Barcelona Card 2024

On this website we provide information about the Barcelona Card, the official City Card of the Catalan capital.

We answer the following questions:

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Barcelona Card: Quick overview

The official Barcelona City Card offers:

  • Free admission to 20+ museums (with skip-the-line)
  • Discount for some top attractions
  • Public transport (metro, tram, bus)
  • Validity: 72, 96 or 120 hours
  • Collection required in Barcelona

Some top museums: Moco Museum, Museu Picasso, MNAC, Castell de Montjuïc, Fundació Joan Miró etc.

Price: from €55 to €77 - depending on the period of validity


Barcelona Card + Sagrada Família + Park Güell

The official Barcelona Card only includes museums, but not the most important sights. We therefore recommend buying the City Card together with the Gaudí package from Tiqets.com:

  • Sagrada Família with time slot ticket
  • Park Güell with time slot ticket
  • Audio Guide for Barcelona, Sagrada Família & Park Güell
  • Free admission to 20+ museums (with skip-the-line)
  • Public transport (metro, tram, bus)
  • Validity: 72 or 120 hours

Some top museums: Moco Museum, Museu Picasso, MNAC, Castell de Montjuïc, Fundació Joan Miró etc.

Price: from €112 to €136 - depending on the period of validity


How the Barcelona Card works

The Barcelona Card is the official tourist card of the Barcelona Tourist Office. With this card you can visit many museums for free. At some attractions you get a discount on the entrance fee.

You can also use public transport without having to buy a ticket.

Key benefits include:

  • Free admission to more than 20 museums with Fast Track access
  • Top museums: Moco Museum, Picasso Museum, MNAC, Castell de Montjuïc
  • Public transport within Barcelona
  • Discounts for 30+ attractions in Barcelona

Any number of services can be claimed within 72, 96 or 120 hours. The only restriction is the period of validity.

The more museums you visit, the more the Barcelona Card pays off.

After purchase, you will receive an email with all the information you need to pick up your card. The Barcelona Card can be collected at the airport or in the city centre.


Barcelona Card: What is included?

With the Barcelona City Card you can visit more than 20 museums without having to buy additional tickets. You can also use public transport for free during the period of validity of the Barcelona Card. This includes travel from the airport to the city centre.

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona included in the Barcelona Card
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Free museums with the Barcelona Card

With the Barcelona City Card you can visit many popular museums:

  • Moco Museum
  • Museu Picasso
  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
  • Fundació Joan Miró
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Castell de Montjuïc
  • Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
  • Fundació Antoni Tapies
  • ….

In addition, you can visit other museums (Show all museums). All museums can be visited at any time during the period of validity of the City Card. Show your card at the ticket office to receive your free admission ticket.

Discounts for attractions

In addition to free admission to many museums, the City Card offers discounts at some attractions:

  • Guided tour of the Gothic Quarter (-50%)
  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus (-10%)
  • Harbour tour (-2,00€)
  • Barcelona Aquarium (-20%)
  • Barcelona Zoo (-20%)
  • Casa Vicens (-25%)

The Barcelona Card offers discounts to more than 30 attractions in Barcelona (show all). From our point of view, the reductions are not very attractive. The most interesting is the reduced tour of the Gothic Quarter.

Show your City Card at the respective ticket office to get your discounted ticket.

Castell de Montjuïc in Barcelona
© Leslie Joseph / Unsplash

What the Barcelona Card does not include

The Barcelona Card covers many museums, but not much else. There are many attractions in Barcelona that are not included in the City Card:

Public transport

With the Barcelona Card you can use public transport in Barcelona for free. This includes buses, trams and metros operated by the transport company TMB:

  • Metro incl. L9 from the airport to the city centre
  • Tramway
  • Buses (no night buses)
  • City trains and suburban trains from FCG
  • RENFE trains in zone 1
Barcelona Card incl. public transport
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If you arrive in Barcelona by plane, you can pick up the Barcelona Card at the airport and start using public transport immediately. The City Card is also valid for travel on metro line L9 from the airport to the city centre.

The Travel Card is activated, but the Barcelona Card is not. These are two different cards.


Is the Barcelona Card worth it?

If you want to visit many museums and use public transport, there are good reasons to choose the Barcelona Card. But is it worth it financially?

This question is answered in this section.

How much does the Barcelona Card cost?

The price of the Barcelona Card depends on the period of validity. The longer the City Card is valid, the more expensive it becomes. However, the value for money improves as the period of validity increases.

  • 72 hours: € 55 = € 18.33 per day
  • 96 hours: € 65 = € 16.25 per day
  • 120 hours: € 77 = € 15.40 per day

These prices apply to adults and young people. There is a reduction for children between 4 and 12 years.

