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Experience one of the most unconventional areas of Rome through our Catacombs Line. Hop-on our minivan to explore the beautiful sights along the Ancient Appia, the “Queen of Roads” of the Roman Empire and get the chance to visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, the Guided Tour is included in your ticket! Download the Catacombs & Ancient Appian Way digital audio guide available in your package and make your journey unforgettable. Visit our Service Information page for the full timetable and tour departures (4 per day) of the guided tours to the Catacombs of San Sebastian. The tour starts at Stop #1 (Termini Train Station) and will take you to Stop #4 Catacombs of San Sebastian in approx. 45 mins, where you can join the guided tour and then explore the other sites on your own.

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
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Nazionale d'Arte Antica
  • Trevi District Underground
  • 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


Colosseum Via di San Gregorio (bus stop outside Roman Forum entrance)
First Stop 09:27
Last Stop 18:16


Vatican Lungotevere Tor di Nona (Near Sant'Angelo Bridge)
First Stop 09:42
Last Stop 18:44


Piazza Venezia Via di Teatro Marcello
First Stop 09:44
Last Stop 18:32
Piazza Venezia


Termini Railway Station Piazza de Cinquecento
First Stop 09:00
Last Stop 17:50
Termini Railway Station


Piazza Barberini / Spanish Steps Via Barberini 12
First Stop 09:01
Last Stop 19:14
Piazza Barberini / Spanish Steps


Circo Massimo Piazzale Ugo La Malfa
First Stop 09:35
Last Stop 18:23
Circo Massimo


Ludovisi / Spanish Steps Via Ludovisi, 73
First Stop 10:04
Last Stop 19:07
Ludovisi / Spanish Steps


Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Piazza dell'Esquilino, 14, 00185 Roma
First Stop 09:12
Last Stop 18:02
Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore


Colosseum Via di San Gregorio (bus stop outside Roman Forum entrance)
First Stop 09:57
Last Stop 16:02


Termini Railway Station Piazza de Cinquecento
First Stop 09:35
Last Stop 16:05
Termini Railway Station

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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