Practical tips: How to ride the buses in Rome

Are you taking the bus? You really have a lot of patience!

Today we’re talking about public transport in Rome. In particular, the bus.

10 tips on buses in Rome Council number 1 is.

The best place to buy them is at the tobacconist or at the newsstand They are the only places I would go to buy them. If you have to move around a lot in Rome I suggest you to buy a day ticket.

You’d better. You only have one ticket for the whole day, so you don’t have to buy more tickets. This is an important thing to remember I have seen many times tourists asking the driver if they could buy tickets from him.

He says no, “I’m not selling them.” You absolutely must buy them in advance! Please put your ticket in the machine that you see in this picture. (Put the ticket here) Otherwise you can get a fine, even more than 100€! Validate your tickets at the metro.

Take the 100 minutes into account! The ticket is valid for 100 minutes and you can take any means of transport in Rome. It’s a bit different with the metro When you buy the ticket and go and see it to get into the metro you’re doing well, but when you leave the metro you can’t get back with the same ticket Unfortunately.

As a general rule of thumb you should always have a document with you here in Italy. Especially when you take public transport because every now and then there are ticket checks (in July they did a lot of them!) They don’t do them very often but the one time you don’t get a ticket they catch you at that very moment! Murphy’s law! So, if you don’t have a ticket, or if it’s expired they ask you for an ID, they take your details and ask you to pay a fine at that moment.

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From what I’ve seen on the buses here in the past I think they give you the possibility to pay the fine at that moment and in my opinion it’s better to pay in cash I don’t know if they accept card payments. At some of the stops in Rome, you’re gonna see a pole.

This board tells you which buses are on the way and how many stops there are until the bus arrives (not all of them have them). The other day I wanted to do an experiment.

I moved off the pole because while I was waiting for the bus, a guy next to me started smoking. How lucky! I went to a stop near where I live where there was a palina I checked two buses in particular Bus.

Waiting time. Time on arrival. The result ( of 170: two arrived instead of one!) The result of the first bus 719: on time. The result of the second one, 2 minutes late So, how accurate is this pole? It was more or less precise But in general, if I think of all the times I looked at the pole to see how much time was missing before my bus arrived, I don’t think they are 100% reliable. Let’s put it this way: they give you an INDICATION of how much time is missing before the bus arrives.

Sometimes you can find yourself in a situation where you can’t decide if it’s worth walking and maybe it’s sooner. or if you’d better wait for the bus This depends on whether the pole is telling you the truth! I fully understand that it’s subjective It depends on who you’re with as much as you have to walk if it’s a very hot time But the reason I’m talking about this is because I know something about it.

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I often had situations in which I had to decide: either wait for the bus or walk. Sometimes if you walk you’ll get there sooner, because the pole of time can deceive you! I’m talking about this because when you get off the bus to understand the way to get back the stop you got off from may not be right across the street from the stop you need to get back.

When you are coming back check where you have to wait because your stop may be either before or after where you got off. It might even be around the corner! You never know here in Rome! In case you’re wondering, it says Gladiator on my shirt! The buses in Rome start running from 05:00-06:30 until midnight.

After 00:00 you have to take the night bus If you come here in Rome, remember that sometimes there are strikes They don’t do them like we do in the USA. in Italy strikes last a day at most Then the day after everything goes back to normal It’s a concept that I never understood and I don’t want to go into it here but to understand if a strike is planned simply go to the ATAC website. ATAC is the official public transport company of Rome.

So, go to their website and look where it says if you see the word “strike” it means there will be one. The only good thing about the strike in Italy and that there is a time slot where the service is guaranteed are the most important bus lines that are in service during the guaranteed time slot.

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These are the buses that go to the most important places in the city. So there’s a ray of hope! The last piece of advice… is instead a question is there a good app that helps you get around the city? ironically it’s called “moving in Rome”.

Three reasons why I don’t like buses in Rome I prefer not to take the bus as my preferred way to move around Rome I take it sometimes it’s reliable sometimes but not 100% in my opinion.

The second reason why I don’t like the bus has to do with both the drivers and the brakes of the bus If you have ever taken the bus in Rome, maybe you have noticed that when you stop the bus if you don’t stand on a support or something like that you could end up from one side of the bus to the other (maybe I exaggerate a bit!) because of the driver who brakes too hard!

In defense of the drivers I understand that the bus may be old and therefore also the brakes may be worn out. Therefore, they have to brake like that to stop the bus. Still, I believe that if the brakes were new and worked well they would always drive like that! Why? Simply because they run too fast and so to avoid a collision they have to brake like that anyway, and we suffer!

The third reason is that I find the buses too hot even when there is no one on board during the summer you feel like you are in a Turkish bath! Let alone when it’s crowded!