recent Archeobus experience?

I'm wondering if anyone has recent experience with Archeobus. Seems like a good option when it's working right, but I also get the impression that functionality can be quite variable. So I'm wondering if anyone has used it recently. I don't do well with buses (not really an option where I live, so little practice). Consequently, the idea of a bus that specializes in getting tourists where they want to go is very appealing.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10888 posts

We used it about 18 months ago on a Sunday and it was great. Don't know what you mean by "don't do well with buses." It is the typical double decker, hop on/off tourist bus. Follows a fixed route and is handy for seeing a lot of sites conveniently. Go on Sunday so that you can walk along the Appian Way.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2529 posts

Not a fan of the archeobus, a day-ticket on the regular bus system will give you more options. Check Sunday bus schedules for the Appian Way; the archeobus only runs once an hour, if that. From your previous posts I think the guided narrative will be far inferior to your own research. There's another hop on-hop off bus called Roma Christiana (I think) that may also go to the Via Appia Antica, but the drawbacks would be the same.

Posted by Laurie Beth
Was MN, now TX
638 posts

I agree with Zoe. I was not pleased with Archeobus. Many of the earphones for the narrative were broken, the attendant was rude, and the buses didn't run very often. So when I got off to see something in more detail rather than driving by, I had a long wait for the next bus.

Posted by Linda
Seattle, WA, USA
432 posts

My experience in Sept. 2012 was exactly what Laurie went through. I do not recommend Archeobus.

Posted by Sherry
San Jose, CA
1139 posts

Thanks all for the guidance. It sounds like this might be a good opportunity to overcome my phobia about buses and figure out how to get to the Appian way via regular buses.