With the Barcelona Card, you have in addition to the free use of subway and bus free and reduced admission to over 80 attractions in Barcelona.
Simply by being included free use of public transport the Barcelona Card is almost worth that alone.
With the Barcelona Card, you can save money. More than 80 discounts, free entry and free travel on metro, tram and bus.
Here we give you tips about the Barcelona Card and we have a 3-day tour of Barcelona with the best use of the Barcelona Card. With the proposed tour you know many of the top sights of Barcelona. Print this tour description and take it. You get with the Barcelona Card also a city map and a Metro map on which you can follow the tour.
When is the Barcelona Card worth it?
In most cases, the card is worthwhile. In the Barcelona Card is the use of bus and subway in Barcelona included. The difference to the corresponding day ticket or multi-day ticket is relatively low, you have to use just a few included reductions, so that the Barcelona Card you pay.
If you don’t not use any of the over 80 reductions, then it's worth, of course not to have it.
Where can I buy the Barcelona Card?
Here with us. Here you can book the Barcelona Card.
Where can I pick up the card?
At the terminals A and B of the airport (open daily from 9-21:00), in the very centrally located Tourist Information at the Plaça Catalunya (basement) (open daily from 9-21:00) and at the Tourist Information at the Plaça Sant Jaume (open weekdays from 9-20, Sa. and Su. 10-20:00, 10-14:00 holidays).
What are the costs of Barcelona Card and what is included?
The 2-day pass costs € 27.00 for adults, for 3 days € 33.00 for 4 days € 37.50 for 5 days and 44 €. For children, there are lower prices. See Barcelona Card booking page.
Here is a summary of the benefits:
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This proposed tour takes 3 days, but it can be extended or shortened at will. You'll get to know many of the top attractions. The timetable is an ambitious one, and the sights are very different.
The first day of the tour is dedicated to the harbour area and the old city of Barcelona. And it includes an excursion to the Sagrada Familia.
Begin your tour at Plaça Catalunya. This is a very central spot at the northern end of Las Ramblas. Opposite the gray buildings of the El Cortes Ingles department store you'll find the Tourist Information Office (for opening times see above). There you can pick up the Barcelona Card, if you do not already have one. Now go to the Metro station and take the L3 in the direction of Zona Universitària. After two stops get off at "Drassanes ". You are now at the other end of the Rambla. Close to the Metro station, you'll find the Museu Maritim.
We continue towards the harbour, past the roughly 60 metre high Columbus column. You will already be able to see the piers of Golondrinas. With the excursion Las Golondrinas Barcelona Port, you will experience a 40 minute bike ride along Barcelona harbour, this harbour tour is free of charge with the Barcelona Card.
Now you stroll the extension of La Rambla over the port (Rambla del Mar) along the Maremagnum shopping centre. Behind this centre the L'Aquarium is located, one of the largest aquariums in Europe. The glass tunnel through the shark tank is particularly impressive (save 20%). Tip for late afternoon or evening: next to the aquarium, you'll find the IMAX cinema, a stunning 3- D cinema with a huge screen. (Also 20% saving).
The next stop is the Cathedral of Barcelona. Take the Metro Line L3 back from Drassanes. Go one stop to "Liceu" and walk a bit along the Rambla (in the direction of Plaça Catalunya) and then take the street to the right "Carrer de la Portaferrissa". Follow this street until you come to a large square, "Plaza Nova". The cathedral is located on the right when you cross the square.
Continue to the Museu Frederic Marès. This museum has one of the most significant sculpture collections in Spain. To walk to the museum, turn left at the cathedral along the small alley. After about 50 metres, the museum is located on the left (free admission with the Barcelona Card).
Continue to the Historical City Museum (Museu d' Historia de la Ciutat). To do this, go to the left of the cathedral for about 200 metres, then turn left onto Plaça del Rei. The highlight of this museum is the largest Roman archaeological site outside of Rome. This is underground and extends below the cathedral (free admission with the Barcelona Card).
After exiting the museum, go left and take the next street on the left. Then you'll reach one of the main streets "Via Laietana". Walk to the left along this street. After about 5 minutes' walk turn right onto a street called "Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt". Walk along this to the Palau de la Música Catalana. The impressive concert hall is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. However, a tour must be booked in advance online or at the box office at the time of booking (save 20%).
After leaving the Palau de la Música, go back to the Via Laietana and turn left. At a fork in the road the nearest Metro station "Urquinaona" is located. Here take the L1 towards Fondo and get off at "Arc de Triomf" (1 stop). Here you'll find the "Arc de Triomf " (triumphal arch). Follow the passage through the archway to the Parc de la Ciutadella. If you like you can visit the Zoo Barcelona at the end of the park (save 20%).
