Colosseum Tickets: skip the line – How to Buy + My best Tips

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Buying a skip the line ticket for the colosseum

You want to buy a skip the line ticket for the Colosseum of Rome?

You’re at the right place!

With all the existing tickets for the Colosseum, it can be a bit hard to find the most interesting for you and to get the best price.

In order to help you, I have prepared this definitive guide with all the different skip the line tickets for the Colosseum.

No matter if you want to visit the Colosseum with or without a guide, buy a combined ticket with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, or even visit at night VIP style! I will give you the best websites to purchase your tickets for each type of visit.

Let’s find out more about the best skip the line tickets for the Colosseum!

If you want to quickly buy skip the line tickets for the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill without reading the whole article, here is the summary of all the existing tickets. To purchase them, simply click on their name in the table.

PS: All the skip the line tickets include the Colosseum + Roman Forum + Palatine Hill, except the “night VIP” ticket (Colosseum only)

Skip the line ticketsDescriptionPrice
ColosseumQuick access - no guide19.90€
Colosseum + Video GuideQuick access with video guide24€
Colosseum + Arena (Top!)Quick access + Arena access33€
Colosseum + Arena Guided visit (Top!)Quick access + Arena access Guided visit35€
Colosseum + Arena + UndergroundQuick access + Arena + underground40€
Colosseum VIP by NightGuided visit by night + Arena + underground79€
Colosseum + Arena + BelvedereGuided visit: Arena + Belvedere33€
Colosseum - Small groupVIP Guided visit in small group60€
OMNIA Card - Rome and Vatican City PassRome City Pass 72 h with skip the line tickets for 2 attractions + free public transports113€

Colosseum skip the line ticket without tour

You probably already know it: To visit the Colosseum, booking a skip the line ticket is absolutely necessary. There is nothing more annoying than having to wait 2 to 3 hours standing in line instead of enjoying your trip and discovering the city.

I insist, but the Colosseum is the most touristic monument in Rome, so not buying a skip the line ticket would be a serious mistake. I can assure you that there is an incredible waiting line there every day!

So, let’s start this list of Colosseum skip the line tickets with the classic one:

This quick access ticket, allows you to visit the first and second floors only. You can’t access to the fourth and fifth floors, the arena and the underground level.

This Colosseum skip the line ticket is without guide, so you will walk freely inside. However, they will give you a link to download a map of the Colosseum on your smartphone. Very convenient!

This is an “instant booking”, you will receive your ticket to visit the Colosseum directly on your smartphone. On the day of your visit, there is no need to print anything (yep, it’s also environmentally friendly!). You just have to go there and scan your ticket in the special “visitors with tickets” line.

After visiting the Colosseum, with the same skip the line ticket, you will be able to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the 2 other sites of the Ancient Rome.

If you don’t have a lot of time to visit Rome, this is the simplest and most convenient ticket.

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The colosseum

Colosseum skip the line ticket with video guide

As its name suggest, this Colosseum skip the line ticket includes a video guide. It’s great if you want to learn everything about Rome’s most famous monument history!

To buy this Colosseum skip the line ticket with audio guide, you just have to click the button below.

On the day of your visit, you will have to exchange this voucher for an entrance ticket at the Colosseum ticket office.

They will give you the video guide as well as a timed entrance ticket to the Colosseum. Once it’s done, you will be able to enter the monument through the priority entrance gate.

Video guides are available in all languages, including English of course. They must be collected at least 2 hours before the ticket office closes.

Just like the previous one, this skip the line ticket also includes entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. However, there is no video guide for these 2 visits (it doesn’t exist).

You should get this ticket if you don’t have the time for a guided visit but still wish to learn more about the Colosseum.

Buy your Colosseum skip the line ticket at the best price now! If you need to change your schedule or anything, cancellation is free up to 24h before your visit.

Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill

Colosseum skip the line ticket + Arena access

Ok, this one is my favorite!

This skip the line ticket allows you to visit Rome’s Colosseum and grant you access to the Arena. Yep, you will be able to go where the action once took place!

It’s the only ticket allowing you to visit the Arena.

To sum it up, you will enjoy priority access to the Colosseum with access to 1st and 2nd floor as well as the Arena. Only the 4th and 5th floor and the underground can’t be visited with this ticket.

Purchasing this Coliseum + Arena skip the line ticket is instantaneous and mobile tickets are accepted. This means you can just show the ticket on your smartphone, no need to print anything!

In addition, it allows you to download a map of the site for free.

