Colosseum tickets · Tickets and guided tours for the Coliseum

Tickets to the Colosseum have a fixed entrance time. The Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy. It had 7.6 million visitors in 2018. The tickets are therefore often sold out long in advance.

Colosseum Tickets · Tickets without queuing

Colosseum entrances satellite photo
Entrances to the Colosseum

All tickets booked here are delivered electronically immediately after booking and are scanned at the entrance directly from your mobile phone or from your printout.

You can see an overview of the entrances on the satellite photo.

For individual visitors, it’s recommended to arrive at the Colosseum 30 minutes before the scheduled time. For the security control you need around 15-30 minutes. This entrance is used with the normal and with the SUPER ticket.

Visits to the arena, the underground and the upper floors start at the “Stern” entrance and it is sufficient to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time.

After visiting the Coliseum, the tickets will be valid on the same day or the following day for entry to the Palatine and the Roman Forum. The Forum Romanum and Palatine are internally connected and have two common entrances on Via dei Fori Imperiali and on Via di San Gregorio.

Ticket with audioguide on the smartphone

Ticketbar Kolosseum ohne Anstehen

Ticket for Colosseum 1st + 2nd floor, Forum Romanum and Palatine. It is recommended to book the ticket on time.

An audio guide will be provided via Google Play or Appstore.

During your booking you have to choose the date and time for your entry to the Colosseum. At the designated time you can use the entrance for individual visitors to the Coliseum.

Unfortunately this ticket is sold out very early. Then check the possibility of

Ticket with videoguide

Ticketbar Kolosseum ohne Anstehen

Ticket for Colosseum 1st + 2nd floor, Forum Romanum and Palatine. It is recommended to book the ticket on time.

A video guide for the Colosseum is included.

Ticket S.U.P.E.R. Seven Unique Places to Experience in Rome

Ticketbar Kolosseum ohne Anstehen

Ticket without Colosseum, but with two visits of Roman Forum and Palatine.  The ticket gives access to the Palatine Museum and six archaeological sites at the Roman Forum and Palatine areas.

This new ticket is a rarity and must be booked at least a few days before. Only this ticket allows access to seven archaeological sites with controlled access, subject to availability:

  • Criptoportico Nero (12 min. visit) – max. capacity 35 people
  • Visit of the Palatine Museum takes about 1 hour – max. capacity 225 people
  • House of Augustus (40 min. visit) – max. capacity 23 people
  • House of Livia (30 min. visit) – max. capacity 23 people
  • Aula Isiaca, including Loggia Mattei (15 min. visit) – max. capacity 15 people
  • Temple of Romulus (15 min. visit) – max. capacity 30 persons
  • Santa Maria Antiqua, including the Oratory of the Forty Martyrs and Ramp Domitian (30 min. visit) – max. capacity 60 people

Ticket with a tour of the top rings of the Colosseum

Ticketbar Kolosseum 4. + 5. Ring
In addition to the 1st + 2. Ring of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine, with this ticket you will visit the arena and the top floors of the Colosseum, which are otherwise inaccessible.

The upper rings of the Coliseum may only be visited in small groups with a guide. This ticket therefore provides the guided tour of the arena and the upper rings of the Colosseum. You can then visit the first and second floors of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine without a guide. This ticket should be reserved on time.

Entrance through the gladiator gate “Stern”.

Access to the upper floors of the Colosseum is currently not possible due to restoration works.

Ticket with visit of arena, underground and top rings of the Colosseum

Ticketbar Underground and Belvedere
With this ticket, you can visit the Coliseum from the underground to the top floors and also visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine.

The arena, the basement and the upper rings of the Coliseum may only be visited in small guided groups. This ticket therefore provides a guided tour for this part. You learn everything about the ancient stage mechanics and how the lifts worked. After that you rise to the upper rings, which are otherwise inaccessible. From there you have a fantastic view. Afterwards you can visit the first and second floors of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine without guide. This ticket should be reserved on time.

Entrance through the gladiator entrance “Stern”.

