With only a few hours available for sightseeing we decided to make use of a tour bus to maximise what we could fit in. There seem to be about five or six companies offering Hop On, Hop Off bus tours in Rome, and all follow almost the same route (constrained by narrow city streets in places which make their options limited). We chose this one because we already knew the company, having used them in other cities, and because (like several others) they had a stop near Santa Maria Maggiore, only a short walk from our hotel.
A 24 hour ticket costs €22, but we were advised that we could save a little by opting for one valid only for the remainder of that day, as we were leaving too early the next morning to take advantage of the full 24 hour period, so we paid €20 each. We boarded as planned at Santa Maria Maggiore and planned to make stops at the Colosseum (while knowing we would have too little time to venture inside), Piazza Venezia and St Peter’s, with our first gelati of the trip to be consumed at one of these. In the end we spent too long wandering round the vicinity of the Colosseum and had to skip the St Peter’s stop – but we did hop off on the Via del Tritone for those all-important gelati!
Altogether therefore we were on four different buses and found them very variable. One, our last, was very new and smart; one, our first, was rather old and scruffy; and the rest fell something in between. The commentary (available in eight languages) was clear and in good English, but seemed sometimes out of sync with the sights (e.g. being told to look at a fountain in a square after we had left that square). We also found the timings a bit erratic, waiting quite a long while at one stop (the Colosseum), which on our tight schedule was somewhat frustrating. All in all though, we were happy with our decision to use the service as we could never have seen so much in our few hours otherwise. Be aware though that Rome’s geography and ancient streets mean that many famous places and monuments are not closely served by bus stops and you will still need to do a fair bit of walking if you want to see such iconic sights as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona (all of which I would have liked to return to had we had the time).
Only E20 for one day ticket (24 hour validity) of transportation around the sights of Rome. The Roma 110 open is a Tourist line open top deck trambus that circles the city and has 12 stops that are ideal for most major sites in Rome. The stops are quick except at Termini which is the train station but then it is only a short time till you are on your way. The Route Map will show where the bus goes and stops. The stops are: Termini, Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Mouth of Truth, Piazza Venezia, St. Peter, Ara Pacis, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese, Barberini, and back to Termini. Every ten minutes in high season, 20 minutes in off season, there is a 110 open at each stop.
You can get on and off to visit sites such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, etc. Start early in the morning and hop on and off at the stops you wish to visit. A full audio headset in 8 languages is included to listen to what the 110 is either going by or the next stop. Great for beginners to see the sights and great for those who can't walk for long distances. The 110 sign is up at the locations to help you wait for the next bright red trambus and you pay as you get on, no matter which stop. Have fun! Take the Roma Trambus 110 Open.
Every city you will find them, and always recognizable on the red color
To those who's time is limited in Rome this red bus is very handy, stops to all sightseeing places, so you won't miss anything if you take the tour bus
You'll get a headphone with a translation and a handy map.
You may hop-on and off anytime you want. You can choose between from 24 to 48 hour card
Rome is huge, and walking around to the sites can sometimes exhausted and with the red bus you are free to stay on board at all time
The two days card cost 25 euro - single day card 20 euro
This is for info as never taken them but saw a bunch running around all over Rome full of people. The idea is if with limited time they take you quickly to all the main sights;then if you have more time pick the ones you like best to come later independantly.
you have the terravision buses
and the Tambuses
I did took the above from the airport fiumicino in and the ride was great.
and many others here
Definetely the best way for a quick tour of the city, especially if staying in Rome shortly. On the other hand, it might help a lot showing the sights which one should visit later by foot. But there are certain disadvantages too, this bus could be stucked in a traffic jam and cannot pass in some very interesting city areas.
Other option is city tour with Green Line company, normal buses with air-condition and huge windows adjusted for making photos.
We bought tickets for the 110 open top sightseeing buses, which were valid for unlimited travel on that route on the date purchased. Along with the ticket we were provided with a set of headphones that we could plug in at any seat on the bus to hear a commentary, in our choice of language, on what could be seen from the bus and a city map showing the route the bus took through the city’s streets, where it stopped to pick up passengers and the location of places of interest.
We were told that there would be diversions on the route later that day due to road closures so we decided to travel the full route first to make sure we had seen everything before parts of the route became unavailable. This really helped us to get a feel for the layout of the city and to decide what we wanted to see later. For my tastes the commentary was a little sparse but I suppose many people prefer just to look at the view from the bus and might find constant commentary distracting.
