Barcelona Sightseeing Passes: Which is Best Value in 2022?

Barcelona offers visitors good value for money compared to other popular European cities such as London, Paris, Berlin or Rome. Having said that, the city is packed with attractions and with entry fees generally between €5 and €25; the cost can quickly add up.

Luckily, several discount cards and sightseeing passes can help you save money without missing out on anything.

In addition to saving money on entry fees, the discount cards offer savings on a wide range of tours, activities, entertainment, transport, night-life, shopping and even meals in selected restaurants. They also make life easier by allowing you to group all your tickets plus transport together in one convenient pass.

Each of the passes is slightly different and which one is best depends on what you plan to see and do and how long you will be staying.

In this post, we take a look at the most popular passes and weigh up the pros and cons of each one. Plus, I’ve included an interactive price comparison calculator to help you work out how much you will save.

The prices shown on this page and used by the online calculator were last updated in April 2022.

Barcelona Card - 2, 3, 4 and 5 day discount card

Barcelona Card

The Barcelona Card is the official sightseeing pass sold by the city’s tourist office. The card offers free entry to 25 museums and discounts for 44 other attractions and tours. It also includes free unlimited travel by public transport including the metro and train from the airport.

The 3, 4 or 5 day Barcelona Card offers a total of more than 70 discounts at attractions, museums, tours, shows, activities and night-life, and some shops.

Which attractions are covered by the Barcelona Card?

Free entry to 30 of Barcelona’s best museums including:

The National art museum of Catalonia (MNAC), Picasso Museum, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA), Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), the Chocolate Museum, Barcelona Botanic Gardens, Pedralbes Monastery, Cosmo Caixa Science Museum, Caixa Forum, El Born Cultural Centre, Montjuïc Castle and the Antoni Tàpies Foundation.

Up to 50% discount at more than 40 of Barcelona’s top tours and attractions including:

La Pedrera (Casa Milà), Casa Batlló, Colonia Güell, Gaudí Experience, Torre Glòries, Moco Museum, Barcelona Wax Museum, Barcelona Maritime Museum, Barcelona Erotic Museum, Palau de la Música Catalana, Palau Güell, Poble Espanyol, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona Bus Turístic, Barcelona Walking Tours, Las Golondrinas, Sailing Experience BCN, IceBarcelona, Big Fun Museum, Barcelona Casino, Barcelona Aquarium, Tibidabo Theme Park, PortAventura World, Montjuïc Cable Car, Barcelona Zoo, Tablao Flamenco Cordobés and Tablao Flamenco Patio Andaluz.

Unlimited travel on public transport

The Barcelona Card includes unlimited travel on the metro, TMB buses, trams and commuter trains (RENFE and FGC) within travel zone one for the duration of the card. This includes free airport transfer on the L9 metro, R2 airport train and bus number 46.

What else is included with the Barcelona Card?

The Barcelona Card also includes a free guide and map.

What isn’t covered by the Barcelona Card?

The list of attractions and tours that the Barcelona Card covers is so extensive that I think it’s worth mentioning the attractions that aren’t included.

Most importantly, the Barcelona Card doesn’t include entry to La Sagrada Familia or Park Güell. Tickets for both attractions can be purchased separately or together as the Gaudi Bundle (more information below).

The Aerobús fast shuttle bus from the airport to the city centre is also not covered by the Barcelona Card.

How does the Barcelona Card Work?

The Barcelona Card is a smart card that can be purchased at official Barcelona Turisme tourist offices in the city centre or the airport.

You can save an extra 10% by purchasing your ticket online. You then pick up the card, guidebook and map from one of the tourist offices upon arrival (more information below).

There are 3 cards available, all of which are valid at the same attractions and for the same discounts, valid for 72, 96 and 120 hours from the first time you use them.

To use the card, you simply show it at the ticket counter when visiting each of the attractions. In the case of the Picasso Museum, in order to skip the line, you should contact the museum in advance to book a time slot. Likewise, you should reserve Barcelona walking tours at least 24 hours in advance.

The duration of the Barcelona Card is timed from the first time you use it. So, for example, if you purchase a 72 hour Barcelona Card and the first time you use it is to catch the train from the airport to the city centre at 7 pm on a Friday evening, the card can be used right up until 7 pm on Monday evening.

Barcelona Card collection points

On arrival in Barcelona, you can pick up your Barcelona Card from official Barcelona tourist offices at the following locations (see map below):

Barcelona Airport Terminal 1(on the right just after you go through customs), Barcelona Airport Terminal 2 (near Botero´s horse statue), Plaça de Catalunya 17, Carrer de Pelai 39, Plaça Nova 5, Plaça de Sant Jaume 2 (Barcelona Town Hall), Passatge d’Amadeu Bagués 2 (Las Ramblas) Plaça del Portal del Pau s/n (Columbus monument), Plaça dels Paisos Catalans (Barcelona Sants Train Station).

Barcelona Card prices

DurationAdultChild
72 hours€48.00 (Online Price €43.20)€26.00 (Online Price €23.40)
96 hours€58.00 (Online Price €52.20)€35.00 (Online Price €31.50)
120 hours€63.00 (Online Price €56.70)€40.00 (Online Price €36.00)

Advantages:

  • Valid at a wide range of attractions and activities.
  • Includes free guide, free map and free unlimited travel on public transport.
  • 8 pickup points including Barcelona airport.

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t include La Sagrada Família or Park Güell.

Find out more and purchase your Barcelona Card>>


Barcelona Card, 2 day travel pass and discount card

Barcelona Card Express

Barcelona Card Express is a stripped-down version of the Barcelona card which is valid for 2 days. Unlike the Barcelona card which includes free entry to 25 museums, the Barcelona Card Express doesn’t include free entry to any sites, just discounts and unlimited travel on public transport.

If you are only visiting Barcelona for 2 days and were already thinking about purchasing the Hola Barcelona Travel Card then it might be worth spending a few extra Euros and getting the Barcelona Card Express.

Which attractions are covered by the Barcelona Card Express?

Up to 50% discount at more than 30 of Barcelona’s top tours and attractions including:

La Pedrera (Casa Milà), Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller, Colonia Güell, Barcelona Aquarium, Torre Glòries, Montjuic Cable Car, Gaudí Experience, Moco Museum, Barcelona Waxworks, Barcelona Erotic Museum, Barcelona Maritime Museum, Palau de la Música Catalana, Palau Güell, Poble Espanyol, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona Bus Túristic, Barcelona Walking Tours, Las Golondrinas, Big Fun Museum, Barcelona Casino, Ice Barcelona, Tibidabo Theme Park, PortAventura World, Barcelona Zoo, Tablao Flamenco Cordobes and Tablao Flamenco Patio Andaluz.

Unlimited travel on public transport

The Barcelona Card Express includes unlimited travel on the metro, TMB buses, trams and commuter trains within travel zone one for 48 hours after the first time you use it. This includes free airport transfer on the L9 metro, R2 airport train and bus number 46.

What else is included with the Barcelona Card Express?

The Barcelona Card also includes a free guide and map.

How does the Barcelona Card Express Work?

The Barcelona Card Express is valid for 48 hours from the first time you use it and can be purchased at official Barcelona Turisme tourist offices in the city centre or at the airport.

You can save an extra 10% by purchasing your ticket online.

To use the card, you present it at the ticket office when visiting the attractions. In the case of the Picasso Museum, in order to skip the line, you should contact the museum in advance to book a time slot. Likewise, you should reserve Barcelona walking tours at least 24 hours in advance.

Barcelona Card Express collection points

On arrival in Barcelona, you can pick up your Barcelona Card from official Barcelona tourist offices at the following locations (see map below):

Barcelona Airport Terminal 1(on the right just after you go through customs), Barcelona Airport Terminal 2 (near Botero´s horse statue), Plaça de Catalunya 17, Carrer de Pelai 39, Plaça Nova 5, Plaça de Sant Jaume 2 (Barcelona Town Hall), Passatge d’Amadeu Bagués 2 (Las Ramblas) Plaça del Portal del Pau s/n (Columbus monument), Plaça dels Paisos Catalans (Barcelona Sants Train Station).

Barcelona Card Express Prices

DurationPrice
48 hours€22.00 (Online Price €19.80)

Advantages:

  • Not much more expensive than a travel pass.
  • Valid in a wide range of attractions and activities.
  • Free map and free unlimited travel on public transport.
  • 8 pickup points including Barcelona airport.

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t include the Sagrada Família or Park Güell

Find out more and purchase your Barcelona Card Express>>


The Barcelona Card family sightseeing pass

Barcelona Family Card

The Barcelona Family Card is the only tourist pass that is specifically aimed at families with children or teenagers.

