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FC Barcelona Tickets: How Tourists Can See the Action

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Seeing a Barcelona FC game means seeing the best club in the world.

The spectacle from Messi to the stadium itself isn’t just a dream come true for football fans but a great way to get in touch with Catalan culture.

But to do this you’ve gotta get FC Barcelona tickets first.

Let’s discover all there is to know about how to attend the games, the team’s schedule, and a whole lot of information about Barcelona’s famous stadium Camp Nou.

Barcelona Football Club

Contrary to popular belief the word ‘Barça’ does not refer to the city itself.

This is the nickname used to describe Barcelona FC.

If you’re looking for the nickname of the city then you’ll have to say ‘Barna’ lest you be chewed out by locals or pretentious expats like myself 😛

Barça is the most decorated team of the 21st century and in total counts: 24 Liga championships, 28 Copa del Rey, and 5 Champions League trophies.

Add it all up and we’re talking about one of the most known and loved teams not only in Catalonia but around the world. And one of Barcelona’s top attractions.

The club’s motto is més que un club – “more than a club”.

You’ll feel this immediately as football in the city is really not only a game but a religion, where the Barcelona faithful cheer on Saint Messi and co as they take on the world.

If you want to get on the good side of a local talking about the potency of this team and its long list of stars like Messi, Suarez, and Iniesta is a great way to start.

Sports fan? No Barcelona itinerary is complete without it.

Where to Buy Barcelona FC Tickets

My suggestion is buying tickets in advance through Tiqets.

Not only is it an official ticket resale outlet but it gives you the added convenience of not printing tickets or paying exorbitant prices.

You’ll also get to sit in premium seats behind the goals, the Northern Grandstand (Gol 1, 2, 3), or in the Lateral (1, 2, 3) zones.

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Barcelona ticket prices range from about €10.00 for low end Copa del Rey games to up into the thousands for things like El Clasico (against Real Madrid).

FYI: minors 14 and up are able to attend alone however younger visitors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If there is no ticket availability here you can look for alternative agents like the following:

Things to Know Before Buying

  • Only minors 14 and over can attend matches alone: any younger and they will have to attend with a paying adult.
  • UEFA rules dictate that foreigners cannot buy tickets for the home team – meaning if you’re going to buy Champions League tickets you will need get them in the visitor’s section or get a VIP/box ticket.
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FC Barcelona Schedule and Tickets

The Joan Gamper Cup

Football/soccer lovers will be happy that the sport comes back with a vengeance in August in Barcelona.

The first of Barça’s most important matches of the season is in honour of its founder and former president Hans Gamper. The match involves an invited team from anywhere in the world and the 2019 Gamper Cup guest is the legendary English club Arsenal on August 4th at 8:00 pm.

You may also want to take a tour of Camp Nou stadium to see some of the best sports memorabilia around including Champions League trophies, Messi’s Golden Boots and more.

How to Get to Camp Nou

You’ll find Camp Nou in the Les Corts area at Avenida d’Arístides Maillol 12.

It’s about 8-10 minutes walking from the metro stations Badal (blue line L5), Les Corts (green line L3), and Collblanc (blue line L5 and orange line L9).

You can also reach the grounds with a 20 minute walk from Sants Estacio.

In my article dedicated to Camp Nou I go into a bit more detail on how to arrive, some great restaurants in the area, and some things to do for non football fans.

How do we get back to our hotel after the game?

This is one of the most common questions I get asked.

Depending on where you are and how quickly you want to beat the crowd there are a few options:

  • If you’ve got yourself an Hola Bcn pass with unlimited transport you’ll be able to grab the metro. The metro is open from Sunday to Thursday until midnight, until 2 am on Friday, and runs all night on Saturday.
  • Another option is taking a taxi. Not only is this the easiest way to get to your hotel or Airbnb fast and saves you from long lines at the metro, but with the application Free Now (for either Android or iOS) you’ll get €5.00 off your first ride. It’s also convenient because you’ll be able to pre-book and have a meeting place arranged without the hassle of flagging one down. The cost to most central areas should be about €10.00-€12.00.
  • If you’re a bus person then you’ll have bus 50 and 54 as an option before 10 pm. Both depart from outside the Collblanc metro station and will take you back towards Plaça de Catalunya. There’s also the 67 that runs from Maria Cristina metro. After 10 pm you’ll have to get one of the two night buses heading back central: N28 and N2.
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Camp Nou Box Office Hours

At Camp Nou stadium there are 5 separate ticket window areas located in the following sections: 7, 9, 14, Gol Nord, and Gol Sud.

Here are the hours for each:

  • Section 14: from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Saturday (only game days) from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.
  • Boulevard Section (access to 7 and 9): from Monday to Saturday in high season from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, in low season from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. On game days it’s open from 11:00 am to the end of the match.
  • Gol Nord and Gol Sud: on game days both are open from 11:00 am till the end of the game.

