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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
  • October 10, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    Kat
    Hi Ash! Super helpful website! I'm traveling with some friends from April 1-9 and was considering getting an Hola BCN card. I see the maximum time for those is 120 hours which isn't quite enough. I wanted to know if it's possible/if it makes sense to just get 2 BCN cards per person to cover the whole 9 day trip? Also if you'd be able to help me figure out the best way to get to our Airbnb which is by the Diagonal Metro stop. Is there a way to take the Metro straight from the airport? Or would we have to take an airport bus to a Metro and then take the Metro to Diagonal? Thanks! Kat
    • October 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kat, Thanks for the kind words, always glad to help :) There's certainly no shame in getting multiple cards if you're planning on doing a lot of sightseeing. I would suggest you get the 120 hour one for the first days and then play the rest by ear though. Generally people become more accustomed to the city and get around in a more economical (timewise) fashion. If you feel like you need it, just buy one when you're there... there's no risk of them selling out or the like. For Diagonal you'll need to take the airport overland train (NOT metro) to Passeig de Gracia and then from here it's one metro stop up to Diagonal. Easy peasy and included in the Hola BCN :) Cheers, Ash
  • September 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm
    Joanna Wiebe
    Hi there, We are arriving to BCN at 10 in the am on Friday. I am just curious what is the best way to get time room mate Carla from the airport at that time?
    • September 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Joanna, You can take the Aerobus from either airport terminal to the terminus stop (Plaça Catalunya) and then from here it will be a short 10-15 minute walk. From there, there will also be the option of taking a quick taxi for about €5-7 if you're packing heavy bags or super tired after traveling. Cheers, Ash
  • September 24, 2019 at 11:19 am
    Lise
    Good Day Ash This is such a helpful site and I am so glad I stumbled on it. My husband and I will be in Barcelona for two days at the end of October before embarking on a cruise ship. My question is: What is the best way of travelling from the airport to and from our hotel, Ramblas Hotel, and getting around to all the sites that we would like to visit while in Barcelona? We are interested in all the Gaudi attractions. Any other suggestions? Much appreciated. Lise (South Africa)
    • September 24, 2019 at 11:52 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lise, I would take the Aerobus to the terminus stop Plaça Catalunya and then from here it'll be a 10-15 minute downhill walk down La Rambla or just a short taxi. There are tons of suggestions and it's hard to say without knowing you... but I'd start taking a look at my list of things to do and go from there. You can get anywhere by metro... don't overthink it, it's super convenient and easy :) Ash
  • September 11, 2019 at 1:41 am
    ilinca
    Hi Ash, I don't have a question. My boyfriend and I will be traveling to Barcelona for 7 days in April and my level of excitement (and very ahead of time preparedness :) ) lead me to finding your website a few days ago. I'm on here pretty much every day reading and discovering more and more stuff. I just wanted to say thank you for the time you dedicate in putting together such a wonderfully detailed and informative page and for presenting everything in such an honest way. I've already chosen Gracia as the neighborhood we'll be staying in. Will grab our Barcelona Cards closer to the date and will most likely print most of you lists and suggestions and use it as the awesome travel guide that it is. So just a thank you for all of this work!
