Rome Colosseum Ticket price

You can't wait to go to Rome and, of course, to visit the Colosseum, but how much money will the tickets cost you? Read on and I'll tell you in detail.

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Carmen Navarro

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Rome Colosseum Ticket price

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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 when you leave the city. How much are the tickets? How much will you have to pay if you also want to visit the Roman Forum?

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

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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tickets

Visit the Colosseum without queues or waiting and learn its history with an audio guide.

Get priority access to the most important monuments of Ancient Rome with this combined ticket. Walk through its corners, know its curiosities and travel back in time.

With this ticket you will have skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill and visit them in the order you want. You will have access to an audio guide and you can carry everything on your cell phone.

This combined ticket will allow you to visit:

  • Colosseum: symbol of Rome and mythical scene of gladiator fights and battle re-enactments.
  • Roman Forum: the center of ancient Rome, where markets, political debates and military parades took place.
  • Palatine Hill: the hill where it is said that Romulus decided to found the Italian capital.

Recommended if: you do not want to stress yourself out buying tickets at the ticket office or wasting time of your trip in queues and waiting.


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 about 37€ for adults and there is a special rate for children (2€ per ticket for the youngest ones).

Still, buying tickets online to the Colosseum is always better than buying them at the box office, as you can save yourself the trouble of not finding availability or having to waste time in endless queues and endless waiting. Without a doubt, it is the best option to optimize your travel itinerary.

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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 30 euros per adult, while a full guided tour of the Colosseum with the Forum and Palatine Hill can cost around 40 euros and lasts three hours.

For a little more, you can also visit the Arena of the Colosseum, which will give you a unique perspective during the visit. The price on Hellotickets is around 56€ 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. Besides, you have seen that there are options for all types of budget and time availability, so do not hesitate.

Here are some options for combined guided tours of the Colosseum:

Price comparison table

  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tickets
  • From $45
  • Self-guided
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • No guide
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  • Colosseum Guided tour with Roman Forum & arena access
  • From 108
  • 3h
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • Expert guide
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  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Guided tour
  • From 42
  • 3h
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • Expert guide
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  • Offer: guided tour to Coliseum and Roman Forum + Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • From 227
  • one day
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • Expert guide
  • Book now
  • Colosseum Guided tour with underground & Roman Forum
  • From 52
  • 3h
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • Expert guide
  • Book now

How much does it cost to buy a combined ticket for the Colosseum and the Vatican?

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

There is a combined ticket for about 90 € 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 this ticket includes 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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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 of the guided tours of the Colosseum, so you will not have to pay extra to visit it.

If you want to visit the Colosseum and you have not had the precaution of buying the tickets online in advance, you can always go to the ticket office (in the Roman Forum there are usually fewer people than in the Colosseum) and buy the tickets there. As they are combined tickets for the entire archaeological site, they will be valid for the Colosseum and you will save time by not having to wait in the longest lines.

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How much does a ticket to the Palatine Hill cost?

Palatine Hill| ©Anthony Majanlahti
Palatine Hill| ©Anthony Majanlahti

Access to the Palatine Hill is included in most Hellotickets guided tours to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, so if you buy a complete guided tour, you will not have to pay extra to visit it.

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 it cost to enter the Circus Massimo?

Circus Massimo| ©Sonse
Circus Massimo| ©Sonse

Circus Massimo is free of charge. Circo Massimo is in the open air, it is not perimetered and you can access it freely at the time you want, whenever you want and without admission. If you choose the guided tour, in addition to avoiding the queues, you will be able to understand the history behind this hippodrome thanks to the commentary of an expert guide.

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

Facade of the Colosseum| ©Fabio Fistarol
Facade of the Colosseum| ©Fabio Fistarol

The price of the Roma Pass tourist card will depend on the number of days you purchase it for. For example, the 72-hour pass is priced at 52 € and with it you can 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 to each museum or attraction you want to visit. Please note that the Roma Pass will usually give you access to entrance fees but not to guided tours of most of Rome's landmarks.

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Free admission to the Colosseum?

Inside the Colosseum| ©Mathew Schwartz
Inside 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 admission, so take advantage of the occasion only if you don't mind squeezing into large crowds.

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

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

The Colosseum at dusk| ©David Köhler
The Colosseum at dusk| ©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 cheap last minute 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.

Do children have to pay admission to the Colosseum?

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

Yes, children will need to have a ticket to enter the Colosseum or a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. However, children under 18 years old are entitled to a reduced price when purchasing their ticket. 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 can select during the purchase process how many adult and child tickets you need. Please note that minors must be accompanied by an adult and must prove their age at the entrance with an identity document.

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