What’s the Roma Pass?
The Roma Pass is the official museum pass of the city of Rome. With the Roma Pass you can visit one or two important museums or archaeological sites free of charge. For many other museums you’ll benefit from attractive discounts. The Colosseum, including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Galleria Borghese and Castel Sant’Angel are among the attractions you can choose from.
In addition, you can use public transport in Rome for free for as long as your Roma Pass is valid. Buses, trams and the entire metro network are included.
The Roma Pass is available for 48 hours or 72 hours. With the 48-hour pass you can choose one free attraction and with the 72-hour pass you can choose two free offers. All other museums can be visited with a discount within the validity period. The public transport ticket is also valid for 48 or 72 hours.
You can buy the Roma Pass on the Internet and pick up the electronic card upon arrival in Rome. You will be given a map of the city where you can find major metro stations and all the attractions included in the Roma Pass.
Benefits of the Roma Pass
- Select 1 or 2 free attractions
- Get a discount for many other museums
- Free public transport within Rome
- 48 or 72 hours valid from activation
- Pick up the card upon arrival
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What’s Included in the Roma Pass?
The Roma Pass includes a long list of museums and archaeological sites. With the 48-hour pass you can visit one of them for free, with the 72-hour pass you can visit two attractions for free. Please note: Only the first and/or the second attraction is free. The order in which you visit these attractions is important!
Popular attractions included in the Roma Pass:
- Colosseum incl. Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill
- Galleria Borghese
- Castel Sant’Angel
- Musei Capitolino
Special exhibitions in all the museums are also free of charge with the Roma Pass.
By the way: At the Castel Sant’Angel and the Musei Capitolino you’ll enjoy fast track admission. With your Roma Pass you can simply pass the queue. This also applies if you do not visit them for free, but only receive a discount.
For the Colosseum as well as the Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Valentini you have to make a reservation before your visit (more about this in the next section). This way you can avoid at least some of the long queues at five of the most popular attractions.
Local Public Transport
The Roma Pass includes the use of public transport for 48 or 72 hours. This includes travel on buses, trams and the ATAC metro. Suburban trains (Roma Lido, Roma Flaminio Piazza del Popolo-Viterbo, Roma Giardinetti) are also included.
From Ciampino airport, buses 520 and 720 take you to the metro network. At any metro station you can start using the Roma Pass. From Fiumicino airport, however, the Roma Pass does not get you into the city.
Public transport tickets for 48 and 72 hours would cost €12.50 and €18.00 respectively.
Our Assessment of the Included Attractions
The Roma Pass includes many attractive museums and archaeological sites. However, the detailed list on the official website is a little misleading as it includes museums that are free of charge anyway – even without a Roma Pass. In the PDF file these are marked as “free”.
The discounts offered for museums and historical sites are attractive. So you can still save money with the Roma Pass even if you have already taken advantage of the free offers. Furthermore, the Roma Pass gives you discounts on bus tours, walking tours and some sights that are not museums. The full list of “Tourist Services” for which you can get a discount can be found here.
Important offers that are not included in the Roma Pass compared to other city passes (you can book these separately by clicking on the links):
- The Vatican incl. the Vatican Museums
- Fast Track Admission to St. Peter’s Basilica
- Hop-on Hop-off bus with Vatican & Rome
- Airport Transfer
Please note: The o includes both the Roma Pass and three of these four services (except airport transfers).
Reservations for Colosseum, Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Valentini
Unfortunately, you cannot visit all the attractions just when you feel like it. For the Colosseum (incl. Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill), Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Valentini (Domus Romane) you have to make a reservation before your visit. Although this is cumbersome, it is unavoidable in Rome due to the high volume of tourists.
Only if you make the reservations in time, you can visit these three attractions with the Roma Pass. It is recommended to book at least 10 days in advance. In the high season you should book even earlier at the Colosseum. By the way, the same problem applies to all other Rome city passes. However, a time slot ticket for the Colosseum is already included in the Turbo Pass and the Tourist Card, as it is booked right in the ordering process.
