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April- September 7am until 7pm
October- March 7am until 6.30pm
On Wednesday mornings when the General Papal Audience is present in St. Peter’s Square, the Basilica is closed. On those occasions it will open at approximately 12.30pm.
Entry into St. Peter’s Basilica is free and it is open every day with a few exceptions (see FAQ’s for details).
Subway- using the subway is the recommended route when visiting anywhere in the area around the Vatican City. Take Line A (Linea A), the red line in the direction of Battistini and exit at Ottaviano. Use the S. Pietro exit then walk south on Via Ottaviano.
Bus- there are several bus routes that serve areas close to St. Peter’s Basilica including an express bus number 40 to Termini or a slower more scenic route on number 64.
Walking- the most direct route from the city centre is to walk along Via Conciliazioni. You could try going under the arch close to Castel S. Angelo and then use Pio Borgo and arrive on the opposite side of the Piazza.