Rome Hop on Hop Off overview of lines and stops including the lines to the catacombs. Railway Station, Coliseum, Vatican and City Center are the main stops of the Hop on hop off buses.
Hop on hop off means you can get off at stops near the sights and continue on a later bus. All buses have a multilingual audio system with information about the sights and stops. The buses are two-storey and open at the top.
Hop on Hop off Rome · Providers and Routes
Hop on hop off buses in Rome are a very convenient and practical way to get an initial overview of the sights in Rome. There are six providers of open buses in Rome, which in principle can be distinguished by the color of the buses: red, yellow, green, pink, blue and brown.
All providers, except the yellow buses, travel the same 8 stops within the city walls at regular intervals of 15-30 minutes.
The standard Hop on hop off Rome stops are: Termini Central Station – Santa Maria Maggiore – Colosseum – Circus Maximus – Piazza Venezia – Ponte Sant’Angelo – Via Ludovisi (above the Spanish Steps) – Piazza Barberini (near the Trevi Fountain).
There are some differences in routes, prices and discounts for children. In addition, two lines offer trips to the catacombs on the Via Appia Antica.
The yellow open bus of the Roman pilgrimage – ORP – Opera Romana Pellegrini – travels another route. There are more stops and there are several churches around the program, which are not approached by the other tours. The bus stops at Torre Argentina and Piazza Navona, but not in Via Ludovisi. Some destinations are easier to reach by yellow bus. These include Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona. Only the yellow bus goes to the Basilika St. John. The walk to the Spanish Steps, on the other hand, is longer from the yellow bus stops.
For the yellow bus, there are Hop on hop off tickets for one day or 48 hours. Very interesting is the Travel Card for 72 hours which includes also the public transport. The 72-hour Omnia Card offers preferential access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica as well as two national museums or museums of the .
Detailed route plans can be found in the following description of the tour offers.
Hop on Hop off Rome · Worth the city tour with the Open Bus in Rome?
Even if you’re on the hop on hop off bus in Rome, you still have to walk a few routes, as attractions like the Spanish Steps or the Trevi Fountain are not directly accessible by bus.
The Hop on Hop Off Bus is the fastest way to get an overview of Rome’s attractions. When you are in Rome for the first time, a first round with a hop on hop off bus will give you a good guide.
Hop on hop off buses connect quickly and easily Termini Central Station, the archaeological area of the Colosseum, the Vatican and the city center.
Public transport is often very crowded and does not run regularly according to a fixed timetable. The ride on the open bus is safer and more comfortable and you have a great view.
Hop on Hop off Rome · My favorites
I really like two offers of the Hop on hop off lines in Rome. One is the
Line for Pilgrims with the yellow bus of the Roman pilgrimage. This line has several stops in the city center. To Piazza Navona, Campo de ‘Fiori and the Pantheon you better get on the yellow line. To the Spanish Steps, however, you have another way from the stops of the yellow line. The yellow line is the only line that goes to the Basilica of St. John.
The other offer of hop on hop off lines that I like is from
Big Bus. With the Big Bus line, you can take part in a free city tour. In addition, there is a line at Big Bus to the catacombs on the Appia Antica and a night line.
Big Bus offers thee lines:
1. The red line. This line goes to the usual 8 stops: Termini – Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Colosseum – Circus Maximus – Piazza Venezia – Angel Bridge – via Ludovisi above the Spanish Steps – Barberini near the Trevi fountain. The buses leave every 20 minutes from 9am to 6pm.
2. The purple line – This line has a total of 10 stops: Termini – Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Colosseum, then it goes to the Park of Appia: Porta San Sebastiano – Basilica and Catacombs of St. Sebastian – Caffarella – Park Office Quo Vadis and back to the city: Baths of Caracalla – Circus Maximus – Piazza Venezia and back to Termini. The buses leave every hour from 9am to 5pm. After 44 minutes they are at the catacombs. So the last return is at 5:44pm.
3. The night tour – This line travels along the route of the red line through the city, with no intermediate stop. Departure at 8:30 and at 9:30 pm from Termini central station
The most important tickets from Big Bus are:
Classic Ticket: Only for the red line – 1 day
Premium Ticket: For the red and the purple line – 2 days – this combination also brings you to the Baths of Caracalla and to the Catacombs in the Park of the Via Appia Antica.
Deluxe Ticket: For the red and the purple line 3 days + night tour
All three tickets include free walking tours with guide in English:
1. From Castel Sant’Angelo to St. Peter’s Square
2. From Castel Sant’Angelo to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon
3. From Piazza Barberini to the Spanish Steps
4. From Piazza Venezia past the Forum Romanum to the Colosseum
In addition, there is a special ticket for the catacombs. It is valid for 24 hours, but only for the purple line, and includes the visit in one of the catacombs and the bike rental for one hour at the park office.
Big Bus’s Open Busses are brown. Children under 5 years are free, between 5 and 15 years you pay about one third less.
The yellow bus Roma Cristiana
The Open Bus of the “Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi”, “Roman pilgrimage”, you can use for free with the Omnia Card , which offers preferential access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as free admission to two other museums, reduced admission if you have more museums visit and free use of public transport in Rome.
This line is intended for pilgrims and does not pass near the Spanish Steps. There are stops at Piazza Navona and at Torre Argentina, near the Pantheon.
The line goes to several basilicas and churches, and as the only line to the Basilica of St. John.
As alternative to the Omnia Card, there is also the Travel Card for the Roma Cristiana‘s yellow buses, which includes public transport and the the Open Bus ticket. This combination is very reasonably priced as it gives you additional free travel on public transport almost at the same price of the Open Bus, and of course it gives you maximum flexibility to move around in Rome.
The Omnia Card and the Travel Card entitles you to use the yellow buses and you can pick them up in the office of the ORP, in front of St. Peter’s Square on the left (Piazza Pio XII No. 9). It is open weekdays 8:30am-5pm and Sundays 9-5. A second office is located in Via dei Cestari 21, between Torre Argentina and Pantheon. It is open daily from 10am to 5pm. You can drive to the office for free with the Roma Cristiana’s yellow bus when you show the driver your online booking confirmation.
The red bus City Sightseeing
The red Open Buses from City Sightseeing run daily from 9am to 6 pm. Children up to 5 years are free, children between 5 and 15 pay about half. The line has the usual 8 stops.
From April to October there is a line to the Catacombs of Domitilla, on the edge of the Regional Park of the Appia Antica. The combination ticket is valid for 48 hours and includes a ride to the catacombs of Domitilla as well as entrance and guided tour. The departure of the bus is from Viale Luigi Einaudi (between Termini Station and Piazza della Repubblica) at 9:15am, 10:40am and 3pm with the possibility of getting in at the Coliseum (Via di San Gregorio) stop about 10 minutes later and at the Circo Massimo station (Piazzale Ugo La Malfa) about 20 minutes later.
The green bus Green Line
Green Line’s Open Bus runs in summer every 10 minutes, in winter every 30 minutes. First departure at 9 am at Termini station, last departure at 6:30pm. There are 8 stops, with a 9th stop serving every hour the Vatican Museums. Children up to the age of five are free, and children between the ages of 6 and 12 pay around 40% less.
Green Line offers a wide range of different tickets, from a simple afternoon session to multi-hour tickets and multi-day tickets.
Operating hours are every 15 minutes daily from 8:30 am to 6:40 pm. Children up to 5 years are free, from 6 to 12 years there is a reduced price of about 30%.
The line follows the usual route with 8 stops.