Rome Tourist Attraction Passes

This post includes information on the four best Rome tourist attraction discount passes. We list prices, what’s included, and if they are worth buying. 

 

 


Overview

There are several different types of tourist passes in Rome, and they all offer discounts on popular activities or services in the ancient city.

Passes often include “skip-the-line” or “skip-the-queue” tickets which allow you to enter an attraction without waiting in the ticket queues, which sometimes can save you hours.  

 

Skip-the-line Colosseum

 

Most of these passes act as your transportation card as well, allowing free boarding on the subway, buses, and trams, saving you precious vacation time trying to figure out how to buy your transport tickets

Likewise, a few passes include a hop-on-hop-off bus service.

 

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Also, passes usually include free maps and informational booklets to further help you maximize your visit. 

If you are traveling with children, keep in mind that many of Rome’s top museums and sights offer free or reduced-cost entry to children under the age of 18. 

Here are some of the most notable locations and activities you can enjoy with one of these passes:

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • The Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Borghese Gallery
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Baths of Caracalla

Although each of these attractions is included with most services, no one tourist pass is exactly alike, so it’s important to understand how each one works before deciding which one will work best for your needs.

Rome Discount Passes


Before You Buy

This section will provide details about each type of Rome tourist pass available, including how to use it and how it can save you money.

All-Inclusive Pass

There are currently a couple passes available in Rome that offer an all-inclusive experience. This type of pass includes admission to dozens of popular attractions for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 days).

Although this type of pass offers some of the best opportunities to save money, you have to use it for a lot of different activities in order to enjoy the biggest possible discount.

All-inclusive passes usually include skip-the-line or skip-the-queue tickets to certain locations, allowing you to save both time and money.

You can also expect these services to include at least one bus tour and admission to popular sites like the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and more.

These passes are best suited to people who plan on taking part in a lot of different activities while visiting Rome, as they’ll get the most out of it.

Depending on how the pass is used, you can save anywhere from 20% – 50% off general admission prices.

Prepackaged Pass

Unlike the all-inclusive option, these passes offer a few select attractions or services and provide a small discount on several additional activities.

This is a much more affordable pass, because there aren’t as many attractions fully covered with the service.

Although they don’t offer admission to as many activities as their competitors, their additional discounts can come in quite handy.

Some of the services included with the extra discounts provided by prepackage passes aren’t available with any other tourist pass, making it one of the best ways to save money on those attractions.

Depending on which pass you choose, you may find that the cost of the pass essentially pays for the services which it covers, which means you won’t save any money on those activities.

That said, every additional discount you receive will be free, so it makes sense to purchase a prepackaged pass if you’re already planning to use some of the included services in the first place.

A majority of these passes include admission to at least one major attraction and either a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or a public transport card valid for 48 hours or more.

Additional discounts provided on other activities are usually between 10% – 20% off. Discounted tickets for some attractions and tours must be purchased ahead of time in order to receive the deal.

Travel Card

If you’ve already paid for all the attractions and activities you want to enjoy during your trip to Rome, this pass might be an excellent alternative to the others.

A travel card typically includes access to almost every form of public transportation in the city, as well as other transport services such as airport transfers.

These services may also sometimes include additional goodies such as audio guides that you can use to enjoy a self-guided tour around the city.

Since travel cards don’t typically include much, they are usually the cheapest type of tourist pass available. That said, you may be able to save more money by using a prepackaged pass.

Make sure to compare and contrast what each pass offers before making a decision about which one to purchase.

 


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All-Inclusive Passes

The following section will cover each of the all-inclusive tourist passes available in Rome, providing details about how to use the pass, attractions included and how much money you can save.


OMNIA VATICAN AND ROME CARD    

This is an excellent pass for visitors who want to see the top sights in limited time, visitors who want to avoid long ticket queues, see the Vatican sights, and like taking hop-on-hop-off sightseeing buses.  

 

 

This may seem at first glance as a pricey pass, but if you have a limited amount of time in Rome and plan to visit the most famous attractions, this pass can save you lots of time and money. 

It has two components. One is the OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card for Vatican City sights & tours as well as unlimited use of the Roma Cristiana hop-on-hop-off bus.  