We did the same route again on the last bus that went round that day, so we could see all the beautiful buildings lit up after dark and during the day, we used it to travel between all the places we wanted to visit, including the Castel Sant Angelo, the Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain. Although it was very cold the day we used it, there was such a good view from the top that we didn’t mind sitting outside on the top deck and from here it was lovely to be able to see some of the decorative features on the upper floors of many of Rome’s buildings and also over the river and its many interesting bridges.
Compared to the ordinary bus services, the stops are rather far apart, so you can end up with quite a walk if you want to see something which isn’t right by a stop but the map they provide at least makes the route clear. The cost for the one day ticket was 13 Euros and the full route covered eleven stops. There is a map available on the website listed, which shows the route and stops.
We used Green Line Tours, a shuttle bus around the city, which we could hop on and off, tickets were £14 and valid for a 24 hour period. The office is located a few minutes walk from the Termini Railway Station in Rome, and just off via Cavour.
Frequent departures from 9:30am - 6:30pm
The Shuttle tour will stop near the following places of interest. The letter in brackets refers to the relevant bus stop:
Terminal Via Farini 5A (A)
Fontana di Trevi / Piazza Spagna Via del Traforo 132 (B)
Via Veneto / Via Vittorio Veneto 27 (C)
Villa Borghese / Piazza delle Canestre (D)
Vaticano / Via della Conciliazione 4 (E)
Piazza Navona / Pantheon / Corso Vittorio Emanuele 178 (F)
Piazza Venezia / Piazza Venezia 3 (G)
Bocca delle Verità/Circo Massimo / Via della Greca 11 (H)
Colosseo Via San Gregorio 30 (I)
Although I don’t like hop on hop off buses they are very useful when you first visit a city and want to check the highlights before you return back to the ones you want to check anyway. Usually they have audio narration that will give you some history so to know what is this impressive site that you’re passing by.
In Rome there different companies with different buses. Most of them (as usual) they have tickets that are valid for 24 hours so you can hop on hop off as much as you want in any of the stops. The only problem is that they usually operate only for some hours during the day (normally from 9.00 until 21.00)
City Sightseeing (you probably already know them from other big cities) runs 2 different routes (your ticket is valid on both)
A lot of people prefer bus 110, a double decker bus (prefer the open version for better view of the sites so you can also take pictures). The start from termini station and they operate 9.00-23.30 through Colosseum, Boca della Verita, piazza Venezia, piazza Navona, Vatican etc The 24h ticket costs €20 (there’s 5% discount if you buy it online). They say there’s a bus every 20’ (10’ during high season)
Check also Archeobus (by the same company that operates bus 110). This bus takes you along the Appica Antica. It departs from Termini in the morning (8.30-9.00-9.30 and 10.00) and goes through the centre of Rome along the park of Via Appia Antica. The ride lasts 90’, The ticket costs €13 or you can buy the combo with bus 110 that costs €30
Open-top hop-on, hop-off bus with ear-canal audio.
Route: Stop 1 is at Termini, but we boarded at stop 2 Piazza Venezia for stop 3 Colosseo, stop 4 Terme di Caracalla, stop 5 Porta di San Sebastiano, stop 6 Parco Regionale Appia Antica, stop 7 Valle della Caffarella, stop 8 Catacombe di San Callisto, stop 9 Catacombe di San Sebastiano, stop 10 Cecilia Metella, stop 11 Sant'Urbano, stop 12 Capo di Bove, stop 13 Stadio delle Terme, and stop 14 Bocca della Verità.
Price: € 10,00 per person over 24hrs. Tickets can be bought online, at the stop or on the bus. We bought our ticket from a roving salesman hovering near the stop.
The good: Easy way to visit the lesser-known attractions Rome has to offer, such as the massive Baths of Caracalla, the many sites along the Appian Way, the Catacombs, and the Mouth of Truth inside the portico of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin.
The bad: The quality of the ear-canal audio that narrates information about the attractions en route is rather poor and crackly. Almost better just to sit back, relax and enjoy the views.
We actually took our Rome excursion thru NCL Jade - our cruise ship. There was a tour bus (hop on hop off bus) available in Rome and normally we would recommend this as a great alternative to seeing a city in a short time.
