Metrebus Card

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Metrebus Card
Metrebus card.jpg
Location Rome, Italy
Launched 1999
Manager ERG Motorola Alliance[1]
Currency Euro (year pass maximum load)
  • Trains
  • Buses
  • Trams
  • Online
  • Ticket offices

The Metrebus Card is a contactless smartcard ticketing system for Rome. It has stored value on a paper ticket for either 1, 3 or 7 days. All three versions of the tickets look the same on the front, but on the back of the ticket the magnetic data printed on the ticket varies depending on which version of the ticket was purchased.[2]

There is also a single ticket, which sells for only €1.50, allowing travel on any bus and one trip on the metro or urban trains. This version of the ticket has a 100-minute expiry period.[3]

Original metrebus design, replaced in 2011

In 2011, a new VISA style smart card was implemented, with a much sturdier design and longer lifespan.[4]


After the contract was awarded to the ERG Motorola Alliance in 1999,[1] the card system was rolled out across Rome, with the system becoming fully operational in 2001.[1]

In 2009 in Anagnina, car parking with Metrebus was introduced, which involved swiping the card at entry and exit to the car park, with validators stationed there. This has allowed improved traffic fluidity. There have been plans to extend this trial, with Montebello also set to receive this feature, which would again help the car park when all 354 spaces are occupied.[5]

In April 2013, ATM top up for the Red Metrebus Card was implemented. These cards can be reloaded by visiting any UniCredit ATM and entering the card number.[6]


Red Metrebus Cards can be purchased at ATAC ticket offices at the following stations: Anagnina, Battistini, Cornelia, Lepanto, Ottaviano S. Pietro, Laurentina, EUR Fermi, Ponte Mammolo, Termini, and Conca d’Oro.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "ERG Motorola Alliance Wins Rome Metrebus Integrated Smart Card Fare Collection Project". 28 June 1999. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rome Metrebus tickets and fares". Retrieved 11 November 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "bus & subway passes in rome". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Trasporto pubblico, in vigore le nuove tariffe. Il quadro delle agevolazioni". Roma Capitale. Retrieved 11 November 2013.  (In Italian)
  5. ^ "Parking facilities to the Anagnina for Metrebus subscribers". Risparmio a Roma. Retrieved 15 November 2013.  (in Italian)
  6. ^ a b "Parti con la carica giusta" (PDF). Retrieved 16 November 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)(in Italian)