11. September 2018

Overview of Rome passes: Which Rome pass is worth buying?

To make your holidays in Rome smoother, you can buy a Rome pass for sightseeing and public transport. Nowadays there are several passes available. This article gives you an overview so that you can find the most suitable pass for you and your stay in Rome.

Rome pass: What does a Rome pass include?

As already mentioned, there are different Rome passes you can buy. However, all the passes listed here have one thing in common: They all include a multi-day ticket for the public transport in Rome (metro, buses and the tramway) as well as free entry to many museums and sights in Rome.

Just a little hint: All Rome passes offer the opportunity to visit the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, and the Forum Romanum for free because these three sights belong together.

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Another tip: If you want to see the Borghese Gallery in Rome, make an early booking! In order to use the free entry which is included in the Rome pass, you have to call directly and reserve the time of your visit in the Borghese Gallery in advance.

Rome pass: What passes are available?

1. Roma Pass

There are two versions of the Roma Pass: One is valid for 72 hours, the other one can be used for 48 hours. Most tourists who come to Rome choose the pass for 72 hours. That’s why the Roma Pass for 48 hours is not available everywhere in Rome.

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The Roma Pass for 72 hours includes a metro card which is valid for all public transports for a duration of 72 hours. In addition, it offers free entry to the first two sights. For that reason it is best to use the Roma Pass for the most expensive attractions in Rome. At certain sights, the Roma Pass can be used to avoid long queues at the entrance. For all participating museums and monuments the Roma Pass offers a price reduction or free entry. It includes other discounts on selected exhibitions and events. The Roma Pass for 72 hours costs 38,50 euro.

The Roma Pass for 48 hours offers the same advantages like its bigger version. The only difference is the duration of validity. The metro card is valid for 48 hours and instead of two Roman sights or museums, you can only visit one sight for free. The price of the Roma Pass for 48 hours is 28 euro.

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Please note: The visit in the Vatican, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is NOT included in the Roma Pass. Moreover, there are no discounts on the pass for children as most museums and sights are free of charge for children under 18 years!

The Roma Pass can be purchased at all participating tourist offices, museums and sights, in certain metro stations, and in advance on the internet.

2. OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card

The OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card offers free entry to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The visit in St. Peter’s Basilica is free for all visitors. However, with the OMNIA card you receive a free audio guide for detailed information. Furthermore, the OMNIA card includes an audio guide for the St. John Lateran Archbasilica and its monastery. Finally, it also comes with a 3-day ticket for the Hop on/Hop off bus tours in Rome.

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The OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card can be seen as an extension of the Roma Pass. Because in addition to the advantages described above, the OMNIA card includes all features of the Roma Pass for 72 hours: free entry to the first two museums or sights and a 3-day metro ticket.

3. Rome City Pass by Turbopass

citypass_rom-iconThe Rome City Pass is the most comprehensive pass. It offers free entry to many different museums and sights in Rome such as the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, and the Forum Romanum.

If you get a card for 3 or 6 days, more free visits are added. The Rome City Pass provides fast track access and you can use all public transports in Rome for the duration of the Rome City Pass.

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The Rome City Pass is available for 2, 3 or 6 days and for different age groups. You can get a discount for children ages 6 to 9 and for adolescents ages 10 to 17.

Prices and features are as follows:

  • Rome City Pass for 2 days: ticket for metro, bus and tramway; free and discounted entry; city tour. 29,90 euro for children, 45,90 euro for adolescents, 89,90 euro for adults
  • Rome City Pass for 3 days: ticket for metro, bus and tramway; free and discounted entry; price reductions; city tour; free entry to the Castle of the Holy Angel. 29,90 euro for children, 49,90 for adolescents, 99.90 euro for adults
  • Rome City Pass for 6 days: ticket for metro, bus and tramway; free and discounted entry; price reductions; city tour; free entry to the Castle of the Holy Angel, the Borghese Gallery and the Appia Antica. 29,90 euro for children, 69,90 euro for adolescents, 159,90 euro for adults

4. Travel Card for Rome

The Travel Card can be used for sightseeing but does not offer free entry. It is valid for 24 or 72 hours and offers free transport with the metro, bus and tramway as well as free usage of the Hop on/Hop off bus service by Roma Christiana.

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The Hop on/Hop off bus stops at 18 different stations in Rome and you can get on and off as many times as you like. The Travel Card is available for 25 euro for 24 hours and for 39 euro for 72 hours

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  1. Beth M. says:

    With the turbo pass, may I ride the hop on hop off all three days or just one day? I mean if I buy the three day pass. Thank you. Beth

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