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Hop on Hop Off Bus

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Hop on Hop Off Bus

Hello!

We are going to Rome in June this year. What are people's experiences with the Hop On Hop Off bus? Is it worth it?

Is there more than one company operating buses like this?

Any feedback appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

There are about six different operators in Rome with HOHO buses.

In my opinion it's not worth it; the concept makes more sense in newer cities that are more spread out than Rome.

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2. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

Without a doubt the worst HO-HO bus experience we had anywhere in the world was in Rome. It was so mediocre that nothing else we did even came close!

We did use Rome Open Day Tour, possibly our first mistake, but the others all get similar average reviews. Part of the problem is that these buses just can't get near to a lot of the sites or sights because of narrow roads. Also they aren't allowed to stop close ti many attractions, so you end up with a fair walk, often retracing the route the bus took.

I'd seriously give them a miss and work your own way around to your destinations via public transport.

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3. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

You will find a ton of threads on the topic of hop on/hop off bus. Here's a few:

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We recommend the HOHO bus only as an introduction to Rome, to get an idea of how the city is laid out versus as a means to get around from place to place. Many attractions are clustered in the historic center and the HOHO bus can't get that close to many of them or you will end up waiting longer for the bus then just walking to the next place on your list. Walking is, by far, the best way to explore much of the historic center. There's also the very good mini electric bus system, the metro, and taxis for when your feet are just too tired out to go any further. But, if you want to try the HOHO bus as an introduction to Rome, that's not a bad idea -- I believe some of them offer a less expensive ticket for just riding the loop versus hopping on and off, so you'll want to make sure you get that cheaper ticket.

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4. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

Not worth it. The one we were on looped around and went past some of the same sights 3 times. The driver took at 15 smoke break near the train station after going past it once. Then started the bus and went past the train station again. When it started raining, we had to move to the lower level where there are few seats and the view is obstructed by the stairs. Also, we had to wait a long time for a bus to show up.

IMO, study the local transport website, the bus routes and the subway routes. A few years ago we paid euro 11 for a 3 day pass. We rode the buses and subway a lot.

The best is the little electric bus that runs from the Borghese Gardens and Gallery to Trastevere.

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5. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

Definitely, do NOT use any of these buses. Rome is so compact that you can walk anywhere in the historic centre. Secondly, these buses cannot get into the historic centre. They are religated to main traffic arterial roads. As pointed out above, your best bet is to use the city buses, plus a good map supplied by your hotel. Personally, I think the best overview of Rome is just to take the map and walk. A mention is made of the little electric buses. These can be used as hop on/hop off buses, and a lot cheaper. There are two intersecting routes that take you past virtually every sight. One runs from the Vatican through the historic areas to the Borghese Gardens, and the other from Piazzo di Popolo to Lanterna. They intersect near the Trevi Fountain on Via de Corso.

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6. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

Here's a link to the routes the electric mini bus run on: http://www.atac.roma.it/files/doc.asp?r=9

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7. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

I disagree with the above posts. Take the city owned red bus #110. It covers over 80 sightseeing destinations in a 2.5 hour loop. Great overview of the city. Ticket good for 24 hours. Sit on top in front for the best views. Audio plug in guide. Then take the loop again and get off at the places of interest or take the Metro. It is very easy to use. Happy travels!

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8. Re: Hop on Hop Off Bus

The #110 bus does not go into the historic city, only on the main roads that all the other buses use.

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