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Vatican Tickets Price 2021

Visiting the Vatican without breaking the bank is possible. I tell you how much tickets cost, how to get discounts and what you can visit for free at the Vatican. Read on!

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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Vatican Tickets Price 2021

Interior of St. Peter's Basilica | ©Mathew Schwartz

If you are thinking about visiting the Vatican, surely you have wondered how big your budget should be, what are the different ticket prices, what things you can visit for free, and how much you should invest in tickets or a guided tour.

The most important thing to know is that you can access the Vatican from $ 46 if you want to take a guided tour in English and you can spend up to $ 130 for a VIP ticket to enter early in the morning, before the doors open to the general public to avoid overcrowding.

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

St. Peter's Dome | ©Aldo Loya
St. Peter's Dome | ©Aldo Loya

At Hellotickets you can book the ticket with a guided tour in English for $ 46 and you can make changes or refunds, which is important to have more flexibility in your trip. With this ticket you will have access to the Vatican Museums, where the Sistine Chapel is located. If you prefer to buy just the ticket, you can do it from the official Vatican website for $ 20, but keep in mind that you will have to choose now the exact date and time for the visit and the tickets are non-refundable, so you will not be able to make changes or refunds.

Why is it advisable to take the guided tour option? Because in addition to housing several museums, the amount of frescoes, sculptures, paintings, and works of art in the Vatican is incalculable. Faced with such majesty, it is advisable to visit it with an expert who will make sure you see the essentials and explain the basics of what you see.

There is also the option of buying a premium ticket to enter the Sistine Chapel first thing in the morning. With this exclusive tour, you will enter the Vatican with an expert guide and a very small group of tourists which guarantees a more intimate visit. It costs $ 130.

Remember that you can buy tickets at the ticket office, but besides the fact that you will get the same price as online (they never give discounts or special rates), you will have to wait literally hours of queues at the Vatican gates. Why is it important to take the skip the line option? Precisely for that reason, to avoid the very long lines in front of the Vatican, which are the longest in Rome.

How much does a ticket to the Sistine Chapel cost?

Sistine Chapel | ©Unsplash
Sistine Chapel | ©Unsplash

The ticket you need to access the Sistine Chapel is the Vatican Museums ticket, as the Chapel is located inside. Tickets range from $ 20 at official Vatican website (without guide and without the option of exchanges or refunds) to $ 46 at Hellotickets, where you will access the Sistine Chapel with an expert guide with whom you will also visit the rest of the Vatican galleries. A VIP ticket to enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public costs $ 130.

Vatican entrance fee with the Roma Pass or the Omnia Card

Roma Pass | ©Hellotickets
Roma Pass | ©Hellotickets

If in addition to accessing the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums you are considering entering other museums or attractions in Rome, such as the Borghese Gallery, the Capitoline Museums, the Colosseum or even taking the tourist bus, you may want to purchase the Roma Pass together with the Omnia Card, the tourist cards of the city.

You can buy the Omnia Card for $ 140 at Hellotickets and with it, you can access the Castel St' Angelo, the Colosseum, the Capitoline Museums, and most importantly, the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, without queues.

Price of the combined ticket for the Vatican and Colosseum

Colosseum ticket | ©Unsplash
Colosseum ticket | ©Unsplash

A very good option to save also on the purchase of tickets during your trip to Rome is taking together the entrance to the Vatican and the Colosseum. At Hellotickets you can get the ticket to the Vatican and the Colosseum combined with a guided tour of both places for $ 111. Plus, you get access to both the Vatican and the Colosseum skipping the lines. A great deal!

How much does it cost to enter St. Peter's Basilica?

St. Peter's at the Vatican | ©Michele Francioso
St. Peter's at the Vatican | ©Michele Francioso

You're in luck, because getting into St. Peter's Basilica is free. Of course, the lines at the doors of the Basilica are endless, so there are tickets to the Vatican that include access to the Museums and the Basilica skipping the queues. This is the case of this guided tour of the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica which costs $ 47 at Hellotickets. When you get there and see the lines forming at the door, you'll be thankful you booked this option in advance.

Price of the ascent to St. Peter's Dome

Going up to St. Peter's Dome costs $ 10 and tickets cannot be purchased online. You will have to access the inside of the Basilica to buy them right there at a counter. It is well identified, so you will recognize it as soon as you enter. If you want to take the ticket with the option to go up a section by elevator, the price is $ 12.

How much does it cost to go down to the Crypts of the Popes?

To go down to the Crypts where some of the Popes are buried, you will have to pay a separate entrance fee of $ 15 and again, you can not get it online. You will have to go to the same place where you buy the tickets for the Dome, inside St. Peter's Basilica, to purchase them.

What can I see for free at the Vatican?

St. Peter's Dome | ©Briana Tozour
St. Peter's Dome | ©Briana Tozour

The Vatican City itself is free to visit, it is free and requires no entrance fee. You can free access by strolling quietly from the center of Rome (normally if you come from Castel Sant'Angelo you cross the majestic Via della Conciliazione) until you reach St. Peter's Square with the mythical white colonnade by Bernini. All this is free and entering St. Peter's Basilica is also free (be patient to enter the interior of the temple).

However, to access the Sistine Chapel (which is inside the Vatican Museums), the Vatican Museums and gardens, and the Dome and Crypts of St. Peter's Basilica you will need to buy a ticket.

Special rates and discounts

 Vatican City | ©Anelale Najera
Vatican City | ©Anelale Najera

If you are a properly accredited pilgrim, journalist, art professor, or accredited historian, you can access the Vatican for free, but you must bring the official documentation correctly filled out and go to the ticket office to redeem your free or discounted ticket (for this you will have to stand in the same queues as all visitors waiting to buy their ticket). Students are eligible for the reduced rate (% 10 per ticket without guided tour) until the age of 25, but must present their student card at the door.

Do children pay admission to the Vatican?

 St. Peter's Square | ©Unsplash
St. Peter's Square | ©Unsplash

Yes, children over 6 years old need a ticket to access the Vatican, but there are reduced rates. For example, for access to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, the reduced-rate ticket price for children is $ 10 instead of the adult rate of $ 20. Children under 6 years of age do not need to pay admission.