3 Ways to Skip the Line at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice


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The pinnacle of Byzantine architecture that has been a  part of Venice since the 9th century, St. Mark’s Basilica is definitely worth visiting. This ancient Basilica used to be the seat of religion and politics in Venice and attracts millions of visitors each year. The majestic facades, the 4 majestic bronze horses at the entrance, the gold mosaics that adorn the interior and the relics of the patron St. Mark are a must-see.

Why You Should Skip the Line at St. Mark’s Basilica?

  • Smoother experience: With skip the line tickets, you can enter the monument faster and have a hassle-free visit and have a smoother visit and experience. 
  • Save time: Skipping the lineeans leaving you time to see and experience the rest of Venice. It frees up time to visit Doge’s Palace, the bridge of Sighs and the 3 islands in the Venetian lagoon – Murano, Burano and Torcello. 
  • Get more with this ticket: Guided tours are also part of skip-the-line tickets, so get in-depth information and nuggets of lesser known facts abou the Basilica.
  • Easy access: With this skip the line ticket, you can get access to the museum, terrace and a guided tour. In case the tour members are more than 10, you will have access to an audio guided tour via your phone.

Queue at Entrance

Porta Di San Clement

The west entrance or the Door of St. Clement is the main entrance. Queues to enter this monument are large as St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the must visit sites in Venice. It is open from 9:45 AM – 5 PM.

Bell Tower Entrance

This is located to the right side of the main entrance and is connected to the St. Mark’s Square. This is used by skip the line ticket holders.

Porta Di Fiori

The Door of Flowers has a Romanesque bas relief of the Nativity scene and is the entrance that is to the left of the main entrance and acts as the Northern entrance to the monument. This is the entrance used by visitors who want to attend Mass, pray or attend any religious events held at the Cathedral. This entrance is also for wheelchair users. This entrance is open from 9:45 AM - 5 PM.

Porta Di San Pietro

The Door of St. Peter is next to the Door of Flowers and is meant for those with Priority Access. Visitors can scan their QR codes and gain access to the Basilica. This entrance is open from 9:45 AM – 5 PM.

On Sundays and public holidays, all the entrances are open from 2 PM – 4 PM only.

How to Skip the Line at St. Mark’s Basilica?

1. Book skip-the-line tickets

Save time and avoid long waiting hours so you can enter St. Marks Basilica quicker and enjoy the wonders housed in this beautiful monument.  This ticket also includes a shared guided tour with commentary. In case the tour members are more than 10, then audio guides are available. This tour will not be conducted in case of bad weather or on religious functions.

2. Book tickets online

Online booking of tickets makes for easy planning and a smoother visit. Plus, ticket and entrance assurance! Besides, you don't have to waste time standing in long queues.

3. Visit During Early Hours

Since many tourists visit St. Marks Basilica, it is best to be at the entrance before it opens at 9:30 AM. Then, you can get in earlier, enjoy the Basilica, and finish your tour with spare time to visit other attractions in and around Venice. The best time to visit Venice is during the winter months when the crowds are less.

4. Opt for Guided Tours

Guided tours are a great way to know the significance and history of St. Marks Basilica. With a history that dates back to the 8th Century, there is plenty of information to intrigue you.

5. Buy tickets for the Nativity Facade

The Porta Dei Fiori or the Door of Flowers is on the Northern façade of the St. Marks Basilica to the left of the main entrance. This entrance has a beautiful Romanesque bas relief of the Nativity scene. This entrance is only used  by those who want to attend mass, prayers and services.

6. The St. Marks Pala d’Oro

The Pala d’Oro, made of gold and silver and studded with various precious gems, is the pinnacle of Byzantine art that reveres Jesus and the saints who helped spread His word around the world. This piece is displayed on the retable only during Liturgical events. The one that is displayed is a golden painting done on wood and dates back to the 1st half of the 15th century.

7. St. Marks Treasury

Separate tickets are available for the St. Marks Treasury that is situated in rooms between the Church and the Doge’s Palace. It contains 283 pieces of gold and silver coins apart from other treasures. This is one of the richest rooms as it also houses part of the loot brought in from Constantinople in the early 13th century. There are fabulous examples of Islamic art, western and Byzantine art that is showcased in these rooms and are definitely worth a visit.

Which Entrance to Use for Skip the Line Tickets?

The Bell Tower entrance that is connected to St. Marks Square is used for skip-the-line ticket holders. This entrance is located on the right side of the main entrance known as Porta di San Clement (Door of St. Clement). This is quite close to San Marco Calle Valleresso where the vaporetti Line 1 or N stops. The timings are from 9:30 AM – 9:15 PM.

Skip the Line Tickets vs Guided Tours - Which to Choose?

Skip the Line 

  • Best for those who want to save time and want quicker entry 
  • You can choose the pace of your visit as per your schedule
  • Suitable for those who are already aware of the history and significance of this monument or for those who are not too keen on history

Guided Tours

  • Best for those who are interested in having an in-depth knowledge about the history and significance of St. Marks Basilica
  • Get personalized understanding and experience of this beautiful monument and appreciate the architecture and treasures that are a part of this majestic monument that has been the ancient seat of Venetian politics and religion


Both of these options have their pros and cons depending on every traveler’s individual needs. The best of both is to choose a ticket that has the option of guided tour incorporated in skip the line tickets. With this, one can get the best of both options.

Visitor Tips

  • Since it is a religious place, please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees. Immodest dressing is not allowed. 
  • Photos and videos are not permitted inside St. Marks Basilica.
  • The St. Mark’s Basilica is accessible to wheelchair users as well. There are ramps to the upper floors where the museum is located. For more information, visitors can enquire at the Porta dei Fiori which is located on the left side of the entrance to the Basilica.
  • Bring water and snacks so you can fuel yourself during your visit as it takes up to an hour or more to complete your visit to St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • Travelling very light when visiting is recommended. Luggage and bulky bags are not allowed in the Basilica. There are lockers available nearby where you can store your luggage.

Frequently Asked Questions About St. Mark’s Basilica Skip the Line Tickets

Can I skip the line at St. Mark’s Basilica?

Yes, you can get Skip the Line tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica

Are skip-the-line tickets available for St. Mark’s Basilica?


How much do St. Mark’s Basilica skip the line tickets cost?

Ticket prices are around €40 and include guided tour of this monument.

Are St. Mark’s Basilica skip the line tickets worth it?

Yes. They allow for hassle-free entrance so you can admire the marvels of this beautiful place. You can complete your visit to The Basilica with enough time to spare so you can visit other places in in Venice.

Do St. Mark’s Basilica skip the line tickets include a guided tour?

Yes, they do include guided tour so you can get your share of history along with the beautiful interiors.

What is the waiting time to get into St. Mark’s Basilica?

Waiting time to get into St. Mark’s Basilica is roughly between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Are audio guides included with my St. Mark’s Basilica skip-the-line tickets?

Yes, there are audio guides included in English, Italian, French and German.

Which entrance is the best for St. Mark’s Basilica skip the line ticket holders?

Entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica is from the Bell Tower entrance that is connected to the St. Mark’s square.