Rome Open Bus Tour – Vatican Museum Sistine Chapel (Fast Track)

Via Giovanni Giolitti, 40, 00185 Rome, RM, Italy

Tour Rating
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Rome Open Bus Tour - Vatican Museum Sistine Chapel (Fast Track): Discover Rome Your Way

Uncover the treasures of Rome at your own pace with the Rome Open Bus Tour – a 24- or 48-hour hop-on, hop-off bus pass. Board the open-air double-decker bus and ascend to the top for unparalleled panoramic views of the city, providing a unique perspective often missed by most visitors. Immerse yourself in recorded commentary that enriches your exploration.

Highlights of Your Rome Open Bus Tour

1. Hop-On, Hop-Off Flexibility

Enjoy the flexibility of a 24- or 48-hour hop-on, hop-off bus pass, allowing you to explore Rome's iconic landmarks and hidden gems on your schedule. Move seamlessly between attractions and create your personalized itinerary.

2. Recorded Commentary

From the comfort of the open-air bus, absorb the city's rich history and cultural insights through recorded commentary. Gain a deeper understanding of Rome's captivating tales as you travel.

3. Skip-the-Line Access

Breeze past notoriously long lines at the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum with exclusive fast-track access. Save valuable time and dive into a 3-hour guided tour available in six languages.

Practical Information

Tour Duration

Opt for either a 24- or 48-hour pass for extended exploration.

Guided Vatican Tour

Enhance your experience with a 3-hour guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, available in six languages for your convenience.

Booking Details

Secure your spot by booking the Rome Open Bus Tour with Skip-the-Line Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour online.

Discover Rome in a way that suits your preferences, combining the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off bus tour with the richness of a guided Vatican experience.

Tour’s Location
$ 159.00
Rome Open Bus Tour: What's Included
  • Hop On-Hop Off Bus Ticket: Enjoy the flexibility of a 24/48-hour bus ticket according to your chosen option. Explore Rome at your own pace, hopping on and off at iconic landmarks.
  • 2.5-Hour Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour (English Only): Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Vatican with a comprehensive guided tour lasting 2.5 hours. Discover the secrets of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with insightful commentary available in English.
  • Headset for the Panoramic Bus: Enhance your open bus tour experience with a headset providing audio commentary in 8 languages. Immerse yourself in the city's history and culture as you enjoy panoramic views.
  • All Fees and Taxes: Your Rome Open Bus Tour package includes all applicable fees and taxes, ensuring a seamless and transparent experience.
  • Vatican Museum Sistine Chapel Skip the Line Tickets: Skip notoriously long lines with exclusive access to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Save time and dive into the rich cultural treasures without the wait.
  • No Food and Drinks: Refreshments are not included in the tour package.
  • No Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off: Arrange your own transportation to and from the attractions.
  • No Transportation to/from Attractions: Transportation to and from the attractions is not provided.
  • No Gratuities: Gratuities are not included in the package.
Experience the best of Rome with the Rome Open Bus Tour package, combining the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off exploration with an insightful guided tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Rome Open Bus Tour: What to Expect Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Skip-the-line Vatican Museum - Sistine Chapel Tour Itinerary
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Operating Schedule: The Hop On-Hop Off service operates from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. A complete round trip to Rome takes about 2.5 hours. With 8 available stops, you can join the service within the validity of your ticket (24, 48, 72 hrs).
  • Ticket Validity: The validity of your ticket, regardless of the chosen option (24, 48, or 72 hrs), is calculated from the ticket's validation.
Included in This Itinerary: 1. Roma Termini
  • Terminal A and Terminal B, the first and last stop of the open bus sightseeing tour.
2. Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Visit the Beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
3. Piazza del Colosseo
  • The closest stop to reach Colosseum/Palatine and Roman Forum.
4. Circo Massimo
  • Easily reach points of interest in Rome, like the Mouth of the Truth or Trastevere Area on the opposite side of the river bank.
5. Piazza Venezia
  • Main Rome City Center hub, providing easy access to places like Capitoline Hill, Trajan's Market, Trevi Fountain, or the Pantheon.
6. Castel Sant'Angelo 7. Vatican City
  • Reach Castel Sant'Angelo, St. Peter's Basilica, and the meeting point for the Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel Guided Tour.
8. Vatican Museums
  • Starting time for guided tours of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel will be communicated upon booking the tour.
9. Villa Borghese
  • Reach the Borghese Gallery, Borghese Gardens, Spanish Steps, and Trinità de Monti.
10. Piazza Barberini
  • Reach Via Veneto, Via del Corso, and The Parliament House of Italy.
Points of Interest Passed By on This Route:
  • Vatican City
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Piazza Barberini
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Circus Maximus
  • Piazza della Bocca della Verita
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro di Marcello
  • Piazza del Campidoglio
  • Isola Tiberina
  • Aventine
  • Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Arch of Constantine
Explore Rome seamlessly with the Rome Open Bus Tour, enjoying the freedom to hop on and off while discovering the city's iconic landmarks and hidden gems.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bus ticket will be sent on your Viator extranet the day before your booking date.
  • Please remind that it is strictly required to print your bus tickets. No mobile tickets will be accepted on the Panoramic bus.
  • Panoramic Bus Ticket is valid for 24/48 hours from the first use.
  • For the Vatican Museum Tour customers have a mandatory meeting time stated 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time due to managing and organizational reasons. Late arrivals cannot join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • To get inside Vatican Musuem it is used group ticket and not individual one. It cannot be asked just the ticket entrance.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and Vatican Museum. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • You must have a valid photo ID (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also provide your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour, if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • Child discount is applied only with a valid ID card
  • Please note that security check at the entrance cannot be skipped. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors.This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • The activity can suffer 20/30 min variation due to organizational resons
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This tour will not operate on religious holidays
  • IT WON'T BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE BASILICA DURING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CEREMONIES (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the POPE). The Basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases it is not possible to guarantee access to the Basilica.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. To facilitate the security checks please insert any object (including mobile phone) in the bag/backpack or in the tray to be included in the X-ray
  • No change on a booking can be accepted after 24hrs to the starting time of the tour. In that instance, no refund will be issued.
  • For the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with motor difficulties and walker users
  • We kindly inform you that any kind of disability (visual impairment, hearing impairment,... ) or anything that might prevent you to regularly join the tour, MUST BE communicate in advance to our staff.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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