Also at the end of the park you'll find the Metro station "Ciutadella Vila Olimpica". Here you can take the Metro L4 towards La Pau. Exit: El Maresme Forum. From the Metro, go to the next street to the right (towards the harbour). Once there you will see the Museu Blau, also called Fòrum. You'll easily recognise the distinctive black, triangular building (Free admission with the Barcelona Card).
Go back to El Maresme Forum Metro Station. With one change (at La Pau) go to the Sagrada Familia (Metro station "Sagrada Familia"). This church construction site is undoubtedly one of the most impressive attractions in Barcelona, and is an essential part of any visit to Barcelona (save € 1)
The second day of our Barcelona Card Tour is dedicated to the Tibidabo, the Eixample district and Modernism.
You'll start the second day at the Plaça Catalunya once again. To get from there to the Tibidabo, take the FGC (Catalan Railway) line L7 and get off at the last stop Avinguda del Tibidabo. From there take the blue tram, Tramvia Blau. This historic train was the only tram in Barcelona for many years, and is now in operation on the weekends. Alternatively, you can take the bus 196. The bus station is located approximately 30 metres uphill from the Tramvia Blau station. At the mountain station, take the Funicular (funicular railway) that leads you to the attractions and an outstanding viewing point.
With the 196 bus you'll pass the CosmoCaixa, a modern and highly impressive Museum of Natural History.
On the Tibidabo a small but extraordinary Amusement Park awaits you (save 20%). Please note the seasonal opening times. The park itself offers the most impressive panorama; attractions which only such an amusement park can offer. Next to the park is the Sagrada Corazon, modelled on the Sacre Coeur in Paris. You should definitely go up to the observation deck of the Torre de Conserolla. Even the ride with the panoramic lift is an experience in itself (free admission with the Barcelona Card). You can get to the Torre de Conserolla by bus 111, which leads across the Tibidabo.
Another "must" for any visit to Barcelona is the Parc Güell. You can also walk the1,500 metres quite easily. From the Metro station Vallarco (Tramvia Blau and bus 196) it is about 1,500 metres to Vallcarca Metro station. From here the road to the world famous park is signposted: Go down the Avinguda de Vallcarca to the southeast. After about 300 metres you'll reach the small street of Baixada de la Glòria, where you should go left. For the last 200 metres of the road escalators facilitate the steep climb. You'll come to a side entrance of the park.
Alternatively, you can also go to the Metro station "Lesseps". From here the route to the park is well signposted and you will be guided by the signs to the main entrance.
The park was created by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, who also had his home here. You can visit the Casa Museu Gaudí. It shows very clearly how the artist lived (€ 1.00 discount).
Leave the park through the main entrance and walk downhill on the Carrer de Larrard. The spectacular 4D cinema Gaudí Experiència is located on the right hand side. (Save 20%).
From here go back to the Lesseps Metro station, and from there take the Metro line L3 in the direction of "Zona Universitària". Get off at "Diagonal". You are now on Passeig de Gràcia. Walk downhill. At the next intersection on the left hand side you will see the Casa Milá (save 20%), which was also built by Antoni Gaudí (1906 - 1910). Its lively, organically shaped stone facade can be seen from a distance.
Go further down the Passeig de Gràcia and take the third street on the right (Carrer de Arago). The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is located on the right hand side (Free admission with the Barcelona Card).
Go back to the Passeig de Gràcia and walk downhill. To your right, you'll see the block "Illa de la Discordia" (English: "Island of Discord").This consists of a block of three buildings that could not be more different, created by the most important Modernist architects: The first thing you will see is the Casa Batlló (save 15%). One of the jewels of Antoni Gaudí from 1877. Its sweeping façade and colourful ornaments along the facade can immediately be recognised as the style of Gaudi.
To the left is the colourful Casa Amatller, built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1898. This is also from the time of Modernism, and is recognisable by its colourful, special roof shape, which is characterised by quadratic forms.
About 50m further down, on the corner of the block is the Casa Lleó, built in 1904 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The modernist style and the "Tempetto" at the top end of the building are highly distinctive.
At this corner we turn right (onto Carrer de Consell de Cent) and then go to the second street on the left (Carrer de Balmes). The Museu de Modernisme is then on the left hand side of the street (free admission with the Barcelona Card).
