Colosseum tickets 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.
Skip the line tickets
All Colosseum tickets are skip the line because you can only buy tickets online and you reserve the time for your admission while booking.
You cannot buy tickets at the Colosseum. You must book your tickets online in advance.
The tickets are valid for 24 hours to visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You can visit the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum before the Colosseum, but must be at the Colosseum in time for the reserved time.
The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are internally connected and have two common entrances on Via dei Fori Imperiali and Via di San Gregorio.
Ticket with audioguide on the smartphone
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 Colosseum.
Unfortunately this ticket is sold out very early. Then check the possibility of
Afternoon tickets with arena floor access
Ticket with videoguide
More ticket you find at
Ticket S.U.P.E.R. Seven Unique Places to Experience in Rome
This ticket is specially for visiting the archaeological sites and the museum in the area of the Palatine and the Roman Forum. The visit to the Colosseum is not included
It takes up to a full day to visit these archaeological sites. The opening hours are:
House of Augustus 40 minutes max. 23 visitors
House of Livia 30 minutes max. 23 visitors
Aula Isiaca + Loggia Mattei 15 minutes max. 15 visitors
Winter 9-12:30, summer (1st April to 30th September) 9-13:30, closed on Mondays
Santa Maria Antiqua with Oratory of the 40 Martyrs and Ramp of Domitian 30 minutes max. 60 visitors
Temple of Romulus 15 minutes max. 30 visitors
Winter 13-15:30, summer 14:30-18:30, closed on Fridays
Palatine Museum ~ 1h
Criptoportico Neroniano 12 minutes max. 35 visitors
Winter 9-15:30, summer 9-18:30
Emperor Nero’s Domus Transitoria
Winter Friday – Monday 9-17:20, summer Friday – Monday 9-18
If you already have a ticket to the Colosseum and Palatine, you can buy an additional ticket to these archaeological sites at the Palatine ticket office.
On the days of free admission, the archaeological sites are closed.
Guided tours of Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine
The Colosseum with its sophisticated architecture and technology still has surprises in store for archaeologists. You will learn many interesting details in a guided tour.
It is a special experience to visit the Colosseum arena. These special tours start at the entrance of the gladiators “Stern” and it is sufficient if you are there 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Guided tour for the arena
How to buy tickets on site
There is no way to buy tickets at the Colosseum. You can only buy tickets online and you will receive an online ticket, which you can print out or store on your mobile phone. At the Colosseum it is only required to show the QR code of the ticket on paper or on mobile.
You must also reserve free or reduced tickets online.
2nd January – 15th February: 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: 9:30 am – 7:15 pm
Last admission: 6:15 pm
1st September – 30th September: 10:30 am – 7 pm
Last admission: 6 pm
1st October – last Saturday in October: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Last admission: 5:30 pm
Last Sunday in October – December 31: 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 free entrance
The Colosseum is free for:
- Adolescents up to 18 years
- School groups from the EU only with reservation. 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