Written by Ash

Your Barcelona Card Savings Guide (+ 10% Discount)


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, Tiqets 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 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?


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 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?


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

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 🙂

  • July 1, 2019 at 1:11 pm
    Hi ash, this is ace, thanks you for all the tips! Just wondering if you can help me figure out what the best way to travel will be for my family. We are staying at an Airbnb in collbato, the address is collbato catalunya 08293. What would be the best way to travel to Barcelona for day trips? Thanks again!
    • July 2, 2019 at 12:01 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Liss, Honestly I have never even heard of this place until you've mentioned it... are you aware that this is quite far out? Google says it can't calculate transit directions for this town... this makes me think perhaps it's not well served by transport. In looking at the map I can't even see a train station. Your best bet in this case is renting a car and it's a 30-40 minute drive into the city. According to Rome2Rio there is a bus (number 131) that will get you into Barcelona in just under an hour. This looks like your only option if you're taking transport. Is there any reason you booked so far out? At any rate though I would talk to the Airbnb owner for more specific information. Cheers, Ash
  • June 22, 2019 at 8:49 am
    Hi Ash How are you doing? Could you please help me with which travel card to buy? We are three of us and will be staying in Barcelona for 3 weeks. We are there for chess tournament. So we have morning time free everyday till 2pm. What cards should we buy for tourist site visiting.
    • June 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Sachin, This is a tough one since you're here so long! For travel I would honestly just grab an Hola BCN for the first 48 or 72 hours while you're doing airport travel, seeing some sights, and not accustomed to the city. Then once you've got your bearings you're probably better of switching over to T-10 card. That said... what sites are you planning on seeing? This makes a big difference. Please let me know :) Ash
  • June 17, 2019 at 10:48 am
    Hey Ash, Your website is giving me tons and tons of hacks on how to enjoy my stay in Barcelona. I'm going to be in the city on the 30th of June and leaving on the 4th. We booked an apartment on Airbnb, this is the address: Carrer de Madrid, 10, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Catalunya 08913, Barcelona. I need your help regarding how to get there from El Prat Airport and which travel card do you recommend to get around the city (Sagrada Familia, Park Guel, La Boqueria, Barceloneta..) Thanks! Rana
  • May 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm
    Sara Clark
    Hi Ash, Im so pleased I came across your web page. Such a lot of helpful info to plan my trip next month. So I will be arriving at BCN at 10.15 am Saturday 15th June and departing on Monday 17th June 21.40. We need to get to/from our Airbnb which is Carrer del Torrent de l'Olla 111. First question is to recommend which card to purchase for transport/attractions. I am travelling with my 21 and 18 year old student daughters? We would like to visit both the Sagrada and Parc Guell over the 3 days we are there. Is there a good beach or park you would recommend within close proximity to our apartment for some relaxation time after the flight and early start? Do you recommend the hop on hop off bus or can we achieve this using our Barcelona transport card just as easily and not spend more money? Do you recommend doing a bike city tour, it sounds like fun and a good way to see some of the city? Are there any open air fetes or activities during our stay you would recommend? Thank you in advance Sara
    • May 22, 2019 at 10:49 am
      Team Member
      Hi Sara, Thanks so much for the kind words :) For lodging in Gracia I would prefer you take the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya (the last stop - you can’t miss it as it's the city's biggest square) and then grab the green line of the metro from here. Take it up to Fontana and from here you’ll have a short walk. You could also do a 20-25 walk up into the area of your hotel if you were packing light or not wanting to spend the extra €4.00 on the metro. Again, it's your choice :) About the cards... for first timers doing a lot of sightseeing the Hola BCN is great because it takes the worry and hassle out of everything as it's got unlimited transport. You could definitely use this instead of the Bus Turistic but keep in mind the Bus Turistic is attraction-centric and includes a super informative audio guide that is much better for first time sightseers. If you're interested in the Bus Turistic (and have a few other attractions in mind) a good option is the City Pass as it'll cover your airport transport (mentioned above) as well. Otherwise there's no shame in buying the attractions individually. As for the open air fête... there are some options like the Casa Batllo Magic Nights festival, Brunch Elektronic, and even a few outdoor concerts all of which I have listed here: Bike tours are a great way to discover the city... I personally really liked the ones offered by Steel Donkey and Barcelona Rent a Bike... both as entertaining as they are informative. Hope this gets you off on the right foot :) Ash
  • May 19, 2019 at 5:13 pm
    Jennifer Salvador
    Hi Ash, Your site has been very helpful. We will be travelling to Spain in June and will spend 4 days in Barcelona, the rest at Majorca. I have just bought the Barcelona city pass and I need to book the timing of our visit. May I know how long should we allot for Sagrada Familia, say if I book to visit at 9:30am, I'd like to know what time I should book our entrace to Park Guell? I also plan to use the hop on and hop off to get to Park Guell. Is this feasible? Looking forward to your response. Cheers, Jenny
