The Barcelona City Pass helps tourists skip lines at busy attractions, save 20% on virtually everything you’ll do in the city, and avoid unnecessary hassle.
It’ll have the whole holiday planned in just a few mouse clicks from the comfort of home.
Allow me to show you how to do it here.
Already in the know? Skip ahead to the tickets section.
Barcelona City Pass: What’s Included
Each Barcelona City Pass includes the following as a base:
- Sagrada Familia: Skip the line access (choice of four types, explained below)
- Park Guell: Skip the line access + audio guide.
- Aerobus (round trip) OR the Girona Airport bus OR Montjuic Teleferic (round trip).
- Bus Turistic: One or two day ride
- A Barcelona audio guide for your mobile phone.
You also get a digital discount code giving you 20% off major purchases like:
- Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Camp Nou Experience, and the Picasso Museum.
- The Hola BCN unlimited transport pass
- Guided tours, flamenco shows, the city’s best museums, food.
- Nightclubs, shopping, the Dali Figueres tour, and many other excursions.
- Your return ticket to Girona and other Barcelona day trip tickets.
- Much more.
Barcelona City Pass Options + Prices
There are 4 City Pass options depending on your Sagrada Familia ticket and how many days of Bus Turistic access you choose.
You get this Barcelona tourist pass via Tiqets (blue button below).
Sagrada Familia + English Audio Guide
This ticket package includes the official Sagrada Familia audio guide (in English or 13 other main world languages) plus a downloadable audio guide for exploring Park Guell.
- 1 day Bus Turistic: €88.00 for adults, €37.50 for children (4 to 10)
- 2 day Bus Turistic: €97.50 for adults, €42.00 for children (4 to 10)
Sagrada Familia + English Guided Tour
This ticket includes a 90 minute guided tour (almost twice as long as the official tour) with an entertaining and experienced guide in English.
You’ll learn tons about the world’s coolest church, Gaudi, Barcelona, and have some laughs at the same time.
- 1 day Bus Turistic: €101.00 for adults, €37.50 for children (4 to 10)
- 2 day Bus Turistic: €110.00 for adults, €42.00 for children (4 to 10)
With Sagrada Familia Towers + Audio Guide
When you buy this Barcelona City Pass you get access to one of the church’s towers for some cool panoramic views.
I recommend the Passion Tower as it’s about 60 feet taller.
- 1 day Bus Turistic: €98.00 for adults, €37.50 for children (4 to 10)
- 2 day Bus Turistic: €107.00 for adults, €42.00 for children (4 to 10)
Sagrada Familia General Entrance
Here you get basic entrance to explore on your own. While there isn’t a lot of signage explaining things this is great for those wanting to save money or just soak it up with no distractions.
- 1 day Bus Turistic: €80.00 for adults, €37.50 for children (4 to 10)
- 2 day Bus Turistic: €89.50 for adults, €42.00 for children (4 to 10)
IMPORTANT: with the general admission option you can only visit Sagrada Familia during the last two hours of the day (from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm depending on the season).
The general entrance City Pass also includes an audio guide app to help you explore and learn as much as possible about the world’s most beautiful church: a €7.00 value free.
Is Barcelona City Pass Worth it?
If you’re looking to check off a lot of Barcelona’s top things to do with little stress, yes.
Here’s a few reasons:
You Save Money
It’s the reason you looked for a discount card in the first place.
The 20% discounts you’ll get on subsequent attractions is the highest discount percentage available on the market for any of the major attractions.
Some math: the 4 tickets included in the basic pass (Sagrada, Park Güell, the Bus Turistic, and Aerobus) cost €67.20 (with one day Bus Turistic) or €76.20 (with two day Bus Turistic).
If you use the pass without taking advantage of the discounts you lose €12.80.
If we decide to use the pass for just 3 items like Casa Batllo, Camp Nou, and La Pedrera using the 20% discount we end up saving €15.00 and it brings us in the black.
If we continue by getting an Hola BCN transport card, Poble Espanyol, a flamenco show, an amusement park pass, or anything else on the long list of discounts it starts to really add up.
You Won’t Wait in Lines
Even if you’re just breaking even or perhaps losing a couple measly euros you may want to ask yourself how much your time is worth.
In summer attraction entrances can have lines lasting hours.
With the Barcelona City Pass you use your personal discount code to book all your attraction tickets online in advance, skip the lines, and enjoy your visit hassle free.
If your time is (conservatively) worth €20.00 an hour you’re now way into savings.
