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Tibidabo Amusement Park: Barcelona’s Retro Theme Park Visit

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The Tibidabo Amusement Park is the perfect spot to create lasting memories with your friends and family while in Catalonia. But with its mountain-top location, many think this joyful attraction is difficult to reach, but that’s far from the case.

Have you seen that high-rising mountain with the glowing little basilica? The one that appears to keep watch over the entire city of Barcelona; that’s Tibidabo Mountain.

The name means ‘I will give you’ in Latin, and let me tell you, Mt. Tibidabo has a lot to give any prospective Barcelona tourist. Like what? Well, for starters, it gives us the Tibidabo Amusement Park – but that’s only half of it.

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Visiting Tibidabo Amusement Park

While it’s not one of the essential things to do in Barcelona, I still recommend people take the time for a quick visit. Particularly if you’re visiting Barcelona with kids. Trust me, you won’t regret picking up some Tibidabo Amusement Park tickets and scaling this 512-meter (1700 feet) mountain.

The reward? Why, an afternoon of fun and adventure, of course. So, grab your tickets today and get ready for a day of excitement and laughter!

Not convinced? Well, this unique Barcelona mountain escape offers you the chance to:

  • Spend the afternoon with family away from the chaos of the city.
  • Enjoy the most breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona.
  • See the postcard-esque basilica Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  • Get thrilled at a vintage Amusement Park built in 1889.

The emblematic, completely restored 100-year-old Ferris Wheel takes you to even greater heights and, short of a €500.00 private helicopter tour, it is the best view of the entire city.

Those going for Tibidabo Amusement Park and its rides will find it divided into two separate theme parks: one that’s perfect for kids, where you find all the classics, and another called Sky Walk for those looking for a bit more risk.

To give you a better idea of the park, check out my Tibidabo Mountain album.

Mount Tibidabo Amusement Park – Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo

This Barcelona theme park is about games, entertainment, and adrenaline.

Let your kids run wild on Mount Tibidabo with a maze of mysterious castles, trampolines, bumper cars, giant swings, and rollercoasters. With your Tibidabo theme park ticket, you’ll get a ‘double entrance’ to all the rides of the Sky Walk as well.

Of the more than 25 rides, some highlights include:

Talaia

This can only be explained as a swinging piece of uncooked spaghetti with a steel cage on either end. A Youtube video claimed this to be the scariest amusement park ride in the entire world, but I say that’s a bit of an exaggeration.

That view from this 1921-built ‘vantage point ride’ is spectacular.

Height restrictions:

  • 120 cm+ (3’9″) can ride solo.
  • 80 cm to 120 cm (2’6″-3’9″) with a guardian.
  • Under 80 cm (3’11”) cannot go on the ride.

Giradabo

This aforementioned Ferris Wheel was inaugurated in 2014 and has taken city views to new heights – literally!

Being situated at the highest point of the mountain, you’ll get amazing views of the city and the sea, so get the cameras ready because one round on this beast will yield you enough Instagram vacation-envy to last a lifetime.

Height restrictions:

  • 130 cm+ (4’2″) can ride solo.
  • 95 cm to 130 cm (3’11”-4’2″) with guardian.
  • Under 95 cm (3’11”) cannot go on the ride.

L’Avio

It’s known as the world’s first flight simulator, but it’s actually a scaled replica of the plane that flew Iberian Airlines’ first commercial flight between Barcelona and Madrid in 1927.

The guest of honour on the flight was none other than King Alfonso XIII.

Height restrictions:

  • 120 cm+ (3’9″) can ride solo.
  • 0 cm to 120 cm (2’6″-3’9″) with guardian.

Tibidabo Amusement Park Prices

The strange thing about Tibidabo Amusement Park prices is that they don’t differentiate between ages – here, the name of the game is centimetres

Tibidabo PricesPrice
Adults ( > 120 cm)€35.00
Kids (90 cm to 120 cm)€14.00
Kids (under 90 cm)Free

Tibidabo Amusement Park Tickets Online

By clicking the red button below, you’ll be transported to the official Barcelona Tourism Office and receive a 5% discount on tickets.

