports.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Rome

The best price found from United States to Rome is on November 27th, 2019, travelling with TAP. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Washington Dulles
from $228.00
Rome Fiumicino

Getting around Rome

Public transport includes buses, trams, metro and a suburban train network. The main hub is Stazione Termini. Tickets, which come in various forms, are valid for all forms of transport. Children under 10 travel free.

  • Metro The metro is quicker than surface transport, but the network is limited. Two main lines serve the centre, A (orange) and B (blue), crossing at Stazione Termini. Trains run between 5.30am and 11.30pm (to 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Buses Most routes pass through Stazione Termini. Buses run from approximately 5.30am until midnight, with limited services throughout the night.
  • Foot Walking is the best way of getting around the centro storico (historic centre).

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