Both Rome airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino, are connected by public transportation. If you are traveling in a group you should weigh the costs of tickets vs. a cab ride or one of the private shuttle services.
If you prefer to travel by bus, it is possible to purchase daily or weekly ATAC passes that will provide access to all public transportation throughout the Roman Province. The bus system covers the entire city and can be a great, though often very crowded, way to navigate the city.
The metro is usually much faster than the bus system since there is no traffic, but it has some disadvantages too. In Rome there are only 3 main lines and at times they run a bit parallel so they don’t cover much ground. Many of Rome’s major sites are not that convenient to metro stations. The exceptions are the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.
Regional Train Travel
Rail travel is easy, affordable and efficient. Prices will vary depending on distance, class of ticket, and type of train (regional, local, rapid). The Trenitalia website offers substantial discounts on tickets for pre-purchase or advance purchase. If you purchase tickets online, you will need to print a copy of the receipt for proof on board. If you want a Eurail pass, you must buy it in the US; they are not available in Europe. Note with the availability of low-cost flights, a train pass may or may not be a good option. It really depends on your travel plans.
Planning for Weekend Travel
All coursework will be distributed on Monday morning and due Wednesday evening by 9pm. Thursday will be dedicated to our Beyond Rome trips, leaving the time from Thursday evening to Sunday evening for your own free travel. You will be required to complete a weekend travel form each week, whether you stay in Rome or leave the city.