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Dali Museum Spain from Barcelona: How to Plan an Epic Day Trip

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Getting to the Dali Museum Spain from Barcelona unfortunately requires a bit more planning than hopping on the metro.

In fact, contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a Barcelona Museum – it’s up the coast in a town called Figueres.

So, let me show you how to get to Salvador Dali Museum from Barcelona, without the hassle.

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Where is the Salvador Dalì Museum in Barcelona?

As I mentioned up top, the Dali Museum is located approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Barcelona, in the city of Figueres.

Figueres is accessible from Barcelona by train, car, or bus, making it a popular day trip destination.

The journey from Barcelona to Figueres takes about 1.5 to 2 hours by train or car.

Don’t have a car or not willing to brave multiple buses or trains?

Luckily, there is an all inclusive package that will take you there quickly, cheaply, and without hassle.

How to Get to Dalí Museum in Figueres from Barcelona

Again, getting to the Dali Museum from Barcelona is quite the hassle without a car.

For that reason, I’m going to start with the most convenient option for a day trip to the Dali Museum:

It’s via all-inclusive tour packages that take you from Barcelona right to the museum.

Looking for a more independent route? Feel free to skip ahead for the train, bus and car options.

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Dali Museum Tours from Barcelona: Best Value Package

In my opinion, the best way to get to the Dali Museum from Barcelona is via this all-in-one package that costs just 59.00‚ā¨ – it actually works out cheaper than the train in the end.

This bus package allows you to explore the historic wonders of medieval Girona (Game of Thrones was shot here), where you can marvel at the Cathedral, and gaze at the vibrant houses lining the Onyar River.

Then you’ll proceed to the Dali Museum in Figueres. Here, you’ll see the museum’s eye-catching, egg-adorned facade and delve into its extensive collection of Dal√≠’s paintings, sculptures, and jewelry.

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Train from Barcelona to the Dali Museum Spain

The train from Barcelona to the Dalì Museum takes between 1 hour and 40 minutes (MD) and 2 hours and 20 minutes (Regional). From the Figueres train station to the Theatre Museum is about a 12-minute walk.

You can check Renfe train schedules by selecting “Barcelona (Todas)” to “Figueres.”

To get this train, you’ll need to board at either Estaci√≤ de Sants or Barcelona El Clot-Arago.

One-way tickets vary between ‚ā¨12.00 and ‚ā¨18.00 depending on the train.

Again you’re looking at up to 36.00‚ā¨ return for the train – in adding the 21.00‚ā¨ entrance this makes the cost of getting a no-hassle tour package (plus Girona) all the more valuable.

Barcelona to Dali Museum Figueres by Bus

This is how I planned my first day trip to the Dali Museum from Barcelona: taking the bus from the Estaciò del Norte, just a stone’s throw from Arc de Triumf metro and Ciutadella Park.

This Sagales-run bus runs 5-6 times daily and takes two and a half hours.

Check the Barcelona-Figueres bus schedule online on the Sagales website.

The bus can either drop you off at the Figueres train station (a 12-minute walk) or right at the Salvador Dalì Museum.

Again, since a¬†one-way bus ticket to Figueres costs ‚ā¨20.00, it’s a much better deal to get the package tickets above.

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Driving From Barcelona to Figueres by Car

This is a great option if you’re considering a city escape up the majestic Costa Brava.

Take Highway P7 north out of Barcelona towards La Jonquera and exit at Figueres or Nacional II (Barcelona-França).

The car journey is about 140 km (85 miles). From here, head to the centre of the city or trust your GPS.

The exact address is Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain.

ETA: an hour and thirty minutes.

Cost: ‚ā¨20.00-‚ā¨25.00 in gas + car rental price.

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Salvador Dalì Museum Tickets

Not getting a tour of the Dali Museum from Barcelona in a convenient package?

Even though you’re rolling up independently, it’s still highly recommended to book your basic entrance tickets in advance.

In short, the museum tends to sell out in high season – and I’ve heard of people travelling all that way only to be turned away.

These general admission tickets also include a viewing of Dalì’s jewelry collection.

The prices are as follows:

  • Adults: ‚ā¨21.00.
  • Children: free for children under 9 years old.
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Dalì Museum Hours

When planning Dali Museum tours from Barcelona, it’s important to keep in mind that the last admittance is 45 minutes before closing.

The exhibition rooms close 15 minutes before the official closing time.

  • January -June and October- December : from 10:30 to 17:45.
  • September: from 9:30 to 17:45.
  • July-August: from 9:00 to 19:15.

Careful: the Theatre Museum is closed every Monday from September 1st to June 30th (except open holidays March 25th, April 1st and 17th, May 6th and 20th, June 24th, September 23rd and December 30th), December 25th, and January 1st.

There are also special nighttime openings which are still TBA for 2024. It usually takes place in late July and early August.

Open daily in July and August.

For more information, consult the official page.

Dalí Museum Barcelona

Imagine attending your favourite theatre as a young boy and eventually showing your first art exhibition there.

