Venice Doge’s Palace – Admission fees | St. Mark’s Square is the largest and most wonderful place in Venice as well as one of the most famous city squares in the world. The two main buildings on the square are the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace together with its famous Bridge of Sighs. Every year millions of visitors cavort in one of Europe’s most beautiful squares.
Many are surprised that the admission to the impressive Basilica di San Marco is free. The Doge’s Palace, on the other hand, is more like a huge art museum that can only be only visited, as part of a guided tour, included in combined tickets or a city pass.
How much is the admission fee to the Doge’s Palace?
Please note the following in advance – All suggested and recommended admission tickets and vouchers in this article are priority admission tickets to the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, National Archaeological Museum and Biblioteca Marciana.
The last three mentioned museums are always included in the admission fee for all offers without exception.
This also applies to tickets purchased on site, but they do not grant faster admission. More detailed information on the museums in Venice City Pass and Doge’s Palace opening hours.
Skip the Line Ticket
|Fast-Track with Guidebook
Guided Tour with Skip The Line
|Doge's Palace & Gondola Tour
|Entrance with Venice Pass
|Entrance with Venice Pass
|✅ Bestseller Venice
St. Mark's Basilica + Doge's Palace
+ Venice Audio Guide
✅ Tip: If you would like additional information such as an info book or an audio guide, you will find the right tickets in Skip-the-Line Entry with info book or ticket and audio guide for Doge’s Palace.
For holders of the Venice City Pass, the normal admission fee to the Doge’s Palace and its museums is already included in the price. There is also priority access without queuing here. All information about the Venice City Pass is also in the section Venice Passes.
Please also look at the possibilities with the Venice Museum Pass & Doge’s Palace Entrance Ticket.
Visit the Doge’s Palace in Venice
In the Doge’s Palace, you can walk around freely. This includes the magnificent interiors that once served as the meeting and entertainment places of the Republic of Venice, where important decisions were made. You can freely enter the Hall of the Grand Council and the Doge’s apartment too.
In the latter, you will search in vain for the furniture. Each Doge took his own with him after his term of office. The visit to the prisons spread over the two buildings complexes will remain a special memory for you.
In the few humid cells in the cellar of the Doge’s Palace, the Pozzi, state prisoners, and high traitors served their sentences. At high tide, only the bunk remained dry. When walking over the Bridge of Sighs, it is essential to take a look through the small windows before getting to the Piombi on the other side of the complex.
Under the lead roof, it was unbearably hot in the prison cells. In order to prepare yourself, just read the memories of Giacomo Casanova. He also sat here until his escape. You can look at everything. He was also imprisoned here until his escape. The best way to do it is with a guided tour of Casanova’s prison.
Guided tours through the Doge’s Palace
Guided tours are available in almost every major tourist attraction in the world. It does not matter if it is for practical considerations, convenience or lack of preparation for a particular attraction. One is often surrounded by a large number of travellers so that it can be loud and hectic there.
Then it only makes sense if the guide speaks in a language that is well understood. Here are some suggestions for guided tours of the Doge’s Palace, primarily in English. Access to the booked time of the tour is always without queuing:
► Guided tours in the English language
Power of the Republic
|approx. 3 hours
► Guided tours also in English
|Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica +
Access to the terrace
All important information, such as time and meeting point of the guides are available on the provider’s website. Tourists from all over the world visit Venice, so that guided tours in one language can unfortunately only be offered to a limited extent.
Of course, the number of participants on each guided tour is limited. If you want to make sure that you will take in the corresponding tour, you should get a reservation online early.
Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Square is teeming with hosts of tourists and the queues in front of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are extremely long. Especially for day tourists, it is popular to book a tour to Doge’s Palace and the Basilica San Marco – both without queuing.
Bypassing the queues in front of St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible without having booked something extra in advance. If you are only interested in visiting the St. Mark’s Cathedral, you will find all the information you need in the section regarding St. Mark’s Basilica.
|Doge's Palace +
|St Mark's Basilica
|Basilika Tour +
|St. Mark's Basilica -
only skip the line +
Terrace & Pala D´Oro
All guided tours mentioned here are in the English language and accomplished by various local companies. The duration of the guided tour can vary. It is important that the access to the two most extraordinary attractions of Venice takes place fundamentally without having to wait.
You will find all the important information about the offers on the corresponding booking sites.
Doge’s Palace as an experience
A visit to the Doge’s Palace is a piece of history that can be experienced and walked through in the city of Venice, and will lead through different eras. You will not only learn a lot about life in the palace but also about the cultural, political, religious and worldwide connections of maritime power.
The architecture and the art treasures of immeasurable value, which are still reverently standing today, witness the former fame and wealth of the city. But only when one recognises the difficult conditions, due to the lack of space and the water level, one does realise the extraordinary nature of this building.
Top tip: Right next to the Doge’s Palace is the famous St Mark’s Tower. To avoid waiting times for a planned ascent, you can book the combination ticket Doge’s Palace + Campanile St. Mark’s online in advance.
For those who are willing to wait for the free visit to the St. Mark’s Basilica and still do not want to miss the rest of their adventure in Venice, there are two extra suggestions for your sightseeing program connected to a tour in the Doge’s Palace.
The offer is also available in the English language including the access to the Palazzo Ducale, also without queuing:
|Tour of Doge's Palace
& Gondola Ride
|Historical Walking Tour
& Doge's Palace
All tours mentioned so far and related to the Doge’s Palace are aimed at day-trippers, short visitors or travellers of cruise liners since they start approx. from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
If you wish a guided tour in the afternoon or even in the evening, you will also find one special offer – St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace After Dark.
Doge’s Palace Opening Times
Here is an overview of the most important opening times:
|Jan to Dec
|Monday - Sunday
|9:00 to 18:00
|Christmas and New Year
|Opening hours may vary
On 25 December and 1 January, the Doge’s Palace may be closed or there may be variable opening hours. Check on site if necessary! Towards evening, the flow of visitors ebbs somewhat, but waiting times are still to be expected on many days.
For regular ticket holders without queuing, the opening times offer enough opportunities to quickly access the Palazzo Ducale to enjoy the unique atmosphere of peace and quiet. Further information about the opening times is also available on Doge’s Palace Opening Times.
A museum with added value
The Doge’s Palace is one of the museums in St. Mark’s Square which captivates with its unique architecture and world-renowned works of art. The walkthrough of its magnificent rooms brings history to life. Using the same ticket you can also visit the Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Monumental Room of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
Booking a ticket with or without a guide is often the only way to get a tight schedule for Venice under control. A lot of further information about the Doge’s Palace can also be found on Doge’s Palace visit.
* All prices mentioned in this article are non-binding. It always counts the current offer of the corresponding provider. Any discounts and reductions for children, teenagers, seniors and persons with disabilities can also be found on the provider’s website.