What’s the Rome Turbopass?
The Turbo Pass is a city pass for the city of Rome. With this pass you get free entrance to many sights and museums. At some attractions you save time because the Turbo Pass allows for fast track admission – so you don’t have to queue for hours in the Roman heat.
Some of the top attractions covered by the Turbo Pass include the Colosseum with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, as well as the Vatican with its museums and the Sistine Chapel. You can also visit some important museums free of charge with the Turbo Pass. For other attractions and walking tours you will receive a discount. In addition, you can travel free of charge on the Hop-on Hop-off buses for one day.
If you like, you can book a local transport ticket as an option in addition to the Turbo Pass. With this ticket you can use the public transport of the city. Also optional is a return ticket on the airport shuttle bus.
The Rome Turbo Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 consecutive days from the first use, depending on which option you choose. You can buy the pass on the official website and you will receive all documents and tickets by e-mail within 24 hours. When in Rome, you can either show your mobile pass on your phone or print it out on paper. If you book the public transport option, the ticket will be sent to you by mail.
Benefits of the Rome Turbo Pass
- Free access to top attractions
- incl. Vatican, Colosseum and Roman Forum
- Fast track admission to some attractions
- Valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 days
- Optional: local transport + airport transfer
- Available on your phone
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How Much Does the Turbo Pass Cost?
The following table gives an overview of the prices:
Children under 10 years of age do not need a local transport option, as each adult with a ticket can take a child under 10 years of age free of charge.
The cost for the optional airport transfer are not listed in the table. They ticket price is €12 for adults and children.
What’s Included in the Turbo Pass?
The following table shows all attractions included in the Rome Turbo Pass.
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Note for better understanding: The Vatican tickets with fast track admission are available on the official website for €17. However, in the high season, these are sold out two weeks in advance. Nevertheless, there are still tickets available at other booking websites like Get Your Guide, although at higher prices starting from €21.
The availability of tickets for the Colosseum and the Vatican is limited. If there is no ticket available for your desired date, you can also book the Rome City Pass without the Colosseum and/or the Vatican. Then, however, the pass is much less attractive.
Our Assessment of the Included Attractions
The Turbo Pass Rome includes a variety of attractive offers. However, not all of the top attractions are included in the scope of services of the Turbo Pass. For example, the Galleria Borghese and the Castel Sant’Angelo are missing. Both are included in the official Roma Pass, by the way,
Attractions with fast track admission
For some attractions, the Turbo Pass allows for fast track admission. This means that you can walk past the queue that often forms in front of the box offices. However, this applies to the Colosseum only with restrictions. You will receive a ticket with a fixed time slot, but you may still have to wait at the entrance if there are too many visitors in the Colosseum.
For most sights and museums you have to queue at the box office with the Turbo Pass like other visitors. There you will be given a free ticket.
In the high season, tickets for the Vatican and the Colosseum are in short supply. In the booking process for the Turbo Pass you specify when you want to visit these two attractions. It may be that there are no available tickets for your desired date. In this case you will not be able to visit the Colosseum.
For the Vatican you can book a ticket with a guided tour for an extra charge – these are usually more readily available. If that doesn’t work either, the Turbo Pass will not be worthwhile for you. You can opt out of both the Colosseum and the Vatican. In this case, you will buy the Turbo Pass without these two sights, which will make it less attractive.
Most discounts are unattractive
With the Rome Turbo Pass you not only get free admission to some attractions, but you also receive discounts on various offers. However, these are mostly unattractive, e.g. 15% in the Vatican Book Shop or a 50 cent discount for a scoop of ice cream. These discounts are not a good reason to purchase the Turbopass.
Colosseum with children
Children and young people up to 17 years of age do not pay admission to the Colosseum and tickets cannot be reserved for them. To get free admission, you must pick up a free ticket on site – even if you as a parent already have a ticket. For more information, please refer to the “Colosseum” section of your Turbopass.
Special case: Museo Capitolini
For this attraction you get a €5 discount with the Turbo Pass. However, this is misleading, as it is an offer of the company Touristation. First you have to register there to pick up your ticket and the audio guide – this requires a detour. In addition, the tickets are much more expensive than if you simply buy tickets at the museum without a discount.
Optional: Free local transport + Airport Transfer
With the local transport option, you will receive a ticket whose validity depends on the duration of the Turbo Pass:
- 1-day Turbopass: 24-hour ticket
- 2-day Turbopass: 48h ticket
- 3-day Turbopass: 72h ticket
- 4-, 5- and 7-day Turbopass: 7-day ticket
With this ticket you can travel on the bus, tram and metro within the city. The ticket will be sent to you by mail. The delivery time is up to 10 working days. Additional shipping costs will be charged. Receiving your public transport tickets by mail has the advantage that you can use it as soon as you arrive in Rome. However, it is not worth the price.
You can also book an optional airport transfer, which is not worth it either, but it is convenient.
Validity of the Rome Turbopass
The Rome Turbo Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 consecutive calendar days – depending on which option you choose. The time starts running out when you use the Turbo Pass at the first attraction.
Please note: These are calendar days, not 24-hour units. Therefore, you should start your sightseeing in the morning to take full advantage of the first day.
The local transport ticket is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours – or 7 calendar days if you buy the 4-day Turbo Pass or a longer valid Turbo Pass. The validity of the local transport ticket begins when you use it for the first time to travel on public transport.
The airport transfer is not subject to the validity of the Turbopass, nor to the validity of the local transport ticket.
Is the Rome Turbopass Worth it?
Many customers write about the Turbo Pass, saying that they had not saved much money, but that the pass had made their journey much easier. After all, with only one booking you get most of the top attractions and with some of them you even skip the queue.
