If you're visiting the Vatican, there are plenty of options for Vatican city tickets. Browse below to book Vatican tickets online. Bear in mind that given the size of the Museums it’s well worth considering a guided tour of the Vatican Museums.
Your Vatican tickets give you access all areas, meaning you can explore the full extent of all the rooms and displays the Museums have on offer (provided they have not been temporarily closed). Popular rooms include the Raphael Rooms, the suites that form the reception room of the Palace of the Vatican and famed for their frescoes. There is also the galleries of maps in which frescoed maps adorn the walls. And, of course, the Sistine Chapel.
For those interested in seeing the Vatican before the crowds have descended, look to book Vatican tours and tickets that can place you inside before and after opening times. That’s right, with the right tour you could see yourself standing inside the Sistine Chapel with it pretty much all to yourself! Now that would be something.
The Vatican Museums are open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm with the last admission at 4.00 pm. For the last Sunday of every month (provided it does not coincide with Easter Sunday, 29 June, 25 and 26 December) visiting hours are between 9.00 am and 2.00 pm and is free.
You can buy entrance tickets for the Vatican Museums online or onsite. However, be aware of long queues with wait times as long as 2 hours. We recommend pre-booking a ticket to the Vatican Museums. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tickets include fast-track access and access to Vatican gardens via a secret corridor, cutting out queuing for that altogether.
To get to the Vatican Museums via the metro take Line A to Battistini, Ottaviano, or Cipro Station. For those looking to take the bus, the number 49 stops in the square in front of the Vatican Museums. The numbers 32, 81, and 982 stop at the Piazza del Risorgimento, as does Tram number 19 - a 500-meter walk from the Museums. Alternatively, the 492 bus stops at Via Leone IV (300-meter walk from Museums) or the 990 which stops at Via Degli Scipioni (900 meters walk from the Museums).
As always, the winter months are quietest, with lower numbers of tourists visiting the Vatican Museums. Other than on the last Sunday of the month, the Museums are closed. Sunday closures mean that Saturday sees the highest crowds. Wednesday’s are also often very busy as the Pope holds a papal audience. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, early in the morning or later in the afternoon are quieter.
The Vatican Museums house the immense art collections (over 70,000 pieces of which 20,000 are on display) amassed by Popes over the centuries. In fact, if lined up, the collection would be over 7 kilometers long. Seeing it all is more of a work of art hike than sightseeing. The Museums also host the Sistine Chapel, one of the most important churches in Catholicism. It features some of the best examples of Renaissance art, including The Last Judgement fresco by Michelangelo.
Vatican entrance fee varies depending on where and when you purchase your Vatican museums skip the line tickets. However, bought on the door Vatican Museum tickets without concessions begin at 17 € and with concessions at 8 €.
There are 1,400 rooms in the Vatican Museums with the space covering approximately 7 kilometers. A tour guide will be able to direct you to some of the Museums best pieces and provide great insight into all the pieces you see. There is also private best skip the line Vatican museums tour that can see you enjoying the Museums before opening hours. Book a tour to the Vatican Museums which cover skip the line to the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.
Toilets are clearly signposted and located throughout the Museums. There is a free cloakroom located past the security check. You can also hire a wheelchair (subject to availability) from the cloakroom. There is a first aid on site.