Colosseum Rome: Tickets & Admission fees

on 17. November 2023   /   28   /  

If you want to visit the Colosseum in Rome, you will find all the useful information about Coliseum tickets and entrance fees in this article. I hope these lines will help you prepare for your Rome vacation! The Coliseum in Rome is often the first point of interest for Rome visitors, as it is the Roman tourist attraction that most know without having ever been to Rome. The Colosseum in Rome is like the Eiffel Tower for Paris, a landmark directly linked to Rome.

Colosseum Tickets and Admission Overview

As you may have learned in other major cities on previous trips, you should not visit the most famous sights of a well-visited city just like that, completely unprepared. Because you are almost never alone, many other tourists want to see well-known attractions such as the Coliseum in Rome and that often means a lot of rush, long waiting times and little space to visit the sight quite relaxed and extensively.

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Coliseum Tickets: How To Buy Tickets For The Colosseum In Rome!

The Colosseum can be visited 363 days a year, you can get more information in my article on the opening hours of the Coliseum in Rome. You have the opportunity to visit the Coliseum individually, in a group, with the school and with or without a Coliseum tour.


Coliseum Tickets: Entrance fee for individual tourists

If you visit the Colosseum individually, the normal price for adults is currently 12 Euros. Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 from the EU pay the discounted entrance fee of 7,50 euros. Children and adolescents under the age of 18, regardless of their origin, have free access to the Colosseum in Rome, as persons with disabilities and accompanying persons.

Here in the table you can see the latest prices for Colosseum tickets:

VisitorEntry Fee
Adult16 Euro
Adolescents 18-25 years (EU)2 Euro
Children & Adolescents under 18 yearsfree
Persons with disabilities (including 1 accompanying person)free

It is important to know that since January 1, 2019, all visitors are required to reserve a specific time slot for their visit to the Colosseum. The reason for this are the safety instructions for the Colosseum. Only 3000 visitors are allowed inside the monument at a time. Lately this has caused problems, since holders of City Passes could visit the Colosseum any time and tickets were sold continuously. As a consequence, even visitors with a reservation had to wait.

From now on, all visitors have to make a reservation for a specific time slot when booking their tickets. The Colosseum’s ticket offices only sell tickets for the same day. It is possible to arrive early in the morning and buy tickets for later the same day. Once no more tickets are available for the day, the ticket offices close.

Hence, it is advisable to buy tickets on the internet beforehand. You may save a few euros by buying tickets on the spot but you risk queuing up and in the end not being able to buy tickets at all because all time slots for the day are already taken.

City Pass holders still enjoy free entry to the Colosseum but now have to chose a time slot for their visit via telephone.

Colosseum Tickets: Entrance fee for groups & reservation info

If you would like to visit the Colosseum in a group, you must register in advance via the website of the Colosseum or by phone. The numbers for reservations in the Colosseum in Rome can be found here (in Italian):

  • Individual tourists: +39 06 399 67 700
  • Groups: +39 06 399 67 450
  • School groups: +39 06 399 67 200

These lines are open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm, on Saturdays you can reach the staff from 9am to 2pm.

The reservation fee for school groups up to a maximum of 50 people is 15 euros, other non-school groups pay 28 euros to reserve a certain time for the visit of the Colosseum. In addition, a fee of 2 euros per person will be charged at the ticket office. Groups must arrive at the Colosseum 30 minutes before the time on the ticket.


Before your visit to the Colosseum you have to register a group of 14 people up to a maximum of 50 people in advance. After the payment you will receive a payment receipt and your reservation with a reservation number. Both must be presented to the ticket office on the day of your visit at the entrance to the Colosseum. In addition, a sheet with the names of all participants and their date of birth is required. These must be printed on official paper of the company, the organizer or the school. Be sure to remember all these documents, because if you do not have this list, you will be asked to join the normal group.


Groups with less than 14 participants will go directly to the normal group entrance of the Coliseum, groups of more than 14 participants will be welcomed at the new star entrance “Colosseo Turno Gruppi Stern”. Important for non-school groups: With a reservation you pay the fee of 28 euros plus 14 tickets of 12 euros, so you get a price of 196 euros. The rest will be charged at the counter on the spot.

