Rome Colosseum Tours & Prices (Skip-the-line, Express & Night)

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Welcome to the Colosseum! One of, if not the, most iconic landmarks found anywhere on our planet, and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Situated in the center of Rome, tours of the Colosseum are both well suited to your itinerary needs and conveniently located to some of Rome’s other attractions!

Below we list a variety of different options you can choose from when looking at Colosseum tours and travel guides. From the standard Colosseum guided tour to a tour of the gladiator’s dungeons and a nighttime experience, there are options for families, couples and single tourists alike!

Know Before You Book

  • With over 4 million tourists a year, expect queues by midday
  • Peak season is hot and crowded, try for November through to March instead
  • Early birds get a chance to visit the Imperial forum


  • Free tours are available!
  • Go from an elevated view of Old Rome, to the dungeons in its basement
  • Or in turn, see the Colosseum at night!

Tourists heading to the Roman Forum

Rome. A city of culture and history. Where old meets new, and an amphitheater or Domus is never far away. You could spend a lifetime exploring the streets and ancient buildings, and still find something new and interesting.

Littered with famous landmarks and tourist destinations, there are none more iconic in Rome than the Colosseum itself! Standing at 48 meters (160 feet) in height, with a base area of 24,000 square meters (260,000 square feet), this “colossus” could host over 50,000 Roman spectators in its prime!

If all roads lead to Rome, then all roads lead to the Colosseum! So, it’s not a matter of if you go see it, but rather a matter of when and how. And we’re here to help answer both those questions.

Due to its popularity, the Colosseum is often filled to the brim with tourists, security guards, and guided tours alike! Receiving over 4 million visitors every year, the Colosseum can sometimes feel like it did when gladiators still frequented its arena, with crowds cheering for the circus.

However, don’t panic! There are options available for you to bypass most of the lines and get that Colosseum tour catered solely to your needs. All that’s left for you to do is choose!

Colosseum Tickets Pricing 2020

Self-guided Colosseum tours in Rome cost $13 USD and you will get all the relevant sites. Guided tours, on the other hand, will cost between $30 USD and $40 USD.

In the end, price depends on length, sites visited and how in-depth you would like your tour to go!

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Colosseum Express (1hr)
With the skip-the-line ticket for the Colosseum, you will avoid the long line at the internal ticket office and you will have more time to immerse yourself in that historical reality visited by millions of people. You will discover the customs of the Gladiators and how they lived at the time,...
Colosseum Skip The Line
Tour one of the world’s most iconic attractions in just an hour on this express tour of Rome’s Colosseum. Skip the long ticket lines and head straight to the Colosseum's most famous attractions with a guide, then spend as much time as you’d like exploring on your own.
Colosseum Express Tour (1hr)
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Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour
Enjoy priority access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Dive into the past and walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and gladiators, which your passionate guide will bring back to life. Enjoy spectacular views from the Emperor's Palace.
Colosseum and Roman Forum: Guided Tour with Priority Access
Explore Ancient Rome on a walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, and skip the lines to enter the popular attractions with an expert guide. Learn about the Roman Empire, see the tomb of Julius Caesar, and stop at the Via Sacra.
Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour
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The Colosseum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also one of Rome’s most recognizable (and crowded) attractions. Get a new perspective on the world-famous landmark, and discover its quieter side, when you embark on an after-dark tour. Meet your guide near to the Colosseum and enjoy light drinks...
Colosseum Under the Moonlight
Go on a tour of ancient Rome in three hours. This skip the line tour brings you the magnificent Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vittoriano Monument with an English speaking tour guide. Book now on Klook and enjoy Roman history at its finest.
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Rome Skip the Line Colosseum and Vittoriano Tour
See the Colosseum and Ancient Rome by night, when you can beat the crowds and experience the breathtaking views from the third tier with this exclusive access! Be amazed by the various piazzas, statues, museums, and more!
Rome: Colosseum by Night Tour with Colosseum Underground

Colosseum Opening Hours

Due to its high demand, the Colosseum needs to open as early as possible! Thus, you’ll find the gates opening at 8.30am sharp, every day of the week, 365 days a year!

“Sunset” determines closing times and these will change throughout the year at the Colosseum, Rome. Hours are shown below:

⦁ February 15: 8.30am – 4.30pm
⦁ February 16 to March 15: 8.30am – 5.00pm
⦁ March 16 to last Sunday of March: 8.30am – 5.30pm
⦁ Last Sunday of March to August 31: 8.30am – 7.15pm
⦁ September 1 to September 30: 8.30am – 7.00pm
⦁ October 1 to last Saturday of October: 8.30am – 6.30pm

Best Time to Go

There are not many places more popular attractions in the world than the Colosseum. Rome in peak season can be a torrid time for tourists already. With it being one of Rome’s main attractions, the Colosseum can be both hot and crowded, with queues up to the horizon, and no seating!