The Barcelona Family Card covers some of the best kid-friendly attractions, including theme parks, boat rides, the aquarium and the Cosmocaixa Science Museum.

Which attractions are covered by the Barcelona Family Card?

Free entry to the following attractions and tours:

Barcelona Aquarium, Tibidabo Amusement Park, Spanish Village, Las Golondrinas (boat tour), Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Colonia Güell, Barcelona Zoo, Cosmocaixa (science museum), the Chocolate Museum.

20% discount at the following attractions and activities

Two hour Mosaic Workshop, Catalunya en Miniatura (adventure park plus model village), PortAventura World (theme park), Marineland (water park).

Unlimited travel on public transport

The Barcelona Family Card includes unlimited travel on the metro, TMB buses, trams and commuter trains (RENFE and FGC) within travel zone one for the duration of the card. This includes free airport transfer on the L9 metro, R2 airport train and bus number 46.

How does the Barcelona Family Card work?

The Barcelona Card Family is a smart card that can be purchased at official Barcelona Turisme tourist offices and online in advance.

There are 3 versions of the card available, all of which are valid at the same attractions and for the same discounts, for 72, 96 and 120 hours from the first time you use them.

To use the card, you simply show it at the ticket counter when visiting each of the attractions.

The duration of the Barcelona Family Card is timed in hours from the first time you use it.

Barcelona Family Card collection points

On arrival in Barcelona, you can pick up your Barcelona Family Card from the official Barcelona Tourist Offices at the following locations (see map below):

Barcelona Airport Terminal 1(on the right just after you go through customs), Barcelona Airport Terminal 2 (near Botero´s horse statue), Plaça de Catalunya 17, Carrer de Pelai 39, Plaça Nova 5, Plaça de Sant Jaume 2 (Barcelona Town Hall), Passatge d’Amadeu Bagués 2 (Las Ramblas) Plaça del Portal del Pau s/n (Columbus monument), Plaça dels Paisos Catalans (Barcelona Sants Train Station).

Barcelona Card Family prices

DurationAdultChild
72 hours€70.00€55.00
96 hours€80.00€60.00
120 hours€90.00€65.00

Advantages:

  • All attractions are 100% family-oriented.
  • 8 pickup points including Barcelona airport.
  • Includes free unlimited travel on public transport.

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t include La Sagrada Família or Park Güell.

Find out more and purchase your Barcelona Family Card >>

Visiting Barcelona with your family? Check out our guide to visiting Barcelona with kids.


The Barcelona Pass

Barcelona Pass

The Barcelona Pass includes fast-track (skip the line) entry to the Sagrada Famillia and Park Güell as well as the Hop-on Hop-off tour bus and 10% discount on the majority of the city’s top attractions.

For short visits, the Barcelona Pass includes all the essentials in one ticket which you can purchase online before you arrive. For longer stays, there’s no time limit so you can see everything at your own pace.

Which attractions are covered by the Barcelona Pass?

The Barcelona Pass includes:

Skip the line entry to the Sagrada Familia plus audio guide.

Skip the line entry to Park Güell plus audio guide.

A one or two day pass for the Hop on Hop Off open-top bus tours.

Free city tour of Barcelona (Audio guide app)

Camp Nou Stadium tour, Picasso Museum, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Barcelona Aquarium, Salvador Dalí theatre museum, Articket Barcelona (see below), MNAC, Joan Miró Foundation, Casa de les Puntxes, Barcelona Waxworks museum, Barcelona Aquarium, Barcelona museum of contemporary art (MACBA), Barcelona Zoo, Montjuic Cable Car, Isla Fantasia, Catalan wine tasting, Hola Barcelona transport card, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Port Aventura & Ferrari Land, Isla Fantasia, Museu del Modernisme, Montserrat and Gaudi’s Crypt, Torres wine cellars, Barcelona Gothic Quarter walking tour, Las Golondrinas boat tour, Flamenco shows, Helicopter tours…

How does the Barcelona Pass work?

The Barcelona Pass is 100% digital. During the booking process, you select dates and times for visiting the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.

You then receive your tickets via email, there’s no need to print them out, just show them on your phone. This has the advantage that on arrival in Barcelona you hit the ground running and can head straight to the city centre, with no need to pick anything up.

You also get an audio guide app to listen to on your smartphone (don’t forget to bring earphones) plus a coupon code that gives you a 10% discount on Barcelona attractions, tickets and tours purchased from the Tiqets website.

There’s no time limit on when you use the discount code and no booking fees. This is a bonus if you will be staying in Barcelona for more than just a few days because you can spread your sightseeing out over a longer period.

After booking you receive a link to the Tiqets website. When booking through this link there is an extra text field in the shopping cart where you enter the discount coupon code. When you validate the code the 10% discount is automatically applied to your order.

Barcelona Pass collection points

The Barcelona Pass is 100% digital, meaning that there’s no need to pick anything up upon arrival in Barcelona.

Barcelona Pass prices

Barcelona PassPrice
Adult (30-64 years) 1-day Bus Turístic€84.00
Adult (30-64 years) 2-day Bus Turístic€93.00
Youth (13-29 years) 1-day Bus Turístic€81.00
Youth (13-29 years) 2-day Bus Turístic€90.00
Senior (65 + years) 1-day Bus Turístic€67.00
Senior (65 + years) 2-day Bus Turístic€77.00
Child (11-12 years) 1-day Bus Turístic€63.00
Child (11-12 years) 2-day Bus Turístic€68.00
Child (7-10 years) 1-day Bus Turístic€25.00
Child (7-10 years) 2-day Bus Turístic€30.00
Child (4-6 years) 1-day Bus Turístic€15.00
Child (4-6 years) 2-day Bus Turístic€20.00
Child (0-3 years)FREE

Advantages:

  • Includes fast-track entry to the popular Sagrada Familia Basilica and Park Güell (reserve time slot when booking).
  • Discount on a wide range of attractions, tours and activities and shows.
  • 100% digital.
  • No time limit.

Disadvantages:

  • Travel pass for public transport available at extra cost.

Find out more and purchase your Barcelona Pass>>


The Barcelona art pass or articket discount card surrounded by used tickest for Barcelonas best art museums

Articket Barcelona

Articket Barcelona gives access to 6 of Barcelona’s top museums including the Picasso Museum, Miró Foundation and the MNAC. If you visit all 6 museums, represents a 50% saving compared with purchasing individual tickets.

Before you purchase the Articket you should check whether any of the museums offer free entry during any of the days which you’ll be visiting Barcelona. Read this post for more information.

Which attractions are covered by Articket Barcelona?

Skip the line entry to the permanent and temporary exhibitions at 6 top art museums:

Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona (CCCB), Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Joan Miró Foundation, Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC), Picasso Museum, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)

How does Articket Work?

Articket Barcelona (aka the Art Passport) can be purchased at any of the featured museums or online, you then pick up the pass at the first museum you visit.
Each time you visit a museum the Articket (which looks like a passport) is stamped.

The Art Passport is valid for 12 months and allows you to visit each museum once.

Articket Barcelona collection points

You can pick up your Barcelona Art Passport from the ticket offices at participating museums.

Articket Barcelona prices:

ArticketPrice
Adult€35.00
Child (under 16)FREE

Advantages:

  • Save up to 50% at 6 of Barcelona’s best art museums.
  • Includes fast-track entry to the Picasso museum.
  • Valid for 12 months.

Disadvantages:

  • Only covers 6 museums.
  • Doesn’t include public transport.

Find out more and purchase your Articket>>


Photo of the Sagrada familia in Barcelona with the words the gaudi bundle in white letters

The Gaudi Bundle

The Gaudi Bundle was conceived as an add-on to the Barcelona Card and Barcelona Card Express but can also be purchased separately or combined with other sightseeing passes.

The pack includes fast-track access to the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell plus an audio guide for both sites and a city tour app.

Which attractions are covered by the Gaudi Bundle?

The Gaudi Bundle includes fast-track (skip the line) access to the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, an audio guide for both sites and a Barcelona city tour app.

How does the Gaudi Bundle Work?

The Gaudi Bundle is 100% digital and works the same way as the Barcelona Pass. After booking you reserve entry times for the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell and download the audio guide app to your smartphone.

You then show your tickets directly on your phone, no need to print them out or pick anything up.

Tip: Don’t forget to bring earphones with you to listen to the audio guide!

Gaudi Bundle Prices

Gaudí BundlePrice
Adult (30-64 years)€56.00
Youth (13-29 years)€52.00
Senior (65 + years)€44.00
Youth (11-12 years)€48.00
Child (7-10 years)€11.00
Child (0-6 years)FREE

Advantages:

  • Fast-track entry to 2 of Barcelona’s most popular attractions.
  • 100% digital.

