When in Rome: accommodation, transport, ​and helpful apps.

LRG_DSC09711LRG_DSC00013a2645f3f-c2ac-4b80-b0ec-1b1e3d2d3f87 2IMG_4435LRG_DSC00014 2Hello everyone! Our European trip is over, and I can’t wait to tell you what a great adventure we had. When we visit new pace, we follow the rule “be a traveler, not a tourist” when it comes to transportation and accommodation. Today’s post is about Rome.
Accommodation.
When it comes to accommodation, Rome can be quite expensive. Especially if you would like to stay close to the main attractions. We find Airbnb application to be the most convenient for us: it gives us more privacy, and we are able to pick the desired location. We stayed in Portuense district in the beautiful apartment close to local coffee shops, fruit markets, and restaurants. It was located about 30 minutes from the center of Rome, so after a day of exploring we were able to escape the touristic city and experience the local life. We couldn’t be happier about it!
Transport
Public transport in Rome is cheap, fast and reliable. An individual ticket costs 1.50 euros and is valid for 100 minutes for a bus, metro, tram, and train inside the municipality of Rome. You can also buy a day or a week pass (for 7 and 24 euros).
P.S. Don’t forget to validate your ticket by stamping it after boarding the bus and before entering the train. Otherwise, you are liable to a fine of 40 euros.

Where to buy?
We used to buy the tickets in tobacco stores (), newsstands and flower shops. You can also get them at the machines located at all metro stations. However, you must have exact change. They also don’t take credit cards.

Helpful apps we used:
Moovit.
The world’s #1 transit app. It’s accurate and very easy to use. You definitely need it when traveling in Europe.
CityMaps2Go.
The ultimate offline map for travelers. It is always up to date, so if you are in a new city and don’t know what to see and what to begin with — no worries, CityMaps2Go got your back.

Roma Bus.
A good local app for traveling inside of Rome.
myTaxi.
A great alternative to Uber. To be honest, we used it twice: to get from the airport to the apartment (we arrived really late), and to get to the airport early in the morning. Now, you may find people saying that it’s more expensive than Uber. In my experience, myTaxi is still the cheaper option.
Italo Treno.
Download the app if you would like to take trips outside of Rome.
Airbnb.
I am sure you know this app. One thing to consider when booking with Airbnb in Rome – there is a tourist fee that you pay separately to your host after booking. It’s about 3.50 euros per person per day. For some reason, Airbnb doesn’t take care of that yet, but every host provides information about the amount of money you have to pay.

Money.
When in Rome, make sure you brought enough cash. We brought US dollars hoping to change them as we usually do when we travel, as well as our travel credit cards. The thing is that it’s impossible to find a good exchange rate in Rome (at least we were not able to), so we ended up withdrawing money from the debit cards. This way we got a better deal and lost less money. Lesson learned: next time we are in Rome, we will bring enough euros.

I hope you find this post interesting and you will have a great adventure in Rome!

XX,
Gena.

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