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Open-Top Bus Tour of the Vatican Gardens + Ticket for the Vatican Museums & The Sistine Chapel

18 reviews


  • Admire the Vatican Gardens

  • Audio guide available in 7 languages

  • Admission to the Vatican Museums at the end of the tour

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 45mins


  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian

Fast-track entry

Starting time 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Departure point/location

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Climb aboard an open-top bus to admire the gardens at the heart of the Vatican.

Discover the fountains, sculptures and floral landscaping of the world’s smallest state. During this 45-minute tour, you’ll see the essential sights of the Vatican Gardens while listening to the recorded commentary of an audio guide (available in 7 languages).

After your tour of the grounds of the Holy See, you’ll benefit from direct access to the Vatican Museums, without waiting in line.

Within the vast museum complex, you’ll have the chance to discover the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the famous Sistine Chapel.

Good to know

  • Availability: Monday to Saturday (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Times: 9am, 10am, 1pm
  • Duration: 45-minute bus tour; day pass for the Vatican Museums
  • Location: the Vatican
  • Audio-guide languages for the bus tour: English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian
  • No stops will be made during the bus tour
  • You can access the Vatican Museums at the end of the tour without waiting in line
  • This ticket does not include the audio guide for the Vatican Museums
  • All visitors are required to present valid proof of identity
  • Your activity voucher will contain your official ticket with a bar code. You will need to present this, along with valid proof of ID, at the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Admission will be refused without these two documents
  • Once you have entered, you can spend as much time as you like exploring the museums (until closing time: 6pm)
  • If you exit the Vatican Museums, no re-admission will be possible
  • Reduced tariff available for students under 26 years old that present proof of ID along with a valid international student card
  • Visitors that have purchased reduced-tariff tickets (student/child) will be required to show proof of ID, without which the Vatican will refuse entry without a refund, and the visitor will have to purchase a full price ticket
  • Out of respect for the religious nature of the sites, participants are asked not to wear flip-flops, shorts, skirts falling above the knee, sleeveless tops, or any other inappropriate clothing
  • The Vatican reserves the right to refuse entry, without refund, to any persons that do not respect the dress code
  • Your official ticket shows a different price than the billed price as the advance booking fee and skip-the-line access charged by the Vatican are not included
  • This activity is not accessible for people with reduced mobility
  • Food and drinks are not permitted during the tour
  • The bus is non-smoking
  • It is strictly forbidden to pick or collect any flowers, plants or herbs in the gardens
  • The use of ‘selfie sticks’ is not permitted

Information about the booking:

  • The fast-track ticket for the Vatican Museums allows you direct access to the museums at the time indicated on your ticket, avoiding the line at the entrance which can be up to 4 hours long.
  • When you book, you will be asked to indicate the time you would like to visit. We will do our very best to offer you the requested time, but cannot guarantee availability. If the requested time is not available, we will book the nearest available time. Please make sure that you check the time indicated on your official ticket, this is what will be used to access the Vatican.
  • Your ticket is non-transferable, and can only be used for the date and time indicated on the voucher
  • Please note that bookings are taken a maximum of 2 months in advance..
  • When you book, you will be asked to indicate the full name and gender of each participant, as well as the date, town and country of their birth.
  • The tour is NOT available for children under the age of 6 years. No exceptions will be made.
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

This activity cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

General terms and conditions of sale

Price includes

  • Bus tour of the Vatican Gardens
  • Audio guide (for the bus tour only) available in 7 languages
  • Admission to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Advance booking fees

Not included

  • The services of a guide
  • The audio guide for the Vatican Museums
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extras

Customer reviews

18 reviews
  • Visite très intéressante et très instructive. Nous aurions préféré avoir un guide pour plus de précision sur les différents monuments, mais la bande sonore n'était pas de mauvaise qualité en therme d'information.
    Jean-Michel D.
    Jun 18, 2019
  • Malgré le mauvais temps ce matin là, nous avons pu apprécier ce tour des jardins du Vatican. Attention, certains audio-guides ne fonctionnent pas dans le bus alors qu'il est indispensable d'avoir des explications. Le bus s'arrête pour qu'on prenne des photos. Par contre, prévoir toujours un vêtement chaud puisque le bus est ouvert sur les côtés. A la fin du tour, on peut visiter le musée sans faire la file d'attente.
    Liliane A.
    Apr 7, 2019
  • Good
    Elena I.
    Feb 19, 2019

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