5 things you should know about Colosseum tickets!

1. Colosseum Tickets are combined tickets!

All Coliseum tickets are combined tickets. This means they grant you not only admission to the Colosseum, but also to the Roman Forum and the Palatine. You can also visit the temporary art exhibition in the Colosseum with the Colosseum Ticket. Important: Each of these sights may only be visited once!

2. Colosseum Tickets are valid for 2 days!

In order for you to create all these Rome attractions and have plenty of time and do not waste your time on vacation, Colosseum tickets are always valid for two days. Small note: At the ticket offices on the street that leads from the Colosseum towards the Roman Forum, there is another point of sale for tickets near the Forum Romanum. There is usually less going on there than at the Colosseum!

3. Colosseum Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance on the Internet!

You can buy the normal tickets for the Colosseum in Rome directly at the entrance to the attraction at the ticket office. The entrance fees listed above in the table apply. The waiting times at the ticket offices of the Colosseum in Rome are often very long. If you want to avoid the long queues at the Colosseum, you have the opportunity to buy Colosseum tickets without waiting. That goes for example here:


These no-queuing tickets are more expensive than the regular tickets you can buy locally. But they save you a long wait and that’s why I find these tickets, like many others, very welcome! Another way to get tickets to the Colosseum is to visit the site of the attraction. For a fee of € 2, you can order Colosseum tickets there. The site is only available in Italian and English.

4. Colosseum Tickets: Visit the coliseum in Rome for free

Every first Sunday of the month, all visitors to the Colosseum in Rome have free admission. Then the waiting times are even longer than usual, I probably do not have to explain you extra! One of the reasons for this is security. No more than 3,000 people are allowed to go into the Colosseum in Rome at the same time. Also important: On Sundays, when the access to the Colosseum in Rome is for free, no reservations and ticket orders are accepted!

5. Pay attention to controls at the entrance to the Colosseum

There are security checks at the entrance to the Colosseum in Rome. In the process, person checks take place, in which you are scanned. In addition, your luggage will be screened, too. It is important that you pack all items (including mobile phones and smartphones) in your pockets or your backpack, so that these items also pass through the controls.

What can I take to the Colosseum in Rome?

In the Colosseum in Rome some objects are prohibited. These include, above all, oversized backpacks, camping equipment, bulky bags and suitcases (including carry-on luggage). Small and medium-sized backpacks are allowed. These are searched at the entrance to the Colosseum during security checks. Also allowed are water bottles, cameras and food in normal dimensions.

Information about the audio guide in the Colosseum

Many tourists share their visit to the Colosseum in Rome and the opinions are usually identical. The waiting times are long, but it is really worthwhile to visit the Colosseum in Rome. And, what I also learned is that the audioguide for the Coliseum is very helpful, as you get lots of information and interesting explanations about the ancient amphitheater. The audioguide for the Colosseum is therefore worth the investment! It costs 5,50 euros per person and includes just over an hour of text, i.a. in German, English and French. For tickets without waiting for the Colosseum, there are also offers where the audio guide is already included.

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In addition to the normal audio guide, visitors to the Colosseum in Rome also have an audio-video guide. It contains not only text, but on an iPod touch also pictures, videos and 3D reconstructions. The audio-video guide costs 6 euros and includes about 50 minutes of information about the Coliseum. It is available as the simple audio guide in different languages.


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  1. Maria says:

    Is there a fast lane for pregnant women?

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Maria,
      There isn’t a line properly just for pregnant women but you can skip the line just asking at the entrance 🙂


  2. Julie A. says:

    Hi thankyou for providing this great website an you tell me I am here with my 91 year old mum and my sister who are her carers and we were told it was free for my mum as she is of limited walking and we both aid her linking our arms both sides of her. We have been told that only one can go in with her and it would be a different tour around. This is so tricky as there are 3 of us? Can you advise if we went early could we purchase a ticket extra ??

