Metro, bus or walk
You can get to the Vatican City by just about any mode you would like as all bus, metro and taxi stop close by.
We however prefer to walk. Walking in town is a good way to see some of the smaller streets and you do learn to take shortcuts after a few days in Rome.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Don't forget the tram
Rome's tram network could hardly be described as extensive, but it does at least stop at Piazza Risorgimento, which is only a couple of blocks walk to the Vatican.
It takes a somewhat circuitous route back to the centre of town. (and it involves a change if you want to get to the train station), but it is certainly more scenic than the Metro, and less hassle than the bus.
Visiting the Vatican by public transport
Vatican City is located a short distance to the west of Rome city centre.
During our visit in October 2012, we stayed in a hotel on Via Cola di Rienzo and were able to walk to St Peter's Square and the Basilica in around 10 minutes.
However, even if you are staying in the centre of Rome, the Vatican can easily be visited by using public transport.
The closest Metro station to St Peter's Square is Ottaviano San Pietro which is located on Line A (the red line) and is just 6 stops (around 10 minutes) from Termini station. Ottaviano San Pietro station is located to the north of the Vatican and is around a 10 minute walk from St Peter's Square.
If you're visiting the Vatican Museums, then the next stop along the Metro line (Cipro-Musei Vaticani) is the most convenient one.
The closest train station to the Vatican is Rome San Pietro which is located a short distance to the south of the Vatican.
We noticed lots of tour buses parked up along Via della Conciliazione, the road that directly leads to St Peter's Square.
When we first arrived in Rome, we caught an airport bus that advertised a drop off in the "Vatican area". This turned out to be on Via Crescenzio, close to Piazza Cavour, about 15-20 minutes walk east of St Peter's Square.
Roma S. Pietro train station isn't in the Vatican
There is a train station called Roma San Pietro. This is a train station for regional trains, on the line that runs from Roma Termini up the west coast of Italy to Civitavecchia. So, only regional trains stop here (i.e., not "premium" trains, like the InterCity or Freccia-whatever).
This train station is open to the public because it is about 400 meters south of the walls of Vatican City. It serves all the residential areas on the south side of the Vatican.
From this station two train lines lead to the "north". One runs out of town on the way to Civitavecchia, the other is the short spur that runs over the Vatican city walls and terminates in a giant metal gate. This spur leads to the train station that is inside Vatican City, which is not accessible to the public. Indeed, there is no scheduled service to this latter station, it being used only for the transportation of supplies into the City, and the very occasional important passenger.
When you use www.trenitalia.com for schedules, be sure to enter "Roma San Pietro" to get this exact station. This is the train station you would use closest to the Vatican if you were coming in from out of town - St. Peter's is about a 10-12 minute walk from here.
Look at my other transportation tip for a photo of the station inside the Vatican.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Budget Travel
By Train : If you go via the subway you can visit the Vatican Museums first. (A line - Cipro is the closest stop although not all trains stop there. The Ottaviano stop is only a couple of blocks farther from the Museums.
By Bus : If you take a bus to St. Peter's square you may want to visit the church first if its not early in the morning. The walk between the Museums and the square is only about 15 minutes. Better, take a bus to Piazza di Risorgimento if one is convenient to you; the Piazza is just a few hundred yards from the Museums entrance.
I don't think there's any...
I don't think there's any transportation here in Vatican, Vatican Express? No way. I don't see any cars or bikes either, don't understand how they can deal with it...lol. Anyway this is a photo I took from the window somewhere in the Vatican corridor full of murals, golden leaves and all those flying objects, don't ask me, I don't know what it is, just enjoy Vatican.
We flew into Rome via Alitalia...
We flew into Rome via Alitalia and joined our tour there. We took a cab to the Vatican from the hotel, but when we came out there were so many little mini buses, it took sometime to find a 'regular' cab that would take us back to the hotel, so skip the mini buses and look for a regular cab.
Being the smallest State in...
Being the smallest State in the world (its area is less than 0,5 km²) I am afraid the only option to be considered is walking. But be ready to walk A LOT in and around the Basilika, the Museums and along the Via della Conciliazione, which under the unclement Roman sun may sometimes be not so nice.
I visited the Vatican during...
I visited the Vatican during one of my trips to Italy. If you want to read more about my trip to Italy you should visit my Italy page.
Take the Metro (Line A - red)....
Take the Metro (Line A - red). However, there are two stops, so be aware that the first Vatican stop (from Termini) is the entrance to St. Peter's while the second stop is near the entrance to the Vatican Museum. It's about a 15 minute walk around the wall from one to the other, so get off at the right stop for what you want to do.
The Vatican is not large. Once inside you can reach everywhere you'd want to visit on foot.
Coming to Vatican. When you go...
Coming to Vatican. When you go form Castel Angelo, which is also a worth seeing archaeological museum, to Vaticano you’ll have to cross one street with a strange traffic light. It’s one of those you should push and wait for green colour. No matter if you pushed or not, if you’re lucky to see green – RUNNN! :) Green is green, but nobody warns it’s short!
First you’ll see a street, full of palms leading to St. Peter’s square and cathedral. It looks great in a day time and even more wonderful in the evening.
If you go via the metro you'll...
If you go via the metro you'll want to visit the Vatican Museums first. If you take the A line - Cipro is the closest stop though not all trains stop there ... the Ottaviano stop at which all trains pause is only a couple of blocks farther from the Museums.
The walk between the Museums and the square is only a kilometer, about 15 minutes.
Because you have to been in...
Because you have to been in Rome to go over there, you only need to take the subway or a bus, and then walk to go to Vatican City, but is a nice walking because when you are nearer you feel more excited.
If you take the subway, then...
If you take the subway, then you MUST visit the Vatican Museum first. Hop onto the Cipro line which is the CLOSEST stop though not all trains stop there ...
If you refer to board a bus to St. Peter's Square instead, you may just want to visit the church first if you've not arrived early in the morning. The walk between the Museum and the Square is just 1KM, approximately 15 minutes.
If you ask me, better take a bus to Piazza di Risorgimento if you can; the Piazza is just a few hundred meters from the Museum entrance anyway. Or better still, hail a cab. The cost should be under ITL15,000 from almost any central city location (in Rome). Happy galavanting, my friends!
Photo Below: My cute as a button little sister posing next to a fountain along St Peter's Square.
The Vatican has an incredibly...
The Vatican has an incredibly complex yet efficient subway system. Er, no. It's the world's smallest country. The parts that you can visit are about as large as your average suburban shopping mall. Methinks that you'll be walking.
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