Disadvantages:

  • If you don’t want the audio guides then it’s cheaper to purchase the tickets separately online.

Find out more and purchase The Gaudi Bundle>>


Go City Barcelona Pass

The Go City Barcelona Pass is available in two formats:

Go City Barcelona All-Inclusive

The All-Inclusive Pass is a 2, 3 or 5-day sightseeing pass aimed at people who want to visit as many attractions as possible.

The All-Inclusive format includes free entry at up to 25 of Barcelona’s must-see sites, a free ticket for the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour plus a selection of other popular tours and shows*.

In many ways, it’s similar to the Barcelona Card except that it’s less museum oriented and includes more of Barcelona’s top attractions for free.

Unlike the Barcelona Card, the validity of the Go City Barcelona Pass is based on calendar days instead of hours so, to get the best value for money, it’s important that you start using it early in the morning on the first day.

Go City Barcelona Explorer

The Explorer Pass includes admission to 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions in a period of up to thirty days. There’s no need to choose the attractions when you purchase the pass, allowing you to change your plans as you go along.

The pass is aimed at people who only want to see a few of the top sights or will be staying in Barcelona for more than five days and want to be able to spread their sightseeing out while still benefitting from the discounts offered by a tourist pass.

Which attractions are covered by the Go City Barcelona Pass?

The Go City Barcelona Pass covers the following attractions and tours:

Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Picasso Museum, Barcelona Bus Turístic, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Barcelona Aquarium, Poble Espanyol, FC Barcelona Camp Nou Tour, Las Golondrinas, Moco Museum, Casa Vicens, Ciutadella Segway Tour, Gaudí Experiencia, Barcelona Architecture Tour, MACBA, Best of Barcelona Bike Tour, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona Zoo, Casa Amatller, Barcelona Ancient Markets Walking Tour, Barcelona Cable Car, Montserrat Bus Transfer, Museum of Illusions, Big Fun Museum, Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour, Estrella Damm Brewery Tour, Escape Hunt Barcelona, Tapas Tasting and Gothic Quarter Tour,Raval Walking Tour, CosmoCaixa Science Museum, Colonia Güell, Modernism & Gaudí Walking Tour, Barcelona Egyptian Museum, Catalunya en Miniatura, Illa Fantasia, Olympic and Sports Museum, Museu d’Historia de Catalunya and more.

What else is included with the Go City Barcelona Pass?

Both formats of the Go City Barcelona Pass include a downloadable guide and map.

What isn’t covered by the Go City Barcelona Pass?

The Go City Barcelona Pass covers most of the city’s top attractions but it doesn’t include a transport pass.

How does the Go City Barcelona Pass work?

Depending on the format, Go City Barcelona Passes are valid for 2, 3, 5 or 30 consecutive days and are activated the first time to use them.

To use the pass you show it at the ticket office of each of the attractions.

*Each Go City Barcelona Pass has a maximum purse value based on the duration of the pass. The pass automatically expires once this value is reached.

Go City Barcelona Pass collection points

The Go Barcelona Pass is 100% digital, meaning that there’s no need to pick anything up upon arrival in Barcelona. Instead, you can either use the Go City App on your smartphone or print your pass out at home and bring it with you when you travel.

Go City Barcelona Pass prices

All-Inclusive

DurationAdultChild
2 days€104€74
3 days€129€89
4 days€134€94
5 days€149€104

Explorer

Number of AttractionsAdultChild
2 attractions€5939
3 attractions€79€59
4 attractions€99€79
5 attractions€114€84
6 attractions€123€99
7 attractions€129€109

There are often additional discounts available on the Go City website and it’s worth checking the current prices before making a decision.

Advantages:

  • Free entry to up to 30 of Barcelona’s top attractions and tours.
  • Free guidebook and map (e-book)
  • 100% digital. Nothing to collect upon arrival.
  • Covers most of Barcelona’s top attractions including the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and the Camp Nou

Disadvantages:

  • Travel pass not included.

Find out more and purchase your Go Barcelona Pass>>

How to use the price comparison calculator

As mentioned above, before purchasing your sightseeing pass you should decide which activities and attractions you are interested in.

Don’t be too ambitious when making plans. Everyone has their own pace but I suggest that you plan to visit no more than 4 major attractions per day plus maybe a show or concert in the evening. Even this may be too rushed for some people.

After that, you should check to see whether any of the museums will be free at some point during your stay (see below). Ideally, you should try to come up with a rough itinerary.

Select Standard Price (Adult) from the list above and tick the checkboxes next to the attractions, activities and tours you plan to visit.

At this point, the price shown in the Sum of Selected Items (Euros) field is the price that you will pay if you purchase your tickets from the ticket window at each of the attractions.

To see how much you would save by purchasing your tickets online (from Barcelona Tourism or other websites) select Online Price (Adult).

The options public transport pass 48hrs, 72hrs, 96hrs and 120hrs add the cost of a transport pass to your selection (more information below).

You can then compare what you would pay if you purchase a Barcelona Card, Barcelona Card Express or Barcelona Pass by selecting them from the drop-down list.

The price displayed by the calculator doesn’t include the cost of the sightseeing passes. So, for example, if you are thinking of purchasing a 120 hour Barcelona Card, you should select the 120-hour travel pass plus the attractions and tours that you are interested in and add the Sum of Selected Items (Euros) to the price of the Barcelona Card (as shown in the article above).

Note: I haven’t included the other sightseeing passes reviewed above in the calculator because they are fixed-price tickets and the price shown at the end of each review can be compared directly with the standard ticket price shown in the calculator.

About the price comparison calculator

The calculator is a work in progress and currently compares the cost of adult tickets at a selection of attractions based on the sights, tours and activities which are covered by the Barcelona card plus a few popular sites which aren’t included.

If any of the attractions selected aren’t covered by the chosen pass then the calculator adds the standard ticket price for the attraction (as if you paid for the ticket at the ticket window).

In the future, I plan to expand the range of activities that are included and add child tickets and other sightseeing passes.

I make every effort to ensure that the information on this page is as comprehensive and up to date as possible. However, I still recommend that you double-check prices before making a purchase.

If you experience problems, notice errors or have any suggestions as to how I could improve the calculator, please tell me about it by leaving a comment below.

Sightseeing Pass Collection Points in Barcelona


Other Discounts Which Are Available in Barcelona

Student discounts

Students are entitled to discounts at a large number of museums and attractions. However, the discount varies widely, many museums for example are free whereas other attractions offer a discount in the region of 20% to 50%.

In order to qualify you will need an International Student Identity Card. There’s a full list of available discounts on the ISIC website.

Senior discounts

Seniors (65 years or older) pay a reduced rate at most museums and attractions. Some museums are free for seniors. Check the websites of the places that you are interested in for more information.

In order to qualify you are required to show photo ID with your date of birth on it (passport, driving license etc.).
Spanish residents who are over 65 are also entitled to discounted fares on public transport.

Disability discounts

Most museums and many other attractions offer discounts for disabled visitors and in most cases for one accompanying person. However, the discount varies and at some sites is 100%.

Most attractions websites state that you need to show a certificate showing that you have at least 65% disability (this is common in Spain and other European countries). If your home country doesn’t issue similar certificates, you should bring whatever card you would use to claim disability discounts at home, such as a transport pass.

Unemployed discounts

Some museums offer discounts for unemployed people. However, this only applies to Spanish residents who are registered unemployed with the INEM (Instituto Nacional de Empleo).


Free Entry to Barcelona Museums

The following museums can be visited free of charge at certain times.

Antoni Tapies Foundation

Free entry on May 18th and September 24th.

Archaeological Museum (AEC)

Free entry on the last Sunday of every month, April 23rd, May 18, September 11th.

Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC)

Free on Saturday afternoons from 3 pm, the first Sunday of every month, May 18, September 11th and September 24th.

CCCB

Free on Sunday afternoons from 3 pm, February 12th, May 18, and September 24th.

Museu d’Historia de Catalunya

Free on the first Sunday of the month, April 23rd, May 18, September 11th, and September 24th.

Picasso Museum

Free on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and the first Sunday of every month, May 18th September 24th. The museum’s capacity is strictly limited.


Public Transport Tickets and Travel Passes

In addition to discounts or free entry at attractions, many sightseeing passes also include free unlimited public transport or the option of adding a travel pass.

Before making your decision, it’s worth comparing the price with the cost of individual transport tickets.

