Big Bus Rome hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus

Classic hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus visiting all of Rome's main sights - with 10% discount

Big Bus Sightseeing Rome hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing bus with 10% discount
Big Bus Rome is a major competitor with City Sightseeing in Rome

The Big Bus sightseeing tour bus of Rome will stop at all the major attractions in Rome including the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Vatican, Spanish Steps/ Trevi Fountain and more.

Big Bus offer a very similar service to its main competitors in Rome, such as City Sightseeing. They all offer the classic double deck open top sightseeing bus on a hop on, hop off basis.

However, Big Bus does have a few stand out features that its main rival does not offer. See below for more details.

In addition to the online discounts you automatically get against the standard walk-up price, we also offer a further 10% discount by clicking our link below.

Big Bus Rome tickets

Big Bus Rome tour
Big Bus Rome tour bus
Big Bus Rome tour exclusive 10% discount code
Big Bus Rome exclusive 10% discount code

You can purchase tickets directly from the website or from a member of the Big Bus street sales team.

1, 2 or 3-day Big Bus tickets

The validity of your ticket starts when you board the first bus.

The Purple Tour - Catacombs line Big Bus service is not included in the one day ticket.

The Panoramic Night Tour is included with the 3-day ticket.

10% discount by ordering in advance on-line

Purchasing your tickets online provides you with the opportunity to save money over buying on the day before boarding the bus.

Enjoy a further 10% discount by using our exclusive on-line discount code

Purchasing your tickets online through this web site enables you to obtain a further 10% discount using the discount code displayed.

Use your tickets any day within 6 months

When you purchase your on-line ticket you can travel on any day within 6 months of purchase.

How do I redeem my ticket?

Show your printed ticket to a member of staff at any stops on boarding your first bus. You'll be issued with a receipt that you'll be able to use to hop on the bus throughout the validity of your ticket.

If you requested to have your tickets sent via SMS, there is no need to print your tickets. Just bring your phone with you with the ticket page open to show it to one of our on street staff who will issue you with your ticket.

Child and family ticket concessions

A child ticket is available for children between the ages of 5-15. Children under 5 may travel free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

A family ticket is available covering up to two adults and two children. There is no seniors concession.

Big Bus Rome


big bus rome
Hop-on Hop-off bus covering Appian Way

• Choice of 3 different fares • Free walking tours • Free Wi-Fi • Audio commentary in 9 languages • 10% online discount

Big Bus stand out features

Catacombs and Caracalla circuit - Purple Route - with Big Bus in Rome
Catacombs and Caracalla circuit included with Big Bus

In several ways Big Bus offer the most complete Rome hop-on, hop off service. Beyond the classic bus service around the main sights of Rome, Big Bus Rome offers:

Free walking tours - Several free walking tours are led by friendly Big Bus tour guides covering some of the city's most famous landmarks.

These walks are exclusively reserved for Big Bus Tours Rome guests.

Catacombs & Caracalla circuit - Separate service included in tickets venturing outside the city centre. Main stops outside the city being the Catacombs & Church of San Sebastiano, Via Appia Antica and the Baths of Caracalla.

The Catacombs & Caracalla circuit service is not included in the one day ticket.

The Big Bus service operates year round.

You also get an informative and friendly audio guide (in 9 different languages) providing background to what you are witnessing.

You have the choice of 1, 2 or 3-day tickets.

Big Bus stops and route

Big Bus Rome sightseeing bus route map 2019
Big Bus Rome sightseeing bus route map 2024

If you stayed on the bus a full tour takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, an excellent strategy to get orientated and a good overview of Rome, perhaps revisiting in your own mind the itinerary you had in mind.

Like all the hop-on hop-off sightseeing services the main starting point for all tours is Termini Station, the main public transport hub for the centre of Rome. However, you may board buses and start your tour at any of the hop-on hop-off stops.

