The Barcelona Pass (previously the Barcelona City Pass) was created to help tourists skip lines at busy attractions, avoid unnecessary hassle, and ultimately save 10% on virtually everything you can do in the city.
If done properly, you can plan your whole holiday with a couple mouse clicks from home.
But is the Barcelona Pass worth it? Let’s take a deeper look.
What’s Included in the Barcelona Pass
Each Barcelona Pass includes the following for visiting Barcelona:
- Sagrada Familia: Fast track, skip the line access
- Park Guell: Skip the line access + self-guided tour audio guide.
- A 1 or 2 day pass for the Bus Turistic hop on hop off bus tour (3 lines covering the entire city)
- City Tour of Barcelona app (100+ spots w/ audio guide from local experts)
You also get a digital discount code giving you 10% 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 Pass Prices
Before we figure out whether this is a good discount for you, here’s a list of the Barcelona Pass prices.
The first price listed in each category is for the one day Bus Turistic pass, while the second is for two days.
- Adults: €86.50 or €95.50
- Youth (13-29): €83.50 or €93.50
- Senior (65+): €69.50 or €79.50
- Child (11-12): €65.50 or €70.50
- Child (7-10): €27.50 or €32.50
- Child (4-6): €17.50 or €20.00
- Infant (0-3): Free
Is Barcelona Pass Worth it?
To be honest, if you’re looking for a chill beach holiday it’s probably not going to cut it.
That said, if you’re coming to Barcelona with culture in your eyes, and want to check off the major themes of Barcelona’s top things to do like Sagrada Familia and Park Guell – with no stress – then it’s something to seriously consider.
Here’s a few reasons:
Barcelona Sightseeing Passes Help You Save Money
It’s the reason you looked for a discount card in the first place.
The 10% 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 3 tickets included in the basic pass (Sagrada, Park Güell, and the Bus Turistic) cost €77.30 with the two audio guides adding €5.00 of value each – making €87.30.
If we buy the pass and nothing else we’re saving a measly €0.80.
That said, if we decide to use the pass for just 3 items like Casa Batllo, Camp Nou, and La Pedrera using the 10% discount we end up saving nearly €10.00 and it brings us well into 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 Can Skip the Line at Barcelona’s Most Popular Attractions
Even if you’re just breaking even you may want to ask yourself how much your time is worth.
In summer attraction entrances can have lines lasting hours.
With the Barcelona 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 in busy Barcelona city centre during rigid office hours, printing out tickets, or even losing them.
Just book them at your own pace at home, then show the tickets on your phone. Easy peasy.
Why Buy with Tiquets and Barcelona Hacks?
- There are no commissions
- The 10% discount is the highest across-the-board offer online
- It helps cover time and expenses I dedicate to this blog
If you’re looking to simplify your holiday and save a bit of cash, we’d really appreciate you clicking through to the Tiqets link below.
There you’ll get reviews of the Barcelona Pass from travelers just like you as well as the main buying channel.
Validity and Duration
The Barcelona 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 10% discount code will be active during this period.
You can schedule the visits for the additional attractions for 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.
- Click the button ‘book now’
- Choose the # of tourist passes (also selecting whether you want 1 or 2 days with the hop on hop off bus tour)
- Enter your arrival date (IF your arrival date is within 3 days of booking you can then book time slots for Sagrada and Park Guell immediately, otherwise you’ll be asked to choose times after payment)
- Follow the easy payment steps
- Check your email for your receipt and tickets (will be sent within 1-3 minutes!)
- Here you also receive your 10% 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.
City Barcelona Pass FAQ
Does the Barcelona Pass include public transport?
No, the only transport included is the 1 or 2 day Bus Turistic pass.
Can I use the 10% discount to get an Hola Bcn transport card?
Yes. This is particularly handy for those who want transport from Barcelona Airport.
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 and carry a premium price tag.
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.
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 protected] with your booking number.
How much is a Barcelona Pass?
Adults cost €86.50, senior (65+) cost €69.50, and youths (13-29) cost €83.50. Children cost between €0 and €27.50.
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 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.
Looking for a Barcelona City Pass?
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… but it really depends what you’re planning to do.
If you’ve got any more questions about the Barcelona Pass or anything else related to your holiday get at me in the comments below.
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