Rome Colosseum Ticket Price

You can't wait to go to Rome and, of course, to visit the Colosseum, but how much will the tickets cost? Read on and I'll tell you in detail.

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Carmen Navarro

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Rome Colosseum Ticket Price

Colosseum details | Chad Greiter

The Colosseum will be your Mecca when you arrive in Rome: the first thing you'll want to see and the first thing you'll remember when you leave the city. How much do tickets cost? How much will you have to pay if you also want to visit the Roman Forum?

Don't worry, here's everything you need to know about Colosseum ticket prices.

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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tickets and Rome Open Bus

Visit the Colosseum without queues or waiting and learn about its history with an audio guide.

Get priority access to the most important monuments of Ancient Rome with this combined ticket. Explore its nooks and crannies, discover its curiosities and travel back in time.

With this ticket you'll have skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and visit them in the order you want. You will have access to an audio guide and you can take everything with you on your mobile phone.

This combined ticket will allow you to visit:

  • Colosseum: symbol of Rome and mythical scene of gladiatorial fights and battle re-enactments.
  • Roman Forum: the centre of ancient Rome, where markets, political debates and military parades took place.
  • Palatine Hill: the hill where it is said that Romulus decided to found the Italian capital.

Recommended if: you don't want to stress yourself out buying tickets at the ticket office or wasting time on queues and waiting.


How much does a skip-the-line ticket to the Colosseum cost?

Enjoy the Colosseum| ©Jorge Fernández Salas
Enjoy the Colosseum| ©Jorge Fernández Salas

Tickets to the Colosseum (which also includes access to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill) cost around 37€ for adults and there is a special rate for children (2€ per ticket for younger children).

Still, buying tickets online for the Colosseum is always better than buying them at the box office, as you can save yourself the hassle of not finding availability or having to waste time in long queues and endless waits. Without a doubt, it is the best option to optimise your travel itinerary.

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How much does a guided tour of the Colosseum cost?

Guided tour of the Colosseum| ©Bill Smith
Guided tour of the Colosseum| ©Bill Smith

The price can vary depending on what the tour includes: for example, a one-hour express tour of the Colosseum costs €30 per adult, while a full guided tour of the Colosseum with the Forum and Palatine Hill can cost around €40 and lasts for three hours.

For a little more, you can also visit the Arena of the Colosseum, which will give you a unique perspective during your visit. The price on Hellotickets is around €56 for more exclusive guided tours in small groups.

The guided tours of the Colosseum are, without a doubt, the best way to get to know and get into Ancient Rome, both in the amphitheatre and in the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Besides, you've seen that there are options for all types of budgets and time availability, so don't hesitate.

Here are some options for combined guided tours of the Colosseum:

Price comparison table

  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tickets and Rome Open Bus
  • From £56
  • Self-guided
  • Daytime
  • No queuing
  • No guide
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  • Colosseum Guided tour with Roman Forum & arena access
  • From 43
  • 3h
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • Expert guide
  • Book now
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Guided tour
  • From 45
  • 3h
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • Expert guide
  • Book now
  • Colosseum Guided Tour with Optional Arena or Underground Visit
  • From 35
  • 3h
  • Daytime
  • No queues
  • Expert guide
  • Book now

How much does it cost to buy a combined ticket for the Colosseum and the Vatican?

Visit the Vatican| ©CALIN STAN
Visit the Vatican| ©CALIN STAN

There is a combined ticket for around €90 which allows you to visit both attractions in one day, accompanied by an expert guide and with priority access, allowing you to skip the queues.

If you want to know what this ticket includes for the Vatican and the Colosseum, you can read my article in which I tell you all the details to take advantage of this combo.

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How much does a ticket to the Roman Forum cost?

Roman Forum| ©Fabio Fistarol
Roman Forum| ©Fabio Fistarol

Admission to the Roman Forum is included in the price of Colosseum tickets and most guided tours of the Colosseum, so you won't have to pay extra to visit the Colosseum.

If you want to visit the Colosseum and you haven't taken the precaution of buying your tickets online in advance, you can always go to the ticket office (the Roman Forum ticket office is usually less crowded than the Colosseum) and buy your tickets there. As they are combined tickets for the whole archaeological area, they will be valid for the Colosseum and you will save time by not having to queue for longer periods of time.

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How much does a ticket to the Palatine Hill cost?

Palatine Hill| ©Anthony Majanlahti
Palatine Hill| ©Anthony Majanlahti

Access to the Palatine Hill is included in most Hellotickets guided tours to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, so if you buy a full guided tour, you will not have to pay extra to visit it.

However, if you have simply bought a single ticket for the Colosseum, it will not be valid for the Palatine Museum. In that case, consider buying a Full Pass if you want to have access to the whole area.

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How much does the Circus Massimo ticket cost?

Circus Massimo| ©Sonse
Circus Massimo| ©Sonse

Circus Massimo is free of charge. Circo Massimo is in the open air, it is not perimetered and you can access it freely at any time you want, whenever you want and without an entrance ticket. If you choose the guided tour, as well as avoiding the queues, you will be able to understand the history behind this hippodrome thanks to the commentary of an expert guide.

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How much does it cost to visit the Colosseum with the Roma Pass?

Facade of the Colosseum| ©Fabio Fistarol
Facade of the Colosseum| ©Fabio Fistarol

The price of the Roma Pass depends on the number of days you buy it for. For example, the 72-hour pass costs €52 and gives you free access to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

To find out whether or not it's worth buying this tourist card, it's best to calculate the cost of admission to each museum or attraction you want to visit. Please note that the Roma Pass will usually give you access to entrance fees but not guided tours of most of Rome's landmarks.

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Can I get into the Colosseum for free?

Inside the Colosseum| ©Mathew Schwartz
Inside the Colosseum| ©Mathew Schwartz

Yes, on the first Sunday of every month the Colosseum opens its doors for free. As you can imagine, Italians and foreigners crowd the entrances to get their free admission, so make the most of it only if you don't mind squeezing through the crowds.

As a word of advice, I recommend you get up early (and very early) to avoid -as far as possible- the queues that can form and make sure you get a place in the most popular amphitheatre in the world. This also applies to the visit to the Roman Forum.

Are there any discount coupons or tickets on offer for the Colosseum?

The Colosseum at dusk| ©David Köhler
The Colosseum at dusk| ©David Köhler

No, there are usually no discount coupons or special offers for the Colosseum. Keep in mind that it is one of the most in-demand attractions in the world, and the Colosseum is usually sold out of guided tours on a daily basis. With this scenario, as you can imagine, it is impossible to find last-minute offers, discounts or cheap tickets.

However, there are groups (such as specialised teachers or art students) who are entitled to buy tickets at a lower rate than the general public. You can read about this in my article on cheap or discounted tickets for the Coliseum.

Do children have to pay admission to the Colosseum?

Children taking a break from sightseeing| ©Raymond Bucko, SJ
Children taking a break from sightseeing| ©Raymond Bucko, SJ

Yes, children will need a ticket to enter the Colosseum or for a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. However, children under the age of 18 are entitled to a reduced price when purchasing a ticket. You can check here for more details about offers or how to get cheap or discounted tickets for the Colosseum.

In Hellotickets, for example, you can select during the purchase process how many adult and child tickets you need. Please note that minors must be accompanied by an adult and must prove their age at the entrance with an identity document.

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