BACKPACKER INDEX: US$78.61
Rome hotel prices
Singles from €30, doubles from €50
Located just across from the train station, Hotel Fawlty Towers is a fine choice for those on tight budgets, with breakfast included
Beds from €26/night
This popular and long established hostel has its own bar with drink specials and a central location not far from the train station.
Beds from €18/night
Hotel Beauty has dorms as well as privates, and it's the best of the cheapies with a good location near the train station.
Hotels in Rome are at their most crowded and expensive from June through August, which is yet another reason to aim for the cooler and more pleasant spring or autumn if you can pull it off. Even though many Rome residents clear out of the city in July and August, the influx of tourists more than makes up for it, so book well in advance if you have a special place in mind.
The low season in Rome is from December through February, except for the winter holidays around New Year. Especially if you are coming in off season it tends to be a buyer’s market so finding a hotel once you arrive shouldn’t be a problem. But even if spring and autumn the cheaper and more popular places can become fully booked in advance so a reservation is a good idea. Hotels in Rome tend to be more expensive than one might think, so locking in a bargain is a good idea if you find one.
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Rome is one of those must-visit cities and the Italians know it so things tend to be more expensive than you might expect. Hotels in particular are strangely pricey for this part of Europe, though some cheaper options are available in the slightly seedy area near the Termini train station. There are plenty of hostels so finding a bed is rarely a problem, especially if you book in advance. Check out our recommended Rome hotels and hostels for some great choices at very good rates.
The attractions in Rome are quite reasonable and many of them are actually free, so this isn’t a city that will cost a fortune every time you want to go see something. The few famous ones that do charge are well worth it anyway. For more details and a more complete list check out our separate Rome attraction and museum prices page.
Food and drinks in Rome can be tricky. The main hotel areas in the city are jammed with places well located for tourists, with English menus out front. These places tend to be noticeably more expensive than their more-local counterparts, so one of the tricks for saving money is to get away from the tourist districts and explore the local neighborhoods a bit.
Rome attraction prices
|Rome Colosseum||The most famous sight in Rome is worth a visit, but go early or look into ways of buying tickets elsewhere. Ticket includes Roman Forum and Palatine Hill as well.||adults||16.67|
|Vatican Museum||Another can't-miss attraction, which includes the Sistine Chapel.||adults||20.83|
|CIty sightseeing bus tour||These popular tours leave frequently from in front of the Termini Railway Station, and pass all the major sights in Rome.||adults||27.78|
|Pantheon||This ancient church is one of Rome's many free sights.||everyone||0.00|
|Spanish Steps||Popular with tourists and locals though not much to look at. No admission charge.||everyone||0.00|
|Borghese Museum and Gallery||Rome's most popular art museum that isn't the Vatican one.||adults||18.06|
|National Gallery of Modern Art||The city's largest modern art museum. Also called Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna.||adults||13.89|
Rome Transportation prices
|Local train from airport to city center||11.11|
|Express train from airport to city center||19.44|
|Taxi from Fiumicino airport to city center||66.67|
|Taxi from Ciampino airport to city center||41.67|
|3km taxi ride in Rome||8.06 - 13.89|
|Bus or subway ride in Rome||2.08|
Rome food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Most hotels and hostels include a small breakfast. If not, you can find cheap options at local bakeries and cafes.||4.17 - 9.72|
|Budget lunch||Local neighborhood places will offer much better value than tourist restaurants.||6.94 - 13.89|
|Budget dinner||Assuming a sit-down multi-course meal, again the advice is to follow locals instead of fellow tourists.||11.11 - 20.83|
|Beer (.33l bottle)||Local lagers are decent deals at most restaurants.||3.47 - 5.56|
|House wine (glass)||Local wine can be very cheap in Rome, especially at neighborhood bars.||1.39 - 4.17|
|Soft drink||Soft drinks come in many varieties and are rarely cheap.||1.74 - 2.43|
|Pizza to go||There are local pizza bakeries where you can get a large slice to walk with.||4.51 - 5.56|
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|Airports||Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)|
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June through August is the most popular time to visit Rome, and unfortunately the days can be very hot and steamy during this period. The humidity is rarely out of control, but the city does have that closed-in feeling during the warmest days. Most people agree that spring and fall have the ideal weather for visiting, with April, May, and October being the most comfortable months.
Winters in Rome can be unpredictable with warm sunny weather one week and near-freezing temperatures the following week. It’s best to pack layers if you are coming anytime other than summer, and even in summer it’s not a bad idea.
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