Taxis in Rome
Unfortunately, taxi drivers don’t have a good reputation in Rome. Many tourists and locals are continually overcharged. What's more, taxi rates in Rome are considered quite high compared to certain European capital cities. Find out about the rates and tips on how to avoid being swindled.
- Minimum fare on weekdays from 6 am – 10 pm: € 3 (US$ 3.20)
- Minimum fare on public holidays 6 am – 10 pm: € 4.50 (US$ 4.80)
- Minimum fare at night time: € 6.50 (US$ 7)
- Rate per kilometre (Tariff 1): € 1.10 (US$ 1.20)
- Rate per kilometre (Tariff 2): € 1.30 (US$ 1.40)
- Rate per kilometre (Tariff 3): € 1.60 (US$ 1.70)
- Surcharge for each additional suitcase (one per passenger included in the price): € 1 (US$ 1.10)
- Surcharge for telephone reservations: € 3.50 (US$ 3.70)
- One hour waiting time: € 27 (US$ 28.90)
If the taxi rates are compared to those in Madrid, they are slightly higher and the minimum fare is also higher. However, if compared to Florence and Amsterdam, the prices in Rome are slightly lower.
Based on the official taxi rates, an average journey in the centre of Rome should cost between 6 and 8 euros.
Avoid being swindled
Taxi drivers in Rome are renowned for trying to rip off both visitors and Romans. Find out what to do to avoid this happening to you during your stay in this magnificent city:
- Official taxi rates to and from both airports: To get to and from Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport will always cost you the same. The journey to/ from Fiumicino costs € 48 (US$ 51.40) and Ciampino, € 30 (US$ 32.10). These prices are valid for up to four passengers and their suitcases. Refuse to pay if you are charged extra.
- The rates from Termini railway station to the city centre should cost between € 8 (US$ 8.60) and € 15 (US$ 16.10). If you can, it is always a good idea to check the route on Google Maps before you get in the taxi so you have an idea of how long it takes.
- Choose the correct type of taxi: The first thing to do as not to get swindled is to make sure the taxi you take is correctly identified. All taxis in Rome are white, with a taxi roof sign and a taximeter visible at the front of the car. Hail cabs that have a telephone number written on the sides of the vehicle, which means that they work for a taxi company.
- If you have any problem, write down the taxi’s license plate number (it is always at the back of the front seats) and call the taxi company.
- If at any point you think you are being swindled, don’t let the taxi driver intimidate you and call the Carabinieri. Additionally, it is always a good idea to ask for a receipt and complain to the taxi company.
Although the cheapest way to catch a cab is by waiting at the official taxi stops on the streets of Rome, it is also possible to reserve this type of transportation by telephone. These are some of the best taxi companies in the city:
- Radio Taxi: 06-3570.
- Pronto Taxi: 06-6645.
- Other companies: 06-5551, 06-4994, 06-4157.