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Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

Roma, Italy
Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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Get a comprehensive view of Rome's highlights and landmarks during this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Disembark at any of the eight stops to see iconic landmarks such as the Vatican City, Circus Maximus, the Pantheon, or the Colosseum. While on board the bus, listen to recorded commentary in nine languages that details the history, architecture, culture, and traditions of the Eternal City. Choose from a Classic, Premium, or Deluxe ticket, with a VOX digital walking tour included with each option.
  • Recorded audio commentary in nine languages, headphones included
  • Eight stops at landmarks such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican City, and the Trevi Fountain
  • Tickets available for 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour time periods
  • A VOX digital walking tour is included with all ticket options
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Recorded commentary in 9 languages: English, Italian Spanish, French, German, Chinese Mandarin,
24 - 72 Hour Hop on Hop off tickets
VOX Digital Walking Tours included with all tickets
Admissions to sights along the route

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Board the bus for your hop-on, hop-off tour at any of the stops along the route. Exchange your voucher for a ticket that is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on your schedule and preferences.

Disembark at any point to explore areas that interest you. Spend as much time as you like at any one stop, or skip those that don't interest you. Climb down to explore Vatican City and learn about the history of the Catholic Church or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, which legend has it ensures you return to Rome. Sit on the Spanish Steps and sample a local gelato or explore the Pantheon. Disembark to learn about the times of Roman gladiators in the Colosseum or stroll through the ancient Roman Forum. 

While on the bus, listen to recorded audio commentary in nine languages through the provided headphones. The recorded narrative gives a comprehensive history of Rome and details its current role as a thriving Italian metropolis. 

Each ticket option includes a VOX digital walking tour. Please see Itinerary section for a full list of stops.
1 hour 40 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Hours of operation are 9:00am – 17:45pm Buses are running 7 days away every 20 minutes. Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app to see the most up to date bus stop locations and timings. For live bus tracking on the day of travel - please download the Big Bus App in advance of arrival.
Big Bus Tours Rome
Stop 1 - Termini Railway Station
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stop 2 - Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore
Stop 3 - Colosseum
Circus Maximus
Stop 4 - Circus Maximus
Piazza Venezia
Stop 5 - Piazza Venezia
Castel Sant'Angelo
Stop 6 - Vatican / Castel Sant’Angelo
Spanish Steps
Stop 7 - Spanish Steps
Stop 8 - Barberini
Points of interest passed by on this route
Trevi Fountain
Piazza Venezia
Vatican Museums
Piazza Barberini
Big Bus Tours
Campo de' Fiori
Piazza Navona
Vatican City
National Roman Museum - The Baths of Diocletian
Piazza del Campidoglio
Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
St. Peter's Basilica
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - Rome
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Easy to use, regular timetables, good, clear guided talk on the bus - don't forget your headphones!" See review
  • "It's great you can get off and explore on your own and then get back on to continue your tour." See review

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Great experience
, Aug 2022
Great experience really enjoyed it😊 The bus service was frequent and the audio was perfect my whole family saw some great sights and landmarks of the beautiful ancient city of Rome 😊
Customer service not good
, Aug 2022
The hop on hop off passes were issued for different days for my family and they did not correct it after it was brought to their attention
Not a good tour service
, Aug 2022
We never got the chance to get on the bus. Please refund my money. They gave me no time frame. You guys need to upgrade
Love the ride!
, Aug 2022
Great way to see Rome. Ride all around first then decide where you want to stop the second or third ride around. The last ride of the day is a wonderful way to see Rome in the cool evening
Audio is horrible
, Aug 2022
Audio is horrible Music is WAY too loud and sites did nothing sync up with audio Nice to see the sites from a cool location though
Definitely pay attention...
, Aug 2022
Definitely pay attention to when the bus stops. Probably a good experience if you start early in the day. Otherwise you will probably only get through one or two stops.
Download the app
, Aug 2022
Download the app it helps you find everything, the bus leaves you close to the places to visit. You can hop in and hop off and get to know every important place.
Good overview tour
, Jul 2022
Convenient. The on board commentary is interesting. The top of the bus has no roof so it’s way too hot in the middle of the summer. A roof would do wonders for the top of the bus. Great for getting to see all the hot spots; but you won’t really get to do all of them in-depth as several sights (like the coliseum and Vatican) take hours to really complete.
Not worth it
, Jul 2022
Waste of money. It does not stop close to any attraction. You have to walk about 10-20 minutes! I would request a refund. I’m not satisfied at all!
Good option to walking
, Jul 2022
This was well done. Nice to have the option of ac or roof top experience. It was very hard to find hours and more information. This could be improved.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great overview
, Jul 2022
This was a great way to get an overview of the major sites in Rome! The staff was VERY nice and helpful.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A great way to see Rome &...
, Jul 2022
A great way to see Rome & learn its history. Thoroughly recommended & a great way to skip the queues. Always try for the first Sunday of the month when it’s free entry to most sights.
Rome tour in 2 days
, Jul 2022
The Big Bus is always the biggest bang for the buck! You learn and see so much in a short period of time and it’s easy to get off and on as you choose.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour of the whole...
, Jul 2022
Great tour of the whole city! If you only have one day- please take advantage of this tour! We were tired of walking and this was the rest we needed!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jul 2022
We enjoy seeing the city from the bus. While it was super hot, we stayed downstairs in the air. So pictures aren’t the best from the bus.
Very Disappointing Excursion
, Jul 2022
A very disappointing bus ride. In general, there were very few interesting sites on the trip (the Colosseum was the exception). I cannot understand why someone could not take 5 minutes to clean the outside of the windows so that the water stains and dirt were removed. We weren't offered headsets when we boarded - we had to go back downstairs to ask for them.
Ride and learn in Rome
, Jul 2022
Would recommend - very educational and gives you a good layout of the city. Recommend taking a 2-day tour vs just 1-day. If I had to do it all over again - I would use Day 1 to drive around / listen and learn; Day 2 to hop on/off the bus at the primary stops found to be of key importance or of interest to learn more. Do recommend this event.
The merge of the 2 buses...
, Jul 2022
The merge of the 2 buses right now is not that great. You’re allowed to hop onto the city sightseeing bus but the audio in those don’t work. The big red bus is better
1 traveler found this review helpful
Try it
, Jul 2022
Quite good tour. Just wish that roof would have been shut. There was 37 degrees outside and we were sitting up...
Begin early
, Jul 2022
Loved that there were locations close to the stops to visit and explore. Was bummed that the 24 hour ticket really isn’t 24 hours as the bus stops picking up around 8:00 in the evening.

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