How to Visit the Colosseum: Tickets, Tours + Schedules - Rome Hacks
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How to Visit the Colosseum: Tickets, Tours + Schedules


With almost 20,000 visitors a day, the visit to the Colosseum must be well planned to avoid the risk of turning into an odyssey! Tickets are available for different types of visits: take a look at the ones selected in our dedicated article

You can also find these same tickets at various official resellers of the Colosseum, personally I find the Tiqets site very well organized and with excellent customer service.

Read on to find out how to get there, all  possible visit options, ticket prices, timetables and more to help you make the most of this incredible place. quite possibily the highlight of your Roman itinerary.

Costs and visit options


The ordinary ticket includes:

  • access to the Roman Forum
  • Imperial Forums
  • Palatine
  • Audio guide/video guide: optional

The ticket is valid 24 hours with a single access per site.

All rates indicated include the €2 supplement of the online booking cost.

**The reductions are applicable to all young people between 18 and 25 years old in the European community. The ticket is free up to 18 years of age, for disabled people and for all categories indicated on the Coopculture website, in the “other free conditions” section.

Every first Sunday of the month entry is free only for the ordinary ticket route. The underground, the arena and the third level are therefore closed.

/!\ ATTENTION /!\ if you want to visit the underground and the third level or the arena, you must book the guided tour in advance. It is not possible to go alone but you must be accompanied by an authorized guide of your own or of the Park. The entrance to this area is the Stern entrance which we will talk about shortly.

Online purchase (recommended)

There is no skip the line tickets for the Colosseum. However, online booking allows you to choose the date and time of admission. Once you have purchased your ticket you can choose to collect it at a specific cash desk by the entrance to the Colosseum or to have it sent to your email in digital copy. E- tickets can be printed out or exhibited on your mobile phone. This second option will allow you go straight to security without queuing anywhere else.

If you want to visit the undergroung and the third level of the Colosseum, you are strongly adviced to book your tickets at least a couple of months in advance, especially in high seasons.

Purchase at the ticket office (not recommended)

If you buy your tikcet at  the ticket office, you’ll be automatically assigned an admission time exclusively within the same day. If the tickets for the day are already sold out you’ ll  have to come back the next day and queue again. If tickets are available, you may still have to wait a while, even a few hours, before you can enter.

You might want to use this waiting time to visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. I recommend you do so only you have to wait a really long time: this wonderful archeological site requires a minimum of 2-3 hour visit up to a whole day. 

Roma Pass

Entrance to the Colosseum is included in both options of the Roma Pass, but also in this case an hourly reservation for the visit must be made. The reservation can be made exclusively for the same day and depending on availability. The reservation does not represent a ticket, so remember to bring the Roma Pass with you which must be shown at the entrance.

/!\Attention/!\ Roma Pass does not include entrance to the Arena, Underground or Third Level of the Colosseum.

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