St Mark’s Basilica in Venice – Admission fees 2022

St Mark’s Basilica – Admission fees | St Mark’s Basilica or Basilica di San Marco is a world-famous cathedral in the Italian lagoon city of Venice. It was the central state sanctuary of the Republic of Venice until the end of the 18th century. St Mark’s Basilica has been known since 1807 as the cathedral of the Patriarch of Venice.

The basilica has five large portals which can be accessed from St Mark’s Square, the main square of Venice. Each of these portals is an architectural masterpiece itself and worthwhile visiting.

St Mark’s Basilica – A church of superlatives

Entrance to St Mark’s Basilica is free – which unlike many other churches in Venice is good news. Only for some additional rooms, an entrance fee has to be paid in the Basilica di San Marco. The disadvantage, of course, is the endless crowds of tourists who also cause extremely long queues at the neighbouring Doge’s Palace.

Further on in this text, we will inform interested visitors about the possibilities of how to avoid waiting times.

St Mark’s Basilica with fast access

Admission to St Mark’s Basilica is free. However, if you want to avoid the queues described below, you must join one of the guided tours listed later or purchase a ticket to skip the queue.

Skip The LinePrice*Ticket
Only fast entry + Terrace
+ Pala D´Oro
25,00 €Buy online ticket
Only fast entry
Last-Minute Entry Tickets
19,50 €Buy online ticket

The first ticket also gives access to the terrace of St Mark’s Basilica with a fantastic view over St Mark’s Square. Surely a highlight of your stay in Venice. Also worth seeing is the Pala d’oro, one of the most magnificent Christian altarpieces, made of gold, silver and precious stones. Quick access is also part of the Venice Pass.

St Mark’s Cathedral queues – Admission without queuing

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Admission fees

The only way to avoid the long queues at the entrance is, as mentioned above, to visit St Mark’s Basilica in conjunction with a guided tour. Guided tours are offered for the visit to the Basilica di San Marco or in combination with a tour of the Doge’s Palace. In all cases, priority and fast entry is granted. Otherwise, the annoying waiting times can only be bypassed with the aforementioned ticket for fast entry.

The boom of city tourism often underestimates the problem of the waiting times in front of the tourist attractions. Even in popular travel guides, this is not mentioned. This applies, for example, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and of course the St Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Venice is visited by tourists from all over the world and St Mark’s Cathedral is one of the main attractions of the lagoon city. Therefore the number of Englisch-speaking tours is limited. That’s why I would absolutely recommend buying tickets online in advance.

Here you will find some interesting offers for guided tours including admission without queuing to the St Mark’s Basilica.

St Mark's BasilicaDurationPrice*Tickets
Guided tour +
Skip-the-Line tickets
1 hour39,00 €Buy online ticket
Basilica & Doge´s Palace
Guided Tour
2 hours90,00 €Buy online ticket
Guided Tour +
Gondola Ride
1,5 hours70,00 €Buy online ticket
ONLY Skip the line +
Terrace & Pala D´Oro
25,00 €Buy online ticket
ONLY Skip the line +
Last-Minute Entry Tickets
19,50 €Buy online ticket
ONLY Skip the line +
Terrace & Pala D´Oro
+ Doge´s Palace
57,50 €Buy online ticket
Venice Pass including
fast track entry
94,00 €Buy online ticket

My tip: If you are staying overnight in Venice, you will have the opportunity to experience the Basilica di San Marco as a quiet place of worship without tourists, enjoying an extraordinary evening tour after closing time.

St Mark’s Basilica and its mosaics now appear in a fully different light. This unique tour lasts 1.5 hours and is offered only in English. Here are the tickets for St Mark’s Basilica at night.

Visiting the St Mark’s Cathedral with combined tickets

Due to its proximity to the Doge’s Palace, which is just a few meters away, a combined visit to these two sensational attractions of Venice is worthwhile. With all the tickets suggested here, you can easily skip the queues.

St Mark's Basilica +DurationPrice*Tickets
Doge's Palace2 hours74,00 €Buy online ticket
Doge's Palace
Gondola Ride
2,5 -7,5 hours123,00 €Buy online ticket
Doge's Palace with
City Walking Tour
3 - 5 hours118,00 €Buy online ticket

Important: The above offers can be booked in English at the indicated dates and times, include guided tours to St Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace.