Our example calculation shows that you should not expect big savings from the Rome Turbo Pass, but nevertheless, you’ll likely save a few euros. From our point of view, the Turbopass is most worthwhile for two, three or four days – provided that you are interested in visiting many different attractions.
With the 3-day pass for €96.90 you could, for example, take advantage of the following offers:
- Hop-on Hop-off bus (€24)
- Vatican with time slot ticket (€17)
- Colosseum and Forum Romanum with time slot ticket (€18)
- Museo Nazionale Romanum (€10)
- Leonardo da Vinci Experience (€12)
- Gladiator Museum (€12)
- Palazzo Merulana (€10)
In total, these attractions cost €103 if you bought them separately. With the Turbo Pass you save €6.10. The savings are small – but still. If you manage more sightseeing in the three days, you can save more money. If you manage less, you will lose money with the Turbo Pass.
Basically, you should plan your city trip well and think carefully about which attractions you want to visit on which day. For example, you should not visit the Colosseum and the Vatican on the same day, as both are very time-consuming.
You should also make sure you use the Hop-on Hop-off bus so that the Turbo Pass is worth your while. Because the bus ticket is the most expensive single service.
When Isn’t the Turbo Pass Worth it?
Conversely, however, it also means: If you are not interested in the Hop-on Hop-off bus, you do not need the Turbo Pass. In this case, it is better to buy individual tickets for attractions that interest you.
In our opinion, the Turbo Pass for one day is not worth it. You would have to take the Hop-on Hop-off bus, visit the Vatican and the Colosseum incl. Forum Romanum and even visit one more attraction in order to collect the purchase price. This is not possible in a crowded city like Rome.
Also the Turbopass for five and seven days can hardly be worthwhile, as there are not so many attractions worth seeing to recoup the purchase price of €116.90 respectively €126.90. You would have to take advantage of almost all the free offers and, in addition, take advantage of discounts on the guided city tours.
The Local Transport Option Does Not Pay Off
No matter how long your Turbo Pass is valid, by buying the local transport option you will always pay more money than you need to.
For example, with the 3-day Turbopass, local transport costs an extra €19.80. On top of that, there are shipping costs for the ticket of 5.90 euros. However, a 72-hour ticket for Rome costs only €18. Therefore, it is cheaper to buy the ticket on the spot at any ticket vending machine.
One argument in favour of the local transport option, however, is that you have all the necessary tickets in your pocket before departure and do not have to deal with tickets in Rome. The option may not pay off, but it is convenient.
It is similar with the optional airport transfer, which costs €12 when purchased with your Turbopass. An individually purchased bus ticket from the airport to the city (and back), on the other hand, costs only €11. This price applies to both Fiumicino and Ciampino airports:
Where Can You Get the Rome Turbopass?
You can only buy the Rome Turbopass on the official Turbopass website. When booking, you indicate when you want to start your Rome trip. This will ensure that all tickets are available and, if applicable, the tickets will be delivered to you in time. You also indicate when you want to visit the Colosseum and the Vatican.
You will receive the documents for the Turbo Pass with all tickets within 24 hours after receipt of payment – but at the earliest four to six weeks before the trip. You can either print out the tickets sent by e-mail or show them on your phone when in Rome.
If you have booked the local transport option, the tickets will be sent to you by post. The delivery time is up to ten working days to the UK. The shipping costs are 5.90 euros. There is also an express option for faster delivery, but this is way more expensive.
FAQ About the Rome Turbopass
Can I visit the attractions more than once?
No, each attraction can only be visited once with the Rome Turbo Pass. Your ticket will be validated electronically upon entry. Only with the Hop-on Hop-off bus you can travel as often as you like within a day.
How long is the Rome Turbo Pass valid?
Depending on which option you choose, the Rome Turbo Pass is valid for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 consecutive calendar days. The pass is activated as soon as you use it at the first attraction.
Can I freely choose the visiting hours?
Basically, yes. However, you should note that many museums in Rome are closed on Mondays. So check the opening hours before you visit a museum.
Tickets for the Vatican and the Colosseum are also limited. Only if you book the Turbo Pass in time, you will be able to visit these major attractions.
Do I need a ticket for my children?
The Turbo Pass Rome is also available for children between 6 and 9 years of age and between 10 and 17 years of age – each at a reduced price.
Children under 6 years of age can visit most attractions free of charge anyway.
Can I use public transport with this pass?
The local transport option of the Turbo Pass applies to all means of public transport within Rome. This includes the metro, trams and buses of the ATAC transport company and some suburban trains.
Can I cancel my purchase?
If your plans change, you can cancel your Turbo Pass up to one day before the first day of validity. You will be refunded the purchase price. However, Turbopass will retain €30 per ticket as a cancellation fee.
Alternatives to the Rome Turbo Pass
If the Rome Turbopass is not suitable for you, other Rome city passes may be of interest to you:
Roma Pass: The Roma Pass is the official museum pass of the city of Rome. It includes free or discounted admission to many museums and some archaeological sites such as the Colosseum including the Roman Forum. In addition, you can use public transport in Rome free of charge for up to 72 hours.
Rome & Vatican Omnia Card: The Omnia Card consists of two parts: the Roma Pass and three other benefits: Hop-on hop-off bus, 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.
Rome Tourist Card: The ‘smallest’ Rome city pass with only four free services is the Rome Tourist Card. With this card, you can visit the Colosseum, enjoy fast track admission to St. Peter’s Basilica, take the Hop-on Hop-off bus for a day, and take a shuttle from the airport to the city. The Rome Tourist Card is not cheap, but it can be worthwhile.
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 in return, you 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 are worthwhile for you, you can book single tickets. We recommend that you book your tickets for the most popular attractions a few days or weeks in advance, as there are limited contingents. This applies especially to the Vatican and the Colosseum: