Rome City Passes

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Most Rome passes are still available. However, many attractions in Rome are currently closed due to COVID-19. Last update: 01/2021.

What’s a Rome City Pass?

A Rome city pass is a sightseeing ticket for numerous museums, sights, and other tourist attractions in the Italian capital. Holders of a Rome city pass can visit many attractions free of charge and use Hop-on Hop-off buses or public transport in Rome. Some of the most important attractions covered by some city passes include the Colosseum including the Roman Forum as well as the Vatican with its museums and the Sistine Chapel.

On this page, we present the five most important Rome city passes. However, no two passes are the same, as they each contain different services, are valid for different periods of time and the price range is wide. The cheapest Rome city pass costs only 32 euros. The most expensive version, however, costs 182 euros. This alone tells you how different the city passes are. On this page, we will work out the differences. Ideally, you will then know which Rome city pass is the best for your journey.

All city passes can be bought on the Internet. Some of them can be downloaded to your phone or printed out after purchase, others you have to pick up in Rome.

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When Is a Rome City Pass Worthwhile?

  • When You’re in Rome for the first time

    All Rome city passes include some of the city’s major attractions. The Colosseum incl. Forum Romanum for example is included in each of the five city passes we present on this page. Other attractions included are the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, Galleria Borghese, etc. Therefore a city pass is often only worthwhile if you have not yet visited these attractions.

  • When you’d like to do intensive sightseeing

    Most Rome city passes are limited in time. This means that you can theoretically visit numerous attractions, but you have little time to do so. Often you can decide for yourself how long your city pass should be valid. The longer it is valid the more expensive it is. City passes can therefore only be worthwhile if you can accommodate a lot of sightseeing in a short time.

  • When You’re Interested in Museums

    Three of the five most important Rome city passes grant free entry to numerous museums and exhibitions such as the Galleria Borghese, the Capitoline Museums, or the Museo Nazionale. If you want to visit several museums in Rome, these city passes could be worth your while (especially the Roma Pass).

  • When You Like Riding Hop-on Hop-off Buses

    The tourist buses, which you can get on and off as often as you like within a day, are among the most popular offers for travellers. Four city passes provide at least one day of free travel on the Hop-on Hop-off buses. If you want to explore Rome on these buses anyway, these Rome city passes may be worth your while.

  • When you know what you want

    The best way to get the most value out of any city pass – no matter what city – is to know what attractions you want to visit and compare your wish list with the services provided by city passes. The more of your favourite attractions a city pass includes, the more likely it is to be worthwhile for you.

  • When you travel unprepared

    However, there is also the opposite view. You can get inspired by the offers of a city pass if you don’t know what you want yet. You probably won’t save any money with the pass, but it will make sightseeing easier because it will take some decisions off your shoulders.

  • When you don’t want to buy single tickets

    A similar argument is put forward by many buyers of Rome city passes when they rate the passes on the Internet. Although they do not save much money with the city passes, they write, it was very convenient to get all tickets and passes from one source. This is another argument for a city pass. You don’t have to worry about individual tickets and passes.

  • When you buy your pass weeks in advance

    If you want to enjoy the full benefits of the Rome city passes, you should buy them several weeks before your trip. Especially in the high season, tickets for the Colosseum and the Vatican are booked out weeks in advance. If this is the case, you will not be able to get in even with a city pass. Some of the passes can only be booked if tickets for the top attractions are still available.

All Rome City Passes at a glance

In the following section we briefly introduce the four most important tourist cards for Rome.

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