Tickets and Passes
In Rome, unlike cities like Paris or London there are no fare zones for public transport.
On the buses does not sell tickets or passes, these must be purchased before boarding, although an exception applies to the night bus (the black line), where the drivers sell them due to the difficulty to buy tickets in other places in the wee hours of the night.
There are different tickets and passes for Rome, each one with effective different and designed for a type of traveller-specific. You as a tourist, you may want the Roma Pass or the BTI (biglietto turistico integrato), both of which allow unlimited travel for three days on all public transport of Rome (including the Metro). Check out our article about the passes and tickets in Rome to know all the options available and take the best decision.
Take into account that you must validate your ticket in the automatic machines when using the public transport of Rome, if you don't do -or you travel without a ticket - you can be fined with 100€.
Public Bus lines of Rome
All the public bus lines of Rome are indicated with numbers ranging from 1 to 999. A code of colors (and logos) that describes the type of line. The various lines are described below:
Blue lines (urban line)
These lines are more common, have no timetable or scheduled stops. Your logo is a U with a blue background.
Green lines (espressa line)
The routes on these lines are designed to offer a fast service between points distant or very important to the city. Buses of these lines are the so-called "jumbo" and make very few stops, to reduce travel time. The logo of this line is an "X" with green background.
Brown lines (essatta line)
These are the lines that have predefined schedules. The timetables can be seen at the bus stop. The logo of this line is a small "e" with a brown background.
Black lines (bus notturno)
All the buses run on these lines, are nocturnal and have a predefined time shown in the stop. The logo of this line is a small owl.
These lines do not have associated logo, and connect principalemte to the suburbs with the areas of central Rome.
Feriale and Festiva Lines
At the bus stops in Rome, just below the logo of any line can be encotnrar a legend that you can say "Feriale" or "Festive." These two legends indicate lines whose stops are different on weekdays than on Sundays and public holidays.
All the lines marked with "Feriale" work from Monday to Saturday, and the "Holiday" Sundays and public holidays. Take into account that some lines work only on holidays, and others only during the week, pay attention to see the lines at the bus stops.
If you see any line that does not have the legend "Feriale" or "Festive" means that you have the same stops regardless of the day of the week.
Types of Public Buses in Rome
There are in service many types of vehicles, from a few already rather old to modern minibuses electrical.
The old buses, models Inbus U-210 color orange began to be used in the 80's and there are still some in circulation today. These vehicles do not have wheelchair access and are not comfortable for people with disabilities.
After the Inbus U-210 entered service the Iveco City Class, which abound today in Rome. These have a lower height, and most are accessible to all types of passengers.
The more recent buses are Mercedes Benz, model Citaro, which it began using in 2004. The highlight of these buses are monitors that show updated information on the route and the stops coming. In reality, these buses are not very different in design to the City Class.
Perhaps the buses that call more the attention of the tourists are the Tecnobus, the small electric buses which are used on routes in the centre of Rome. These buses do not pollute the environment, but have a very limited capacity.