Reservation for Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Valentini
You can book these two attractions by e-mail or by phone. Please send an e-mail with your preferred date to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a reservation confirmation within 48 hours. Reservations can be made by telephone on +39 06 32810 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm). The reservation is free of charge. You can make the reservation even if you have not yet bought the Roma Pass.
Reservation for the Colosseum (with Forum Romanum and Palatine)
You can easily reserve your desired date for the Colosseum on the Internet if you are a Roma Pass holder. You can make a reservation here for a fee of €2. You can also reserve your time slot by phone (+39 06 39967575) or on site at the box office. A €2 fee is charged for reservations made by telephone (credit card). You will receive a reservation number.
With the reservation number you go to the Forum-Romanum box office in Rome (not at the Colosseum!) and there you will receive a receipt with your time slot. With this and the Roma Pass you will then go to the Colosseum.
As an alternative to booking in advance by phone, you can also go to the Palatine Hill box office on the day of your desired visit and ask for admission on the same day. However, you must expect long waiting times. Therefore you should – if possible – always reserve your ticket in advance.
Validity of the Roma Pass
From purchase you have six months to pick up the card in Rome. After having collected your card you can activate it whenever you want. The Roma Pass is activated when you use it for the first time on a means of transport or when you visit a museum.
The Roma Pass is valid for 48 hours or 72 hours from the first use. During this time you can use public transport as often as you like and visit as many museums as you like. The first one or two museums are free of charge, for all others you get a discount.
How Much Money Can You Save?
The Roma Pass is the only Rome city pass that allows you to save significant amounts of money. We would like to illustrate this with the example of the 72-hour pass for €52.00. With this pass you could, for example, take advantage of the following offers:
- Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill: €16.00
- Capitoline Museums: €11.50
- Galleria Borghese: €6.50 (instead of €13.00)
- Castel Sant’Angel €7.00 (instead of €15.00)
- 72 hours public transport: €18.00
Purchased individually, these services would cost €73.50 together. With the Roma Pass you would save €21.50. That is a considerable saving! Since you get priority admission to two of these attractions and have to book a date in advance for the other two, you will also save time.
Conclusion: If you choose the attractions with the greatest savings potential, you will save a lot of money with the Roma Pass.
When Isn’t the Roma Pass Worth it?
Some of the museums included in the Roma Pass are too cheap – some cost only €5 admission – for it to be worth using the Roma Pass. The pass is more worthwhile for the more expensive attractions or for those that promise significant discounts with the Roma Pass.
Many museums and archaeological sites are closed on Mondays. The Roma Pass is worth less if you want to use it on a Monday. At the very least, you need to plan what you want to see and pay attention to the opening hours.
For children, the Roma Pass may not be worthwhile, because children under 10 years of age travel free on public transport when accompanied by an adult with a Roma Pass, and state museums are also free for children under 10.
Older children and young people also often enjoy free or significantly reduced admission to the sights in Rome. Children up to 17 years of age can enter the Colosseum free of charge. The reduced prices often even apply to young adults under 25 years of age. Therefore, you should check beforehand how much the entrance fee for children and young adults costs at any of the attractions you have chosen.
For children over 10 years of age, a separate public transport ticket for 48 or 72 hours is suitable, which you can buy from any ticket vending machine in Rome.
Where Can You Get the Roma Pass?
You can buy the Roma Pass at the participating museums, tourist information offices and metro ticket offices. However, it is better to buy the pass online as this gives you enough time to make the important reservations before your trip (see above).
The pass is available both on the official website Romapass.it and from ticket agencies such as Ticketbar. No matter where you buy the Roma Pass on the Internet, you will receive a voucher after your order, which you print out and take with you to Rome to exchange for the real Roma Pass.
When you buy online, you specify a date at which you want to pick up the city pass. You don’t have to keep to the date, but it can take a maximum of six months to collect the card. Please note: There must be at least 24 hours between online purchase and collection.
