Rome Open Top Hop On Hop Off Tour Buses

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Rome Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses Waiting At The Vatican

Rome Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses

At the moment there are no less than six hop on, hop off tour (HOHO) sightseeing buses operating daily throughout the year in Rome.


All of Rome's HOHO buses offer a very similar product in terms of coverage and vehicles used and perhaps as a result there is a lot of competitive marketing activity. No doubt you will be approached by a tout in the street, especially around places like Termini Station and the Vatican.


The last thing you want to be is hustled into a hop on hop off tour by a tout that loiters around the main pick up points or purchase the tour from your hotel or agent pushing the tour paying most commission.


This page attempts to explain the basics so the Rome Hop on Hop Off tour you choose is an informed choice.

If hop-on, hop off buses are an attractive way for you to get around the sites in Rome, you may also be interested in combined tickets that bundle hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses with public transport passes.

Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses & Ticketing

All the operators use very similar double deck open top buses. Each passenger will get a disposable audio device for commentary along the way with a choice of at minimum 8 languages.

The main stops are at Termini Station and the Vatican, in terms of where the routes start and finish and where most staff are located with some companies having offices. Most buses have their first bus departing Termini around 09:00 with the last bus leaving at around 17:00 or soon after, later in the summer months.


On Sundays there are often road closures that may affect routes and availability of stops to all operators.

Most operators will sell you a ticket of 24,48 or 72 hours duration from the time you start.


If you have kids its worth looking at age bands for child fares, the different operators have significant differences in rules for age bands for children.

Some operators offer a heavily discounted ticket where you cannot do the hopping on and off, you just stay on the bus for one lap of the route.


All of the companies employ touts who will approach you in the street promoting one of the companies. Frustratingly they make out they only have one copy of the brochure, they don't want you to leave them to study the proposition in your own time.

City Sightseeing Our Benchmark Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

City Sightseeing Rome Sightseeing Bus Route Map

City Sightseeing Bus Route Map (PDF Format)

We use City Sightseeing as the benchmark route we compare its competitors with.


Tour Route

1. Via Marsala (Termini station)

2. Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica)

3. Colosseo (Colosseum and Ancient Rome)

4. Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus)

5. Piazza Venezia (Capitoline Museums, Pantheon)

6. Vaticano (Vatican City)

7. Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)

8. Piazza Barberini (for Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese) *

* On Saturday afternoons after 3 p.m. and Sundays bus will go to the Spanish Steps


Tickets: 24.48 and 72 hour tickets, plus attraction combo's

Child Ticket Agebands: 5-15 years

First Departure: 9 am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 5 pm (Termini Station) 7 p.m. April to October

Frequency: Every 10-20 minutes

Audio Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese


City Sightseeing Rome Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Tour Bus Tickets

The Roma Cristiana Tour Bus

Roma Cristiana Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

The Roma Cristiana Tour is the most “different” of the main operators. Roma Cristiana is part of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP), a branch of the Vicariate of Rome, an organ of the Holy See, directly overseen by the Cardinal Vicar to the Pope.

Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi offer a range of specialist tours for pilgrims and reflecting their ownership focus on the needs of the pilgrim.

Roma Cristiana Bus - Full Details


Route Coverage Over Benchmark Route: Roma Cristiana is the only operator that goes out to San Giovanni Basilica.

Tickets: 24.48 and one circuit tickets

Child Ticket Agebands: Under 10 free

First Departure: 9 am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 5 pm (Termini Station)

Frequency: Every 10-15 minutes

Audio Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese


City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Open Tour Bus

Route Coverage Over Benchmark Route: Very similar to City Sightseeing

Tickets: 24.48 and 72 hour tickets

Child Ticket Agebands: 5-15 years

First Departure: 9 am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 5 pm (Termini Station) 7 p.m. April to October

Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes

Audio Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese


Green Line Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

The Green Line Tour Bus

Route Coverage Over Benchmark Route: Very similar to City Sightseeing

Tickets: 24.48 and 72 hour tickets + one circuit tickets

Child Ticket Agebands: 6-12 years

First Departure: 9 am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 5 pm (Termini Station) 7 p.m. April to October

Frequency: Every 15 minutes

Audio Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese


City Roma Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

The City Roma Tour Bus

Route Coverage Over Benchmark Route: Very similar to City Sightseeing, doesn't visit Termini Station but does visit Villa Borghese

Tickets: 24.48 and 72 hour tickets

Child Ticket Agebands: ?

First Departure: 9 am (Near Termini Station)

Last Departure: 5 pm (Near Termini Station) 7 p.m. April to October

Frequency: Every 30 minutes

Audio Languages: Italian, English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portugese, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Hindi and Japanese


City Roma Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Panoramic Rome Tour Bus

Route Coverage Over Benchmark Route: Very similar to City Sightseeing

Tickets: 24.48 and 72 hour tickets

Child Ticket Agebands: 5-12 years

First Departure: 9 am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 5 pm (Termini Station) 7 p.m. April to October

Frequency: Every 30 minutes

Audio Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic and Dutch.


Hop On Hop Off Bus & Attraction Tickets Bundles - Save Time & Money

For nearly all first time visitors to Rome, St Peter's, the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are must visit places on their itinerary.


You can purchase all in one tickets for the following combinations:

- 48 hour Hop On, Hop Off Bus + audio guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica

- 48 hour Hop On, Hop Off Bus + skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum and entrance to the Roman Forum

- 48 hour Hop On, Hop Off Bus + Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

- 48 hour Hop On, Hop Off Bus + tickets for all 3, Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum and Colosseum

Hop On Hop Off Bus & Attraction Tickets Bundles - More Details & Purchase


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