Rome Open Top Hop On Hop Off Tour Buses

Make An Informed Choice - 7 Lines Compared


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 seven hop on, hop off tour (HOHO) sightseeing buses operating daily in Rome.

Six of the seven HOHO buses offer a very similar product and perhaps as a result there is a lot of competitive marketing activity. No doubt you will be approached by a tout, especially around places like Termini station.


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. Most buses have their first bus departing Termini at 08:30 or 09:00 with the last bus leaving at 18:00 or soon after finishing around 20:00.


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 or 48 hours duration from the time you start. Ciao Roma sell tickets based on calendar days.


City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

City Sightseeing
Rome Sightseeing Bus

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.


In addition to the 24 hour and 48 hour hop on, hop off ticket there is also a panoramic tour of Rome ticket that takes you on one full lap of the tour watching the Eternal City unfold before your eyes with commentary without getting off.


The service runs everyday, including Sundays and holidays. Buses broadly run between about 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses & Comparative Routes Around Rome

City Sightseeing Rome Sightseeing Bus Route Map

City Sightseeing Bus Route Map (PDF Format)

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. Most buses have their first bus departing Termini at 08:30 or 09:00 with the last bus leaving at 18:00 or soon after finishing around 20:00.


Apart from the Archeobus, all the rival HOHO operators operate a very similar core route around the main Rome sights. Only the Ciao Roma buses do not start their journeys at or visit Termini Station the main transport hub for the city of Rome.

The main difference in route for operators covers the northern eastern part of the city. After leaving the Vatican the buses differ slightly on how they get over to the Spanish Steps area. It only really matters if the Villa Borghese is a must see stop for you, not all operators stop near here.

The streets around main attractions in the ancient city area are far too narrow for the sightseeing buses, so for the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon there is a short walk from the nearest bus stop.

City Sightseeing - Our Benchmark Operator

For the sake of comparison, we are using City Sightseeing as our benchmark operator.

Bus frequencies are about every 20 minutes with stops at 16 points covering all the major attractions in Central Rome.

24.58 and 72 hour tickets are available.


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

Our Bench Mark Route Map - City Sightseeing

All the main hop on, hop off sightseeing bus operators offer a very similar circuit with minor differences.

The main starting point is Termini Station the main transport hub. All operators of course visit the mainstays, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Vatican etc.

The biggest difference between the lines are the part of their routes in the north eastern parts of the city, the ancient city centre. The main draws here, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are not directly accessible by large touring buses, there are just a few roads in the ancient city centre that can carry the large tour buses. As a result you will have to some degree do some walking in this area, how far differs between operator.

The Roma Cristiana Tour Bus

Roma Cristiana Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Roma Cristiana
Rome Sightseeing Bus

The Roma Cristiana Tour is the most “different” of the main operators. Roma Cristiana is part of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, 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 the Roma Cristiana Tour is the most “commercial” service offered.

The big bonus is that Roma Cristiana goes out to San Giovanni Basilica.


Child prices are 10 to 18 years old and children under 10 travel free

24 hour and 48 hour tickets available as are panoramic tickets (cut price tickets where you do one lap of the tour without getting off). There are also bundles with public transport and sightseeing passes available.

Roma Cristiana Bus - More Details

Open Tour Bus

City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

City Sightseeing
Rome Sightseeing Bus

The Open Tour offers a single route running about every 20 minutes with 10 stops.

Line A is very close to the Open Tour route, but at every 30 minutes is much less frequent. This route is about as good as it gets for the ancient city area, very close to the Trevi Fountain and about 5-10 minutes walk from the Spanish steps. It doesn't go out to Villa Borghese except on Sunday so if you want the Borghese Gallery its a 15 minute walk from Barberini most days.

Open Tour also offers a bus/boat combo ticket with the Rome river cruise. The cruise is called a hop-on, hop off boat which doesn't really


Child prices are 5 to 12 years old.

24 hour and 48 hour tickets available broadly comparable in price to Roma Cristiana and City Sightseeing offering.


The Green Line Tour Bus

Green Line Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Green Line
Rome Sightseeing Bus

The Green Line Tour offers a single route of 10 stops very similar to Open Tour. The Green Line bus however ventures briefly through the Villa Borghese and the Via Venetto at the weekend at the expense of its weekday stop close to the Trevi Fountain.


Child prices are 6 to 12 years old, those 5 and under free.

24, 48 and 72 hour tickets are available broadly comparable in price to Roma Cristiana and Open Tour and frequencies are stated as every 20 minutes.

There is also a cheap Panorama tour which is one lap on the bus without getting off the bus.


The Ciao Roma Tour Bus

Ciao Roma Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Ciao Roma
Rome Sightseeing Bus

The Ciao Roma Tour offers a route of 12 stops very similar to Open Tour but adopts the same ploy as Green Line in that at the weekend the route ventures briefly through the Villa Borghese and the Via Venetto at the expense of its weekday stop close to the Trevi Fountain.


Child prices are 6 to 12 years old, those 5 and under free.

24, 48 and 72 hour tickets are available broadly comparable in price to Roma Cristiana and Open Tour and frequencies are stated as every 30 minutes.

There is also the cheap tour offered by some others which is one lap on the bus without getting off the bus.

About the only unique feature of Ciao Roma is that the audio commentary supports 13 languages, not the normal 8. Only of consequence if you require Korean, Hindi, Arab or Dutch commentary.


110 Open Tour Bus

110 Open Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

110 Open
Rome Sightseeing Bus

The 110 Open Tour offers a route of 10 stops very similar to Open Tour , its about as “bog standard” or “me too” as they come. Frequencies are quite poor comparatively though to competitors, at best every 30 minutes.


Child prices are 6 to 12 years old, those 5 and under free.

24, 48 and 72 hour tickets are available broadly comparable in price to Roma Cristiana and Open Tour and frequencies are stated as every 30 minutes.

There is also the cheap tour offered by some others which is one lap on the bus without getting off the bus.


The unique selling point though of 110 Open is that the company also operates the Archeobus, below. You can purchase a combined ticket that covers both 110 Open and Archeobus.


Archeobus Tour Bus

110 Open Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Archeobus
Rome Sightseeing Bus

Archeobus is completely different to the other six hop on, hop off open top tour buses here. Apart from being a single decker bus, not double deck like all the rest, Archeobus is as its name suggests, dedicated to the archeological remains of the Roman Empire. In the centre of Rome after leaving Termini Station the route does little more than visit the Roman Forum, Colosseum and Piazza Venezia before heading south out of Rome via the Circo Massimo and Baths of Caracalla to the Appian way. the Via Appia Antica and Catacombs of San Callisto.


Archeobus is run by the same company as the 110 bus above and you can buy combined tickets as well as tickets for individual tours. Child prices are 6 to 12 years old, those 5 and under free.

24, 48 and 72 hour tickets are available, frequencies are stated as every 30 minutes.


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