Best Place to Sit at Camp Nou

When any football fan touches down at Camp Nou stadium they’re headed for goose bump territory.

The gigantic 48 meter high, 55 thousand square meter stadium has a capacity of 99,354 which makes it the biggest stadium in Europe!

Since it’s so massive it’s imperative that you find a great spot as sometimes sight-lines can be substandard or even warranting binoculars.

Naturally your position will depend some on your budget, however in general I can say that pretty much anywhere on the second level will offer you a great chance to see Messi and Co get to work.

If you’ve got enough money for level one you’ll see the action up close but keep in mind you won’t have a great view of the entire field.

The Barcelona game tickets sold via Tiqets above are at GOL (1, 2, 3) and LATERAL (1, 2, 3), all offering a great view of the match.

Kick Off in the Comments Below

Again, whether you’re right up front or up in the nosebleeds for most football fans it will barely even matter.

Seeing some of football’s greatest players in one of the world’s great stadiums will provide memories of a lifetime.

If you have any questions about FC Barcelona tickets or anything else related to your Barcelona holiday make sure you get in touch with me below for some custom feedback!

In the meantime start warming up your chants: “Barça! Barça! Barçaaaa!”.

🙂

142 comments
  • September 28, 2022 at 5:19 pm
    Jason
    Hi Ash. I am intending to go to the Barcelona game on the 20th October with my young son and I am staying in La Pineda so getting back after the game is quite hard and expensive for a taxi. Are there any tour companies that can arrange travel to and from the game with match tickets?
    • September 30, 2022 at 4:10 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jason, First off, I can't be precise here since I'm not sure if you're referring to the tiny town 55 minutes away or the bigger La Pineda near Tarragona which is even further. That said, while there are companies that arrange such things, it's for central Barcelona only. Having private transfer to such a place with tickets would also probably cost hundreds and hundreds of euros. The brutal truth is you're so far out that many taxi drivers may not even feel like doing the long haul. When I was living up near Park Guell, 15 minutes out of the city and up in the hills, the drivers would tell me that they can't take me because there's no guarantee of a fare back. When all is said and done you're probably better off getting a low end hotel near the stadium like Aparthotel. At any rate, please specify where exactly you are and maybe I can take a deeper look... but if it's those two places I think, it's just such an uncommon thing for people without cars, that no service has surfaced to meet your needs. Cheers,
  • September 27, 2022 at 1:54 pm
    Libby
    Hi Ash! I'm taking my partner away to Barcelona as a surprise trip for his 30th and it coincides with the FC Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Champions League game on 26th October. I know he would go insane if I could get him tickets to see it but all websites 'selling' tickets are deemed not trustworthy by trip advisor and the FC Barcelona website itself says the standard tickets are 'temporarily unavailable' and they only have VIP ones left. Do you know if this means there'll be some more on sale soon? Or should I just accept the VIP price? Thanks! Libby
    • September 27, 2022 at 10:47 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Libby, Indeed, this is one of the biggest matches in football so they're usually sold out way in advance... especially with tourists coming back this year. For many matches it's not uncommon to release some tickets in the week before, but with these games I wouldn't count on it. I've also looked at Seatgeek and Vividseats (two reputable resellers) but also see they have no tickets... I think you'll have to bite the bullet with the VIP ones :( Cheers,
  • September 3, 2022 at 6:04 pm
    David
    Hey, I’m planning to be in town in March for Valencia, (hopefully at Camp Nou) the return legs of the Ro16 of Champions, and El Clasico. Besides Tiqets, where else can I get tickets for the UCL and Clasico games, and where exactly do the fans meet before games start?
    • September 3, 2022 at 7:27 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi David, I would be be going back to the official Barca page weekly to see if small batches are put on sale. This is not uncommon, though naturally there are way less for the major games so it is a bit of a crap shoot. Beyond this a second hand broker I trust is Viagogo. They often have good stock, and I see they do for El Clasico in March.. just be prepared to pay a massive premium! Cheers,
  • September 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm
    Annes
    Hi, where does in UEFA regulations State the foreigners arent allowed in the home team section?
    • September 3, 2022 at 7:23 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Annes, Honestly this is second hand information I took from a ticket broker... I wouldn't know where this is in the actual regulations. Cheers,
  • August 24, 2022 at 4:42 pm
    Dini
    Hi Ash, I am searching for tickets for FC Barcelona - Atletico Madrid match on 23.04.2023 at camp nou. As I see this match is very popular. I am afraid it will be even more so I would like to secure my place in advance, especially if I book the flight ticket. What would you recommend should I wait for the official website sales to open or is it better if I look for a distributor? In the second case who do you recommend? In the first case, is it possible that I cannot buy a ticket at all or not next to each other? Approximately when do the official ticket sales open? (for e.g. Ticket sales for FC Barcelona - Almeria on 06.11.2022 has already been opened, which is quite early and easy to organize the trip)
