So you’re planning your next trip to Rome and want to figure out the best way to get around the iconic capital. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to organise your transfer to and from the airport, need an in-city ride to a local attraction, or are researching transport options for a day trip, here you’ll find all the information you need about using Uber in Rome, possible alternatives and which is the best choice for you.
Is there Uber in Rome?
Even though you can use Uber in Rome, Italy – only limited services are available to its users. You can only use the popular ride-hailing app for 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.
*As of 2022, 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 prices in Rome
Due to the restricted options available, Uber prices in Rome are more expensive than regular taxi and transfer services, unless you order a standard taxi through the app. 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.
Alternatives to taking an Uber in Rome
From the airport
Using Uber at 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, prices are much higher than regular taxis.
Alternatively, to secure a competitive fixed fare ahead of time with a meet and greet at Arrivals, you can pre-book your transfer with a top-rated global company like Welcome Pickups. Or, 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 specific destinations and are cheaper than Uber, however, the wait 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 town
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, call a local Rome taxi service for a pickup, or book a private transfer. 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 also use other taxi apps in Rome; the most popular of which is FreeNow.
If you prefer the peace of mind of using a reliable company with 24/7 customer support, trained English-speaking drivers and modern vehicles, you can still use private transfer companies like Welcome for in-city rides.
How to travel outside of Rome
Uber is available but it’s not recommended for long-distance transfers as the cost will be high. Local metered taxis are cheaper, although pre-booking a private transfer with a set rate and no hidden fees is definitely the most convenient and reliable option.
Are taxis in Rome safe?
Whilst most taxi drivers in Rome are honest and fair, 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. 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.
How much is Uber in Rome?
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 driver?
Taxi drivers in Rome 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 Uber app if you’d like to tip your driver.
Does Uber work in Rome?
Yes, the Uber app works as usual in most cities throughout 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.