    • May 20, 2019 at 9:54 am
      Team Member
      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for the kind words :) I would leave 90 minutes for the visit at Sagrada and then leave an hour to get to the park... this is quite conservation and can be done quicker but I don't want you to be in a rush! You can take the blue line of the Bus Turistic to get there no problem, totally feasible :) Ash
      • May 22, 2019 at 4:13 pm
        Thank you Ash! I have booked our timings for Sagrada and Park Guell. I was hoping we can use the hop on and hop off bus for the remainder of the day to see other sights. Until what time will the buses be available? And normally what's the temperature in mid June? Do we need to bring jackets at night? Sorry for bombarding you with questions. On our first day, we're arriving in the afternoon, around 5pm. We're staying at Catalonia Born. Where can we go that afternoon til night? Any attractions nearby? Or should we go to Placa Catalunya?
        • May 23, 2019 at 8:45 am
          Team Member
          Hi Jennifer, That's good to hear and you're very welcome :) The last HoHo bus departs at 8:00 pm during summer. In mid June you're looking at 25-30 degrees and usually sunny... you may need a light jacket at night but as summer is really starting to show it's not too common, but then again I am Canadian and not as sensitive to the cold ;) Around Catalonia Born you can walk over to the Santa Maria del Mar church which is very impressive. You could also head on over to the Picasso Museum for a visit. I have a list of all the things to do in this area in my article on El Born. Honestly for me Plaça Catalunya is overrated... it's the biggest square and you'll have to walk through it to see it, but I wouldn't target it as a destination unless you were going to explore La Rambla. That could also be a good option as it's only 20-30 minutes' walk from the Born. Hope this helps :) Ash
  • May 17, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    This site is fantastic! Thank you so much for all of this helpful information! My husband, two sons (14 and 11), and I will be in Barcelona in June for 2 days/nights before our cruise and for one day/night after our cruise. We plan on purchasing the Hola Barcelona card for transportation. We have two AirBNBs for our trip. We will be staying at Carrer d'Entenca, 140.B ppal1 prior to the cruise, and Carrer de Sort, 2, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat after the cruise. 1. Which public transportation is best to get us from/to the airport for our two AirBNBs? 2. What are the transportation options to/from the cruise port? Thank you!
    • May 18, 2019 at 2:21 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Kayce, Thanks so much for the kind words :) For the lodging prior to the cruise it's a simple trip using the airport train to Sants Estacio and from here it's about a 10 minute walk. Doable with the Hola BCNs. After the cruise I would simply take the Port Bus to the bottom of La Rambla and then change for the metro there. You'll be able to get the green line at Drassanes up to Diagonal and change for the blue line. Take the blue line to Collblanc. From here it will be just a short walk. Cheers, Ash
      • May 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
        Thank you so much! For our second Airbnb (Carrer de Sort, 2, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat), it looks like we can take the L9 train from Collblanc directly to the airport (terminal T1). Is that correct?
        • May 21, 2019 at 10:58 am
          Team Member
          Hi Kayce, Yes that is correct! I used to work right by Collblanc and it's super convenient for the airport :) Ash
          • May 21, 2019 at 5:46 pm
            Thank you Ash for all of your help!
            • May 22, 2019 at 10:49 am
              Team Member
              No problem Kayce :)
  • May 15, 2019 at 6:30 am
    Hello, My family and I are in Barcelona for just a few days Saturday night May 25 through Tuesday May 28th. We are arriving at the airport pretty late on Saturday at 2230. We need to get to airbnb apartment near Sagrada Familia. There are 4 of us. Looks like we won't be able to pickup the Barcelona card on Saturday due to a late arrival. What would be the best method to get to the Sagrada Familia area after 2300 from the airport? We will have 2 full days in Barcelona and have a very loose agenda. What are the public transport prices around Barcelona? We are trying to decide which card to purchase and where we would be able to pick it up in the morning of May 26th near Sagrada Familia. Any helpful suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    • May 15, 2019 at 1:01 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Alex, Sagrada is a bit far from a lot of the airport transport and there will be no direct option unless you're thinking of spending about €30-35 for a taxi. You can take the Aerobus from either airport terminal to the terminus stop (Plaça Catalunya) and then from there walk 200 meters to the Passeig de Gracia metro station (the metro station is open 24 hours on Saturday). If you take the purple line from here to Sagrada Familia you'll be just a short walk from the hotel. As for transport... single trips cost €2.20 for the metro, bus, and tram. If you have the Barcelona Card you'll have unlimited trips. For the cards though it all really depends though on what attractions you're seeing... if you could give me a list with these intentions I could help you decide! Cheers, Ash