But Dali didn’t stop there.

In fact, he converted it into his very own museum in 1974 before finally being buried in a crypt under the stage.

That was the force that was Salvador Dalí.

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This incredible theatre-turned-museum was actually destroyed by fire during the Spanish Civil War. It was then that Dalí chose to house the largest collection of his works there, saying:

“I want my museum to be a single block, a great surrealist object where the people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.”

It’s now the largest surrealist object in the world and one of the top day trips from Barcelona.

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What to See at the Dali Museum Near Barcelona

Dalí was involved in its construction, converting every detail of the museum into a work of art.

The building facade, patio, rooms, stairs and furniture all recall surrealist Dalì Рlook for the face of Mae West in his anamorphic living room installation.

Among the works of art housed by the Dal√¨ Museum Figueres, you’ll find pieces spanning every decade of his career:

  • Port Alguer (1924).
  • The Spectre of Sex-Appeal (1932).
  • Portrait of Gala with Two Chops Balanced on Her Shoulder (1933).
  • Soft Self-Portrait with Grilled Bacon (1941).
  • Galarina (1944-45).
  • The Basket of Bread (1945).
  • Galatea of the Spheres (1952).

You’ll also get mechanical devices, sculptures, optical illusions, nude figurines, three-dimensional collages, and an installation inside an automobile inspired by Rainy Taxi.

It’s a fascinating museum much appreciated by visitors who have made the Dalì Theatre Museum Figueres the second most visited museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid.

Dalí Museum Figueres from Barcelona FAQ

  • Is there a bag check at the Dal√≠ Museum?

    Yes, there is a free left-luggage area but keep in mind you will not be allowed to check in valuables or fragile objects like computers, passports, money, cameras etc.

  • What’s the best way to get to Dali museum from Barcelona?

    The best way to get to tge Dali Museum from Barcelona is by car (1 hour 40 minutes) or via an all-inclusive bus tour package.

  • Can I visit the Dal√≠ Theatre Museum at night?

    Yes, you can visit the Dalí Theatre Museum at night, but only in late July and August. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday there are English tours that go from 10:30 pm to 1:00 am. Check for more info on night tours here.

  • Is the Dali Museum worth it?

    Yes, the Dali Museum is worth it for its  surreal and captivating tribute to the genius of Salvador Dalí, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century.

    Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply curious about Dal√≠’s imaginative world, the museum offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in his extraordinary works.

  • How far is the Dali Museum from Barcelona?

    The Dali Museum is approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Barcelona, making it a 1.5 to 2-hour journey by train, car, or bus.

  • How to get to the Dali Museum from Barcelona

    To get to the Dali Museum from Barcelona you can take a train, a bus, a car or go for an organized package tour  that includes transportation to and from the Dali Museum in Figueres.

  • Is the Dali Museum accessible for wheelchair users?

    The Dal√≠ Museum in Barcelona, built on an old theatre’s ruins, presents challenges for travelers with reduced mobility. Wheelchair-accessible areas include the central courtyard, stage, key works section, under-stage area, and ground floor. Accessible entrance via Gala Dal√≠ Square.

Still Looking for Dali Museum Tours from Barcelona?

If there’s something you still need to know about getting to the Dal√¨ Museum from Barcelona, feel free to write me below.

Also, don’t be afraid to share your Dal√¨ Museum experiences; the more information we all get, the better!

