Barcelona city pass

Looking for the best city pass in Barcelona? Wondering if the city’s tourist cards are any good? Below, we set out several city pass options in Barcelona so you can find out how much each costs, which activities are included, how long it’s valid for, and more.

At the end of the article, we’ll give you some advice and review the passes available in Barcelona so you can easily decide which is most suitable for your trip and offers the best value for money.

Quick comparison of Barcelona passes

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty, let’s compare the various tourist cards you can get in Barcelona. Below, we’ll explain what each of the three city cards gives you.

GO Barcelone Explorer Pass
Barcelona Explorer Pass

With this pass, you can tailor every aspect of your trip. There are different versions available from 2 up to 7 activities, including Barcelona’s unmissable locations! The card is valid for 60 days. This makes it pretty handy for a typical stay in the city and offers great value for money.

Main sites included

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Parc Güell
  • Picasso Museum
  • Casa Batlló
  • La Pedrera
  • Camp Nou tour

Price

  • 2 act. : 59 €
  • 3 act. : 79 €
  • 5 act. : 114 €
  • 7 act. : 129 €
Barcelona Card
Barcelona Card

This tourist card mainly gives you unlimited access to a range of museums. You can choose whether you want the card to be valid for 3, 4 or 5 days. It also provides access to public transport free of charge and 50% off other activities in Barcelona.

Main sites included

  • Picasso Museum
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia

Price

  • 3 days : 48 €
  • 4 days : 58 €
  • 5 days : 63 €
Barcelone Digital Pass
Barcelona Digital Pass

With this pass, you can visit Barcelona's 2 unmissable sites. This is a digital pass, meaning you do have to operate it online. Because you can’t decide which activities to do, the price only changes based on the user’s age. You also get 10% off other activities in Barcelona.

Main sites included

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Parc Güell
  • Hop-on-hop-off bus tour

Price

  • Barcelona Pass : 86 €

GO Barcelona Explorer Pass: price, what’s included & how it works

With the Barcelona Explorer Pass, you can tailor your trip to include your choice of activities, with lots available. Let’s look at what you need to know.

What the Go Barcelona Explorer Pass costs

The price of the Go Barcelona Explorer Pass depends on how many activities you want to do and your age. You choose 2 to 7 activities from those available. Here are the prices.

Age2 act.3 act.5 act.7 act.
13 - 9959 €79 €114 €129 €
4 - 1239 €59 €84 €109 €

How it works

When you buy your Explorer card, you have to choose how many activities you want to do. If you select an attraction where there’s no need to book, all you have to do is turn up with your city pass.

Once you’ve bought your pass, you receive all the booking information by email. Attractions that ask you to book a date and time slot will be mentioned.

Sites included with the Go Barcelona Explorer city pass

You can choose where to visit at any time during your trip, as long as the attraction doesn’t ask you to pre-book.

The main sites available with this city pass are:

  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Parc Güell
  • Casa Batlló
  • La Pedrera
  • Picasso Museum
  • Camp Nou tour
  • Barcelona Aquarium
  • Las Golondrinas boat tour
  • Barcelona Bus Turistíc (hop-on-hop-off bus)
  • Zoo
  • Casa Vicens
  • Montserrat (including bus transfer)
  • Poble Espanyol open-air museum
  • Sant Pau modernist complex
  • City bike tours
  • Gaudi 4D Experience
  • Barcelona Egyptian Museum
  • Tour of the old town and gothic quarter
  • MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art
  • CosmoCaixa Science Museum
  • Olympic and Sports Museum
  • Museum of the History of Catalonia
  • Escape Hunt Barcelona
Visites incluses dans la carte GO City Barcelone Explorer

How long the tourist card is valid for

The card is valid for 60 days after it’s first used. The countdown starts when you first use it to enter an attraction. This means you can spread your visits out during your time in Barcelona. Also, with your city pass only activating once you enter your first site, you can buy it well before you arrive in the city.

Choose this pass and you don’t have to visit attractions one after another. N.B. Although it’s valid for 60 days, you can only use it for the number of attractions you originally chose. So, choose carefully when you buy the pass online.

