You can get to know the city for weeks, but even this time may not be enough to explore all the most interesting places. But still, there is a way that will allow you to cover the maximum number of attractions, and this is the Hop-On Hop-Off buses in Rome.
The catch is that there are several Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing buses in Rome, and since the tourist route for all buses is about the same, many travelers have questions: "Which sightseeing bus to choose" and "Which sightseeing bus is better." Below we will list the most popular Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing buses in Rome.
As a rule, for such sightseeing tours, open-top double-decker buses are used. They allow you to enjoy full 360-degree panoramic views as you travel along the route.The buses are equipped with an audio guide system in 8 different languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese).
Almost all of the travel companies provide discounts and combined tickets for their services.
The Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing bus route follows approximately the same route and follows a circle (city center) starting from Termini Station. Stops are located near the city's most visited attractions. In this case, you yourself decide which one to get off at, and after sightseeing at the same stop, wait for the next bus and continue your journey.
Your ticket will be valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on the tariff you've chosen. But please note that on Sundays, or due to road closures and on holidays, some tourist routes may not be operational. They can also be canceled or changed due to weather conditions, and other unforeseen circumstances such as road repairs.
Also keep in mind that most tourists in the summer prefer to start their tour early in the morning. S there is a possibility that there may not be enough seats on the first bus. Typically rush hour runs from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.
Tour buses come approximately every 10-20 minutes, depending on the season. If you stay on the bus all the time, the entire route will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.
One of the main prohibitions on Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing buses in Rome is the transportation of bulky luggage, rest assured that no one will be responsible for its safety. You should also be aware that you cannot enter the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with large bags, backpacks and suitcases, so take care of your luggage in advance and take only a small bag with you on the tour, as the Colosseum has no lockers.
Grayline Tours (I Love Rome)
Grayline Tours is an international company that has opened a branch in Rome "I Love Rome". Their buses are pink and easily recognizable.
They offer several ticket options (from 2 hours to 72 hours), free Wi-Fi, the bus route includes 9 stops and the opportunity to see more than 40 attractions. "I Love Rome" also offer a one-time two-hour trip, suitable for those who want to see Rome without walking, being constantly in transport. Basically, they offer two types of tickets, one of which allows you to get in and out at any stop, and the other requires you to stay on the bus for the entire trip.
Big Bus Tours
Big Bus markets itself as a premium bus. The company offers 3 ticket options - Classic, Premium and Deluxe (1, 2 and 3 days), discounts for children and families of 4 or more. A ticket includes 4 free walking tours in English. The bus route includes 8 stops and the opportunity to see over 40 attractions.
Big Bus Tours smartphone application will allow you that you to track the location of the bus to reduce the waiting time at the bus stop.
City Sightseeing Tours
Just like the other two companies described above, City Sightseeing Tours works with tourists around the world. Their double-decker buses are painted red.
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing bus tickets are valid for 1, 2 and 3 days. The Sightseeing Experience smartphone app will help you track the location of the bus. The route includes 8 stops and covers all major landmarks.
All the above companies accept both printed and electronic tickets (from a smartphone). If you are traveling with a mobile device, you just need to present your photo ID and e-voucher on your smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.