FC Barcelona Tickets: How Tourists Can See the Action
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.
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:
- The Official FC Barcelona website: for the biggest Champions League matches and other La Liga tilts the tickets found here are guaranteed.
- In the FC Barcelona and FCBotigues shops. The official stores of the club are found at the following locations: Camp Nou, Passeig de Gracia 15, and at La Roca Village in La Roca del Vallès (Polígono Industrial Can Massaguer Nord). Other Barcelona shopping destinations recognized as official partners can be found at: Maremàgnum Shopping Centre, Las Arenas Shopping Centre, Plaça Catalunya, Carrer Jaume I 18, Barcelona El Prat airport both T1 and T2, Sants Station and near the Sagrada Familia at Carrer de Mallorca 406.
- The ticket windows at Camp Nou: hours will be listed below.
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.
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.
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!”.
March 30, 2023 at 6:33 pmHi 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 pmHi 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 pmWe 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 pmHi 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,
March 13, 2023 at 10:06 pmSeats together with young children. Hi we want to buy tickets to see FC Barcelona vs Betis we have 2 young children (ages 9 and 10) so want go make sure they sit together with my husband. Is there a process when buying that we can follow? Also where would you recommend to sit? Many thanks
March 17, 2023 at 1:29 amHi Claire, For this game you should be able to book 4 seats together through the official channels. If worse comes to worse you can try a site like Stubhub though expect to pay a premium. As for where to sit, as mentioned above I suggest anything in the second level (tribuna) at mid field. Cheers,
February 23, 2023 at 7:54 pmHiya, I’m visiting Barcelona in April and was hoping to catch the Barcelona vs atletico Madrid game on the 23rd of April - how much do you think tickets would be and would we be able to get tickets on the door? Thanks in advance!
February 27, 2023 at 5:47 pmHi Trinity, Tickets on the door will be impossible as this is one of the biggest tickets of the year. The event is already sold out, though they usually do release some tickets leading up to the event which are snapped up online. You might be able to find them by putting your name in on the official website. Outside of this you'll have to use third party resellers like Stubhub or Viagogo, though expect to pay a premium. Cheers,
January 23, 2023 at 10:21 pmHi, I'm travelling to Barcelona from Ireland in Feb 23 and will be there for Barcelona vs Manchester United match, is it possible to buy ticket somewhere there, have been looking online but prices are mad and alot of sites say if your not from there you can't purchase ticket, any advice welcome ??
January 28, 2023 at 8:17 amHi Carmel, There are all sorts of resale booths along La Rambla and in and around the touristy areas. Unfortunately though the prices are quite similar as most tap into the same systems. I am not sure which broker you used, but what you could do is just do a comparison with these booths and the web and go for the better bet... honestly, you may save about 15-20 euro on fees if you buy them in person here.. Again though, being such a big match the ticket prices are what they are :( Cheers,
January 14, 2023 at 7:30 pmHi! I am flying into Barcelona on March 5th and am hoping to go to the game vs. Valencia scheduled for either March 4th/5th... Since times/dates aren't posted in advance and I won't be there on the Saturday, what do you think the chances are of the game being on Saturday? (I think the Copa del Rey semis could potentially be that week so maybe the game would be Sunday...). Does it make sense to buy tickets in advance in case the less expensive ones sell out (- do they usually sell out of the cheaper ones) or should I wait until I know the definite date? Thank you for your help!
January 20, 2023 at 5:59 amHi Megan, Apologies for the slow response here, not sure how this got lost in the shuffle. At any rate, I am not sure what the ultimate deciding factors are here so I would've said it's 50/50. Looking at it now it looks like it has been scheduled on March 5th. In general for more important games late in the season and against rivals like Valencia I would say too book as far in advance as possible. Hope you enjoy the game!
October 27, 2022 at 9:57 pmHey Ash, first off, incredible advice. Thank you so much. I am going on a university study tour to Barcelona in April 2023. I am going to be in the city till the 24th of April, and the schedule shows Barca plays Atletico Madrid on 23rd. The tickets are not available right now, I did sign up to be notified though, How expensive would the GOL Nord (1, 2) seats be? Between Nord and Sud, What is your personal preference? Since the match is in April, how long do you think I can wait before I go ahead with the VIP option?
October 28, 2022 at 8:19 pmHi Sid, Thanks for the kind words :) The average game price for Gol Nord is 59-69 euros for typical games... for these elite opponents though it will be pushing 100 euros or even more. Don't quote me on this but I think Barcelona shoots toward the Gol Sud so I'd prefer getting my tickets there. At any rate, I would be checking back weekly until about February and if the excess tickets aren't let go I'd look into the VIP ones at this time. Cheers,
October 29, 2022 at 5:44 pmHey! Thank you so much for the advice. Will keep this in mind while I plan my trip :D You're a lifesaver!!
October 15, 2022 at 9:28 pmI will be in Barcelona in Feb 2023 and hoping to attend Cadiz match. Tickets are available on official website but it shows as Sat 18th or Sun 19th Feb and time TBA. When should this be confirmed? Our flight arrives in Barcelona at 17:30 on Sat 18th so could be a rush if it is on Sat.
October 18, 2022 at 12:42 amHi Chris, Yeah it always blows my mind that they don't schedule these more concretely but I think it has something to do with whether teams are still participating in Champions League or not. This should be confirmed in November when we find out if Barcelona has made the round of 16 or not... I believe the draw is November 7th so look for some clarity then. Cheers,
October 4, 2022 at 8:47 amHi Ash, firstly thanks for this great service. I'll be in Barcelona with a group of 13 for the Barca - Athletic Bilbao game on Oct 23rd. I'd like to get tickets for all of us to sit together - do you think this is feasible? On the offical site you can only get 6 at a time or there is a waiting list fo 7 plus. Are there any other booking sites you know of that allow bigger group bookings? many thanks
October 5, 2022 at 7:41 pmHi Marty, In many stadiums I'd say this is feasible, but given you're looking to book fairly last minute and we're talking about the most well attended football team (not to mention a fairly well known opposing team) in Europe I'm going to say it's going to be almost impossible. If you're willing to shell out for the VIP section (about $1000 a ticket) you can definitely find 13, but otherwise it looks like you'll have to play chicken with the official site getting back to you or break up your group into 2 or 3 sections to get the job done. Cheers,
October 4, 2022 at 1:09 amHey Ash, I probably waited too long, but I'm heading to Barcelona next week and I see they are playing Inter Milan. What is the likelihood of being able to purchase a ticket. I'm a little skeptical of third party sellers and then I read somewhere AWAY FAN tickets would be the only ones available to purchase. Can you provide some insight. Thanks
October 5, 2022 at 7:36 pmHi James, Finding a ticket is likely though this totally depends on your budget :) There are plenty of legit third party sellers... Viagogo for example has some available. The good thing about these resellers is that they have seats in a variety of sections. I would keep refreshing the official page every day (sometimes some are released) until the date gets a little too close for comfort, then pull the trigger on Viagogo. Of course, these tickets do come at a premium... you are warned! Cheers,