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I Love Rome: 24/48/72Hr Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Sightseeing bus tour across Rome with hop-on-hop-off access and audioguide

  • Cover the streets and sights of Rome in 1, 2, or 3 days onboard the iconic pink bus that takes you through 8 designated stops, departing every 10 - 15 min
  • Hop on and off the bus at any stop and enjoy complete flexibility in planning your journey
  • Free wifi facilities and a detailed route map, allowing you to remain well-connected and informed through the trip
  • Cross major landmarks along the way such as Piazza Barberini, the Colosseum, Circo Massimo, the Vatican and more
  • Audio guide available in 13 languages
  • With extended validity for a year, embark upon your hop-on-hop-off journey any time you please
  • Click <a href=””target=”_blank”>here for detailed route map and boarding points
  • Children aged 6 - 12 enjoy reduced prices. 5 yrs and below go free
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before schedule
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Imbued in the streets of Rome is the richness of its glorious past. Home to the remains of historic empires and religious centres, Rome is extremely popular amongst tourists. The Eternal City has much beauty to offer. The greatness of Rome can be felt in the architectural marvels like the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain just to name a few. 

Navigating through this magnificent city can be overwhelming if not for the Hop on Hop off bus tours that help tourists explore Rome conducively. Hop on Hop off City tours provide people a flexible way of spending time acclimatizing themselves to their new favourite selfie spot. These tours are a perfect fit for adventure junkies and the keen observers alike. Rome presents a plethora of options for such bus tours giving tourists an opportunity to choose the one that meets their trip itinerary.

Hop On Hop Off Rome Bus Tours

Traversing through strange streets with the language unknown can be quite an ordeal. Hop On Hop Off tours can be relied upon to be trusted guides. The ease and flexibility ensured by HOHO tours cannot be replicated by any other personalized tour. 

Travelling with Hop On Hop Off  tours gives tourists the liberty to get down at any landmark and explore it a leisure. With real time updates about the route of the bus, Hop on Hop off tours provide the tourist with a hassle free experience of sightseeing in Rome. One can visit all the major attractions through HOHO tours and spend as much time as they like at each one. 

Roving around the unfamiliar city is further made easier with audio commentary explaining the nuances of the celebrated city. Stunning sights viewed from an open top bus gives tourists a fresh take on the city.

Big Bus Rome

Big Bus Rome Hop On Hop Off bus tours offer some of the best routes in Rome, coupled with some complimentary experiences. Famous for their sightseeing tours, Big Bus Rome offers three different routes for you to choose from - the Red Route covering all major attractions and Vatican, and the Purple Route which will take you across the city of Rome and everything it has to offer, including the Catacombs and church of Saint Sebastiano. The final route, the Night Route, gives you a panoramic night tour of the city. 

You can also explore the Eternal City and experience remnants of the ancient city by being a part of the complimentary walking tour by Big Bus Rome. They also offer multilingual pre-recorded audio commentary to keep you informed about every site you’re visiting.

City Sightseeing Rome

City Sightseeing Rome offers premium Hop On Hop Off bus tours across Rome. Apart from their distinct red, open-topped buses, City Sightseeing Rome has a unique feature - complimentary Skip The Line tickets. Covering all major attractions, including the Vatican and the Colosseum, the discounted packages will ensure that you don’t overshoot your budget. City Sightseeing Rome also has an app that will give you the live location of its fleet of buses.

City Sightseeing Rome offers an all-inclusive Linea Route, which will take you through all major attractions in Rome, including St. Maria Maggiore, Colosseo, Circo Massimo, Piazza Venezia, Vaticano, Piazza Barberini and ends with Piazza De Spagna. They also offer free walking tours.

I Love Rome

With their iconic pretty pink open-deck buses, I Love Rome Hop On Hop Off bus tours offer you the liberty to book tickets for less than a day’s time, apart from their 24/48/72 hour tickets. The popular five-hour and half-day tickets will be your go-to passes if you are a fan of exploring Rome in the second half of the day.

The buses run through 8 designated stops and cover almost all major attractions in Rome. They also offer multilingual guides and free WiFi. I Love Rome Hop On Hop Off will cross major landmarks along the way, such as Piazza Barberini, the Colosseum, Circo Massimo, and the Vatican.

Greenline Rome

Greenline Rome Hop On Hop Off bus tours is famous for their special 48-hour packages, packed with features including fast-track entry tickets to sacred St. Peter’s Basilica. Greenline offers two separate routes for weekdays and weekends and covers all of the city. The Hop On Hop Off buses have 9 stops to help you explore Rome on foot and on their open-decked buses. Some of the famous landmarks covered by Greenline Rome Hop On Hop Off bus tours are Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza del Popolo, and Circo Massimo.

Why Choose Hop On Hop Off Rome Bus Tours?

