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tourist passes

We are going to Rome for 5 days in September and I have seen a lot about passes that give you discounts, free entry and travel in the city. Does anyone have any advice as to the best value? We want to do some of the main historical sites and possibly spend a day in the Vatican. Realise we cant see it all but it will be a taster.


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1. Re: tourist passes

The one we've used four times now (for some of our "busier" visits) is the RomaPass - described on the lefthand side of this page:


Although it doesn't cover the Vatican, perhaps the sort of thing you had in mind?

Note that it's valid for 3 consecutive days - and that most of the questions you're about to follow up with have been answered in their FAQ section!!



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2. Re: tourist passes

The main tourist pass available for Rome is the Roma Pass, which costs 34 euros and gives you a three-day transit pass, as well as two free entrances and reduced prices on other entrances during those three days. It doesn't cover the Vatican Museums or other private museums.

Here is a list of the covered museums and what they would normally cost:


In the far right column, you'll see the reduced rate you would pay if you've already used your two free entrances. Some of the entrances are multiple; for example, if you use the Colosseum as one of your free entrances, you can also enter the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill without counting them against your two free entrances.

Bus/metro tickets cost €1.50, and include transfers, for up to 100 minutes. If you use public transportation twice a day, that would be worth €9 over the three days. You'll have to add it up to see if you would save any money. There are some other benefits with the Roma Pass; you can read all about it here:


If you decide not to get the Roma Pass, you might want just a 3-day transportation pass, which would cost €16.50. However, you would need to use public transportation four times a day to make it pay, and since each ticket can be used multiple times within 100 minutes (with just one metro entrance, though), many people would probably make out better just buying single tickets.

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3. Re: tourist passes

following up on bvlenci's last point, I think a lot of people are surprised by how little they use public transit. The pass does have the advantage of not requiring the constant hunt for someplace to buy tickets, but that can be avoided by buying a few (say 4-5) at once and then replenishing if you see that you are running out. The pass also saves you from always needing to validate the ticket (not that easy to remember, and not always that easy to get to the machine on crowded buses), so if you really expect to use close to the breakeven point (e.g., if you are staying away from the center or have planned many trips to outlying sites), it might be worth purchasing the transit pass, but I find that in 3 days most people ended using the metro or bus perhaps a half dozen times, so it really doesn't pay.

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4. Re: tourist passes

In the end, we opted not to buy a pass. We booked tickets in advance for the Vatican - big plus there, and although our timed ticket was for 9.30am, when we showed the ticket at about 8.45am they just waved us through. We only caught the metro a couple of times so just bought individual tickets (1.5 euros) and walked the rest of the time. Rome just isnt that big! However, I would have bought advanced tickets to the Coliseum if I'd thought about it.

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