    • August 27, 2022 at 12:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Dini, For most games I always recommend going through to official channels at first. In fact, if you click through on the official site you can sign up for an email alert when they're put on sale. If you get through you should be able to get pairs, though bigger groups may be harder. I'm a big fan of Vivid Seats but I've just taken a look and they've got ridiculous prices (around $400 USD per). I would wait on the official alerts until well into the new year. You should be able to scoop some. These won't be as popular as they were a few seasons ago. If it gets close to the time and you still haven't gotten the chance, then you make the call on whether you want to pay a premium. Cheers,
  • August 8, 2022 at 5:31 pm
    Angus
    Hi, I will arrive in Barcelona on 12th August and would like to buy 2 tickets for the Rayo Vallecano game on the 13th August. Where can I buy the tickets ahead of the game at the best price? I will be staying on the Las Ramblas. Thanks in advance for your advice.
    • August 10, 2022 at 11:18 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Angus, A lot of the big ticket brokers went out of business over COVID so I'd be a bit wary on that front... Stub Hub is always reliable for me and they've got reasonable prices. That said, for a game like this you should be able to buy on the official Barcelona FC site with no problem. Cheers,
  • August 3, 2022 at 11:07 am
    Lisa
    Hi I’m arriving I to Barcelona on the same day as a match ( this has been moved since I booked my flight) I’m due to arrive at 18:00 and the match is 21:00 - can I incase my flight is delayed can I buy on the day?
    • August 3, 2022 at 11:30 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lisa, I would say this depends on the game... what is the visiting team? Obviously if it's something like Real Madrid you'll need to buy way in advance, though if you're talking about an early Copa del Rey match I would be fine buying walkup tickets. Let me know what team it is and what day and I'll try and give my best advice.
  • August 3, 2022 at 11:05 am
    Lisa
    Same day match tickets
  • December 7, 2021 at 2:53 pm
    Shana
    Resell tickets to Barca game 19 Dec??
    • December 7, 2021 at 2:54 pm
      Shana
      Hi! I have 4 really good tickets to 19 Dec game and can't use them. Can I sell them to someone? How?
      • December 8, 2021 at 10:19 am
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi Shana, Unfortunately the forums on this site are quite dead (we still haven't recovered from the COVID down tick in traffic) but you may want to try our Facebook group which is slight more active. There's also Milanuncios which is sort of a local Craigslist/Gumtree if you need. Hope this helps :) Cheers,
  • September 2, 2021 at 10:49 pm
    Jack
    Hi, Myself and a few friends will be in Barcelona for the champions league opener vs Bayern Munich. How close to gameday do tickets usually come onto the official FC Barca website (for general public sale)? I can imagine this might be a unique situation considering it's champions league and also 30% capacity. Also, would you have any other recommendations for getting tickets? We've looked on secondary resale websites, but all have a lot of fees attached to each ticket. Hopefully you can give us a bit if guidance. Cheers, Jack
    • September 4, 2021 at 4:40 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jack, Usually they put more tickets on sale within a week of the match and then some extras on gameday... but for matches like these keep in mind they sell out very quickly :( I mentioned this before but there’s a family run ticket shop called TB Tickets by Trias right on La Rambla, on the corner with Carrer Porta Ferrissa... typically these take way less fees for their service compared to online. We used to have a deal with a secondary broker but they went out of business due to COVID :( Things are quite uncertain at the moment and I wish I could help you further... but hopefully the two options above help! If not it looks like you'll have to bite the bullet and pay the extra money online. You may also want to try Milanuncios because locals who want to sell their season tickets on here use this... but do proceed with extreme caution and never give any credit card details etc. and make sure they're an ID'd season ticket holder. Cheers,
      • September 5, 2021 at 12:13 pm
        Jack
        Hey, thanks so much for your reply, the info on your website is great! I'll try to get in contact with TB Tickets, and we'll keep checking the official website, thanks! Do you know if barcelona.com (tourist website) would be a reputable source for getting tickets? They don't have any on sale yet, but advertise that they will soon. One last thing, I just saw this morning on the official Barca website that tickets for the games at the moment are 'nominal'/personal (non-transferrable). Do you know anything about this, I would presume that getting tickets second-hand might not be an option then at the moment? Thanks again
        • September 5, 2021 at 6:45 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Jack, No problem at all and thanks for the kind words :) Barcelona.com is indeed a reputable source so I wouldn't worry about it there. When they say 'nominal’/personal (non-transferable)' this is just a threat of sorts to discourage selling them second hand... they've been saying this for years and years and yet I have never heard of anybody being refused entry for buying them second hand. I'd be more worried about fake second hand tickets than being turned away at the gate with real tickets. Cheers,
          • September 5, 2021 at 7:42 pm
            Jack
            Cheers, my only worry would be that they might be stricter on it with covid. Wouldn't want to be turned away! Thanks for all the recommendations.
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