Example: Barcelona Card for 72 hours

In general, the longer the Barcelona Card is valid, the cheaper it is per day. The most popular variant is the one with a validity period of 72 hours. Each additional day increases the price only slightly. Using the 3-day card as an example, we show you how much you can save.

AttractionPrice with Barcelona CardPrice without Barcelona Card
Barcelona Card: 72 hrs.55,- €
Picasso Museum0,- €14,00 €
Moco Museum0,- €19,95 €
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya0,- €12,00 €
Guided tour of the Gothic Quarter12,50 €25,00 €
Public transport (72 hrs.)0,- €25,50 €
Total67,50 €96,45 €

With the Barcelona Card you can save money if you visit at least one museum per day and also use public transport. If you visit more museums or take advantage of discounts, you can save even more.


Purchase, Download & Activation

The Barcelona Card is an official product of the Catalan capital's tourist office. You can purchase the card through numerous ticket platforms such as Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide.

After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to collect your Barcelona Card. You can pick up the card either at the airport or in the city centre:

  • Airport: Terminal 1 or Terminal 2
  • Airport: Entrance to metro line L9
  • City centre: Plaça de Catalunya 17

If you are arriving by plane, we recommend that you pick up your City Card at the airport, as it is valid for the metro line that runs from the airport to the city centre.

The City Card is activated the first time it is used in a museum. The Travel Card, which is also included, is activated the first time it is used on public transport.

A purchase via Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide can be cancelled free of charge up to one day before departure.


Arguments against the Barcelona Card

The official Barcelona Card is a good product. However, there are also arguments against the City Card:

Missing attractions: The Barcelona City Card mainly covers museums. It is therefore only suitable for travellers who want to visit several museums. Many important sights are missing. The Sagrada Família and Park Güell are included in the optional Gaudí package.

Not suitable for families: There is a discounted Barcelona Card for children between the ages of 4 and 12, but it's only worth buying if you visit a lot of museums together.

Not a digital product: As it is a physical card, the Barcelona Card must be collected on arrival. It cannot be used with a mobile phone, like many other City Cards.

Discounts are not very attractive: The Barcelona City Card offers discounts for more than 30 attractions in Barcelona. However, with a few exceptions, these discounts are not very attractive. Most of the time you only get a small discount. It is more worthwhile to visit a museum that is free with the Barcelona Card in the time available.


Conclusion: Who is the Barcelona Card suitable for?

The Barcelona Card may be suitable for your trip to Barcelona in the following circumstances:

  • Want to visit some of Barcelona's most famous museums? With the City Card you have free entry to the Moco Museum, Picasso Museum, MNAC and many others.
  • You want to use public transport in Barcelona for several days. The ticket is also valid for the metro line from the airport to the city centre.
  • You want to save money compared to single tickets. If you visit several museums and use public transport, this is not a problem.
  • The fact that you have to collect the Barcelona Card after your arrival does not bother you. You can pick it up immediately after your arrival at the airport or in the city centre.
  • You would like to receive many tickets from one source.
  • If you want to visit two of Gaudí's most important sights, the optional Gaudí package is just what you need.

Questions & Answers

Does the Barcelona Card grant fast entry?

Yes, the Barcelona Card gives you priority entry to the free museums. At all sights and museums you must go to the box office to get your ticket.

If you are interested in the optional Gaudí package, visit the Sagrada Família and Park Güell in a time slot reserved for you. This reduces waiting times to a minimum.

Does the Barcelona Card include the Sagrada Família and Park Güell?

No, these two sights are not included in the Barcelona Card. However, you can book the Gaudí package.

Does the Barcelona Card include the Aerobus and hop-on hop-off bus?

No, with the official City Card you cannot use the hop-on/hop-off buses or the Aerobus. Only public transport is included.

Can the purchase be cancelled free of charge?

If you have purchased the Barcelona Card via ticket platforms such as Tiqets.com and GetYourGuide, you can cancel the purchase free of charge up to one day before your departure.

Attention: The Barcelona Card with Gaudí Package cannot be cancelled as individual tickets are booked for Sagrada Família and Park Güell.

Is the Barcelona Card suitable for families?

As the Barcelona Card mainly covers museums, including many art museums, it is not suitable for most families with small children.

However, if your family would like to visit several museums within a few days, there is a discount on the Barcelona Card for children aged between 4 and 12.

Are there other City Cards for Barcelona?

Yes, the Barcelona Pass is an alternative. It includes only a few, but very popular attractions: Sagrada Família, Park Güell and the hop-on/hop-off bus.

About the author

Patrick has been involved with city breaks in Europe since 2018. Here he writes about the Barcelona Card, a popular product for the Catalan capital. His goal is to always keep the information up to date.

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