If you are thinking of visiting the Vatican, you have probably wondered how much budget you need in total, what are the paid entrance fees, what things you can visit for free and how much you should spend on tickets or a guided tour.
The most important thing to know is that you can access the Vatican from 39 € if you want to take a guided tour in English and you can spend up to 110 € for a VIP ticket to access 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?
In Hellotickets you can book the ticket with a guided tour in English for 39 € and you can make changes or refunds, which is important to have more flexibility in the trip. With this ticket you will access the Vatican Museums, where the Sistine Chapel is located. If you prefer to buy only the ticket, you can do it from the official Vatican website for 17 €, 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 access before anyone else to the Sistine Chapel early in the morning. With this exclusive tour you will enter the Vatican with an expert guide and a very small group of tourists that guarantees a more intimate visit. It costs 111 €.
Remember that you can buy tickets at the ticket office, but in addition to 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 in line at the Vatican gates. Why is it important to take the option without queues? 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?
The ticket you need to access the Sistine Chapel is the Vatican Museums ticket, as the Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums. Tickets range from 17 € on the official Vatican website (without guide or option to exchange or refund) to 39 € on 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 110 €.
Vatican entrance fee with the Roma Pass or Omnia Card
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 along with the Omnia Card, the city's tourist cards.
You can buy the Omnia Card for 116 € 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.
Combined ticket price for the Vatican and the Colosseum
A very good option to save also on the purchase of tickets during your trip to Rome is getting together the entrance to the Vatican and the Colosseum. In Hellotickets you can get the entrance to the Vatican and the Colosseum combined with a guided tour of both places for 94 €. In addition, you will access both the Vatican and the Colosseum skipping the queues, a great tip!
How much does it cost to enter St. Peter's Basilica?
You are in luck, because entering St. Peter's Basilica is free. Of course, the queues 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 that costs 39 € at Hellotickets. When you get there and see the lines that form at the door, you will be grateful for having booked this option in advance.
How much does it cost to go up to St. Peter's Dome?
Going up to the Dome of St. Peter's costs 8 € and tickets cannot be purchased online. You will have to go inside 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 entrance ticket with the option to go up a section by elevator, the price is 10 €.
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 ticket that costs 13 € and again, you will not be able to get it online. You will have to go to the same place where you buy the Dome tickets, inside St. Peter's Basilica, to buy them.
What can I see for free at the Vatican?
The Vatican City itself is free to visit, it is free of charge and does not require an entrance ticket. You can access it for free by a leisurely stroll from the center of Rome (usually if you come from Castel Sant'Agenlo you cross the majestic Via della Conciliazione) until you reach St. Peter's Square with the legendary white colonnade by Bernini. All this is free and entering St. Peter's Basilica is also free (arm yourself with patience 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
If you are a properly accredited pilgrim, journalist, art teacher or accredited historian, you can enter the Vatican by invitation, but you must bring the official documentation correctly completed 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 the visitors waiting to buy their ticket). Students are eligible for the reduced rate (8 € per ticket without guided tour) until they are 25 years old, but they will have to present their student card at the door.
Do children pay admission to the Vatican?
Yes, children over the age of 6 need a ticket to enter the Vatican, but there are reduced rates. For example, for access to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, the reduced-rate ticket for children is €8 instead of the adult rate of €17. Children under 6 years of age do not need to pay admission.