Barcelona Pass Tourist Discount Card from €86.50
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)
Not keen on the Bus Turistic? Don’t fret – I’ll be showing you an alternative later on in the article.
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
Looking to book group tickets for 10+ guests? You’ll need to do so using the Barcelona Pass group ticket form.
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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.
Not keen on the Bus Turistic? You can swap it out for the amazing Casa Batllo using the ‘Best of Barcelona Bundle’:
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.
Related: How Many Days Should I Stay in Barcelona?
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.
February 4, 2020 at 12:13 amhey ash! just happened to stumble on your website looking at things to do in barcelona, and you have very informative and interesting stuff!! thank you for your blog! me and my wife is doing 4 nights/5 day honeymoon in Barcelona, then taking train up to paris. We decided to stay at melia level sky in sant marti area? (wish we stayed more towards the center of the city but too late now.. haha) After reading your metro article, looks like we can get to most places from the yellow L4 line. Do you think its still worth it to get the city pass? we would visit sagrada familia and camp nou definitely. not sure about everything else. let me know!! Great website! im so glad i stumbled up on it! Q
February 4, 2020 at 4:14 pmHi Kyu, Thanks for the kind words, always glad to help :) The Sant Marti area is still fairly central so I wouldn't fret about it at all! In fact it'll be slightly less chaotic and your day to day stuff like morning coffee, little odds and ends at corner shops will be cheaper. For first visits and people who want to experience the majority of the best tourist attractions the Barcelona City Pass is highly recommended. If you're not interested in the Bus Turistic or won't take advantage of the airport transport though it's hard to make up the value so you're probably better off booking the attractions individually. The question thus is up to you ;) Cheers, Ash
February 4, 2020 at 8:13 pmThank you so much! we definately want to do sagrada familia, camp nou, and montjuic. does the cable car ride for montjuic included in the city pass?? and really liked your idea about seeing the pedrera at night! made reservations at tickets and disfrutar when we are in barcelona. seems like far from where we are staying. do you recommend taking a cab? or metro/bus? we were up all night reading most of your articles. its really amazing! thank you for all your insight! Q
February 5, 2020 at 10:20 amHi Q, You're very welcome! The Montjuic Cable Car is included in the City Pass discounts, yes. I rarely recommend cabs except for late night when the metro is closed... the city is so well connected that there's a metro stop within about 5 minutes' walking to almost everything major, the restaurants you have mentioned included. I'd take transport to save the cash :) Cheers, Ash
February 7, 2020 at 9:25 pmhey ash! Thank you for everything!! Think me and the wifeys going to get the barcelona city pass. Saw on your things to do with couples, the night tour of la pedera. is that included in the 20% discount as well? And once I buy the city pass, i get a 20% off code to purchase the la pedera night tour?
February 8, 2020 at 12:42 pmHi Q, You're very welcome! :) And yes, the La Pedrera Night Tour is included in the products available for the 20% discount... simply click the link when they send you the pass and insert your code and you're good to go. Cheers, Ash
January 26, 2020 at 3:14 pmGood morning Ash. Your site is insightful and easy to understand.... except I’m having difficulty with the discount passes. We are going to lodge at Hotel Casa Fuster. Does the Hop-on-Hop off stop nearby? The City Pass seems like a good deal (in 7 days we intend to see the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló, Casa Mila, Picasso and Miró Museums). Does the City Pass allow you to upgrade your pass to silver or gold or the tickets that include more features? We intend to walk the different neighborhoods ( Gothic Quarter, El Born, Las Ramblas, Barceloneta, etc. Which transportation pass will work the best from our hotel? As always thank you for your assistance.
January 27, 2020 at 9:50 amHi Mona, The Bus Turistic has a stop nearby and it is called Passeig de Gracia - Casa Mila. It's about 5-6 minutes walking. As for upgrades unfortunately it's usually the basic tickets that are included with the pass. I'll leave you a link of the discounted items here: https://barcelonacitypass.rgi.ticketbar.eu/en/ticketbar-barcelona/#TopProducts If you're planning on walking most of the time and are super central (as I see by your hotel) I don't see any need for one of the big transport passes. You'd be fine just getting a T-Familiar which gives you 8 trips over 30 days. Cheers, Ash
January 14, 2020 at 4:38 amThank you so much for your site and its wealth of info! We are weighing our pros and cons between getting City Passes versus Barcelona Cards. Our hotel will most likely be in Eixample, so we would be close to the major Gaudi houses and Sagrada Familia. This will be our first time going to Barcelona so we want to see as much as possible but not at whirlwind speed. We are definitely open to a mixture of walking and public transport. Neither hubby nor I are big art geeks, so we only plan to hit the major favorites: MACBA, Picasso and Joan Mirro. We also want to take some side trips--would you say that Girona and Sitges is doable in a day or would you pick just one?