The other is the 3-day Travel Card, which means you have 3 days of free city transportation on metro, trams, buses and overground trains plus the other benefits.


What’s included: 

  • Free entry to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (with a free downloadable audio guide for St Peter’s Basilica)
  • Free entry to your choice of 2 out of 6 top Rome attractions including The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, Capitoline Museums, Borghese Gallery and National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Fast Track Entry to St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel & The Colosseum
  • Free, unlimited use of the Roma Cristiana hop-on-hop-off bus
  • Free travel card for unlimited access to Rome’s public transport system
  • Discounted Entry to another 30 plus sights, attractions and museums in Rome
  • Free guidebook and detailed map 

Prices (as of 2019)

  • Card for 3 consecutive days
  • €113 for Adults
  • €80 for Children (ages 6-9)
  • For more information and to purchase click here.   

Fine Print

  • The OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Once you activate it by visiting your first attraction.
  • The card runs for 72 consecutive hours.  If you activate your card on a Monday, that is your first day and thus Wednesday is your last day. Note: if you start using your card in the late afternoon or evening that will still count as your first full day. So start your day early! 
  • The included travel card does not include travel to and from the city airports.

Reviews

Guests loved the ability to see a large variety of attractions in three days. They also loved the convenience of the Roma Cristiana hop-on-hop-off bus.

Many reviewers commented that the price of the card was worth the skip-the-line passes alone.

The best part of this pass was that customers were able to use the Omnia Card as their metro card for three days—without the hassle of buying separate metro tickets.

Some guests were unhappy with the signage and wait times of the hop-on-hop-off buses (a common complaint with all hop-on-hop-off bus companies), but they were pleased to use the card on the metro.

See our post Bus Tours of Rome for a review of the Omnia Card’s hop-on, hop-off bus, the Roma Cristiana.


Bottom Line: Is It Worth It?

If you’re planning to hit the Vatican Museums and two other attractions in three days, the Omnia Card is definitely worth the money; you can save up to €45.

Check out Omnia Card’s suggested itinerary to see the breakdown for yourself.


ROME CITY PASS – TURBO PASS

This card is a good value for those who will visit religious sites, archaeological sites, those who enjoy hop-on-hop-off bus riders and travelers who prefer to move at their own pace.

Rome Turbopass

It comes in increments of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 days.

2019 Update: The Rome City Pass was recently updated to include even more attractions – and they actually dropped their prices!

What’s included

Whichever number of days you choose, all passes come with the following (valid only for the number of days you purchase): 

  • Free luggage storage
  • Free use of metro, buses, and trams
  • Unlimited use of the City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off bus
  • Free or discounted entry into 60+ museums and attractions
  • Fast track (‘skip the line’) entry for some museums and attractions

Here are just a few of the 60+ attractions  

  • The Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican Museums
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella
  • Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill

Prices as of 2019

1-Day Pass

  • €59.90 for Adults
  • €34.90 for Teens (10-17 years)
  • €19.90 for Children (6-9 years)
  • Free 5 years and under

2-Day Pass

  • €74.90 for Adults
  • €39.90 for Teens (10-17 years)
  • €24.90 for Children (6-9 years)
  • Free 5 years and under

3-Day Pass

  • €84.90 for Adults
  • €44.90 for Teens (10-17 years)
  • €29.90 for Children (6-9 years)
  • Free 5 years and under

4-Day Pass

  • €94.90 for Adults
  • €49.90 for Teens (10-17 years)
  • €34.90 for Children (6-9 years)
  • Free 5 years and under

5-Day Pass

  • €104.90 for Adults
  • €54.90 for Teens (10-17 years)
  • €39.90 for Children (6-9 years)
  • Free 5 years and under

7-Day Pass

  • €114.90 for Adults
  • €59.90 for Teens
  • €44.90 for Children (ages 1-5) 

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Fine Print

  • Days are consecutive.
  • Passes are non-transferable.
  • Passes can be presented via mobile phone.
  • You may cancel your purchase (without stating a reason) upon 1 day up to your arrival. You will be reimbursed the entire purchase price, less a 20 € service charge.

