Discount Cards and Sightseeing Passes

Barcelona offers visitors good value for money when compared to other European cities such as London, Paris, Berlin or Rome. There are an abundance of hotels to suit all budgets, eating out is inexpensive and public transport is efficient and easy to use.

Having said that, the city is packed with attractions and with entry fees generally between €5 and €20, the cost can quickly add up.

Luckily there are several discount cards and sightseeing passes which can help you save money without missing out on anything.

In addition to saving money on entry fees, the discount cards offer savings on a wide range of tours, activities, entertainment, transport, night-life, shopping and even meals in selected restaurants.

They also make life easier by allowing you to group all your entry tickets plus transport together in one convenient pass.

Each of the passes is slightly different and which one is best depends on how long you will be in Barcelona and what you plan to see and do while you are here.

In this post we compare the 5 most popular discount cards and sightseeing passes.


Barcelona Card - 2, 3, 4 and 5 day discount cardBarcelona Card

The Barcelona Card is the official sightseeing pass sold by the city’s tourist office. The card offers free entry to 17 museums and discount entry to 24 other museums. It also includes free unlimited transport on public transport including the metro and train from the airport.

The Barcelona Card offers a total of more than 70 discounts at attractions, museums, tours, shows, activities and night-life as well as some restaurants and shops. See the full list here

The Barcelona card includes a free guide and map of the city and is available for 3, 4 and 5 days. All 3 tickets include the same discounts and attractions but the price varies depending on the duration of the ticket.

Advantages:
Valid at a wide range of attractions and activities.
Includes free guide, free map and free unlimited travel on public transport.
Disadvantages:
Doesn’t include fast-track entry at the most popular sites.

Find out more and purchase your Barcelona Card>>


Barcelona Card, 2 day travel pass and discount cardBarcelona Card Express

Barcelona Card Express is a stripped-down version of the Barcelona card which is valid for 2 days. Unlike the Barcelona card which includes free entry to 17 museums, the Barcelona Card Express doesn’t include free entry to any sites, just discounts and unlimited transport on public transport.

If you are only visiting Barcelona for 2 days and were already thinking about purchasing the Hola Barcelona! travel pass then it might be worth paying a few extra Euros and getting the Barcelona Card Express. See the full list of discounts here

Advantages:
Not much more expensive than a travel pass.
Valid in a wide range of attractions and activities.
Free map and free unlimited travel on public transport.
Disadvantages:
Doesn’t include fast-track entry at the most popular sites.

Find out more and purchase your Barcelona Card Express>>


Barcelona city pass, fast track entry sagrada familia, 20% discount casa batllo and moreBarcelona City Pass

Barcelona City Pass includes fast-track (skip the line) entry to the Sagrada Famillia and Park Güell as well as the Hop-on Hop-off buses, airport transfer and 20% discount on the majority of the city’s top attractions.

For short visits, the Barcelona City Pass includes all the essentials in one ticket which you can purchase online before you arrive. For longer stays, it is valid for 7 days allowing you to take your time and spread things out over the entire week.

Advantages:
Includes fast-track entry to the popular Sagrada Familia Basilica and Park Güell (reserve time slot when booking).
Includes airport transfer from Barcelona or Girona airport.
Discount on a wide range of attractions, tours and activities and shows.
Disadvantages:
Travel pass for public transport available at extra cost.

Find out more and purchase your Barcelona City Pass>>


Articket Bfarcelona discount coupon for the Picasso Museum, MNAC, MACBA, CCCB, Miró foundation and Antoni Tapies, BarcelonaArticket Barcelona

Articket Barcelona gives access to 6 of Barcelona’s top museums including the Picasso Museum, Miró Foundation and the MNAC. The ticket is valid for 3 months after the first use and, if you visit all 6 museums, represents a 50% saving compared with purchasing individual tickets.

Before you purchase the Articket you should check whether any of the museums offer free entry during any of the days which you’ll be visiting Barcelona. Read this post for more information.

Advantages:
Save up to 50% at 6 of Barcelona’s best art museums.
Includes fast-track entry at the Picasso museum.
Valid for 3 months after you visit the first museum.
Disadvantages:
Only covers 6 museums.
Doesn’t include public transport.

Find out more and purchase your Articket>>


iventure card Barcelona, tickets tours activities discount skip the line passiVenture Card Barcelona

The iVenture card allows you to choose 3, 5 or 36 attractions, tours and activities from a total of 36. The activities offered include tours of popular sights such as the Sagrada Familia and Montserrat as well as boat trips, scooter hire, Portaventura and the FC Barcelona Experience.

Unlike the Barcelona Card, the iVenture card allows you to create your pass based on the number of attractions and activities, rather than the number of days

If you plan take the more expensive tours and activities which are available then the iVenture card is very good value. You should compare prices carefully before purchasing because some of the activities work out cheaper when booked separately on the Barcelona Tourism website.

Advantages:
Flexible 7 day pass which could save you up to 40% on popular attractions and activities.
Disadvantages:
Doesn’t include public transport.
Check the price of each of the activities before making your selection.

Find out more and purchase your iVenture card>>


Which Barcelona discount card is best?

Which discount card or sightseeing pass you choose depends on how long you will be staying in Barcelona and what you plan to see and do.

I recommend that you start by deciding which attractions you want to visit and then check how much the individual tickets cost at the official Barcelona Tourism website.

You can then use this information to decide which discount pass offers best value for money. Depending on your interests, you might even find that you’re better off purchasing individual tickets instead of a discount card.

When planning your trip to Barcelona you should remember that most museums and some other attractions are closed on Monday.

As always, if you have any questions please leave a comment below…

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