Roma Pass 2024

On this website, we present the official Roma Pass in detail. We explain what the product offers, how it works and where you can buy the Roma Pass. For every Roma Pass sold, we receive a commission.

Roma Pass: Quick overview

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The official Roma Pass offers:

  • Free entry to 1 - 2 attractions
  • Discounts for many attractions & museums
  • Public transport in Rome
  • Valid for 48 or 72 hours
  • Pick up in Rome required

Some top attractions: Colosseum incl. Roman Forum, Castel Sant'Angelo, Baths of Caracalla, Galleria Borghese etc.

Not included: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Price: from €33 to €53 - depending on the period of validity

Alternative: Roma Pass + Vatican Museums


How the Roma Pass works

The Roma Pass is the official tourist card of the city of Rome. With this card you can visit many sights and museums for free or at reduced prices.

You can also use public transport without having to buy a ticket.

Key benefits include:

  • 48 h Roma Pass: 1 attraction free of charge
  • 72 h Roma Pass: 2 attractions free of charge
  • incl. Colosseum, Castel Sant'Angelo, Galleria Borghese, Circus Maximus
  • Discounts for other attractions & museums
  • Public transport within Rome

Within 48 or 72 hours, you can use all ATAC public transport. In addition, the first one or two attractions you visit are free. For each subsequent visit to a museum or historical site, you will receive a discounted ticket.

After the purchase, you will receive all the information about the collection of the card by e-mail. Pick-up is possible at both Rome airports and in the city centre.

Unfortunately, you cannot skip queues with the Roma Pass. However, some sights and museums require a reservation to shorten the waiting time.


What attractions are included?

The Roma Pass includes around 30 sights. You can visit one or two of them for free:

  • 48 h Roma Pass: 1 attraction free of charge
  • 72 h Roma Pass: 2 attractions free of charge

The order of the visits is crucial. Only the first one or two visits are free! We recommend visiting the more expensive attractions first and only then the museums with the high discounts.

Attractions & Museums

The Roma Pass includes many museums and historical sites, including famous landmarks:

  • Colosseum incl. Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Engelsburg
  • Caracalla Baths
  • Galleria Borghese
  • Capitoline Museums
  • Circus Maximus
  • Circus Maximus VR Experience
  • … (See all attractions)
Colosseum in Rome
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With the Roma Pass, the first two attractions you visit are free. For each additional attraction you pay the reduced price. Please refer to this list for the amount of the discount: Roma Pass Museums.

What the Roma Pass does not contain

The Roma Pass includes many museums and historical sites. However, there are some services that are not included in the Roma Pass. These include city tours and the Vatican sights:

  • Vatican Museums
  • Hop-on/hop-off bus
  • City tours with guide
  • Airport transfer
  • Guided tour of St Peter's Basilica

In addition to the Colosseum and Castel Sant'Angelo, most visitors to Rome also want to visit the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. For this we recommend the following combined ticket: Roma Pass + Vatican Museums.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo
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Reservations with the Roma Pass

In principle, you can visit many sights at any time with the Roma Pass. However, some museums and attractions require a reservation. Some popular attractions for which a reservation is required:

  • Colosseum
  • Galleria Borghese
  • Mausoleo di Augusto
  • Palazzo Barberini & Galleria Corsini (at weekends)
  • Capitoline Museums (reservation recommended)
  • Engelsburg (reservation recommended)
  • Circus Maximus (reservation recommended)
  • Palazzo Valentini / Domus Romane (reservation recommended)
  • Galleria Spada (reservation recommended)

Reservations can already be made if you have bought the Roma Pass but have not yet collected it in Rome. The names of the Roma Pass holders are important for the reservation.

Reservations are made via various websites:

  • Coopculture.it (Colosseum)
  • Ticketone.it (Castel Sant'Angelo, Domus Romane, Galleria Borghese, Galleria Spada etc.)
  • Vivaticket.it (Capitoline Museums, Circus Maximus, Mausoleo di Augusto, etc.).

A small fee may be charged when reserving a time slot.

Detailed information on reservations can be found on the official website RomaPass.it - FAQ.

Public transport

The Roma Pass allows free use of public transport in Rome for 48 or 72 hours.

The pass is valid on all ATAC public transport:

  • Metro (lines A, B, B1 and C)
  • Trams
  • Buses
  • Suburban trains: Roma-Lido, Roma Flaminio Piazza del Popolo-Viterbo, Roma-Giardinetti
Rome Metro
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Your Roma Pass is valid for 48 or 72 hours from the first use. You can activate your Roma Pass either by using it for the first time at a tourist attraction or by using public transport.

In any case, you must validate your Roma Pass before your first journey, even if you have already activated it at a tourist attraction.

To do so, hold your Roma Pass up to the yellow readers in trams, buses and metro stations. At a ticket control, you only have to show your Roma Pass and the Roma Pass cover, on which the date and time of the first use are noted.