    • September 11, 2019 at 11:40 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Wow! Thanks so much Ilinca, that is very kind of you. Please let me know if you have any questions, I'd be glad to help :)
  • September 5, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    Gerard ODonnell
    Hi ash I'm arriving in Barcelona on Sunday afternoon... staying at Pol and grace in Gracia..... could you advise on transport.... staying for 3 days.. planning on visiting Sagrada familia and guell parc. Kind regards Gerard
    • September 6, 2019 at 10:34 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Gerard, If you're just going to see Park Guell and Sagrada and little else I would recommend just getting a T-10 transport card because it gives you 10 rides for around 10 euro. You'll be quite central and will also have some walking opportunities. If you have any more specific trips though please let me know. Ash
  • September 4, 2019 at 11:57 am
    Gary Mountford
    Hi Ash We are arriving at El prat Airport around 10pm on Monday 24th September and we are staying at the Euro hotel Gran via Fira in L'hospialet Llobogret Can you tell me what is the best way to get there from the airport please
    • September 5, 2019 at 11:25 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Gary, I would grab the 46 bus and get off a few stops later at Av Granvia - Miguel Hernández. From here it's just a few minutes' walk. Cheers, Ash
  • August 23, 2019 at 2:45 am
    Darshan
    Hi Ash, Quick question: me along with my friend will be reaching Barcelona on 23rd Aug 23:00 at El prat airport. I've booked a stay in Rambla de Catalunya. Will be staying in city till 25th evening(2 days). Please suggest us the suitable pass and travel card. (would love to visit Sagrada Familia and Park Guell as well) Thanks, Darsh
    • August 23, 2019 at 8:28 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Darshan, If you're just seeing Sagrada and Park Guell and nothing else I would recommend getting the tickets individually and foregoing any passes. I would just focus on getting the Hola BCN for transport as you'll likely be doing a lot of travel trying to fit in stuff over the two days. That said... were there any other attractions you hoped to visit? Let me know and I can say which tourist pass could be better Cheers, Ash
      • August 23, 2019 at 10:41 am
        darshan
        Hi Ash, Thanks for the inputs. Firstly what would be the best commuting option for us from airport to our stay in Rambla de Catalunya(will be arriving at 23.00 on 23rd of august) Further along with Sagrada and Park Guell have glanced your 3 day itinerary. Based on that planning to cover CASA BATLLÓ, MONTJUIC Cable Car and MAGIC FOUNTAIN at last BARCELONETA Beach(please suggest if this the wrong one). Verge of sunset would love to witness nightlife by hitting Tapas, night bars. And is LA FIESTA MAYOR over? if so any other festivals lined on this weekend? Heard Festa Major de Sants is on! so can you pour in overview on that. Please suggest if this can bettered. TIA Darsh
        • August 24, 2019 at 12:57 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hola Darsh, To get to Rambla Catalunya from the airport I'd grab the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and then from here it'll be a short walk depending on how far up the hotel is. The Festa Major de Sants is on right now and I've got more info on my Facebook post. It goes until September 1st. :) Ash
  • August 22, 2019 at 1:39 pm
    Moon
    Hello: What's the best way to get from Barcelona (BCN) El Prat airport to the following Hotel and address: Hotel SOFIA Barcelona - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt Plaça de Pius XII, 4, 08028 Barcelona, Spain Aug 30th, 2019 to Sept 2nd, 2019
  • August 2, 2019 at 6:57 pm
    Juliana
    Hi Ash! Just want to say this is THE MOST helpful travel site I've come across in a while. My family and I will be in Barcelona for 3 days at the end of September. We'll be staying in Vila de Gràcia. Do you know the best way to get there from the airport and then from there to city center? I'm debating if we should just pay more for a taxi then go through the hassle of multiple public transit transfers. We are also planning on doing the following: Camp Nou, La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, La Boqueria, Las Ramblas, La Barceloneta, Magic Nights, Magic Fountain and Portel Del Angel. Do you think that's too ambitious? I saw your 3-day itinerary and I'm having trouble lumping them into 3 days cleanly. Any advice you have on how to group them together, or things you would place as lower priority would be super helpful! Thanks again!
    • August 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Juliana, Thanks so much for the kind words, always glad to help :) The best way to get to Gracia is to grab the airport train to Passeig de Gracia and then from here take the green line of the metro up to Fontana. That said, it really depends on exactly where you are in Gracia as it's a fairly large area. If there are 4-5 of you it's probably better to get a taxi because it'll end up being only slightly more expensive than all buying Aerobus/metro tickets. I have included all of the attractions you mentioned in the 3 day itinerary and bunching them in a fairly convenient way... I'm not sure why you think you can't squeeze it in? I would swap Casa Batllo and Casa Vicens on day one so you can see Casa Batllo at night. Then push dinner back a bit. Easy peasy. The rest is easily done as long as you get an early start :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 3, 2019 at 9:55 pm
    Jim
    Flying in midday on 01 Sep and staying at Casa Camper. What’s the best way to get to and from airport? We will have 25” suitcases we’re lugging around. Thanks
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