Getting to St Peter's Basilica

Getting to St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is located at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City -- just a few kilometers from the heart of Rome. The twin cities are home to an extensive, well-connected public transport system that you can take to reach your destination.

St. Peter’s Basilica is located in the same location as the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, allowing you to easily explore all essential landmarks in Vatican City in one day.

Getting to St. Peter's Basilica

By Metro
By Bus
By Train

Ottaviano S. Pietro Station

The Ottaviano metro station is located right outside Vatican City. Board a metro on Line A and get off at Ottaviano; from here, St. Peter’s Basilica is located at a 5-minute walking distance.

The fastest way to reach St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is by taking buses 40 or 64. Both depart from Roma Termini and are well-connected to prominent landmarks in Rome. You can alight at Piazza Pia stop and simply walk to the Vatican premises.

Get off at Vatican City’s train station: St. Pietro. From here, St. Peter’s Square is at a 10-minute walking distance. 

Choosing the Best Transport Option to St. Peter’s Basilica


Choosing to commute between the twin cities using the Rome metro system is an efficient, economical option. Hop on a metro on Line A and alight at the Ottaviano station; it is located right outside Vatican City. From here, St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica can be reached in under 5 minutes on foot.

Timings: the metro system operates between 05:30 AM to 11:30 PM between Sunday to Thursday; on Friday and Saturday the metro runs from 05:30 AM to 01:30 AM. 


Hopping on buses 40 and 64 is the fastest way to reach Vatican City. They frequently commute between the twin cities and pass by major landmarks, allowing you to reach your destination conveniently. 

If you take bus 40, alight at Piazza Pia from where St. Peter’s Square is at a short walking distance; if you take bus 64, get off at Holy Spirit Hospital or Terminal Gianicolo from where you can walk 10 minutes to St. Peter’s Square.

Timings: Daytime buses run between 05:30 AM to 12:00 AM;  night buses run every 30 minutes between 12:00 AM to 05:30 AM.

Tickets for bus and metros are available at all stations and convenience stores.

St. Peter's Basilica Tickets

Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Self Guided Audio Tour
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
Exclusive St. Peter's Guided Tour with Dome Climb and Papal Tombs
Entire Vatican City Guided Tour with St Peter's Basilica Dome Climb
Guided Tour Of St. Peter's Basilica With Fast Track Entrance
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel