Barcelona Card

On this page you will find all the important information about the Barcelona Card: What services does the City Card offer and for whom is it worthwhile? How long is it valid and where can you buy it?

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Barcelona Card
  • Free admission without queuing to 20+ museums
  • Discounts for a further 40+ attractions
  • Use public transport in Barcelona free of charge
  • Including train or metro to the airport
  • Valid for 72, 96 or 120 hours
  • Pick up your Barcelona Card in the city
  • Save money in Barcelona with the card!

How the Barcelona Card works

Barcelona's official tourist card, the Barcelona Card, offers free entry to over 20 museums and attractive discounts at selected sights. Highlights include popular museums such as the Picasso Museum, the Moco Museum and the Castell de Montjuïc.

The card also allows free use of public transport in the city without having to buy separate tickets.

The City Card is available with a validity period of 72, 96 or 120 hours.

You can buy the card online and collect your City Card in Barcelona either directly at the airport or in the city centre.

Your Barcelona Card is activated the first time you use it and is then valid for up to 120 hours. The City Card is offered at a reduced price for children aged 4 to 12.

Who is the Barcelona Card suitable for?

The Barcelona Card is worthwhile for a stay of several days in Barcelona if you want to explore the city intensively and also use public transport.

Some museums in particular should be on your list of places to visit in Barcelona, as the Barcelona Card mainly applies to museums.

The City Card is also suitable for families, as there are reduced prices for children. It also includes family-friendly activities such as a visit to the zoo or a Hop-on/Hop-off tour.

What does the Barcelona Card cost?

The price for the Barcelona Card depends on its validity:

  • 72 hours: 55,00 EUR
  • 96 hours: 65,00 EUR
  • 120 hours: 77,00 EUR

The price applies to people aged 12 and over. The City Card is offered at a reduced price for children aged 4 to 12.

All services of the Barcelona Card

The Barcelona Card gives you free and priority entry to more than 20 museums. It also offers discounted entry to some of Barcelona's sights.

You can also use public transport free of charge with the City Card. This also includes the journey from the airport to the city centre.

Here you will find an overview of all the services included: Overview of services Barcelona Card

Free museums with the Barcelona Card

  • Picasso Museum
  • MOCO Museum
  • Castell de Montjuïc
  • Botanical Garden
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
  • Historical Museum
  • Fundació Joan Miró

As soon as you have activated your Barcelona Card, you can visit the museums without having to queue.

Combi ticket Barcelona Card + Gaudí package

Unfortunately, the Sagrada Família and Park Güell are not included in the regular package. However, there is an attractive combined ticket that includes the Barcelona Card and a Gaudí package. This gives you the Barcelona Card with all services and free entry to the Sagrada Família and Park Güell.

Discounts with the Barcelona Card

In addition to free admission to many museums, there are also some discounted offers.

  • Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
  • Casa Batlló
  • Las Golondrinas
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Guided tour of the Gothic Quarter
  • Harbour tour
  • Hop-on/hop-off bus
  • Columbus Monument

Most attractions offer a discount of 20 to 25%. For some, such as the city tour, it is also 50%. You can find the exact discounts here: Overview of services Barcelona Card

Hop-on/Hop-off in Barcelona

The Hop-on/Hop-off bus is also a great way to explore Barcelona. This allows you to get a relaxed overview of the city and get off where you want to take a closer look. During the journey, a multilingual audio guide will provide you with interesting facts about Barcelona while you enjoy the pleasant breeze on the open top deck of the double-decker buses.

With the Barcelona Card you receive a 10% discount on journeys on the Hop-on/Hop-off buses of Barcelona Bus Turístic. Please note: There are also other providers of Hop-on/Hop-off tours in Barcelona. However, the discount only applies to Barcelona Bus Turístic.

Click here for more information: Hop-on/Hop-off in Barcelona

Public transport with the Barcelona Card

The Barcelona Card entitles you to unlimited and free use of all public transport in Barcelona operated by the transport company TMB.