My oldest daughter told me that I could not see Rome unless I could walk. I can't walk for any distance so I viewed the coming visit to Rome with some anxiety. All of the ship tours involved considerable walking. The alternative would have been either to take the train to Rome and walk (which would be hard for me) take a taxi (expensive), or to book an individual car from the cruise ship which would have been $750.00 for just a HALF day. On a tip from a fellow VTer, we hired Sandro Pagnotta of RomaLimo.
We had a wonderful tour of Rome with Sandro Pagnotta, VP. & C.O.O of RomaLimo. We had the car for the whole day - the two of us, and he took us to see the sights we were interested in (Sistine Chapel (where he obtained a guide for us), Trevi Fountain and the Coliseum) and many sights that we would not have thought of asking to see like Circus Maximus, Spanish Steps, the Knights of Malta keyhole, the city gate and the Basilica of St. Paul Fuori le Mura. The Mercedes that we used could go down the narrow streets and easily get around where a normal sightseeing bus could not go. Sandro spoke excellent English and was charming and helpful.
Sandro picked us up at the cruise ship dock in Civitavecchia at 8, and by 8:15 we were driving out of the port gate toward the Vatican. We were back at the boat by 4:00.
The day cost us $675, and paying in advance I could pay in dollars instead of Euros. I paid extra for the Vatican guide, entrance to the Vatican and Coliseum, for lunch and tips.
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THIS IS DEFINITELY THE PICK OF THE PACK
You will see this big red double decker tour bus right outside Termini at Piazza dei Cinquecento. Although this is officially a tour bus, it could serve you very well with a 2 day pass for transportation in Rome. You board and are free to exit and re-board at any of the major stops along the way. Great photo ops from the top deck also. Do check here on website where you have English language and all the details re price structure:
FYI - VT friend lengleng was just here & they took a different tour bus, as there are many - disaster - driver took a half-hour break and there was no other bus.
We decided to take one of the tours on the hop on/off bus which took us around Rome, highlighting all the famous sights. Taking these buses is a good way to get your bearings in a new place and decide where you want to spend more time. You also have an audio narration giving you some history. The entire route takes 90 minutes and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.
I know it's the lazy way to do it, and there are lots of places in Rome that these buses can't get near so you're still going to do quite a bit of walking, but for all that, we found the time we spent riding the hop on/hop off bus around the city was both enjoyable and worthwhile.
Tickets are valid for 24 hours - though the buses only run from 0900 until about 2100. We found that by catching our first bus after an early lunch one day, riding it until about 1800 in the evening and then picking up the first bus in the morning and using our ticket right up to the last minute of the 24 hours, we really felt we got better use out of it. The overnight break suited us very well.
There are several of these hop on/hop off buses operating in Rome. The one run by City Sightseeing (the biggest players in this game with operations in cities all over the world) has 2 routes that interconnect at set points with the one ticket valid for both routes. Disposable headphones are included and commentaries offered in several languages. We found this worked well - the commentary was fairly basic but quite broadranging and there were no problems with clarity.
The open top double-decker buses offer great view, though taking photos can be a bit hit and miss. You wouldn't want to sit downstairs however- we did this for a short time when a sudden rain shower hit and the view is very restricted. I could see this being a problem later into the season as the crowds build up.
You can start your tour at any one of the stops along the way. You'll be given your headphones - keep them with you as you hop off - and a card that gives you the times the buses will be at each of the stops along the different routes.
Check the website here for current prices, times, etc.
I hate to do this but I'd like to recommend to all tourist traveling to Rome and wanting to do a "Bus tour" to AVOID the red City sightseeing bus at all costs!!
I chose this tour cause I have done it on 2 other occasions, (Edinburgh & Cambridge) and absolutely loved it. However, the bus in Rome is horrible.
in 4 days, my husband and I never caught the bus. It only comes every 2-3 hours, not every 20 minutes like I asked the gentleman who sold me the tickets.
Not to mention, when I bought the tickets, I first asked (in italian) if he spoke english and he said yes, and i said, i'd like to make sure this bus comes every 20 minutes, and he said yes mam!
I still have the unused tickets that I paid 15 euro each for. I do plan on complaining to the company. We went back to the place that i bought the tickets, and they offered to trade if for the Christian bus, which was no good for us considering my husband is not religious at all.
There is, however, a green city sightseeing bus, and while we sat on the curb waiting for ours (only to have it never show up) we saw plenty of those busses passing by... I would recommend that bus!
Hope i've helped!