Reviews of the Turbo Pass

Reviewers who wanted to see more sites with fewer time constraints and those who wanted to see more than two non-Vatican sites were extremely happy with the Turbo Pass. 

Most reviewers commented that the skip-the-line tickets were worth the price of the pass alone.   

This pass is slightly less expensive than the Omnia Card for the three-day pass, and guests loved that they saw more sites with fewer restrictions. 

The hop-on-hop-off bus service that they use is CityRoma are so poorly-reviewed that we don’t even include them on our bus comparison page. If you buy this pass, don’t buy it for this service.  


Bottom Line: Is It Worth It?

If you want to see more than two non-Vatican sites or want to spread your time sightseeing over more than three days, the Turbo Pass should be worth the price.

Depending on how many attractions you want to see, you could save well over €100. Just don’t buy it for the hop-on-hop-off service.


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Prepackaged Passes

This section will provide details about all of the prepackaged passes available in Rome, including information about how each pass works, activities you can enjoy and how to save money with these services.


ROMA PASS

The Roma Pass is the “official” sightseeing pass for Rome and it is offered by the city itself.

This card is best for those on a budget as well as for museum lovers. 

They can be purchased in advance, or at any official tourist office or at the Termini Railway Station.

 

 

This pass is sold as either a 2-day card with 1 free attraction or 3-day card with 2 free attractions.

You also get reduced entry at 45+ museums and attractions. Prices are discounted between 15% and 50% on regular prices.

(See the list of sites here along with your reduced price).

One significant aspect of this pass is that it does not include the Vatican, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica.

The Roma Pass acts as your travel card for unlimited travel within the main parts of the city. 

Prices as of 2019

2-Day + 1 free attraction 

  • €28 per person | Children ages 5 and under FREE

3-Day + 2 free attractions

  • €38.50 per person |Children ages 5 and under FREE

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.


TIP: Choose the most expensive attraction(s) you want to see as your first attraction(s) to see. 

Good choices to use as your freebie(s) are the Capitoline Museums, Galleria Borghese, and the Colosseum/Roman Forum.  

Note: Be sure to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum on the same day to make sure it is counted as one attraction. 


Before you buy: 

Before buying a pass, find out if you might already be entitled to a reduced price based on age or status.

There are several museum networks in Rome and they have different concessions policies and you may find that buying the pass isn’t worth it.

But more likely than not, relying on museum reduced prices will not save you nearly as much as the pass will.

If you are traveling with young children, you should check to see which museums and attractions offer free admission based on age.  

Fine Print:

  • You can only buy up to four Roma Passes online.
  • You must wait 24 hours after you purchase your card to pick it up.
  • Valid for consecutive days only.
  • Roma Pass will not refund the price of the card due to museum closures.
  • Airport transfers are not included in the public transportation portion of the card. 

Reviews of the Roma Pass

Reviewers who didn’t care to see the Vatican Museums loved this less-expensive option.

The Roma Pass gives you fast track tickets to the Colosseum, which reviewers found extremely helpful during peak travel seasons.

If you’re not interested in using a hop-on-hop-off bus, this is definitely the pass for you. You don’t pay for services you won’t use.

Plus, if you change your mind and decide you want to ride one loop on the CitySights bus, you can get 20% off the price of your ticket. 


Bottom Line: Is it worth it?

If you’ve come to Rome for archaeological sites and non-religious museums, this pass can be perfect.

You save around €10 if you just visit the Colosseum, one other museum, and use the metro for three days.

If you want to take advantage of additional discounts, you can save even more money.


ROME TOURIST CARD 

Rome City Pass

Unlike the other passes above, this pass does not limit you to a set number of days (except for the hop-on-hop-off bus portion). This feature alone may make one of these passes right for you.

This pass is best for people who are already planning on visiting the included attractions and would like to be able to purchase discounted tickets to other attractions ahead of time.

The Rome Tourist Card includes admission to a few specific attractions and services while providing an additional 20% off dozens of other popular activities.

Because your pass is emailed to you right after you complete your purchase, you can begin to use that 20% discount to book other attractions not included in the pass before you even get to Rome.

