Uber in Rome: Everything you need to know

Whether you want to organise your transfer to and from the airport, or need an in-city ride to a local attraction – you’ll find all the information you need about using Uber Rome, possible alternatives and which is the best choice for you right here.

Is there Uber in Rome?

Yes, Uber is available in Rome. However, when the company launched in the city in 2014, the move caused a lot of controversy with local taxi drivers. 

As a result of this, Uber Rome’s operations were placed under restriction. This means the popular ride-hailing app only offers its limo services such as Uber Black, Uber Lux and Uber Van. Keep in mind that these services are pricier than the standard Uber services you’re probably used to in other cities. 

Uber Black: The most affordable option, providing groups of up to 4 with premium black cars.

Uber Lux: A luxury vehicle service with top-rated drivers.

Uber Van: The same class as an Uber Black, but can take up to 6 passengers.

*As of 2022, Rome Uber’s integration with an existing taxi app now allows travellers to use the app to order a regular metered taxi with standard taxi prices instead of a classic Uber.

Uber Rome prices

The benefit of using ride-hailing apps like Uber, is that the app gives you a real-time price estimate for your ride and allows you to pay in-app once your ride is finished. However, due to the restricted options available, Uber Rome prices are more expensive than regular taxi and transfer services, unless you order a standard taxi through the app.

With that being said, Uber Black is the most affordable option, typically costing around €100 for the ride from FCO Airport to the city centre. Likewise, you’ll pay around €25 for a 5 km ride within the city centre.

*It’s important to note that surge pricing during peak seasons or specific times can add to the cost of your Uber.

Fiumicino Airport to city (Roma Termini Station)Trastevere to Rome Termini Station (5 km)
Uber Black: €100-€120Uber Black: €25
Uber Van: €150-€170Uber Van – €35
Standard taxi – €50Standard taxi – €15
Welcome Pickups private transfer – €60Welcome Pickups private transfer – €20

What are the alternatives to taking an Uber in Rome?

From the airport

The best way to travel to and from the airports in Rome is via private transfer. These services are designed specifically for travellers and are considered to be the most reliable. Private transfer providers, like Welcome Pickups, provide plenty of perks such as meet and greets inside the airport, trained English-speaking drivers, speedy door-to-door rides, and flight monitoring. 

Alternatively, using Uber in Rome’s airports is possible, but pick up locations are subject to change and depend on the driver. So you may end up walking quite far to reach your designated pickup spot. Plus, not only are prices much higher than regular taxis but Uber also applies surge pricing during periods of high demand. This means you’ll pay even more during peak season, weekends, and public holidays. 

Lastly, you can still hop in a local white taxi from the ranks at the airports (Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport). These taxis calculate fares using fixed rates to certain destinations in the centre and are cheaper than Uber. However, the wait for an empty taxi can be pretty long during peak season. 

It’s also important to note that you may be approached by drivers at the airport offering ‘cheap rides’. You should never accept these offers, as the drivers are usually unlicensed. Instead, head to the official taxi rank or book through a trustworthy provider.

Getting around the city

Hailing a taxi from the street isn’t common practice in the city of Rome. Generally speaking, you will need to get one from a taxi rank or call a local Rome taxi service for a pickup. Although cheaper, local radio taxi drivers or taxis at ranks usually speak limited English and there’s also a surcharge of €4 for calling a taxi in Rome.

You can find taxi ranks scattered around the city near tourist attractions, at major hotels, next to the main squares, and outside transportation hubs. The main ranks are located at Termini Station, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Venezia, Largo Argentina, Piazza delle Cinque Lune, Piazza Barberini, and Via Boncompagni.

You can also use Uber in Rome city centre or opt for other popular taxi apps such as FreeNow. And you can still book in-city rides with Welcome Pickups if you’d prefer a fixed fare and 24/7 customer support.

A local Rome taxi rank, with white taxis lined up on the side of the road.
Local Rome taxi

Travelling around Rome: Uber, Taxi, or Private Transfer?

When it comes to choosing the best option, you should think about the specific needs of you or your group. We’ve gathered some of the most important factors to consider below, so that you can make an informed choice.

TaxiUberWelcome Pickups
Card Payments
24/7 availability
Price quote
Subject to surge pricing
Flight monitoring
Meet and greet
Guaranteed English-speaking driver
Advance payments
Fixed fare not subject to change

Is Uber safe in Rome?

Whilst most Uber Rome drivers are reliable, it’s always a good idea to proceed with caution. Luckily ride-hailing apps like Uber provide various features for you to ensure a safer ride. You can check the driver ratings before accepting the ride and use the app to track your progress.

When it comes to local taxi drivers, they are typically honest and fair. Although it’s not uncommon to experience a local driver trying to overcharge you. One of the most common scams for metered taxis is taking a longer route than necessary or changing the taximeter to Tariff 2 or Tariff 3 during in-city rides. 

To avoid this, it’s best to ask for the estimated price in advance and to make sure that your driver only ever sets the meter to Tariff 1 for rides within the city. Likewise, the best way to avoid hidden fees and unreliable drivers is to book a private transfer with a trusted provider and receive a fixed fare in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is Uber in Rome, Italy?

Uber prices in Rome are almost double that of standard taxis and transfer services. A trip from Fiumicino Airport to the centre costs around €100-€120 and the average cost of a ride within the city is €25. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective choice, we suggest taking a regular Rome taxi or booking a private transfer.

Can I pay by card?

All taxis in Rome are legally required to carry a POS (point of sale) machine for card payments. Despite this, you may come across drivers who claim their machine is broken. Ride-hailing apps like Uber are a good solution, as you’ll pay by card through the app once the ride is terminated. You can also avoid this by booking a taxi ride in advance.

Do I need to tip my Uber Rome driver?

Rome Uber drivers don’t expect a tip. However, if you particularly enjoyed the service, you can round up the final fare to say thank you. You can add a tip via the app if you’d like to tip your driver.

Does Rome have Uber?

For those of you wandering if there is Uber in Rome, yes, the app works as usual in the capital of Italy. Although, whilst it is possible to use the app to hail an Uber in Rome, users are limited to pricier limo services only. However, you can also use the app to order a local metered taxi.

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Welcome Pickups - Airport Taxi Services

Welcome Pickups launched its five-star airport taxi service in Athens, quickly moving to Rome, then Paris, and Barcelona, offering English-speaking drivers and advanced technology for flight monitoring, live tracking, and 24/7 customer support. The company then expanded its operations to Lisbon, followed by Budapest and Prague, maintaining consistent service standards with efficient airport transfers.

The expansion continued with Amsterdam, then Tel Aviv, each city benefiting from the same high level of operational technology and customer service. Welcome Pickups began operations in Madrid, Berlin, and  Dubai, rounding out their network. In 2024, the service will be available at over 350 airports worldwide, projecting to welcome more than 2 million passengers.