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Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel

Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is simultaneously a holy space used regularly by the pope and an incredibly popular Roman attraction. Part of the Vatican Museums, the chapel often has long entrance lines — here are some ways to skip to the front of the queue.

Guided Skip-the-Line Tours of the Vatican Museums

Lines to get into the Vatican Museums can be incredibly long, sometimes taking two or more hours to get through. With a guided skip-the-line tour, you’ll walk right past the ticket queue with your guide through a special entrance.

Skip-the-Line Tickets

Those who prefer to go at their own pace can book a skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums in advance and bypass the long entry line. To maximize the chances of seeing the Sistine Chapel with smaller crowds, book a ticket with early-morning access.

Early-Entry Tours

Getting into the Vatican Museums before the doors open to the general public means you’ll get to experience the Sistine Chapel without the usual crowds. While most tours end in the chapel, some early-entry tours start there and others include breakfast inside the Vatican Museums before a tour of the museums and chapel.

VIP Private Viewings of the Sistine Chapel

For the ultimate Vatican experience, book an exclusive after-hours tour. You’ll get to view the Sistine Chapel in peace and see parts of the Vatican Museums usually off-limits to the public.

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Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.28
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$40.28
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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

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Combine a trip to two of Rome’s greatest sites in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Vatican and skip-the-line access to the Colosseum during this full-day tour. While others wait in line, you experience the majesty of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the ancient glory of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum, all with an expert guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.41
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$79.41

Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex before it opens to the general public on this early access tour that’s limited to just 10 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.85
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Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums

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Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums

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Visit the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive on this guided first-entry experience to the Vatican Museums complex. Explore at your own pace, accompanied by an expert guide, stopping to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

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Enjoy a VIP experience at the Vatican with this semi-private morning tour that includes breakfast on site. You’ll explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public so you can admire famous sights like the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms in a more intimate atmosphere before finishing with skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket

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

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wheelchair Accessible Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel PrivateTour

Wheelchair Accessible Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel PrivateTour

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The buildings that make up the Vatican Museums are mostly wheelchair-friendly, but there are still some sections that can only be accessed by elevator or stairs. You can ensure you don’t miss out on the highlights of the Vatican on this specially designed tour that takes you along an entirely step-free route with an informative and helpful guide. Plus, you’ll skip the entrance line! Prepare to be wowed by the legendary art of the Sistine Chapel, Pinacoteca Gallery and Chiaramonti Museum on your private tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.05
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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How do you skip the line at Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel?
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Travelers who want to skip the lines at Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel have options:
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What is a skip-the-line ticket for Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel?
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Skip-the-line tickets allow travelers to skip ticket or admission lines—sometimes both—and move through fast-track at any designated security checks.
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Can you buy skip-the-line tickets at Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel?
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Yes. However, if you’d like to buy skip-the-line tickets directly from Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel, we recommend trying on less busy weekdays and at least one day before your visit—you’re unlikely to find them available on the day of.
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How long are the lines at Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel?
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Ticket line wait time at Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel can be up to two hours long. On less busy days the wait is between 15 to 40 minutes. To avoid ticket lines completely, purchase skip-the-line tickets online in advance.
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Are Skip the Line at the Sistine Chapel skip-the-line tickets worth it?
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The short answer is yes. Viator skip-the-line tickets save you up to two hours waiting in line and are easy to cancel. What’s more, Viator offers last-minute deals on tickets when the official site runs out, and allows travelers to book in seconds without signing in—the official site requires full registration.