Go Rome Explorer Pass

Note

The Go Rome Explorer Pass is still available. However, many attractions in Rome are currently closed.

What’s the Rome Explorer Pass?

The Rome Explorer Pass by the company Go City is an attraction-based city pass for the Italian capital. From a total of 30 attractions, you can choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 offers with this pass. These include the Colosseum including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Explorer Pass mainly includes premium services. This means that you not only get easy access to the attractions, but you can for example skip the queues, get an audio guide, or enjoy a guided tour. In addition to sightseeing, you can also take part in city tours and gelato making classes or take the Hop-on Hop-off bus.

The Rome Explorer Pass will not put you under any time pressure, as the pass is valid for 30 calendar days from the first use. This gives you time to visit up to 7 attractions. For most tourists, this should be more than enough.

You can only buy the Rome Explorer Pass on the Internet. The pass is ready to use immediately after purchase. Either you download it into the free Go City App or you print it out on paper. When you visit the first attraction, you simply show your city pass at any participating attraction.

Benefits of the Rome Explorer Pass

  • Free access to top attractions
  • Choose between 2 and 7 from 30 attractions
  • Incl. Colosseum, Vatican, Hop-on Hop-off bus
  • 30 days valid from first use
  • Ready to use immediately after purchase
  • Digital travel brochure free of charge

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How Much Does the Explorer Pass Cost?

The following table gives an overview of the prices:

The prices listed in the table are regular prices. However, Go City regularly runs discount campaigns. Especially the passes with four to seven attractions are almost always available at reduced prices, so you will hardly ever pay the full price.

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Reduced passes for children are unfortunately only available up to the age of 6 years. Children from the age of 7 have to pay the full price. For families, other Rome city passes are therefore more suitable.

What’s Included in the Rome Explorer Pass?

The following table shows all attractions included in the Go Rome Explorer Pass.

Last updated: 10/2020

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You will receive a digital travel brochure by e-mail with your purchase. This contains important information about the participating attractions. The same information can also be found in the Go City App.

Our Assessment of the Included Attractions

The Rome Explorer Pass is the premium pass among all of the Rome city passes. Not because it includes a lot of attractions, but because you often get more than the standard admission to one attraction. For example, you get a guided tour of the Vatican, which is of course much more expensive than a simple admission.

Before visiting the Colosseum you can watch a 20-minute multimedia video and you will receive an audio guide. A simple visit to the Colosseum with a time slot ticket costs only 18 euros. With the Explorer Pass, however, the value of the visit is 38 euros due to the additional services.

This means that the Rome Explorer Pass is more expensive than others. It is therefore not suitable for people who want to make their visit to Rome as cheap as possible, but rather for those who want to enjoy some premium services beyond the standard.

Fast Track Admission and Reservations

Unfortunately, the preferential admission advertised by the company is only valid for three attractions – but for the most important ones: Colosseum incl. Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill, Vatican incl. Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Explorer Pass is a quicker way to get to these sights. For all other attractions, you have to queue up like any other visitor.

As many of the attractions included in the Explorer Pass include a guided tour, you often have to reserve your place in advance. In most cases, you should make your reservation 24 to 48 hours in advance by e-mail or telephone. The sooner you book, the more certain you will get your preferred date.

Attention: If you have registered for a tour, you must visit it. Although your reservation does not activate the Explorer Pass, an attraction will be marked as visited when you make your reservation – even if you do not show up.

What Else You Should Consider

The Rome Explorer Pass by Go City covers many of Rome’s top attractions. Nevertheless, some are missing, which are popular with many visitors. For example, Villa Borghese and Castel Sant’Angelo are not included in the Explorer Pass. Also, you cannot use public transport with this pass.

Some concerts are included, for example, ‘The three tenors in concert’. Please note that these events take place only a few days a year or only once a week. If you are interested in these, please check beforehand if there will be a concert during your stay in Rome.

Validity of the Rome Explorer Pass

After the purchase, you have 12 months to activate the pass. Activation takes place when you scan the QR code at the first attraction. After that, the Explorer Pass is valid for 30 calendar days. For most visitors to Rome, this should be enough time to visit up to seven attractions.

For many of the included attractions, you will need to make a reservation. Reservations do not activate the pass, but the attraction is considered to be visited by the reservation.

Is the Explorer Pass Worth it?

Basically, the Rome Explorer Pass can only be worthwhile if you are interested in the premium services it contains. Many of the attractions could be visited for less money (Colosseum, Vatican, St. Peter’s), but then you would only receive the standard services. If you are interested in the premium approach, you will enjoy the Explorer Pass.

The type of pass which allows only two attractions is the most expensive. With it, each attraction costs €29.50. With the other types that allow you to visit three to seven attractions, each attraction costs only about €26. This means that the pass is worthwhile if you take advantage of offers that cost more than €26 when purchased individually. There are some of these, for example:

  • Colosseum, Forum Romanum & Palatine Hill: €35
  • Vatican incl. guided tour: €47
  • Pantheon incl. guided tour: €35
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus: €28.80
  • Walking Tour: €39
  • Gelato making class: €35

To visit these six attractions, you would have to pay a total of €219.80. The Explorer Pass for six attractions costs €164. So your savings are €55.80.

The Explorer Pass is worth the most if you do not buy it at the regular price. The types for four to seven attractions are almost always offered at reduced prices. The discounts result in a price per attraction of €22 to €24.

