Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica: Tickets & Hours

Symbol of the Christianity all over the world, the stunning St. Peter’s Basilica is the very heart of the Vatican City.

Every year nearly 10 million visitors cross the bronze doors of St. Peter’s Basilica that, with its 614 feet in length, is the biggest church in the world, outranking Notre Dame de Paris in Paris and Westminster in London!

Other than being a sacred place for pilgrims and for the Catholic World, St. Peter’s Basilica houses some of the most beautiful masterpieces ever. Priceless friezes, mosaics, statues such as Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Bernini’s Canopy adorn the church, leaving every visitor breathless.

We have already covered the history and the main artwork of St. Peter’s Basilica in detail in our related post “St. Peter’s Basilica: Facts you should know before visiting”.

Here you will find useful information to visit St. Peter’s Basilica such as opening hours, dress code and tickets, which are needed only if you want to climb up to the Dome.
Indeed, remember that entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, as for every other church in Rome, is free of charge!

NOTE: Since entrance to the Basilica is free, lines can be very long.
Based on our experience, we think that the best way to visit St. Peter’s and bypass people in line is from the Vatican Museums or the Vatican Necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica. Both allow fast track entry to the Basilica!


Attraction Overview

Opening Hours: October to March: 9.00am - 6.30pm / April to September 9.00am - 7.00pm
Best Time To Visit: 11.30am or 5.00pm
Tickets: Free Entrance / Needed only to climb up the Dome
Accessibility: Partially Accessible
Kid-friendly Attraction

How to Visit


– Add this landmark to your Travel List; Beware of long lines. To enter St. Peter’s you will have to pass through airport-style scanners and security.


Springtime and Summertime: 11.00am or 5.00pm;
Fall and Wintertime: from 11.00am to 4.30pm;


– Dress code is strictly enforced at St. Peter’s Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women.


Closed on Sunday and Wednesday Morning until 1.00 pm

St. Peter’s Basilica Opening Hours
From October 1st to March 31st: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
From April 1st to September 31st: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm

St. Peter’s Dome Opening Hours
From October 1st to March 31st: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
From April 1st to September 31st: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm


Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica is Free

NOTE: Payment is required only if you want to climb up the Dome. Tickets cannot be reserved and must be bought on site.

Ticket price to St. Peter’s Dome
Full Ticket (steps only): 6€ (climb up 551 steps)
Full Ticket (elevator + steps): 8€ (take the elevator to the first level and then climb up 320 steps)
Reduced Ticket: 4€ (up to 6 years old)


Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
St. Peter’s Basilica is accessible. The Dome is not accessible due to the presence of steps.

Call Center (Tourist Information):
+39 06 698 816 62

How to Reach


Bus Lines (Stop “Cavalleggeri/San Pietro”):


Metro Station:

Take the “Red Metro Line” or “A Line” and stop at “Cipro” or “Ottaviano”.

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano (Vatican City State)
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St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica: Facts you should know before visiting

Every day between 40,000 and 50,000 people cross the beautiful entrance doors of the church, amounting to 10 million visitors per year. Those same doors were crossed by illustrious figures such as popes, emperors, poets and artists. When you walk down the nave of St. Peter’s Basilica you are literally walking on history that dates back to 2,000 years ago! Read More…

St. Peter’s Basilica FAQ

Are you wondering something about this landmark in Rome? Go to our Q&A section and post your question. It will be answered by an official Rome tour guide!

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