The City Passes in Rome are popular among tourists. With the discount passes you can travel free on public transport, have free entry to top attractions and museums and enjoy numerous discounts on local activities. We answer the most frequently asked questions:
City Passes, also called Sightseeing Passes or City Cards, are available in many metropolises of the world. In Rome the City Cards are valid for two, three, four, five or six days. Public transportation is included i.e. metro, bus and train. You can also look forward to free admission to many top attractions, sights and museums. Anything else? Yes, of course! No more queuing in the Italian sun. You usually walk past the waiting people everywhere and use a special entrance.
The best performance is provided by the Rome City Pass and the BLUE SIAT Pass. The Omnia Card is also popular. Available for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days so you can cover the travel time for Rome completely. Included in both discount passes are the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum. While the Rome City Pass includes a city tour, the BLUE SIAT Pass includes an airport transfer. The best City Pass for us is the BLUE SIAT Pass. Why? You don't necessarily need a sightseeing tour in Rome, but everyone can use the airport shuttle. In addition the BLUE SIAT Pass convinces with the best price-performance ratio.
The Roma Pass is the cheapest city ticket in Rome. However, it is also the discount booklet with the lowest benefits. The Roma Pass is particularly worthwhile if you do not wish to visit the Vatican or prefer to book an individual tour here. In the Roma Pass for 48 hours entry to the first attraction of your choice is free. Buy the pass for 72 hours even two attractions are free. The Colosseum and the Forum Romanum, for example, are available for selection. All other museums and sights can be visited at reduced prices afterwards. Of course you can also travel free of charge by bus, train and metro.
By the way: The Roma passport is already part of the BLUE SIAT Pass.
The two passports are very similar, but differ in crucial details. The biggest differences are:
- the Rom City Pass includes a city tour, the BLUE SIAT Pass includes an airport transfer
- the BLUE SIAT Sightseeing Pass is much cheaper
See in the following table at which sights you pass the queues with the City Passes. With the ticket without queuing you save on average up to two hours waiting time at each attraction.
|What City Pass?||BLUE SIAT Pass||Roma Pass||Rome City Pass||OMNIA Card|
|Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|St. Peter's Basilica||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Colosseum & Roman Forum||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Admission to St. Peter's Basilica is generally free of charge. You can therefore also visit it without a ticket, but you must be prepared for waiting times. With the Sightseeing BLUE SIAT Pass you have the opportunity to use a special entrance, which is actually intended for groups, after your visit to the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel. You're not queuing for St. Peter's Basilica here. The OMNIA Card includes admission to St. Peter's Basilica without queuing.
Children and young adults up to the age of 26 have free admission to many state museums in Rome. What you should know: The Vatican Museums are only free for children under six years of age. Children between 6 and 18 years pay reduced admission. Admission to the Colosseum is free up to the age of 26. However, you will have to pick up a free ticket for your child at the Colosseum ticket offices. You have to queue here. Children under 10 years travel free on public transport in Rome. Tip: A sightseeing pass for children is only worthwhile from the age of 10 or if you don't want to queue!
In front of the Vatican Museums visitors queue up to 2 hours a day. A ticket without queuing costs about 26.50 euros per person. The waiting time in front of the Colosseum is similar, the entrance fee here starts at 16 Euros. Depending on what you want to see in the Colosseum the price can be much higher. With the Rome City Passes (OMNIA Card, BLUE SIAT Pass or Rome City Pass) you enjoy all the benefits once you booked it: Free admission to the top sights of Rome and direct entry without queuing.
You can order the BLUE SIAT Sightseeing Pass comfortable online at home. In Rome you do not have to go to any annoying ticket counter from the very first minute. With the City Pass in your pocket you can start your trip immediately. You can also order the Roma Pass online and then pick it up at different spots in Rome e.g. at the airport, at Roma Termini and many other service points.
- If you want to visit at least two sights, museums and attractions
- If you travel a lot by public transport
- If you don't want to queue for the sights
With the BLUE SIAT Pass and optionally also with the Rome City Pass you can use public transport free of charge. Because of the heavy traffic in Rome, you are often faster by subway than by taxi. With metro and buses you can easily reach all the highlights in Rome. If you are a good in walking Rome is also easy to explore by foot. With your City Card you save yourself the pricing jungle and annoying queues at the ticket machines.