The admission to tourist attractions is always without queuing.

Worthwhile visits

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Admission fees

Everybody knows quite well where the Basilica di San Marco is, but what exactly can be seen inside the church? One of the cathedral ornaments hides well protected under thick carpets – the precious mosaic floor. One of the most famous works of the Cathedral is the Goldantependium of the high altar, the so-called Pala d’Oro.

The bones of St Mark are in it. In addition, the four pillars of the canopy were decorated with scenes from Jesus’ life. The treasury consists of conquest features including reliquaries of silver, gold, precious stones and ivory, trophies, glasses, and liturgical equipment. The most valuable piece of the collection is the throne of St. Mark, which once belonged to the emperor.

Climb up to the large gallery of the cathedral. From here you can wonderfully see the bronze horses of the cathedral. It can be reached using the staircase in the atrium. The horses were probably cast in Greece in the 4th century BC and originally decorated the triumphal arch of Emperor Trajan in Rome. After that, they were probably in Constantinople before they were brought to Venice in 1204 and attached to the St. Mark’s gallery where they are still standing to this day!

How much is the entrance fee to St Mark’s Basilica?

St Mark’s Basilica can be visited free of charge. However, you have to pay for the adjacent Saint Mark’s Museum, the Golden Altar, and the Treasury for the fantastic view from the free-standing bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica. To go up to St Mark’s Campanile, there are normal tickets and the possibility to book tickets without queuing.

Here is a list of the current admission prices:

San Marco Museums5,00 €
Pala d'oro2,00 €
Treasury3,00 €
Bell tower10,00 €

Tickets can only be acquired on-site. Discounts are available for teenagers and children. The exact opening hours can be found in my separate article St Mark’s Basilica opening hours here in this blog.

The queue at the lift of the Bell Tower can be long. If you don’t want to lose any time here, you can book a ticket for the reserved entrance right here:

Bell TowerPrice*Online Tickets
Reserved Entrance15,00 €Book online
Children 0 - 5 yearsfree
Reserved Entrance +
Doge's Palace
47,50 €Book online

Convenient also in connection with the Doge’s Palace, which is right next to it and is also one of Venice’s must-see sights

Overall impression of St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice - Admission fees

The Basilica di San Marco is certainly the richest and largest church in the city, but is the cathedral also the most beautiful? This judgment can only be made by visitors of the cathedral after they have visited it.

But nevertheless, the Basilica di San Marco is still one of the most beautiful, medieval buildings on earth. The whole magnificence of St. Mark’s Church is already evident on the outer facade when directing the view from the floor into the sky from St Mark’s Square.

When visiting the enormous interior, many visitors are amazed forever. Gold, silver, marble, mosaics and impressive church paintings decorate the walls of the basilica and make the place something unique. Fantastic!

Opening hours of St Mark’s Basilica

Here is a short overview of the opening hours of St Mark’s Basilica. You will find more information in the separate article St Mark’s Basilica opening hours.

St Mark's BasilicaOpening timesLast Admission*
29 October to 15 April9:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m4:45 p.m
Sunday & Bank holidays2:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m4:15 p.m
16 April au 28 October9:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m4:45 p.m
Sunday & Bank holidays2:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m4:45 p.m

The admission to St. Mark’s Basilica is possible all year round.

Practical information

Detailed information about the visit to the holy place can be found in the general article of St Mark’s Basilica.

Not only for the Basilica di San Marco but also for other churches in Venice, it is important to give the necessary respect and to wear appropriate clothing when entering a church.

Please note: Large backpacks and other luggage are not allowed. Please store them in the luggage storage before the tour.

All the sights, museums and attractions mentioned in this article can be found in St Mark’s Square – Piazza San Marco, the most important and famous square in Venice.

The square is right by the sea and can be easily accessed on foot from everywhere. The typical water buses stop directly at San Marco.

As an additional transport option to visit the lagoon city, Venice also offers a Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing boat tour, which of course also stops at St Mark’s Square. Find out more about this almost leisure way of exploring Venice in the article Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour by boat.

*All prices mentioned in this article are non-binding. It always counts the current offer of the corresponding provider. Unfortunately, many tours are not fully adequate for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility. More information on this can be found in the respective offers.

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