Getting a taxi in Rome
Taking a taxi in Rome is the easiest way to escape walking amongst busy crowds of tourists in the heat or navigating confusing public transport systems. There are plenty of taxis cruising the streets of Rome and whilst they’re a little pricier than other modes of transport, taxis ensure a hassle-free and seamless experience, allowing you to fully appreciate all this iconic city has to offer.
Official city taxis with fully licensed drivers are white with a ‘TAXI’ sign on top, have a taximeter in the front of the vehicle and the licence number on the left passenger door. You can hail a taxi from the street, head to the nearest rank, use a ride-hailing app or book an airport taxi here. With so many options at your fingertips, taking a taxi in Rome is certainly a simple and reliable way of getting around.
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How much is a taxi in Rome?
Taxis in Rome don’t offer fixed fares to certain attractions or zones, instead, they operate using a taximeter based on distance. Taximeters are used with a tariff system, starting at Tariff 1 and moving up to Tariff 2 when the base fare on the taximeter has clocked up €11. The Tariff 2 fare is applied up to a further €13, from which point Tariff 3 is applied until the end of the journey. Keep in mind that drivers are required to notify you when the tariff changes,
With that being said, Rome taxi fares are calculated as follows:
- Base fare (weekdays from 06:00 to 22:00) – €3
- Base fare (Sundays and public holidays from 06:00 to 22:00) – €5
- Base fare (from 22:00 to 06:00) – €7
- Tariff 1 Rate/km – €1.14
- Tariff 2 Rate/km – €1.35
- Tariff 3 Rate/km – €1.66
There is also an extra €1 charge for each piece of luggage after the first that measures more than 35x25x50cm, booking a radio taxi over the phone (€4) and waiting for one hour (€28).
*For up-to-date fare information, you can find the current fares displayed on a board at most official taxi ranks throughout the city or check the official Rome Tourist Board website.
Typically, a short taxi ride within the centre of Rome shouldn’t exceed €10 and you will pay more for trips to areas outside of the central ring. Remember that Tariff 2 will be applied when exiting Rome’s highway or G.R.A. (Grande Raccordo Anulare), increasing the cost of your final fare.
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How to get a taxi in Rome
Unlike most other cities in Europe, hailing a taxi from the street isn’t common practice in Rome. Most taxis on the road are already full or on their way to pick someone up, however, if you do see a taxi with the orange light on top turned on, you may be in luck. Generally speaking, you will need to walk to a taxi rank, call a Rome taxi service for a pickup, use a taxi app, or book a private transfer.
There are many taxi ranks located all over the city, mainly near tourist attractions, at major hotels, next to the main squares and outside transportation hubs, including Termini Station, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Venezia, Largo Argentina, Piazza delle Cinque Lune, Piazza Barberini, and Via Boncompagni. You can usually spot a taxi rank by the long line of white taxis or by looking for the orange ‘TAXI’ signpost. Be aware that taxi rides from Rome Termini Station include an additional €2 surcharge.
In Rome, it’s common for your hotel concierge to organise a taxi for you. Although this is highly convenient and time-saving, the hotel will only call taxi companies that they have an affiliation with, which can often mean higher rates. If you’d prefer to call for a taxi, you can choose from one of the many taxi companies available in Rome or you can ask the concierge of the hotel, bar or restaurant you’re in to arrange one for you. Just be aware that taxis usually arrive within 3 to 5 minutes of calling, so be ready to go when you call. There’s also a surcharge of €4 for calling a taxi in Rome.
Some of the most popular radio taxi companies to call are:
Pronto Taxi 6645 – +39 06 6645
Taxi Roma Samarcanda 065551 – +39 06 5551
If you’d rather not pay extra for a Rome taxi service, you can book an airport taxi instead. This guarantees you a fixed fare with no extra costs, as well as a professional and reliable service. You could also opt to use a Rome taxi app, such as FreeNow or Uber. However, it’s important to note that you can only use the UberBlack service, which is much pricier than standard taxis.
Benefits of booking a Rome taxi in advance
If you want the added comfort of knowing your taxi fare ahead of time, it’s a good idea to book your Rome taxi in advance. Many companies are operating in Rome, but if you’re looking for competitive prices, trusted English-speaking drivers and 24/7 customer support, we recommend booking with Welcome Pickups.
Once you’ve booked your private Rome transfer, you can sit back and relax knowing that all your needs are taken care of.
Rome taxi tips
- Make sure that your taximeter reads “Tariffa 1” as this is the correct rate/km for rides within the centre of Rome. “Tariffa 2”, is much more expensive and should only be used when travelling on Rome’s highway or Grande Raccordo Annulare.
- Rome city taxis are required by law to carry a POS machine so you can pay by card, however, many are usually “out of order”, so be sure to ask your driver before getting in the cab.
- American Express cards aren't widely accepted in Rome taxis, so you may need to carry cash or a different type of credit card.
- Taxis in Rome don’t carry baby-seats as standard, but they have plenty of space for you to fit in yours before you begin your journey.
- It’s highly uncommon to tip a taxi in Rome. However, if your journey was impeccable, you can round up your fare to the nearest Euro.
- Make sure you keep your receipt at the end of the journey so you can easily contact your driver if you leave any belongings behind in the taxi.
- There SHOULD be a 10% discount for single women at night.
Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Rome
Although almost all taxis in Rome have space in the trunk for a fold-up wheelchair, standard taxis typically don’t have specially equipped vehicles.
If you need a wheelchair-accessible taxi in Rome, you will need to book in advance with a specialist company such as 3570 Accessible mobility (+39 06 3570) or Wheelchair Rome Taxi Transfers ([email protected]).
Rome taxi safety and complaints
It’s not uncommon in Rome to experience a taxi driver trying to overcharge you. One of the most common scams is adding illegal surcharges or changing the taximeter to Tariffa 2 or Tariffa 3. They may also try to take a longer route to bump up your fare.
If you feel like your driver has been dishonest in any way or if they were rude, call the Traffic Police (+06 67 10 4282), send an e-mail to [email protected], or make your report through the website.
If you are going to make a complaint, you will need to have your receipt, the driver’s licence number, the name of the company and the number of the taxi.