Rome and Vatican sightseeing passes compared

Prices and coverage of transport and sightseeing passes in Rome

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Fast track: with Omnia card you can visit the Vatican Museums

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Overview of sightseeing passes

There is an increasingly complex range of sightseeing passes for Rome. Odds are there is one that fits your sightseeing needs, but which?

Key Point: Most people visiting Rome want to see a mix of Rome's main attractions.

Within Vatican City is the Vatican Museums and St Peter's. In the centre of Rome itself on the other side of the river is the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

Unfortunately the authorities in Vatican City and the City of Rome seem unable to work together and produce a single sightseeing pass that covers attractions in both.

The majority of first-time visitors to Rome end up buying multiple tickets to cover their sightseeing and transport around Rome but many will purchase a pass that that combines several sightseeing components into one money-saving bundle.

Below we give a brief summary of the the one or more components that may make up your ideal sightseeing solution.


Rome public transport pass

Rome has an excellent, if crowded public transport system that is very cheap. 1, 2, 3 and 7 day passes giving you unlimited rides on the buses, metro and some trains and are excellent value for the independent minded traveller.

Rome public transport passes are easily purchased once you are in Rome, but almost unobtainable before you arrive in the city. Some sightseeing pass options include a public transport pass as part of a ticket bundle including entrance tickets to major attractions.

Public transport passes - more details


Open top hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses

Hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing buses are common place in nearly all major cities in the world that attract tourists, and Rome is no exception. At last count there is a bewildering choice of five.

Rome open top hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses - full details

You can of course buy individual tickets for the Rome hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses but some sightseeing passes include tickets for one of the operators in their pass.


Rome Tours & fast track tickets

Some tours and some of the most popular Rome visitor attractions are bundled with sightseeing passes. The queues at the Vatican Museums, St Peter's and the Colosseum in particular can be very long - a fast track ticket is often a welcome relief.


There is no “best” sightseeing pass, all the options have their own market. You just need to ascertain which option or options best fit your sightseeing needs.

The Roma Pass

The Roma Pass is the “official” tourist sightseeing pass for the City of Rome (but not Vatican City) and is offered by the the City of Rome authorities themselves who own or manage most of the sights and museums you will want to see in the City of Rome.

You can get them at the official tourist offices in Rome including at Termini Railway Station, or you can conveniently buy them in advance on-line.

The Roma Pass has 4 main components:

- Free entry to the first 2 visited museums and / or archaeological sites of your choice.

- Concessionary tickets to all other museums and / or archaeological sites visited after

- Free use of the city’s public transport network for 3 days.

- Quite a good Rome city map

There is a 48 hour version that offers the same as the 3 day version, but only allows free entry to the first attraction and 2 days travel on Rome public transport.

The pass covers most of the museums and archaeological sites in and around Rome, over 45 of them. This includes the most popular Colosseum/Roman Forum, Capitoline Miseums and Galleria Borghese choices often used for the free entries under the scheme.

Once you get through your free entries subsequent visits obtain discounts between 15% and 50% on the entrance tickets.

A key aspect is that the Roma Pass doesn't include the Vatican so the Vatican Museums and St Peter's are not included.

From a financial perspective the pass isn't going to save you a heap of money, but you might find the convenience very attractive. As a crude guide, to make the pass break even you will need to make at least 7 public transport journeys for the 3 day pass, using your free entries, but this will of course depend on the mix of attractions you decide to visit.

Of course if you have a heavy programme of sites to visit executed at a brisk space you will make a real saving.

Roma Pass 48 Hour
Roma Pass 3 day

Omnia Card - 3 Day pass hop-on hop-off Rome bus, public transport pass, Roma Pass & Vatican Card

Adult €113, Child (6 to 9 Years Old) €80

The Omnia Card is the most comprehensive sightseeing pass.

When you buy this exclusive travel and sightseeing card, you get access to all Rome’s public transport with a 3 day public transport pass, the Roma Cristiana Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Bus, Roma Pass and Omnia Vatican Card.

The pass is offered through Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP) a branch of the Vicariate of Rome, organ of the Holy See directed by the Cardinal Vicar of the Pope.

This complete solution to your transport and sightseeing needs include:

  • Roma Cristiana hop-on hop-off Sightseeing bus

  • 3 day public transport pass

  • Fast track admission to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with the Omnia Vatican Card

  • Fast track admission to St. Peter’s Basilica with the Omnia Vatican Card

  • The Roma Pass with free entry to two top Rome attractions like the Coliseum, Borghese Gallery, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and Capitoline Museums

  • Discounted entry to more than 30 other Rome attractions with the Roma Pass

Omnia Sightseeing Card For Rome

Rome City Pass - hop-on hop-off Rome bus + fast track entrance tickets to key attractions

The Rome City Pass is aimed at first time visitors to Rome who want to visit the top tier attractions (Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum and Roman Forum) within two days and still have time to experience the rest of Rome.

You get fast track admission tickets to the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum and Roman Forum with audio guide to the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica.

You also get a 1 day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus to get you around Rome in an informed manner.

The Rome City Pass also comes with optional return airport transfers with Terravision, the leading airport bus line for Rome and a 20% discount to other museums and excursions both within Rome and beyond.

  • 1 day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus

  • St Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museum skip-the-line tickets incl. Audio guide

  • Colosseum + Roman Forum skip-the-line ticket

  • 20% discounted entry to other Rome attractions and excursions

  • Optional return Rome airport bus tickets (Terravision)

Rome City Pass For Rome

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