St. Peter’s Basilica tickets and tours

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St. Peter's Basilica | Renaissance-era Church in Vatican City

Boasting the tallest dome in the world, a visit to Vatican City is incomplete without exploring St. Peter’s Basilica. The basilica stands on the burial ground of St. Peter, widely considered the first Pope. Completed back in 1626 under the heavy influence of famed artists like Raphael, Bernini, Bramante, and of course, Michelangelo, the church serves as a prime example of Renaissance-era architecture. The best part — entry to this iconic landmark is completely free.

Things to know before booking St Peter's Basilica tickets

  • Admission to St. Peter's Basilica is free! For a more enriching experience at the world's largest Christian Church, we recommend booking a guided tour or an audio guide. Enjoy entertaining narratives about its rich history, architectural and artistic significance as well as spiritual and cultural importance.
  • Please note that climbing the dome of St. Peter's Basilica is a separate experience and not included with free entry. Tickets for the dome climb must be purchased in advance due to limited capacity, especially during peak season. The dome climb is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • For a more intimate and interactive experience, consider booking a small-group guided tour that hosts no more than 25 people.
  • Hoping to see the Pope? With a Papal Audience guided tour, you can hear from the Pope himself at St Peter's Square. The Papal viewing is free, but the guided tour is not.
  • Save money and time by booking combo tours to the holy trinity: St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Being guided tours, this ticket helps you maximise your visit to the Vatican City.
  • As you are entering a religious site, please note that a strict dress code is in place. Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times. Shorts and sleeveless clothing are forbidden.

Which St. Peter's Basilica ticket is best for you?

You don't need to purchase tickets for entry into the basilica as it is free. That said, for a more enhanced experience or to gain access to the dome, you need to purchase separate tickets.

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If you're on a budget

Go for: Roma Pass and Omnia Card
Duration: 72 hours

  • Save big with the Roma Pass and Omnia card which allows you to explore 72 of Rome's top attractions (including the Colosseum).
  • Avail unlimited public transport within the window of the ticket to get around. Use the hop on hop off bus service which halts at 12 key stops.

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If you're looking to catch a glimpse of the Pope

Go for: Papal audience with free viewing
Duration: Flexible

  • See the Pope in person and watch him address the crowd.
  • Your expert guide will educate you on the history and traditions of the papacy.
  • Bonus: get a quick look at the tomb of Emperor Hadrian inside Castel Sant'Angelo

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St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Combo

If you want to explore further

Go for: Combo tickets and tours
Duration: 3-5 hours

  • Explore more of Vatican City by visiting iconic landmarks like the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Avail guided tours to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the city.

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Address: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

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Getting there

By metro: Line A
Nearest stop: Ottaviano
By bus: 64, 34, 98, N98, 190F, 881, N904
Nearest stop: Cavalleggeri/Gregorio VII, P.za Stazione Pietro, Monte Del Gallo
By car: via Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Car parking: Parking Risorgimento: This covered car park is located just 10-minute walk from St. Peter's Square. You will have to leave your keys at the car park. Garage San Pietro: The car park is located on Via di Santa Maria alle Fornaci, 26 – 165. The car park is a 5-minute walk away from Vatican City.

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Restricted items include:

  • Knives, scissors, hazardous materials and metal weapons
  • Tripods and video cameras
  • Umbrellas
  • Large bags and rucksacks
  • Food and drink.
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The Vatican has a strict dress code that visitors must adhere to. Low-cut or sleeveless tops, shorts, miniskirts, etc. are not permitted inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

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While the basilica is wheelchair accessible, the dome climb is not suited for wheelchair users.

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  • Cloak room
  • Restrooms
  • Rooftop snack shop
  • Audioguides
  • Elevators
  • Ambulance hotline
Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

Weekdays: 8:30 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 5 PM, 6 PM and 9 PM.

Public holidays: 7 AM, 8 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:30 PM, 1 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM and 6 PM.

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  • Ristorante Pizzeria La Vittoria: For excellent Italian fare (think cheese pizzas, delectable pastas and melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu), head to La Vittoria which is 600 m away by walk.
  • Ristorante Arlu': Using local and fresh produce, Arlu' prides itself in offering a menu that captures the best of traditional Italian fare like parmigiana, carpaccio and more. Tip: savor the handmade dough here! Arlu' is just 300 m away by walk.
  • Scialla the Original Street Food: An unassuming eatery, Scialla is known for its thin-crust pizzas and carbonara. It's 300 m by walk from the basilica.
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Beyond

St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

Raphael, Bramante, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio are just a few exemplary artists whose works have been featured in the Vatican Museums. Renowned worldwide for hosting one of the largest and most impressive, influential collections of art in history, a visit to this ancient city is incomplete without losing yourself in the sheer beauty of the Vatican Museums.

Distance: 1.2 km away

St. Peter's Basilica - Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

If there’s a work of art that best describes Michelangelo’s thought and prowess, it’s the Sistine Chapel. Visitors flock from all around the world to get a glimpse of the spectacular Sistine Chapel and its glorious ceiling. Adorned with vibrant colors and an array of biblical characters, each part of the Sistine Chapel narrates a story. Located right at the end of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel is a must-visit in Rome.

Distance: 1.2 km away

St. Peter's Basilica - Colosseum

Colosseum

The Colosseum, an ancient Roman amphitheater, stands as an iconic symbol of grandeur and entertainment. Constructed in 70-80 AD, it once hosted gladiator contests and public spectacles, showcasing engineering marvels in an arena steeped in history and architectural brilliance.

Distance: 5.2 km away

Frequently asked questions about St. Peter's Basilica tickets

Do I need tickets to enter St. Peter’s Basilica?

Entry to St. Peter's Basilica is free and you do not need a ticket to enter. You only need to purchase tickets for tours. You can choose between an expert-guided tour or a self-guided audio tour of the St Peter's Basilica. You will also need to purchase tickets to access the Dome.

Are St. Peter’s Basilica tickets available online?

Yes, you can now book your St. Peter's Basilica tickets online now. You can purchase your St. Peter's Basilica tickets here.

What is the cancelation policy for St. Peter’s Basilica tickets?

It depends on the St. Peter’s Basilica ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 24-48 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation. 

Where is the St. Peter’s Basilica entrance?

To enter St. Peter’s Basilica, you would have to use its main entrance at St. Peter’s Square. Temporarily, the entrance through the Sistine Chapel has been closed to the public.

What are St. Peter's Basilica opening hours?

St. Peter's Basilica is open from 7 AM to 7 PM between 1 April to 30 September, and from 7 AM to 6:30 PM between 1 October to 31 March.

How do I get to St. Peter’s Basilica?

St. Peter’s Basilica is easily accessible by public transport. Take a metro to the Ottaviano Station located near the Vatican Walls. From there, it is a short 5-minute walk to St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums.

Do I have to follow a dress code before entering St. Peter's Basilica?

Yes. A dress code is strictly enforced at St Peter's Basilica. Clothing above the knees, low cut tops, and bare shoulders are not allowed. Hats and large bags are also not allowed inside and must be checked in.