There are two versions of this pass which allow you to tailor the pass to suit your interests, needs, and budget.  Both versions include:

  • skip-the-line tickets to Colosseum
  • skip-the-line tickets to St Peter’s Basilica with an audio guide
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour (either 24 or 48 hours) with City Sightseeing Bus Tours
  • A unique code to receive a 20% discount on many other attractions, museums, excursions
  • No set number of days in which to visit the included attractions
  • “Paperless” pass –  use your smartphone as your pass or print it up- your choice!

The Fine Print:

The Rome Tourist Card does not include public transportation in the city, but you can buy it with a 20% discount on their website. Passes are non-refundable after purchase.


Rome Tourist Card with optional add-on Vatican Museums 

This pass includes:

  • skip-the-line ticket to St. Peter’s Basilica + audioguide
  • skip-the-line ticket Colosseum ticket + audioguide 
  • Airport return transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports
  • 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus ticket with City Sightseeing Bus Tours
  • 20% Discount code for dozens of top museums, attractions, tours and outside Rome excursions
  • option to add-on Vatican Museums for an additional cost

Prices

Without the Vatican

  • Adult €67.50
  • Child 6-17 €52
  • Child (0-5) €5

Including the Vatican

  • Adult €96
  • Child 6-17 €73
  • Child (0-5) €5

More information or to purchase.


Rome Tourist Card with optional add-on Airport Return transfer

This pass includes:

  • skip-the-line ticket to St. Peter’s Basilica + audioguide
  • skip-the-line tickets to Vatican Museum
  • skip-the-line ticket to Colosseum + Roman Forum 
  • 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus ticket
  • 20% Discount code for dozens of top museums, attractions, tours and outside Rome excursions
  • option to add-on airport return transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports

Prices

Without Airport Transfer

  • Adult €96
  • Child 5-17 €58
  • Child (0-5) €20

With Airport Transfer

  • Adult €105
  • Child 5-17 €67
  • Child (0-5) €30

More information or to purchase.


Bottom Line: Is it worth it?

First, it seems that none of the Rome Tourist Card options is worth buying for anyone 17 and under.

Rome museums and attractions are very generous with discounted prices for youth. Some attractions are even free for teens and toddlers.

The Rome Tourist Card (with the optional Vatican) is definitely worth the €65 price for adult travelers who do not add the Vatican to the pass.

When you add up the regular ticket prices of the attractions included in this pass, you see the difference is just a few euro.

The pass has a number of benefits that easily make up for those few extra euros. First, the 20% discount on certain museums and attractions can save you money.

For example, if you go to the Galleria Borghese, you will save €4 and you have broken even.  

The Rome Tourist Card (with optional airport transfer) is probably not worth the price as you will spend €24 more than if you purchased each attraction separately.

Whether or not you include the airport transfer makes little difference since the price with or without the pass is about the same. 

Even with the 20% discount you get at many other top attractions, you would have to go to many other attractions and museums to make up for that €24 difference.

For example, the discount will save you €4 at the Galleria Borghese. But imagine how much more you’d have to do to break even!

If you plan to do a lot, then this pass, with its conveniences noted above, might be ok for you.

 


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Travel Card

The following section will cover several important details about the Rome travel card, how you can use it, what services are included and other information.


Rome Public Transport Pass

Whether you have already planned out all your activities, you have all the attraction tickets you want, or you’re just looking for a way to get around the city, this is an excellent alternative to other Rome tourist passes.

The Rome Public Transport Pass will take care of pretty much all your transportation needs while in the city. This card includes the following services:

  • 72-Hour Public Transportation Pass
    • Valid on Metro, Bus Train and Tram
  • Ciampino Airport Transfer to Rome Central Station
  • Audio Guide covering notable Roman landmarks
    • Includes Colosseum, Villa Borghese, Spanish Stairs, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, Castel Sant’ Angelo and more.

The Rome Public Transport Pass is also one of the most affordable tourist passes available in this city at a price of just €29.50 per person. 

