B.I.R.G. tickets

Aug 14th, 2009, 08:15 AM
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B.I.R.G. tickets

I was hoping someone could give a bit of advice. Will be cruising through Europe and when in Rome dock at Civitavecchia and would like to take train into rome, but would like to start at the vatican first then go into the heart of Rome.
Can anyone tell me how this train system works, which one and is there one that allows you to get off and on.
First time and getting a bit frustrated in gathering all information before we go.

Thank you so much!!!!
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Aug 14th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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You can select a train that stops at Roma S Pietro station and walk to the Vatican from there instead of training all the way to Roma Termini (main train station)which is past the Vatican. Cost is about 4.50€ from Civitavecchia. There are about two trains per hour in the morning that will stop at S. Pietro. For train schedules/prices, enter a date within 7 days (preferrably the day of the week you will be traveling).
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Aug 14th, 2009, 10:57 AM
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Forgot to address the BIRG. I don't see that it's an option anymore. A one day ticket to use in Rome is the BIG (4€), but it wouldn't include Civitavecchia.

There is a 3 day ticket BTI for 11€. If you plan to be in Rome at least 3 days, I would get the Roma Pass which would also give you free admission to two sites.
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Aug 14th, 2009, 12:54 PM
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The BIRG still exists. You need one for five zones, and it will cost 9 Euro.
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Aug 14th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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The BIRG is not a Trenitalia option so you will not see it on the train site... it's actually part of the COTRAL system (METREBUS LAZIO System) - see this link: http://www.cotralspa.it/ENG/biglietti_abbonamenti_4.asp

As far as how the train system works, try these links:

Riding Trains in Italy - http://www.roninrome.com/2009/03/10/...ains-in-italy/

Civitavecchia to Rome by Train - http://www.roninrome.com/2009/02/28/...for-the-day-2/
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Aug 14th, 2009, 08:19 PM
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BIRG used to be listed on the ATAC website, but they recently updated and I don't see it listed anymore. It may be there somewhere, but they didn't do an English version or they aren't finished with the update.
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Aug 15th, 2009, 05:04 AM
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There are also COTRAL buses between Civitavecchia and Rome, but I think that the train to S. Pietro Station works much better to visit the Vatican.
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Aug 15th, 2009, 05:21 AM
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Here's the Metrebus Lazio info for BIRG, BTR and CIRS.
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Aug 15th, 2009, 05:22 AM
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The BIRG ticket is valid on Ferrovie dello Stato (Trenitalia) trains, but only on the "regionale" ("R") commuter trains, and NOT on the long-distance trains (AV, ES-Fast, ES, ES-City, IC, ICN, EC, ECN, EXP). The "R" trains are the only trains which stop at Roma S. Pietro Station. You must buy the BIRG ticket for the travel zone of interest to you, and you must be careful not to "stray" beyond that zone of travel. The ticket must be punched the first time you board a train or bus, and its valid until midnight (unless you buy a BIRG ticket for a longer period).
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Oct 27th, 2009, 11:39 AM
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We are planning to do the same as you in December. Arrive in Civitavecchia port and then visit the Vatican 1st and then check out the rest of the sites that we can prior to leaving port @ 8pm.

I was wondering what you ended up doing and if you had any advice or recommendations.
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Nov 21st, 2009, 11:21 PM
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Due to a website crash I've had to rework the LINKS to my above post. **I APLOGIZE** if you've tried to access them and received an error message. Believe me, after reworking the entire website, I feel your pain! I know this post is dated, but I did want to update my post to prevent any confusion and frustration. Here are the REVISED links - Hope they help you:

Riding trains in Italy - http://www.roninrome.com/%20transpor...rains-in-italy
Civitavecchia to Rome by train - http://www.roninrome.com/%20transpor...-for-the-day-2

And GAC, thank for the comments. As you see, a website is a living (and sometimes dying) entity!
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