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Skip the Line at the Vatican

Skip the Line at the Vatican

Containing some of the world's most famous art and the largest church in Christendom, the UNESCO-listed Vatican ranks among Rome's most popular sites and draws notoriously large crowds. See below to learn how to visit without waiting in any lines.

Guided Skip-the-Line Tours

One of the perks of guided Vatican tours is the ability to bypass the usual crowded entrances. Tour groups get to use separate exclusive areas of entry, where the lines are much shorter. This is particularly helpful at the Vatican Museums, where waiting in the regular line can last hours.

Skip-the-Line Tickets

Even without a guided tour, you can opt for skip-the-line tickets to expedite the entry process. You'll still go through the main entrances, but you'll bypass the long ticket lines and move to the area for those with reserved entry times.

Tours with Early Entry

Some guided tours feature early access to Vatican sights, getting you in before the doors open to the general public. You'll not only avoid the long lines but also miss the biggest crowds. Choose an early-access Vatican Museums tour that starts in the Sistine Chapel, or opt for one that includes breakfast at the Vatican before your tour.

Combo Skip-the-Line Tours

A day in Vatican City typically includes visits to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, plus the Sistine Chapel. But for those who want to go beyond the usual stops, book a skip-the-line tour that also includes visits to less-frequented Roman sites that can only be seen with a guide — think the Bramante Staircase, the Cabinet of Masks, or the Vatican's Mosaic Studio.

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected). Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.71
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$60.71
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex before it opens to the general public on this early access tour that’s limited to just 10 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.49
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Skip the Line:Before Opening Hours-Sistine Chapel Exclusive & Vatican Museums

Skip the Line:Before Opening Hours-Sistine Chapel Exclusive & Vatican Museums

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Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the Vatican Museums complex. Explore at your own pace, stopping to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere. See the Vatican museums, Vatican Crypts, and St. Peter's Basilica before your visit ends.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.90
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Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

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Skip the long lines and enjoy no-wait access to the Vatican Museums on this half-day tour. Visit the Vatican Paintings gallery, St. Peter's Basilica, and the spiral Bramante Staircase. Also, see Raphael’s Rooms, with frescoes painted by renowned Renaissance artist Raphael and the Gallery of Tapestries. Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous 'Creation of Adam' and 'Last Judgement' paintings.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.98
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Skip-the-Line Self-Guided Tour: Dedicated Access to St. Peter's Basilica

Skip-the-Line Self-Guided Tour: Dedicated Access to St. Peter's Basilica

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Enjoy the freedom to explore St Peter's Basilica at your own pace and on your own mobile device with this wifi audio guided tour. Use the access code and the Basilica's wifi to download the audio guide to your phone or tablet.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as you are escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.90
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 Wheelchair Accessible Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel PrivateTour

Wheelchair Accessible Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel PrivateTour

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The buildings that make up the Vatican Museums are mostly wheelchair-friendly, but there are still some sections that can only be accessed by elevator or stairs. You can ensure you don’t miss out on the highlights of the Vatican on this specially designed tour that takes you along an entirely step-free route with an informative and helpful guide. Plus, you’ll skip the entrance line! Prepare to be wowed by the legendary art of the Sistine Chapel, Pinacoteca Gallery and Chiaramonti Museum on your private tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$309.73
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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour

Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour

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Skip the lengthy lines and enjoy VIP access to the Vatican Museum’s many works of art on this private, guided tour. Hear the stories that bring the art to life. Visit the Vatican Pinacoteca art gallery; the Chiaramonti Museum, and a collection of Roman busts and statues. Also, see Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnected rooms with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael and the Gallery of Tapestries. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous “Creation of Adam” painting, plus St. Peter’s Basilica and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$289.09
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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How do you skip the line at Skip the Line at the Vatican?
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Travelers who want to skip the lines at Skip the Line at the Vatican have options:
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What is a skip-the-line ticket for Skip the Line at the Vatican?
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Skip-the-line tickets allow travelers to skip ticket or admission lines—sometimes both—and move through fast-track at any designated security checks.
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Can you buy skip-the-line tickets at Skip the Line at the Vatican?
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Yes. However, if you’d like to buy skip-the-line tickets directly from Skip the Line at the Vatican, we recommend trying on less busy weekdays and at least one day before your visit—you’re unlikely to find them available on the day of.
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How long are the lines at Skip the Line at the Vatican?
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Ticket line wait time at Skip the Line at the Vatican can be up to two hours long. On less busy days the wait is between 15 to 40 minutes. To avoid ticket lines completely, purchase skip-the-line tickets online in advance.
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Are Skip the Line at the Vatican skip-the-line tickets worth it?
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The short answer is yes. Viator skip-the-line tickets save you up to two hours waiting in line and are easy to cancel. What’s more, Viator offers last-minute deals on tickets when the official site runs out, and allows travelers to book in seconds without signing in—the official site requires full registration.
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