How to skip the line at the Vatican
- Buy a skip-the-lines ticket with audio guide for €29.70
- Book a group guided tour
- Buy tickets online from the official Vatican ticket office
- Use a discount card / tourist pass
1. Buy a skip-the-lines ticket with audio guideBuy a skip-the-lines Vatican ticket with audio guide for €29.70 per person here. This has many of the interpretive advantages of the guided option, but allows you to take your own time, skip parts, or linger over favorite pieces.
Book a group guided tour for €39 per person (private tours with pickup also available for cruise passengers). This has the advantage at the Vatican of allowing you to skip the line into St Peter’s Basilica too. More about that here.
official Vatican ticket office. Basic entry tickets are €17 each (€8 concession) + €4 booking fee each, and are only valid for the date and time booked. Locals’ tip: if seeking a reduced entry ticket for children between 6 and 18 years of age, you MUST bring their official ID (i.e. passport) to prove their age. If you’re a student you must bring an internationally recognized student ID.
Vatican museums key info
Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm (last entrance at 4 pm)
Sunday: closed (except the last Sunday of every month when the museums are free)
The museums are closed on the following days:
In addition to most Sundays, 1 January, 11 February 19 March, 22 April, 1 May, 29 June, 14 & 15 August, 1 November, 25 & 26 December.
See the best time to visit the Vatican Museums >
Nearest metro: Ottaviano (Linea A)