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Julie,

      the colosseum’s website write about the conditions for free admission that : “persons with disabilities and a family member or other accompanying person who demonstrates membership in social and health care services” have free access. However I can’t say if it’s just for one person or the all family, in your case I will advise to ask the personal at the colosseum.

      Kind regards,

  3. Marina says:

    Hello, I’m an exchange student in France, I am not a UE citizen, but I have a student visa and I am under 25. Can I get the reduced ticket?

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hello Marina,

      you can visit the colosseum for free if you are

      – enrolled in the faculties of architecture, conservation of cultural heritage, educational sciences and degree courses in literature or literary subjects with an archaeological or historical-artistic focus of the faculties of literature and philosophy, or corresponding faculties and courses established in the member states of the European Union.

      – enrolled in academies of fine arts or corresponding institutions of the European Union.

      You just need you student card and your certificate of enrollment for the current academic year. You can pick up your ticket at the entrance of the colosseum (biglietteria di Largo della Salara Vecchia)


  4. Madalina says:

    If I am already 25 years old, can I still buy a ticket at a reduced price?

    Thank you!

  5. Brendan says:

    Hi, is there a reduced price for over 65 year olds?

  6. Nigel I. says:

    I want to book for 2 adults and 3 children and am struggling to find where to reserve children’s tickets, can you help?

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Nigel,
      all visitors who have free entrance can pick up their free ticket at the ticket offices inside the Colosseum and at the ticket office at Largo della Salara Vecchia, where special ticket offices will be set up or at the ticket office at the Temple of Venus and Rome 🙂

      Have fun!
      VG, Solène from HelpTourists

  7. Tajan says:

    Thanks for this very nice article. I have a question about children visiting the colosseum. We shall be visiting the colosseum soon and we have a 9 yr old with us. I understand its free for him but does that mean that we can just walk to the counter and they allow kids inside? For adults we have already taken the tickets.

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hallo Tajan,

      all visitors who have free entrance can pick up their free ticket at the ticket offices inside the Colosseum and at the ticket office at Largo della Salara Vecchia, where special ticket offices will be set up, or at the ticket office at the Temple of Venus and Rome. So you will get the tickets for the children at the same time as your tickets.

      Have fun!
      VG, Solène from HelpTourists

  8. Hina M. says:

    How do I order a ticket for my 6 & 10 year old daughters?
    The 2 euro fee is for Roma cards?

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Hina,

      if you want you can also get a ticket for your daughters at the ticket office of the colosseum (“Tempio di Venere e Roma”) and don’t need to book theirs tickets in advance. If you prefer to reserve theirs tickets you also have to pay 2 € (bookings fee).

      Regards, Solène from HelpTourists

  9. Alex says:

    Hello, what can we do when on every website ticket are sold out? Is it possible to go to ticket office by person and buy it for another day for a specific time slot? or if not at least to buy for later the same day? On some website is written that only online is possible to buy. Thank you

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Alex,

      you can also try to buy your ticket at the ticket office (“Tempio di Venere e Roma”)

      kind regards,
      Solène from HelpTourists

  10. Kim says:

    Where can I book online a free ticket for my 12 year old daughter? I booked a ticket for myself on and they say I can just go to the Colosseum Cash Desk to get one for free for my child. Is that true? I can not find where to book it otherwise…

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Kim,

      you can book a ticket for your daughter on the Colosseum’s official website, they charge 2€ for the reservation online.


  11. Courtney says:

    Does non eu under 25 get a discount?

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Courtney,

      unfortunately works the discount only for the Europeans. People under 25, who aren’t European, have to pay the full price. You also need to book your tickets online.
      Have fun !
      Regards, Solène

  12. Ellen says:

    Do I need to have some ID with me to prove I am 18 so that I do not need a ticket?

    • Solene HelpTourists says:

      Hi Ellen,

      you need your ID to prove that you are 18 and so can pay a reduced price. It’s not possible to buy the ticket at a ticket office so you have to book it online.
      Have fun !
      Regards, solène

  13. Laura says:

    For the Colosseum, where do you recommend purchasing tickets online?

  14. Margita says:

    Hi! This is a very good article, thank you! Could you please add a section “where to buy”? Many thanks! Kind regards, Margita

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