All Roads Lead to Rome

How to get to Rome, Italy—by plane, train, bus, car, and cruise ship

Unless you're already in Italy or Europe and can drive or take the train, first you're going to need some plane tickets. That's easy; just follow my step-by-step guide to finding the cheapest airfare every time.

Useful Italian
ticket - biglietto
train - treno
train track - binario
station - stazione
coach/intercity bus - pullman
local bus - autobus
bus stop - fermata
parking - parcheggio
airport - aeroporto
And don't forget to canvas the new, alternative transatlantic carrier EuroFly, which often undersells Alitalia and the other major airlines.

(I flew Eurofly last fall to Sicily, and it was fantastic: good service, comfy seats, and even the latest in seat-back screen technology, allowing me to pick my own movies and other entertainment from a menu of options.)

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Transportation links
Other useful links & resources
How long does Rome take?

Planning your day: Rome wasn't built in a day, and you'd be hard-pressed to see it in that brief a time as well. Still, you can cram a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Eternal City, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, three, or four days to spend in Rome. » Rome itineraries

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Transport links
  • Rome main rail station
  • Roma Termini:, Piazza dei Cinquecento (ENE of the city center)
  • Bus to center: 40, 64 (Tiber Bend, Vatican); 170 (Ancient Rome, Aventine); 71, 492 (Tridente, Upper Tiber Bend)
  • Metro to center: A (to Spagna or Flaminio); B (to Colosseo or Circo Massimo)
  • Car resources
  • Emergency service/tow: tel. 803-116
  • Highway agency: (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA):
  • ZTLs: (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)
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