TicketPrice
Single metro ticket (EXCEPT the airport metro)€2.40
Single airport metro ticket€5.15
Single TMB bus ticket (1 zone – including night bus)€2.40
Single Tram ticket€2.40
Single RENFE commuter train ticket for the airport train€4.60
Single Aerobus (Express airport bus)€5.90

More Information about transport to and from Barcelona airport here>>


Barcelona City Travel Passes

Even if you don’t plan to visit enough attractions to warrant a full-blown sightseeing pass. You can still reduce transport costs and save time by purchasing a travel pass.

Hola Barcelona Travel Pass - the 48 hour version

Hola Barcelona Travel Card

The Hola Barcelona Travel Card offers visitors unlimited travel on metro, TMB buses, trams and commuter trains within travel zone 1 which includes Barcelona and some surrounding towns.

This includes the airport metro and train but doesn’t include the night bus or Aerobus.

The pass is available for periods of 48, 72, 96 and 120 consecutive hours. The time is counted from the first time you use the ticket NOT calendar days.

To put it simply, it gives you exactly the same transport options as the Barcelona Card but without the free and discounted entry to attractions, tours, shows etc…

Purchasing the Hola Barcelona Travel Card

There are two options available when purchasing the Hola Barcelona Travel Card online:

Purchase online from the Barcelona Turisme website and get 10% discount

  • You receive a voucher by email and pick up your travel card at one the 8 official tourist offices in Barcelona (including one at each airport terminal).
  • This is a good choice if you plan to take public transport from the airport to your hotel and arrive before the tourist office closes at 8:30 pm.

Purchase your Hola Barcelona Travel Card online from Tiqets

  • You receive a voucher with a code which you can redeem at ticket machines at any metro station including the stations at both airport terminals.
  • This option offers maximum flexibility and is ideal if you plan to take a taxi to your hotel, will be arriving after 8:30 pm or just want to save time and go straight to the train or metro station without stopping off at the tourist office.

Hola Barcelona Travel Card collection points

Hola Barcelona travel passes can be collected at Metro stations and Barcelona Tourism offices at the following locations:

Barcelona Airport Terminal 1(on the right just after you go through customs), Barcelona Airport Terminal 2 (near Botero´s horse statue), Plaça de Catalunya 17, Carrer de Pelai 39, Plaça Nova 5, Plaça de Sant Jaume 2 (Barcelona Town Hall), Passatge d’Amadeu Bagués 2 (Las Ramblas) Plaça del Portal del Pau s/n (Columbus monument), Plaça dels Paisos Catalans (Barcelona Sants Train Station).

Hola Barcelona Travel Card prices

DurationPrice
48 hours€16.30 (Online price from €14.67)
72 hours€23.70 (Online price from €21.33)
96 hours€30.80 (Online price from €27.72)
120 hours€38.00 (Online price from €34.20)

Advantages:

  • Unlimited travel on public transport in Barcelona and some surrounding towns.
  • Valid for the Airport Metro and Train
  • Up to 10% discount if purchased online in advance
  • Can be collected at metro and train stations or Barcelona Tourism offices

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t include the Night Bus or Aerobus

Find out more and purchase your Hola Barcelona Travel Card>>


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Other Barcelona Transport Passes

There are several other Barcelona transport passes available. Although they aren’t specifically aimed at tourists, several of them may be of interest to short term visitors to Barcelona.

T-día

The T-día allows unlimited journeys on the ATM integrated transport system for a period of 24 hours from its first use.

It can be used to travel on the metro, commuter trains (operated by RENFE and FGC), trams, and ATM buses (Not the Aerobus).

The cost of the T-día varies depending on the number of zones that you will be travelling in, a one-zone ticket currently costs €10.50.

More information about Barcelona transport zones >>

Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at metro and train stations and at tram stops.

TicketPrice
T-día 1 zone€10.50
T-día 2 zones€16.00
T-día 3 zones€20.10
T-día 4 zones€22.45
T-día 5 zones€25.15
T-día 6 zones€28.15

Advantages:

  • Unlimited travel on public transport in Barcelona and some surrounding towns (depending on number of zones purchased).
  • Valid for the Airport Metro and Train

Disadvantages:

  • Only valid for 24 hours from first use

T-casual

The T-casual is valid for 10 journeys and allows you to transfer between different modes of transport within one journey.

For example, if you catch the train from the airport to Passeig de Gràcia train station then transfer to the metro for the final stage of the journey to your hotel this will count as one of the 10 journeys.

The T-casual can be used on the metro, commuter trains (operated by RENFE and FGC), TMB buses (including the night buses) and trams. There are different versions available that are valid for 1 or more zones. Barcelona plus some surrounding towns are all included in zone 1.

When you validate the T-casual a number is stamped on the reverse of the ticket. The last digit of the number is the number of journeys remaining. If you change from one mode of transport to another, you have to validate the T-casual again but (as long as you don’t double back on yourself and are within the time limit) it doesn’t get stamped again.

T-casuals can be purchased at metro stations, train stations, tram stops and at some tobacconists (including the tobacconist in terminal 1 of Barcelona airport).

TicketPrice
T-casual 1 zone€11.35
T-casual 2 zones€22.40
T-casual 3 zones€30.50
T-casual 4 zones€39.20
T-casual 5 zones€45.05
T-casual 6 zones€47.90

Advantages:

  • Just €1.13 per journey (zone 1)
  • Valid for travel on metro, commuter trains, tram and TMB buses within zone 1 including the train from the airport.

Disadvantages:

  • Not valid for the Airport Metro or the Aerobus

T-familiar

The T-familiar is similar to the T-casual apart from two important differences:

The T-familiar is only valid for eight journeys.

The T-familiar is a multi-person card, meaning that 2 or more people who are travelling together can share one card. You must remember to validate the T-familiar once per person (the card gets stamped once per person). When shared by a family of four, one T-familiar is valid for two journeys. It’s important that you all travel together for the entire journey since ticket inspectors sometimes do on the spot checks.

TicketPrice
T-familiar 1 zone€10.00
T-familiar 2 zones€19.00
T-familiar 3 zones€27.00
T-familiar 4 zones€35.00
T-familiar 5 zones€40.00
T-familiar 6 zones€42.00

Advantages:

  • €1.25 per journey (zone 1)
  • Valid for travel on metro, commuter trains, tram and TMB buses within zone 1 including the train from the airport.
  • Can be shared between 2 or more people (validate once per person)

Disadvantages:

  • Not valid for the Airport Metro or the Aerobus

Which Barcelona sightseeing pass or discount card is best?

As I said at the start of this article. Which pass you choose will depend on how long you plan to spend in Barcelona and what you want to do while you are here.

All of the passes listed above can save you money when chosen wisely.

I recommend that you start by deciding which attractions you want to visit and then use the Price Comparison Calculator to compare the sightseeing passes with the cost of buying tickets on the spot or online at the official Barcelona Tourism website.

Depending on your interests, you might even find that you’re better off purchasing individual tickets instead of a discount card.

As always, if you have any questions please leave a comment below…

54 comments

  1. In the section relating to the T-casual card, you state that this can be shared.

    Are you sure?

    My understanding that it is only for personal use.

    The user is not named/registered so that different users can use the same card at different times.

    However the T-casual card cannot, I believe, be used by more than one person during any specific journey.

    Am I wrong?

    1. Hi Frank,

      Thanks for pointing out the error. You’re right of course, the T-casual can’t be shared.

      Its predecessor, the T-10, could be shared and it looks like I overlooked that line when I updated the post to cover the T-casual and T-familiar.

      Once again, thank you for taking the time to point out the errata, I’ve now updated the post.

  2. Thanks Richard,
    Does it cover transport? For these two days, considering the sites I mentioned what travel option/pass you suggest?

    Thanks and Regards
    Kaustubh

    1. Hi Acme,
      I see you’ve posted three comments last night so I’ll try to answer them all together in one comment.

      Firstly, I’ve just realised that the dates you mention are the Thursday and Friday of Easter weekend!

      I normally recommend that you pre-book a timed entry for the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Picasso Museum at least five days in advance. However, since this is Easter weekend it’s also a good idea to pre-book timed entry for La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

      The Go-City Barcelona Pass includes timed entry for the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Picasso Museum as it includes tours. But it doesn’t include timed entry to La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, so, although it does cover entry, you might find that they are no places left, or long queues when you get there.

      If you want to be 100% sure of visiting all five, you should either buy the tickets individually online or purchase The Barcelona Pass which also allows you to pre-book time slots but is a bit more expensive. You can compare prices using the calculator above.

      Whichever you choose, I recommend you act soon so that you can get the time slots you want.

