Guided bus tours, Rome, Italy
There are two tour routes for Rome, Route A and Route B, both around 95 minutes duration. Route A heads further to the north, passing the Borghese Gallery and Piazza del Popolo, whereas Route B spends more time in central Rome, passing the Quirinale and briefly running alongside the Tiber. Tickets are valid for 48 hours and both routes.
The routes criss-cross and run alongside each other at multiple points, and you are free to switch from one route to the other as many times as you wish. Tickets are valid for two days and both routes, leaving you a lot of time (though there will never be enough, unfortunately!) to tick all of your must-see boxes. As of early 2011 the price is inclusive of the new Rome Tourist Tax. The accompanying audio tour is available in 8 different languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese). The tours operate on a 'hop-on, hop-off' basis, meaning you may leave and subsequently rejoin the buses wherever and whenever you like! You can download detailed route-maps (PDF) showing both routes on the same map - the routes vary slightly according to day of the week - Monday to Friday map is here, weekends and special holidays map is here.
To get started simply click on the calendar below to select the date that interests you. The calendar will automatically block any dates that are not available, and do remember that dates are in European (day-month-year) format! Further down the page you'll find timetables for both routes, including starting times, finishing times and frequency, and don't worry - with your booking confirmation we'll be sending you full directions on how to join the tours.
Line A timings and stops
The 'Line A' tour starts and ends at the bus terminal on Via Marsala (close to the main 'Termini' railway station), with buses running every 20 minutes from April to October, every 60 minutes from November to March. The tours don't run on Monday and Saturday. The first departure is 09.00 in the morning, the last at 18.30 in the evening, 19.00 on Friday and Sunday. The 8 stops are as follows:
01, Via Marsala (bus terminal).
02, the Santa Maria Maggiore.
03, the Colosseum.
04, the Circo Massimo.
05, Piazza Venezia (Roman Forum, Campidoglio and Capitoline Museums).
06, St Peters (Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums).
07, Fontana di Trevi.
08, Piazza Barberini
Line B timings and stops
The 'Line B' tour starts and ends at Largo di Villa Beretti (just to the west of the main 'Termini' railway station), with buses running every 60 minutes, seven days a week. The first departure is 08.45 in the morning on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 09.00 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The last at 17.45 in the afternoon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 18.00 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The 7 stops are as follows:
01, Largo di Villa Beretti.
02, the Santa Maria Maggiore.
03 & 08, Piazza Venezia (Roman Forum, Campidoglio and Capitoline Museums).
04, the Colosseum.
05, the Circo Massimo.
06, Isola Tiberina - Trastevere.
07, St Peters (Vatican, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel)
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