What does the Roma Pass do and how much does it cost?

Rome is one of Europe’s most visited cities, especially because of the multitude of numerous monuments and museums located within it. Naturally, we wouldn’t want to spend money where we don’t need to, which is where the Roma Pass comes in. At least in theory. Today, we’ll take a look at the Roma Pass – what it does, how much it costs and whether it’s a worthwhile investment.


How much does the Roma Pass cost in 2023?

Let us start with the basics – how much does the Roma Pass cost? We have two different variants which influence both the functionality and the price. At the moment, the two variants are:

  • Roma Pass for 48 hours – €32
  • Roma Pass for 72 hours – €52

Apart from the duration, there’s also a vital difference in functionality. The two-day Roma Pass guarantees one free-access to any monument/museum covered by the pass. The 72h version gives you two free entries to the sites included. But what is the full extent of their functions?


What does the Roma Pass cover in 2023

Apart from the monuments and museums, to which we’ll get to in a moment, the Roma Pass (in both versions) also has more auxiliary functions. Firstly, you can use the public transport for free for the entire duration of the card. Same deal with public toilets at P. Stops all across Rome. Additionally, you receive discounts for various cultural events and exhibitions. Finally, you also get a physical map of Rome.


As for tourist attractions, the main part of the card, here’s the list of more popular sites it currently covers:

  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Holy Angel Castle
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Trajan’s Market
  • Borghese Gallery
  • Capitoline Museums
  • Villa Giulia – Etruscan Museum
  • Ara Pacis
  • Diocletian’s Baths
  • Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
  • Palazzo Altemps
  • Crypta Balbi 
  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna
  • Palazzo Barberini – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica
  • Palazzo Venezia
  • Galleria Spada
  • Museo di Roma


The list is actually quite a bit longer, but you can check it out for yourself here. Remember, however, that just having the Roma Pass does not mean free entry to all the locations. With the 48h version, you can get one site for free. With the 72h , you get two. For the rest, you’ll have to pay, though Roma Pass holders do get plenty of discounts. 


Where to buy a Roma Pass?

You can purchase the Roma Pass at one of the tourist information points, in the most important museums and at ATAC points. You can also buy it online, here, but it still requires you to collect the card at a chosen pick-up spot.


Should I buy the Roma Pass?

Is the Roma Pass worth it? Frankly, it depends on you. If you’re all about visiting as many museums and monuments as possible and exploring the cultural/historical side of the destinations you visit, it can save you a lot of money. This is especially true if you buy the pricier pass and choose the most expensive sites first, it basically pays for itself. It’s also quite handy if you’re planning on using public transport a lot, as the cheapest tickets cost €1,50 otherwise and frequent trips can drain your budget very fast.

On the other hand, if you’re more interested in exploring the city or its natural beauties on foot and you’re not that crazy on the whole museum/monument thing, it may just be an unnecessary expense for you. Don’t force yourself into thinking you have to visit these mainstream sites – you really don’t, and it’s perfectly fine to just visit Rome for the city itself or for its surroundings. In which case, you’ll probably be fine without the card.


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