There’s Nothing to Pick Up
Unlike other Barcelona discount cards you’ll benefit from the City Pass being all digital.
That way you won’t have to worry about picking anything up during rigid office hours, printing out tickets, or even losing them.
Just show the tickets on your phone: easy as.
Why Buy with Barcelona Hacks?
- There are no commissions
- Other sites only offer a 10% discount on the attractions
- It helps cover time and expenses I dedicate to this blog
Validity and Duration
The Barcelona City Pass is valid from the moment of purchase until 5 days after your arrival in Barcelona (arrival date must be specified while purchasing).
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be forced to visit all the attractions during this time, it only means that the 20% discount code will be active during this period.
You can schedule the visits for whatever date you want.
CAREFUL: some of you have noticed that if you try and get this Barcelona discount card today you won’t be able to select the next two days as an arrival date: this is because Tiqets needs time to organise the visits to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
If you want you can fib about your arrival date yet request the visits of these two attractions according to the available days in the calendar. All tickets arrive by email within 24 hours.
Also remember that the Aerobus and Bus Turistic tickets are open tickets and so are not subject to the validity periods above. You’ll be able to take them whenever you want.
How to Buy + Use the Barcelona City Pass
You can buy and get your City Pass up and running using the following steps:
- Enter Tiqets City Pass page.
- Indicate your arrival date.
- Select your Sagrada Familia ticket type (dependent on availability).
- Choose the # of tourist passes you want and the number of Bus Turistic days needed.
- Check your email for your receipt + a link to select your Sagrada and Park Guell times, as well as select your arrival airport. If you don’t need Aerobus leave it blank to receive the Montjuic Teleferic at no extra cost to you.
- You’ll get a second email with all the attraction tickets and airport transfer.
- Here you also receive your 20% discount code with links to websites to redeem them.
- Show up with the tickets you’ve been sent via email and skip the lines!
Still having troubles? Get at me in the comments below.
Does the Online City Pass include public transport?
No, the only transport included is the 1 or 2 day Bus Turistic pass and your airport transfer with Aerobus.
Can I use the 20% discount to get an Hola Bcn transport card?
If I visit for 6 days and buy two Hola Bcns for 4 days and 2 days do I get discounts on both?
Do I have to pick anything up?
No, all tickets and discount codes are done online.
Do I absolutely have to select my visiting dates for Sagrada Familia and Park Güell?
Yes, it’s fundamental to get your tickets sent.
Keep in mind that time slot selection is super standard – the only open tickets for Sagrada are for a small time window (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) at the end of the day.
Park Guell also caps out at 200 visitors per hour and so booking in advance is virtually mandatory.
You’ll have to select your times anyway, pass or not.
If I wasn’t asked for a visit date for Sagrada Familia and Park Güell what do I do?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking number and desired visit time.
For other attractions that require a date and time, can I select whatever I want?
I received the booking confirmation but didn’t get the tickets, what do I do?
Tiqets promises to have all tickets emailed within 24 hours so if less than 24 hours have passed you’ll simply have to wait.
In the odd case they don’t arrive within this period write to email@example.com with your booking number.
How long can I use the discount?
The discount is valid from the second you buy the pass until 5 days after your indicated arrival.
Can I use the discount code on any website?
No, discount codes can only be used through the links you’ll be provided in the email.
Can I use the discount code at ticket windows?
Do I have to visit all the attractions within 5 days of my arrival?
No, attractions can be visited at any time as long as tickets are purchased within 5 days of arrival.
Am I gonna save money with the City Pass?
If you use the Barcelona City Pass for only two more attractions, yes.
To skip the lines do I have to show my visitor pass?
No, in reality the pass is digital so there’s nothing to show. What allows you to skip the lines are the attraction tickets you’ve purchased with the pass.
I’m looking at the Barcelona Card too – what’s the difference?
For the Barcelona Card know that those discounts are only applied at ticket windows – no line jumping possible here.
With the City Pass you’ll be able to apply the discount to tickets bought online from the comfort of home and skip the lines later. No other card gives you this option.
The Barcelona Card also differs in that it places a lot of its value in transport around the city. Unless you’ve got a hostel or holiday apartment a bit far out of the city or are planning on squeezing in a ton of attractions in a short time the transport isn’t mandatory.
Please Harass the Hell Outta Me in the Comments
I dunno about you but this is probably the best Barcelona discount pass in circulation at the moment: having everything booked from the comfort of home, skipping lines, and saving money… is there anything missing here?
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