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Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

Roma, Italy

From $29.46

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a comprehensive view of Rome's highlights and landmarks during this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Disembark at any of the eight stops to see iconic landmarks such as the Vatican City, Circus Maximus, the Pantheon, or the Colosseum. While on board the bus, listen to recorded commentary in nine languages that details the history, architecture, culture, and traditions of the Eternal City. Choose from a Classic, Premium, or Deluxe ticket, with a VOX digital walking tour included with each option.
  • Recorded audio commentary in nine languages, headphones included
  • Eight stops at landmarks such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican City, and the Trevi Fountain
  • Tickets available for 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour time periods
  • A VOX digital walking tour is included with all ticket options

What's Included

  • Recorded commentary in 9 languages: English, Italian Spanish, French, German, Chinese Mandarin,
  • 24 - 72 Hour Hop on Hop off tickets
  • VOX Digital Walking Tours included with all tickets
  • Free Wi-Fi on Board
  • Admissions to sights along the route

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

Board the bus for your hop-on, hop-off tour at any of the stops along the route. Exchange your voucher for a ticket that is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on your schedule and preferences.

Disembark at any point to explore areas that interest you. Spend as much time as you like at any one stop, or skip those that don't interest you. Climb down to explore Vatican City and learn about the history of the Catholic Church or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, which legend has it ensures you return to Rome. Sit on the Spanish Steps and sample a local gelato or explore the Pantheon. Disembark to learn about the times of Roman gladiators in the Colosseum or stroll through the ancient Roman Forum. 

While on the bus, listen to recorded audio commentary in nine languages through the provided headphones. The recorded narrative gives a comprehensive history of Rome and details its current role as a thriving Italian metropolis. 

Each ticket option includes a VOX digital walking tour. Please see Itinerary section for a full list of stops.
Route 1

8 Stops

14 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Operating Schedule: Hours of operation are 9:00am – 18:40pm Daily, every 13-20 minutes. Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app for live-bus tracking and the most up to date stop locations and timings.

Big Bus Tours Rome

Stop 1 - Termini Railway Station

Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

Stop 2 - Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore


Stop 3 - Colosseum

Circus Maximus

Stop 4 - Circus Maximus

Piazza Venezia

Stop 5 - Piazza Venezia

Castel Sant'Angelo

Stop 6 - Vatican / Castel Sant’Angelo

Spanish Steps

Stop 7 - Spanish Steps


Stop 8 - Barberini

Points of interest passed by on this route

Trevi Fountain

Piazza Venezia

Vatican Museums


Piazza Barberini

Big Bus Tours

Campo de' Fiori

Piazza Navona

Vatican City

National Roman Museum - The Baths of Diocletian

Piazza del Campidoglio

Piazza Venezia / Ancient City

St. Peter's Basilica

Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Easy to use, regular timetables, good, clear guided talk on the bus - don't forget your headphones!
It's great you can get off and explore on your own and then get back on to continue your tour.
1,182 reviews
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Worth the money
Ruth_E, Feb 2023
Brilliant tour, lots to see and a great way to see the city. Lots of options how to pick up the tour as well as the ticket working on other bus companies apart from the Big Bus Company.
Nice Trip
Robert_C, Feb 2023
Very friendly staff, good driver and nice round in Rome. Good quality of audio system and nice stories about Rome.
The bus stops were not...
Kathleen_A, Jan 2023
The bus stops were not easy to find, with just a picture.... so much so that we almost gave up but then finally found it. Most of the stops were some distance from the actual attraction that you wanted to see. I was disappointed as I thought this would be the perfect way to see the city but feel if you stayed on the bus you would miss out on seeing some of the sights.
Loved it!
Sandra_L, Jan 2023
Best way to see Rome! I've gone on the Hop-on Hop-off bus in many cities in Europe and every one has been awesome!
Must-Do in Rome!
Jenny_C, Jan 2023
On a whim, we booked this on the VIator app and it was super easy and seamless. The tour was interesting and stopped close enough to key landmarks to make it easy to see a lot! Rome is definitely a walking city, but having this tour and getting us to places easily made our feet just that much happier! A great way to see the sights from the comfort of an open top bus with great commentary.
It's still a bus...
Terris_C, Jan 2023
Not bad, just typical Ho/Ho. Note that we were told that we had to hop back on where ever we had last hopped off... bought 72 hour pass with plan based on past experience to use it a little differently, so that was disappointing. Stop locations were OK.
Great way to initially see a city
Michelle_P, Dec 2022
The hop on, hop off bus is a great first day activity. It is affordable and gives an overview of the city. Buses are clean and run fairly often. Audio is helpful. It was well worth leaving the driving in Rome to the experts!
Rome Big Bus
John_R, Dec 2022
Good way to learn the highlights of Rome. Representatives were friendly and professional. Bus was clean and the audio narrative was clear.
Rome Italy
Kathryn_H, Dec 2022
First, we got lucky and had front row seats upper level…fabulous views for the entire 2 hour tour with headphones set on ENGLISH!! Next day, we rode to the Colliseum for a Skip the Line Tour. Tomorrow the Vatican Tour.
Good bus service in Rome...
Navdeep_S, Dec 2022
Good bus service in Rome center of town. Recommend using this bus to see the major attractions in the city center
Great tour
Victor_L, Dec 2022
Excellent route comprehensive of all major landmarks. We loved the information of each important place we drove by.
We only used the bus one...
Greg_B, Dec 2022
We only used the bus one time. The stops weren't very close to our hotels and it was better to just walk. We did ride it once all around and got an overview of the city.
Disappointed - took too long to get moving
allan_c, Nov 2022
Would only recommend a one day HOHO tour of Rome as everything is really close together. Caught the 9:30am bus from No.1 but was quite fed up by the time we got to stop No. 4 or so because the bus would stay put while tickets were validated/purchased by others. Would be better if the bus carried on while they sorted out everyone’s tickets. Eventually got off at Colosseum as could not handle it any more. Never got back on again even though bought 2 day tickets.
Love the Hop-on, Hop-off buses. Great way to see the city.
NANCY_F, Nov 2022
Loved doing Rome at night. Also, being able to change our tickets from Saturday to Friday right at the bus. Thank you.
Was perfect
Bonnie_J, Nov 2022
The bus was perfect! We had a tight schedule and was on time for each tour thanks to the bus. The staff were friendly and helpful
the only thing that we...
CHRIS_C, Nov 2022
the only thing that we had trouble with was that Rome was so crowed when we were there you had to wait 2-3 buses to get back on and traffic made the trips too long to get around
Experience is awesome
KolawoleTope_A, Nov 2022
I enjoy my trip … I would like to share my experiences with friend and family … when next they are coming to Italy for vacation
Great service and on time buses.
Robert_R, Nov 2022
Great stops for the sights. Buses were very clear. The personnel at stops were very helpful, answered our questions and gave us advice for places to see.
No set schedule
Mary_S, Nov 2022
We thought it was a great idea, until we were told a time for the first bus on Thursday, and it was not at the stop, we had to take a cab, difficulty in finding, to make our scheduled tour of the Vatican. Totally, unacceptable!!
Not worth it
Jena_S, Nov 2022
Too costly for what you get. The driver and guide socialized at every stop while we waited for them to return to their duties. Would not do it again.