Happy travels ūüôā

24 comments
  • August 15, 2019 at 9:43 pm
    Eddie
    Is there any discount ot a free entrance for certified guides?
    • August 16, 2019 at 10:07 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      There appears only to be discounts for students and seniors, however I would get in contact with them just to make sure: https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/dali-foundation/the-dali-foundation/departaments-i-contacte/ Cheers, Ash
      • August 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm
        Eddie
        Thank you!
        • August 17, 2019 at 9:49 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem! :)
  • May 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    Kaushik Chhotani
    Hi Ash, I was looking at booking the Dali+Girona tour from Tourisme Barcelona. The price seems to be the most reasonable of all. Thanks for pointing us to this. Regarding the Girona part, do you know if the tour includes the Game of Thrones? A friend was recommending that it was a must see since the guides would bring up the episodes on their iPads and show the locales and how they were modified for the sets. Could you let me know? Thanks! Regards, Kaushik
    • May 27, 2019 at 9:31 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kaushik, This tour will cover some small points on GOT but by no means is it the focus of the tour... the focus is the role of Girona in Catalan culture, the Jewish Quarter, and the bridges and colourful/unique houses. There are separate tours for GOT which go really in depth and this is perhaps what your friend was referring to? Unfortunately I haven't been on any of them and to be honest... I haven't seen even one second of the show! I'd check out a site like Tripadvisor for more info on this, should you need it. Cheers, Ash
  • May 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm
    Jacqueline Yen
    Hello, My friend & I (2 Adults) wish to join GUIDED TOUR OF GIRONA + THE DAL√Ć MUSEUMon on Sunday June 2nd 2019, with Euro 72 each person. Would you please advising the cancellation & refund policy? We will be paying with our master card. Your attention of this inquiry is very much appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you soon. with kind regards, Jacqueline
    • May 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Jacqueline, After you have made your purchase you can cancel and change your ticket up to 48 hours before your arranged visit :) If you've done it on time you're entitled to a full refund. Cheers, Ash
  • May 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    Erin L
    Hi! Thank you so much for this! Question about bus v. train to get to Figueres. I am traveling with 8 people total (1 one-year-old, 2 60+ year olds in good shape, the rest in 20s/30s). I like that the bus + museum entrance package is easy for booking and all that but since the bus is a bit longer, is the trip manageable for a group like this (particularly the one-year-old)? I know the parents are a bit anxious about traveling with her and inconveniencing other people if she cries, has to be changed, etc. Is there a bathroom on the bus if necessary? On the train? Sorry about these highly specific questions, just trying to make sure everyone I'm bringing along is comfortable!
    • May 10, 2019 at 8:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Erin, No problem at all about the highly specific questions... this is why I am here! You'll be happy to know that the bus and (at least to my knowledge) the train both have toilets which is a huge plus. At the end of the day it'll be more comfortable traveling this way than the flight you use to arrive so I don't see any problems here. I wouldn't worry about it too much... I have heard of many families doing this trip and haven't heard any complaints. In fact with a one year old usually they're not as bad as 3 and 4 year olds which can't sit still etc. Should be fine :) And good on them for wanting to travel and see the world with a child! Ash
    • May 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm
      Erin L
      Not to reply to my own thing before you even get to reply but the mother of the one-year-old just told me the bus trip is too long so we're stuck with the train. Is there a skip-the-line museum entrance ticket that doesn't include transfer since we have to buy the train stuff separately? I can't find anything on the ticketbar website but maybe through someone else?
      • May 10, 2019 at 8:16 pm
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Oops! Was a little quick on the draw responding to your last message... Yes, there is skip the line access buying the tickets individually directly from the museum. You can find them here.
  • February 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm
    Ritzel
    So we can only choose between visiting the Dali museum or go to Montserrat. Which one?
    • February 11, 2019 at 12:50 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ritzel, It's a bit of an apples and oranges argument... one is kind of an eccentric trip through the mind of a mad man and the other is a tranquil mountain escape that is something akin to a pilgrimage. You may want to ask yourself which you're more in need of at the moment ;) As far as something truly unique I would say Montserrat simply because there are tons of art museums to see... but that's me! Ash
  • February 5, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Julie Bentley
    Hi, do you think it would be possible to leave a small suitcase in the free left luggage area at the Dali Museum? Thanks
    • February 6, 2019 at 10:25 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Julie, They haven't specified dimensions or anything like that but I imagine for a paying customer a small suitcase should be totally fine :) Let me know how you get on. Ash
  • November 25, 2018 at 1:28 am
    Marsha
    The bus gets to Figueres at 10 but the museum entrance ticket is for 12:30. What do you do in Between?
    • November 25, 2018 at 11:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Marsha, I would take a walk up the kill and check out the Castell de Sant Ferran. There are some great views up there and the pamphlet they give you is interesting from a historical standpoint. I'm not sure the hours (Spaniards usually eat lunch around 2) but there's also a surprisingly good restaurant up there. You could grab a drink and coffee there too. Ash
  • April 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    HB
    The tickets online do not have the audio tour added. Is it possible to buy an audio tour at the museum directly after entrance?
    • April 30, 2018 at 9:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi HB, To my knowledge there are no audio guides available at the museum, however my advice would be to take a look online for some audio guide apps. Again, not having used any of them I can't recommend one in particular but it is an option. Ash
  • April 24, 2018 at 6:15 am
    Migdalia
    Hello! Which option will offer a better view? The Girona/Dali Tour you suggested which takes you by bus or the train ride in the Renfe which takes 1 hour and 40 minutes?
    • April 24, 2018 at 11:25 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Migdalia, I haven't taken the train but I can tell you that in general they're better for views, especially winding its way up the Costa Brava through those little mountainous regions. The highways are pretty bog standard and I don't remember anything too exciting ;) Ash
      • August 15, 2023 at 11:57 pm
        Cheryl Moodley
        I believe these is a high speed train that takes an hour travelling between Barcelona Sant or Passeig De Gracia stations to Figueres, Could you kindly provide the official website to book these train tickets and also explain tany significant trip difference of the departure stations. Furthermore where is the drop off at Figueres and can I walk directly from there to the Dali museum. Thank you.
        • August 16, 2023 at 5:37 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hello, As far as I know the high speed train only departs from Sants in Barcelona I would recommend looking for this train on the Renfe website. From the station it's about a 15 minute walk, which should be no trouble :) If you're not up for it there should be plenty of taxis to choose from. Expect to pay about $8 to get there. Cheers,
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