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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!”.

🙂

193 comments
  • July 19, 2024 at 4:43 am
    Fannie
    Hi Ash, I am planning a vacation to Barcelona with my family in December 2024. We're hoping to buy tickets for the December 20th game against Madrid - is there anything specific I should know for buying these tickets? When do they go on sale? Can foreigners buy such ticket? Any help is appreciated :)
    • July 19, 2024 at 5:18 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Fannie, Foreigners can definitely buy tickets, though I should warn you it may be hard for an epic opponent like Atletico. Right now they are not on sale but you can put your name in here: https://frmforms.fcbarcelona.com/entradas-futbol-atl-madrid-reg-eng To be told when they're on sale. I expect the tickets to go on sale in August at the latest. Cheers,
  • December 26, 2023 at 6:40 pm
    Alptuğ ÇALIK
    Hi Ash, We will have a visit to between 23-27 February 2024 and we (me and my son) want to watch Barcelona Getafe match. I am planning to buy tickets from BArcelona web page. Is there any restrictions (being a member to sth, being EU citizen etc..) We are Turkish and is it possible to go with tickets bought from BArcelona web page and our passports. I am not experienced on this issue but I had heard there are some other conditions for international watchers. Thanks.
    • December 26, 2023 at 11:01 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello! The only restrictions are for fans of the visiting team during high profile matches... for a standard Barcelona Getafe match in February you're fine buying seats wherever you can find them :) Cheers,
      • December 30, 2023 at 8:15 am
        Alptuğ ÇALIK
        Thank you very much.
        • December 31, 2023 at 12:24 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No worries :)
  • December 3, 2023 at 6:08 pm
    Keigo
    Hi Ash! I'm a culé and going on a trip to Barcelona from 20 December. Currently, I'm searching for the best way to buy FC Barcelona's match ticket against Almeria. This is the first time to watch a football game, and because I am a big fan of FC Barcelona, I want to watch it in gol nord, where I heard many avid fans sit on there. After attempting to purchase the ticket from the official website, I thought that I could not choose the side (nord or sur). Is my comprehension correct? And could you give me some advice on that and where do you recommend for travellers to watch the game? Thanks in advance!
  • September 6, 2023 at 5:56 pm
    Cheryl
    Hi Ash, i don't know if you can point me in the right direction i am trying to buy tickets for a game at Barcelona and its asking me for a membership number and a membership code. I have a Culer premium membership code but no pin. What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
    • September 8, 2023 at 3:14 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Cheryl, Unfortunately not being a member myself I am unsure what is happening here... I would check the email you got when signing up to see if you can recover the pin. Otherwise you'll have to get in touch with them to figure it out. Apologies I can't shed any more light on this,
  • September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm
    Josh
    Hi Ash, thanks for the great article. I will be traveling on our Honeymoon to Barcelona from the United States and we will be there for when Barcelona plays SHAKHTAR DONETSK on October 25th, so might as well go to the game! Right now for basic tickets it shows members only can purchase tickets, so I am wondering what is the best way to purchase a couple tickets? Thanks!
    • September 8, 2023 at 3:08 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Josh, Viagogo and Stubhub are the best options for third party tickets :) I've used them both and found them prompt and legitimate. That said, given this game isn't a huge ticket I'd check the official site a couple weeks before the match just in case more are released - it's not uncommon. Cheers,
      • September 8, 2023 at 3:41 am
        Josh
        Hi Ash, thanks for the reply! If I wanted to become a member do purchase tickets, would you know how to do that?
        • September 11, 2023 at 3:26 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Josh, I have never done it myself so can't comment on the specifics... but you can find all the information here: https://www.fcbarcelona.com/en/socis/fer-se-soci/advantages
  • August 5, 2023 at 1:38 pm
    Lucy
    Hi Ash, we're travelling from England with our 2 football mad boys and I've bought basic plus tickets for the Barcelona v Tottenham match on Tuesday. I only went for the basic plus because the kids want to do the tour as well and so it seemed sensible to do it that way. Now I'm panicking because unlike the basic tickets it doesn't make mention of guaranteed double seating. Also it mentions taking ID, presume that's for each person named on the tickets? There is also a little information symbol next to the basic plus ticket and the link to that references changing ticket prices and then says "only FC Barcelona Supporters". I'm not sure what that means. I'm assuming it's OK we have bought these tickets? Thanks for your help!!
    • August 6, 2023 at 5:22 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lucy, Not to worry! Honestly, I have never had to take ID to Camp Nou while attending. I would assume it's referring to those picking up tickets at will call. If you already have your tickets downloaded in digital version you'll be fine there. As for double seating I am not sure what you mean... do you mean two seats together? As for the FC Barcelona supporters thing... it's only there to make sure that large groups of visiting supporters don't congregate. Even if you're Tottenham supporters they should be fine with it as long as you're a peaceful family and not some crazy hooligans :) Cheers,
      • August 7, 2023 at 11:36 am
        Lucy
        Thanks so much for replying. Yes I mean 2 seats together - that seemed to be what the basic tickets suggested so assume applies to all. Thanks again for your help !!
