City Sightseeing Rome

Big Bus Rome Tours

Rome has a flourishing history to offer, most of which is erected in the monuments sprinkled all over the city. It’s not always an easy task to cover these monuments by foot. 

To make the tourist’s life a little easier, City Sightseeing was founded in 1999. It is an open-top, double-decker sightseeing tour bus operator. With their hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) destinations, friendly staff, multilingual commentary or live guide and other amenities, it’s now the most popular option for going around the city sightseeing. 

You can relish a comprehensive trail through the city even if you are short on time and visit major attractions with zero hassles.

Why Choose City Sightseeing?

A premium hop-on-hop-off bus service, City Sightseeing Tours is a widely used bus operator. This company offers 3 different ticket options and routes with adult, child, and family prices for each. You can listen to their pre-recorded audio commentary which comes in 9 languages while using their free Wi-Fi! Log on to their app to see real-time bus locations which would help minimize your time waiting for a bus.

Buses are available daily from 8:30am to 7pm with varying frequencies, depending on the day and route. Each ticket also comes with 4 free walking tours, which also includes multilingual audio commentary. These commentaries don’t just ramble on but provide very useful information about all the landmarks on the route. Their ticket prices are affordable and the equipment they use is first-rate.

City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off - Advantages

1. Overview of the city

The City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off tours cover the major attractions of Rome, including the President’s Palace, the Quirinal, Piazza della Repubblica, Santa Maria Maggiore, St. John’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia and more. More importantly, these tours are accompanied by informative multilingual audio commentary, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, helping you navigate through the city without undergoing the struggle of where you should go and what you can skip.

2. Ease of getting around

The best thing about opting for a hop-on-hop-off bus service is that you can explore each of the attractions on the route at your own pace. Moreover, with numerous bus stops present around town and buses departing every 10-15 minutes, you'll never have to wait too long. If you feel like taking a walk to the next monument, you can! If not, there’s always a bus. This service can be compared to traveling in a personal car, only you also get to benefit from the free Wi-Fi, audio guide in 8 languages, and access to the City Sightseeing app.

3. Various combos with skip-the-line access

Being able to skip the line at some of the most popular attractions of Rome is nothing short of a golden opportunity. You can choose the City Sightseeing & Colosseum + Vatican combo to not only travel and explore Rome but also skip the queue at the Colosseum and the Vatican.

4. Informative commentary

The multilingual audio commentary available with each tour provides relevant and useful information regarding the landmarks on the selected route. The audio is available in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, French, Chinese and Russian, thereby catering to tourists from all over the world.

5. Savings

City Sightseeing bus tours are extremely resourceful and affordable. Tourists get to explore Rome in a feature-packed, double-decker tour bus with free Wi-Fi onboard and a multilingual audio guide. The tickets are quite affordable and the equipment used is first-rate. Tourists get up close with iconic attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican with discounted skip-the-line tickets.

6. Free tourist map of Rome

With all City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off services in Rome, you get a free tourist map of the city. After downloading the City Sightseeing app, you will find a walking tour of the center available in 5 languages and an interactive map that will show you the position of the buses in real time, the waiting time at each stop, and your position in order to help you reach the nearest stop. 

City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off - Ticket Options

Classic Ticket - 24/48/72 hours

  • This panoramic City Sightseeing Bus Tour will allow you to explore the Eternal City like never before on a comfortable, feature-packed, double-decker bus for 24/48 or 72 hours.
  • Enjoy the best of Rome’s historical sites with an onboard multilingual audio guide and free Wi-Fi.
  • You will also get to access the City Sightseeing app that gives you real-time updates on buses, wait times, and a walking tour with an audio guide available in 5 languages.
  • Hop-On and Hop-Off at your own pace across 8 stops.
  • Embark on your journey any time you please, allowing you to explore at your convenience at any time from any stop around the city.

Classic Ticket + Vatican

  • Enjoy sightseeing in Rome in a feature-packed, double-decker tour bus with free Wi-Fi onboard as well as a multilingual audio guide.
  • Hop on and Hop off at your own pace and traverse the length and breadth of the Eternal City with the entire 24/48-hour duration of your ticket.
  • You will also get to access the City Sightseeing app that gives you real-time updates on buses, wait times and a walking tour with an audio guide available in 5 languages.
  • Explore the ancient halls of the Vatican Museums and discover some of the greatest works of Renaissance art with skip-the-line access.
  • Marvel at the gorgeous inner sanctums of the Vatican and get a chance to visit the iconic Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Sala Rotunda and the Gallery of Statues, and the Hall of Busts.