Colosseum tickets · Tickets on site

Also with the tickets at the museum cash desk you need a reservation . However, you will only find out at the cash desk for which time tickets are still available. If all the tickets are sold for the day, you can try again on the following days. At the Coliseum’s ticket office, you can buy tickets which allow the access to the 1st and 2nd floors – 1st and 2nd ring – of the Colosseum. All other tickets can only be bought on the internet. The prices for the tickets at the Coliseum’s ticket office are:

Normal price: 12 Euro, from 1st November 2019, 16 euros for the ticket valid for one day, 18 euros for the ticket valid for two days, each for one visit to the Coliseum and one visit to the area of Forum Romanum and Palatine.

EU citizens between 18 and 25 years: 7.50 Euro

Children and adolescents up to 18 years: free

All information about free admission to the Colosseum can be found at Colosseum for free.

Since there are usually very long waiting times at the cash desk of the Coliseum and you can not be sure if you even get tickets, the purchase of tickets is recommended in advance on the Internet.

Colosseum Tickets · Guided tours without queuing

Guided tours of Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine

Colosseum tickets · Tickets and guided tours for the Coliseum

Three-hour tour. Maximum group size 25 people

GYG Kolosseum Tickets mit Führung

Three-hour tour. Maximum group size 35 people

For all tours a timely booking is recommended. These amazing three-hour guided tours for the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine are very interesting and entertaining.

Evening Tour "The Moon over the Coliseum"

GYG Kolosseum Führung bei Nacht

This tour at night is very popular and quickly booked. Timely booking is therefore important. This tour will also visit the underground of the Colosseum.

Arena and Underground of the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine

Guided Tour Colosseum underground, Forum Romanum & Palatine
Guided tour in small groups through the arena of the Colosseum and the supply rooms in the underground with the stage equipment. Entrance through the gladiator entrance “Stern”. After the guided tour of the Coliseum, the tour continues over the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.

Colosseum Tickets · Hours

The Colosseum has the following opening hours:

Last Sunday in October – December 31: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Last admission: 3:30 pm

16th February – 15th March: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Last admission: 4 pm

16 March – last Saturday in March: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Last admission: 4:30 pm

Last Sunday in March – August 31: 8:30 am – 7:15 pm
Last admission: 6:15 pm

1st September – 30th September: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Last admission: 6 pm

1st October – last Saturday in October: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Last admission: 5:30 pm

2nd January – 15th February: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Last admission: 3:30 pm

Forum Romanum and Palatine hill opening hours

Forum Romanum and Palatine hill have the same opening hours as the Coliseum. However, there is no night opening.

Colosseum Tickets · Colosseum for free

Admission to the Coliseum is free for all visitors from October to March on the first Sunday of each month.

Free admission is granted in 2019 on:

May 9,
June 5th,
June 29,
September 23rd, birthday of Augustus,
4th and 6th October,
3rd and 4th November,
21 November, World Philosophy Day,
December 1,
December 18, 2019, International Migrants Day.

In occasion of the free entry, however, there are very long lines and the waiting time is several hours. If you are only a few days in Rome, its better to visit the Colosseum another day with a regular ticket.

Furthermore, the following rules apply to free admission to the Colosseum:

Colosseum free for:

Adolescents up to 18 years

School groups from the EU only with reservation. School groups can use the entrance to the arena “Stern”. At the entrance, they must hand in a list of participants with name and date of birth on the stationery of the school.

Persons with disabilities and a companion

Tour guides and interpreters from the EU

Members of the international council of museum

Members of the international organization for conservation of cultural heritage

Students and lecturers from some departments

Journalists in the exercise of their activity

17 thoughts on “Colosseum tickets · Tickets and guided tours for the Coliseum”

  1. Hi

    If free admission on Colosseum and archeopark on June 5? If does, do we need a ticket for the free admission or we can directly Go directly to Colosseum without the ticket for.

    • Hi Jen,
      yes, June 5 is free admission. The free ticket is available only at the three entrances Colosseum, Palatine and Forum Romanum. Try to get the ticket at the Palatine or at the Forum Romanum entrance, then you can skip the line at the Colosseum and have only to wait at the security.