Where to collect your Go Explorer city pass

With this tourist card, you don’t need to pick anything up in situ. Once you’ve bought it, you have everything you need on your phone as you’re emailed the documents. For each activity, you need to show a QR code on your phone, or printed off.

Barcelona Card: price, what’s included & how it works

This second card gives you access to various museums. And these are the main places to visit with this card: it doesn’t offer as much variety as the pass above.

You can also use the city’s public transport free of charge and get 50% off other activities in Barcelona.

How much is the Barcelona Card

With this city pass, you choose how long you want it for: 3, 4, or 5 days. The cost depends on the length chosen and your age. Here are the prices.

Age3 days4 days5 days
13+48 €58 €63 €
5 - 1226 €35 €40 €

How it works

This card works differently from the one above. You just have to choose how long you want it to be valid for when you buy: 3, 4 or 5 days (72, 96 or 120 hours). For example, say you activate your card at 2pm on the first day. It will then be valid until 1:59pm on the final day. During this period, you can do all the activities available with the Barcelona Card, remembering you can only complete each activity once.

The risk with this city pass is that your trip might feel quite busy. For it to make financial sense, you need to visit at least one museum each day. This is because the pass is mostly for museums and only valid for a limited period.

Sites included with the Barcelona Card

This tourist card gets you free access to the city’s public transport and 50% off other activities in Barcelona.

You can visit the following attractions:

  • National Art Museum of Catalonia
  • Picasso Museum
  • Museum of Catalan Modernism
  • Antoni Tàpies Foundation (fast-track ticket)
  • MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art (fast-track ticket)
  • Archaeology Museum
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Ethnology Museum and Parc de Montjuïc
  • Contemporary Culture Centre (fast-track ticket)
  • El Born Centre for Culture and Memory
  • Barcelona History Museum (4 buildings: Refugi 307, Via Sepulcral Romana, El Call, Plaça del Rei)
  • Joan Miró Foundation
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Juan Antonio Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum (fast-track ticket)
  • Royal Monastery of St Mary of Pedralbes
  • And other museums: music, design, natural sciences, CosmoCaixa Science Museum, Frederic Marès and more...
Visites incluses dans la Barcelona Card

How long the Barcelona Card is valid for

The card is valid for the number of days you choose when you buy it. It activates when you do your first activity rather than when you buy the card.

N.B. The days are consecutive and counted in hours. For example, if you activate it at 10am on the first day, it will be valid until 9:59am on day 3, 4, or 5. This can be useful when you’re planning your trip: if you arrive in the city at lunchtime, you can visit a museum using the city pass straight away without losing out on a whole day of validity.

Where to collect your Barcelona Card

This tourist card has to be collected in situ because it’s a physical card. All you have to do is show your email confirmation on paper or on your phone.

There are several collection points:

  • Terminal 1 or 2 at Barcelona Airport (between 8:30am and 8:30pm, Monday to Saturday; between 8:30am and 2:30pm on Sundays and bank holidays)
  • Kiosk in Plaça de Catalunya (daily from 9am to 9pm)
  • La Sagrada Familia pick-up (Monday, Tuesday and Sunday 9am to 2:30pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 8pm)

Barcelona Digital Pass: price, what’s included & how it works

The final pass in our list is a digital tourist card. With this option, you can do everything from buying it to choosing dates for your activities while you’re still at home. As you’ll see, this is the easiest city pass to use.

How much is the Barcelona Digital Pass

The pricing is simple. There are 2 criteria: how many days you can take the tourist bus for (1, 2 or 3 days) and the age of the user.

For ease, we’ll focus in the summary below on the version offering unlimited tourist bus travel for 1 day.

AgePrice
30 - 6486 €
65+69 €
13 - 2983 €
11 - 1269 €
4 - 1027 €

How it works

You buy this city pass online and choose the date(s) you want to do the activities included.

You’re then emailed the different tickets that give you fast-track access to attractions. All you have to do is show them in situ on your phone or printed out. You also get a code for 10% off other possible attractions in Barcelona. You can then book these online.

