The lines for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are notorious, and standing for often way more than an hour in the blazing summer sun can be miserable. Thankfully these days avoiding really long lines is very simple.
How to skip the line at the Vatican
1. Buy a skip-the-lines ticket with audio guide
Buy 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.
Vatican museums key info
Nearest metro: Ottaviano (Linea A)
- 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.
3. Buy a basic ticket online ahead of time
Buy basic entry tickets directly online from the 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.