Although it’s possible to rely solely on Rome’s public transportation and your own two feet, nobody can deny the convenience of Ubers and taxis in Rome. Before we get into how to hail a Roman taxi, however, let’s address everyone’s first concern: the cost.
First off, there are fixed rates for travel from Rome’s two major airports into the city’s center. Anyone traveling from Ciampino International Airport to Rome’s center will have to pay €30. From the larger Fiumicino International Airport into Rome, however, you’ll have to pay €48. You should also tack on an extra €1 per piece of luggage. If a driver is giving you a hard time about these fixed prices, then you’re getting ripped off.
When picking up a taxi in Rome, expect the meter to start at different prices depending on the time of day. For instance, the meter starts at €3 on weekdays between 6-10AM, but it costs €4.50 during those same hours on the weekend. If traveling by taxi between 10PM to 6AM, your taxi’s meter will start at €6.50.
The driver’s meter will calculate prices depending on how many kilometers s/he travels at 20 km per hour. The first rate is €1.10 per km, and this continues until your total fee reaches €11. After that, the fee moves up to €1.30 per km. Once your total reach €13, however, the metered fee will bump up to €1.60 per km.
How To Get a Taxi in Rome
All official Roman taxis are white with a prominent “Roma Capitale” logo and license number clearly listed on the side. While you could hail these taxis from the street, it’s far more common to get in a cab at one of the many taxi stands known as “ranks” sprinkled throughout the city. Don’t worry, there are plenty of these ranks at all the major tourist draws. Just keep your eyes peeled for the bright orange “taxi” signs.
Need a Roman taxi in a New York minute? Consider calling this official Rome City Council number to send one to your location: +39 060609. Of course, if you’re at your hotel, you could always ask concierge for assistance hailing taxis.
Is Uber Legit in Rome?
Although city taxi drivers remain none too thrilled, Uber now has a fleet in La Bella Roma. There’s just one slight catch: you can only choose from Uber Black, Uber Lux and Uber Van. So, if you don’t mind paying extra to ride around Rome in style, feel free to open your app and hail an Uber.
Pro Tip: Avoid Ubers and Taxis in Rome During Rush Hour
Just like any other major city, Rome has morning and evening rush hours…and you seriously don’t want to get caught up in the madness. Usually the morning rush lasts from about 7-9AM and the evening rush roughly starts at 6PM and lasts till about 8PM. Unless you like sitting in gridlock traffic, we’d advise you avoid hailing a cab during these times. For a more pleasant travel experience, relax in a Roman caffè during these hours and just watch the craziness pass you by. Or walk.