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Avoid the crowds, skip the line, and buy Vatican tickets online!

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Where To Buy Vatican Tickets ?



We highly recommend you buy your Vatican City and Vatican Museums tickets online. By doing so, you will be able to avoid long waiting lines for the entrance. To put it simply, your whole experience will be less stressful, and you will have a priority entrance ticket.



You can also buy your Vatican tickets at the entrance, but you’ll have to wait in line to do so. The lines to purchase Vatican tickets are incredibly long, and you’ll spend a lot of time just waiting to buy a ticket. Although the tickets can turn out to be a bit cheaper when you buy them in person at the entrance, there is a possibility that you’ll not be able to enter the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or other attractions.

We have put together the best Vatican City tickets available to buy online. Choose the best Vatican tickets for you!

How to choose the best Vatican ticket for you?

When visiting the Vatican Museum, deciding on the best ticket can be challenging and overwhelming. There are countless options for which Vatican ticket to buy out there; that’s why we have curated the best options for you when it comes to Vatican tickets.

Vatican Skip the line, Prices, and Overview

Here, you can compare the best available ticket options for the Vatican tickets online, save time, and avoid long lines. All tickets come with an excellent cancellation policy: full refund and free cancellation.

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Vatican Entrance Ticket
Vatican Entrance Ticket

Visit: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

€ 29

Best price

Roma Pass
Roma Pass

Get skip the line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Castel Sant' Angelo. Save up to 35% with this amazing deal!

€ 33

The Vatican City Pass
The Vatican City Pass

Visit the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus!

€ 69

Save up to 35%

Colosseum & Vatican Combo Ticket
Colosseum & Vatican Combo Ticket

Visit: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with professional Guide

€ 97


€ 36

Best value

* Visitors under 18, accompanied by an adult with a ticket, can skip the line but must pay €2 in cash and show a document to verify they are under 18.

** Tickets are free for infants younger than 1 year.

*** Kids under 10 years of age can use public transport and visit all museums in the area for free if accompanied by an adult.

**** Visitors under 18 get in free, please get a free ticket for them at the cash desk.


Visitors that have skip-the-line tickets have to go through security checks as well, like any other visitor, and have their bags scanned before entering the Vatican. Expect a bit of waiting in the security-check line. But do not fear, this line is much shorter and faster than the ticket counter.


Which Vatican ticket should you choose?

If you don’t want to go on a full day tour, and you just want to explore the Vatican at your own pace, buying a skip the line Vatican ticket is the best option for you.

Hand-Picked Vatican City tickets

These tickets are perfect if you want to explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

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How do Vatican Skip-the-line tickets work?

Everyone knows that visiting the City of Vatican and Vatican Museums during your stay in Italy’s capital is a must, and the long queues in front of the Vatican Museum are proof of it. If you want to avoid waiting for two hours or more to buy your ticket, we strongly recommend you buy your tickets online.

Skip the line access will allow you to avoid large crowds and spend less time pointlessly waiting in long queues. This way, you can enjoy exploring the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens, St. Peter Basilica, and other attractions inside the Vatican. So book your Vatican tickets right away!

Buy your Vatican Skip-the-line ticket online. That way, you’ll be able to go straight to security and avoid waiting in a long line. You may have to queue at a small line at security, but this line always moves fast, and it’s something you really can’t avoid.

What can you see inside of the Vatican Museums?

Vatican Museums were founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II. Pope Julius II also contributed to artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, and Bramante with his wealth and visionary ideas. Museums are rich in art, culture, and history. They are a group of museums located inside of the Vatican, and the Pope appoints museum directors. A visit to the Vatican Museums allows you to explore more than twenty centuries of art and history. The art gallery (Pinacoteca), The Raphael Rooms, and The Sistine Chapel are only a tiny part of much more extensive and priceless collections. In total, there are 54 galleries inside of the Vatican Museums. Including the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums have one of the most impressive and sizable collections in the world belonging to the Catholic Church.

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What’s included in Vatican Museum tickets?

Entry to both Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is automatically granted as a part of the ticket. You can enter the chapel only through the Vatican Museum. Once you set foot inside, you can stay for as long as you want. There is no re-entry to the museum. The museum has one of the world’s largest art collections. Inside of it you can visit many exhibitions and galleries – Raphael Rooms, Lapidary Gallery, The Borgia Apartment, and many more. If you follow the entire route of the Vatican Museum, you will walk for about 7.5 kilometers or 4.5 miles. The regular tour of the museum can last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours. The primary ticket for the museum does not include an audio guide. But there are plenty of options available with the purchase of different Vatican Museum Tickets. The museum tickets can come with lunch or breakfast, and even happy hour. All these other options are followed by the fluctuating prices of Vatican Museum Tickets.

Most Popular Vatican Attractions

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Sistine Chapel

One of the most brilliant masterpieces of the Renaissance can be found inside the world famous Sistine Chapel. The painted Sistine Chapel ceiling was done by the master Michelangelo is something you don’t want to miss out on visiting. A lot of people visit the Vatican just to see the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

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St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica is famous for being the place of St. Peter’s Tomb and the Chair of St. Peter, which award a spiritual authority to the Pope. It’s also currently a Papal Basilica and one of four Mayor Basilicas of Italy’s capital. Enter St Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the architectural beauty.

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Vatican Museums

A fantastic collection of western art can be found inside of the Vatican Museums. Explore Raphael’s rooms, Pine Courtyard, Tapestries Gallery, The Pio Clementino Museum, and many other galleries filled with fantastic art.