World-renowned for its ancient Renaissance buildings and gorgeous streets, Rome offers a unique experience to every visitor. A great way to explore Rome is Hop On Hop Off bus tours. These bus tours offer you the opportunity to visit all important landmarks at your own leisure. It’s as simple as it sounds; you can hop on a bus, travel to any of the attractions in the city and then hop right off, no strings attached. 

Rome has four Hop On Hop Off bus tour operators, each with its own set of merits. Big Bus Rome offers three routes, covering all the major attractions including the Colosseum and the Vatican. You can also choose to explore the city at night with Big Bus’ panoramic night bus tour. The other operators I Love Rome, City Sightseeing Rome, and Greenline, each with its own unique features such as special 48-hour packages, fast-track entry tickets, and free guided walking tours. All of the buses are WiFI enabled and offer multilingual audio guides.

Advantages of Choosing a Hop On Hop Off Rome Bus Tour

1. Overview of the city

Gliding  in a double deck bus with the wind in your hair is an enlivening way to befriend the city. The validity of the Hop On Hop Off bus can vary from 24 hrs, 48 hrs and even 72 hrs. With this freedom, tourists can enjoy their stopovers at remarkable landmarks like the Ancient Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Piazza Navona, Circo Massimo and a lot more. Infused with audio commentary, the tour gives a glimpse into the culture, history and artistic ventures of Rome. In accordance with their interests and priorities, tourists can decide on the landmarks they want to spend more time at.

2. Ease of getting around

The freedom of journeying through HOHO is unparalleled. With these tours one can conveniently travel to far off places and discover the charm of the city. HOHO busses usually run after fixed intervals allowing people to explore the city at their own sweet pace. Unlimited access to the bus under the validity of the pass is a unique feature of the HOHO tours which make them more attractive. Assisting the tours are downloadable apps which keeps track of the buses - their location, destination and stop timings.

3. Various Routes to Choose From

A surfeit of tours are available for the tourists to choose from. Depending upon the time of the tour to the landmarks covered, there are variations in the experiences provided by HOHO bus tours. The essence of Rome is captured by individual tour providers differently. Even though the major attractions covered are mostly the same, the subtler undertones of the culture often hide in the alleys, the gardens and courtyards. The freedom to unravel their secrets can only be achieved with longer tours which allows people more elasticity  to dig deeper into the heart of Italy.

4. Informative Commentary

Hop on Hop Off tour busses go the extra mile of providing its tourists with audio commentary in various languages to supplement the journey and enrich the people on board. Headphones in languages like English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Japanese are available. The multilingual guide is an attempt at inclusivity and to encourage folks from different ethnicities to know more about the Roman culture and heritage.

5. Savings

The cost of booking a cab from one place to another is an expense which comes with a lot of  unnecessary headache. The one time expense of the bus pass is a much more feasible method of getting around. For €28.80 one can comfortably get a Hop on Hop off Sightseeing bus tours. The tours also include a lot of perks like free wifi and wheelchair accessibility. Providers like the Big Bus have free tickets to children aged 4 or below.

6. Entry Ticket Discounts

With great tours comes even greater benefits. Free entry passes to the main tourist attractions are included in some hop on hop off packages. Greenline Rome provides fast track entry ticket to St. Peters Basilica. Big Bus offers Vatican skip the line passes with their tours. Such benefits can be availed by booking hop on hop off tours to discover Rome.

Hop On Hop Off Rome Popular Routes

The whole 1,285 km² of Rome is interspersed with gorgeous landmarks and with the variety of options presented by Hop on Hop off tours, one can select the tour that best matches their holiday plans. Most tours take people through the major landmarks, but depending upon the validity period of the HOHO pass, the intricacies of Rome can be explored. Some of the tour providers offer well connected routes which Headout proffers at tempting prices.

Big Bus Rome

Big Bus Rome

Big Bus in Rome offers various sightseeing routes to choose from. Their packages also include walking tours with pre recorded audio commentary guide which is available in several languages. Tourists can take their own sweet time uncovering the secrets of Rome in one, two or even three days.

Greenline Rome

Greenline Rome

Another well known provider of hop on hop off is the Greenline Rome with their special 48 hs HOHO pass and fast track entry ticket to St. Peter’s Basilica, abode of the renaissance masterpiece- The Pieta. 

With audio guides available in 8 different languages, tourists can benefit from the 48 hours sightseeing tour. Greenline offers separate routes for weekdays and weekends spanning over 9 stops with open buses that run every 10 minutes.

Famous landmarks covered by the tours include ancient Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza del Popolo, Circo Massimo amongst many more.

