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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, 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 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
  • April 16, 2019 at 9:16 am
    Peter
    Hi I have two questions. We are family of 4. 1. Can I pickup our Barcelona cards in airport with voucher and use it immediately ? 2. Which is the best way with (Barcelona card) free transport from airport to our apartment in Sant Martí ? Thank you very much for your answer, Peter
    • April 16, 2019 at 11:22 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Peter, Indeed, you can pick up the cards in the airport and they will be valid from the time you first use them. As for the transport... the Sant Marti district is quite vast and as such it's very hard to give proper directions. If you could give me an address or at least some cross streets I could help better... that said, my instincts are telling me you'll need to take the airport train to El Clot Arago and from there you'll be right on the border of this neighbourhood. It could be walking distance or a metro from here, depending. Ash
      • April 16, 2019 at 12:06 pm
        Peter
        Ash, many thx for your time and answer, our apartment is very near to Torre Glòries, Avinguda Diagonal 211 Have a nice day
        • April 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Great, in this case you'll do as I said before... airport train R2 to El Clot Arago and then from there it'll be a quick 10 minute walk... just head toward the tower shaped like a cucumber and you'll be in the vicinity, hard to miss :)
          • April 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
            Peter
            Ash, thank you very much for your help again. Have a nice day.
  • April 14, 2019 at 11:55 pm
    colin smith
    hi we are staying at Novotel Barcelona City - Avenida Diagonal 201 arriving at the airport at 2055 mon 5 Aug 19. Looking for the best option to get to the hotel (6 pax with luggage). Also looking at getting to the cruise terminal on sat 10 Aug from the hotel for a 1700 departure with the same 6 pax. Cheers
    • April 15, 2019 at 11:32 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Colin, With 6 people you'll be able to take the airport train and get off at El Clot-Arago and then from here it's about a 600 meter walk. If you grab a T-10 card from the ticket machines it'll end up costing just over €1.00 a person. To get to the cruise terminal it's looking like it'll be multiple means of transport which to me just seems like a pain... you'd probably be better of getting a quote from a company like Taxileader to get a 6 person taxi that will save you a great headache. Ash
      • April 15, 2019 at 11:33 am
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        And sorry! I meant to say that the T-10 is interpersonal so can be used by everybody in the party, make sure you only get one!
  • April 9, 2019 at 7:39 am
    Sander Roijers
    Hi there, we will be staying at the Camp Nou Apartments for 2 nights. Whats the best option for getting from BCN to Apartments please. We wont really have much time for sightseeing as we are only there for a Hospital Visit with some free time in the afternoon and evening of day 2. Thank you
    • April 9, 2019 at 9:53 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sander, I would grab the airport metro (orange line) to Collblanc and then from there take the H8 bus about 10 min (5 stops) to the Les Corts - Numància stop. From here it's just a 1 minute walk. Ash
  • March 13, 2019 at 10:54 pm
    Michelle Taylor
    Hiya, i am staying at the Hotel Claris & Spa, what is the best way to get there from Barcelona airport?
    • March 14, 2019 at 11:41 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Michelle, Outside of taking a taxi door to door your cheapest bet with the least amount on walking would be to take the airport train to Passeig de Gracia and then from there it's about a 10 minute walk. Ash
  • February 26, 2019 at 5:01 pm
    Pam
    Hello love your site, I am coming in on a cruise ship approx. 7am May 6th, booked to stay at the Hotel Rec Barcelona for 2 nights and fly out at 12:00 May 8th. What is my best choice to get over to hotel drop the suitcases and start touring, and best choice to get to airport. This is my first trip to Barcelona and plan to do as much as possible. (walking and bike are not a problem). These passes might be better choice then hop on hop off I had been considering. I was also considering a walking tour, however you have laid out some great idea that flow wonderfully.
    • February 26, 2019 at 6:16 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Pam, Thanks so much for the kind words :) You could get a €20 euro (or so) taxi from the cruise port, but if you're grabbing the Barcelona Card your trip would be all included there... you simply would need to grab the port bus to the bottom of La Rambla (the Columbus statue) and then grab the green line of the metro at Drassanes. Then take it up two stops to Catalunya and change for the red line... using the red line you can get to Arc de Troimf in just a few minutes. From there it's just a couple minutes' walk. To get back to the airport you could take the metro to Sants Estacio and grab the airport train. If done correctly it will take less than an hour and is all included in the pass as well, bonus :) Ash
  • February 2, 2019 at 10:53 pm
    Ciel Mahoney
    Hi Ash! This is a great website. Our trip to BCN isn't until the summer, where I realized it would be peak season. I've been reading a lot on discount cards and came across the Barcelona Pass (not the City Pass): https://www.barcelonapass.com/what-you-get/how-it-works.html This pass actually covers most of the attractions we want to see except for Sagrada and Guell, which I plan to purchase separately. (Question: Looks like the Gaudi Bundle doesn't save you much; it's actually a euros more than buying each separately on TicketBar -- is this correct?) Anyway, I'm torn between the City Pass and Barcelona Pass - what are the pros and cons of buying one versus the other? Do you have to line up to get your tickets for the free attractions on the Barcelona Pass? Their website doesn't offer much info on individual attraction ticket pick-up. We're only in Barcelona for full 4 days, so we want to skip lines and save time as everyone else who is in the city for a short stay. Thanks in advance for your advice. Ciel
