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Your Barcelona Card Savings Guide (+ 10% Discount)

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You’re trying to plan the best Barcelona holiday possible but where exactly does one start?

Take some advice from the official Barcelona Tourism Office: the 85 attractions they’ve put together on the Barcelona Card will give great structure to your trip – and your wallet.

Yes, they even throw in unlimited transport and free admission to 25 museums.

In total there’s 115 discounts to be had on one simple card: here’s how you can take full advantage.

The Barcelona Card

The king of Barcelona discount cards is in reality a 3-in-1 transport card, museum pass, and discount voucher.

Grabbing one before you arrive is highly recommend because it gives you:

Below I’ll be doing some calculations to see how much money you can save but in the meantime check out the full list of Barcelona Card advantages.

Where to Buy the Barcelona Card

You can buy this Barcelona tourist discount card via the official Barcelona Tourism Office.

Clicking the button below gets you to their site for a special 10% online discount. Go ahead and click through to their site if you’re curious for more info, or get at me in the comments below.

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The Barcelona Card Express

The Barcelona Card Express is a 48 hours pass for those with little time to visit the city.

The only difference between this and other Barcelona Card options is there are no entrances included – only discounts for the main attractions (there’s a discount list here).

Clicking the button below gets you a 10% discount booking online with Barcelona Tourism Office.

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Barcelona Card Pickup Points

To claim your card simply print out the voucher and show it at the following locations:

  • Airport Terminal T1 and Terminal 2. Every day from 8:30 to 20:30.
  • Barcelona Airport Metro Stations (T1 and T2). 8:30 to 21:00.
  • Plaza Catalunya. Number 17-S near the Hard Rock Cafe and the giant ‘i’ with the underground escalator.  Every day from 8:30 to 20:30.
  • Sants Estació. Plaça Paisos Catalans. Every day from 8:30 to 20:30.
  • Placa Espanya. Every day from 9:00 to 15:00. Jun-Sept from 8:30 to 20:30.
  • Sagrada Familia. Every day from 9:00 to 15:00. Jun-Sept from 8:30 to 20:30.
  • The Columbus Statue. Plaça Portal de la Pau. Every day from 8:30 to 20:30.
  • Plaza Sant Jaume. In Carrer Ciutat 2. Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 20:30. Saturdays 9:00 to 19:00. Sundays and public holidays: from 9:00 to 14:00.

Note: the Barcelona metro station pickup points (L9S) are the best option for late arriving flights – at either station simply look for the Barcelona Turisme information point to pick up your Barcelona Card.

All Barcelona Card ticket offices are closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Barcelona Card Prices

Your Barcelona Card is valid anywhere from 48 to 120 hours so costs shift accordingly.

  • 48 hours (Express)€20.00 €18.00 (online)
  • 72 hours: €45.00 €41.40 (online) adults/€21.00 €19.80 (online) kids.
  • 96 hours€55.00 €50.40 (online) adults/€27.00 €25.20 (online) kids.
  • 120 hours€60.00 €54.90 (online) adults/€32.00 €29.70 (online) kids.

Kids are between 4-12 years old.

Keep in mind that validity only begins the second you use it for the first time. Example: if you use a 72 hour card for the first time at 8 pm on the 1st of the month the card will expire at 8 pm on the 4th of the month.

Adding the “Gaudi Bundle” For Sagrada Familia/Park Guell

As many of you have noted the Barcelona Card does not include discounts for Sagrada Familia and Park Guell – two of Barcelona’s most important attractions.

Since nobody would dare dream of missing these behemoths I’m giving you the link to get skip the line entrance to both these attractions using the same bundle – the “Gaudi Bundle”.

The ticket includes:

  • Skip the line access at Sagrada Familia with official interior audio guide.
  • Skip the line access at Park Güell with app audio guide.
  • Exterior app audio guide for Sagrada Familia
  • Barcelona city audio guide

The Gaudi Bundle prices are as follows:

  • Adults: €44.50
  • Young adults (12-18): €38.00 
  • Kids (7-10): €9.00 
  • Kids (0-6): free.

IMPORTANT: When booking you’ll simply be asked for a visit date. Once booked, Ticketbar will be in touch asking for times suiting your schedule. Then they’ll go to work and get your slot and email you the tickets.

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A Few Barcelona Card Hacks

  • If you’re there for X days, get it for X days. Remember: public transport is included in the card and a day of normal public transport can really set you back.
  • Pick it up at the airport. You’re already there and I’ve heard of trouble finding other pick up spots.