      As for whether this is too much to do in 2 days, I usually recommend that you don’t try to fit in more than four major attractions per day so I suggest you remove 2 from the list. I suggest removing the Montjuic Cable Car, because you will get panoramic views from Park Güell, and either the MNAC or the MACBA museum because you will still be visiting 2 art galleries.

      I based the following itinerary on the attractions you selected and the times of the tours of the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Picasso Museum which are included with the Go-City Barcelona Pass. If you decide not to use the pass, you could still use the same itinerary although in this case I’d switch the order of the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.

      Thursday
      Take the metro from your hotel to the Sagrada Familia.

      9:15 – Sagrada Familia tour. The tours usually last about an hour but you’ll probably want to spend half an hour or so visiting the building and the museum after the tour finishes.

      Take the metro to Park Güell and meet your tour guide.

      12:15 Park Güell tour

      Catch the Metro (L5) to Camp Nou. You could also take the Bus Turistic (blue line) if you have time, the Bus Turistic is slower than the metro and is less predictable which is why I recommend the metro.

      Since it’s lunchtime you can decide whether to eat inside the Camp Nou, or in a restaurant near the stadium. If you prefer to eat nearby, I recommend La Riera which is in my list of the best vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.

      15:30 Camp Nou Experience

      Catch the Bus Turistic (blue line) to Francesc Macia – Diagonal where you change to the red line. Complete an entire lap of the Bus Turistic (red line) back to where you started and then stay on until it arrives at Plaça d’Espanya (a bit more than an entire lap).

      Eat at one of the restaurants on the rooftop of the Las Arenas shopping centre or in the food court below it. Walk to the Magic Fountain, the shows have now started up again after being closed for two years and currently take place from 21:00 to 22:00.

      Metro back to your hotel

      Friday
      Take metro from your hotel to La Pedrera

      9:00 La Pedrera

      Walk to Casa Batlló (5 minutes)

      10:30 Casa Batlló

      Walk from Casa Batllo to the MACBA museum (20 minutes).

      12:00 MACBA

      Walk from the MACBA to the Passeig del Born which is near the Picasso museum (20 minutes). There are plenty of places to eat near to Passeig del Born and on route from the MACBA where you can eat lunch.

      16:00 Picasso Museum tour

      17:30 take the metro back to your hotel to collect your luggage and go to the station to catch your train to Madrid.

      Neither of the sightseeing passes mentioned include a travel pass. For this itinerary, you take the metro 7 times in two days so I recommend you purchase a T-Familiar which costs €10 for eight journeys. There’s more info in the article above.

      As I said before, things book up early at Easter so you should book things as soon as possible. Whichever pass or tickets you decide to purchase, have fun and let me know how it goes.

      1. Thanks Richard for your quick and valuable inputs.
        I will definitely update you after I complete the tour.

        Thanks once again.
        Acme

    1. Hi Norberto,

      There isn’t a button as such, just a drop-down list to select the pass and then a list of attractions with tick boxes next to them.

      The “Sum of Selected Items (Euros)” field at the bottom of the list, which displays the total, updates automatically as you select the tick boxes.

      If you aren’t seeing the drop-down list or the tick boxes, it’s possible that your anti-virus or ad blocker is stopping the calculator from rendering properly.

      Try turning both of them off temporarily and viewing the page in an incognito window.

      If that doesn’t work, could you tell me what operating system and browser you are using and I’ll try and replicate the issue on a virtual machine.

  3. Hi Richard,
    I am solo traveler, on business tour and have two days for Barcelona on 14th April the and 15th. I am coming on 13th Night and on 15th night travelling to Madrid I want to see the
    La Sagrada Familia
    Park Güell
    La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
    Casa Batlló
    Barcelona Bus Turistic
    Telefèric de Montjuïc (Cable Car)
    Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
    Picasso Museum
    Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
    Camp Nou
    I have not yet planned iternary, can you suggest which pass should I purchase.

    Thanks and Regards
    Acme

    1. Hi Acme,

      The Go City Barcelona Barcelona All-Inclusive two-day Pass covers most of the attractions on your list for just €104.

      The only sites which aren’t included are the MNAC and the Cable Car, if you purchase them online they cost €11.40 and €12.78 respectively.

      If you decide to purchase the pass you should do so as soon as possible because you need to reserve the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Picasso Museum in advance.

      1. Hi Richard,
        One quick question what should be the sequence or which site on first day and which on second day? Any suggestion and does these are possible too view in two days ?
        Please suggest.
        Thanks and Regards
        Acme

  4. Hi Richard

    What a brilliant site. So knowledgeable and helpful! Thanks!

    Unfortunately the complexity of the options still means I’m going to ask for help!

    We are a family of 4 coming for 3 days – Sunday – Tuesday.

    We want to see Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, do Bus Touristic to get around for 2 days, plus Miro Museum, Palau Guell, Nou camp if time allows.

    We were thinking taxi from airport as there are 4 of us and the time benefit.

    Might we think Barcelona pass the best option then the other separately or the all inclusive option?

    Your guidance would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Luke

    1. Hi Luke,

      I think that a taxi from the airport makes sense for a family travelling together, depending on where you are staying and what time you arrive, it should cost around €35 to €40.

      The Bus Turistic is also a good idea, although you will probably find that you still end up taking the metro at some point during your stay because the bus follows circular routes from attraction to attraction.

      In three days, assuming they are three whole days, you should have plenty of time to visit all the sites listed, just bear in mind the fact that the Joan Miró Foundation and Palau Güell don’t open on Mondays and that the Camp Nou Tour doesn’t run on match days, although you can still visit the museum and lookout point.

      To work out prices and help you decide which will be the best value, I need you to tell me how old your kids are, for example, the Miró museum is free of charge for children under fifteen.

        1. Hi Luke,

          I think that the cheapest way to do this would be to purchase a 3-choice Go City Barcelona Explorer each and use it for the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Camp Nou Tour. You then purchase the tickets for the other sites and the Bus Turistic individually online.

          The Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are both tours, so you need to purchase the pass and book your places on the tours as soon as possible.

          By the way, I’ve not used this pass myself so I’d be interested to hear how it works out and what you think of the tours.

  5. Hi Richard,
    Hope you are doing good. You are really doing an amazing work. Really appreciate your efforts.
    I would like to get some suggestion from you on my upcoming trip to BCN ( 2 Ad + 2 Ch – 5 & 10).
    Arriving on 16-Apr 17:00 by Air. Departing on 20-Apr 19:00 by Air
    Satying at Feelathome Poblenou Beach Apartments, Carrer de Bilbao, 11, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
    I have 3 full days excluding the arrival and departure dates.
    1) I would like to know best way to travel between airport and Apartment
    2) My 3 day plans are like this
    Day 1 – Parc Güell/ Gaudi Experience 4D/Cosmo Caixa
    Day 2 – La Sagrada Família/ Casa Batlló/Gothic Quarter
    Day 3- Cable Car/Port Vell/Bogatell Beach
    Any suggestion on the pass and travel cards that suits above plan.
    If you could suggest any amendments the above plan also let me know.
    Thanks in Advance

    1. Hi Arun,
      That sounds like a good plan for a relaxed few days in Barcelona with your family. If you haven’t already seen my Barcelona with kids post, there’s a lot of information that you may find useful there, including ideas for things to do in the Gothic Quarter.

      Poblenou is a nice area of the city to stay in, its a little way from the city centre but right near the beach and a lot of young families live in the area. The Rambla del Poblenou, two blocks away from your apartment is really nice, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

      For airport transport, travelling to that location with kids and luggage, I’d take a taxi from the airport which will cost around €40 and take about 25 minutes. By public transport, you could take the train from terminal two to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia followed by the metro L3 to Poblenou. This would take about an hour and if you purchase a travel pass would work out at about €5 for the four of you (more info about travel passes later). If you land at terminal one, there’s a free shuttle bus to terminal two then you take the train and metro as above, total travel time about an hour and a half.

      A few recommendations in the area: Madre Lievito (Carrer de Llacuna 1) for Neapolitan style pizzas. Tío Ché (Rambla del Poblenou 44) for ice cream and horchata (a kind of cold smoothie made from tiger nuts typical in Valencia), Blu Bar (Rambla del Poblenou 11) a vegan restaurant that serves burgers and pizzas with a large terrace where you can eat outside and Xiringuito Escribà (Av. del Litoral 62) for paella.

      As for sightseeing passes and travel cards. If you want to take a tour of the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, I think that the Go City Barcelona Pass is the best value. If you don’t want to take tours then I’d purchase individual tickets online.