City Sightseeing Rome

City Sightseeing Rome

Even in the busy roads of Rome, it is not tough to spot the distinct open-top red buses taking tourists all over the Eternal City. Premium Hop on Hop off operators in Italy, City Sightseeing provides tourists with comfort to explore the wondrous city. Audio commentary in 8 languages, free on board wifi and an app to track the real time location of the bus makes this provider a people favourite. 

Hop on Hop off passes are available for 24, 48 or 72 hours, covering major eye candies of the city. The tour begins with St. Maria Maggiore, Colosseo, Circo Massimo, Piazza Venezia, Vaticano, Piazza Barberini and ends with Piazza De Spagna. Tourists have the freedom to hop on board the bus from anywhere and leave whenever.  Buses usually depart at 9:00 AM till 7:00 PM, every 15-20 minutes. A comprehensive tour that serves the best of Rome even to those short on time.

I Love Rome

I Love Rome

Look pretty inside pink, with I Love Rome’s beautiful buses. This provider gives tourists with an option of taking the Hop on Hop off bus for less than a day’s time like 5 hrs pass and half day ticket for people who want to explore Rome later in the day. I Love Rome also has a special Panoramic Tour which tours all the attractions at one go, there is no hopping off with this one..

All the four providers are highly recommended for booking tours. Though they all provide similar routes, one should consider other factors before finalizing a tour. Price and worth of all the tours should be compared and the benefits afforded by each tour.

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The Colosseum

No other monument is more reminiscent of ancient Rome than the Colosseum. Made of travertine limestone, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, this huge structure is one of the most best-preserved monuments in the Eternal City and has a rich history associated with it. Located near the Roman Forum, the Colosseum is an amphitheater built in 70 AD and has witnessed everything from wild animal fights to bloody gladiatorial combats. However, it fell out of favor over time and was used for sourcing building materials. The Flavian amphitheater is arguably the most iconic monument in Rome and is a must-visit.


Vatican Museums

One of the most popular attractions in Rome, the history of the Vatican Museums can be traced back to 1503. A treasure trove of ancient art, paintings, sculptures, and classical antiquities, the complex of galleries hold some of Italy’s most important artifacts. The Vatican Museums house the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps. Apart from these, it also has the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo's ceiling, and The Last Judgment.


St. Peter’s Basilica

A monument of Renaissance architecture, St. Peter’s Basilica is often hailed as the world’s largest church. Built over 100 years by some of the best Italian architects of the time, the church is believed to be situated at the site where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, was buried in 64 AD. The basilica features a 136-meter tall dome and can easily accommodate 20,000 people. Designed partially by Michelangelo and continued by Giacomo Della Porta, the dome was finished by Carlo Maderno in 1614.


Piazza Navona

Featuring three elaborate, stunning fountains, Piazza Navona is one of the biggest and most beautiful piazza squares in Rome. The square is a hotspot of restaurants and overwhelmingly talented street artists, including musicians and painters and offers quite a lively atmosphere to anyone who visits it. The square is unique due to the fact that it is oval-shaped; mostly because it was once the site of the Stadium of Domitian, where festivals and sporting events took place, till the 15th century. Make sure that you don’t miss the la Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi fountain, which features a large breathtaking obelisk at the center. You can even get your portrait painted by one of the many street painters at Piazza Navona. 


Villa Borghese

Constructed at the beginning of the 17th century for Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, Villa Borghese is a stunning, beautiful public park situated in the heart of Rome. It houses the Borghese Gallery that features a collection of iconic Italian art and the lush, verdant Villa Borghese Gardens, often called the lungs of Rome. The modern Villa Borghese is the combined effort of landscaper Domenico Savino da Montepulciano and architect Flaminio Ponzio, who revamped the garden into what it is today.


Circo Massimo

Ancient Rome is famous for two things; its architecture and high-stakes competitions. Circo Massimo was the largest chariot racetrack of ancient Rome and could host up to 250,000. Spanning over 600 meters in length, the circular racetrack covered the wooden dividing island with ornate lap indicators and Egyptian obelisks. You can also race through history as you stroll through the small southern segment of the stadium, called the Torre della Moletta. At the Torre della Moletta, you will also be able to see the tiered seating, shops, and taverns of the once magnificent stadium.


Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is steeped in history and is a rectangular forum encompassing the ruins of ancient Roman government buildings in the heart of the city. A grandiose district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces, the Roman Forum was a dynamic social, political and commercial hub of the Roman empire.



Formerly a Roman temple, Pantheon is one of the most well-preserved ancient Roman buildings in existence today. Now a church dedicated to St Mary and the Martyrs, Pantheon features the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome and is 142-ft high. What sets apart pantheon from the sea of ancient buildings in Rome is the fact that it features a large circular domed cella, with a conventional temple portico front. This was a pure Roman architectural feature and is still evident till date.