Remember: to book tours with a 50% Barcelona Card discount you’ll need to send an email to reservas@barcelonaturisme.com letting them know which day you’ll be touring.

You have to book at least one day in advance and take the tour during the validity of your travel card. You need to show your cards the day of the tour.

Barcelona Card FAQ

How much money can I realistically save using my Barcelona Card?

With average travel, airport transport, a few free entrances, and just a few discounts at places you’ll be seeing anyway in any half-decent 3 day Barcelona itinerary you can easily save €20.00-€50.00.

Can I skip lines with the Barcelona Card?

No.

To get your entrance discounts using this pass you’ll have to show up to ticket booths.

If you’re looking for a Barcelona tourist card that allows you to skip lines and book everything online then check out the Barcelona City Pass.

Is it better to get the Barcelona Card or the Hola Bcn Card?

They’re both different products. The Barcelona Card includes unlimited public transport and free entrance to certain attractions while the Hola Bcn offers only unlimited transport.

At any rate I’ve prepared a page explaining the difference between these two discount cards so you can make the proper decision based on your needs.

Is the Barcelona Card valid for airport transport from Girona or the Aerobus?

No, the transport pass applies to city and public transport services only.

Which Airport transport is included in the Barcelona Card?

With your Barcelona Card you’ll be able to take the metroairport train, or bus 46 into the city. The bus is only recommended for late night or early morning departures/arrivals when the first/last train has already departed.

The first train departs from Barcelona Airport at 05:42 and the last one leaves at 23:38. There are two trains an hour with service to Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gracia, and El Clot.

For your flight home the first train departs Passeig de Gracia at 05:13 with the last one departing at 23:07.

Which Airport transport is best for my hotel/hostel/Airbnb?

Leave me a message below with your hotel, hostel, Airbnb, or apartment and I’ll let you know how to get in quickly.

Do I have to book for the Picasso Museum?

No, regardless of what it says on the card the Picasso Museum has confirmed that Barcelona Card holders can show up at the ticket windows at 23 Carrer de Montcada where they’ll get express entrance.

Is the Barcelona Card valid for days or hours?

The Barcelona Card is valid for consecutive hours. If you validate a 72 hour pass at 6 pm on Friday that means you’ll have until 6 pm on Monday to take advantage of the deals and transport.

What do I need to pick up my Barcelona Card?

A printed out copy of the voucher sent at the moment of purchase + one piece of ID.

What happens if I buy a Barcelona Card for more than one traveller?

Only the booking party will have to enter their data on the web and show ID to pick them up.

What do I get in the free guide?

You’ll get all the information on Barcelona’s main attractions, a handy city and metro map, and a booklet full of coupons to redeem for free offers.

Can I split up the time?

No. The Barcelona Card is valid for consecutive hours and cannot be used in any other way.

Can my Barcelona Card discounts be combined with any other offers?

No.

Can my Barcelona card expire?

From the moment of purchase it is valid the calendar year plus the first six months of the next year.

Can I change/cancel my Barcelona Card?

All change and cancellation inquiries can be made to info@barcelonaturisme.com.

Is the transport valid in all of Barcelona?

In all of zone one yes. This is a huge area and you probably won’t be travelling outside it – not to worry.

What do you recommend for a young traveler or student?

For those lucky enough to be young this transport card may be slightly inconvenient.

Most Barcelona tourist discount cards can’t give you anything that doesn’t already apply to you (ie. Sagrada Familia gives a €2.00 youth/student discount) – as mentioned before, these discounts cannot be combined.

My advice is buy single discounted tickets online and use the Hola BCN for transport.

Can I use it on the Montjuïc Cable Car or the Tram Blau?

No. Transport to Montjuïc via the cable car or Tibidabo are not included.

If you want to get to Montjuic you can access the funicular using the Barcelona Card by connecting at Paral-lel metro station.

What is the full Barcelona Card museums list?

Free: CCCB, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Fundació Joan Miró, MACBA, MNAC, Museu Picasso, El Born Centre Cultural, MUHBA, Cultures of the World Museum, Design Museum, Ethnological Museum, Frederic Marès Museum, CaixaForum, CosmoCaixa Science Museum, Natural Science Museum, Music Museum, Chocolate Museum, Catalan Modernism Museum, Egyptian Museum, Museum of Olympics and Sport.

