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

 

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At the moment there are no less than five 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 & tickets

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 6 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 9am with the last bus leaving at around 5pm 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

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 3pm and Sundays, bus will go to the Spanish Steps.


Tickets: 24, 48 & 72 hour tickets, plus attraction combos

HoHo Ticket Options: HoHo and attraction combo passes available combining a 48 hour ticket with entrance to the Vatican Museums or the Colosseum or St Peter's.

Child Ticket Agebands: 5-15 years

First Departure: 9am (Termini Station)

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

Frequency: Every 10-20 minutes

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

Other Comments: Free WiFi

 

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

 

Hop On Hop Off Bus plus attraction ticket bundles - save time and 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

 

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



Big Bus Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Big Bus Rome Tour Bus

Route Coverage Over Benchmark Route: Coverage similar to City Sightseeing, with separate weekday & weekend routes. 8 stops

Free Walking Tours: free walking tours led by friendly Big Bus tour guides, who will take you on an exciting, 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.

Tickets: 24, 48 hours, 48 + deluxe (includes Catacombs and Caracalla walking tours), and Classic + Civitavecchia port transfers and walking tours.

Child Ticket Agebands: 5-15 years

First Departure: 9am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 7pm

Frequency: Every 10- 20 minutes

Audio Languages: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic, Russian

Other Comments: Free WiFi


Big Bus Rome Rome Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Tour Bus Tickets
I Love Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

I Love Rome Panoramic Rome Tour Bus

The extensive hop-on hop-off Panoramic route comprises nine stops and encompasses must-see attractions all around Rome. The tour is tape-recorded and individual earphones are at your disposal.

Route Coverage Over Benchmark Route: Very similar to City Sightseeing, 9 stops

HoHo Ticket Options: As well as the classic 24, 48 and 72 hour options there are cheaper options. One option is for 1 lap of the curcuit without getting off the bus (no hop on, hop off), the other is a one calendar day (as opposed to 24 hours) ticket.

Tickets: 24, 48 and 72 hour tickets, 1 calendar day and 1 lap ticket (no hop-on/hop off)

Child Ticket Agebands: 6-12 years

Frequency/ Departures: every 25 minutes from 8:30am to 6:40pm Monday through Thursday; through 8:45pm Friday through Sunday.

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

Other Comments: Free WiFi


I Love Rome Rome Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Tour Bus Tickets
Panoramic Tour Bus Rome Hop On Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Panoramic Tour Bus

A budget offering, the service covers all the main sightseeing icons of Rome with 8 stops.

Tickets: 24 and 48 hour tickets + one calendar day tickets

Child Ticket Agebands: 6-12 years

First Departure: 9am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 6:30pm (Termini Station)

Frequency: Every 10-20 minutes

Audio Languages: English



I Love Rome 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, 72 hour, 1 day and one circuit tickets

Child Ticket Agebands: Under 10 free, no child ticket.

First Departure: 9am (Termini Station)

Last Departure: 6pm (Termini Station)

Frequency: Every 10-15 minutes

Audio Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portugese, Polish and Russian

Other Comments: Free WiFi


Roma Cristiana Rome Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Tour Bus Tickets

 



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