48 Hour Hop-on Hop-off bus and SKIP THE LINE Colosseum, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel entry

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Includes skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum.

Discover Rome at your own pace with a combined 48-hour ticket hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, and a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City, as well as the imperial sites of the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Our guide to Rome Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour Plus SKIP THE LINE Colosseum, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entry

Explore Rome at your own pace with a 48-hour hop-on, hop-off open top bus tour. The tour also includes a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel plus the Imperial remains of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Your skip the line access to the Vatican Museums means more time exploring the world’s most comprehensive collection of art, and less time waiting in the famously long lines. Once inside, wander through the galleries at your own pace, and see masterpieces of art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and more.

With your skip-the-line Colosseum Ticket you can explore the ruins of Ancient Rome. Stroll around the circumference of this famous structure to understand what it was like when the crowds roared and gladiators fought for their lives.

Afterwards, walk along the Sacred Way of the Roman Forum, where festivals and triumphal processions took place. See the very sight where the body of Julius Caesar was cremated, the Arch of Titus, the Temple of the Vestal Virgins and the Senate House. 

Highlights Include:

  • 48 hour hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Rome
  • Skip the lines access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum
  • Admission to the Roman Forum and Palantine Hill

With a Double Decker Tour Ticket you can hop-on and hop-off the buses at any of the stops throughout Rome, giving you the freedom and flexibility to explore, sightsee or visit attractions before boarding the next bus to continue your tour. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours and includes two routes.

From the Trevi fountain to the Colosseum, Rome’s abundant sights rival those of any other city on the planet, in terms of their beauty, historical importance and ability to simply take your breath away. Whether your interests lie in antiquity, architecture, cuisine, culture, religion, shopping or sport, Rome has something to suit all tastes. Stroll through the Pantheon, marvel at Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio and admire the Swiss Guardsmen of Vatican City. Try a ‘proper’ spaghetti alla Carbonara near the Spanish Steps or sit back with a coffee and people-watch in Piazza Navona. Alternatively, if you fancy a break from Rome sightseeing, act like a local and take in a Lazio or Roma match at the Olympic Stadium.

Line A

  • Stop 1 - Via Marsala
  • Stop 2 - Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Stop 3 - Colosseo
  • Stop 4 - Circo Massimo
  • Stop 5 - Piazza Venezia
  • Stop 6 - Vaticano
  • Stop 7 - Fontana di Trevi
  • Stop 8 - Piazza Barberini

Line B

  • Stop 1 - Largo di Villa Peretti
  • Stop 2 - Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Stop 3 - Colosseo
  • Stop 4 - Circo Massimo
  • Stop 5 - Piazza Venezia
  • Stop 6 - Vaticano
  • Stop 7 - Piazza di Spagna
  • Stop 8 - Piazza Barberini

Please note the Vatican Museum is closed every Sunday and on select religious holidays including Christmas Day. The Colosseum is closed on the 1st Sunday of each month plus 1 May, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for 48 Hour Hop-on Hop-off bus and SKIP THE LINE Colosseum, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel entry

  • Please note: Colosseum visit must be taken on date selected in the calendar when ticket is booked.
  • To activate your ticket when in Rome, you must present a paper version of your booking voucher (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted) at City Sightseeing®Roma (Colosseum Visitor Center, Via IV Novembre, 147 Piazza Venezia) before 1pm. Here, you will receive instructions for joining your Colosseum tour (this will commence shortly afterwards and depart from a nearby Colossuem tour operator's office) and also a voucher for your Vatican Museum visit (please note, this can be activated at anytime - you will simply need to redeem the voucher at a tour operator's office close to the Vatican Museum ticket entrance).
  • Vatican Museum and Sistene Chapel: This portion of your tickets do not need to be used within the validity of the 48-hour hop-on, hop-off bus ticket but can only be used between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
  • The skip-the-line Vatican Museum tickets enable you to bypass the main ticket purchase line. However, you may still have to queue to get into the Vatican Museums at busy times but your queuing time will be significantly reduced. 
  • Entrance into the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Low-cut or sleeveless tops or shorts will be not permitted for men and women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted to enter the Vatican.
  • Certain stops and sections of the tour may occasionally be subject to last minute changes and closures. 
  • Large handbags and rucksacks are not permitted inside the Colosseum or the Vatican Museums and cloakroom services are not available. We recommend not taking a large bag on your visit to the Colosseum or Vatican Museums.
  • Please have a valid photo ID with you, as you might be asked to present that for security reasons.
  • Cancellation policy: Free cancellation until 1 day before the tour; 100% charged for cancellations effectuated 1 day before the tour.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for 48 Hour Hop-on Hop-off bus and SKIP THE LINE Colosseum, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel entry

  • How does it work?
    Step 1: When booking the ticket you must select a date in the calendar - this is when you must redeem your ticket in Rome AND visit the Colosseum.
    Step 2: When in Rome, you must present a paper version of your booking voucher (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted) at City Sightseeing®Roma (Colosseum Visitor Center, Via IV Novembre, 147, Piazza Venezia) before 1pm on your pre-selected date. At this point, your Colosseum slot will be allocated for later in the same day (subject to availability).
    Step 3: You will also receive the additional tickets for the Vatican Museums (redeemable at anytime) and your hop-on hop-off bus.
  • What does ‘Hop On Hop Off’ service mean?
    The ‘Hop On Hop Off’ formula allows passengers to get on and off the bus at their leisure, whenever and wherever they want, at any stop along the route, as long as the ticket is valid.
  • Does the service offer any commentary or guide?
    Each bus tour allows passengers to listen to a recorded commentary via individual headphone sets, providing passengers with useful and interesting information about the history, culture, traditions and curiosities of the city.
  • Do I have to print the voucher?
    Yes, please make sure to print your voucher and bring it with you to exchange for your ticket.
  • Do I have to use my Colosseum/Vatican Museum/Sistene Chapel tickets within the validty of the 48 hour bus pass?
    No, the additional tickets can be used on any day (they don't have to be used within the validity of the bus ticket) but must be used between 9.00am and 3.00pm.

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