We can surmise travel times to the Colosseum to “time of year, time of the week, and time of day”:

Time of Year: Between March to October, you’ll find the Colosseum almost always crowded! Low season is more preferable, in the winter months between November and February.
Time of the Week: The week is almost always less busy than on the weekend, however again, in the peak season it is busy almost every day anyway.
Time of Day: The best time of day to visit the Colosseum is either when they open the gates (8.30am) or an hour or two before they close at sunset.

Colosseum Tour OptionsTourists at the Colosseum

Guided tours of the Colosseum and Roman Forum can vary depending on your needs. There are the standard walking tours that cover the basic corridors and ground floor view of the interior.

Then, there’s the night and underground Colosseum tour! A Rome Colosseum tour that adds a new spin on how you’ll get to enjoy this mighty behemoth and its ancient walls. You’ll find yourself captivated by every historic step.

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A Guided Roman Colosseum Tour

Colosseum tours done on your own can be tiresome due to queuing and they will only give you a ground-level basic experience of the amphitheater, with none of the added incentives!

This guided tour is the next level up of a standard self-guided tour! You’ll get over 3 hours of interesting information and access to usually unauthorized sights! Oh, and skip-the-line tickets are included at every venue you visit.

You’ll get tours of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, as well as surrounding sites such as the Palatine Hill, Julius Caesar’s tomb and a stop at the Via Sacra. A standard guided tour for the locals, but a must for first-time visitors!

What we liked: This tour is great for those who want to get a lot in a short space of time!

  • Skip-the-line entrance to all the visited sights
  • Over 3hrs of sightseeing
  • Professional guides and headsets offering over 4 languages

  • Lifts to and from venues
  • Wheelchair Accessibility

Beginning your exploration at the Arch of Constantine, this tour is certified to provide a lot of sight-seeing in a short space of time! With your professional guides giving you a thorough lay of the land, you’ll feel your craving for ancient knowledge being well sated!

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Colosseum Underground Tour at NightThe Colosseum at night

Do something quite unique in Rome and break away from the norm. Leave the crowds of the previous day behind you for an exclusive private tour that traverses the Colosseum at night!

Get a third-tier view of the amphitheater lit up, and travel its basement, journeying the passages once trodden by gladiators and circus beasts! This unique experience is a must for those who can.

You’ll get all the benefits of viewing the day tour sites (Palatine Hill, the Forum, the Temple of the Vestal Virgins), along with an empty Colosseum, all at night! The stars overhead and the ambiance of a quiet Colosseum make for an experience to never forget.

  • Special express entrance to all sites visited
  • An empty Colosseum
  • Tailored tour that feels personal
  • Go until near midnight
  • A unique view of Rome and its sights

  • Gratuities
  • Inter-hotel transfer

What we liked: The night time tour makes for unique viewing and personal experience!
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Sunset over the Colosseum

8.2Expert Score
Rome is a city so entrenched in ancient history that you could spend years delving into its crypts and never find all its secrets. The Colosseum is no different, and we believe that these are some of the best tours to best encapsulate this! From its archways to its well-trodden cobbled roads, the Colosseum stands as a testament to man’s ingenuity and capabilities. A marvel to behold!
Value for money
Level of activity
  • See one of the greatest man-made landmarks in the world
  • Skip the thousands of queuing people
  • Get an insider’s guide into the history of the monument from local professionals
  • Lots of walking
  • No hotel pickup
  • No wheelchair accessibility

Specification: Rome Colosseum Tours & Prices (Skip-the-line, Express & Night)


Not wheelchair accessible


1 – 2.5 hours, 1 to 2 hours, 2-4 hours


Other Key Sights, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Skip-the-line ticket


Children Under 6, Wheelchair accessibility, Transport

Meals & Drinks

Not included


Not included

Suitable For

Individuals, Couples, Families with older children, History-Lovers

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    Very good, although we could only get a 5 o'clock slot which we felt was a bit late but at least it was not too hot. Worth the wait. Skip the huge line of other visitors so worth it.

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    The process worked just like the vendor explained. I would recommend this group no problem. The Colosseum was amazing.

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    This tour is highly recommended to beat the crowds! It is informative and personal with our tour guide being friendly, informative, easy to understand and enjoyable. If you want to learn history and many interesting details about the city, you will come away with a wealth of knowledge. They served pizza, snacks and drinks prior to the tour, which was classy and all the personnel were very friendly. Group size was just right, however 3 hours is simply too long, especially after a day of going around the city. 2 hours for a reduced cost would probably be a better choice for most casual visitors. Otherwise is was a great tour seeing the Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum all at twilight / dark. Wished the Colosseum basement was more exciting / accessible, but that would be the same with any tour. 4.5 out of 5 stars, definitely worth your energy.

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    Matteo was our tour guide for the first two hours walking the streets of Rome and the Forum. He was amazing! Entertaining and knowledgeable. The night time Colosseum tour was cool but our guide was ‘meh’.

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