How to buy tickets to The Colosseum

We went to The Colosseum this morning and it was sensational. I’m going to write a proper article in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I wanted to write this as a separate standalone piece.

It can be confusing getting tickets to many attractions in Rome, as there are quite a number of tour operators.

This post if about going to The Colosseum under your own steam. If you are wanting to book guided tours, then TripAdvisor or Viator are the best places to start.

If you want to book the underground and third ring tour, you can do that directly through the Colosseum ticket office. Note that this needs to be booked weeks (sometimes months) in advance.

Note that a ticket to the Colosseum also gets you entry to Palatine Hill and The Roman Forum.  

You have two days to see all three attractions but can only enter each one once.

If you only wish to see The Colosseum, Palatine Hill and The Roman Forum

If you only wish to see The Colosseum, Palatine Hill and The Roman Forum then buy your tickets directly from The Colosseum Ticket Office online.

This will cost you €12 plus €2 booking fee per ticket.

Something to note is that we bought our tickets online and got to the Colosseum at 8:30am. The queue was actually shorter for those wanting to buy tickets there than it was for people who had pre-purchased and needed to pick them up. Even so, we were inside within 15 minutes. Definitely pre-purchase tickets if you’re planning on getting there any later than 9am.

If you book before leaving home (or you have access to a printer in Rome), then you can select the “print at home” option and go straight though the turnstiles.

If you are planning on seeing one other attraction while in Rome

If you are planning on seeing one other attraction while in Rome, and also want the benefit of free public transport for a few days, then buy a Roma Pass.

The Roma Pass gets you free entry to two attractions, as well as dicounted entry to everything else after the first two. Remember that The Colosseum, Palatine Hill and The Forum all count as one, so you also get entry to something else too.

A three-day Roma Pass is €36,00.
A two-day pass (which only gets you into one attraction) is €28.

People with Roma Passes can go straight through the turnstiles.

If you are planning on seeing many things in Rome

If you are planning on seeing many things in Rome, then by far the best option is The Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass. This gets you entry to a huge number of attractions and galleries in Rome, as well as The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. It also includes a Roma Card and tickets to the Hop-on-Hop-Off bus. It’s a bit more pricey at €108, but definitely worth it if you’re planning on going into a few different things.

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