Vatican City Transportation
Buses on Via della Conciliazione
Buses on Via della Conciliazione
Tour buses on Via della Conciliazione
Rome Metro train
Rome Metro map (including Vatican...
A horse carriage at St. Peters Square
Metro Vatican City
If you don't want to walk a long way, it's easy to take the metro to the Vatican. The station closest to St. Peter's Square is "Ottaviano". It's also cheap to take the metro, but watch out for...
The Bus Vatican City
Bus number 64 is the one we used to go to Vatican. We took it on Termini station and has few stops before arrive. Careful because pickpockets used to go on this bus.
El autobus num 64 es el que va...
Walking Vatican City
Once we got into Rome, we walked just about everywhere. This is what we do on most of our trips unless we absolutely have to get somewhere too far away to walk.
I found Rome to be a very easy city to...
Horse & Carriage Vatican City
Horse-drawn carriage is a popular means of transportation along with the mini trains for local and foreign tourists in the streets of the city of Vatican! Even though Vatican City has a total area of...
The Taxi Vatican City
After the metro closes at night, taxis are the only option to get out of the Vatican if you don't want to walk all the way back to Rome at night. A ride from the Vatican to Rome Termini station is...
Reviews from VirtualTourist Members
Driving in Vatican City
If you don’t need a car in Rome or Vatican City, I highly recommend you not get one. The city is too busy, too crowded, and there just aren’t enough parking spaces. Rome is an easy walking city and, if you need it, there is a good public transportation system with buses and an underground. The price of a rental car along with paying for parking does not make it an economical option, especially if you are flying into Rome. Just pay for a taxi or take the train from the airport and save yourself the hassle of worrying about a car.
Getting from the airport to the city
The airport is 32 km (20 miles) southwest of the city so you will need to think about transportation into Rome ahead of time. There are several options, each with its own pros and cons and the costs depend on how much you want to pay, how much convenience you want, and how many are in your group.For us, we had a pre-arranged driver which was comparable to a taxi. We knew that our hotel was not within easy reach of the train station and until we got our bearings around the city, we didn’t want to be stuck with luggage in the middle of the city. Taxis run around €50 each way – a bit pricey if there are only 1-2 people, but for us it made sense at this point. If there are more people, it may be a cheaper way to go (although only if you don’t have a lot of luggage for your group) once you divide it up between everyone.Another option is to take the train. There is a direct train running...
Flying to Vatican City
We flew into Rome from Frankfurt, an easy nonstop flight that was relaxing as we did some final reading up on all the things we planned to see while in Rome. As we approached the airport, it was exciting to see the city from above with the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica clearly identifiable from the air.But don’t be fooled – flying into Rome does not get you into Vatican City. The airport is 32 km (20 miles) southwest of the city so you will need to think about transportation into the city ahead of time.Once we arrived at the Rome airport (called either Leonardo da Vinci International Airport or Rome Fiumicino Airport – same airport/two names), we had no issues gathering our suitcases (we travel light) and we went searching for our ground transportation.Having traveled through some of the world’s largest and busiest airports, I found Rome to be a breeze. It was smaller and, although a...
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...
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...
TRAIN FROM CIVITAVECCHIA
I thought it excellent that the Train from Civitavecchia was actually on the Vatican city line. This made it so easy to visit.On alighting from the Train, it was a short walk down a hill and we were at the walls of the Vatican. All we had to do was keep the Vatican Dome in sight, and follow our nose! Easy!
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.
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.
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.
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..
Vatican City is in Rome, so you can use any Roman mode of transportation to get there. Note that I do mean "get there" - once you are in Vatican City, you'll walk.
To see how to arrive by...