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.
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.
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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Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
- Purchase admission tickets, such as Skip the Line: Before Opening Hours-Sistine Chapel Exclusive & Vatican Museums, in advance online —this is the easiest way to skip ticket lines, allowing visitors to arrive ready for entry.
- Book guided tours, such as Early Access Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine & St. Peter’s, which tend to skip both ticket and admission lines.
- Visit on a private tour like Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-off. Private tours are usually more expensive but give extra privileges, including bypassing both ticket and admission lines —sometimes taking visitors through secondary entrances.