Rome hop-on hop-off tour buses attraction combo tickets

Save money! combine your hoho bus with a major attraction ticket

City Sightseeing Rome hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing bus

City Sightseeing Rome: hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing bus


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Rome's 5 hop-on hop-off bus services

Rome's hop-on hop-off tour (ho ho) sightseeing buses are one of the most popular ways of tourists getting around the main sights of Rome.

Most of the first time tourists to Rome who are attracted to using the sightseeing buses will be visiting Rome's main must see attractions - Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum.

So what this page is all about is the possibility of saving money by combining purchase of your Rome hoho bus tickets with tickets to the major attractions.

Choosing the best hop-on hop-off bus

We have a dedicated page offering a detailed comparison of Rome's hop-on hop-off tour sightseeing buses.

The core hop on, hop off sightseeing bus service of each operator with around 8 to 10 stops at the main attractions are very similar.

In summary some major differences between the operators are:

Big Bus is the most complete operator in terms of what is included in your ticket. Big Bus offers a programme of walking tours daily and a separate service to the south of the city visiting the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, Via Appia Antica and the Baths of Caracalla. We offer our own exclusive 10% discount code in addition to a 10% discount for booking on-line.

Roma Cristiana is operated by an organ of the Vatican - the tour is orientated towards those with a religious interest and is the only operator that goes out to San Giovanni Basilica south of the city centre.

I Love Rome offers a myriad of cheaper ticket options with restrictions. The cheapest option is for 1 lap of the circuit after 3 pm without getting off the bus (no hop-on hop-off), others include a one calendar day (as opposed to 24 hour) ticket and a 5 hour ticket.

If you have a full day to sightsee you can save money by buying a one calendar day ticket rather than a 24-hour ticket available from I Love Rome, Panoramic and Roma Cristiana.

If you have kids it is worth looking at age bands for child fares, the different operators have significant differences in rules for age bands for children.


City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus with attraction tickets combo

City Sightseeing is a major operator of hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours all over the world and you will find them in most Italian tourist centres including Rome.

City Sightseeing make available combo tickets combining a 48-hour ticket with entrance tickets to the Colosseum/Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

City Sightseeing Rome Sightseeing Bus Route Map

City Sightseeing: bus route map (PDF format)

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 (see below)

Ho ho 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 15 minutes

Redeeming your ticket: On boarding first bus. Both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers) accepted. If you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your e-voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

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

Other comments: Free wi-fi

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

Note: New for 2019: 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.

  • 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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