Classic Ticket + Colosseum

  • Hop on and Hop off in a feature-packed, double-decker tour bus with free Wi-Fi onboard as well as a multilingual audio guide and experience Rome with the entire 24/48-hour duration of your ticket.
  • You will also get to access the City Sightseeing app that gives you real-time updates on buses, wait times and a walking tour with an audio guide available in 5 languages.
  • Get the chance to visit the Colosseum, known to be the most iconic arena in the world with skip-the-line access.
  • Your timed entry to the Colosseum will ensure that you gain access in a seamless manner and get to enjoy your time marveling at its fascinating architecture.

Classic Ticket + Vatican + Colosseum

  • This maxi combo allows you access to the best Rome has to offer with access to 8 Hop-on Hop-off stops strategically scattered around Rome, skip-the-line access to the Colosseum as well as the Vatican!
  • From cardinals to gladiators, this wholesome tour delves into some of the most sacred and celebrated parts of Rome in just 48 hours.
  • You will also get to access the City Sightseeing app that gives you real-time updates on buses, wait times and a walking tour with an audio guide available in 5 languages.
  • Get the chance to visit the Colosseum and explore the ancient halls of the Vatican Museums and discover some of the greatest works of Renaissance art with skip-the-line access

City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off Routes

City Sightseeing Rome

The City Sightseeing line has 8 stops - Termini Station (starts) > St. Maria Maggiore > Colosseum > Circus Maximus > Piazza Venezia > Vatican > Piazza di Spagna > Piazza Barberini > Termini Station (ends).

These tours are operational daily, throughout the year. From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, tours depart every 15 minutes. From 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, tours depart every 20 minutes.

Please note that the entry slots for your Skip-the-Line Colosseum experience are only available after 2:00 PM. However, the entry slots for your Skip-the-Line Vatican experience are available throughout the day.

City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off - Suggested Itineraries

With the City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off experience, you can hop on and hop off to Rome’s major attractions for 3 days in a feature-packed, double-decker tour bus with free Wi-Fi onboard and a multilingual audio guide.

1-Day
2-Days
3-Days

With the standard City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off experience, you can check out all the stops along the yellow route. It starts and ends at Castel Sant’Angelo (Vatican). It offers stops on one of the following: Piazza Navona/Campo de’ Fiori and the Pantheon. The other stops include the President’s Palace, the Quirinal, Piazza della Repubblica, Santa Maria Maggiore, St. John’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, and Piazza Venezia.

City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off Tips

  • Skip-the-line tickets: You must make your way to the City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Center situated in Via IV Novembre 147 to collect your Skip-the-Line Colosseum and Vatican Tickets.
  • Drinks and Meals: As drinks and meals are not included in the City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off services, please make sure you carry your own before boarding the bus or buy at one of the stops.
  • No pick-up: Pick up service is excluded, so you can choose any bus stop or the Visitor Centers as your meeting point.
  • Sightseeing Experience: Download the app ‘Sightseeing Experience’ in which you will find a walking tour of the center available in 5 languages and an interactive map that will show you the position of the buses in real time, the waiting time at each stop, and your position.
  • Discount on next trip: If you keep the ticket of this tour, you will receive a discount of 10% on the price of the next tour in one of the other national and international City Sightseeing tours.
  • Cancellation: If you plan to cancel, make sure you cancel your tickets at least 1 day before the tour to claim full refund.
  • Wheelchair access: The City Sightseeing tours have wheelchair access, thereby making this service inclusive of differently abled people.

City Sightseeing Rome Hop On Hop Off Reviews

"Easiest way to see Rome"

"We both took a day pass and this was the best way to see Rome quickly and also find our bearings. They are regular and you do get a historic run down of where you are and what you are seeing via your headphones.This was a great way to get from our hotel near Piazza de popolo to the Colosseum and beyond.

Recommended!"

"Best way to travel Rome"

"Nice guides (almost). Buses come and go every 15 minutes. Although the expications (explanations) on the audio channel are a bit brieve (brief). Anyway, if U want to discover the best places in Rome, this is one way to do it."

"Three day pass"

"This was our main form of transport around Rome for a very packed long weekend, the route and stops are the same for multiple tour busses and cover the ancient city well. There was only one occasion on Sunday when the bus let us down, waiting for over an hour and watching many of the competing bus tours pass was an unfortunate waste of precious time."