Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket

Vatican City, Italy
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From USD 42.45

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Vatican Museums admission ticket with no-wait access via dedicated Vatican Partner entrance
  • Enjoy full-day access, map, and brief orientation to explore the Vatican Museums at your own leisure
  • Use your pass to see top Vatican attractions such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

With this tour, enter the Vatican through a special fast-track gate and spend as long as you want inside.

What's Included

  • Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Escorted access through the Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Map of the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour

Meeting And Pickup

Ticket Redemption Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect

Your Vatican experience starts in Vatican City, where you’ll meet your host and walk to a private, priority entrance. Your admission ticket provides you with the fastest skip-the-line entrance at the Vatican Museums. After a brief introduction, and your host will provide a map of the museums and leave you to explore the museum complex’s 9 miles (15 km) of rooms and galleries at your leisure. 

Design your own itinerary and enjoy highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms, a series of four connecting rooms adorned with Renaissance works by Raphael and his students, the Pinacoteca Gallery, and the Etruscan Museum.

Most explorations of the Vatican Museums end at the crown jewel, the Sistine Chapel, a particularly sacred site, as it’s where new popes are elected. Of course, you’re there to see Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes, The Creation of Adam on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on on the wall.

Vatican Museums

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Stanze di Raffaello

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • While this ticket is a Skip the Line entrance, there is a security check that every passenger must go through. We cannot control the delay this might cause to entering the museum.
  • We recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point on time. Please plan on being at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the meeting time. Guests arriving late cannot be accommodated, and missed tickets cannot be refunded.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Don't be late because you will lose your time slot like we did.
The place is super busy but actually totally fine, just go along and enjoy the ride and absolutely do not forget your camera!
Go early, or do one of the wonderful evening visits (summer only and this was November


