Well, you’ve probably been dreaming of seeing the Coloseo or the Trevi Fountain in person or just walk around the piazzas in Rome, Italy. Some people see Europe as one of the grandest or if not, most expensive experience they could ever give to themselves. But with this blog, we will help you around to meet both ends through roaming around Rome, Italy on a budget.
Budget Tips for Rome, Italy
However, going to Rome, Italy is not as easy as ABC. The most vital requirement is that one must have a Schengen Visa (read our Schengen Visa experience and how we got approved) in order to roam around the 26 European countries.
Rome, Italy is probably one of the best countries you could pay a visit around Europe. Rome, Italy is so rich in history and art galleries. If you’re an art enthusiast or someone really interested in rich history then Rome, Italy is your home.
If you think you need a lot of money to roam around Rome, Italy. Well, I’m telling you, you don’t. So I jotted down some budget tips to help you roam around Rome, Italy.
1. DON’T EAT AT THE RESTAURANTS NEAR ANY TOURIST SPOTS – Don’t be fooled by their discounts or sales talk. Majority of the restaurants charge a lot of additional fees such as table charge, tax, and even service charge. We were once victimized by a restaurant near Vatican City. All along we thought our bill would just be around 60€ (PHP 3,200) and it surprisingly grew to 110€ (PHP 5,810)! As an alternative, do eat near Termini they have good selections of restaurants there! My favorite is the Pastarito restaurant. Their pasta dishes and pizza are definitely the bombs.
2. DO DRINK AT THE FOUNTAINS – Yes, you’ve read it right! Rome, Italy has a tons of fountain you could drink from. Plus, drinking at fountains will definitely complete you Italian experience.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Drink at the fountain near Spanish Steps. It was made by one of the famous Baroque geniuses, G. L. Bernini. You could also bring a water container or a tumbler to refill water.
3. DO GET A METRO/BUS PASS OR A ROMA PASS – This will help you save some euro after all. Rome, Italy doesn’t have a lot of common bus ticket stall where you can buy a ticket unlike Germany. Typically you can buy tickets in Rome, Italy at newsstands nearby bus stops. Your only decision is whether you need single tickets or 24, 48 or 72 hour passes or a 7 calendar day travel pass. Note: Public transportation is free for children less than 10 years old.
Rome Bus, Tram & Metro Ticket Prices:
- Biglietto semplice B.I.T. time integrated ticket (1,50€), valid for one Metro ride or 100 minutes on all buses allowing transfers.
- Biglietto giornaliero B.I.G (7,00€) – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 24 hours from validation.
- 48 Hour Ticket (12,50€) – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 48 hours from validation.
- Biglietto per 3 giorni B.T.I (18,00€) – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 72 hours from validation.
- Biglietto settimanale C.I.S. tourist one-week integrated ticket (24,00€)– valid for 7 calendar days
Note: When you buy any transport ticket it is not stamped with a start date. You have the responsibility to stamp your ticket on machines provided for that purpose before you start your journey.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Do get a Roma Pass for 38,50€ you get to visit 2 museums of your choice, unlimited rides for metro, buses, and trams, and even discounts.
4. LEARN HOW TO HAGGLE – You can find a lot of souvenir shops around Rome, Italy. Price may vary so all you have to do is to haggle and haggle. The more you buy, the bigger the discounts are.
5. BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION THROUGH THE BOOKING.COM – We have booked our hotel through this website. Our hotel is just a few meters away from the Pantheon, hence the name (Pantheon Holiday). Booking.com usually has “Today’s sale” promotions and it will definitely a save! What I like about this place si that it is near to almost anything supermarket, restaurants, gelato stands (Gelateria della Palma) and souvenir shops.
6. BOOK YOUR FLIGHT THROUGH RYANAIR – We got our roundtrip tickets for only 30€ each! Ryanair is one of the most affordable airlines to roam around Europe. We arrived from Cologne, Germany to Rome’s Ciampino airport early in the morning.
7. OR BOOK YOURSELF A BUS BOUND TO ROME VIA FLIXBUS – However, this may take a longer time. This option is just for those people who want to take time. So if you’re in a rush then just opt to book a flight.
8. DO CHECK THE GOEURO WEBSITE FOR TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES (MOBILE APP ALSO AVAILABLE FOR IOS AND ANDROID) – This app helps you to compare price points from different mode of transportation.
Journey Freaks’ tip: GoEuro sometimes has a “Blabla Car” option. This is a carpool type of transportation that is somehow popular around Europe
9. DO BUDGET FOR AIRPORT TRANSFERS – If you’re thinking of taking a cab from airport to your hotel or hostel, don’t do it. As a cheaper alternative, book your airport transfers via Terravision. We booked our slots a week before our arrival date and printed it.
Journey Freaks’ tip: Don’t forget to print out the voucher! There was a situation I saw that one Chinese passenger was refused to board the bus since she did not print the voucher.
10. IF YOU’RE IN DOUBT, JUST ASK – If you’re lost or kind of doubtful which way to go, what bus number to take then don’t fret! There are a lot of kababayans (fellow Filipinos) around Rome, Italy. All you need to do is ask.
11. KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED, FREE ART IS EVERYWHERE – In a place as historic as Rome, Italy, you don’t have to look too far to find amazing art and architecture. Keep your eyes peeled because sometimes you may thought it’s just a random sculpture but in fact, it was built by famous artist. Also, you may check out churches because most around Rome, Italy houses magnificent works of art that you can see without shedding money.
12. DO CHECK MUSEUMS THAT REALLY INTERESTS YOU – To be honest, not all museums and/or galleries in Rome are worthy to see. I would say that the most worthy gallery in Rome, Italy is the Villa Borghese. The entrance fee at Villa Borghese is 20€ and ticket reservation is required!
13. DO TRY WALKING TOURS FOR FREE – This last tip is especially relevant to those budget-restricted people. Note: Free walking tours may be cancelled if there is not a minimum of at least four people. Note: Do tip the tour guides!
Watch our Rome, Italy (Part 1) experience:
Overall, travelling does not always have to be expensive. If you have a bigger budget then feel free to spend it lavishly. But for those who still want to live their lives and see the beauty of this world, don’t stop travelling even if you’re kind of tight in a budget. Lastly, always remember that if there’s a will, there’s a way.