January 14, 2020 at 9:09 pmHi Irene, You're very welcome :) If you think the Bus Turistic is a great idea (it is, especially for first timers) in addition to all the Gaudi houses + Park Guell I'd go for the City Pass. You'll have much more flexibility in being able to book online without having to wait in lines on location (Barcelona Card)... the transport also will be less of an issue if you're staying super central. As for Sitges and Girona... they're on opposite sides of the city so this is a bit of a hike and virtually unheard of. I would pick just one (low season Girona, high season Sitges) or spread them out over multiple days. Cheers, Ash
January 12, 2020 at 5:00 pmHi Ash, I am getting ready to purchase tickets on your web sight, and want to make sure I am getting the right things. we are planning on buying the city pass and Hola BCN card. (not sure of length yet) Will the T10 be an option at the end of March? For Reference, we have 5 days, but will need transport to the train station on day 6. Middle age couple, confident walkers and love public transportation. We enjoy night lights, street sculpture and art, laneways, markets and rooftop bars.(Unusual architecture is usually number 1) Day 1-midday arrival-Aerobus to hotel-Raval area near Placa Catalunya. 3pm free walk-El Born, ending near Picasso Museum-Free that evening(making reservations 4 days out, thank you) Looking for a nice evening walk back to Placa catalunya or is there a good bus route to see some night lights around the city? Day 2-Gaudi day!-your first day itinerary Day 3-your second day itin. plus the magic fountain Day 4-Montjuic-Barcoloneta-Palau Guell Day 5-Montserrat day Day 6-Train to Madrid If we get the 120 hr hola bcn, will that let us choose the Teleferic option and still allow us to use the Aerobus to city center? We were thinking of using the Teleferic as a sightseeing option (taking funicular to Montjuic)and would like to know if that option is a return ticket. Would going up then down consume much time? Do you have suggestions for pretty night lights, and should we stay away from laneways (allys) at night? I have read your section on rooftop bars in Raval area. Do you have a favorite? Thank you for the time you must put into this site, fantastic information!! I wish you lived in every city I want to visit! Cheers, Elizabeth
January 13, 2020 at 9:53 amHi Elizabeth, Thanks for writing! And your very kind words :) My first question: if you're getting an Hola BCN why would you need the T-10? At any rate the T-10 pass will be discontinued on February 28th so it won't be an option anyway. For your last day there's no shame buying a single metro ticket to get to the station, it'll only run you €2.40. Also keep in mind the Hola does not include the Aerobus nor the Montjuic Teleferic. You will get a round trip Aerobus ticket in the City Pass but unfortunately you cannot swap one of the tickets for the Teleferic. From the Picasso Museum I'd walk up Carrer Princesa and then down Carrer Ferran and up La Rambla to get back to Plaça Catalunya. It'll be full of interesting things, lights included. Going up and down Montjuic in the way you said may take 2 hours for some basic sightseeing, totally doable :) For night lights I'd walk down the Passeig de Gracia and in particular visit Casa Batllo. It's fantastic. You may also want to take in the Magic Fountain show which is light heavy. About alleys I wouldn't worry about this... maybe at around 2 am in Raval I'd avoid them but as a whole you'll be fine. My favourite roof top in Raval is the Barcelo Raval... fantastic! Cheers, Ash
January 9, 2020 at 2:24 amHi, We (couple) are planning travelling to Barcelona on 23rd Jan to 26th. Our flight arrives mid morning. We plan to do as much sightseeing as possible on foot, we don't mind walking and are staying central. If I buy the 20% discount pass can this be used for airport transfers aswell as attractions? Are there any attractions that must not be missed? Or generally are they all worth seeing? Thank you ☺
January 9, 2020 at 3:54 pmHi Liz, First off let me say that if you're adverse to booking in advance then a card which has you book everything in advance probably isn't recommended ;) That said... which airport transfers are you referring to? The Aerobus is included in the pass and it's the best way to get central from the airport. I would say that regardless of the season you should book the can't miss attractions like Sagrada Familia and Park Guell though in advance. It's basically mandatory now as walkups at Sagrada are only after 4 pm and Park Guell it's unheard of to get in without. If you're coming on a weekend it's also recommended to book Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. It's hard though for me to comment further without knowing what you plan to see. Were you thinking of the Bus Turistic? If so I'd just bite the bullet and get the pass because it'll make life much easier. I would take a look at my list of top things to do and then let me know what you're thinking of doing. From here we can make a better plan with cards etc. Cheers, Ash
January 9, 2020 at 2:26 amPs, I would rather not book in advance as we would like to do our own thing without a schedule. I see from other posts that this is quieter time of year so I'm thinking this should be okay?
