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City Sightseeing Rome: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Vatican Museum

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Key Highlights

  • Dig into a combo bringing in one of the most iconic attractions with a sightseeing trail
  • Cover the best attractions in the city including the Colosseum, the Pantheon and many more!
  • Sink into the experience with riveting audio commentary and free WiFi on the buses
  • Treat yourself to additional walking tours with recorded commentary from the app
  • Experience the breathtaking Vatican Museum the way you want, with either a ticket or a guided tour
  • Feast your eyes the magnificent Sistine Chapel and its intricate frescoes, mosaics and paintings
  • Lose yourself to the spellbinding Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms
  • 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. You choose from below tour options:

    • Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Skip-the-line Entry to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
    • Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica


    Your City Sightseeing Rome hop-on, hop-off ticket allows you unlimited hop-on and hop-off at the designated stops! Enjoy FREE WIFI on board the  double-decker buses and an informative audio commentary, provided in multiple languages.

    The tour includes 8 stops covering the major Rome attractions. You can hop on the bus at any of the stops and simply scan the QR code on your phone to jump start your hop-on, hop-off tour. Explore sights, go shopping or grab a bite to eat. Assistance onboard is offered for any queries you may have.

    Some of the stops included are:

    • 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)

    Stops are subject to change. Click here for the Route Map

    VATICAN MUSEUM - Entry Tickets or Guided Tour (you choose!)

    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


    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus: 24 or 48 hours (take your pick)

    Guided Tour: 2.5 hours

    Ticket: 1 calendar day

    Start time

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: Buses depart from 9am to 7pm, every 10-15 minutes. Click here for Timetable.

    Colosseum: Your Colosseum ticket is valid for entry after 2pm. Redeem your voucher  by 1pm at the visitor centre and choose the entrance time.

    Vatican Museum Ticket: Standard opening hours are 9am to 3pm. Times are subject to change, please refer official website prior visit.

    Vatican Guided Tour:

    Departure for English Tour: 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm

    Departure for Spanish, Italian, French, German & Russian: 11am

    On Wednesdays, French and Spanish will start at 10:30am

    Meeting Point

    • Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: You may board the bus at any of the designated stops.
    • Vatican Museum Ticket / Tour: Redeem your voucher at the City Sightseeing Visitor Centre located at Via IV Novembre, 147 (near the Colosseum). For the guided tour, you need to choose the language and departure time at the time of redemption. You must arrive 45 minutes prior the departure time for briefing.

    Ending Point

    You may get off at any of the designated stops

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 24 or 48 hours - City Sightseeing Hop-Off, Hop-Off Bus
    • Skip-the-line entry tickets to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (if option chosen)
    • Guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica (if option chosen)
    • Free Sightseeing Experience App
    • Audio commentary in 8 languages on the bus (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese)
    • Free WiFi onboard


    • 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.

    Should your chosen attraction be closed on the day of visit, you may choose an alternative date at the visitor centre and continue with your bus tour.

    Disruptions: Rome is a busy city due to its popularity, especially during weekends, events & holidays. Traffic congestion and road closures may cause delays, reduced frequency and changes to the route. However, our activity partner endeavours to provide a smooth and frequent service

    The Vatican: Museum is closed on every Sunday and special events; check the official website prior visit

    Dress Code: No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, and knees and shoulders must be covered for all gender; entry shall be denied if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

    Large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not allowed in the Vatican and there is no cloakroom

    Tour Restrictions:

    Wheelchair: Click here.

    Bags & Pets onboard: Click here.

    Fitness Level Required: Moderate

    Additional info

    Sightseeing Experience App: Download our activity partner’s app and get the position of the buses in real time, waiting time at stops, interactive map, latest information & more! You get FREE audio-guided walking tour of the centre in 5 languages.

    Click here to download the App (Google Store)

    Click here to download the App (Apple)

  • 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
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      Elena Vago, Russian Federation, 16/Aug/2019
    • The bus was covered, which was great because it was VERY hot in Rome and the sun was scorching. The city was packed and very busy, but all of our bus drivers did a great job of navigating the streets. At a few stops there were two buses in a row, which was awesome given how busy it was. We also loved being able to skip the line for the Vatican and get right inside!

      Chad Bunce, United States, 04/Aug/2019
    • 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