The meeting point is located at the STERN entrance of the Colosseum. You should be there in advance (or go have a look the day before for example), as the the visiting hours are strictly respected.

A representative of Tiqets website (the website selling this skip the line ticket) will be waiting for you at the entrance, you will just have to show him the ticket on your smartphone. No need to print anything.

Please note that this isn’t a guided tour, the Tiqets representative is only here to help you get around and make sure everything is going well for you.

This Colosseum + Arena floor ticket also includes access to the Roman Forum and palatine Hill. A guide will take you there after your visit to the Colosseum.

The 3 sites must be visited on the same day.

If you want to visit the Colosseum and the Arena without guided visit, it’s the best skip the line ticket!

There is also a version of this ticket that includes a guided visit. It’s awesome!

Colosseum skip the line ticket + Arena + Underground – Guided Visit

Contrary to all the other Colosseum skip the line tickets I talked about previously, this one will allow you to visit Rome’s most famous monument with a guided visit!

You will have access to:

  • The 1st and 2nd floor of the Colosseum
  • The Arena
  • The underground

The undergrounds can only be visited with this guided visit, they are not accessible for individual tourists.

It would be a shame to miss them, as it’s the place where the gladiators and wild beasts waited before entering the arena. There, you can even see the ancient “wild beasts elevator”!

The guided visit in English and takes around 2 hours.

After visiting the Colosseum, a Tiqets representative will take you to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

The meeting point for this guided visit with quick access to the Colosseum is located next to STERN entrance. Make sure to be on time!

Skip the line ticket: Colosseum + underground by night

That’s a unique experience to do in Rome! With this Colosseum skip the line ticket, you will be able to visit the largest amphitheatre of the roman world + its underground by night.

During this guided visit, you will be treated as a VIP guest and be able to visit areas that are normally closed to the public.

This Colosseum by night skip the line ticket also allows you to visit the underground + the arena. It’s the perfect moment to enjoy the monument without the crowd and heat!

The visit is in English and takes around 2h.

As it’s a night tour, you will not be able to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill after.

Your guide will be waiting for you at Colosseo Metro station, near the green kiosk. You don’t need to print anything, just show the ticket on your smartphone and you will be good to go!

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Colosseum by night

Skip the line tickets for Colosseum Belvedere: Guided Tour

This Colosseum skip the line ticket is the only way to access the 4th and 5th floor of the monument. It of course also includes the 1st and 2nd floor of the Colosseum as well as the arena.

This 2 hours guided visit in English allows you to discover everything except the underground.

After your visit, you will be able to go to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (not a guided visit).

As for the other guided tours of the Colosseum, the meeting point is located at STERN entrance. Don’t forget to be there a bit in advance, the tours always start on time. You don’t need to print your ticket, you will just have to show it on your smartphone before starting.

Buy your Colosseum Skip the line ticket with Belvedere Access now!

Colosseum Tickets: skip the line + Roman Forum + Palatine Hill – Small group guided visit

You’re looking for the most complete guided visit? It’s this one!

With this skip the line ticket, you will do a guided tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

And you know the best? This guided tour is  a “small group” tour, with a maximum of 20 people. It’s clearly the best way to make the most out of your visit!

Of course, this 3 hours guided tour also gives you priority entrance tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

When booking this Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill skip the line ticket, they will give you a meeting point (It’s a bit different depending on the language you choose). Don’t forget to be there on time 🙂

You should book your skip the line ticket for the Colosseum now, as anyway cancellation is free of charge up to 24h before the visit!

If you want to learn a lot about the ancient Rome, it’s in my opinion the best Colosseum skip the line ticket with guided tour.

Roman Forum
The Roman Forum

OMNIA Card

The OMNIA Card, also called Vatican & Rome City Pass gives you a priority access to the Colosseum (skip the line) and to other monuments in Rome.

It’s the Rome city pass I recommend if you are spending a few days in Rome. It will allow you to visit a lot of monuments in addition to the Colosseum.

The 72h version of the Omnia Card gives you free entrances to 2 monuments of your choice in Rome, and the Colosseum is one of them. The great thing is that this pass also includes free unlimited public transport for 72h!

Where to buy your Skip the line tickets for the Colosseum, Rome Forum and Palatine Hill?

There are several websites where you can buy your Colosseum skip the line tickets.

As you have seen in this guide, they offer several types of tickets: Skip the line, with or without guided visit or audio guide and access to the various parts of the monument.

For sure, you will find the Colosseum skip the line ticket that will meet your needs!