    • February 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ciel, I don't promote the Barcelona Pass simply because according to most of my readers it's a bit too "busy" in that it contains a lot of attractions (which you have to visit to get value) which are considered B list attractions or throw in attractions... most people don't see Casa Punxes, the Aquarium, or Poble Espanyol... I promote the City Pass because it gets most travelers their top two attractions and gives flexibility with the 20% discount code. Also, there's less flexibility because it is day dependent and not hour dependent... if your flight gets in at 4 pm and you go visit La Pedrera at 7 pm suddenly you've only got a couple hours to jam in the other stuff or you risk blowing the first day on only one place. I'm not sure about the pick up process, and I haven't found anything either :( All I can say is the City Pass can be all booked online and you'll be able to show your tickets all on your smart phone. If I were really set on a big chunk of those attractions I don't see how you couldn't extract some value out of it... I just find it a bit clumsy and not as flexible as the city pass. It is indeed up to you however :) Ash
  • January 25, 2019 at 9:52 pm
    Sherry
    Hi Ash, I am thrilled to have found your blog. I’m still not sure how to get to the hotel from the airport (BCN), which metro stops are near by, is there anything close by, and which transportation card is best. This trip is for 2 adults in their 40s. Hotel is at Avenida Diagonal 589-591. Arrive mid day Wed, Feb 20, 2019 from Austin. Sun, Feb 24, we need to get to a Norwegian cruise ship at the port. Plans are to see major attractions and shop a bit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    • January 26, 2019 at 1:28 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sherry, To get to your hotel from the airport or get the metro l9 to Zona Universitaria and then change for the green line of the metro and take that to Maria Cristina station. It’ll be a quick walk from there. To get to the cruise port you can grab that same green line down to Drassanes station and from there grab the port bus to your terminal. Or of course you could take a taxi for about €20.00. Since you’ll be doing a lot of transport due to your location and I don’t know your exact attraction intentions I’d simply recommend getting an Hola BCN Card since it will cover your airport transport and give unlimited transport all over the city. Ash
      • February 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm
        Sherry
        Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it.
  • January 21, 2019 at 12:42 am
    Janet Weingarden
    Hello Ash! So happy I found your site. We are arriving at El Prat on Monday February 18 at 7am and staying at the H10 Casa Mimosa on Carrer de Pau Claris, 179. We leave on Thursday February 21 at 2:15pm. I've spent the afternoon trying to decide if we should get the Barcelona Card or Barcelona Pass. We plan to see most of the major sites, do a lot of walking and eating, and take public transport whenever possible. I've made a list of at least 12 attractions/museums/parks that we'd like to visit! And we are definitely using your 3 days in Barcelona as a guide:) What is the best way to get to our hotel from the airport? If we buy a 3-day card with the travel pass and start the clock when we arrive, it will expire before we need to get to the airport on Thursday. Thanks in advance for your advice, Janet
    • January 21, 2019 at 8:29 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Janet, Thank you so much for the kind words :) Let's see, if you're doing most of the major sites and staying 3.5 days what you can do is this: grab the City Pass and with this get the 48 hour Barcelona Card... it'll help you get through the big transport days at the beginning, but as you get more oriented and used to the city you can switch over to a T10 card for the third day (and a half). It's got a one year validity so no issues there, it's interpersonal so you can use it in a group, and you'll be able to use it for any transport you want. And best of all it only costs just over €10.00 for 10 rides. The City Pass will cover the Aerobus which is good for you... you'll take it to the terminus station at Plaça Catalunya and from here it's either a 20 minute walk or you can take the green line of the metro up to Diagonal. From here it's just a couple minutes walk to your hotel. Ash
  • January 20, 2019 at 6:09 am
    Pendy
    Hi Ash, Thanks in advance for your feedback. My wife and I (Ages 61 & 57) are arriving at 8.40 am from Miami to Barcelona El Prat airport on Feb 16th and returning on 23rd (Dep 1.30pm). We have a timeshare reserved at Estival Park, Calle Cami del Reco, La Pineda, Vilaseca La Pineda, Tarragona. In between we are spending 2 nights (19th & 20th) in Barcelona City at The Four Seasons Sheraton on Avenida Diagonal 161-163 Barcelona 8018. Need your guidance on 1) getting to Estival Park from the airport on 16th and when going back on 23rd. 2) getting to Barcelona Hotel from Estival Park on 19th and back on 21st) 3) Round trip for the day from Estival Park to Barcelona City back on one or 2 other days. 4) Ideal way to get around the city to experience it, visit La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Boqueria Market, Gaudi buildings, Picasso Museum and may be one other museum. A Flamenco show in the night, some places to walk around, people watch, etc. Thanks a ton! Pendy
  • January 19, 2019 at 4:36 pm
    HT
    Hi - We are traveling with two kids (ages 8 and 10). Looks like their entrance is free at most museums. Does it make sense to buy the Barcelona Card just for the adults and then buy separate transport tickets for the kids? Is there a child fare on the bus/metro? Having a hard time figuring that out! Thanks for all your helpful advice!!
    • January 20, 2019 at 9:34 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi HT, You're exactly right with your read on this... since it's hard to gather up much value for this kids using these cards (assuming the museums you're going to are already free) I would grab the two Barcelona Cards for the adults and then simply use alternate means for the kids. In my article on visiting Barcelona with kids I've got some transport tips: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-with-kids/ If you give enough advance notice you can even get them free transport cards (instructions there)... otherwise I would simply just get an interpersonal T-10 card which is good. There is no child fare only that kids under 4 go free. Ash
      • January 20, 2019 at 2:26 pm
        HT
        Great. Thanks so much - super helpful!
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