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

Roma, Italy
Big Bus Rome Hop on Hop off Tour

From $32.50

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 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 the 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour 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

  • 24, 48 or 72 hours Hop-on Hop-off tickets
  • Ticket valid for 3 different sightseeing buses on red and yellow lines
  • Multilingual audio commentary on board
  • Free Wi-Fi on Board
  • Free digital, self-guided tours
  • Admissions to sights along the route

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

Opening hours

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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

22 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Operating Schedule: Hours of operation are 9:00am – 6.30pm 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. Customers can redeem the electronic voucher with any Big Bus representatives prior to boarding at any stop. Recommended stop to board the bus: Stop 1 - Termini Railway Station (Piazza de Cinquecento)

Big Bus Tours Rome

Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore


Circus Maximus

Piazza Venezia

Castel Sant'Angelo

Spanish Steps


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

Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Circus Maximus

Roman Forum

Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori

Vatican Museums

Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica

Spanish Steps

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.


1,683 reviews
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Rashida_L, Dec 2023
The men that worked for big bus hop on hop off in vest were easily identified and very patient and helpful. I will do the tour again.
Bravo to the ticketing agents at the termini in Rome.
Ann_E, Dec 2023
Since I purchased all the tickets on line, I made copies for each of the 6 people because I refused to pick up my cell phone during my vaction time in Europe. I distributed the vouchers at the hotel in Rome with each person free to go wandering in different directions. When I got to the #1 stop at the termini, the agent said all (6) had to be present....however, he worked with us and got what we needed. All had a great time doing their own things at their own pace. Wonderful! Give this guy a raise for remembering us and our family.
Buses were way too crowded.
Wolfgang_E, Dec 2023
Buses were way too crowded. At times we were unable to get onto bus and had to wait another 15 minutes. Many of the headset connections didn't work right either.
Great value for money and worth experiencing
michelle_c, Nov 2023
I found it hard to locate the stops at first as Rome is really compact but finally managed to locate the stop by the Spanish steps and redeemed my ticket, the staff were really friendly and helpful. I didn't use this as much as I thought I would but taking the bus at nighttime as a fab way to see Rome and highly recommended! the views were great and you got to see a lot more then you would by foot.
Good deal.
Chutharatana_P, Nov 2023
I bought 48hours deal and it’s worth the price. We can take others buses too so we didn’t have to wait long.
Cheaper & better than a taxi
Kimberly_W, Nov 2023
The easiest way to see Rome. Enjoyed that you could hop off and enjoy sights and catch the bus again to the next place of interest. Definitely cheaper than a taxi.
Ride Big Bus Rome
jcolehour, Nov 2023
It was great that Big Bus Rome had three bus lines to choose from so you didn’t have to wait more than 5 minutes to get on a bus at a stop. Convenient to tourist sites. The only thing was their maps were hard to read.
Definitely a Must!
Julie_K, Nov 2023
I always do the Hop-On, Hop-Off Buses (when available) as it gives me the lay of the land before I start my travels in the city.
Friendly staff a great boon
Yolanda_B, Nov 2023
Lovely lady tour rep made the whole event a pleasure..friendly welcoming person makes it all worthwhile...
Great bus route. Highly recommended.
MinhLy_N, Nov 2023
This bus is perfect for someone who can self guide with have some clear direction from the map & audio where to go. We suggest if you wanted to hit all Icon spots then start early. It’s very worth it. Because they stop is clearly I dictate, you can get off then check out other things around it then get back. We start at stop 1 and made a complete circle. Highly recommended. We love it so much.
MICHAEL_R, Nov 2023
No on board information!!! Drivers do not point out the great and many sights of Roma, sights accessible from upcoming stops. Worst HOHO bus “ride” we have experienced!!!! Waste of money!!
Gets you close to most
Joni_H, Nov 2023
The best part is transportation to or near the best places, and hearing stories and information as you travel, wish there were more stops for convenience
Need more buses
MARK_H, Nov 2023
Not enough buses. Very long wait. Had to wait 3 buses to get on at colleseum. Dissapointing ro say the least
Would not book again
Kandace_K, Nov 2023
Seats had poor view through cloudy windows. I realize it is all about filling the bus for profit but then they should assign seats (lower vs upper deck) and price differently.
Good option for getting around with kids
Beth_F, Nov 2023
The lines were fairly long and we had to wait for a bus a few times, but not a long wait. It was a good way to get an overview and lay of the land.
Rome in a day
Robert_W, Oct 2023
Fantastic way to see Rome in a day. The bus made it easy for us to see all the highlights in Rome for the one day that we had to sightsee. Thank you.
Melanie_A, Oct 2023
It was so great to see all the sites and hear information about other places along the way. I loved it
Makes a pretty complete visit of Rome in 2 hrs
Carole_W, Oct 2023
The kiosk in Rome is difficult to find. Once on board, the city is beautiful and the head sets , very helpful.
Great bus tour of Rome
William_H, Oct 2023
The tour along with the audio part of the tour while on the bus was very informative and it was easy to see everything from the bus especially the top level. The only downside was when you got off, for example at the Trevi Fountain it was hard to find and quite a walk. The directions could have been a bit better. Other than that was great!
Great when audio works
Allen_B, Oct 2023
Great way to see Rome when the narration works. Two buses failed to provide any audible tour guidance. Very disappointing.

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