The Colosseum is located in Piazza del Colosseo, at the end of via dei Fori Imperiali between Palatino, Celio and Monti district.
To reach the Colosseum, Rome’s viability offers several solutions.
If you are not near a metro or bus station, the most effective solution is to call a taxi. In the insight on taxi in Rome we explain in detail how they work and how to avoid scams and unpleasant inconveniences. We also report useful links relating to rates and telephone numbers to call taxis.
Before calling, it is advisable to check if you are close to a taxi stand. By going in person you will avoid the costs of the call, and probably you will avoid unnecessary waiting. To do this, just check your position on the interactive map of the taxi stands.
Unlike other world capitals, it is not easy to build underground in Rome. It follows that at the moment there are only three metro lines to date: A, B and C. The first two are the main roads of Rome’s road network, which link North and South (Metro B) and East and West (Metro A).
Fortunately, the Colosseum is well connected via underground railway.
Colosseum Metro (line B)
Right in front of the north facade of the Flavian Amphitheater, in fact, there is the Metro station “Colosseo”, on line B that goes from Laurentina to Rebibbia / Jonio. More information: metro ticket prices.
Metro Fori Imperiali (line C, under construction)
If you visit the Colosseum these days you will find construction sites, scaffolding and workers. They are intent on building the new Metro F statio “Fori Imperiali”. According to official estimates, the first run will take place by December 2022. Our forecasts are much more skeptical, however. 2024 would already be an excellent result.
From the airports
To reach the Colosseum from Rome’s airports, the choice goes from taxi to bus, and, in the case of Fiumicino, also the train.
From Fiumicino airport the preferred way to get to the Colosseum is by train.
With the Leonardo Express you can reach Termini station in 32 minutes, from which we can take the line B to the “Colosseo” station. The runs leave every 30 minutes (every 15 during the busiest hours).
Tickets cost € 8 per traveler and are available directly at the station at the entrance to the platforms, both at the ticket office and at the self-service wings.
Warning: while the airport continues to operate until late, the Italian railways have not scheduled any runs beyond 11.38pm. If your flight lands late, you will have no choice but to rely on a taxi driver, who, moreover, will apply the nightly surcharge. Also pay close attention to the presence of abusive taxi drivers, who proliferate at night.
From Ciampino airport there are two solutions in addition to the taxi:
- The bus
- Train from Ciampino station
The bus is the ideal way to reach the Colosseum from Ciampino airport (as well as cheaper and greener than the taxi).
If we want to use the public transport (i.e. ATAC, the public mobility service of the municipality of Rome), you will have to get to the Anagnina station by taking the bus number 515. Departure from Ciampino airport every 30 minutes. From Anagnina station take the Metro to “Colosseo” station, making sure to change line from A to B at Termini station (take direction Laurentina). Ticket price: 1.50 euros.
You can also take the ATAC bus number 720 for 40 minutes, direction Laurentina station (runs every 20 minutes). From here take the Metro which takes you directly to “Colosseo” station without having to change at Termini.
Alternatively there are various private bus transfer services from Ciampino airport to Termini station, where we can easily take the Metro to the Colosseum. The most famous are Terravision and Flixbus. Prices: from 5 to 8 euros.
We can also get to Ciampino station with the means offered by the ATRAL company (price: 1.20 euros), and then take the “Ferrovie dello Stato” train that takes you to Termini station (approximately every 45 min). From Termini take the Metro.