Sites included with the Barcelona Digital Pass

This city pass includes the main must-see attractions, such as:

  • Parc Güell
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Hop-on-hop-off bus tour
  • Access to the POPGuide audio guide app
  • 10% off other activities in Barcelona
Visites incluses dans le city pass de Barcelone

How long the Barcelona Digital Pass is valid for

This tourist card doesn’t expire. It’s a digital city pass that’s used more to give you access to block bookings. The advantage is you can spread your activities over 2 or 3 days.

The discount giving you 10% off other activities also remains valid after the dates chosen for your attractions included in the Barcelona city pass. This means you can use your tourist card throughout your trip.

Where to collect your Barcelona Digital Pass

This Barcelona city pass doesn’t need to be collected as it’s digital. After you buy it, you’re sent your tickets by email. Then just show them on your phone or printed out.

Which must-see locations are included in Barcelona city passes?

Depending which pass you choose, you can access some or all of the city’s main activities. Here is a summary of the sites you absolutely must visit and the tourist cards that get you in.

Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Take a guided tour (Go Barcelona Explorer Pass) of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia. This is the most iconic church in Barcelona thanks to its architecture and impressive interiors. Anyone visiting Barcelona needs to see it.

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Parc Güell Barcelone

Parc Güell

With the Go Barcelona Explorer Pass, you can have a guided tour of Parc Güell. The Barcelona Pass gives you fast-track tickets for these beautiful gardens designed by Gaudí, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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La Pedrera Barcelone

La Pedrera

La Pedrera (also known as Casa Mila) is a famous landmark in Barcelona and another Gaudí work. Explore this building containing a collection of furniture created by the Catalan artist and take in the panoramic views of the city from the roof terrace.

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Casa Batlló Barcelona

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló was also designed by Gaudí. This amazing famous building is considered to be an architectural masterpiece and is unmissable if you’re visiting Barcelona. 

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Stade Camp Nou Barcelone

Camp Nou Tour

Football fans will love touring Camp Nou, Europe’s biggest football stadium. These immersive visits take over an hour and you even have the chance to see the changing rooms and tunnel.

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Musée d'art catalan Barcelone

National Art Museum of Catalonia

The National Art Museum of Catalonia has one of the best collections of Roman frescoes and Catalan Art Nouveau works. You can also head up to the building’s roof terrace for incredible city views.

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Conclusion : when should you buy a pass for Barcelona?

Is it worth buying a city pass? Is your trip compatible with one of the tourist cards available? Here is our advice to help you decide which pass is right for you.

A short trip to Barcelona

If your trip is short, you might like the Digital Pass. You just need to want to do the 3 activities it includes (hop-on-hop-off bus, Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia). But this Barcelona city pass doesn’t let you choose the attractions you visit. If you don’t think you’ll complete all 3 experiences, it’s better to book separate tickets.

If you don’t have the time to visit lots of attractions or don’t want this city pass, we suggest you book separate tickets. N.B. Make sure to reserve a fast-track ticket for La Sagrada Familia in any case. If you don’t pre-book online at this popular site, you’ll wait forever to get in.

Barcelone Digital Pass

Love museums?

With the Barcelona Card, you get access to lots of the city’s museums. Over 3, 4, or 5 days, you can see some significant art collections. And you can also use your card to take public transport free of charge.

If you’re passionate about fine arts, history or culture more widely, this is the pass for you! Many different museums are included. The 3- or 4-day tourist card seems the best way to take full advantage of all the city has to offer and get value for money.

Barcelona Card

The Explorer Pass: for a more comprehensive trip

This is the perfect pass for stays of any length in Barcelona. You can choose a number of activities from the wide selection available and it offers different options for all kinds of trips.To explore Barcelona in your own way, buy this city pass, carefully tailor your stay and visit the city’s unmissable destinations. It includes all the most popular places in the famous Catalan capital. And, what’s more, it saves you a lot of money on tickets!

GO Barcelone Explorer Pass