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

Roma, Italy
Big Bus Rome Hop on Hop off Tour

From US$32.14

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 the 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour 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

What's Included

  • 24, 48 or 72 hours Hop-on Hop-off tickets
  • Ticket valid for 3 different sightseeing buses on red and yellow lines
  • Multilingual audio commentary on board
  • Free Wi-Fi on Board
  • Free digital, self-guided tours
  • Admissions to sights along the route

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

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.
Route 1

8 Stops

24 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Operating Schedule: Hours of operation are 9:00am – 6.30pm Daily, every 13-20 minutes. Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app for live-bus tracking and the most up to date stop locations and timings. Customers can redeem the electronic voucher with any Big Bus representatives prior to boarding at any stop. Recommended stop to board the bus: Stop 1 - Termini Railway Station (Piazza de Cinquecento)

Big Bus Tours Rome

Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore


Circus Maximus

Piazza Venezia

Castel Sant'Angelo

Spanish Steps


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

Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore


Circus Maximus

Roman Forum

Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori

Vatican Museums

Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica

Spanish Steps

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

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


1,573 reviews
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Not as convenient to sites as in other cities I've used it in.
Judsona_R, Sept 2023
It is really a hop on, once you find the stop, then hop off and walk a great distance to the attraction. Too far from stop to attractions. Took an Uber! Only used once on a 72 hour ticket.
Everyone hop on
Stephen_R, Sept 2023
Could do with a couple of extra stops but apart from that very good,staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Ok tour for first timerd
Chris_W, Sept 2023
The guided tour needs to state the next stop n the number corresponding to which stop. It wasn’t clear. Aldo wait times were longer than the average 9 minute pickup. We waited at least 39 minutes! Put more buses in during fmhigh season.
Lovely time!!
Patty_B, Sept 2023
Loved the view Bottom VERY HOT!! Really appreciated your employee taking time to answer our questions Would ride again!
Rome Service is poor vs London service
Julie_J, Sept 2023
We got to see some piazzas and city gates that were not easy to access on foot. The service is awful. They spend too much time wasted at bust stops and drivers rest stops. The quality and depth of information is poor. Lots of wasted time playing music instead of telling interesting facts about Rome.
Enjoyable trip. Shame the cover over top deck wasn't removed, as it wasn't actually an open top bus..
Eileen_M, Sept 2023
Views were fantastic, will definitely be back ... Rome is an amazing City...but the traffic is horrendous..
More narration required
Mark_B, Sept 2023
Narration is inadequate. Very little information. Only some comments on. Major attractions. Was not offered ear buds. Found some after awhile. Only 8 stops
Big Bus
Ward_M, Sept 2023
Got a chance to see many sites in Rome. Driver waited too long between stops but otherwise good time
It is better than renting a car.
Richard_D, Sept 2023
Rome can be hard to get around by foot on the heat. Line to get on can be long but they move along. A good way to see the city.
Great taxi .
Steven_H, Sept 2023
Terrific value , stopping at all the best places to visit in Rome . Headphones supplied to hear all about the area where we drove through . Just get on and off as many times as you want . Air conditioned down stairs , keeping cool as we went along . Never get lost and convenient .
Ingrid_R, Sept 2023
Bus stops provided easy access to all important parts of the city. Staff were friendly and well organized
Regina_H, Sept 2023
Relaxing way to see Rome ancient city and all around it. I suggest first time travelers take this tour first.
Thumbs Up
Regina_G, Sept 2023
Every bus we took was awesome.. convenient and ALL drivers & guides were friendly and helpful answering all questions. Would definitely recommend!
Tracy_F, Sept 2023
Couldn't get close or see a lot of the sights ,buses crowded & staff didn't know where the stops were
Easy to tour Rome!
Renato_P, Sept 2023
Easy way to see all of Rome’s attractions! And the different tour bus companies agreed to board each other’s passengers!
I did the Big Bus tour in...
Robin_O, Sept 2023
I did the Big Bus tour in Paris and it was wonderful so I immediately booked this one. Not quite as enjoyable, unfortunately. The information provided as to the location of the stops to BEGIN our tour was completely not helpful. As a result we walked literally hours trying to locate it. We were exhausted by the time we did and hoped to just relax on the bus and see the sights. Unfortunately, many of the 'attractions' could not be viewed from the bus or at the locations of the stops. In fact, several required a significant amount of walking just to see the sights from the stops. In addition, one of the stops was in an area that was .....a bit scary....and we were accosted by an individual who would not accept a no when he tried to sell my husband something. While the city of Rome may have incredible sights and history, this tour did not favorably reflect that. I would recommend restructuring your bus stops or at least the info provided as to their location for future customers.
Rome bus tour ...
Simone_M, Sept 2023
Rome bus tour Worth doing the tour to give you a taster of all the sights of Rome. Although we were not told that we had to have war plugs so we could listen to the audio information, so ember to ask for some before boarding.
Good value
Dawn_T, Sept 2023
The trip was good value for money and showed us good view of Rome. Be aware if booking night time your, to book slot, and arrive early to choose seats. Only downside was aggressive and unprofessional staff. This occurred twice during night tour of 06/09/23. First attendant arguing with women trying to enter bus without booking, and it became aggressive from both sides, then the driver begun verbally abusing passenger whilst driving.
Not happy
Eve_H, Sept 2023
Too slow moving did not include enough time to get off for Colosseum. Did not go past the famous Fountain etc.
Good way to see the city
Lisa_O, Sept 2023
Easy to hop on and off and various stops at best attractions. Easy to navigate and audio tour on way with headphones supplied.

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