      For travel passes, you can choose between the Hola Barcelona Travel Card, the T-familiar and the T-casual. The break-even point between the Hola Barcelona Travel Card and the T-casual is six journeys. If you will be taking less than six journeys per 24 hour period then the T-casual works out cheaper, more than this then the Hola Barcelona Travel Card works out cheaper, with the added advantage that you can just purchase one card each and are then free to jump on the metro, trams or buses whenever you (or your kids) feel like it or get tired. There’s more information about all three travel cards above.

      For your itinerary, assuming that you take a taxi from the airport, that your kids won’t be up for walking (uphill) to the Cosmocaixa from Park Güell, and that on your third day you take public transport to Montjuïc and then catch the cable cars down to the Port Vell, your itinerary works out at 10 journeys by public transport. So you could buy one T-casual each, if you end up taking the odd journey extra you could buy a T-familiar and share it between the four of you.

      There’s more information about the cable cars, including how to get from one to the other, in this post. If you decide to start at the Barceloneta end and travel up to the castle, then it’s definitely worth purchasing tickets in advance since there are often queues, not so much in the other direction although there is a small discount online. As mentioned in my families and kids article, there are nice parks near the castle on Montjuïc for the kids to play and the views of Barcelona and out to sea are really good. Having said that, the Parc del Poblenou which is near to your apartment also has plenty of green areas for them to run around plus there’s a skatepark, for if there’s room in your luggage for your 10-year-old’s skateboard or inline scooter ;-)

      By the way, it probably goes without saying but make sure you book tickets for the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Casa Batlló in advance!

  6. Hi, my friend and I are visiting on April 8th for 3 nights. We are booked for the ice bar on the 8th and a wine tasting tour on 10th. We would like to squeeze in as much as possible on the 9th, including sagrada familia, park guell. Which would be the best option for us?

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Unfortunately, there’s not a one size fits all recommendation, which pass is best for you really does depend on what you are interested in seeing and doing while you are here. Having said that, the most popular passes for short trips are the Barcelona Pass, the Barcelona Card and the Gaudí Bundle.

      If you know what you want to see, I recommend you use the calculator above to compare prices and work out which is the best value (I’m going to update all the prices this weekend so if you check back on Monday it’ll be right up to date). If not, then I recommend you start by reading this post to get some inspiration and then come back here to decide which pass will be best suited.

  7. Hi

    I’m off to Barcelona next week solo and will have 4 full days based in the Gothic Quarter. I’m looking to get a return ticket for the Aerobus from the airport. My plan is to use the HOHO bus on the first day just to get my bearings and have a general walk around. The second day will be taking in Sagradia Familia and Park Guell, the third day the Nou camp tour and Magic Fountain. Fourth day will probably be chilling around the beach area.

    With all that in mind, could you please let me know whether I should book separate tickets online or obtain a pass? I’m not too bothered about the transport side of things as I’d rather walk.

    Thanking you in anticipation

    Chris

    1. Hi Chris,

      The Go City Explorer 4 attraction pass (number seven on the list above) would be a good fit for your itinerary, although the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell are both tours and therefore less flexible.

      If you don’t like tours then the Barcelona Pass, fourth on the list, is also a close match although with your itinerary it would actually work out about €2 cheaper if you booked the tickets individually online.

      By the way, the Magic Fountain sound and light show aren’t running at the moment. It was shut down during the COVID lockdown and it’s not been announced when it will start again yet. I’m guessing that it won’t be before Easter at the earliest.

  8. Hi Richard, I am currently looking for an airbnb in a town adjoining Barcelona (hopefully to save some money) but which is still in zone 1.
    Can you tell me how far zone 1 extends, or give me a link which will tell me.
    Thanks, Patrick.

    1. Hi Patrick,

      This link lists the towns surrounding Barcelona and tells you which zone they are in (See “list of municipalities that make up the integrated fare system” and click on the “plus” symbol to expand the list).

      Also, as explained in this post, you can also use a 1 zone pass in the towns and municipalities where the metropolitan fare applies which are also listed on the page I linked to earlier.

  9. Richard, we were only getting The Barcelona Card Transport & heavy on Museums) instead of The Barcelona City Pass (Attractions & Experiences) because of the Transport portion. But, if we are 5 days (96 hours) in the Garciá District Boarding a cruise in Port Velle at the end of our BCN stay do we really need the Barcelona Card for Transportation (T-10)?
    We’ll take the Terminal 2 free shuttle from 11 to 12; then the Train (R2 North) to Wants estaci o
    ; Connect the Blue Line (5) metro and probably get off at Avinguda “The Diagonal”

    Does the Transport Car d of The Barcelona Card and/OR T-10 card cover other transports like the Funicular or the Cable cars, etc.
    Finally, if we are Embarking at Port Vell at 10 am Tuesday should we reserve the two cable cars for Early in the Morning or even after we board ship and have a few free hours before our shipboard dinner. It looks like The Barcelona City Pass is what we want. Booking La Sagrada Family separate but is it really necessary Skip line in October during Pandemic on Monday 11/10/21?

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      The T-10 no longer exists, it was replaced by the T-casual and the T-familiar in 2019. Both cards are similar to the old T-10. The T-casual is valid for 10 journeys, slightly cheaper per journey but can’t be shared between two people. The T-familiar is valid for 8 journeys, not quite as cheap per journey but can be shared between two or more people. There’s more information about both cards in the post above.

      If you will only be using the Barcelona Card for transport and won’t be visiting the museums or making use of the discounts then it’s cheaper to just purchase a Hola Barcelona Travel Card instead (described above) which is equivalent to just the transport part of the Barcelona Card.

      If you will be taking the train from the airport, then my rule of thumb for comparing the T-casual with the Hola Barcelona Travel Card is that if you will be taking six journeys or less per day on public transport then the T-casual will work out cheaper.

      By the way, it’s just been announced that there will be a train strike during your stay (8th, 11th and 12th of October) which will affect the airport train. Normally when this happens, there are still a limited number of trains during peak times (when people travel to and from work) and then no trains during the rest of the day. Things may well have changed by the time you get here but you should definitely check on the Rodalies website to see whether there will be trains running when you arrive. The strike won’t affect the metro or buses.

      The T-casual, T-familiar and Hola Barcelona transport passes can be used for the funicular railways on Montjuïc and Tibidabo but aren’t valid for the cable cars.

      If you are embarking at 10 am, then you won’t have time to ride the cable cars before you embark since they won’t be open (the Port cable car opens at 11 am during October). I don’t know how long you have between embarking and having dinner but when deciding on whether you have time to take the cable cars, don’t forget to factor in the time needed to get off and on the ship and from the ship to the Port Cable car. Depending on where your ship docks, you may need to take the Cruise Bus.

      As you’ve suggested, due to the reduced number of people visiting Barcelona during the pandemic, it’s not so essential that you book the Sagrada Familia days in advance. Despite the fact that numbers have been restricted to reduce the number of people inside the basilica at any time, they don’t generally sell out days in advance at the moment. For example, it’s now 7:45 am on the 30th of September and I’ve just checked availability for today and there are plenty of tickets available for all timeslots except for between 10:30 and 11:00. So as long as you are prepared to be flexible with visiting times you could wait and purchase your tickets on the day. If you decide not to buy the tickets in advance, I recommend you check availability online regularly and purchase when you notice that some of the time slots are selling out.

  10. Richard, I, too, enjoy your thoughtful commentary. Hubby & I are in Barcelona starting Friday, October 8 until we catch our cruise on Tuesday. I would like to purchase your above recommendations On-Line (& have no problem with your commission; you earned it). However, specifically, how do I get these cards BEFORE we ARRIVE in Barcelona? I’ll need the transportation card(s) to get from the Airport to our Hotel/Apartment; which by the by, Barcelona is the ONLY European Destination we currently don’t have a clue about…do you have some BUDGET IDEAS (as we have BEYOND SPENT OUR Tourism Dollars now with our cruise, Venice, Croatia, Corfu, etc. and your above recommendations?

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      You can collect your Barcelona Card at the Tourist Information offices at the airport. If you are arriving at Terminal 1, the office is to your right as you come out of baggage claim and is open daily from 08:30 to 20:30. If you arrive at Terminal 2 then there’s a Tourist Office in the arrivals hall, next to the horse statue by Botero. The tourist office in Terminal 2 opens from 08:30 to 20:30 Monday to Friday, (:30 to 20:00 on Saturdays and 09:00 to 15:00 on Sunday.

      You’ll receive the Go Barcelona Explorer by email, you can then either show the PDF on your phone or print it out at home, whichever you prefer.

