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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 ho-ho bus tickets with tickets to the major attractions.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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, the Colosseum, St Peter's, or all three.
Child ticket age-bands: 5-15 years
First departure: 9am (Termini Station)
Last departure: 7pm April to September, 5pm October to March. In the summer months there is a later departure of 10pm from terminal B.
Frequency: Every 15 minutes
Audio languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese
Other comments: Free Wi-Fi
• Free Wi-Fi onboard bus • 1-day, 24, 47, or 72-hour tickets • Onboard audio guide in 8 different languages • Mobile free app • Official St. Peter's Basilica audio-guide lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes
• Free Wi-Fi onboard bus • 48-ticket with Vatican Museums, St. Peter's, Colosseum or all 3 • Onboard audio guide in 8 different languages • Mobile free app
The Rome Tourist 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.
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.
Since 2019 timeslot entries have been 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
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 €27|
|Vatican Museums fast track tickets + audio guide||From €36|
|Vatican Museums fast track tickets + early entrance||From €60|
|Vatican Museums fast track access with optional lunch||From €66|
|Vatican Museums private tours with fast track access||Prices vary on numbers|
|St Peter's Basilica tours & fast track tickets|
|St Peter's Basilica fast-track with audio guide||From €25|
|St Peter's Basilica guided tour||From €27.50|
|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 €50|
|Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 2||From €50|
|Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s||From €76|
|Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens & St Peter’s guided tour with breakfast||From €139|
|Vatican gardens tours|
|Vatican gardens walking tour||From €50|
|Vatican Gardens bus tour||From €85|
|Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill|
|Colosseum & Roman Forum fast track tickets||From €26|
|Colosseum & Roman Forum special access Belvedere, Arena & Underground||From €101|
|Walking tours (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi...)|
|Colosseum & Roman Forum walking tour||From €54|
|Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona||From €61|
|Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi, Navona||From €40|
|Villa Borghese Gallery|
|Villa Borghese fast track tickets||From €25|
|Villa Borghese fast track tickets + guided tour||From €44|
|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 tours of Rome||From €66|
|Private tours of Rome|
|Flexible customised private tours of Rome by car|
|Private sightseeing tour of Rome by golf cart|