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Changed Time without letting us know
Terry_E, June 2023
They changed our scheduled time from 1:45 to 2:30 without letting us know and we didn't have enough time to view the Vicatan..
Wonderful Company
Jennifer_D, June 2023
We were two couples traveling from a cruise ship for our tour. We had booked the Skip the Line tickets for a 9:15 tour, but we were late- 9:17am. This tour DOES leave on time, most tours we have done, so not. So keep that in mind. We are EXTREMELY blessed the guides were able to still take us through the skip the line entrance. I would highly recommend getting to your spot 20 -30 min early. This tour is extremely organized and runs efficiently. There are other vendors there who “pretend” to be there helping the tour, BEWARE of them! Getting their early will help you avoid their scams!! This tour operates in bright blue and are right at the base of the stairs to get in the Vatican Museum. Several tours meet there so I’m hoping our experience will make your experience much better! Wear sleeves and then you can avoid the scarf sellers too! Our guide took us right through the line and helped us get our tickets to enter. The whole process took less than 10 min. I would 100% recommend this tour option. We barely waited in line. The public “general admission” line at 9:30am was already over an hour long. Paying to just get in, is definitely the way to go. Thank you so much for helping our family have a WONDERFUL experience at the Vatican Museum and for turning a very stressful morning into a great trip!!
Museum and Sistine Chapel on MY time.
Joseph_H, May 2023
Easy connections with guide who quickly lead us through security and into the museum , gave me my entrance tickets and I was ready to go. Seeing the long lines for group tours and the long line of people waiting in the sun to get in justified that this is the best way. For 8 € an audio guide is available, bring your own ear cord or you have to hold it up like a telephone. Did a guided tour last year but it was so fast you got great background information but you could not stop to look and wonder and just appreciate. .
Make sure you have lots of time.
Michelle_A, May 2023
The Sistine chapel was beautiful however it is a very long walk through museums and hallways to get to the Sistine Chapel. If you’re short on time there is no quick way to just go through to the chapel. Our start time was 9:15 and lines outside were not that long. Would much rather spend the time and go to St . Peters Basilica next time as it is free and not much of a wait to get in to the square. We got to St. Peter’s around 11:30 and quick to get in the square. Line into the Basilica was longer.
Skip the Line - Worth it!
Lissette_G, May 2023
Everything went smoothly. Our guide was easy to find, informative and got us in without any problems.
A lot of people
Kaitlyn_S, May 2023
The Vatican Museums are absolutely amazing but also extremely packed. If I had to do it again, I'd pick an earlier time so I feel less like cattle.
Save the time
Jeff_F, May 2023
Easy to find the tour and easy access. The lines can be crazy sounds will make sure and use these type of tours with the time savings it provides. This is a must do while in Rome.
Painless entry to the Vatican museum
Denise_E, Apr 2023
Basically met with the tour rep, followed the rep to inside the museum lobby, picked up the entry ticket, and you are on your own to walk around the museum yourself.
Definitely a time saver with the skip the line!
Laurie_B, Apr 2023
After seeing how long the line was, I was so grateful to be able to walk right in. There was so much to see!
Quicker Entry
Haley_W, Apr 2023
Exactly what was advertised - you skip the standard entry line. I have stood in the general line before and this was much quicker! However, the group entry line is also very long, so don’t assume you will get in quickly. If you want instant entry, book a private tour.
More than Expected.
Steven_J, Apr 2023
The history, color, and unbelievable amount of paintings, monuments, statues and tapestry were staggering! Much more here than expected...too much perhaps. We had no idea that our experience would include more than 20 different Museums. A drawback to this tour is that by time we had gotten to the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's much revered ceiling painting, we had already seen so many awesome paintings that it wasn't that much more impressive. I suggest doing the "short itinerary" tour to perhaps avoid an overindulgence of enrichment. One negative aspect of this tour, it did not seem as though we "skipped" much of a line...seemed everybody was in the same line and it took nearly 1/2 hour to get in. All in all, I will give this tour an 8 out of 10...keep in mind that you are on your own with no guide once you get in.
Great skip the line offering!
Angela_C, Apr 2023
Truly a skip the line ticket. Made the museum experience much more enjoyable. This was just ticket. We aren’t interested in a formal tour.
Worth experiencing
Bruce_C, Apr 2023
Sistine Chapel Raphael's frescos The text on the panels in the Vatican Museum was too small and the lack of contrast made it difficult to read.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hello Bruce_C, Thank you for taking the time to review your Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket tour with us! We really appreciate it. We wish we had been able to provide you with a more perfect experience, but we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed most aspects of your tour. Hope to see you on another of our unique excursions in the future! Kind regards, Edgar J. Communications Manager City Wonders
More clear directions, don’t put in an address that does not exist
Emily_M, Apr 2023
Seeing the Sistine Chapel. It was confusing giving us an address that does not exist. My mistake not reading that we were to meet at the base of staircase. I larger sign, maybe a sandwich board would help since we were a little early and no Viator agents were there. But once we asked for help we then knew we were in the right place. The staff was super nice. All worked out great.
Wonderful tour!
Linell_S, Mar 2023
The Vatican museum tour was wonderful! So glad we went. We had a family member who had gone with her classroom and became our guide. I suggest having a guide to give you information.
Worth the extra dollars to skip those lines !
Joanne_G, Mar 2023
The check in was easy to find, employees were pleasant and organized. So glad we could skip the line!!! We didn’t opt for the guided tour, wanted to go at our pace. Good experience.
Quick Entry to Vatican Museums
Laura_R, Mar 2023
Friendly and professional tour operators. They were prompt and experienced. Led us into the Vatican Museums, through security, then gave us our tickets. Perfect for someone who does not require a guided tour. Thank you!
Very helpful people. What...
Michael_B, Mar 2023
Very helpful people. What someone lost they help me figure out what to do -very easy to get inside thank you
Not happy
Grant_M, Feb 2023
Got to the meeting point was told we could not use our skip the line ticket. We could join the enormous queue of people. We could rearrange for another day we were going home the next day or get a refund. We opted for the refund and we’re then told it would take 2weeks to get the money back. I’m confused why as it took them a second to take it out of my account. Was very disappointed
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello Grant_M, We sincerely apologize on behalf of all team members at City Wonders that your tour with us at the Vatican could not begin at its scheduled time due to ticketing delays at the Vatican. We have since resolved these issues and would like you to know that we are fully aware of the manner in which you were affected. Your refund should have already posted into your account. We apologize that it took 10-14 days to process as this is standard procedure for refunds. If you have any other questions, please reach out to our customer service department. All contact information is included in your booking voucher as well as on Once again, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused at the Vatican. Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
Day 5 of our journey
Derevia_F, Feb 2023
Getting in started out slow…we were not able to skip the line like we paid for but once we got inside, everything was absolutely BEAUTIFUL…touring the Vatican & Sistine Chapel was a great experience
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hello Derevia_F, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review on Viator! We are pleased that you enjoyed a beautiful experience at the Vatican with us. It was our pleasure having you with us for this memorable trip. However, we'd like to apologize for the ticketing issue that delayed you and your group at the start of the tour. Unfortunately, we've recently been experiencing some ticketing issues at the Vatican and are working on all fronts to rectify them as soon as possible. Thank you again for taking the time to review your experience with us. Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders

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