Spanish Steps

A beautiful example of Roman Baroque Style, the Spanish Steps, or the ‘Scalina Spagna’ sports a unique, irregular butterfly design and is the perfect place to sit down and breathe in the Roman atmosphere. It consists of 138 steps and is a mix of terraces, vistas, straight flights, and curves. It is situated between the lower Piazza di Spagna with the upper piazza Trinita dei Mont and is a must-visit for anyone who wants to experience Rome to its fullest.


Trevi Fountain

The most famous fountain in Rome, the Trevi Fountain is an exquisite example of the late Baroque masterpiece. Designed by Nicola Salvi and Giuseppe Pannini, the fountain is an amalgamation of a palace entrance and a fountain. Trevi Fountains is a spectacle to look at owing to its central triumphal arch consisting of mythological figures, natural rock formations, and gushing water.

Hop On Hop Off Rome - Suggested Itineraries

Rome was not built in a day but sure could be seen in one. Hop on Hop off tours can conveniently show tourists around the renowned sites of Rome in a day.

1 Day in Rome

For a 1 day tour, Big Bus is a highly recommended. Unlimited access to the air conditioned bus with free wifi makes for a very conducive travel partner. With tour buses departing every 15 minutes, tourists can cover the most remarkable sites of Rome including the Vatican and the Colosseum. People can hop off at stop  6 near the Castel Sant’ Angelo to visit the Vatican. Stop 3 drops off tourists right in front of the Colosseum.

2 Days in Rome

If one is planning to take a pass for 2 days, Big Bus offers a variety of tours with a lot of benefits. With Big Bus, tourists can book Rome-antic night tour buses furnished with open bars in addition to their day tours. Big Bus’s free walking tours are also included in the packages which gives tourists a better glimpse of the city. With a 2 day pass, tourists have a little more freedom to explore the city. People can spend time going to markets and shows for entertainment in addition to visiting the popular monuments.

3 Days in Rome

Lastly, Hop on Hop off tours can also be booked for 3 days that presents people with ample time to spend at various locations. Big Bus also provides tourists with a chance to wind down and spend quality time at different locations.

Day 1 can be used to visit all the historic places like the Colosseum, The Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican. A stop at the Roman Forum is a must to look at the eminent ruins of temples and basilicas. The evenings can be used to try out the piazzas and treat those taste buds whilst enjoying performances put up by street entertainers. 

Day 2 can be spent digging deeper the history of Rome by visiting the various museums and the Sistine Chapel. Peruse the famous artwork displayed in over 1400 rooms and chapels lining the Vatican Museums. On the last day feast at different gelato stops and be awed with amazing outdoor opera concerts. End your trip with the serene sunset at the Spanish Steps and indulge yourself with authentic Italian cuisine. 

One can choose the duration of their tour depending on their budget and time at hand. Choosing a hop on hop off tour helps tourists in prioritizing their visit. The tour should be chosen after the tourists have planned the landmarks they want to visit and spend time at. Tours spawned over 3 days provide a better chance of taking a peak in the fabric of Rome but for people with a time crunch, even 1 day and 2 day tours provide a lot of insight into the city.

Hop On Hop Off Rome Tips

Keeping in mind a few pointers while roaming around can be quite helpful in avoiding stressful last minute problems. Check this list to feel prepared for your very own Roman Holiday.

  • Download the app that helps you locate the buses and informs about the timings. 
  • Check if the particular bus equipped for comfortable wheelchair access. 
  • Be well versed with  the bus stops, pick up points and their timings. 
  • Look into the cancellation policies of different tour distributors. 
  • Bus durations might differ according to the seasons, be sure to check for it. 
  • Some Hop on Hop off tours also provide free walking tours. Wear comfortable shoes to be able to enjoy them. 
  • Rome is a tourist favourite and is often crowded. 
  • Appropriate clothes need to be adorned on tours that go to religious places as to not invite any unwanted trouble. 

Hop On Hop Off Rome Bus Tours Reviews

"A wonderful experience to witness Rome from the comfort of Hop on Hop off bus tours. The hospitality of the onboard tour hostess as well the drivers was much appreciated. The tour gave us enough time to look at the attractions properly. I thought lugging a baby stroller would be very difficult but the bus people were very helpful and we had a hassle free experience. I would recommend Hop on Hop off bus tours to go about Rome-ing." - Gregory A. Smith

"Convenient way of travelling from one landmark to another. The app was very helpful in telling the bus timings so that we can plan the duration of our stay at different places, information about bus timings and landmarks was very easily available. It was a good and memorable trip" - Mary Shalom

"Totally worth every buck! The hop on hop off tours are informative as well as comfortable. I wish I had booked the tour for a longer duration. The people were very helpful and easily I could spend time looking at the famous buildings. The audio commentaries are extremely good and provide a good backdrop for every landmark. Very Satisfied." - Jake Foster