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Roma, Italy
Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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icon1 hour 40 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Overview

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
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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
Admissions to sights along the route

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
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.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 40 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Hours of operation are 9:00am – 17:45pm Buses are running 7 days away every 20 minutes. Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app to see the most up to date bus stop locations and timings. For live bus tracking on the day of travel - please download the Big Bus App in advance of arrival.
Big Bus Tours Rome
Stop 1 - Termini Railway Station
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stop 2 - Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore
Colosseum
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
Barberini
Stop 8 - Barberini
Points of interest passed by on this route
Trevi Fountain
 
Piazza Venezia
 
Vatican Museums
 
Colosseum
 
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
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - Rome
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Easy to use, regular timetables, good, clear guided talk on the bus - don't forget your headphones!" See review
  • "It's great you can get off and explore on your own and then get back on to continue your tour." See review

Reviews

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911 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Don't get the big bus hop on hop off
staceylee_b
, May 2022
Our bus was nowhere near as good as the other buses. We think there could have been only two buses in total. They were half an hour in between journeys, then the queues had formed and you were lucky to get on. We would definately NOT use this Big Bus hop on hop service again. The other buses all seemed to be more frequent and have more buses!
star-1
Not recommend for families
Laura_P
, May 2022
Was told that the bus tickets were valid for both Big Bus Tour and City Sightseeing Roma buses. Tried to get on the City Sightseeing one at the Vatican stop and they wouldn’t let us on. We had our two year old with us and needed to get back to the hotel as it was near the end of the day and boiling hot. We got rudely told to get off the bus so clearly it’s untrue that the tickets are valid for both.
star-3
Just did not have time for this tour
ARLEEN_A
, May 2022
We paid for the 3 days use and was not able to use it at all. Just didn't have the time. I suggest that this is one activity that you can easily get when you get there instead of buying ahead of time. Just like with us, we wasted our money. Just buy the tickets when you get there. It was not too much more in cost.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
At first we were very...
Sarah_B
, May 2022
At first we were very excited but we were not able to even find a bus that went around so we asked for a refund but the company couldn’t give the refund. Bought it for 48 hrs and couldn’t find a single bus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great way to see Rome, but not if you have a tight schedule.
Julie_F
, May 2022
I booked our Hop On/Off tickets before we landed. As soon as we landed, our Colosseum tour was cancelled because of the Pope's plans. One of the BigBus employees, Tarek, hooked us up with a Colosseum tour so we didn't miss it. Don't ride the HO/HO bus if you have a time limit or a specific schedule. It takes a long time to do the entire route as they stop and pick people up which takes a very long time. This is really just for a relaxing trip around the city. Use cabs if you have time constraints. We nearly missed our Colosseum tour because this bus took so long. We had to run and catch a train. The employees are very nice and helpful. Bus is very clean.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Bus was hot. Dirty. And...
Kathy_A
, May 2022
Bus was hot. Dirty. And to crowded. Would never use it again. Was not impressed at all. Kathleen V Ashley.
star-2
That was no tour of Rome
Willa_M
, May 2022
Bus rarely dropped off close to attractions. Some spots were mentioned but never seen. Such as The Pantheon. Felt hustled at bus stops about buying face masks. Did not get good feel of Rome.
star-2
Standees on top deck a safety issue
meg_r
, May 2022
Way too crowded. There should NEVER be standees on top deck of open top buses. It is NOT safe at all. Zero mask enforcement (signs all over bus to wear). Does NOT get close to attractions. Do a car/cab tour instead. Disorganized at stops. Not well run at all and I do these in many cities. Save your money and get a small group tour in smaller vehicle.
star-5
Southsidesue
SUSAN_S
, May 2022
Great to ride around the city and listen to the information. Easy on and off when you want to see something more in depth.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-3
Helpful for getting to all the prime Tourist spots
SondraJ
, May 2022
A little disappointed as the bus was crammed packed and their were only 5 buses running the route. Definitely useful though and helpful to getting to all the prime touristy spots‼️
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
A Little Hassle
Timothy_C
, May 2022
Good way to get around, but slow in traffic. Biggest problem is the need to get your Viator voucher scanned and validated before you get on the bus: we ran around to multiple information kiosks (as directed) and kept getting pointed elsewhere. Wasted an hour trying to figure that out until we just got on the bus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Big Bus Rome - Thumbs up!
Carla_B
, May 2022
I traveled with family and we enjoyed the convenience of getting on and off at different locations, and the history lesson!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great day
LouiseDelaney
, May 2022
Easy to spot each stop and buses were pretty frequent that you could go see your sights and walk back to the stop. Little pieces of information given about the sights was excellent. I was with my 15 year old daughter and we both had a great time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Not good value
Mark_F
, May 2022
We purchased tickets for the Big Bus & found that buses were overcrowded (long queues at popular stops) and as there was not an option to book a City Tours hop on / hop off service when we booked online, we were unable to board a city tours bus (same company as Big Bus). The full circuit of 7 stops takes around 1 hour when you could walk it in around 1 hour 40 mins Personally, it’s better to walk
star-5
Nice
Jennifer_P
, Apr 2022
Seeing all of the sights from above. We enjoyed the tour. Also, those with jet lag could doze on and off
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Big Bus ride in Rome
Tom_B
, Apr 2022
Very good experience in seeing most highlights of Rome Italy. Very reasonable price for the value and convenience of getting on and off where desired
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Traveled with my father....
Sheryl_S
, Apr 2022
Traveled with my father. It was a good experience for him to see the city after several days on his feet.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Try other ways to get around
Michelle_D
, Apr 2022
I was excited for this tour as I have done them in other cities. I found this one poorly done and very disorganized. I even had to stand when I first got on as the bus was overcrowded. I found it very difficult to make my way back to the he bus stop which was sometimes a half mile away. I booked it for 48 hours and only used it for about 5. Not worth the money this time.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-3
Good tour, poor operations
Nancy_S
, Apr 2022
Really good tour. Really, really poor operation. Big Bus only comes every 30 minutes or so, most often oversold with standing room only. We saw other tour companies pass by as many as three times while waiting for ours. You will most likely lose your #1 rating if you keep this up.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Big bus tour Rome
Julie_D
, Apr 2022
Ideal way to see Rome on the first day to orientate yourself. Also the history provided doting the tour very good. All the employees and drivers very helpful and looked after customers very well.

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