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Is it Worth Going Inside Sagrada Familia? A Cost & Time Review

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Is it worth going inside Sagrada Familia? This is a question that most visitors to Catalonia are sure to grapple with.

Well, with over 20 million annual visitors, Sagrada Familia is easily the top attraction in Barcelona. But does the grandeur of the inside match its much-vaunted exterior?

Let’s look into the particulars to see if it’s worth buying a ticket.

Warning (03/06/24): Some prime Sagrada Familia visit times are already sold out for some upcoming dates. Make sure you book your tickets ASAP or you could be shut out.

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Is it Worth it to Go inside La Sagrada Familia?

It’s almost automatic on any Barcelona itinerary. Yet out of the attraction’s 20 million annual visitors, ‘only’ about five million actually pay for tickets to see the inside.

That comfortably puts it in the top ten paid attractions in the world.

Before assessing the value of an inside visit, let’s first establish the Sagrada Familia base ticket prices:

Entrance + AudioguideOnline PriceTicket Window Price
Adults€33.80Not possible
Under 30 + Students€31.20Not possible
Seniors (65+)€27.30Not possible
Kids (0-10)freeNot possible
Disabled + CompanionfreeNot possible

So there it is: a typical ticket sets you back €33.80, which puts it in ‘well then show me what you’ve got‘ territory.

Allow me to do just that.

What’s Included in La Sagrada Familia Tickets

Of course, let me lead by saying that this €33.80 isn’t just for a lukewarm stroll in another European church.

⚠️  2024 Warning⚠️: It’s now mandatory to book your Sagrada Familia tickets in advance.

The only way to guarantee your spot is by booking online.

Using the links below, you can even get no-risk free cancellation tickets:

Lock in a time for your dates ASAP or it’s likely you’ll be shut out.

As a learned sanctuary skipper who has seen the main church in almost every European city (I’ve been here 15 years), I know what you’re thinking.

Let’s break down the pros and cons here:

 ✔️ Pros

  • You get to see the inside of one of the most beautiful churches in the world 
  • The stained glass windows are unlike anything you’ve ever seen
  • It’s got a 4.8 rating on over 29,000 Sagrada Familia Reviews
  • Arguably the best museum on Gaudi’s genius is found in the basement
  • You can actually put your hands on the facades
  • There are great Sagrada Familia tours to explain all the detail
  • Only on the ticketed side of the fence can you see Gaudi’s intense detail up close

 Cons

  • Unlike many free churches in Europe, this one costs €33.80 per person
  • It’s so damn popular that it’s almost always full of people

So there it is: this is a wow-factor church which is ultimately the most unique project of its kind in the world.

Honestly, the first time I visited Barcelona (at 23), I just went to see it from the outside. While it was definitely impressive, I can now attest to the fact that the outside is only the beginning.

I understand that the cost of the entrance can be a lot for people. But in this case, it’s simply a matter of budgeting:

  • Grab a meal on the go instead of a sit-down restaurant
  • Resist that extra cocktail on your first night out
  • Use Barcelona public transport instead of taxis or Uber

You can’t put a price on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and if you could, it certainly wouldn’t be €33.80!

Worried about the crowds? Just book one of the earliest time slots using the calendar below. This should keep them to a minimum.

Sagrada Familia Visitor Reviews

As mentioned, Sagrada Familia has a 4.8 rating on over 29,000 Sagrada Familia Reviews at their ticket seller Tiqets.

But really, is the Sagrada Familia worth it?

Let’s take a look at some reviews. You’ll see that customers generally rave about Sagrada Familia’s once-in-a-lifetime quality:

With the beauty of the stained glass being a close second:

Finally, those booking tickets in advance online are very satisfied with the process at Tiqets.com:

Still curious? Read my Sagrada Familia guide to learn even more about this attraction.

At any rate, ensure you book your Sagrada Familia tickets in advance, as capacity is low. This is particularly true during the high season, when many of the mandatory time slots are often full.

So Is Sagrada Familia Worth It?

All indication, as well as my own personal experience, points toward Sagrada Familia being an unforgettable experience.

Whether religious or not, a visit to this Gaudian masterpiece tends to be a religious experience.

At any rate, if you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to write me in the comments below. I am happy to give free advice to all my readers! At the end of the day, I’m sure you’ll find that it is worth it to go inside Sagrada Familia.

Enjoy your day out at Sagrada Familia ⛪

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  • April 7, 2024 at 7:13 am
    Jurgita
    What to see first? Sagrada familia and then tower or vice versa? Or there is any difference?
    • April 8, 2024 at 11:49 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jurgita, The tower entrances are timed and you are free to visit the church for as long as you want after. I'd get the towers out of the way first personally, but it's your choice :) Cheers,
  • August 18, 2023 at 4:54 pm
    Notafan
    This website helped convince us to go to see one of the tackiest, kitchiest most overrated churches in the world. The Venn diagram of people who would like Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Clifton Hill at Niagara Falls, and this dump would be a single circle.
    • August 19, 2023 at 10:20 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      An absolutely comical comparison :) Of course, you're free to feel the way you want - hope you've managed to enjoy your holiday regardless.
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