The more expensive an attraction is when purchased individually, the more money you save with the Explorer Pass. It is, therefore, most worthwhile for the most expensive offers, which individually cost more than €30 or €40.

When Isn’t the Explorer Pass Worth it?

Those who want to visit Rome as cheaply as possible will not be able to do much with the Explorer Pass. Although it saves money compared to buying individual tickets, many of the included services are premium offers that are more expensive than the standard tickets due to tour guides, audio guides, and other services. If you want to save money, you should take a look at Roma Pass and Turbopass.

The Explorer Pass is also not worthwhile for some of the included attractions. Sights that cost less than €26 when purchased individually you should not visit with this pass. Therefore, it does not make sense to use the Explorer Pass for visiting the Leonardo Da Vinci Experience (€12) or the Stadio di Domiziano (€8.50). Also, the wax museum is not worthwhile at all with the pass.

The concerts take place only once a week or only a few days a year. Also, the papal audience only takes place weekly. If you are interested in these offers and there are no suitable dates during your trip, the Explorer Pass will be less worthwhile for you.

Where Can You Get the Explorer Pass?

You can purchase the Rome Explorer Pass from the Go City Website before you start your journey. Immediately after purchase, you can download the pass to your phone via the Go City App or print it out and take it with you to Rome on paper.

The confirmation of purchase, which you will receive by e-mail, also includes a digital travel brochure with important information about the participating attractions. The same information is also available in the Go City App. This is available for Android devices and for iPhones.

What We Like About This Pass

 The pass offers many interesting services that are not available in any other Rome Pass. As a holder of the Explorer Pass you often do not get the standard tickets but premium services.

If you visit attractions that individually cost more than €26, you will save money with the Explorer Pass.

The Rome Explorer Pass can be loaded onto your phone and used immediately after purchase.

You have 30 days to visit up to seven attractions.

What We Don’t Like About This Pass

 The Explorer Pass is relatively expensive. If you mainly want to save money, you can visit Rome cheaper with other passes – but then you will only get the standard tickets.

Children from 7 years on have to pay full price. Therefore, the Explorer Pass is hardly suitable for families.

Some of the included attractions are too cheap to use the Explorer Pass.

You cannot use public transport with the Explorer Pass.

Fast track admission is only granted to a few attractions, but the most important ones are the Colosseum, St. Peter’s and the Vatican.

FAQ About the Explorer Pass

No, each attraction can only be visited once with the Rome Explorer Pass. Your ticket will be validated electronically upon entry. Only with the Hop-on Hop-off bus, you can travel as often as you like within one day.

Once you have purchased the Explorer Pass online, you can activate it at any time within 12 months.

The pass is only activated when you use it for the first time at an attraction. After that, the pass is valid for 30 consecutive calendar days. For most visitors to Rome, this should be more than enough time to visit up to seven attractions.

Basically, yes. However, you should note that many museums in Rome are closed on Mondays. So check the opening hours before you visit a museum.

The Papal Audience is only held once a week and concerts are also played either weekly or only a few days a year.

Many of the included attractions – especially the guided tours – you will need to book in advance. Normally it is sufficient to do this 24 to 48 hours in advance by e-mail or telephone. However, the sooner you make the reservations, the safer your spot will be.

The Go Rome Explorer Pass is also available for children between 2 and 6 years of age. They pay a reduced price. Older children must pay the regular price.

The Rome Explorer Pass is issued by Go City. Customer service can be contacted by email (go_rome@gocity.com), telephone (+44 20 7293 0972), or contact form.

Go City offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Within this period you can cancel your purchase if you have not yet activated the pass. To do so, send an email to go_rome@gocity.com with your order number.

Alternatives to the Rome Explorer Pass

If the Rome Explorer Pass is not suitable for you, other Rome city passes may be of interest to you:

Roma Pass: The Roma Pass is the official museum pass of the city of Rome. It includes free or discounted admission to many museums and some archaeological sites such as the Colosseum including the Roman Forum. In addition, you can use public transport in Rome free of charge for up to 72 hours.

Rome & Vatican Omnia Card: The Omnia Card consists of two parts: the Roma Pass and three other benefits: Hop-on hop-off bus, a visit to the Vatican, and fast track admission to St. Peter’s Basilica. This card is therefore perfect for visitors for whom the Roma Pass does not go far enough. However, it is considerably more expensive than the Roma Pass.

Rome Tourist Card: The ‘smallest’ Rome city pass with only four free services is the Rome Tourist Card. With this card you can visit the Colosseum, enjoy fast track admission to St. Peter’s Basilica, take the Hop-on Hop-off bus for a day, and take a shuttle from the airport to the city. The Rome Tourist Card is not cheap, but it can be worthwhile.

Turbopass Rome: An alternative to the Rome Tourist Card is the Turbopass Rome – the most comprehensive city pass for the Italian capital. With the Turbopass you can visit the Colosseum, the Vatican, and use the Hop-on Hop-off bus. The pass also includes other museums and attractions. You won’t save much money with the Turbo Pass either, but with only one purchase you can visit the most important attractions of Rome.

Single tickets: If none of the Rome city passes are worthwhile for you, you can book single tickets. We recommend that you book your tickets for the most popular attractions a few days or weeks in advance, as there are limited contingents. This applies especially to the Vatican and the Colosseum: