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How to get to the Colosseum

If you are traveling to Rome you must (or should) be counting the hours left to dive into the Colosseum. Here's how to get there from anywhere in the city

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

5 min read

How to get to the Colosseum

Aerial view of the Colosseum | Spencer Davis

Once you have your tickets to Rome, the first thing you should do is to start planning the visits you will make when you are there. Especially for the most popular ones, which require a bit of preparation. First of all, get your tickets to the Colosseum or book a guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum to make sure you don't miss anything.

And now, here is a guide to get to the Colosseum from wherever you are in Rome, in an easy, fast, and convenient way.

1. Take a stroll and walk from the center

Plaza Navona | ©Sarah Nichols
Plaza Navona | ©Sarah Nichols

Walking in Rome is a must. In addition to being cheap, you will enjoy the city to the fullest while you walk through its streets, squares, fountains... A delight.

Although it may seem that there is a good stretch walking from the historic center of Rome, the way is worth it. I'll tell you what are the most popular distances so you can decide if 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 walking while 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 walking in a very similar route to the previous one.
  • From Monti only 9 minutes, so you have no excuse (also the views of the Colosseum as you go down the stairs from Monti are beautiful).
  • From Isola Tiberina only 24 minutes and you can choose to cross the Circo Massimo or walk in front of the Teatro Marcello or the Capitoline Museums.
  • From the Vatican 50 minutes. Undoubtedly the longest route that can be done in what is considered the center of the city, but certainly one of the most fascinating itineraries.

2. By subway, the fastest option

Rome Metro Colosseum stop | ©N i c o l a
Rome Metro Colosseum stop | ©N i c o l a

If you're looking for speed, wherever you are, the Rome subway is always a good choice. The Metro Line B connects the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with the main points of the city.

Also, the stop (Piazza del Colosseo) is right in front of the access 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 views of the Colosseum from the exit of the metro stop are going to leave you in awe. Get ready for what's coming!

3. Ride the city bus

Bus through the streets of Rome | ©Chris Sampson
Bus through the streets of Rome | ©Chris Sampson

Maybe walking isn't your thing or you just don't feel like taking a long walk first thing in the morning. Well, to continue enjoying the city and its sights but without giving up comfort and on a low budget, getting around Rome by city bus is a very good idea.

Arm yourself with patience because the traffic is chaotic, the streets are narrow and the bus lines are usually quite full of Romans, but at least you will arrive at the Colosseum more rested. Check the website of Rome public transport for more details on schedules, tickets and fares.

Recommended lines

As you will see below, the Colosseum is very well connected to the rest of the city:

  • Frequent lines that reach the Colosseum: 117, 175, 186, 271, 53, 571, 53, 571, 571, 75, 80, 810, 85, 87.
  • Night line that connects you to the Colosseum: the N2.

What if you consider using the tourist bus?

If you are looking for a truly authentic experience you may have ruled out tickets for the Rome tourist bus, but if you see it as just another means of transportation, it is very convenient.

The tourist bus lines connect the main tourist attractions of the city (the Colosseum is no exception), have a decent frequency and best of all, two floors, one of them open-air, so you can enjoy the best views while you let yourself go (literally). Doesn't sound too bad, right?

4. The cab or Uber, for the laziest (or most practical!)

Taxis by the Colosseum | ©Robert Lowe
Taxis by the Colosseum | ©Robert Lowe

One of the most universal means of transportation, the taxi, also operates in Rome. It is usually not difficult to find one running or waiting for you at a cab rank (look for them in the main streets or squares of Rome, they are very well signposted).

Tell the driver what your destination is (and remember to ask him to turn on the meter to avoid unpleasant surprises). The Colosseum is quite centrally located so it should not cost you too much. Just avoid rush hour so that the fare doesn't get out of control.

If you want to opt for a comfortable experience that at the same time leaves no loose ends, you should know that Uber also works in Rome and very well. Download the app if you don't have it yet, enter the address of origin and destination and automatically the map calculates the route, the price and how many minutes it will take to get there.

5. Use car sharing services or public scooters and bikes in the city for responsible transportation

Scroll through Rome by bike | ©Mike Steele
Scroll through Rome by bike | ©Mike Steele

As soon as you set foot in the city, you'll notice that the traffic in Rome's ancient streets has been completely modernized, welcoming new methods of transportation. On its sidewalks, you will see dozens of scooters, electric scooters or bikes that you can use to move from one point to another in the city.

Several companies and apps manage these vehicles, so I recommend you take a look at the most popular ones to know the rates. How does it work? Very easy: the app (whatever it is) will always have a city map that will geolocate you and will suggest which scooters, bikes, or scooters are closest to you. Reserve one with a click, activate it, and pay only for the minutes you use it. Magic!

If you feel safer using something similar but traveling 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 are going to use it.

You don't have to worry about insurance, gasoline, or taking it to a car rental parking lot. By the way! If you plan to visit the Colosseum on a Sunday you should know that Via dei Fori Imperiali is pedestrianized during the whole Sunday, so leave the car for any other day of the week and start walking or pedaling along one of the most photogenic avenues of the city.