Discounts (20%-30%): Archaeology Museum, Catalan History Museum, Wax Museum, Sex Museum, Perfume Museum, Maritime Museum, European Modern Art Museum, Motorcycle Museum.

Hit Me Up in the Comments Below

If you’re still not sure about the Barcelona Card then write me with any questions below.

Don’t be afraid to join the discount card discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

And as always I’m here to answer any question in the comment section below that you have about your Barcelona holiday, no question is too ridiculous!

Happy travelling 🙂

179 comments
  • July 28, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    Toma
    Hi Ash, my friends and I are arriving to Barcelona soon, so I was wondering which metro/ other transport should we choose to get from the BCN airport to our appartment which is at L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. Thanks in advance, I really love reading your blog!
    • August 4, 2020 at 12:46 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Toma, Thanks for your kind words :) Keep in mind l'Hospitalet is a massive city/suburb so without knowing an address it's kind of futile telling you where to head. That said, to get in the area I would grab the airport metro to Collblanc and you'll be in the area closest to Barcelona. But yeah... get me that address and I'll advise further! Ash
  • February 19, 2020 at 11:16 am
    Anna
    Hi, what is the easiest way to get to Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella? We are arriving on a Saturday at around 8 PM.
  • January 10, 2020 at 5:43 pm
    Shantele
    Hi Ash, Your website is GOD sent!!!! My husband and I will be traveling to Barcelona Jan 24-28th and am leading towards the Barcelona Card purchase through your website. From the airport what form of transportation should we take to arrive at Hotel Europark? Also, I see the discounts that are offered to many of the famous attraction sites but does that mean I would have to purchase all tickets through the box office not via online through the specific attractions website? Example, I noticed if you go directly through the Casa Battlo website to purchase the tickets for the visit + smart guide price is 25euros. Aren't most box office prices 3-5 euros more than online purchase. Just trying to see if it's worth getting the Barcelona Card vs the Hola Barcelona just for transportation. Thank you in advance for answering all my questions :-)
    • January 10, 2020 at 10:27 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Shantele, Thanks so much for the kind words :) I would grab the Aerobus to the terminus stop at Plaça Catalunya and then from there it's either a 10-15 minute or you can get a cheap and quick taxi from there. As for the Barcelona Card unfortunately to redeem the discounts you'll have to present it at ticket windows. It cannot be used online to book in advance. Of course, this could be benefit as some people don't like getting tied down to specific time slots. Indeed, the Casa Batllo you're paying quite a bit more for buying it at ticket windows... with some of these it takes the value out and I usually recommend buying online first. If you're planning on seeing a ton of the museums on the list it's a great option but otherwise there's no shame just getting the Hola BCN for your transport and booking the attractions individually :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 3, 2020 at 6:38 pm
    Pauline
    Hello. My husband and I will be travelling with two young children, ages 7 and 5, to Barcelona from Canada this April 2020. We will be arriving at Terminal 1 at 17:50 and are staying at Feelathome Gran Via Apartment (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 421, 08015). Do you recommend taking the train, the metro or a taxi service? I think our biggest struggle aside from minding two children are our large large luggages. Thank you in advance.
  • December 26, 2019 at 1:32 am
    Dan
    Hi! What is the best way to get from Terminal 1 at the airport to Hotel Barcelona Center? I am arriving next week at 10AM. Thanks!
    • December 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Dan, I'd grab the Aerobus and get off at the Universitat stop and from here it's just a 5-6 minute walk :) Cheers, Ash
  • December 23, 2019 at 1:12 am
    Rhian
    Hello! What’s the best way to get to Rec hotel from the airport at 10pm on a Friday in July please? (Planning ahead ) Thank you!
    • December 23, 2019 at 9:49 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Rhian, Planning ahead indeed! ;) I would take the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and then from here it's a 10-15 minute walk, or a short taxi if you're not keen on lugging your luggage around. Cheers, Ash
  • December 16, 2019 at 4:54 am
    Rebecca
    Hola! This is an amazing site - thank you so much for this. What is the cheapest/best way to get into St Christopher's Inn on the 26th of December? My flight lands at 7am :) Thanks in advance!
    • December 16, 2019 at 11:45 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Rebecca, The best way would be to grab the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and from there it's a short 3-4 minute walk :) Couldn't be any easier. Cheers, Ash
  • December 4, 2019 at 11:13 pm
    Ruth Bolt
