1) WHY SHOULD YOU
BOOK TICKETS ONLINE?
It has always been a good idea to buy tickets in advance. What’s not to like about booking a time slot and getting fast-track entry? At some places, you have to queue up twice – once for security and again for the ticket office. But online ticket holders can skip at least one of those lines.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in so many ways, and now it makes more sense than ever to buy your tickets online. Some places like the Colosseum or Sagrada Família have actually stopped selling tickets on the door. And the queues for attractions that do have an open ticket office are so much longer than they used to be. That is thanks to capacity restrictions because of Covid-19 (only 80 people are being allowed into the Galleria Borghese at a time instead of the usual 300).
You’ll often find that tickets are more expensive when you buy them on the door (EUR 4 more in the case of Casa Batlló). It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes it’ll cost you more to book online (I’m thinking of the Sagrada Família). You’ll often find that other benefits are on offer in exchange for that higher price tag, though. Many people are happy to pay a bit extra if they can buy their tickets from a seller that speaks the same language as them, so they can book in confidence and have access to all the information they need. Speaking of language barriers, watch out for some of the official websites. Rome is notoriously bad for only having information available online in Italian. If a website is going to be translated, though, English is usually the top choice.
You may be lucky enough to find some excellent combination tickets online that you wouldn’t even know about if you didn’t do your research. More on that when we get to Tiqets Tourist Cards!
On the whole, it is worth booking tickets online to save time, money and stress. Plus, who wouldn’t want to feel like a celebrity as they sashay past all those unlucky people stuck in the queue? (The Wiener Riesenrad is a good place to try this!)