Airport transfer: The ATAC buses nos. 520 and 720 take you from Ciampino Airport to the nearby metro stations. The Roma Pass can be used as a ticket. Fiumicino Airport is not connected to the public transport network.


Is the Roma Pass worth it?

If you want to visit several museums and historical sites and use public transport, there are good reasons for the Roma Pass. But is it also worth it financially?

This question is answered in this section.

How much does the Roma Pass cost?

The price of the Roma Pass depends on the period of validity. The 3-day pass is more expensive, but you can use public transport for one day longer and visit an additional attraction for free.

  • 48 hours:33 €
  • 72 hours: 53 €

The prices are for adults. There is no reduction for children. The Roma Pass is not worthwhile for them. However, most attractions are free or reduced for children anyway.

Example: 72 hours in Rome

With the Roma Pass valid for 72 hours, the first two attractions visited are free. For each additional attraction, the Roma Pass grants a discount. Using the following example for a three-day trip to Rome, we would like to show you whether you can save money with this product.

AttractionPrice with Roma PassPrice without Roma Pass
Roma Pass: 72 hrs.53,00 €
Colosseum incl. Roman Forum0,- €16,00 €
Capitoline Museums0,- €11,50 €
Circus Maximus4,- €5,00 €
Galleria Borghese6,50 €13,00 €
Caracalla Baths2,- €8,00 €
Engelsburg6,00 €12,00
Public transport (72 hrs.)0,- €18,00 €
Total71,50 €83,50 €

Conclusion: With the Roma Pass, you can save some money by first visiting two expensive attractions that are free with the Roma Pass. After that, you should choose other museums with great discounts. In addition, the Roma Pass is only worthwhile if you use the public transport in Rome extensively.


Purchase, Collection & Activation

The Roma Pass is the official product of the City of Rome and is available at tourist information points and on the official website (RomaPass.it).

You can also buy the Roma Pass through independent ticket platforms such as GetYourGuide or Tiqets.com.

After your purchase, you will receive an email with a voucher that you can use to pick up your Roma Pass. You can print the voucher or save it on your mobile phone.

Pick up your Roma Pass at one of the following locations:

  • Fiumicino Airport, International Arrivals, Terminal T3
  • Ciampino Airport, International Arrivals
  • PIT Fori Imperiali, Visitor Center
  • PIT Fori Imperiali, Visitor Center
  • PIT Castel Sant'Angelo

You will receive pick-up instructions in the confirmation email. If you buy the Roma Pass from GetYourGuide, you can cancel the booking free of charge up to 24 hours before departure.

Activation takes place when the Roma Pass is used for the first time.

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What speaks against the Roma Pass

The official Roma Pass is a very good product, but it has some disadvantages:

No fast track: With the Roma Pass, you do not have fast-track access. You have to queue at the ticket office to get your free ticket. Some museums require a reservation. This shortens the waiting time.

Missing attractions: Although the Roma Pass covers around 30 sights and museums, some popular attractions are missing: Hop-on/hop-off buses, Vatican museums and city tours.

Maximum 2 attractions free of charge: Only one or two attractions are free. For each additional attraction, you only get one discount with the Roma Pass.

Collection required: Unfortunately, the Roma Pass is not a digital product, but a physical card. You will need to collect the card when you arrive in Rome. Pick-up is possible at the airport or in the city centre.

Reservation required: Reservations are required for some museums and sights. It is not possible to visit without a reservation. Unfortunately, there is no uniform procedure, so reservations are relatively cumbersome.


Conclusion: Who is the Roma Pass suitable for?

In the following circumstances, the Roma Pass may be suitable for your trip to Rome:

  • They are especially interested in historical sites and museums.
  • You would like to visit the Colosseum and another attraction free of charge.
  • You would like to use public transport for up to 72 hours.
  • You have a small travel budget for your sightseeing programme in Rome.

Questions & Answers

Does the Roma Pass grant fast entry?

No, the Roma Pass does not generally entitle you to priority entry. At most sights and museums, you must go to the box office to get your ticket. In some cases, a reservation is required to reduce the waiting time. This applies, for example, to the Colosseum and the Galleria Borghese. For Castel Sant'Angelo, a reservation is recommended.

Can the purchase be cancelled free of charge?

Cancellation conditions depend on the website where you purchased the Roma Pass. On the GetYourGuide ticket platform, you can cancel your purchase free of charge up to 24 hours before departure.

Is the Roma Pass suitable for families?

In our view, the Roma Pass is not suitable for families with children, as there is no reduced ticket for children. Admission to most museums is free or greatly reduced for young visitors anyway.

Please note that Roma Pass holders must make a reservation for some attractions. In this case, free tickets for children must also be reserved. This is somewhat inconvenient.

Are there also good City Cards for other cities?

Yes, for example for Barcelona, Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Verona:

About the author

Patrick has been involved with city breaks in Europe since 2018. Here he writes about the Roma Pass, a popular product for the Italian capital. His goal is to always keep the information up to date.

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