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City Sightseeing Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Vatican Ticket or Guided Tour

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Key Highlights

  • We'll treat you with 5% off when you book (and travel) before 31 July 2019!
  • Explore Rome your way with this fun, flexible hop-on, hop-off tour
  • Travel to Rome’s major attractions including the Colosseum, Circo Massimo, Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and many more!
  • Informative audio commentary in 8 languages means you won't miss a thing
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and admire one of the greatest art collections in the world
  • You may explore on your own with a Vatican Museum ticket or enjoy the services of a guide
  • Explore the magnificent Sistine Chapel and study the intricate frescoes, mosaics and paintings Visit the Gallery
  • Visit the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms in the Vatican Museums
  • The tickets can be used any time at your convenience - no need to make a reservation!
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted
  • Overview

    Explore Rome at your own pace in a comfortable open-top bus, and combine an exclusive ticket or guided tour (as per option chosen) to the Vatican that can be used anytime between 9am to 3pm.


    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


    You will be overwhelmed as you enter the Vatican Museum and visit the majestic Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Every corner of the chapel is decorated; with mosaics on the floor and intricate frescoes on the wall painted by the early Renaissance artists.

    Your skip-the-line Vatican Museum ticket is valid for entry any time between 9am and 3pm. After your visit to the Vatican Museum, you may exit the venue and then visit the Sistine Chapel.

    If you choose the Vatican Museum guided tour, you save a lot of time (around 45 mins) as you skip the long queues to the Sistine Chapel and your guide takes you directly to the chapel from the Vatican Museums. Your guide will also share interesting anecdotes and the history of the artworks that you will see during the tour.

    Note: Your Vatican Museum 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 Vatican.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: Daily
    Vatican Museum: Daily except Sunday


    24 hours and 48 hours (take your pick)

    Start time

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: Buses depart between 9am and 7pm from June to September, and 9am to 5pm from October to May, every 15 to 20 minutes.
    Full Loop: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Since this is an outdoor activity, the schedules might just change sometimes. Check the frequency and bus operating hours on the day of your tour just to be safe.

    Vatican Museum: Daily except Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

    Vatican Guided Tour: 

    Departure for English tour: 9:30am to 1:30pm; every hour
    Departure for Spanish, Italian, French, German & Russian: 10:30am
    Before start the Guided tour you have to go to the “Vatican City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Center” to indicate the language and departure time of the guided tour.

    Meeting Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: You may board the bus at any of the designated stops. The voucher can be exchanged at any of the stops directly with the driver. You can also visit the City Sightseeing® Roma Visitor Centre; where you can ask for more information on the service, bus location and get a tour map. Click here for the list of City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Centres
    Vatican Museum: If you wish to visit the Vatican Museum first please redeem your voucher at Visitor Center.
    Vatican Guided Tour: Before start the Guided tour you have to go to the “Vatican City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Center” to indicate the language and departure time of the guided tour.

    Ending Point

    You may get off at any of the designated stops

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 24 hours/48 hours hop-on, hop-off sightseeing ticket
    • Pre-recorded audio commentary in more than 5 languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese & Portuguese)
    • Skip the Line Ticket for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
    • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour (optional)
    • Visit with professional guide (with Vatican guided tour only)
    • Free WIFI on board


    • Entrance to attractions, 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 voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.

    If you book your hop-on, hop-off tour on days when the Colosseum or the Vatican Museum is closed, you can choose an alternative date to visit these attractions.

    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.

    Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

    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.

    Vatican Museums

    Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Ticket is valid for entry only from Monday to Saturday.

    Since we would visit a place of worship, wearing shirts with sleeves and avoiding shorts, vest tops and open toe sandals would be best.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.The access to the bus is permitted for little and medium domestic animals under the discretion of the driver. Using muzzle and leash is mandatory and the holder must assure that the pet carrier is not in a poor state or that it does not contain food. The owner or the holder of the animal is liable for any damage caused by the animal.For safety reasons it is strictly forbidden to bring luggage, awkward bags, big backpacks or bulky baggage on board the City Sightseeing buses.
  • Customer Reviews
    • Great tour no hastle!

      We enjoyed our tour....

      Carla Ocay, Norway, 26/Jan/2018
    • Very Good experience!

      very good tour, well organized and friendly staff....

      Carlos Arrata, Ecuador, 15/Jan/2018
    • Excellent Value 48 hour Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

      We originally booked the Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus and the Vatican Museums Skip-the-line ticket. It was raining, so we paid the difference to upgrade for the Vatican Museums...

      Vinay Rangnekar, United States, 08/Jan/2018
    • Not easy to get to the tour guide shop and meeting point.
      That said Francesco our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I would definitely recommend you do the trip round the Vatican using the guided tour option. If the guide was as good as Francesco you will see why. He deserved his drink at the end.

      Stephen Mann, United Kingdom, 15/Feb/2019
    • Excellent Gude for Vatican

      Aleksandar Jovkovic, Serbia, 05/Jan/2019
    • Excellent value for money.

      Wilfried Brynkus, Canada, 05/Nov/2018
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