        • August 7, 2023 at 6:26 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Yes it would apply to all :) I haven't been in a few years so this seems new to me... though I'm sure you'll see the seat numbers grouped together! Enjoy!
  • July 21, 2023 at 8:53 pm
    Kellen
    Hello from Seattle! I happen to be in your city during the week of El Clasico (October 29)! After seeing the schedule release landed the same weekend that I'll be there, I have lost some sleep because I want to attend this historic matchup with my favorite club. I was wondering if you have any advice on the best way to obtain a ticket for this. I was considering joining the Barça's membership so I have a chance of possibly purchase ahead of general release date. If that doesn't work out, are the suggested third party sellers like Stubhub or Viagogo trustworthy to purchase tickets through now? I see some on sale there already. Thank you so much! Barça!
    • July 23, 2023 at 7:04 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hey Kellen, Love Seattle! Hope you're having a nice summer so far :) Anyway, naturally these tickets are quite hot commodities... you're on the right path though. I would put my name in with the membership and hope to get a shot at advance tickets. Barring this, you'll need to go third party. I have used both Viagogo and Stubhub. Don't worry about them being legit. Just be expected to pay a premium :) Cheers,
      • July 24, 2023 at 7:07 pm
        Kellen
        Thank you so much for the help, Ash! It's a great summer as always here. Hoping Barça comes to Seattle to play my Sounders again in the future. Thanks for confirming that info. I know it will be costly, so I am mentally and wallet wise prepared to pay quite a bit for a matchup of this magnitude.... Such a special opportunity! See you all then!
        • July 26, 2023 at 1:33 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Awesome! Such an event doesn't come around too often to see in person so treating yourself can't be the worst ;) Enjoy!
  • July 17, 2023 at 5:40 am
    Susan
    Hi Ash - we will be in Barcelona August 13/23 and would like to see the match between Barcelona and Getafe. However, a few people have mentioned that as ‘foreigners’ it is unsafe for us to attend. As minorities we have been told that there is alot of discrimination, and these matches tend to often become violent. As well, it is difficult to leave the stadium because of the sheer volume of people. I kind of don’t believe any of this. I will be with my husband and our 2 children (17&14). Am I being intentionally naive? Is it better for us to just watch from a restaurant? Although my son is desperate to watch a European FC match. What are your thoughts?
    • July 18, 2023 at 4:44 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Susan, Being mostly white European I can't really speak with complete certainty on this... but if you're going to fit in at any stadium in Spain it's going to be Camp Nou. There is a huuuuge tourist contingent not only from Europe and the Americas but Asia as well. I have never heard of anybody having a bad time in this respect. Yes, there have been on field incidents of players being targeted for their race... but honestly, as bad as it sounds, it's just because Spain is about 30-40 years behind Canada/USA/UK in that manner. And a lot of this happens in other cities, not Barcelona. I would go 100%! Cheers,
  • March 30, 2023 at 6:33 pm
    Sharon Brady
    Hi Ash we have tried to book tickets on the official site to the match on April 10th versus Girona. We've tried various credit cards and PayPal but the payment could not be completed. We have also tried telephoning with no success. Do you have any advice?
    • March 31, 2023 at 8:44 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sharon, Wow, that's quite the dilemma :( Without knowing what the error messages are it's tough for me to tell you. I've had trouble with some foreign cards before so it could be that... you could try getting a friend to book and giving them in cash as a first attack. There are also lots of prepaid credit cards that you can load online and give a shot. In not, I would just buy them with cash or with pin debit at FBC Barcelona stores. There's one right at Placa Catalunya. Don't take my word for it completely but Girona isn't a big name club so there should be plenty of seats. Cheers,
  • March 23, 2023 at 6:40 pm
    Brianne
    We will be in Barcelona May 28 and want to take our teens to see the game that day. You said if you’re going to buy Champions League tickets you will need get them in the visitor’s section. How do we know what section that is? On the official site I'm lookin at 3rd lateral lower and it says to make sure you have a Membership or identity card. Can we buy tickets in this section. Is an identity card just my US driving license? Thanks!
    • March 31, 2023 at 8:51 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Brianne, Basically yes, you'll be able to buy these tickets. The restrictions as I mentioned are only really enforced to prevent huge gangs of visiting fans from congregating and causing, well, the typical European hooligan scene. Showing up with a US driving license and not having any visiting gear on will get you in :) Cheers,
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