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Colosseum Ticket price

You can't wait to go to Rome and, of course, to visit the Colosseum, but you must be wondering how much money will the tickets cost you. Read on and I'll tell you all the details

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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Colosseum Ticket price

Colosseum detail | Chad Greiter

The Colosseum will be your Mecca when you arrive in Rome: the first thing you will want to see and the first thing you will remember after your trip. Now, I'm sure you'll have a couple of questions: How much do tickets cost? How much will you have to pay if you also want to visit the Roman Forum?

Don't worry, here's everything you need to know about the Colosseum's ticket prices.

How much does a skip-the-line ticket to the Colosseum cost?

Enjoy the Colosseum | ©Jorge Fernández Salas
Enjoy the Colosseum | ©Jorge Fernández Salas

The price of the Colosseum tickets (which also include access to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill) is $ 20 for adults and there is a special rate for children ($ 20 per ticket for the youngest ones).

However, buying tickets at the ticket office is not the best option. My recommendation is to buy Colosseum tickets online and in advance to save unnecessary waiting time at the ticket office.

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How much does a guided tour of the Colosseum cost?

Guided tour of the Colosseum | ©Bill Smith
Guided tour of the Colosseum | ©Bill Smith

The price may vary depending on what the tour includes: for example, a one-hour express guided tour of the Colosseum costs $ 50 per adult, while a complete guided tour of the Colosseum with the Forum and Palatine Hill can cost you around $ 55 and lasts three hours.

For a little more, you can also visit the Colosseum Arena, which will give you a unique perspective during the visit. The price on Hellotickets is around $ 65 for more exclusive guided tours in small groups.

The guided tours of the Colosseum are undoubtedly the best way to know and get into Ancient Rome, both in the amphitheater and in the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. In addition, you have seen that there are options for all types of budget and time availability, so do not hesitate.

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How much does a ticket to the Roman Forum cost?

Roman Forum | ©Fabio Fistarol
Roman Forum | ©Fabio Fistarol

The entrance to the Roman Forum is included in the price of the Colosseum tickets and in most guided tours of the Colosseum, so you won't have to pay extra to visit it.

If you want to visit the Colosseum and you haven't taken the precaution of buying the tickets online and in advance, you can always go to the ticket office (the Roman Forum ticket office is usually less crowded than the Colosseum ticket office) and buy the tickets there. As they are combined tickets for all the archaeological area, they will serve you the same to access the Colosseum and you will save time by not having to make the longest queues.

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How much does a ticket to Palatine Hill cost?

Monte Palatino | ©Anthony Majanlahti
Monte Palatino | ©Anthony Majanlahti

Access to the Palatine Hill is included in most Hellotickets guided tours to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, so if you purchase a full guided tour, you won't have to pay extra to visit.

However, if you have just bought a single ticket for the Colosseum, it will not be valid to enter the Palatine Museum. In that case, consider purchasing the Full Pass if you want to have access to the entire area.

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How much does the ticket to Circo Massimo cost?

Circo Massimo | ©Sonse
Circo Massimo | ©Sonse

Circo Massimo is free. Circo Massimo is outdoors, it doesn't have a closed perimeter and you will be able to access it freely at the time you want, whenever you want, and without a ticket.

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How much does it cost to visit the Colosseum with the Roma Pass

Colosseum facade | ©Fabio Fistarol
Colosseum facade | ©Fabio Fistarol

The price of the tourist card Roma Pass will depend on the number of days for which you hire it. For example, the 72-hour pass is priced at $ 61 and with it, you will be able to redeem access to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum for free.

To find out whether or not it is worth buying this tourist card, the best thing to do is to calculate how much the tickets cost for each museum or attraction you want to visit. Keep in mind that generally, with the Roma Pass you will have access to entrance fees but not guided tours to most of Rome's landmarks.

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How much it costs to buy a combined ticket for the Colosseum and the Vatican

Visit the Vatican | ©CALIN STAN
Visit the Vatican | ©CALIN STAN

There is a $ 105 combined ticket that allows you to visit both attractions in one day, accompanied by an expert guide and also with priority access, which will allow you to skip the queues.

If you want to know what is included in this ticket for the Vatican and the Colosseum, you can read my article in which I tell you all the details to take advantage of this combo.

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Can you get into the Colosseum for free?

Interior of the Colosseum | ©Mathew Schwartz
Interior of the Colosseum | ©Mathew Schwartz

Yes, on the first Sunday of every month the Colosseum opens its doors for free. As you can imagine, Italians and foreigners crowd the entrances to get their free access, so take advantage of the occasion only if you don't mind squeezing into large crowds.

As a tip, I recommend you to get up early (as early as you can)** to avoid -as far as possible- the queues that can form and make sure you get a place in the most popular amphitheater in the world. This also applies to the visit to the Roman Forum.

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Are there any discount coupons or tickets on offer for the Colosseum?

The Colosseum at sunset | ©David Köhler
The Colosseum at sunset | ©David Köhler

No, there are usually no discount coupons or special offers for the Colosseum. Keep in mind that it is one of the most in-demand attractions in the world and they tend to sell out of guided tours on a daily basis. With this scenario, as you can imagine, it is impossible to find offers, discounts or last-minute cheap tickets.

However, there are groups (such as specialized teachers or art students) who are entitled to buy tickets at a lower rate than the general public. You can check it out in my article about cheap or discounted tickets for the Colosseum.

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Do children have to pay admission at the Colosseum?

Kids taking a break from sightseeing | ©Raymond Bucko, SJ
Kids taking a break from sightseeing | ©Raymond Bucko, SJ

Yes, children will need to have their ticket to access the Colosseum or a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. However, children under 18 years old have a reduced price when purchasing their tickets. You can check here for more details about offers or how to get cheap or discounted tickets for the Colosseum.

In Hellotickets, for example, you will be able to select during the purchase process how many adult and children tickets you need. Please note that the

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One last thing to keep in mind: minors must be accompanied by an adult and must prove their age at the entrance with an identity document.