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The Sistine Chapel is a true treasure in Rome. Let's discover the best ways to reach it and enjoy your visit.

Visiting the Sistine Chapel is an emotion that can hardly be described: it feels like being in the presence of all the genius of humanity. Indeed, it is estimated that each year more than 6.5 million visitors cross the threshold of the Sistine Chapel and, therefore, the Vatican Museums.

If you do not organize your visit well, however, instead of enjoying every moment of it, your excitement can turn into a tiring moment of your trip to Rome.

For this reason, in this article, we provide you with a complete guide with all the useful information and directions to best arrive and visit the Sistine Chapel.

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Where the Sistine Chapel is located: information about the tour

Entering to visit the magnificent vault of the Sistine Chapel means purchasing admission to the entire Vatican Museums.

In fact, the tour of the Museums culminates precisely with access to the interior of the Chapel.

Here your gaze will be enraptured by the magnificence of all that surrounds you and, above all, by all that towers above you. Indeed, the excitement is such that time inside the Chapel seems to pass in the blink of an eye.

This is another reason why it is a good idea to organize your visit as best you can and, above all, to purchase tickets in advance. If your trip to Rome is the result of an unexpected surprise, you can still check last minute tickets availability here!

How to go to the Sistine Chapel: all the alternatives you have

The entrance to the Vatican Museums is located at Viale Vaticano 6: getting there, as we shall see, is rather simple. In fact, the main difficulty is juggling the large lines of visitors who, especially at particular times of the year, crowd the entrances.

With our suggestions, however, you will see that your visit to the Sistine Chapel will be much easier and you will be able to fully enjoy the experience.

How to go to the Sistine Chapel by plane: which airports are the closest

There are two major airports: Fiumicino, the international airport, and Ciampino Airport.

In both cases, these are airports well connected to the city center by an efficient train and bus system.

Using public transportation, the most convenient thing to do is undoubtedly to get to Rome's Termini Station and from there move by public transportation, which we will see in a moment.

From Ciampino airport to Roma Termini train station

Ciampino is connected to Termini by the bus routes of several companies: Sit Bus Shuttle, Terravision and Atral, whose tickets cost between 4 and 6 euros per person each way. You just need to consider that although it is only 13 km away, traffic in Rome can often be merciless and travel times often lengthen.

From Fiumicino Airport to Termini train station

Fiumicino, however, is also connected to Termini by Trenitalia trains, as the train station is right inside the airport. The train is called Leonardo Express and takes about 30 minutes for the entire journey at a cost of 14 euros per person one way.

Alternatively, at a lower cost, it is possible to use the buses of the Sit Bus Shuttle, Atral, Cotral, T.A.M. and Terravision lines at a cost starting at about 5/6 euros per person (the inconvenience is still traffic).

Once you arrive at Termini, how do you proceed? Let's see in the next section.

How to get to the Chapel from Roma Termini train station

By public transportation, the most convenient option is to start from Termini train station.

You can reach the Sistine Chapel by metro, which is the most often recommended choice. In fact, you simply hop on the Metro A (to Battistini) and get off at the Ottaviano stop, which is a 5-minute walk from the entrance to the Museums. You have to calculate about 30 minutes in total.

Alternatively, you can reach the Vatican by going by train (by Trenitalia). In about 25 minutes, in fact, you can arrive at the Roma San Pietro station. From here, however, the route to the entrance of the Museums is about 2 km: it can be convenient, however, in case you decide to visit Piazza San Pietro first and then head to the Museums.

From Termini, however, it is also possible to get to the Museums by bus. The line to choose is #64 and the reference stop is Piazza Pia, next to Castel Sant'Angelo (about 1.5 km from the entrance to the Museums).

What if we get to Tiburtina? Let's see the best solutions now.

How to get to the Chapel from Roma Tiburtina train station

Tiburtina Station is located diametrically opposite the Vatican Museums.

The most convenient solution is to reach Roma Termini Station and from there leave for the Museums by the methods reported earlier.

Alternatively, one can take bus #490, which connects Tiburtina to the Candia/Mocenigo stop, 200 meters from the entrance to the Museums, in about an hour's journey.

How to go to the Chapel from Rome city center via metro, streetcar and bus

If you are in the center of Rome but not in the Tiburtina or Termini area, here is a compendium of public transportation lines that allow you to go to visit the Vatican Museums.

- Metro: line A with stops at Ottaviano-Musei Vaticani and Cipro;

- Tram/Streetcar: #19 with a stop in Piazza Risorgimento;

- Bus: #49 with a stop facing the entrance to the Museums. Alternatively, #32, #81, #982 stopping at Piazza Risorgimento and, finally, 492 and 990 stopping at Via Leone IV.

How to reach the Sistine Chapel by car

Reading this article, it will probably be clear by now that getting to the Museums by car is perhaps not the most convenient option.

There are several parking lots and garages where you can leave your vehicle, but it is often not so easy to find availability.

Anyway: the area where the Museums are located is a traffic-restricted zone, so not all categories of vehicles are allowed to move. For more information, it is advisable to consult the official Mobility Rome website.

How to visit the Sistine Chapel: final info and advice

One of the most exciting experiences in life is undoubtedly the entrance inside the Sistine Chapel. Your heart beats wildly and your eyes don't quite know where to look. Beauty is literally everywhere.

In order to rejoice in this moment of visiting, we give you some of our suggestions and useful tips:

- First, buy your tickets in advance. Be sure to buy skip-the-line tickets, such as these, otherwise you may have to wait several hours before you see the entrance to the Museums.

- While visiting inside the Sistine Chapel, remember that photography is not allowed. Since the time inside the Chapel is not very long, you might want to put your phone in your pocket and let your eyes take the most indelible photographs of your life.

- Even though it is one of the most famous places in the world, it is still a sacred place. For this reason, only those who are dressed appropriately will be granted entry.

- For your visit to the Sistine Chapel, do not bring backpacks or bulky bags because you will have to leave them in the lockers at the entrance. Also remember not to bring any sharp, pointed objects, just like when you check in at the airport!

Beyond these simple rules, a visit to the Sistine Chapel is an experience of such emotional impact that we can only wish you to experience it (or relive it) as soon as possible.

If you would like to enrich it with a guided tour click below!

Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel!

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