Travel Budget for Rome

Regione Lazio, Italy

How much does it cost to travel to Rome?

How much money will you need for your trip to Rome? You should plan to spend around €49 ($56) per day on your vacation in Rome, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €15 ($17) on meals for one day and €6.38 ($7.29) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Rome for a couple is €49 ($56). So, a trip to Rome for two people for one week costs on average €692 ($790). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Rome for one week usually costs around €346 for one person. So, a trip to Rome for two people costs around €692 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs €1,383 in Rome. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Rome can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Rome?

How much does a trip to Rome cost? Is Rome expensive? The average Rome trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Rome prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Rome can vary, the average cost of food in Rome is €15 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Rome should cost around €6 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rome is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Rome is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €6 per person, per day, on local transportation in Rome.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2020
Flights to Rome

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How much money do I need for Rome?

Typical travel prices in Rome are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Rome. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Rome can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Water
  • Laundry
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
  • Metro Ride (for Two)
  • 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Internet Cafe (15 Minutes)
  • Train to Pompei
  • Train to the Airport
  • Rome Museum Vaticano (for 2)
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
  • Cafe e doce
  • Taxi to Airport
  • Roma Pass
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)
  • Segway Tour
Typical tour prices for Rome

How much do tours to Rome cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    10 days
    $ 1265
  • Weekend in Italy Italian specialists
    1 days
    $ 35
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    8 days
    $ 1235
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    7 days
    $ 1170
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Rome On a Budget
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Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy. It is also a common entry point for most visitors flying into the country. Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for the last millenium, making it one of the most famous and popular destinations in not only Europe, but the world. The influence of the Roman Empire can be seen across continents.

Today, the historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread throughout the city you will find palaces, churches, ruins, monuments, fountains and more. Despite this rich and ubiquitous historical vibe, the city is also very cosmopolitan. It's a beautiful place with a vibrant atmosphere, excellent nightlife, world class shopping, and delicious food. It is not hard to see why Rome has attracted visitors from around the globe for so long.

Rome is a popular travel destination throughout the year, but crowds are most intense during the summer months. Spring and fall can be cooler in temperature and slightly less crowded, making them an ideal time to visit. It used to be that the city shut down for two weeks in the month of August while residents took their own vacations, but this tradition has changed. Shops, restaurants, and attractions are generally open throughout the entire summer. In the less touristy, more residential areas you may still encounter some closed doors.

Prices may show some seasonal variation, but for the most part, you wonÂ’t see prices dip too dramatically during the low season. The one exception to this is plane tickets, which tend to be the highest during the summer months. Part of the problem is that there really is no low season in Rome. It's a popular tourist destination year round. The fall, when many people think crowds will drop off, is actually one of the most popular times to visit. Winter may be a bit less crowded, but the holidays again bring the crowds.

Rome attracts all types of travelers and as a large city, it has something for every budget. You'll likely spend at least a few days in Rome if you plan to enter or leave from here. For budget travelers, there is no shortage of hostels in Rome, many of which are concentrated around the main train station (Termini). There are also plenty of cheap eateries where you can grab a sandwich or slice of pizza without paying too much. Rome does have a small subway system that is good for traveling across town, but buses may be a better option if you don't want to walk between sights. Fortunately, many sights can be visited on foot, so you'll really have little need to public transportation if you're up for a walking tour.
It is impossible to list all of the major landmarks throughout Rome. You could easily spend days wandering through the city, taking in the sites and learning about the impressive history. If you happen to be in town during mid-May, you may overlap with the "Settimana dei Beni Culturali", when every landmark, archaeological site and museum that is run by the government is open, free of charge. Even if you're not in town during this time, most of the city's main attractions are always free. Museums may be the exception to the rule and it is possible to buy full day passes, or three day passes that include the Colosseum, Palatine hill, the Baths of Caracalla, and the catacombs among other things.

If you're looking for the best views of the city, head to the top of the Vittoriano. You can access it by climbing to the mid level terraces of the building and then paying 7 euros to reach the very top. It is worth the money for the breathtaking views though.
Rome can be divided into several different districts. The historical center is only about 4% of the entire city, but is where most tourists spend the majority of their time. The Modern Center is where there are many hotels, shopping, and restaurant options. This is also where the Quirinal, Trevi fountain, and piazza Berberini are. In Old Rome there are many squares and cathedrals, as well as the Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, and the former Jewish Ghetto. The Vatican is its own, independent area. Just south of the Vatican is Trastevere, with narrow, cobblestoned streets. Colosseo, where the famous Colosseum is located also has the Imperial Fora and the Capitoline Hill. The Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese are found in the North Center. Other districts include Aventino-Testaccio, Esquilino-San Giovanni, and Nomentano.

The Anniversary of the Founding of Rome is held in late April. Some museums have free admission and there are many historical parades and reenactments. Republic Day in June is the Italian National Holiday. There's a military parade that travels from via dei Fori Imperiali to piazza Venezia. Other public holidays are the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and Labour Day in May.
Food and Dining
Food in Rome is excellent. Although it can be overpriced in the historic center, it is still hard to find a bad meal. For your best options though, head further out of the city center and eat where the locals eat. Ask for recommendations and find small restaurants and cafes that are hidden away in hard to reach areas. Another money saving option is to buy some ready made food and enjoy a picnic in a scenic location, of which there are many.

Do take note that the once common coperto and servizio charges are now illegal in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region. Specifically, the coperto charge is always illegal, while the servizio charge may be applied if it is clearly marked on the menu.

If you're sticking to the city center, the best way to get around is by walking. There area is compact and very scenic, so you may as well enjoy the atmosphere and walk from attraction to attraction.

There is also good public transportation in Rome. There is a wide variety of options including buses, trams, trolleybuses, the metro, and light rail, all of which are managed by ATAC. The buses are generally reliable, but crowded and are usually your best option around the city center, unless you plan to walk. The tram has six lines. Most older cars are not air conditioned and tickets cannot be purchased on board. Vending machines sell tickets before you board the tram. The newer cars are the exception, and do have vending machines and air conditioning on board. The metro and light rail systems are good options if you're going further out of the city center. Two of the three (and a half) metro lines (lines A and B) cross at Termini.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Hostel or Hotel?

By backpackguru in Accommodation
Rome has it's fair share of hostels around town. You can book ahead of time, or it is possible to find a place once you arrive if it isn't a busy time of year. The important thing to consider is whether you actually want to stay at a hostel or a hotel. In Europe, if you're traveling as a couple, a cheap hotel room can often be cheaper than two beds in a dorm. You'll have your privacy and the comforts of a simple hotel room. You won't have a kitchen, which you'll likely to have in a hostel. You also won't have the ready made group of friends that often comes with a hostel. A hotel is likely, although not definitely, to be cleaner. It's a difficult decision, but if you're traveling in a couple, it's almost always a little better to go with a hotel room, and skip the hostel. It's a different ambiance, but sometimes that difference is much appreciated, especially if you've been traveling for a long time.

Ask Taxi Driver Cost of Ride Before You Get In Cab

By Joy in Local Transportation
This could apply to any large city, but especially if you are a foreigner; taxi drivers sometimes DOUBLE your fare. When in Rome not long ago, my husband and I took a taxi back to our hotel. We had taken a cab from the same restaurant before and had assumed what the fare would be; however when we stopped at our hotel the driver pressed a button on the meter and the amount of the fare doubled!

We objected, but he told us that was the fare. We told the hotel manager and he became furious. He said that it is illegal for a taxi driver to do that - but they do it a lot. Always ask up front how much the fare will be to your intended location. If the driver won't tell you - wait for another taxi.

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