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Vatican Gardens

These are private urban parks and gardens that cover over half of the country of Vatican. The Gardens are located in the west of the territory and are owned by the Pope. They are an incredible natural, architectural and artistic space.

Explore the Vatican at your own pace!

Buy your skip the line Vatican ticket and discover the art and history of the Vatican at your own pace. With skip the line access, you’ll be able to have even more time to look around and explore attractions such as Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Pinecone Courtyard, and other world famous sites. You do not need to go on a guided tour in order to get the best experience of exploring Vatican City.

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FAQ – About Vatican Tickets

Is entry to the Vatican free?

There is no entrance fee. St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square have free entry. But, you have to pay to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.

Can you just walk into Vatican City?

While Vatican City does allow visitors, it's important to note that not all areas are open to the public. For instance, the Vatican is home to various administrative buildings and private residences which are not accessible to tourists. However, visitors can get access to St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, and guided tours of the Vatican gardens.

How long does it take to walk around Vatican City?

Visiting the Vatican Museums takes easily 2.5 – 3 hours, not including the time it takes GETTING there.

Can I bring a backpack to the Vatican?

Yes, you can bring your backpack into the Vatican, but you may have to check it in the cloakroom. Also, backpacks bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm are limited.

Is there a dress code for Vatican City?

There IS a dress code. Both men and women must cover their shoulders, upper arms, and knees. The Vatican’s dress code prohibits wearing skirts or shorts above the knee length, low-cut shirts, and sleeveless tops. Longer pants are your best and safest bet. However, longer shorts or skirts below the knee length are also allowed.

Can you go to Vatican City at night?

And the good news is – anyone can do it! To visit the Vatican at night, you simply need to make a ticket reservation via the museum’s official website. These tickets are automatically “skip the line” tickets. You must make a reservation by selecting a Friday between April and October and then picking the timeslot when you want to enter the museums.

What is the best time of day to visit the Vatican?

Suppose you are looking for the best time to visit the Vatican. In that case, we recommend going there because the Vatican tends to be quite crowded and hectic during the weekends.

Can you buy tickets to the Vatican at the door?

Yes. You can purchase the ticket to Vatican Museum at the main entrance, but to do so, you’ll have to wait in a long line at the door. That’s why we recommend you buy your Vatican tickets online in advance.

Is it better to buy Vatican tickets online?

Buying Vatican tickets will save you a lot of time. Purchasing your tickets online will also allow you to better plan your visit itinerary and avoid crowds of visitors in long lines. To sum it up simply – YES! It is better to buy your Vatican Museums tickets online since it’ll be the best bet that you’ll be able to see everything you want to see. Have a look at the selection of the best Vatican Tickets available online.

What time do the Vatican Museums open?

The Vatican Museum’s opening hours are from 9 am to 6 pm, from Monday to Saturday. The last entrance to the museum is at 4 pm, and all visitors must leave the halls 30 minutes before closing time. The museum is closed on Sundays. The only exception is the last Sunday of each month. Then it’s open from 9 am until 2 pm, with the final entry at 12.30 pm. Most visitors come to the Vatican City State during the morning, so if you want to avoid big crowds and long lines, we suggest you go and visit in the afternoon.

How much does it cost to go into the Vatican?

The price of your visit depends on what you want to see. The tickets cost of visiting the Vatican can be anywhere from 25€ and up. But sometimes, you can even stumble upon reduced price tickets. Look into buying the Vatican Pass. Although it costs a bit more than just a regular entry ticket, it is the most cost-effective way to secure access to all the most popular attractions in the Papacy.

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Why Buying a Vatican Ticket Is Totally Worth It?

Read visitors reviews and testimonials!

Fantastic Day at the Vatican
We had a great time exploring the Vatican. We bought the ticket with skip the line access, and the ticket cost was 100 % worth it. It was an amazingly spent day and something you should do if you visit Italy.
Visit the Vatican Museums
We purchased our Vatican Museums discounted tickets online, and even though we made the last entry, we could still visit all of the attractions we planned to. The museums are incredible to experience in person and something I would recommend to anyone visiting the Vatican.
Priority Access Ticket
We bought a priority access ticket for Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel at a reduced price. It saved us a lot of time, and we didn’t have to wait in long lines. We were able to see all of the important masterpieces of Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, and we were delighted to see that all the necessary safety measures have been taken.
Great Experience!
We made reservations and bought our admission tickets online, and the process was really enjoyable and easy. Once we got to the Vatican, we used the audio guides and had the most fantastic time strolling around Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
Skip the line Vatican Ticket
Instead of going on a Vatican tour, we decided to buy skip the line Vatican ticket. It was the best decision ever! We didn’t have to wait in a long line to get in, and we managed to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel just after opening hours, which gave us the whole day to tour the fantastic Vatican Museums.

Do you want more than just a Vatican ticket?

Have a look at our Vatican Tours selection. Enjoy a fully guided tours through Vatican City’s history.

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Discover More of the Eternal City

If you want to experience more of Italy’s capital after your Vatican tour or skip the line Vatican experience, the Eternal City will not disappoint you. It is not said in vain that all roads lead to Rome. This fantastic metropolis has so much to offer visitors from art, culture, delicious food, monuments, and world-famous landmarks. If you want to make your stay here truly unforgettable, go on a guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Maybe visit the iconic Colosseum. Or go a bit outside of the city and have a day trip to Lake Albano. One thing is guaranteed – all the visitors of this incredible city want to come back, and we completely get why.