Vatican Museums & St Peter's Rome fast track tickets

Skip the lines for admissions to the Vatican Museum & St Peter's Basilica


Queues at the Vatican Museums

Long queues: to purchase your ticket at the Vatican Museums around 9am

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Fast track tickets for the Vatican Museums in Rome are increasingly popular, as queue times can at popular times be over two hours. Fast track tickets are for many a useful way of mimimising queue time and giving you longer to spend on the tourist attractions you came to see.

 

These tickets are not guided and allow you to visit the Vatican Museums independently, on your own timetable. You can choose whether to book with or without an audioguide.

 

In addition on this page you will find guided tours to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with the skip the line entrance. These include hotel pick ups.

 

We also offer fast track tickets that combine St. Peter's Basilica with the Vatican Museums on a fully guided tour.


Please note that all visitors including those with fast track access must pass through metal detectors at the security check point, so please expect to wait up to 20 minutes to clear security.


So, if you'd like to visit the Vatican Museums and avoid the queues, pre-book, skip the long entrance queues and have fast, hassle-free entry.



Vatican Museums tickets, opening hours & time of visit

The Vatican Museum is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm (Final entry at 4pm).

The admission ticket permits the tourist to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and is valid for the day of issue.

 

On the last Sunday of each month the Museums can be visited free of admission charge from 9am to 2pm (Final entry at 12.30pm).


Note: these days are very popular and can get very crowded. If you wish to avoid these crowds avoid these days and holiday days.

 

Current admission prices can be viewed by clicking through to the official website at the top of the page.

 

For art lovers: don’t even think to come out in less than 4-5 hours.

 

If you are a time poor tourist, and your main highlight is the Sistine Chapel then about two hours might be appropriate.


Do's & don't's Vatican Museums

Clothing – no sleeveless clothing, shorts, skirts not covering the knee, or hats. Even if you get through security, you will be turned away by the attendants at the door.

 

Pushchairs - permitted in the Museums.

 

Food and Drink - it is forbidden to consume food and drink (including alcohol) inside the exhibition halls.

 

Photography - it is forbidden to use flashlight photography inside the Museums and no photography at all in the Sistine Chapel.

 

Mobile phones - not permitted to be used inside the exhibition spaces and the Sistine Chapel. It is forbidden to touch works of art.

 

Vatican Museums fast track tickets with optional tour or early VIP access

This facility provides fast track access through a reserved door into the Vatican Museums, allowing you to skip all the lines.


Meet your host in Vatican City or outside the museum entrance and head to a reserved entrance that guarantees you the fastest skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums.


Available every day except Sundays and holidays listed on the Vatican Museums calendar.


Vatican Museum Fast Track Ticket Prices
Vatican Museum Fast Track Tickets With Audio Guide
Vatican Museum Fast Track Tickets With Early Access
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour Pricing Information

St Peter's Basilica Rome cost of a visit

Admission prices & opening

We have a detailed explanation of the logistics of visiting St Peter's Basilica on our dedicated St Peter's Basilica page.

The good news in that its free to enter the main St. Peter's Basilica, though there are admission fees for a few parts (see our dedicated St Peter's Basilica page).


It is a good idea to join the queue as early as you can. By 11am the queue is snaking all around St Peter's Square, if so budget on queueing for about 45 minutes.


First of all the dress code is strictly enforced at St. Peter's Basilica. No sleeveless clothing, shorts, skirts not covering the knee, or hats.


There is very little to explain what you are witnessing. A guided tour, audio guide or good guide book will enable you to make sense of what you are seeing.

 

St Peter's Basilica fast track entry with audio guide

Days of operation: not Sundays.

Tour: audio guides available in Italian - English - Spanish - Portuguese - French - German - Russian - Polish - Japanese - Chinese

Departure times: 9.30, 10.30, 11, 12.30, 1.30, 3pm
On Wednesday: only at 1.30 – 3pm


Meet at the ORP office in St Peter's Square and then skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with an audio guided tour of St Peter's included.


St Peter's Basilica Fast Track Entry With Audio  Tour

St Peter's Basilica fast track entry including entrance to lift up to cupola for views

Days of operation: not Wednesdays or Sundays.

Tour: in English with your own personal headphones.

Departure times: 8.30, 9.30, 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30

Skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with a guided walking tour and a visit to the cupola. Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of Michelangelo. Then walk 300 steps to enjoy unrivaled views at the top, the highest point in Rome where few people go.

Your small-group tour starts in St Peter’s Square, where you’ll meet your professional guide. Skip the lines with exclusive access through the Vatican.

Head to the elevator for a ride to the cupola of St Peter's Basilica, created by Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo. Then, follow your guide up approximately 300 steps to the top of the cupola, the highest point in Rome, affording spectacular views.

After you descend, begin your small-group walking tour through St Peter’s Basilica, where your guide will point out to you everything you wanted to know: Michelangelo’s Pietà, the 91 papal tombs, and the statue of St. Peter for a blessing, which you traditionally rub for a blessing. You will end your tour of the world’s largest church with a view of the Swiss Guards in St. Peter’s Square.


St Peter's Basilica Fast Track Entry With  Guided  Tour

Vatican Museums & St Peter’s Basilica combined tour with fast track entry tickets

Days of operation: Monday to Saturday

Your knowledgeable guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums to explore the world's most extensive collection of art.

Highlights of the museums are Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms.

After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will walk over to St Peter's Basilica for a fascinating finish to your group guided walking tour stopping to admire magnificent St Peter's Square.


Vatican Walking Tour Pricing Information
Vatican Walking Tour Pricing Information
Vatican Walking Tour Pricing Information
Vatican Fast Track Tickets & Tours

Vatican Museums Tours & Fast Track Tickets

Vatican Museums Fast Track Tickets    €30.00

Fast track admission to Vatican Museum

Vatican Museums Fast Track Tickets + Audio Guide    €38.00

Fast track admission to Vatican Museum with Audio Guide

Vatican Museums Fast Track Tickets + Early Entrance    €49.00

Fast track admission to Vatican Museum before public opening

Vatican Museums Fast Track Access With Coach Transfers    €66.00

Tour in English plus hotel pickups

Vatican Museums Private Tours With Fast Track Access    Prices vary on numbers

Your own personal guide for your own grouo of 1 to 9 people

St Peter's Basilica Tours & Fast Track Tickets

St Peter's Basilica Fastrack with audio guide    €15.00

Fast track access to St Peter's together with audio guide in choice of languages

St Peter's Basilica & Cupola Fastrack plus guided tour    €46.00

Small group tour including visit to Cupola (Dome)

St Peter's & Vatican Museums Combined Tours

Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 1    From €38.00 (+€23.00 admissions)

Guided 3 hour walking tour with Fast Track Access + early/evening entrance options

Vatican Museums + St Peter's (With Fast Track Access) Tour 2    From €64.00

Guided 3 hour walking tour with Fast Track Access + early/evening entrance options

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s    €93.50

Visiting Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilicas

Other Vatican Tours

Audience With The Pope    €28.00

Attending Wednesday audience with transfers

Vatican Gardens Tour    €41.00

Includes admission to Vatican Museums


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