    Hi Ash Love this website - its been very helpful. My husband and I are travelling to Barcelona on Sunday AM and arrive at about 11am and then head back on Thursday morning on an 11am flight. What would be the best city ticket for us to buy. We want travel to and from the airport and around the city when we are there. We would also like to go to the Nou Camp for a tour and go to the Sagrada Famila and Park Guell. We would also like to do a hop on/off bus tour as we think they are a great way of seeing a city There are a few tickets out there and it is getting confusing to know which one would be best for us and what would represent the best value. Also we are staying at a hotel called the Chic and Basic Zoo at Passeig Picasso, 22. What is the best way to get there from the airport. Can you help? Thanks in advance Ruth xx
    • December 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ruth, If you're doing Sagrada, Park Guell, the HoHo bus, and needing airport transport... plus the ability to have 20% off virtually anything else you may visit I would strongly suggest the Barcelona City Pass. You can book everything online in advance using this pass and then only worry about enjoying the holiday once you're there. You can then use the 20% discount with the pass to buy yourself an Hola BCN card which will give you unlimited transport in the city. You're in a great area though it's a bit awkward for airport transport. To get to your hotel I'd grab the Aerobus (included in the Barcelona City Pass) and then from there you could do a 15-20 minute walk or grab a short taxi. It wouldn't save you much time trying to get fancy by the metro since the hotel is kind of in a dead spot for the trains. That said... great spot for the hotel! Right near Ciutadella Park... definitely go for a wander there :) Cheers, Ash
  • November 28, 2019 at 7:46 am
    Wayne
    Hola, Upon reviewing the information from Barcelona Card's website, it says "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", which contradicts to what you described above "The Barcelona Card is valid for consecutive hours. If you validate a 72 hour pass at 6 pm on Friday that means you’ll have until 6 pm on Monday to take advantage of the deals and transport." Could you help to verify this? Thank you very much!
    • November 28, 2019 at 2:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Wayne, Apologies but it appears as if you've just been confused by different wording... they're both communicating the same thing - that you cannot for example use 24 of the 72 hours for Monday, skip Tuesday, and then resume the validity on Wednesday. The time starts running from the second you validate it and expires 48/72/96/120 hours later. It's technically consecutive hours or days depending on how you look at it :) Cheers, Ash
      • November 28, 2019 at 3:22 pm
        Wayne
        Thank you Ash for quick response. I understand that the card is valid for continuous hours/days after you first use it. However, when it says “if you activate a 5-Day Barcelona Card on Monday at noon, it will expire on Friday at midnight” on Barcelona Card's website, the card does not cover a whole 120 hours, instead, only 108 hours (12 hours for Monday, and 24 hours for Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri), am I correct? I will assume from a 120-hour stand point, this card should expire on Saturday Noon instead of Friday midnight. Sorry, but I am still confused... :((
        • November 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Wayne, Ah yes! This must be a mistake on their part as this was changed 3 years ago... perhaps it's old info. Can you send me the link of the site? Cheers, Ash
          • December 5, 2019 at 11:06 pm
            Wayne
            Ash: Here is the website which has the information I quoted: https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/faq/barcelona-card/barcelona-card-consecutive-days-validity.html But we should discard the confusing information provided by the link above. Because, just like you said, the card is valid for a continuous 120 hours once you start using it. Thanks again! Wayne
            • December 6, 2019 at 12:21 pm
              ashley
              Team Member
              Ash
              Hi Wayne, I agree with you that it should expire at Saturday at noon if you activate it on Monday at noon. The issue should be taken up with this other website (which is NOT the official Barcelona Card site btw... it's just another blog just like this one) because I think they are mistaken. Cheers, Ash
            • December 5, 2019 at 11:12 pm
              Wayne
              And here again, on Barcelona Card's website: https://www.barcelonacard.org/ In the middle of the page under "Barcelona Card", there are "Benefits" "What it is" "Where to buy" "How to use". If you click on "How to use" it still says "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." They really should correct the information.
              • December 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm
                ashley
                Team Member
                Ash
                Yes indeed I agree! I don't get this haha. I've done the count multiple times, and even though I'm not good at math it seems Saturday at noon is the one.
  • November 3, 2019 at 1:54 am
    LESLIE BARRIOS
    Good morning thank you for the important information. Can you help me to know how to reach from Barcelona international airport to Montaber Apartments Sagrada Familia Eixample, Barcelona, 08013, Spain. Please
    • November 4, 2019 at 11:44 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Leslie, I'd grab the airport train (NOT metro) to El Clot and then from there it's just a 10 minute walk, easy peasy :) Cheers, Ash
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