  • May 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Hi, Family and I will be in Barcelona from June 3-8. We will be 5 adults with 4 big luggage. June 3 - arriving in Barcelona Terminal 1 airport at 2pm and the apartment is at Sardenya 160 4t 3a. June 8 - we will be taking train from Barcelona Sants station to Sevilla. Train departure is 830AM. My questions are: 1) What transportation would you recommend from airport to our apartment, bearing in mind that we have 4 big luggage? Does the metro have lifts/ elevators? 2) What about from apartment to Barcelona Sants station? 3) Is there a website to see which metro stations have lifts/ escalators? Is it reliable? Thank you!
    • May 12, 2019 at 3:46 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Anna, Thanks for writing :) The metro does indeed have lifts/escalators (only 15 out of 149 are yet to have been outfitted and you'll see the list here) but unfortunately it won't get you anywhere near the area you're staying. I would grab the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and grab the metro from here (the red line) and take it to Marina. From here it'll be just a short walk. For getting to Barcelona Sants you would simply take the red line of the metro to Espanya and then change there for the green line one stop to Sants. Easy does it :) Ash
  • April 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm
    michael durham
    My wife and I will be travelling from Madrid to Barcelona on June 29th and leaving on July 2nd for Marbella. We will be attending a wedding on the 6th. We have not gotten the exact address for our VRBO apartment but it says it is in El Barri Gotic, Barcelona it is nearer the water looking on a map. What is best way to get to this area from the airport and then back to the airport on the 2nd. We only have the few days and we are struggling to figure out what to do. I think we want to visit Montersserat or however you spell it but that is about the only thing we know we want to do or should we skip that and stay in Barcelona. We like doing bike tours also Thanks for any info Michael
    • April 20, 2019 at 12:07 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Michael, If you're in the Barri Gotic you're most likely best off taking the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and then from here walking down into the area, most of the major hotels/apartments should only be about 15 minutes walking max from here. At any rate, do get back to me with the address if you want some more specific advice. About what to see... it seems crazy you'd only really have Montserrat on the list ;) I always suggest seeing the big two: Sagrada Familia and Park Guell... can't miss stuff in my opinion. I suggest you take a look at my things to do in Barcelona post for some inspiration, there is so much to do! For bike tours I had a great time on the Steel Donkey ones, which offer some of the off the beaten path stuff. There are also fantastic waling tours with Runner Bean, which are free and run daily from Plaça Reial in the Barri Gotic. Ash
  • April 19, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    Mary Ann
    Hola Ash! I'm so glad I found this site! Your tips and info are so valuable! We're a family of 6 and will be traveling to Barcelona in July for 2 days pre-cruise and another 3 days post-cruise (Sunday to Wednesday). Flying in from BCN and we are planning to buy the "HolaBCN" 2 days option for transportation pre-cruise. We will be staying at Carrer de les Acacies, 52 Sant Andreu 08027 Barcelona for the first 2 days and Travessera de Gràcia, 441-443 Horta-Guinardó 08025 Barcelona post cruise. My questions are: 1. What's the best option to get to the apartment? Taxi vs Subway/Metro? 2. Transportation options to/from the cruise port? 3. We are planning to go to Las Ramblas/Boqueria/Gothic quarter in the afternoon of our arrival date. 4. Planning to visit Montserrat on the 2nd day or should we maximize the benefits of the HolaBCN transpo card and stay in the city? Should we plan to visit Sagrada/Parc Guell instead? 4. Post-cruise - planning to see Sagrada, Parc Guell, Casa Batlio, Casa Mila, La Pedrera, Montjuic and Tibidado. 5. My daughter wants to visit Girona but I'm not sure if we will have enough time to do this. Thank you so much in advance for your help!!!
    • April 20, 2019 at 12:03 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Mary Ann, Thanks for your very kind words, I will do my best to help :) I'm going to assume that with the Hola BCN you'll be taking transport so I'll give my advice with this in mind. Taxis are super convenient but with 6 people there aren't many taxis for groups and it'll likely be a mess, costing quite a bit. 1) Getting to the apartment (Carrer de les Acacies, 52 Sant Andreu 08027 Barcelona) from the airport would quickest if you take the airport train to Sant Estacio, then change for the blue line of the metro. You'll take it to the Congres stop, which is just a short walk. Easy peasy with the Hola BCN. From the cruise to your second lodging I'd take the Port Bus to the bottom of La Rambla, walk the short distance to Drassanes metro station... take the green line up to Diagonal, then change for the blue line of the metro here. You'll take it till Sant Pau Dos de Maig. 2) If you've activated the Hola BCN you might as well take advantage of it... is there any particular reason you can't just swap the Montserrat day with the first post cruise day? That seems like the day you'll use the most transit and it'll be best to have the Hola at that point. Also... keep in mind Casa Mila and La Pedrera are the same place ;) I think if you space out these post cruise attractions over day 1 and day 3 I don't see why you can't do a day trip out to Girona on day 2. My two cents. Ash
      • April 25, 2019 at 10:05 am
        Mary Ann
        Thank you so much for the tips!!! I've been slighlty stressed from all the planning. These valuable ingo will really help us a lot! Please continue to help bewildered travelers like me :-)
        • April 25, 2019 at 10:51 am
          Team Member
          No problem Mary Ann! And you're not bewildered at all... you're just a pro in training ;)
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