Tickets for the Colosseum give access to the amphitheater as well as access to the Roman forum / palatine hill (they remain valid for two days).
It is advisable to buy ordinary Colosseum tickets on site at the ticket office to avoid the extra online reservation fee of €2 on the official website of CoopCulture.
The prices of tickets bought at the ticket office on site are as follows: Full admission € 12 Reduced admission € 7.50, for European Union members between 18 and 25 years. Free for: children under 18 years, teachers, tourist guides, and for everyone on the first Sunday of the month from January to March and from October to December.
By paying for a guided tour you can jump the queues, which are often rather long.
Guided tour of 1 hour
The one-hour guided tour inside the Amphitheater costs € 29.60. Available languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Italian To purchase it click here.
3-hour guided tour
A longer tour with an expert guide lasting 3 hours, which includes the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Forum. Total cost per person: € 46.00. Available languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese. For more information on purchasing it click here.
Tickets for jumping the queues
By taking part in the guided tours you will have priority access from a separate entrance. Nevertheless, many “Skip the Line” or “Jump the queue” tickets are on offer. In fact they are ordinary tickets sold at an increased cost, which can be bought on Internet by searching for “Colosseum tickets” or “Colosseum skip the Line”, as well as from the so-called “tourist promoters” who are always standing in front of the main entrance gate of the Colosseum.
They allow visitors, accompanied by a “promoter”, to access the Colosseum by means of the entrance which is supposed to be reserved only for tourist groups, apparently with the consent of some of the staff who manage the monument.
The time that you can save in this way is certainly an incentive for purchasing these tickets, but we wish to appeal to your sense of ethics and civic responsibility, so that you do not encourage this practise that is based on the dubious conduct of organizations that are a blemish on the prestige of Italy. Everyone should get in the line, as they do in any civilized country!
Colosseum: opening hours
The timetable for visiting the Colosseum is as follows:
- 8.30 am am – 4.30 pm: from the last Sunday of October to February the 15th
- 8.30 am – 5 pm: from February the 16th to March the 15th
- 8.30 am – 5.30 pm: from March the 16th to the last Saturday of March
- 8.30 am – 7.15 pm: from the last Sunday of March until August the 31st
- 8.30 am – 7 pm: from the 1st to the 30th of September
- 8.30 am – 6.30 pm: from October the 1st to the last Saturday of October Last admission one hour before closing
The Colosseum is closed on January 1st and December 25th.