All tickets include 25 amusement park rides, shows, street theatre, and Sky Walk entrance.

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Tibidabo Skywalk Only Tickets

The ticket includes all the Sky Walk rides (Talaia, Carrousel, Giradabo, Avió, Automata Museum, Cel Building and three children’s rides: Les Llaunes, Pony Rodeo and Río Grande).

  • Adults: €19.00.
  • Under 120 cm: €10.50.
  • Under 90 cm: free (with paid accompanying visitor).
  • Over 60: €8.00.
  • Disabled: €4.00.
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How to Get to Tibidabo from Barcelona

By Shuttle Bus

The TIBIBUS is a direct shuttle bus service that costs €3.00 for a single ticket (€6.00 return).

If you’re buying Tibidabo Amusement Park tickets at the top, you can get a refund on this money at the ticket office.

The Tibibus runs from the following locations:

Visiting Barcelona? Chances are the T2A is your best bet as it is the most central shuttle bus – it runs from 10:00-2:00 every 45 minutes, from 2:00- 5:45 every 90 minutes, and from 5:54 pm until close every 45 minutes.

By Train + Tram + Funicular

Update (04/08/23): The vintage Tramvia Blau remains out of service for maintenance.

Update (08/01/22): The Tibidabo Funicular has finally gotten its facelift – the new Cuca de Llum (Firefly) service is larger (252 passengers), faster (3 minutes from top to bottom) , and offers a panoramic view with its floor-to-ceiling windows. There is also new audio educational info. This is free with Tibidabo theme park entrance tickets or €12.00 for visitors without tickets.

Take the FGC (the Catalonian Regional Rail services) brown line L7 from Plaça Catalunya to Av.Tibidabo or jump on the Bus Turistic to get dropped off right there.

Once you’re there, you’ll see the historic San Francisco-esque blue tram line called the Tramvia Blau – it’ll take you up to the Tibidabo Funicular station (Cuca de Llum), which will take you right to the Tibidabo amusement park entrance.

Hours are limited, so if the Tramvia Blau isn’t running that particular day, the 196 bus will do the same.

Tickets cost €2.40 (L7) + €5.50 or €2.40 (Tramvia Blau or bus 196) + €12.00 (Tibidabo Funicular, return).

Those taking the Bus Turistic receive a 50% discount on the Tibidabo Funicular at €6.00

Return price: €12.20 – €19.90, depending on the method of payment.

Time: about an hour.

By Train + Funicular + Bus

Getting a Barcelona discount travel card like the Hola Bcn or Barcelona Card will get you to Tibidabo on the cheap – for more information, check out my post on the differences between the two Barcelona discount travel cards.

With your travel card, grab FGC train S1 or S2 from Plaça Catalunya and get off at Peu de Funicular.

From here, you can get the Vallvidrera Funicular to Vallvidrera Superior, where you’ll get bus 111 (every 30 minutes) to leave you right at the Tibidabo Amusement Park entrance.

Return price: free

Time: about an hour.

Tibidabo Amusement Park Hours

Tibidabo hours are constantly in flux, so it’s best to look at the official site.

In general, the Sky Walk is open every day, while the Tibidabo Amusement Park is only open on weekends during the low season and daily during summer. 

The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

For those not looking to visit the Tibidabo Amusement Park, there’s certainly the option to come up, go for a little walk, and take a few photos over a quiet afternoon.

Exploring the area around the amusement park will give you a few options – there’s even a bar and a xurreria where you’ll find some of the best churros in Barcelona.

The other of the top attractions up there, though, is the wordy Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Basilica that pokes up into the sky and gifts you yet another magnificent view of the city.

The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was constructed at the beginning of the 1900s in conjunction with the park and was naturally situated at the highest point of Tibidabo Mountain. One of the good things here is that temple visits are free.

If you want to take the elevator to the top, though, it’ll cost you €5.00.