This includes:

  • Trams
  • Buses (except the night buses)
  • Metro
  • City and suburban trains from FCG
  • RENFE trains (zone 1)

You can get from the airport to the city centre by metro and train.

Barcelona public transport
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Use of the Montjuïc funicular railway is also included.

Is the Barcelona Card worth it?

The Barcelona Card is available with a validity period of 72 to 120 hours and entitles the holder to free and priority admission to many museums, discounts on sights and leisure activities and free use of public transport.

As you can discover a lot in Barcelona in just three days, we will show you below how much you can save with a 72-hour card.

AttractionWithout Barcelona CardWith Barcelona Card
Barcelona Card 72h55,- €
Public transport 72h25,50 €Free of charge
Picasso Museum14,- €Free of charge
MOCO Museum19,95 €Free of charge
Castell de Montjuïc12,- €Free of charge
Fundació Joan Miró15,- €Free of charge
Guided tour of the Gothic Quarter25,00 €12,50 €
Barcelona Zoo21,40 €17,12 €
Total132,85 €84,62 €

As you can see, the Barcelona Card is worth using for 3 days or more if you want to visit some of the more expensive sights and use public transport.

Basically, the more often you use the Barcelona Card, the more it pays for itself.

Barcelona Card buy & pick up

You can buy the Barcelona Card from various ticket platforms, including After your purchase, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with further information on how to collect your City Card.

Collection is possible at various locations, usually daily from 8.30 am to 8 pm. We have listed a few options for you here:

  • Airport, Terminal T1Barcelona Airport
  • Airport, Terminal T2Barcelona Airport
  • Pl. Catalunyaplaça de Catalunya, 17-basement
Barcelona Card

You can find a complete list of all collection points here: Pick-up points Barcelona Card

The City Card is activated the first time it is used in one of the participating museums. The included Travel Card is activated the first time it is used on public transport. It is then valid for up to 120 hours, depending on the option booked.

Tip: If you are travelling by plane, it is best to pick up your Barcelona Card directly at the airport. Then you can use it straight away for the free underground or train journey into the city.

If your travel plans change, you can cancel your booking free of charge up to one day before your departure.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of the Barcelona Card

  • Free admission to almost 25 museums.
  • Free public transport including Montjuïc funicular railway.
  • Over 40 discounts on sights and leisure activities.
  • Free travel from the airport to the city centre possible.
  • Reduced version of the City Card for children available.

Disadvantages of the Barcelona Card

  • Popular sights such as the Sagrada Família and Park Güell are only included in the Gaudí package.
  • The Barcelona Card can only be used once per attraction.
  • The City Card must be collected in Barcelona.

More offers in Barcelona

Even if you do not opt for the Barcelona Card, you can also book many offers in Barcelona individually. We would like to present some of them to you here:

FAQ about the Barcelona Card

How does the Barcelona Card work?

You can purchase the card online and pick it up in Barcelona at the airport or in the city centre. With the Barcelona Card you can visit numerous museums free of charge and receive discounts on many other attractions. You can also use local public transport free of charge.

Can I use public transport with the Barcelona Card?

Yes, you can use the trams, buses, metro and some suburban trains as well as the RENFE trains in Zone 1 free of charge. This also allows you to travel from the airport to the city centre free of charge. Only the night buses in Barcelona are not free of charge.

How is the Barcelona Card activated?

The Barcelona Card is activated the first time it is used in a museum. The associated Travel Card is active from the first use of public transport. Once activated, the card is valid for up to 120 hours, depending on the option booked.

Is the Barcelona Card worthwhile for families?

This depends on the age of the children and the planned activities, as children generally receive reduced or free admission to many attractions.

Author: Patrick

Here writes: Patrick

Patrick has visited various metropolises such as Amsterdam, London, Paris and Barcelona. Here he writes about the most important City Cards. His aim is to present detailed and up-to-date information for the official tourist maps of popular cities.

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