      For budget ideas. There are plenty of enjoyable things to do in Barcelona for free or very little money. Personally speaking, I spend hours wandering around the Gothic Quarter and exploring the hidden plazas and alleyways, maybe stopping for a coffee and watching the world pass by.

      Then there’s the old port and the waterfront, October won’t be sunbathing weather but it’s still fun to explore the area and check out the boats and public art. The Parc de la Ciutadella and Montjuïc are also great areas for exploring that don’t cost anything, or you can take the funicular up to the Tibidabo Church.

      If you like museums, then the Barcelona Card covers Barcelona’s best museums, including the MNAC, MACBA and the Picasso Museum, which are highly recommended. When planning your visit, you should bear in mind that most museums are closed on Monday and plan to visit other attractions on this day.

      The 7th of October is “La Festa del Roser” which is the Festa Major de la Rambla, so, depending on restrictions, there may be things going on related to the fiestas in the area around Las Ramblas when you arrive although I haven’t seen a timetable of events for this year yet.

      Another way to save money is by eating your main meal at lunchtime when most restaurants serve a “Menú del dia” which is a set lunch. Normally two courses plus dessert and a drink, there’s normally a choice of three or four dishes for each course. It normally works out at about half the price of eating a la carte.

      Hope this helps and if you’ve any other questions feel free to ask.

      1. Prompt & Professionally On-Point. Thank you for the Additional info about the La Festa del Roster…I thought all of Barcelona’s events, holy days, finished in September or before 12 October. Great Call!

        1. Hi Cheryl,

          I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to find a program for this year’s Festes del Roser. I’d expect something to be published on this website during the next few weeks.

          Have a great time in Barcelona and on your cruise.

          1. Richard, what a Fabulous Upcoming Topic for your Blog – either way – including how tourists & locals can expect to navigate the ever-evolving Landscapes, Locally (in this instance, Las Ramblas, and fiestas/ festivals) due to the always fluid landscape of the global pandemic We ALL live in. Such a priceless resource. We ended up booking a local apartment in the Garçia neighbourhood

            1. Hi Cheryl,

              Good choice, Gràcia is a nice neighbourhood to stay in.

              I agree that a “current situation in Barcelona” type post would be pretty useful. To be honest, I’ve avoided writing one because it would be incredibly hard, if not impossible, to keep up to date.

  11. Hi Richard,
    thanks for this informative article, however, I was wondering which ticket will be suitable if I want to visit the below attractions:

    La Sagrada Familia
    Park Güell
    La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
    Casa Batlló
    Barcelona Bus Turistic
    Telefèric de Montjuïc (Cable Car)
    Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
    Picasso Museum
    Public transport 96 hours
    Airport metro / train Transportation (return)
    Aerobus (return)
    Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
    ELBorn

    1. Hi Paul,

      I don’t understand why you’ve listed a return ticket on the Aerobus AND on the airport metro. I think that you will you only need one or the other right? Or am I missing something?

      Since you’ve also included a 96-hour travel pass which covers the airport metro and airport train, I’ve included that in the calculations and skipped the others. Does that make sense?

      The total price for the attractions listed, if purchased online, would currently cost €209.80 (adult tickets).

      The best sightseeing passes for these sites would be to purchase a 96-hour Barcelona Card which costs €50.40 when purchased online plus a GO Barcelona Explorer 3 attraction pass which costs €62.

      The Barcelona Card gives you free entry to the MACBA, MNAC, Picasso Museum, Museu de Ciències Naturals and El Born Cultural Centre plus approximately 10% discount for Casa Batlló and also covers the airport train and metro plus public transport within the city. If you click on the link above there’s a full list of the exact discounts.

      You then use the 3 attraction Go Barcelona Explorer for the Sagrada Familia tour (book in advance), Bus Turistic and La Pedrera.

      Finally, you purchase tickets to Park Güell and the Telefèric de Montjuïc individually online which works out slightly cheaper than buying them at the entrance.

      I calculate that the cost of the Barcelona Card plus the Go Barcelona Explorer and the other entrance fees will come to a total of €164.40. That’s a saving of €45.40 when compared with purchasing the individual tickets online which is pretty good value.

      Plus you get a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia instead of the basic ticket which I used for the original price calculation (only includes an audio guide).

      If you’ve not decided how you’ll be travelling to and from the airport yet, I recommend you read this post. The Barcelona Card can be used for travelling on the airport metro, airport train and the number 46 bus.

      If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

      1. Hi Richard
        thank you so much for this rich information,however, I have one more question.
        Can i buy these tickets from the airport or only can be bought online.
        thanks again for your information and knowledge that you benifit others with it.

        1. Hi Paul,

          You’re welcome. The Barcelona Card can be purchased at the Tourist Offices at the airport but it’s 10% cheaper if you buy it online. As far as I know, the Go Barcelona Explorer is only available online.

          To be completely transparent. If you purchase using the links above, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

          1. hi richard, i have bought barcelona card and now i have reservation voucher number.
            shall i print anything or what shall i do with the email that i recieved?

            1. Hi Paul,

              You should print out the voucher and take it to one of the Barcelona Tourist Offices listed in the article.

              When redeeming the voucher, you’ll also be asked to show your passport or ID card.

  12. Hello!
    Your site is very informative and helpful.
    I’d like to know if there is a travel pass that can be used to travel the whole Spain?
    I will be in Spain in April for 10 weeks.
    I will spend 3 days in BCN, then from there take a flight to Granada (already bought ticket).
    Then stay in Granada for 2 days, then move to Seville for 2 days then to Cordoba then to Malaga or Cadiz for a day trip from Cordoba (still haven’t decided between Malaga and Cadiz) then back to Seville and stay another night.
    Our flight back to home is from Seville airport. Our host in Seville has offered us to drive us to the airport for 16 euros.
    Is there a public transportation pass where I can use to travel all over Spain? If so, is it worth it based on the places I go?

    Really need some guidance here.

    1. Hi Afila,

      Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you like the site.

      If you mean transport on the metro, tram and urban buses within cities, then no, each major city has its own public transport system and tickets aren’t interchangeable.

      For example, the travel passes mentioned in this article are specific to Barcelona and the surrounding area.

      There are however several travel passes which may be useful for travelling from one city to the other on public transport.

      The first is the Spain Pass which is a train pass sold by RENFE (the Spanish train company). They sell passes which include 4, 6, 8 or 10 journeys.

      To decide whether it’s worth purchasing a Spain Pass, you should compare prices with the individual tickets on the RENFE website.

      Generally speaking, you can save money by purchasing train tickets in advance. Tickets for the high-speed AVE trains normally go on sale 60 days beforehand and are often considerably cheaper if purchased at this time.

      ALSA, the main long-distance bus company in Spain, also offers a couple of passes that may be of interest: The ALSAPASS which covers all of Spain and the TOURISTPASS which concentrates on Andalusia and Portugal.

      For example, the Granada – Malaga – Cordoba – Seville pass might be of interest. Once again, you should compare prices and availability with that of normal single tickets.

      The last time I was in Seville we took the bus to the airport, it was pretty convenient. Timetable here but €16 for a taxi seems pretty fair.

      By the way, assuming you plan to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada. If you haven’t done so already you should think about booking tickets now because they get booked up very early. I’ve heard of it being booked up over a month in advance.

      Also in Barcelona, you should purchase tickets to the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and the Picasso Museum in advance although they’re not so overbooked as the Alhambra so 5 days to a week in advance should be soon enough.

  13. Hi, your site is very clear and informative, can I find out the best option for the following journey please.
    2 adults and 3 children.
    Plan as follows.
    Day 1. Travel airport to loret de mar
    Renfe train to Santa
    Train to blanes
    Shuttle to loret.
    Stay in loret for 7 days.

    Day7. Return same route to
    Barcelona . Metro from train
    to liceu beside hotel.
    Day 8. Return to airport by train from
    passeig de gracias.

    Does this sound accurate?
    Is this a lot of changing with 3 children over 10.?
    In June 2020, would a T familiar card be our best option as we leave zone 1 and go to zone 5…..note 7 days apart, or would there be a better option?
    Really appreciate your assistance.

    1. Hi Louise,

      I’m glad you like the site, I try to be as detailed and concise as possible.

      Now on to answering your questions :-)

      Starting with the changes, you need to change twice if you take the train from Barcelona airport. It’s straightforward enough, but the journey takes quite a long time because it’s quite a way and the trains stop at most of the towns in between.

      Depending on connections it will take about two and a half hours or so.

      If your flight lands at T1 then you will also need to take the free shuttle bus to T2 to catch the train, adding another change and 10 minutes or so to the journey.

