Once you have your tickets to Rome, the first thing to do is to start planning your visits while you're there. Especially for the most popular ones, which require a bit of planning. First of all, get your ticket to the Colosseum or even if you prefer, book a guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum to make sure you don't miss anything.
And now, here's a guide to make getting to the Colosseum, wherever you are, easy, quick and convenient.
Take a stroll and walk from the centre
Walking in Rome is a must. As well as being cheap, you can take advantage of the walk to enjoy the city, explore its streets, small squares, fountains... A delight.
Although it may seem a long way to walk from the historic centre of Rome, it is well worth it. I'll tell you the most popular distances so you can decide whether you prefer to do it on foot or look for an alternative.
Walking distances to the Colosseum from some of Rome's key sites
- From Piazza Spagna: It will take you 28 minutes on foot as you walk along the little streets surrounding the wonderful Piazza Spagna, Via del Corso and Via dei Fori Imperiali. This walk is a must.
- From Piazza Navona: it will take you 26 minutes to walk a very similar route to the previous one.
- From Monti: only 9 minutes, you have no excuse (plus the views of the Colosseum as you walk down the stairs from Monti are beautiful).
- From Isola Tiberina: Only 24 minutes and you can choose between crossing the Circo Massimo or walking in front of the Teatro Marcello or the Capitoline Museums.
- From the Vatican: 50 minutes. Undoubtedly the longest walk in what is considered the centre of the city, but certainly one of the most fascinating itineraries.
By metro, the fastest way
If you're looking for speed, wherever you are, Rome's metro is always a good option. Metro Line B connects the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the main points of the city.
Moreover, the stop (Piazza del Colosseo) is right in front of the entrance to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, a couple of minutes' walk away. You can't miss it. By the way, get your camera ready because the view of the Colosseum from the exit of the metro stop will leave you open-mouthed. Get ready for what's coming!
Ride a city bus
Maybe walking isn't your thing or you just don't feel like going for a long walk first thing in the morning. Well, to still enjoy the city and its sights but without sacrificing comfort and on a budget, getting around Rome by city bus is a very good idea.
Be patient because the traffic is chaotic, the streets are narrow and the bus lines tend to be quite crowded, but at least you'll arrive at the Colosseum more rested. Check Rome's public transport website for more details on timetables, tickets and fares.
As you will see below, the Colosseum is very well connected to the rest of the city:
- Frequent lines to the Colosseum: 117, 175, 186, 271, 53, 571, 53, 571, 75, 80, 810, 85, 87.
- Night line that connects you to the Colosseum: the N2.
What if you're thinking of using the sightseeing bus?
If you're looking for a truly authentic experience, you may have ruled out tickets for Rome's tourist bus, but if you see it as just another mode of transport, it's actually very convenient.
The tourist bus lines connect the city's main sights (the Colosseum is no exception), have a decent frequency and best of all, two decks, one of them open-air, so you can enjoy the best views while you let yourself go (literally). Doesn't that sound so bad now?
Taxi or Uber for the lazy (or the practical!)
One of the most universal means of transport, the taxi, also works in Rome. It's not hard to find one running or waiting for you at a taxi rank (look for them in the main streets or squares of Rome, they are well signposted).
Tell the driver your destination (and remember to ask him to activate the meter to avoid unpleasant surprises). The Colosseum is fairly central, so it shouldn't cost you too much. Just avoid rush hour to keep your budget in check.
If you want to opt for an experience that's as comfortable as this but at the same time doesn't leave any loose ends, you should know that Uber also works in Rome, and very well. Download the APP, enter the origin and destination address and the map will automatically calculate the route, the price and how many minutes it will take to pick you up.
Use car sharing services or public scooters and bicycles for responsible transport
As soon as you set foot in the city, you'll notice that the traffic in Rome's ancient streets has been completely modernised, welcoming new methods of transport. On the pavements, you'll see dozens of scooters, electric scooters and bicycles that you can use to get from one part of the city to another.
There are several companies and APPs that manage these vehicles, so I recommend you take a look at the most popular ones to find out the rates. How does it work? Very easy: the APP (whichever one it is) will always have a map of the city that will geolocate you and suggest which scooters, bikes or scooters are closest to you. Book one with a click, activate it and pay only for the minutes you use it. It seems like magic!
If you feel safer using something similar but travelling on four wheels, there is a similar service for cars. Car2GO is one of the most international and allows you to rent a vehicle to move around the city and pay only for the minutes you use it.
You don't have to worry about insurance, petrol or taking it to a car rental car park. By the way! If you plan to visit the Colosseum on a Sunday, Via dei Fori Imperiali is pedestrianised all day Sunday, so leave the car for any other day of the week and take a walk or cycle along one of the city's most photogenic avenues.