The third day is dedicated to Montjuïc, contemporary art and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Once again we start at Plaça Catalunya. Walk about 100 yards down the Rambla. On the right hand side you'll find a small unassuming street, Carrer d' Elizabeths. Walk down to the end of this street. On the right hand side you will see a modern museum building with a large square in front. This is the MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art. This museum houses temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists (free admission with the Barcelona Card). Another worthwhile attraction is the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), which is located behind the MACBA. The CCCB is the centre of contemporary culture. Again, you have free admission with the Barcelona Card.
Go back to Plaça Catalunya. From there, take Metro line L3 in the direction of "Zona Universtària" to the station "Espanya". You are now at the foot of Montjuïc . Walk towards the two Venetian towers over to the Palau National, built as the Spanish Pavilion for the 1929 World Exposition. Inside you'll find the Museu National d' Art de Catalunya (MNAC). With approximately 260,000 works of art, it is one of the most important museums in Barcelona (free admission with the Barcelona Card).
From the point of view of Plaça Espanya, a small path leads past the MNAC on the left towards Montjuïc. Follow the Passeig de Santa Madrona to the Avinguda de l'Estadi. This road then goes left to the Fundació Joan Miró. Here major works by the artist are exhibited (free admission with the Barcelona Card & without queuing!).
When you leave the Miró Museum, walk down the street to the right. If you are interested in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, you should also check out the Museu Olimpic i de l' Esport on the edge of the Olympic site. The Olympics marked the end of the architectural and cultural dreariness that the Franco era had left in Barcelona (free admission with the Barcelona Card). The Museum of sport and the Olympic Games is further along the main road (Passeig de l'Estadi) on the left.
If you would like to visit Barcelona's Botanical Garden, which has a garden area of approximately 14 hectares, turn onto the road that leads to left of the stadium. From there, the Jardí Botànic is signposted (free admission with the Barcelona Card).
Now go back to the stadium on Avinguda de l' Estadi. Follow the road for about 800 metres until you reach the Poble Espanyol. The Poble Espanyol shows the houses from all regions of Spain - along with their handicrafts - and there are also many restaurants (save 25 %).
Leave the Poble Espanyol, and follow the Av. Marqués de Comillas downhill. On the left hand side you'll find the Caixa Forum. The "La Caixa"foundation - the Savings Bank of Barcelona - is located here. (50% discount on events with the Barcelona Card).
You now have two alternatives: In the evening you can watch the water fountains. Or you can visit the FC Barcelona stadium, Camp Nou.
The Font Màgica, the magical water fountains, are located below the MNAC, you have already walked past them today. The water fountains are free of charge to the general public and are especially pleasant after sunset.
To get to Camp Nou go to the subway station Plaça Espanya and take the L3 towards Zona Universitària. Get off at Les Corts. From there it is about 400 metres to the largest football stadium in Europe. You can visit the museum and the stadium (not on match days) (5% discount).
With the Barcelona Tour card you see within 3 days many tourist highlights in Barcelona. We have to go to cultural and tourist sites, where you can save money. Not always large sums, but in short it is worth it as the calculation below shows.
The Barcelona Card can do even more: You get discounts in many restaurants, bars and shops. With the Barcelona Card you receive a booklet in which all these locations are described.
Saved entrance fees (adult person):
1st Day: 22.45 €
2nd Day: 22.00 €
3rd Day: 18.50 €
3-day ticket for subway and bus: 14.30 €
Total savings inclusive price for the 3-day Barcelona Card: € 47.25 (discounts at restaurants, shops, etc. are still not included)
Status: 3.6.08, without guarantee.
At the Tourist Info on Plaça Catalunya, directly opposite the department store El Cortes Ingles, you can pick up your booked Barcelona Card.
The wells with mercury in the Fundació Joan Miró is for security reasons behind a thick glass window.
In the glass tunnel in Aquàrium you can see white sharks directly into the eyes.
From the Castell de Montjuïc you have a magnificent view of the harbor, the sea and the city.
In Poble Espanyol, you see houses from all regions of Spain. Craftsmen demonstrate their skills, you can buy their products.
The Font Màgica are particularly at night a special drama.
The MACBA undercooled acting facade is a special contrast to the houses of the Ravals district.
The Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar is built in only 55 years, and now ranks among one of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona.
The highlight of the Museu Marítim is the faithful reproduction of a medieval galley.
On the Tibidabo, you have a great view to Barcelona.
The Park Güell, view from the side entrance.
This friendly dragon greets you at the Park Güell.
The Sagrada Familia will be completed in 2026.
Striking detail of the Sagrada Familia, the towers.
The Botanical Museum at the Parc de la Ciutadella.