I have just used a 3 day Omnia pass, and overall was pleased. We avoided the queues at the Vatican museum and St Peters ,as well as using it in conjunction with the Roma pass, which avoided huge queues at the Colosseum as well as unlimited transport on all buses and trains. Overall I have worked out that it saved me money as well as time, as it does allow entry to other places such as the Lateran basilica. The hop on /off bus is ok but the guides are poor , even unaware where some of their own attractions are, being unable to tell me where St Peter's prison was , and the timetable was erratic. For the extra money it was better than the Roma pass, but there are flaws in the system , mainly poor staff.
It's almost impossible that the Omnia pass would save any money, unless they sell it for half price. The Roma Pass costs 34 euros, and includes everything the Omnia pass includes except for the Vatican Museums and a hop-on, hop-off bus. The Vatican Museums ticket costs 16 euros, plus a 4-euro reservation fee if you buy it online. The best hop-on, hop-off bus in Rome (the Open 110) costs something like 15 euros for one or two days; they're always having sales so it's hard to say what it costs. However, and this is a big however, it would be very difficult to make use of both the transport portion of the Roma Pass and a hop-on, hop-off bus on the same three days. Also, hop-on, hop-off buses are not terribly useful in Rome, because they can't get close to many of the sights.
Anyway, adding it all up, you could get all the benefits of the Omnia pass by buying the Roma pass (34 euros) plus the hop-on, hop-off bus (say 15 euros) plus the Vatican Museums (20 euros) for 69 euros, a good deal less than the Omnia pass. I would suggest you first add up the costs of the museums and archaeological sites you want to see (other than the Vatican Museums). If they come to about 25 euros, then the Roma Pass might save you money, if you'll use public transportation more than twice a day. If the cost of entry tickets is less than 25 euros, then you're better off not buying any pass at all. You can still buy a ticket online for the Colosseum, so that you can skip the line, and also you can reserve an entry at the Vatican Museus to skip the line there. Here are some sites to help you decide.
Cost of museums and archaeological sites covered by the passes:
Buying reserved (skip-the-line) tickets to the Vatican Museums:
I think that most people are better off without any pass; I've never seen a single circumstance when the Omnia pass would have saved money for anyone. The Roma pass will save money for people who go to two expensive sites and use public transportation a lot, or those who visit three fairly expensive sites and use public transporation a few times a day.
The Basilica of St. John Lateran is free to enter, so the pass didn't save you any money there. All the churches in Rome are free to enter.
We are arriving in Rome on Easter Saturday in the early afternoon, leaving Easter Monday morning. (ridiculous I know but the purpose of the trip is a month in Firenze). I purchased the OMNIA Vatican card but am wanting to reserve tickets for the Sistine Chapel late Saturday afternoon. Does the OMNIA card let me reserve a particular time-frame & if so, how? The alternative is to use the OMNIA for the busses etc on Easter Sunday and simply buy Sistine Chapel tickets separately for the Saturday afternoon - and accept that I have paid for OMNIA unnecessarily.
I believe that the Omnia card allows you to bypass the ticket queue at the Vatican Museums, in which case there would be no need for a reservation.
It's too bad you've already bought the card, because there's no way to get your money's worth from it.Edited: 16 March 2014, 21:54
Thanks.... you are right that I shouldn't have purchased the card... but initially we were staying 4 days in Rome then changed our minds. We have been there several times but wanted to be at St. Peter's on Easter Sunday so structured our trip with that in mind.
Even if you were staying four days, it's not a good value. Unless you can manage within three calendar days to visit the Vatican Museums, plus three other museums or archaeological sites, and use public transportation at least several times a day AND ride the tour bus all three days, you can't get the value of the individual items purchased separately.Edited: 16 March 2014, 23:00
I spent a while trying to look for somewhere to post about this service.
My wife and I visited Rome between the 30 -Mar and 4 -Apr and wanted to see the sites. We choose to get these passes as they seemed to afford good value for money. I think they did and we did skip the queues. I some times wonder at the people who travel to far away lands then expect everything to work out just like home. We planned our trip read what we could then ordered the passes on line a week before travelling. We knew what times the offices would be open and there location (clearly stated on the website). We arrived in Rome on Sunday afternoon and after checking into the hotel made our way to the ORP office in St Peters before they shut at 5 the very helpful assistant explained how the Omnia pass worked when to validate them and what times the tours for St Peters and the Vatican museums started and what times the other museum's where open and where to meet. She then explained the Roma pass and what museums and discounts they afforded.
OK DAY 1 The coliseum using the Roma pass we headed to the entrance where there was a huge queue for the ticket office we showed our Roma Pass to the attendant at the back of the queue and he directed us under the barrier and another path which by passes the ticket office straight to a turnstile and straight in probably saved a bout and hour of queuing. After several hours enjoying the coliseum onto the Forum again just walk past the ticket office queue straight to the turnstile where there was one specifically for Roma pass holders (and disabled) no queues or hold ups.