Bus stops are conveniently located near all popular landmarks and attractions, so you are able to hop-on and off as you please.

The Big Bus service operates daily and the tour starts from Termini Station, although you can board or start your tour at any stop.

Big Bus operates two slightly different tour routes that operate at different times of the week.

The Red Tour operates on weekdays (Monday - Friday). This route drives through the ancient city and stops at the Trevi Fountain on the way to the Spanish Steps from the Vatican.

The Blue Tour operates on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), holidays and holy days. This route after leaving the Vatican goes around the ancient city through the Villa Borghese to the Spanish Steps stop. The Trevi Fountain is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Spanish Steps stop.

Big Bus free walking tour of Rome

Free walking tour seeing sights such as St Peter's Basilica with Big Bus in Rome
English language walking tours included with Big Bus

Free daily walking tours are led by friendly Big Bus tour guides, who will take you on an informative walking tour that visits some of the city's most famous landmarks.

These walks are exclusively reserved for Big Bus Tours Rome guests and are included free with your Big Bus Tours ticket.

Several different walking tours covering different parts of Rome depart on a daily basis, (for full details click through to the Big Bus website).

Rome Tourist card: fast track entrances to Vatican Museums, Colosseum & St Peter's

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

Included is a guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica, plus fast track entry tickets to the Colosseum and Roman Forum and the Vatican Museums with audio guides.

Timeslot entries are now in place at the Colosseum in Rome. You are required to select your timeslot in advance. You will receive a confirmation email upon booking and and on your voucher you can read how to reserve your timeslot. Although you can do this at the Colosseum Ticket Office, it is sensible to do this online in advance because otherwise there is no way of securing your preferred date and time.

Also included is a comprehensive Rome City audioguide app including 130+ points of interests in the city with high-quality visuals, descriptions and audio commentaries by local experts, and offline, interactive digital maps and navigation.

  • Guided tour of St Peter's Basilica

  • Vatican Museum skip-the-line tickets inc. audio guide

  • Colosseum + Roman Forum skip-the-line ticket

  • Rome City Audioguide app including offline interactive digital maps



Rome Tourist Pass for Colosseum, Vatican and St Peters Basilica

With the Rome Tourist Card you get tickets for three of Rome's biggest attractions plus some extra bonus discounts.

You will still need to book your entry times in advance and plan your days carefully, but if you are going to visit all three then it can save you money on buying equivalent tickets individually.


Vatican Museums tours & fast track tickets
Vatican Museums fast track tickets From €35
Reserved entrance and guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel From €62
Vatican Museums fast track tickets + early entrance From €92
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip the Line Tour From €72
Vatican Museums private tours with fast track access Prices vary on numbers
St Peter's Basilica tours & fast track tickets
St Peter's Basilica Entry Ticket & Guided Tour From €25
St. Peter's Basilica Dome, Basilica & Underground Grottoes Guided Tour From €43
St Peter's Basilica guided tour with access to cupola (Dome) From €44
St Peter's & Vatican Museums combined tours
Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 1 From €72
Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 2 From €72
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s From €84
Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens & St Peter’s guided tour with breakfast From €115
Vatican gardens tours
Vatican gardens walking tour From €50
Vatican Gardens bus tour From €96
Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Colosseum & Roman Forum fast track tickets From €29
Colosseum & Roman Forum special access Belvedere, Arena & Underground From €101
Walking tours (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi...)
Colosseum & Roman Forum walking tour From €57
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona From €61
Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain From €29
Villa Borghese Gallery
Villa Borghese fast track tickets From €25
Villa Borghese fast track tickets + guided tour From €69
Villa Borghese fast track tickets + Gardens + guided tour From €59
Other popular City of Rome tours
Best of Rome by bike From €55
Roman Gladiator lesson From €91
Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel   From €152
Private tours of Rome
Flexible customised private tours of Rome by car  
Private sightseeing tour of Rome by golf cart  

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