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Colosseum Travel Tips

Colosseum Opening Hours

The Colosseum is open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
from January 2 to February 15

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
from February 16 to March 15

8:30 am - 5:30 pm
from March 16 to last Saturday of March

8:30 am - 7:15 pm
from the last Sunday of March to August 31

8:30 am - 7:00 pm
from September 1 to September 30

8:30 am - 6:30 pm
fromOctober 1 to last Saturday of October

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
from last Sunday of October to December 31

Getting to the Colosseum

By Bus
Line 75, 81, 673, 175, 204
By Tram
Line 3
By Metro
Line B “Colosseo”

Please note
The metro runs from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 1:30 am on Friday and Saturday.

From the Termini train station via metro
If you’re short on time, taking the metro from Termini train station would be your best bet. Follow the M signs towards the metro station.and take metro line B with towards Laurentina. The Colosseum is only two stops away from here.

From the Termini train station via foot
If you’re in the mood to amble along the charming lanes of Rome, you can take a 30 minute walk from the train station to the Colosseum.

Tips for Choosing the Best Colosseum Experience

Unless otherwise noted, all Colosseum tickets also include admission to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Located adjacent to one another, each attraction has its own separate entrance so be sure to hang onto your ticket.

When selecting your Colosseum tickets, there are a number of different options you can choose from. There is an official Italian Colosseum website; however, it has limited information and can be a bit difficult to navigate. You can view the page in English; however, the translation is slightly off and can cause confusion. The following sections have been created to help ensure you get all the information you need in order to pick the best Colosseum tour for you.

Book online

Booking your ticket online is the most convenient and easy option for visitors. While it is possible to purchase day-of tickets directly from the offices located at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum during operating hours, the queues at all three locations will take anywhere between 45-60 minutes. Booking online allows you to bypass the long ticket sale lines. This is especially beneficial during peak months, as well as during the summer when the weather gets quite hot.

Avoid the long queue with skip-the-line tickets

A skip-the-line fast-track ticket is perfect for those who are short on time or would simply like to avoid the hassle of waiting in a long line. Skip-the-line tickets are purchased online, and thus allow you to skip both the ticket box office line, as well as the main entrance line at the Colosseum. To put things into perspective, a general entry ticket purchased on-site will cost you €14 (€12 for the ticket plus a €2 booking fee) - for just €4 more (€15 for the ticket plus a €3 booking fee), you can get an online fast-track skip-the-line ticket. Keep in mind, all visitors will still be required to pass through an airport-style the security check.

Skip-the-line Colosseum tickets are available anytime and any date. Skip-the-line Guided Colosseum Tour tickets are available daily, starting at 9am and 2:30pm.

Understand your tour options

A standard Colosseum ticket is valid for two days and includes access to the arena floor and the hypogeum. In addition, your ticket also grants entry to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Within the Colosseum, there are also parts you can only visit as part of a “special access” guided tour, for which the standard ticket does not cover. The chart below provides a breakdown of Colosseum ticket variations according to price, inclusions, and availability.

Opt for a combo ticket

For those looking to make the most of their time in Rome, our specially curated combination tours allow you to club multiple experiences in one ticket. Enjoy a skip-the-line combo ticket to both the Colosseum and the Vatican, or, pair your Colosseum visit with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Rome. These tickets will help you save time and money.

Buy your tickets in advance

With over 5 million visitors a year - the Colosseum sees a whooping average of 13,600 visitors per day. While tickets don’t necessarily sell out, a recent cap of 3,000 visitors has been placed on the number of people allowed inside the attraction at any given point in time. When this happens, entry to the Colosseum is paused. During such periods, those who have not pre-purchased a ticket can end up with a delayed entry, since guests with pre-purchased and skip-the-line tickets will be given priority entrance.

For guided tours, we suggest booking two weeks in advance, as these tours do tend to sell out during busy months. With that being said, we are also happy to accommodate all last-minute bookings - availability permitting.

Guide vs no guide

Any tour of the Colosseum will be an incredible and mesmerizing experience. A self-guided tour is the cheapest option. However, there is not that much in the way of information provided anywhere in the three sites (Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum). For only €6 more, you can add an audio guide to our skip-the-line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour. The audio guide lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes, and includes information on the magnificent history of the Colosseum, plus an interactive map to guide you inside the building.

For an even more in-depth tour, explore areas off limits to the general public with a guided tour of the Colosseum with special access to the upper tier and underground tunnels. The explanations and stories you get with a professional guide undoubtedly enrich the experience. A visit to the Colosseum will likely be a once in a lifetime experience, so if you have the time and money to spend on a guided tour, it is highly recommended.

FAQs

1. Will my tour still run if it is raining?
Yes; all tours run in rain or shine.

2. At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Colosseum on my own?
Guided tours follow a particular pattern and you will not be able to re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket. If you would like enjoy free time after a tour, you can opt for the Skip the Line Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Entry Ticket.

3. Is there a coffee shop within the Colosseum?
No; however, there are dozens of cafes and restaurants nearby. Check out TripAdvisor’s top 10 restaurants near the Colosseum.

4. Is there wifi at the attractions?
No. Wifi is not available at the Colosseum. Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

5. Is photography allowed inside the Colosseum?
Yes, photos and video are permitted; however, no flash photography is allowed.

Rules And Regulations

For security reasons, it is strictly forbidden to enter the Colosseum with large backpacks, large bags, or any type of luggage. Medium and small sized backpacks and bags will be screened by a metal detector and opened for visual inspection at the entrance. Alcohol and glass bottles are also prohibited. Water bottles are allowed.