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Which Colosseum Tickets Should I Buy and How Much Should They Cost?

Having realized that visiting the Colosseum requires reserving tickets online, to save time (and sometimes even money), you might be surprised to find that there are a large number of Colosseum tickets and experiences offered to tourists. Which one should you choose? We sorted out and classified for you some of the most popular tickets offered by various companies but first, here are some general and important tips before you visit the Colosseum:

  • Children up to the age of 18 are free.
  • We recommend avoiding the first Sunday of the month.
  • Like in the Vatican, the Colosseum offers an open ticket or a specific window of time. The second option is preferable (a certain time window). Open tickets allow entry to the Colosseum just after 2 p.m.
  • Time window for child tickets (which are free) cannot be booked. The tickets must be collected at the regular checkout after showing a certificate proving the age of the child, which means again, queues. The only way to avoid a queue is to purchase adult cards for children as well. Sure, not saving money, but should save time.
  • There is a new entrance to the Colosseum called Stern, allowing access to the arena floor. In the past, the arena was only open to groups, while individuals with a private guide could also enter. If your tour offers a sign-in from there, see this as a recommendation.
  • The underground floor and upper levels are usually reserved for VIP tours or special group tours. We strongly recommend visiting these areas, but keep in mind that they are not offered in the basic tours.
  • Tickets that guarantees skipping the queue will not help you skip all the queues as there is a security check and there is a queue to show your ID.
  • Even if you have booked a specific time window for the tour, the Colosseum has a limit of up to 3,000 people at the same time, so you may have to wait beyond the time you booked.

And now that we’re smart, it’s time for our ticket review:

The Basic

Marketed by Tiqets

So, as we mentioned, not all tickets sold to the Colosseum are the same. There are many differences between them and so are the pros and cons. Let’s start with what’s NOT on this card: access to the fourth and fifth floors, live guide, entrance to the arena and entry to the underground floor.

What’s on the basic card, which is the most popular product of Tiqets (in the Colosseum context): Preferred entry into the Colosseum, entrance to the Roman Forum located near it and entrance to Palatine Hill. Included also: Colosseum Video Guide and a map to download.

With this card you can enter the Colosseum daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

How It Works?

Display the card on your phone and receive a video guide (only in Italian, English and some other languages). The cost, relatively fair, is € 24 per participant.

Once inside, you can trace the history of the Colosseum built in 72 BC, where human and animal fights were fought, enter the Roman Forum, the area that was the religious, cultural and commercial center of ancient Rome, and visit the Palatine Hill where they founded Rome. The city’s aristocracy also used to live there, which is not surprising when you see the scenery for the Colosseum and the Forum.

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The Upgraded

Marketed by Tiqets

This ticket costs five euros more per person and guarantees 3-4 hours of activity, including a preferred entrance to the Colosseum and the possibility of seeing the arena level from a Gladiator’s eye. This tour starts at the meeting point which is the Colosseum Metro Station, near the green kiosk. You will need to arrive 15 minutes before the time window you booked and if you are late, you can’t enter. After you finish your visit at the Colosseum, a representative from Tiqets will help you reach the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You can only visit all three sites during the same day. There is no skipping the security check. There is no access to the fourth and fifth floors or the underground level, no live guide and no audio guide.

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The Combined

Marketed by Tiqets 

This ticket is an interesting option for those who want to kill two Roman birds in one stone. The ticket allows entrance to both the Colosseum and the Vatican (and there is even a third bird: St. Peter’s Basilica). The Tiqets combined deal allows uninterrupted entry into the Vatican and Sistine Chapel museums, but only an “easy entry” to the Colosseum. Still a product worth checking out and costing € 79 per adult.

The order of the activity works like this, starting with the Vatican in the morning, before the crowds arrive and then the moving on to the Colosseum. The Colosseum part also includes the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

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The guided

Marketed by Get your Guide

Get Your Guide offers a unique product that includes a preferred entrance to the Colosseum and entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The price is far more expensive than that of Tiqets and it comes to 54 euros per person, but the difference lies in the tour itself as this product comes with an expert guide and is conducted in small groups. The company guarantees a full refund if you did not enjoy the trip. The guide that accompanies the group will enrich it with stories and facts related to the site. Maximum of 20 people in the group.

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The Profound

marketed by Get Your Guide

The same tickets company offers another, more expensive tour, which costs € 89 per person but also includes entrance to the Colosseum underground floor, Arena, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This tour is three to three and a half hours long and includes a promise to skip the line.

Besides the entrance to the Arena, you can enjoy the option of staying on site at the end of the tour, to discover and be exposed to more of this site. If more than eight people arrive on the tour, everyone will receive a headset to hear the guide better. The price does not include tips, if you want to give any, or pick up from the hotel.

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The Cheap

marketed by Get Your Guide

This ticket offering entry to the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine is priced at € 20 per participant. This ticket is valid for two days. Despite the relatively low price, the reseller company guarantees preferential entry into the site. The tour does not include guidance but if you are looking to simply get in to all three famous sites in the area, this is definitely a good choice. Children under the age of 18 accompanied by an adult who has a ticket can skip the queue but will be asked to pay two euro cash in the ticket box and show age certificate.

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The Nightly

Marketed by Viator

Viator offers a nightly tour of the Colosseum including access to the underground floor, the Arena and the Roman Forum and all for € 67 per person. The ticket will allow you to see the same sites but in nightly lighting. This is a tour that is sold as a VIP product and lasts a total of about two and a half hours.

The price may vary depending on the time window you book but always includes a local guide, a promise to skip the queue and headphones if needed. The price does not include tips if you want to give any to the guide, pick up from the hotel, drinks or food. You can cancel up to 24 hours before the tour begins and receive a full refund.

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The Futuristic

Marketed by Viator

One more interesting product from Viator is the semi-private tour of the Colosseum and the forum with the arena and the entrance of gladiators. Why did we call it futuristic? Because it also includes virtual reality equipment. It’s a three-hour tour of a small group, but really, of up to six participants. Virtual reality glasses are part of the experience and beyond, a promise to skip the queue.

How much will your pleasure cost you? € 89 per person.

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The Luxurious

Marketed by Viator

For those who have not yet visited the underground floor of the Colosseum and the arena floor (which is most of you, probably), here’s a tour that also includes the Roman Forum and … a live guide.

The price may range from € 67 to € 123.

In addition to the professional guide who accompanies the group, you will also receive headphones so you can hear the explanations properly. The price includes admission to the three sites, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum but it does not include tips, and food or drink. You can cancel and receive a refund only up to three days before the tour.

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