Big Bus Rome hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus

Classic hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus visiting all of Rome's main sights

Big Bus Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Big Bus Rome: Termini is the first pick up


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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.

The service operates year round. Throughout the tour, you can hop-on and hop-off to explore Rome’s many squares, churches, monuments and attractions.

This hop-on hop-off bus is essentially a straight forward solution for the first time visitor to Rome to travel between all the major tourist attractions without wasting time getting up to speed with the local public transport system.

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 24 or 48 hour tickets, with options to add on with the Deluxe ticket, a Catacombs and Caracalla Tour. In addition there is the option of adding to the one day classic ticket, Civitavecchia port transfers. All four tours offer a FREE walking tour.


Big Bus stops and route

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 first tour is at 9am from Termini Station and the last tour departs around 6pm (earlier for the Catacombs loop). Frequencies are broadly every 15 minutes.

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

The Red Tour operates on weekdays (Monday - Friday). This route stops at the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.


The Blue Tour operates on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), holidays and holy days. This route stops at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.


Big Bus free walking tour of Rome

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 on the banner link below).


Big Bus Rome tickets

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

Purchasing your tickets online provides you with the opportunity to save money. Discounts are only available in advance and tickets will be full price if purchased on the day of travel.

24 hour Classic and 48 hour Premium Big Bus tickets

The 24 or 48 validity of your ticket starts when you board the first bus. Note validity is not calendar days but 24 or 48 hours from this validation time.

If you purchase a fixed date ticket online (this is the cheapest ticket) you must travel on the date selected.

If you purchase an open date ticket, you can travel on any day. You are welcome to buy your ticket on the day if that is your preference, but please note, discounts online are not available on same day purchases.

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.


48 hour Deluxe ticket - addition of Catacombs line - exclusive to Big Bus Rome!

Takes you to the Catacombs and the Appian way. This route shares 3 stops with red and blue routes plus gives you the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off at your leisure along one of the most important avenues of the Roman Empire.

For online tickets following your transaction, you will receive a confirmation email. Just print your ticket and present it to a member of Big Bus staff at any one of the hop-on, hop-off stops before you start your tour.

If you have access to a smartphone with internet access, then you will have the option to have your tickets sent to your mobile.


Big Bus Rome Rome Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Tour Bus Tickets

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)

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