This is a great way to make sure that you can get to the city from Ciampino Airport with ease, and the Public Transportation Pass includes access to buses, metro, trains and trams in the urban area of Rome for a full 3 days.

The audio guide included can be downloaded onto your phone, and in addition to the information provided about notable landmarks, it also features an interactive map to help you find your way around Rome.

Purchase the Rome Public Transport Pass.


Bottom Line: Is it worth it?

The 72-hour travel pass is worth €18, the airport transfer will set you back an extra €6, and the audio guide probably costs another €5-€6 on its own, so you actually aren’t saving much with this pass.

That said, the Rome Public Transport Pass does take all the guesswork out of traveling, as it includes almost every type of transportation you could possibly need to get around the ancient city.

If you’ve already taken care of the other activities/attractions you want to see while you’re in Rome, this pass will help you avoid the hassle of paying various fares for each individual ride you take on a bus, tram, train or metro.

The Rome Public Transport Pass is similar to the Roma Pass in that they both provide access to public transportation for a specific amount of time. Even so, it’s worth noting that the Roma Pass has a lot more to offer.

Not only is the Roma Pass around the same price as this service, but it also includes at least one free attraction as well as discounted admission on other popular activities. 

While the 48-Hour Roma Pass doesn’t last as long as the Rome Public Transport Pass, it does provide admission to one attraction and it actually costs less.

On the other hand, the 72-Hour Roma Pass is roughly €9 more than a travel pass alone, and it includes 2 free attractions.

Depending on how you use either Roma Pass, it is definitely possible to save more money with that service than the Rome Public Transport Pass.


PRICE COMPARISON EXAMPLE

If you already know where you are planning to go and which museums and sites are on your list, you may want to get out that calculator and see if the savings are worth buying a pass.  

Sometimes passes cost more than if you paid for everything individually. But passes can also make life easier and that has a value of its own.

If you visit these attractions, this is what you would pay based on regular prices for one adult as of January 2018.  

Remember: these prices do not include a fast-track entry so you may be spending valuable time just waiting to get in. As they say, “Time is money”.

  • Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill (one-day)  €12
  • Sistine Chapel/Vatican Museums  €17
  • Capitoline Museums  €15
  • St. Peter’s Basilica  Free entry, but with a useful audio guide €15
  • Galleria Borghese € 15
  • 2-day hop-on, hop off bus tour (in lieu of public 3-day transportation card and more fun) €32

The above itinerary without a pass would cost you €106.  

But with a 3-Day OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card at €113, you have broken even and you will get fast-track entry for some sites and also discounted admission at 30 more sites.

As you can see, spending some time in advance planning what you want to see and checking out prices can help you make the right decision about getting a pass or not. 

 


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PRICES OF ATTRACTIONS AND TRANSPORT WITHOUT A PASS  (as of 2019)

Rome Metro Tickets – Regular Prices

  • Single-Ride Ticket €1,50  Valid: 75 minutes
  • One-Day Ticket €7, Valid: 1 day on any public bus, metro, or tram. Expires at midnight on the day of validation
  • Three-Day Ticket €16,50 Valid: Three consecutive days on any public bus, metro, or tram.
  • One-Week Ticket €24 Valid: 7 consecutive days; good for only one rider
  • Children free if 10 and under accompanied by a paying adult

Top 3 Rome Museums and Attractions – Regular prices 

Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (valid for 2 days)  

  • Adults € 12 
  • Children 17 and under FREE
  • Reduced Fee for EU citizens ages 18-25 and EU teachers € 7.50
  • Add € 2 for online purchase. Highly recommended as lines are very long).

Gallery Borghese (Ticket reservations are required)

  • Adults € 13 plus € 2 mandatory reservation fee
  • Children 17 and under FREE plus € 2 mandatory reservation fee
  • Reduced Fee for EU citizens ages 18-25  € 6.50 plus € 2 mandatory reservation fee

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (grounds are an additional fee) 

  • Adults € 17 
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 18 years € 8.00 with a valid ID
  • Children below the age of 6 FREE
  • Reduced Fee for EU citizens ages 18-25 and EU teachers € 8
  • Add € 4 for online purchase. Highly recommended as lines are very long).

 


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