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Tibidabo Amusement Park Tips

  • Go as early as possible to avoid crowds.
  • Don’t line up to buy funicular tickets at the windows – the automated machines are in Spanish but are intuitive (it says ‘funicular’ and asks for a quantity) and will save you 20 minutes on a busy day.
  • Don’t bank on taking a Barcelona taxi back down – it’s nearly impossible to flag one.
  • Ask about the awe-inspiring closing laser show (seasonal) at 21:30.
  • Check the Barcelona weather forecast/smog index to ensure the best city views.
  • Outside of peak summer times, the wind gets pretty high – bring a sweater!
  • Consider walking back down Tibidabo Mountain instead of taking the blue tram (cheaper and avoids crowds).
  • Once you get to the top of Tibidabo Mountain, the ability to buy food and drink is extremely limited – if you don’t wanna pay a fortune for low-quality food, make sure to pack your own.
  • Pack a picnic lunch and take advantage of the views from the many steps and benches provided.
  • If you’re looking for some quality tapas after, head to nearby Bar Mirablau (near the Tramvia Blau) for a cold beer and some amazing fried calamari.
  • Climbing the basilica steps to the top is a workout – not recommended for those with limited mobility.

Mount Tibidabo Theme Park FAQ

  • How do you reach Mount Tibidabo?

    The fastest way to get to Tibidabo is by taking one of the three shuttle buses called the Tibibus. The T2A service is the most central, departing from the bus stop at Estació del Nord, near Arc de Triomf. Tickets cost €3.00 one way. Shuttle buses run from 10:00 am till 30 minutes after the park closes. Expect the ride to take about 30 minutes depending on traffic.

  • Is Tibidabo Amusement Park worth it?

    For lovers of theme parks, especially retro ones which date back over 100 years, visiting Tibidabo Mountain is a unique, thrilling, and ultimately rewarding experience. Beyond the theme park, the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Basilica is one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Catalunya – it offers visitors the chance of a small religious pilgrimage. In the end, the entire area is beautiful and offers an amazing panoramic view of the city. For these three reasons it’s well worth the visit.

  • Can you walk to Tibidabo Mountain Amusement Park?

    Tibidabo is reachable on foot, through the famous Barcelona green lung known as Parc de Collserola. This beautiful wooded area of hiking trails, viewpoints, and local vegetation is a great escape from the city.

    It’s easily accessible from Plaça Catalunya via the S1 or S2 train. From just outside the Baixador de Vallvidrera train stop you’ll find the trail called Carretera de les Aigues – El Tibidabo. From here it’s a 3.5 hour hike to make sure you bring durable shoes.

  • Is Mount Tibidabo free?

    Provided you can arrange your own way up the mountain, like having your own car or even hiking, access to Tibidabo is completely free. Visits to the basilica are also free. However, once at the top if you’d like to visit the Tibidabo Amusement Park you will have to pay for tickets which start at €12.70

  • Is there parking at Mount Tibdabo Amusement Park?

    Yes, at the top of the mountain you’ll find a 5-level, 500 space car park. Tickets cost €0.05 a minute or €13.00 for the whole day. Due to the limited  amount of spots, tickets should be reserved online and must be booked at least 24 hours beforehand.

Still, have any questions About Tibidabo Amusement Park?

Hitting up an amusement park isn’t any good for anyone without a little sharing: so tell me, how was it? Did I miss anything in the article?

Also, remember that any Barcelona-related question will be answered ASAP in the comments below, be it about Mount Tibidabo Amusement Park or anything else on your mind. So, don’t be afraid to fire away!

