Everything you need to know about Saint Peter’s Basilica

TICKETS and QUEUE for St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

St. Peter’s Basilica is completely free and there is no ticket to pay to enter.
Often the queue maybe of over 1 hr of waiting. This queue is to pass the metal detector control.
The Basilica of St. Peter has only 2 areas where you need to pay an entrance fee:

– Cupola (Dome): Visits to the dome of St. Peter’s are possible every day from 8 am to 6 pm , April to September and from 8 am to 5 pm, October to March.
– Necropolis: For visits to the tomb of St. Peter and the necropolis : Monday- Saturday from 9 am to 5 Pm

You might purchase tours or use official Audio-guides for the visit of the Dome and/or the Basilica.
You may book a guided tour or an audio-guide fro the visit of the Dome or Basilica. In this case you will have included the reserved queue for your entrance to the Basilica and the Dome.
The official agent for this services is Vox Mundi

Opening hours
Open every day:
From October 1- March 31: 7:00 – 18:30
From April 1 – September 30: 7:00 – 19:00



Entry to the Basilica is free.

Ticket prices
With lift:  € 8,00 (320 steps)
No lift:  € 6,00 (551 steps)
Holy Mass Saint Peter's Basilica
Weekdays: 8:30 – 9:00 – 10:00 – 11:00 – 12:00 – 17:00 (in Latin)

Holidays: 9:00 – 10:30 (in Latin) – 11:30 – 12:15 – 13:00 – 16:00 – 17:45

Papal audience

In Saint Peter’s Square, or Paul VI Audience Hall, or the Courtyard of the summer Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo (usually in August)
Entry: Free (by reservation only)
Hours: Every Wednesday at 10:00
Reservations: Write to the “Prefettura della Casa Pontificia, 00120 Città del Vaticano” or send request by fax: +39 06 69885863
Ticket Collection: by the bronze door located after the metal detectors. Tickets can be picked up either the day before, between 15:00 and 19:00, or on the day of the event, between 7:30 and 10:00

Papal blessing
Every Sunday at 12.00 in Saint Peter’s Square (when the Pope is in Rome)



Do I have to pay to visit the St. Peter’s Basilica?

No. Entrance to the Basilica is free.

Do I have to queue up to enter the Basilica?

To visit St Peter’s Basilica, you must pass through security / metal detectors located under the colonnade on the right side of the Basilica. This can often result in long queues, especially during peak times. The guided tours of the Basilica include reserved entry that can significantly reduce waiting times.

Can I use the “official audio guide” without a reservation?

Absolutely! Simply head to one of the audio guide desks located inside the Basilica indicated by sign boards.

Do I have to pre-book a guided tour?

Reservations are highly recommended, but not required. To join a group tour, simply show up at the white desk located in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica 15 minutes before the start of one of the scheduled visits. Booking is required, however, for private tours.

Where is the Sistine Chapel? How can I visit it?

The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums.

Can I access the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel directly from Saint Peter’s Basilica?

No, access to both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is exclusively through the main entrance of the Vatican Museums (

Is there a dress code to follow when visiting St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes, visitors are expected to dress modestly, in an appropriate manner for a sacred place (covered shoulders, neckline and knees).

Are wheelchairs available inside the Basilica?

Unfortunately not, however the Basilica is equipped with lifts and disabled access for those who already have their own wheelchair.

Can I bring my pet inside Saint Peter’s Basilica?

No, animals are not allowed.

Can I take my backpack / umbrella inside the Basilica?

Small backpacks and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. Larger bags and bulky items must be left in the cloakroom.

Can I take photos inside St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes, photos are permitted, but camera tripods are not allowed.