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City Sightseeing Rome: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Colosseum Tour

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    • Adults (18+)
    • Children (6-17)
    • Infants (0-5)
from US$ 86.03 per person pp
    • Surrender yourself to the pages of a history book with this sightseeing trail also including a tour of the Colosseum
    • Explore Rome at your own pace, even if you’re short on time, with strategic stops close to attractions
    • Hop on and off at any of the stops for 24 hours or 48 hours (buses run every 15 -20 minutes!)
    • See attractions like the Colosseum, Circo Massimo, Roman Forum, the Pantheon and more
    • Savour an immersive experience with informative audio commentary in multiple languages and free WiFi
    • Discover the city with additional walking tours, accompanied by commentary from the app
    • Avoid queues with skip-the-line admissions to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
    • Lose yourself to the Colosseum’s bewitching history with the guided tour
    • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Overview

    Explore Rome on a 24-hour/48-hour hop-on, hop-off bus tour and enjoy skip-the-line access and a guided tour of three of Rome’s top attractions - Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill! It’s the ideal way to explore the beautiful city at your own pace and see the most important sights in a short time. Also, avoid waiting in long lines and spend more time unearthing fascinating stories about ancient Rome at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with an experienced guide in tow.


    Your Rome hop-on, hop-off ticket allows you unlimited use, meaning you can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops!

    City Sightseeing Rome allows you to plan your sightseeing as per your convenience. You may hop on and hop off at any of the designated stops for sightseeing, shopping and dining then hop back on again when you wish. While on board you will learn about Rome’s history with the help of audio commentary available in more than 5 languages. You can enjoy free WIFI on board the City Sightseeing Italy buses, encouraging passengers to blog, tweet and upload photos along the way.

    Major attractions covered:

    Colosseum (Stop 3)

    Piazza Venezia (Stop 5)

    Vatican (Stop 6)

    Trevi Fountain (Stop 8)

    Piazza Barberini (Stop 8)

    Santa Maria Maggiore (Stop 2)

    Circus Maximus (Stop 4)

    For more information on routes, download the tour route schedule


    Reach the meeting point at the scheduled time for the start of the tour. Explore the Colosseum, an imposing arena that brings to life the days of Ancient Rome. Steeped in bloody Roman history, the Colosseum was the site of many gladiator battles and executions.

    After a stop at the Arch of Constantine, you will reach the Palatine Hill, from where you can admire sweeping views over the Roman Forum and the Circus Massimo, once a site for chariot rides.

    Finally, you'll follow the Via Sacra, the main street leading to the Roman Forum, where celebrations and processions were hosted. The tour will end with a visit of the Temple of Caesar, where the famous Emperor was cremated.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary


    When does it run?

    Rome hop-on, hop-off tour: Daily
    Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour: 3 hours


    Hop-on, hop-off tour: 24 hours and 48 hours (take your pick)
    Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour: 3 hours

    Start Time

    Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: Buses depart between 9am and 7pm from June to September, and 9am to 5pm from October to May.
    Frequency: every 15 to 20 minutes
    Full Loop: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm.

    Click here for the winter timetable for Colosseum guided tour

    Meeting Point

    Rome hop-on, hop-off tour: Exchange your voucher on the bus or at any City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Centers. You can also visit the City Sightseeing® Roma Visitor Centre. Click here for the list of City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Centres
    Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour: Newspaper stand outside Colosseum metro station.

    Ending Point

    Rome hop-on, hop-off tour:You can hop off the bus at any of the stops.
    Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour: Same as the start point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • 24 hour/48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket(as per option chosen).
    • Skip the line entrance for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
    • Guided tour of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
    • Entrances, unless specified
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    Your Colosseum tickets can be used either on the date chosen at the time of booking or the following day. When you exchange your voucher please inform the guide/hostess what day you would like to visit the Colosseum. 

    We ensure that the tour runs on time, however at times the itinerary might be revised due to political events, celebrations, weather, traffic conditions, etc. Stops affected frequently include Colosseum, Circus Maximus and Trevi.

    Due to the popularity of the Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour it may not be possible to board the first bus that comes to the stop. To help you plan your day be aware that buses tend to be at their busiest between 9am and 11:30am.

    Our local partner offers a FREE app, Sightseeing Experience, that you can download from Google Play or App Store during your hop-on, hop-off tour. Keep the app handy as it will help you reach the nearest stop and provide you with real-time updates about buses and schedule.

    Effective since 1 Jul 19, Visitor Center Repubblica will be closed.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

  • Customer Reviews

    • A great tour but the hop on, hop off bus does not have many stops. I ended up walking must places.

      Mary Halpert, Canada, 23/May/2018
    • Tour was good, its a busy place but the guide made it smooth and informative. The bus ride is not good In busy traffic times..... the information seemed to get out of sync over the ear ...

      Tony Powell, United Kingdom, 10/Jun/2019
    • Tour was good, its a busy place but the guide made it smooth and informative. The bus ride is not good In busy traffic times..... the information seemed to get out of sync over the ear ...

      Tony Powell, Denmark, 10/Jun/2019
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