    • The Colosseum is closed in the afternoon of Good Friday. The access to the Via Crucis at the Coliseum is without reservation, no tickets are required. The ceremony starts at 9:15 pm. You can follow the ceremony in real time on my page about the Papal Audience live.

  2. Hello,

    Is the Colosseum free on May 9, 2019? I’m unable to make reservations for that day…

    How late can you visit ?

    On a free admission day can family still visit underground area, arena,3rd and 4th floor @ the Colosseum ?

    Thank you and best,

    • Hi Patrick,
      May 9 is free admission. Hours are 8:30 – 18:15 (last admission) closing 19:15.
      On free admission days it is not possible to visit the underground and the upper floors. On these days you have to expect long queues at the ticket counters and the security. For the free tickets, you can get them also at the ticket counters at the Palatine entrance and at the Forum Romanum entrance.
      Have a nice time in Rome, Bernhard

  3. Hi Bernhard,
    1. Are the free admission tickets available only at the Colosseum entrance?
    2. Are they available in advance (say 1 day before the free admission day)?
    3. What time should one turn up on the free admission day (e.g. 05 June 2019) to be able to enter the Colosseum complex, at say 0930 hrs?


    • Hi Arvind,
      1. You can get the tickets also at the entrances in Via di San Gregorio (Palatine) and Via dei Fori Imperiali / Via della Salara Vecchia (Roman Forum).
      2. No.
      3. This is hard to say. Sometimes you find waiting lines also at the entrances of Palatine and Roman Forum. But for sure the longest queue is directly at the Colosseum. I went there today at 9 am (today is also free entry). In Via di San Gregorio was a queue and at Fori Imperiali nobody. But it can also be viceversa. After you’ve got the tickets there, you can pass the queue at the Coliseum, but you have still to wait for the security check. Today at 9 am it was already completely full and my estimate is, that it needed around 30 minutes to pass the security. I believe, the best is to be immediately at 8:30 at the entrances of Roman Forum or Palatine for the tickets and then head for the Colosseum.
      Best regards

  4. Hi,

    I am hearing rumours that the free entrance into the Colosseum for the first Sunday of the month during April through to August 2019 is being withdrawn and will be back to paid tickets with tours operating – do you know if this is true?

    • Hi Steve,
      there are rumours, but nothing confirmed. From now on, every director of each single museum must decide about the dates of free entrance. Actually, there are no tickets for sale for the first Sunday of the month, but this may change. If you don’t see tickets available for the first Sunday in the booking systems, admission shall be free of cost.

    • Now the dates are out for the free admission to the Colosseum year 2019:
      April – no free admission
      May 9
      June 5, 29
      September 23
      October 4, 6
      November 3, 4
      December, 1
      + from September to March, the last three hours of every last Thursday

    • Hi Emily,
      free entry to the national museums in the days 5-10 March 2019 is cnfirmed. You get the free ticket at the entrance of the Colosseum. Reservation is not possible.

  5. Hi,

    If I book a ticket for coloseeum including belvedere access, with the tour at 13:35.

    Is it possible to visit palantine hill and roman forum before this time or do we have to go to colosseum first?


    • Hi,
      yes, you can do that. But you should be at the Arena entrance “Stern” not later than 13:20. “Stern” is the entrance on the other side of the Coliseum and there is no queue. When you come from the Palatine, you go on the right side around the Coliseum, when you come from the Roman Forum you take the left. The visit of the Belvedere needs around 75 minutes and after that you can stay longer in the and 2.nd floor of the Coliseum, if you like.

      On the Palatine hill are very nice viewpoints and you shall take some time to see them. For Forum and Palatine you will need around 2-3 hours.

  6. Hello,

    Is the Colosseum closed on the Christmas Day (25Dec2018) and reopened on the day after Christmas (26Dec2018)? We plan to arrive Rome on the Christmas day and would like to know for planning purpose.

    Thank you and best,

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