Visiting Rome's ancient monuments and museums can be costly and some have long lines at the ticket counter. Here are passes and cards to help you save money and time on your Rome vacation. You'll also avoid the hassle of having to carry money to pay for each entrance and with the some passes you won't have to buy metro or bus tickets either.
Note: Many sites and museums are closed on Mondays, be sure to check current days and hours before you go.
Roma Pass includes free transportation for three days and free admission for your choice of two museums or sites. After the first two uses, Roma Pass gives the holder a reduced admission price at other museums and sites, exhibitions, and events. Roma Pass can be used at more than 30 monuments, museums and archaeological sites.
Buying a Roma Pass in Rome: You can buy your Roma Pass through Viator (and we recommend doing this, so you have it before you visit the city), and it'll also allow you to skip the lines at Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. But if you want to wait until you have your feet on the ground, the Roma Pass can be purchased at Tourist Information Points, including the train station and Fiumincino Airport, travel agencies, hotels, Atac (bus) ticket offices, news stands, and tabacchi (tabacchi definition). Roma Pass can also be purchased directly from the museum or site ticket windows.
Roman Colosseum Tickets
The ticket line at the Roman Colosseum can be very long. In addition to buying a Roma Pass, there are a few other ways to avoid the Colosseum ticket line. You can buy Colosseum and Roman Forum passes online in US dollars from Viator, and it includes access to Palatine Hill.
Archeologia Card - Archeology Card
The Archeologia Card, or archeology card, is good for seven days from the first use.
The Archeologia Card includes admission to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, Roman National Museum sites, the Baths of Caracalla, the Villa of the Quintili, and the Tomb of Cecilia Metella on the ancient Appian Way.
Buying an Archeologia Card in Rome: The archeology card can be purchased at the entrance to any of the above sites except the last two or from the Rome Visitor Center in Via Parigi 5. The card is good for seven days of free admissions (one time per site) starting from the date of the first use. This card does not include transportation.
Appia Antica Card
The Appia Antica, or ancient Appian Way, Card is good for seven days from the first use and includes admission (one time each) to the Baths of Caracalla, the Villa of the Quintili, and the Tomb of Cecilia Metella.
Biglietto 4 Musei - Four Museum Combination Ticket
The four museum combination ticket includes one admission to each of the four National Museums of Rome (all closed on Mondays) - Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Diocletian Baths, and Balbi Crypt. The card is good for three days and can be purchased at any of the sites.
Rome Transportation Passes
Transportation passes, good for unlimited rides on buses and the metro within Rome, are available for one-day, three-days, seven days, and one month.
Passes (and single tickets) can be bought at metro stations, tabacchi, or in some bars. Bus tickets and passes cannot be bought on the bus. The pass must be validated on the first use. Passes (and tickets) must be validated by stamping them in the little machine on the bus or at a machine in the metro station before you enter the metro turnstile.
You'll find detailed information about many of the sites included in these passes in our article, Top Rome Attractions.