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Sistine Chapel: Tickets and Tours

Situated in the the official residence of the pope - the Apostolic Palace, the Sistine Chapel is one of the greatest treasures of the Vatican City. While the chapel continues to serve a purpose for religious and papal activity (it is famous for being the place where the Popes are chosen), it is most well known for its works of art.

The Sistine Chapel has a lot of history and art stored within its walls. Discover this stunning monument and marvel at masterpieces from antiquity artworks to Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes.

The Sistine Chapel is one of the main attractions to visit in Vatican City attracting over 5 million visitors each year.

How much do Sistine Chapel tickets cost?

The Sistine Chapel is the last room that visitors see when touring the Vatican Museums and is often very busy. You will need to book a Vatican Museums ticket. to admire the Sistine Chapel.

Full-Entry Ticket

This ticket permits entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

  • Adults: 17 € (US$ 19)
  • Children (6-18): 8 € (US$ 9.5)
  • Students, pilgrimages: 8 € (US$ 9.5)
  • Children under 6 years old: FREE

Add 4 € fee if you wish to book your tickets online and 7 € extra to rent an audioguide for your visit.

How do you skip the line? How do you avoid the crowd?

If you wish to avoid the crowd, you need to book an early access Sistine Chapel ticket. You will skip the line and enter the Sistine Chapel before the general public arrival.

Several tour companies offer Sistine Chapel early access tickets. It costs approximately 60€. Even if the price is higher than regular tickets, it’s definitely worth the money. Make sure to compare prices before booking as you will often find generous discounts.

How do you book last minute Sistine Chapel tickets if it is sold out on the official website?

If Sistine Chapel tickets are sold out on the official website, you may still find last minute tickets through online travel agencies like GetYourGuide, Viator, and Headout. Enter your desired date and let our search engine find the right offer for you.

Are there any combined tickets including Sistine Chapel tickets and other attractions?

There are multiple ways to experience the Sistine Chapel along with other Vatican Museums, or famous attractions nearby in Rome. Several of the packages include incentives like “skip the line”, fast track, or guided tours.

  • Sistine Chapel + St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour: An opportunity to see the two most famous sights at the Vatican Museums along with a personal, guided tour.
  • Sistine Chapel + St. Peter’s Basilica + Vatican Museums Guided Tour: Tour all of the museums and famous landmarks with a knowledgeable, personable guide.
  • Sistine Chapel + Colosseum: Receive priority access to the Vatican Museums as well as the historical Colosseum landmark.
  • Sistine Chapel + Vatican Exclusive Breakfast: Get a full breakfast in Vatican City before receiving early priority access to the Sistine Chapel. The best VIP experience of the Vatican Museums.
  • Sistine Chapel + Vatican Gardens: Explore all of the wonders of the Vatican Museum as well as the outdoor gardens.
  • Sistine Chapel + Catacombs: Two of the finest treasures in Vatican City are available with the package which includes special access to the Papal Tombs underneath St. Peter’s Basilica.

Are there any Sistine Chapel guided tours? Are they worth it?

Yes, there are several guided tours available for the Vatican Museums, most of which include visiting the Sistine Chapel. There are several benefits to booking a guided tour:

You save time and hassle. Tickets are already purchased in advance and your tour is scheduled for a certain time.

You get priority access and sometimes get to see parts of the exhibit not available to the general public.

You get to learn more about the Vatican Museums through an informative guide and can ask all the questions you want.

Is it possible to visit the Sistine Chapel for free?

Yes, the Vatican allow free entry to all of its exhibits on the last Sunday of every month. The museums are also open for free on World Tourism Day. Children under the age of six receive free access to the Sistine Chapel. Otherwise, expect to pay the full-entry or reduced entry prices.

What will I see?

The Sistine Chapel is considered the most popular exhibit at the Vatican Museums, which is saying a lot. The gorgeous frescoes of Michelangelo highlight the chapel, including the famous “The Last Judgment” ceiling fresco.

The southern, northern, and eastern walls also have impressive works of art that depict historical Christian events. Today, the chapel continues to represent the official residence of the pope. It is also the grounds for several important religious functions, including the papal conclave.

Are Sistine Chapel tickets included in any attractions city passes?

Yes, there are a few different Rome city passes that include access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel:

  • Omnia Pass: The pass features access to numerous attractions in Rome including skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums.
  • Rome Pass: The pass is accessed through your mobile phone and includes access to the Vatican Museums.

What is the best time to visit the Sistine Chapel? How to avoid the crowd?

The Sistine Chapel is arguably the most popular site of all the Vatican Museums. It is the final destination and gets extremely crowded. We recommend beating the rush by booking a early access Sistine Chapel ticket. If you are on a tight budget, make sure to arrive during the first hour after the Vatican Museums have open its gates.

While the last Sunday of each month permits entry to the Vatican Museums for free it is not the best day to visit if you get frustrated with crowds.

What are the Sistine Chapel opening hours?

The Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) are open Monday-Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm. Remember that the final entry of the day is at 4 pm. The Sistine Chapel is open from 9 am to 2 pm on Sundays. Please note the final entry time for Sundays is at 12:30 pm.

Travel Tips

  • Book in advance: Sistine Chapel tickets are sold by the date you plan to visit. It is common for the museums to sell out during high season. Moreover booking online let you skip the line at the entrance.
  • Tickets are set for a particular date. There are no refunds so you will want to make sure that you can visit the date you purchase the tickets.
  • The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums. Purchasing a ticket to the Sistine Chapel also grants you admission to all of the Vatican Museums. Therefore, the chapel has the same operating hours and rules as the other museums.
  • The Sistine Chapel is the final destination on the Vatican Museums tour. Plan plenty of time to see the extraordinary religious site.