      As long as your kids can carry their own luggage, it shouldn’t be a problem. The plus side is that, after leaving Barcelona, the train line runs along the coast and the journey is quite scenic.

      The alternative is to take the bus which is run by Sarfa and takes about an hour and a half from the airport to Lloret de Mar (no changes). In the winter there are only a couple of buses per day, but in the summer this increases to about 10 buses per day. The fare is currently €13.15. Check prices and times here.

      If you decide to take the train then what you said is correct. You will be able to use a 5 zone T-familiar travel card which will cost €40 for 8 journeys. Since you will be travelling there and back and there are 5 of you in your group, you will also need 2 additional tickets.

      The T-familiar can’t be used for the direct bus from the airport to Lloret de Mar or for the bus from Blanes train station to Lloret de Mar.

      The bus from Blanes train station to LLoret de Mar costs €1.90 so, combined with the T-familiar, this works out at €6.90 per journey.

      For the 2 additional journeys, you can purchase a combined ticket for the train plus bus to Lloret which costs €8.00. More info here.

      The route you describe is correct, however when changing trains in Barcelona, I prefer to make the transfer in Barcelona El Clot-Aragó station instead of Barcelona Sants. It’s a smaller station and less busy. More information about the airport train here.

      For the trip to the airport on the last day you will be able to use a one zone T-familiar which will cost 10.

      Remember that, when sharing a T-familiar, you have to validate it once for each person travelling when you go through the ticket barriers at metro and train stations and when you get on the bus.

  14. Hi,

    I noticed that in some of the reviews you mentioned TMB buses and in others ATM buses. What’s the difference between the two? Are they different companies? Could you explain please?

    1. Hi Ben,

      TMB stands for Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona which is the name under which the three main transport companies in Barcelona operate. Between them they run city’s buses, the metro, the Montjuic funicular railway and cable car, and the Bus Turistic.

      ATM stands for Autoritat Transport Metropolità which is a consortium of transport companies serving Barcelona and surrounding towns and cities which operate an integrated tariff system. ATM travel cards such as the T-casual can be used on all the operators in the consortium (list of operators here) and allow you to transfer from one mode of transport to the other as part of the same journey.

  15. Thank you for this wonderful information! I will be in Barcelona for a total of 10 days. We plan to take two or three day trips (Montserrat and Figures for sure), but will actually be in the city for at least 7 days of our vacation. We are interested in all things Gaudi, art, and history and will be staying in an apartment in Eixample. We will be using public transport.
    Since we will be in town for a longer period of time than some, we will most likely have a chance to visit not only the top sites, but many others as well. We also generally choose to purchase audio guides, or even guided tours, when possible. Can you suggest the best discount card for us?

    Thank you for your time and expertise!
    Janice

    1. Hi Janice,

      The best way to be sure is to make a list of the sites you want to visit, check which card covers most of what you are interested in and then compare prices with the cost of booking the same tours & attractions online using the price calculator above or directly on the official Barcelona Tourist Office website.

      Since you will be staying for over a week, like taking tours/audio-guides and are interested in visiting Montserrat and the main Gaudi sites, I think that either the 7-day iVenture Card or the Barcelona City Pass would be good choices.

  16. Hi
    We are group of 8 arriving in Aug we will be in Barcelona for 6 days and will be visiting Barcelona stadium, sagrada familia, beach, las ramblas daily. We will be starting our journey from our apartment in the Sagrada Familia area. What is the best travel option T10 or Hola? Also for T10 does one journey count as full day trip say from Apartment to Las Ramblas and back again to Apartment or is that 2 journeys?

    1. Hi NM,

      From what you say, it doesn’t sound like you will be using public transport that much so I think that the T-10 would be a better choice for you.

      From your apartment to the beach counts as one journey. Then from the beach to your apartment is another journey. The maximum journey duration for a one-zone T-10 is 75 minutes.

      Remember that the T-10 is a multi-person travel card, so one can be shared by 2 or more people. In this case, you have to validate the ticket once per person travelling. You must insert the card in the ticket barrier at the entrance to the metro station once per person. Remember that when sharing a T-10 you have to stay together for the entire journey. If not you run the risk of being stopped by ticket inspectors without a valid ticket.

      Since there are 8 of you, you could also consider the T-70/30 which is also a multiperson pass. Although it doesn’t really work out that much cheaper than the T-10.

      Once again, when sharing a T-70/30 you must validate the card once per person and remain together for the entire journey.

      Remember that it’s essential to buy your tickets to visit the Sagrada Familia in advance. I recommend that you purchase them at least 5 days before you plan to visit. More info about visiting the Sagrada Familia in this post.

  17. Hi,

    I will be visiting Barcelona with my husband next month for 4 days to celebrate his birthday.

    We’re interested in seeing the main Gaudi buildings plus the old town and Montjuic mountain area ( Magic Fountain). Staying in a hotel near the Cathedral and planning to visit: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, Palau de la Musica, perhaps the Picasso museum if we have time.

    We have purchased the Barcelona City Pass plus one day HOHO bus. Should we also add a travel pass?

    Also, I want to reserve a table in traditional Spanish restaurant for a special birthday meal. Where do you recommend?

    1. Hi Jane,

      I’m assuming that you will be taking the Aerobus from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya then walking to your hotel right?

      With that itinerary, I don’t think you’ll be using public trasnport that much so I think that a 1 zone T-10 (share one between you) will be sufficient.

      For the special meal I think that Restaurant 7 Portes would fit the bill. It’s a long standing and popular restaurant which serves traditional food in elegant surroundings near Port Vell.

  18. Hi, and thank you for your attention to so many details in your informative post! Very appreciated!

    I would like further clarification on the BARCELONA CARD which you mentioned above is a smart card and runs for 24 hour increments “the duration from the time you first use it.” This info seems contrary to the info on another site, I believe it’s the official website : “Keep in mind that the Barcelona Card is valid for consecutive days – not 24-hour periods. For example, if you activate a 5-Day Barcelona Card on Monday at noon, it will expire on Friday at midnight.” barcelonacard.org

    So which is it? Also, if I purchase the card online now before my traveling to Barcelona, am I able to take advantage of the discounts etc. when booking tours/attractions in advance online? Or can I only make use of the discount if purchasing the tickets on the spot after I have validated the card?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Ellen,

      Thanks for your comment, I’ve tried to make the post as detailed and informative as possible.

      About the validity of the Barcelona Card. I can confirm that the cards are valid for a number of consecutive hours starting from the first use (48, 72, 96 or 120 hours).

      The confusion has arisen because, up until 2 years ago, the Barcelona Card used to be valid for a number of calendar days days and expired at midnight (as you stated in your comment).
      This is no longer true but unfortunately there are still lots of websites which haven’t updated yet and still show out of date information.

      The website you mentioned isn’t the official Barcelona Card site. As far as I can see it’s an affiliate site. This means that the website owner earns a small commission if you purchase the card from one of the links on the site. The same as I do if you purchase your Barcelona Card from one of the links on this page.

      You can only use the Barcelona Card to get discounts when purchasing your tickets on the spot, at the attractions. Not when purchasing tickets online.

  19. Thank you for the wonderful tips above. We’ll be staying in Barcelona for 3 full days. Arriving at BCN airport and leaving via train to Madrid. There’s 3 in our family. We have a free Hop on Hop off for a day from our hotel. We plan to visit the La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera, Picasso Museum and maybe a few others if time permits. Which of the Barcelona discount cards would you recommend? Or maybe we’re better off getting the 10 tickets pack for the metro and purchasing individual tickets (maybe get the Gaudi Bundle) instead.

    Hope to hear your recommendation soon.

    Thank you,

    Neil

    1. Hi Neil,

      Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you found the post helpful.

      I agree, if you will only be visiting the sights listed then a T-10 will probably be the cheapest option for you. Don’t forget that the T-10 is valid for the airport train but not for the airport metro (more info in this post)

      Also, since you already have the Hop On-Hop Off bus covered (I’d be interested to know which hotel gives it away free) then (assuming that you want the audio guide) the Gaudi bundle plus individual tickets for the other sites will be your best bet.

      As mentioned in the post above, the Gaudi bundle is convenient because it allows you to buy both tickets together but if you don’t want the included audio guide it would actually work out cheaper to buy the tickets online individually. Personally speaking, especially if it’s your first visit, I think that the audio guide is worth the small additional cost.

      By the way, if you’ve already bought your train tickets to Madrid they should have a code on them which entitles you to a free commuter train ticket to Barcelona Sants train station (more info in this post) so if you are staying near to Plaça de Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Arc de Triomf or El Clot you could use this to get to the train station for free on the last day.

      Have a great time in Barcelona and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

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