January 4, 2020 at 2:23 pmHello--thanks for this info. Is there a list of the attractions that are 20% off (i.e., the flamenco show) prior to buying? Also, is there a different rate for a Barcelona City Pass for Seniors? I'm going with my mom (who is 66) and boyfriend. It seems it wouldn't make sense to buy a pass for her, only maybe if the 20% off is off of existing sr. discounts. Also, if we purchased two Barcelona City Passes for only my boyfriend and I, could we book timeslots for the three of us together? As an aside, do you have a blog post on traveling Barcelona with mobility challenged people? My mom has a horrible back and can't walk long distances so I'm trying to choose the experiences that will be easiest for her (HOHO Tour, Flamenco Shows, cable car of Montjuic, etc) with plans for our primary mode of transport being taxi. (We're staying in an Airbnb in the Eixample neighborhood.) Thank you!
January 5, 2020 at 12:16 pmOh, and I almost forgot! You can get a list of the attractions here.
January 5, 2020 at 11:44 amHi Chelsea, Yes indeed, the 20% discount can be applied on top of child/senior discounts where applicable. You could still also book the same time slots using the pass and then without the pass, but I'd advise doing it back-to-back so there's no risk in the time slot selling out and being forced to visit at different times. And yes... I have a post for visiting with disabled/mobility challenged people here. Cheers, Ash
January 4, 2020 at 2:24 pmI should mention we are going in early February so I don't think things will be too crowded!
January 5, 2020 at 11:45 amAnd yes... it's low season so it'll be as uncrowded as it gets :)
December 27, 2019 at 1:13 amHi, This is a fantastic site. Thank you for all the information. My family of 4 will be in Barcelona April 2-April 9, 2020. Our children will be 12 and 8. According to this website, the Barcelona City Pass only offers 10% off at most of the attractions, not 20%. https://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_tickets/barcelona_city_pass?gclid=Cj0KCQiA0ZHwBRCRARIsAK0Tr-q1hz9JEJCxdWiD9MweSYhNzbAGoZANOhHJKYwa-1sES4DWV41CKpIaApqxEALw_wcB Is that right? Has it changed since you wrote this blog or is this a different card that I'm looking at here? I'm trying to figure out if the Barcelona City Pass will be worth it to us. Unfortunately, we already booked the Camp Nou experience, so we wouldn't be able to get a discount for that. However, we are planning to do Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, the hop on hop off bus, Labrint d'Horta, a flamenco show, Montserrat, the Miro Foundation, Poble Espanyol, and the Tibidabo amusement park. What do you think?
December 31, 2019 at 2:51 amHi Ash, I just wanted to check on this and see if you had any thoughts. Also, your link for buying this pass in 2020 isn’t working. I’m wondering if prices are all changing for the new year.
December 31, 2019 at 12:17 pmHi Jennifer, Yes, the prices are indeed changing for 2020! Thanks for the spot on the link... it looks like Ticketbar changed them recently. I have updated with the correct button and prices for the new year. Cheers, Ash
December 24, 2019 at 6:09 amHi, I am arriving at night on 1/3. Will airport transfer work at night. Also, the hop on hop off pass would be counted from 1/3 to 1/4 or 1/4 to 1/5 as I want the latter. Please advise. Thanks, DK
December 24, 2019 at 12:30 pmHi DK, How late at night are you arriving? It all depends on the time... but yes, there are always options! I'd suggest checking my airport transport post for info on the hours. About the HoHo bus... the tickets are valid for single days, not hours that extend into subsequent days... if that makes any sense. If you take your first trip at 6 pm on the 3rd for example, it will expire at 7:00 pm the same day when the bus stops running. It will not move into the next day. For this reason it's recommended to take this bus as early in the day as possible to maximize time with the ticket. Cheers, Ash
December 19, 2019 at 5:37 pmFor the City Pass, I know that I have to buy the attraction tickets online to get the 20% off, but do you have to buy them so far out or can I buy tickets the day of online if needed? I am not sure if we will have time for certain attractions and want to make sure I can get tickets last minute if needed. Thank you.
December 19, 2019 at 5:46 pmHola Stephanie, I would recommend to book the main attractions of your itinerary in advance. For attractions that you're not sure you have time for, if you book it at the last minute you take the risk that they will be sold out... Maybe I can help you organize your itinerary, to see if you have time for everything ;) Cheers, Lucile
December 18, 2019 at 8:28 pmHi there, Thanks for all the great info! My wife & I are visiting Barcelona for the first time next week, from Dec 22-26 (4 nights, 3 full days). We're definitely interested in the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, and Picasso Museum. Besides that we are open to other attractions and if the weather is good would like to spend a day at Montserrat. We're staying at an Airbnb near the Placa de Catalunya, and generally are quite comfortable and enjoy walking. A bit confused about which of the discount cards make the most sense: what would you recommend? Thanks!
December 19, 2019 at 11:07 amHola Aditya, I'm not sure that the Barcelona City Pass worth it in your case (it includes: tickets to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, 1 or 2 days of Bus Touristic, the Aerobus of the airport or the cable car of Montjuic and a 20% discount on other attractions). I think that you don't really need an unlimited travel card like the Hola BCN if you enjoy walking. So, I recommend that you buy your tickets separately in advance online, on my shop ;) Let me know if you have any questions! Cheers, Lucile