Day 2 for St peters went to the ORP office at 9 am knew the tour was 10 got our sticky badges from the girls and told to get back for 9.30 so time to use the facilities and a quick espresso. Back in plenty of time to wait for our guide who came along checked names and of we went walking past all the queues around the square through airport type security then on to collect our audio guides. (You have to leave a passport/driving licence or 50 euro deposit but again we knew as it was explained when picking up the passes). Then onto enjoy St Peters. After St Peters back to the ORP meeting point to book for the Vatican Museum tour. Again had time for a quick cuppa then at the meeting point in good time for the guide to walk us round to the Vatican Museum (The restraint inside not to bad value) again bypassing the queues and we where then given our entry tickets for the museum and of we went exploring the museum and the Sistine chapel.
Day 3 used the sight seeing bus for the first time to go to San Giovanni Laterno ok this time we caught the wrong bus and it didn't stop where we thought it should so we got off at the coliseum and walked 15 min to San Giovanni Laterno once inside showed our passes and got the audio guide again leaving something for security.
After this visit we made our way back to the coliseum because we could not find the bus stop at San Giovanni Laterno after a 15 min wait caught the bus and enjoyed the tour around the city including the commentary via the free head phones. Hopped of at the stop for St peters prison which took a bit of finding but once there showed our Omni pass for the free audio guide then we where escorted round in a small group (6).
I think we made full use of our passes but we could have staggered there use ie we only needed the Roma pass day 1 so we should have waited till day 2 to validate the Omni pass at the Vatican then we could have made more use of the hop on hop of bus on our 4th day and there walking itineraries but to be honest we where just happy to wonder Rome streets looking at all the other free attractions and such as the Borghese gardens, Trevi, Pantheon, Spanish steps and countless other piazzas and statues.
Long answer yes I thought the pass is worth it but do some research don't turn up at the offices at the last moment and listen to the nice people behind the counter.
You should get either of these passes if you want it only for transportation. You can get a three-day transportation pass for €16.50, but even that is more than most people need, because the single bus tickets are cheap (€1.50) and can be used on all buses and trams for 100 minutes, and also for one entrance to the metro system. To justify the cost of the transporation pass, you would have to use public transportation a lot more than most people do.
The Roma Pass costs €36. It includes a three day transportation pass and also gives you two free entrances to state and municipal museums and archaeological sites, and reduced entry to any other museums or archaeological sites you visit within the three days. It doesn't include any private or church-owned museums, such as the Vatican Museums.
The Omnia Pass costs €95 euros, and includes everything included in the Roma Pass, except that one of your free visits must be the Colosseum, with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. (With the Roma Pass, you can choose any two covered sites for your free visits.) It also includes admission to the Vatican Museums, a three-day open top tour bus, and a few other minor sites. In my opinion, it's not worth the money at all. I think most people have trouble getting their money's worth from a transportation pass or from the Roma Pass, and this pass includes even more stuff but still has to be used within three days. And it costs nearly three times as much as the Roma Pass!
The value of the separate components is: €16.50 for the transportation pass; €14 for skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill; €20 for skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums; and let's say €10 on average for the other free entrance. I don't know how to value the open bus tour. It seems to me that if you used it very much, you wouldn't use the transportation pass, and vice versa. If you use it just one day, it's worth about €15. I don't see how you can justify spending €95 on this pass.
If you want to visit the Colosseum and Vatican Museums, I suggest buying the skip-the-line entrances on their official web sites. You don't have to visit these two places, but if you want to see them, they do tend to have very long ticket queues, so buying in advance is a good idea. Then I suggest buying about half a dozen bus tickets; that would cost €9. If you need more tickets, buy them when your supply is running low. This would cost half the price of the Omia Pass. No other entries have long queues, so you can decide on the spot how much more you want to see.
I notice that Terravision, the airport shuttle company, is pushing this overpriced Omnia pass. I think they must be getting a cut.
My husband and I bought the OMNIA Vatican Rome Card online as it seemed to be quite convenient and we read positive reviews about it, however our experience was negative. When you get the card online there is no information that it takes up to 48 hours to get your voucher for the card. The only thing they send you at time of purchase is an email with the order confirmation number telling that within 48 hours you will receive your voucher. Well we bought ours the day before we were going to Rome and low and behold within the first email you can't get your card. Must wait for the voucher email and there went our first day in Rome and then our second and on the day we left and no longer needed it, guess what? We got the actual email with the voucher. So, needless to say I am battling to get a refund for 2 a never used OMNIA Vatican Rome Cards as we never even printed the voucher, because there's just no use doing so on the last morning of our trip. This because there was no way to get a hold of them as they are closed on the weekends and there is no information on how to cancel or ask for a refund until you actually get the voucher email. I don't understand why one can't get the voucher at time of purchase as with just about every purchase over the internet.
We did buy the Roma card at the Termini station. It doesn't give you skip the line benefits but you can ride all the public transportation around Rome except for the Leonard Express, and also get into two main tourist attractions. It also includes attractions that are free of charge and others at a discount. The person that sold us the Rome card at Termini Station told us that more often than not people go there complaining their OMNIA Vatican Rome card isn't working for them and demanding a solution to the problem. Thing is they can't because it s a British company that sells these and they have no representatives in Rome. The only place you an pick' them up at is the Vatican but you can't purchase them there in person. Its pick up only! As with the Rome card you can find them at any tourism info booth.
So I was disappointed and I am now trying to get my money back on a useless purchase.
I hope this info helps.