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Experience one of the hidden gems of of Rome on our Catacombs Tour. Hop on our minibus to explore the beautiful sights of the Ancient Appian Way, the Roman Empire's “Queen of Roads”. Admission to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano is included in your ticket, complete with a guided tour! The bus departs from Stop #1 (Termini Train Station), journeying for 45 minutes to the Catacombs of San Sebastian, where you can join the guided tour and then explore nearby sites independently before hopping back on the bus to return to Termini.

Please visit our Service Information page for the Catacombs Tour timetable.

Catacombs Route

Exclusive to Big Bus Rome.

Our Catacombs Tour (Purple Route) takes you south of the city to explore one of the world's most famous roads: the ancient Appian Way. You'll pass the catacombs of St. Callixtus, St. Sebastian and Domitilla, and the ruins of the Caracalla Baths, with the opportunity to to explore the surroundings.

Catacombs Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of the Catacombs of San Sebastiano.

Catacombs San Sebastiano Guided Tour available in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. To arrive on time for the guided tour, departures are at 9.35am, 11.05am, 12.35pm and 2.20pm. Please visit our Service Information page for full timetable.

Important Information

Before attending the tour, read the below's guidelines.

Clothing: the Catacombs are a sacred place, it is recommended to dress appropriately. In addition, inside the constant temperature is about 17° C and there is high humidity, so it is recommended to cover up.
Limitations: the site is not wheelchair accessible and is not recommended for those with claustrophobia as well as for those with serious walking problems as there are 100 uneven steps along the route and no possibility to sit down; there are no elevators, and the walking surface is uneven. Animals are not allowed, even with pet carriers.

Free Mobile App

Now with live bus arrival times!

Download our free mobile app for the perfect pocket companion to your sightseeing adventure. Our new live bus arrival times feature shows you exactly where the bus is along the route, along with an ETA for your nearest stop! This gives you the freedom to make the most of your time exploring. In addition to live bus arrival times, you'll also get detailed maps and route information, stop images, walking directions, facts about famous landmarks and attractions, ticket offers and more. Save memory-making minutes on your city adventure with the Big Bus Tours App!

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Catacombs Tour (Purple Route)

Our sightseeing tour of Rome offers insight into the city’s rich past and contemporary culture with informative, pre-recorded commentary. Throughout the tour you can hop on and hop off to explore Rome’s famous landmarks and attractions at your own pace.

  • Stadium of Domitian
  • Rome Airport Bus
  • Villa Borghese gardens
  • Altar of the Fatherland Elevator
  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Baths of Diocletian
  • Capitoline Museums
  • Dorothy Circus Gallery
  • Pantheon Entrance with Digital Audioguide
  • Nazionale d'Arte Antica
  • Vatican Museums
  • Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
  • Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
  • Pantheon
  • Roman Forum
  • St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs
  • Galleria Borghese
  • Quirinal Palace
  • Piazza Venezia & Altare della Patria
  • Termini Station
  • Trajan's Market
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza del Campidoglio
  • Vatican City
  • Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Castel Sant Angelo
  • Palatine Hill & Museum
  • Piazza Navona
  • Circus Maximus
  • Spanish Steps
  • Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Guided Tour
  • Colosseum
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Trajan’s Column
  • Campo de' Fiori
  • Colosseum Information Kiosk


Termini Railway Station Via Giovanni Giolitti, 32
First Stop 09:45
Last Stop 16:05
Termini Railway Station


Colosseum Via di San Gregorio (bus stop outside Roman Forum entrance)
First Stop 10:05
Last Stop 16:33


Catacombs & Church of San Sebastiano Via Appia Antica, 136, 00179, Roma
First Stop 10:19
Last Stop 16:47


Caffarella Park Via Appia Antica, 72-74, 00179 Roma
First Stop 10:15
Last Stop 16:43


Fosse Ardeatine Vicolo delle Sette Chiese
First Stop 10:23
Last Stop 16:51


Baths of Caracalla Viale Guido Baccelli
First Stop 10:29
Last Stop 16:59


Circo Massimo Piazzale Ugo La Malfa
First Stop 10:35
Last Stop 17:05
Circo Massimo

Big Bus Tours is the largest operator of open-top bus sightseeing tours in the world, providing sightseeing tours in 22 cities across four continents.

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