In Rome you can pick up your Roma Pass at several Tourist INFOPOINTS:
- Ciampino Airport
- Fiumicino Airport
- Fori Imperiali
- Castel S. Angelo
- Stazione Termini
The collection locations are also stated in the order confirmation. Please bring a personal ID with you when you pick up your order. When you receive your Roma Pass, it will be in an envelope on which the name and date of activation must be entered. You can then use your Roma Pass.
If you have any further questions, please refer to the FAQ on the official website. Even if you buy your Roma Pass at Ticketbar, the official FAQ will give you better information.
FAQ About the Roma Pass
Can I visit the attractions more than once?
No, each attraction can only be visited once with the Roma Pass. Your ticket will be validated electronically upon entry.
How long is the Roma Pass valid?
After you have bought the Roma Pass online, you can exchange the voucher for the real ticket in Rome within 6 months.
The card is activated only when you use it for the first time at an attraction or on public transport. At this point you must enter the date on the card yourself. The card is then valid for 48 or 72 hours, depending on which version you have purchased.
Can I freely choose the visiting hours?
Basically, yes. However, you should note that many museums in Rome are closed on Mondays. You should therefore plan your museum visits for Tuesday to Sunday, or check whether the attractions you want to visit are open on that day.
In addition, the contingents for Galleria Borghese and Palazzo Valentini are limited. You must therefore reserve a ticket before your visit. You should do this as early as possible, because during the high season these attractions are sometimes sold out weeks in advance.
Tip: You will also need to reserve a ticket for the Colosseum. But your visit is guaranteed with the Roma Pass.
Do I need a ticket for my children?
There is no discounted Roma Pass for children. The regular pass may not be worthwhile for children and young people, as children under 10 years of age travel free of charge on local public transport in the presence of a Roma Pass holder and can also visit state museums free of charge.
Older children, adolescents and young adults often enjoy significantly reduced tickets at many attractions.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions about the Roma Pass, you can first read the official FAQ. If your question is not answered there, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or call +39 060608 (daily 9 am to 7 pm).
Can I use public transport with Roma Pass?
The Roma Pass is valid for public transport within Rome. This includes the metro, trams and buses of the ATAC transport company.
Can I cancel my purchase?
Unfortunately, no. Once you have purchased a Roma Pass, you cannot cancel it on the official website or at Ticketbar. Therefore, do not buy the pass until you are sure that you will be travelling to Rome soon.
Alternatives to the Roma Pass
Rome & Vatican Omnia Card: The Omnia Card consists of two parts: the Roma Pass and three other benefits: Hop-on hop-off bus, a visit to the Vatican, and fast track admission to St. Peter’s Basilica. This card is therefore perfect for visitors for whom the Roma Pass does not go far enough. However, it is considerably more expensive than the Roma Pass.
Turbo Pass Rome: An alternative to the Roma Pass is the Turbo Pass Rome. This city pass includes free access to many more attractions than the Roma Pass. You can also get into the Vatican with the Turbopass and you can use the Hop-on Hop-off buses. However, Turbopass Rome is more expensive than the Roma Pass. It doesn’t save you a lot of money, but it is quite comfortable.
Rome Tourist Card: Another alternative is the Rome Tourist Card. This card contains only four free offers, but these are attractive for most travellers: Admission to the Colosseum, priority admission to St. Peter’s Basilica, Hop-on Hop-off bus, and airport transfer by shuttle bus. But even this pass is more expensive than the Roma Pass.
Rome Explorer Pass: The Rome Explorer Pass is the premium pass among the city passes for the city of Rome. It is more expensive than other passes, but you will enjoy premium services at many attractions, such as audio guides, priority admission, or guided tours. The walking tours, the Hop-on Hop-off bus, and the gelato making class are also very attractive.
Single tickets: If none of the Rome city passes suit you, you can also buy single tickets for the main attractions. We recommend doing this online several weeks before your trip, as some attractions are fully booked weeks in advance: