Here are some directions on how to get to the Colosseum. Via dei Fori Imperiali crosses the centre of the “Colosseo” district in Rome, which connects Piazza Venezia with the Colosseum. It is well served by buses, although at times when there’s a lot of traffic, you’re better off going on foot along the Roman Forum, which is on the right for most of the journey.
After the Colosseum, the road becomes Via Labicana and ends at Porta San Giovanni. Buses running along the Via dei Fori Imperiali include the N°60, from Via Nazionale and beyond (note that this is an express bus with limited stops), the No. 75, which connects Termini station with Aventino-Testaccio and the N°85, which connects Piazza San Silvestro in the modern centre (near the Trevi Fountain) with San Giovanni. The Colosseum has a metro stop on line B, two stops from Termini station in the direction of the Eur station.
The monument is extremely central. It’s just a few hundred metres from Piazza Venezia, and near the Forums. On Sunday, car traffic is prohibited and bicycles and strollers are available for rent on Via dei Fori Imperiali and Piazza del Colosseo. Just outside the Colosseo metro station is a taxi stand, a bike rental shop and a cafe with outdoor tables where you can sip a cappuccino in the shadow of Rome’s biggest attraction.
Quick directions to reach the Colosseum:
Public transport and lines
– “B” Metro line to Colosseo stop;
– “A” metro line to Manzoni stop, then two stops on tram n. 3 heading south;
– Bus 60, 75, 85, 87, 271, 571, 175, 186, 810, 850, C3
– electric minibus 117
– Tram on line 3
From Termini station, you can reach the Colosseum either on the metro (line B to Colosseo stop) or by bus (no. 75)
From Via Fori Imperiali or Via Celio Vibenna, you can reach the paid parking lots near the Colosseum (remember, however, that the area is very busy!)
From any point in Rome, you can easily reach the Colosseum thanks to the numerous lines that stop right in front of the amphitheatre (n°3/8/60/75/85/87/117/175/271/810/870)
By camper van
Piazzale 12 ottobre 1492 from the Ostiense Air Terminal is a good parking area for camper vans. From the GRA on Via Pontina in the direction of the EUR.
Details and specific directions on how to reach the Colosseum in Rome.
How to reach the Colosseum by metro
Located in the centre of Rome, the Colosseum is easily reachable on the metro, via the B line. From Termini station, take the metro towards Laurentina and get off at the Colosseo stop. Once you arrive, you will find yourself right in front of Flavio’s Amphitheatre.
How to reach the Colosseum by bus
Although it will take longer than by metro, the bus is a good choice as it allows you to admire the other wonders of Rome along the way. In Ancient Rome, it was said that all streets led to the Colosseum, and the same can be said for the city’s many bus lines. The lines number 38 and 75 depart from the northern area of the city and stop at the Colosseum. While, if you are leaving from the south of Rome, you can take bus numbers 175 or 271. In any case, the stop to to get off at is the same – it’s in front of the Colosseum.
It is well served by buses, although at times when there’s a lot of traffic, you’re better off going on foot along the Roman Forum, which is on the right for most of the journey.
As far as metro and bus tickets are concerned, they can be bought in all tobacconists, at every newsstand and in every bars. Tickets are €1.50 and are valid for about 75 minutes. A day ticket is better value though and costs €6.
How to reach the Colosseum from the centre of Rome
The monument is extremely central. In fact, it’s a few hundred metres from Piazza Venezia, and near the Imperial Forums. Precisely because of its central position, the Flavian Amphitheatre can also be reached by taxi. However, city traffic must be taken into account during peak hours. On Sundays car traffic is prohibited on Via dei Fori Imperiali and Piazza del Colosseo and bicycles and strollers are available to rent for visitors and tourists.
From the centre of Rome, the Colosseum is easily reached by public transport. We suggest you use the metro, which will take you to the attraction in just over 10 minutes, the same time you’d spend renting a car or taxi, but it’s way cheaper.
Arriving on foot from the centre takes about twice as long. It’s not, however, a taxing walk and is recommended if you really want to breathe the Capitoline air, manoeuvring between the various sights of the city.
On foot: Starting from the south-east direction towards Piazza della Repubblica, walk along Via dei Serpenti. You’ll arrive at the Colosseum in about 22 minutes. Be careful though as not all the streets are pedestrian friendly.