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Colosseum tickets in advance – how to buy and where

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With seven million visitors annually, the Colosseum in Rome is one of the most visited monuments in the world.

You can’t afford to miss the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a Roman holiday.

This article shares why booking Colosseum tickets in advance is essential and how to buy them.

Do you need to book in advance?

For safety reasons, only 3,000 visitors are allowed inside the Colosseum. 

And since the Roman attraction is open only for about 8 hours daily (from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm), this limit means only 24,000 visitors can step in every day.

To ensure these restrictions set by the Italian Government are met, the Colosseum sells a limited number of tickets daily. 

As a result, Colosseum tickets for preferred time slots get sold out soon.

If you want to visit the Roman Colosseum at a time and date of your preference, it is essential to book them in advance.

Booking last-minute Colosseum tickets at a slightly higher price is possible, but you may not always be lucky. 

If you want to go on the Roman Colosseum’s Underground tour, you must book much earlier.

Visitors can’t book the Underground tour at the last minute. 

Tourists who prefer to visit the Roman attraction after dark must also book their night tour of the Colosseum beforehand.

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How far in advance can you book Colosseum tickets

The Colosseum ticket counter starts releasing the tickets on a schedule throughout the year, depending on the ticket type.

Usually, you can book your tickets at least a month in advance. 

During the non-peak season, when the demand is less, you can book much in advance.

Tip: If you have already purchased your tickets ahead of time, you can join the line for ‘visitors with reservations’ at the Colosseum’s entry gates.

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When do Colosseum tickets go on sale

Usually, Colosseum tickets go on sale on the official Colosseum platforms a month in advance. 

Travel companies such as Tiqets and GetYourGuide buy these tickets in bulk (and at a discount!) and sell them to tourists.

Since these travel companies offer much better user experience and customer support, you can keep checking them for when the Colosseum tickets become available. 

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Buy Roman Colosseum tickets in advance

There are many kinds of Colosseum tickets, including entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. 

These tickets are valid for 24 hours from the first entrance. 

You can visit the Colosseum first or the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill archaeological area.

Your Colosseum entrance fee will depend on the kind of experience you select.

Colosseum tickets Cost
Last Minute Colosseum & Roman Forum entrance €31
Priority Entrance to Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill €31
Colosseum with Arena Floor, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill €37
Exclusive Underground and Arena Tour with Roman Forum €109
Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill + Multimedia Video €36
Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Video Guide €49
Guided Tour of Colosseum & Roman Forum €72
Ultimate Colosseum Arena Small Group Tour €74
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Mamertine Prison €30
Small Group Tour: Colosseum Underground, Arena & Roman Forum €79

Tourists who are short on time book the Colosseum and Vatican combo tour and see both attractions in a day. At the same time, others prefer to see the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain on the same day.

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