My 3 favorite websites to book skip the line tickets for the Colosseum, Rome or activities in any other city of country are Tiqets, Ticketbar and GetYourGuide.

They are all very user friendly and offer high quality services. On these websites, in addition to the Colosseum skip the line tickets, you will find all the entrance tickets for museums (Vatican etc…), tourist attractions as well as Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours or Rome guided tours (by bike, on foot, by Segway etc…)

Buying your skip the line tickets on one of these websites is easy and quick!

Le conseil Voyage Tips

You have purchased your Colosseum Skip the line ticket? Now, you should have a look at all the other skip the line tickets available for Rome and the Vatican. They will make you save a lot of time!

As mentionned above, you can find all of them on the following websites:

And if you haven’t booked your hotel yet, you should also have a look at my guide of the best accomodations in the city: Where to stay in Rome?

Enjoy!

The Culture Spot: Colosseum History

You now have your Colosseum skip the line ticket?

Perfect!

Let’s now talk a bit about history, in order to make the most of your visit to Rome’s emblematic monument. It’s especially useful if you bought a skip the line ticket without guide! Thanks to this quick summary, you will for sure impress everyone during your visit 😄.

Along with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (both included in your Colosseum skip the line ticket), the Colosseum is one of the Ancient Rome historical site.

Built around 70 AD, it is the largest amphitheatre in the Roman world, with a capacity of 50 000 people.

The place was specially designed by the emperors to entertain the people. The Romans went there to watch more or less bloody shows.

Gladiators or wild animal fights, executions to death, the place has a morbid reputation. However, it’s less known, but the Colosseum also hosted theatrical performances or reconstructions of famous battles.

Nowadays, the Colosseum is Rome’s most visited monument, so you understand how important it is to book your Colosseum skip the line tickets in advance!

How to skip the line at the Colosseum – I answer all your questions!

How to skip the line at the Colosseum?

To skip the line at the Colosseum, it’s simple, you need to:

  1. Book your skip the lines tickets online by clicking on this link. I especially recommend the Colosseum + Arena ticket or the Colosseum + Arena Guided visit if you want to do a guided tour.
  2. Pass the security control: don’t bring big luggages with you, it’s forbidden (normal sized bagpack only). No storage facility available on site.
  3. Go to the “visitors with reservations” line with the tickets you purchased online and simply and scan the ticket on your smartphone. If you opted for a guided tour, you will just have to go at the meeting point at the time written on your ticket. Your tour will start on time and you won’t have to wait.

Do you needs skip the line tickets for the Colosseum?

Yes, if you don’t want to do a 2 hours or more waiting line to purchase your tickets!

If you don’t buy your Colosseum skip the line tickets in advance, you will have to queue to purchase them before doing the security check. And it can be very very very long.

Do the colosseum tickets also include the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill?

Yes, all the Colosseum tickets you will purchase online includes the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The only exception is the Colosseum by night guided tour, as the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are closed at night.

Can you buy tickets to the Colosseum online?

Yes, it’s possible to buy tickets to the Colosseum online. It’s even highly recommended! You can buy the Colosseum official tickets on Tiqets website.

Does the Omnia pass or Roma Pass includes a skip the line ticket to the Colosseum?

Yes, you can use your Omnia pass or Roma pass as a skip the line ticket to the Colosseum. With it, you can directly go to the security controls, without buying another Colosseum ticket.

How much is a Colosseum ticket?

It will depend on the option you choose. The basic entrance to the Colosseum costs around 20 euros, while the most expensive guided visits such as the “Colosseum by night” can cost up to 100 euros per person.

Is the Colosseum free on Sundays?

The Colosseum is free only the 1st sunday of the month. It’s however really crowded!

If you are in Rome during a “free sunday”, you should go get your tickets at the Roman Forum or even better, at the Palatine Hill.  Both tickets also include the Colosseum and the waiting line is a lot shorter.

Then, go visit the Colosseum, you will just have to queue at the security check.

What is the best time to visit the Colosseum?

The best time to visit the Colosseum is early in the morning, just after the opening (8:30) or 1 or 2 hours before closing. Closing time varies depending on the season. Unlike some other monuments, the Colosseum isn’t less crowded during lunch time.

Another great way to visit the Colosseum without the crowds is to book a guided tour by night. The best one can be booked by clicking here.

How long is it to visit the Colosseum?

With a standard ticket, visiting the Colosseum takes around 1 hour. It’s a bit longer if you choose the ticket that also includes the arena floor or a guided tour.

As  your Colosseum ticket grants you access to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, you can count 3 hours total to visit the 3 sites.

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