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40 comments
  • September 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm
    Richard Giles
    Hello Ash. Firstly: What a fantastic web site, so comprehensive. We will be arriving by train (Barcelona Sants) 28th Sept. at 8-35 pm so not much time to do anything other than eat. For Friday we have booked Park Guell for 10-30am and Sagrada Familia for 3pm (we hit on these times before reading all of your blog) We are thinking of visiting the fun fair further up from Park Guell before coming back down for our visit to Sagrada Familia. Is this doable for a couple of fit OAPs. We have two day tickets for the hop on hop off bus (thanks to your web site) On Saturday - our last day we would like to see a flamenco show, with or without food? Please could you point us in the right direction. We are traveling from London, and ignoring rip off Eurostar, our journey for both of us from Paris/ Barcelona return, booked through Trainline cost £160 FIRST CLASS Sorry For all the words! Regards Richard
    • September 25, 2017 at 10:54 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Richard, First off thanks for the compliments, I am so glad I can help :) Let's see. For fit OAPs or otherwise I would say seeing Park Guell from about 10:30-12:00 and then going to the fun fair at the top of Tibidabo before seeing Sagrada Familia at 3:00 is a stretch. First of all Park Guell and Tibidabo are essentially up two separate mountains. The Bus Turistic from Park Guell only takes you to the tramvia blau (the blue tram) which will take you further up, and which point you'll have to change for the Tibidabo Funicular. In total if all goes well it'll take you at least an hour using these three modes of transport to get up to Tibidabo. If you've left 90 minutes for Park Guell (until midday) that means you'd get up to the fun fair at around 1:00/1:15 and you'd only have about 45 minutes or so before you'd have to head to Sagrada Familia. If you're really set on the fun fair then leave it for the Saturday. Racing around and trying to fit too much in can be stressful. And you need to leave time for unseen events or if you want to spend extra time at places like Park Guell. For your second question in case you haven't read my article on flamenco I suggest you take a look. I always recommend the Palacio del Flamenco because the performances are second to none, and they even give you the history and a little class :) Dinner and drinks are also done well but optional. 80 quid each from London return sounds like a really good deal? I might have to consider this for my next visit... how early did you book in advance? I lived in London for 3 years, still yearn for it often... but the sun here certainly takes my mind off it ;) Any more questions I am here! Cheers, Ash
  • September 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm
    Jemma
    Hi, I love your blog it has given me some great info about Barcelona for my upcoming trip! I'm going next weekend for 3 days and have been trying to plan an itinerary. For Sunday i was thinking of heading to Park Guell in the morning and I have bought tickets for the BCN vs La Palma La Liga game at 4.15pm that evening, I was trying to think of things to do in between these times and was looking at the Bus Turistic and saw Tibidabo on the same line. After some research i'm not sure if this is a good fit time wise as I don't want to feel like I am rushing through the parks to then make it to the game as I imagine travel will take up a lot of time. Do you think we would have enough time to fit these in to the day or do you have any other ideas or where to go in between? I feel like all the main attractions suggest to avoid midday. Any advice would be much appreciated!! Thanks, Jemma
    • September 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jemma, Thanks for the compliments on the blog, I am glad I can help :) First of all it depends what you mean by morning at Park Guell. If you're going there from 8:00/8:30/9:00 to 9:30/10:00 this leaves you enough time to get up to Tibidabo and do it well. You're on the right path. You could hop on the Bus Turistic (blue line) after Park Guell and go to Tibidabo, spend a couple hours there, then get back on the blue line and go to Camp Nou for the match. After the match you'd have a few hours to get back on the blue line of the hop on hop off bus and see pretty much all the sights you need. It's a bit of travel but it's doable if you're at Park Guell before 9:30. On the other hand, I do indeed say that attractions should be avoided around midday but this is only in the case there is an alternative. For you there may not be. If you buy your tickets online you're not going to be lining up. I only mean it's difficult as far as crowds in the actual buildings themselves. But then again, it's Barcelona so it's getting harder and harder to avoid this anyway. After Park Guell you could tranquilly head back down to the Passeig de Gracia area and check out La Pedrera or Casa Batllo and have plenty of time for lunch and the match. This second option is less hectic. I guess it's up to you :) In your position I would be going for variety and probably try and see a different type of sight. Tibidabo is great but unless you're going to the amusement park or really want to see the cathedral I can tell you that view from Park Guell is just as spectacular, if not a bit lower. And it's way less hassle transport-wise. Again, if you really have your heart set on Tibidabo though it's doable! Ash
  • March 2, 2017 at 7:28 pm
    masha
    hi, how do the individual tickets work? can we go to sky walk for free and just purchase 2 euro tickets for individual rides?
    • March 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Masha, As far as I know you can go into the Sky Walk and buy individual €2 tickets for whatever ride you wish without having to buy the all inclusive ticket. The only slight disadvantage here is you can only buy them at the moment at ticket windows - but I am sure that will be no problem! I hope my answer has been of help - let me know if you have any other questions about your Barcelona holiday :) Ciao!
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