Colosseum Ticket Guide

Colosseum Ticket Guide


    The Colosseum, the biggest amphitheater ever built, located in the heart of Rome’s historic center, is a must see attraction of Rome. This guide provides you everything you need to know about Colosseum tickets, from what they include, to choosing your ticket options to the best way to get skip the line access.

    Where to buy your Colosseum tickets?

    You can buy your tickets online or at the Colosseum ticket office. We highly recommend buying your ticket online and in advance. You will be charged a small booking fee, but your advance purchase ticket will allow you to skip the notoriously long line at the ticket office and guarantee that you can visit the Colosseum on the day and time you wish. For safety reasons, the number of visitors allowed in the Colosseum is limited to 3,000 visitors at any one time. This means that if you chose to buy your ticket on the day, your desired entry time will most likely be sold out.
    A little insider tip: if you don’t buy a ticket in advance and find a long line at the Colosseum ticket office, you could try buying your ticket at the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill ticket office where the lines are generally shorter. Alternatively, you should consider visiting the Colosseum early in the morning or 1-2 hours before it closes as it is much less busy at this time.

    What to see at the Colosseum

    When buying your ticket you should consider which areas of the Colosseum you want to visit. There are four main areas, but unfortunately, there is no ticket which provides access to all of these. Some, for example, the Colosseum Underground can only be visited with a tour guide.

      Underground (aka Hypogeum): This is a vast network of rooms, chambers, prison cells and tunnels where historians believe the gladiators, animals and slaves were held in preparation for public events. The Colosseum Underground is only accessible if you purchase a guide tour.

      Arena Floor: This is where the fights and events would take place in order to entertain the Emperor and the citizens of Rome. Mostly, the Arena was used for gladiators to fight exotic animals such as lions, but on occasions the Arena was flooded to hold simulated sea battles. To visit the Arena floor you need to buy the Arena floor ticket (which also gives access to the first and second tier of the Colosseum).

      First and Second Tier: This is where affluent spectators were seated. The first tier was reserved for the Emperor and Senators while the second tier was where the upper class citizens sat. The first and second tier are accessible with the standard skip the line ticket.

      The Belvedere: The third, fourth and fifth tiers were where the commoners and poor people were seated. The third tier was reserved for the middle class, the fourth was home to a vibrant marketplace, while the fifth was accessible to the poorest citizens of Rome. There is currently no ticket option which grants access to the Belvedere sections. To visit it you must book a tour.

    Colosseum Ticket Options

    As mentioned above, depending on what you want to see, you will need to select a specific ticket or tour option. The table below compares the most popular ticket options and what they include:

    Ticket Options:Skip the LineColosseum*, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Downloadable Audio GuideVideo GuideArena FloorUndergroundBelvedere
    Standard Skip the Line Ticket yes yes no no no no no
    Last Minute Ticket yes yes yes no no no no
    Skip the Line Ticket with Videoguide yes yes no yes no no no
    Skip the Line Ticket + Arena Floor Access yes yes yes no yes no no

      *Access to the 1st & 2nd tier of the Colosseum

      Please bear in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. We have provided a summary of the key differences for the purpose of comparison, but when you visit the product page of the ticket option you have selected, you may find additional value adds.

    Colosseum Tickets: Useful Information

    • The Audio and Video Guide are only for the Colosseum, not for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
    • The admission ticket to the Colosseum also includes access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
    • The tickets we list are all smartphone tickets, conveniently available on your mobile device without the necessity to print.
    • Entry time slots - since Colosseum limits the number of visitors to 3,000 at a given time, you need to select your desired entry time slot when you buy your ticket. You need to be on time - if you show up late you will not be allowed in and will need to buy a new ticket. You should aim to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled entry time.
    • A skip the line ticket allows you to skip the line at the ticket office, but it wont allow you to skip the line at the security check.
    • Once inside the Colosseum you can stay as long as you want.
    • The Underground and the Belvedere can only be visited with a tour guide.
    • Make sure to bring your ID as the Colosseum staff will ask you for this.

    Visiting the Colosseum with a Rome City Pass

    A Rome city pass is a convenient way to visit the Colosseum as well as other attractions. There are a number of different city passes available, the most popular being the Roma Pass and the Omnia Vatican & Rome Card. Both of these provide skip the line access to the Colosseum.

      Roma Pass: With the Roma Pass you can choose between the 48 hours and 72 hour option. With the 48 hour option will have free entry to the first museum or archaeological site you visit and reduced rates thereafter. In addition, it provides unlimited public transport, as well as discounts to events, exhibitions and other tourist services. Instead of the 48 hour option you can opt for the 72 hour option which is valid for an extra day and provides free entry to two museums or archaeological sites.

      Omnia Vatican & Rome Card: includes the 72 hour Roma pass, but also provides free entry to the Vatican Museums (home to the Sistine Chapel) and to St. Peter’s Basilica. A free Hop-on Hop-off Rome bus pass is also included, providing a convenient and informative way to get around the city. Overall the Omnia Vatican & Rome Card is one of the best Colosseum & Vatican combo tickets available.

    How to visit the Colosseum with a Rome City Pass?
    Since the Colosseum limits the number of visitors, you will need to book your Colosseum visit in advance. It is highly recommended to book as far in advance as possible in order to guarantee entry. The reservation process is quite easy and is the same for both the Roma pass and Omnia pass holders.
    There are three ways to reserve your entry with the cards:
    1. Online on the official website the reservation will cost 2 euro.
    2. Calling the call center at 0639967575. Also this will cost a 2 euro reservation fee
    3. At the Roman Forum - Palatine ticket offices. This can be done only on the day of the visit. This is free but it's unlikely that you will find availability

    Colosseum Free and Discounted Tickets

    Discounted tickets are available for students, children, and people with a disability. There are a few criteria that need to be satisfied as follows:

      Student Tickets: available for EU citizens between the age of 18 and 25. Valid student ID must be provided. This will grant a discount of 2 euro.

      Children Tickets: for children under the age of 18 entry to the Colosseum is free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket. ID is required and a 2 euro fee is applicable for skip the line access.

      Disbaled Ticket: people with a disability, together with a caregiver or companion, are eligible for free access. A valid medical certification of disability is required.