Best Barcelona City Passes

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Best Barcelona City Passes

There are many different city passes in Barcelona that provide you with great discounts and promotions. We help you decide which one is the right choice for you!


1.Barcelona Card

It is probably the most complete Barcelona city pass. It is a chance to save time and experience the best Barcelona has to offer.Barcelona Card is a smart-chip card which offers the cardholders free public transport as well as access to the city’s rich cultural heritage and other attractions. With that taken care of, all you have to do is have fun discovering Barcelona!


  • Public transport:Underground and TMB city buses, FGC suburban train network, trams, airport shuttle and Renfe suburban train network, zone 1.
  • Museums and Monuments: The card offers a free entry to Cosmocaixa, Torre de Collserola, Mirador de Colón and 12 museums more.As well as large discounts at: more than 25 galleries (La Pedrera,Fund. Joan Miró,Casa-Museu Gaudí,Casa Batló,Museu del Futbol Club Barcelona,etc).
  • Guided tours: Entry to the Las Golondrinas. Boat trips of the port and along Barcelona’s coast.
  • Leisure: Great discounts on Tibidabo Amusement Park,Zoo,L´Aquarium,Casino..
  • Great discounts on: restaurants,flamenco shows, “café-concerts” and discos.
  • Shopping: Discounts and gifts at the major souvenir stores.

The downside? It doesn’t include the Picasso Museum, and if you are a foodie, the restaurant options aren’t specially memorable.



2.Articket bcn

That is the Barcelona city pass for museum lovers.WIth this single ticket you can visit the best permanent and temporary exhibitions of 6 museums in Barcelona for 3 months and for only 30.The Articket Barcelona includes the Fundacio Antoni Tapies,Fundacio Joan Miro,MACBA,Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya and Museu Picasso.If you visit 3 of them you will cover the cost.The only downside is that unless you are spending 2 or more days in town, you are not likely to want to spend all your days inside a museum… Anyway, this Barcelona museum card is valid for 3 months, so if you are living in town or coming often, you won’t be so in a hurry to use it up.

You can buy it from:

  • Museum ticket offices
  • Telentrada de CatalunyaCaixa: 902 10 12 12 /
  • Turisme de Barcelona’s information offices:

Palau de la Virreina ticket office La Rambla, 99


3.Bus turistic

In Barcelona there are several companies which offer hop-on hop-off tours, but only the one operated by the city council (Barcelona Bus Turistic) gives you a booklet with interesting discounts, and even if your bus ticket is only valid for 1 or 2 consecutive days, you don’t need to use your discounts within the same time frame.

The downside is that it’s difficult to pay off the cost of the tickets just out of discounts: they are smaller than for other passes and you need to use at least 10 of them to cover the cost of a 1-day ticket. However, if you are fond of hop-off hop-on buses, the discount booklet is definitely a plus.


4.Arqueo ticket

If yu are an archeology geek this is the pass for you!You will really appreciate it if you are passionate about history.For much less than the price of two museums, you get 4: the Museum of History of the City (Roman ruins in the Gothic Quarter), Egyptian Museum, Maritime Museum and Museum of Archaeology. Moreover,you have a whole year to visit.The downside is that its offer is not really main-stream and if it’s your first time in Barcelona you are probably wanting to visit other sites instead.


5.Ruta del Modernisme

It is a pass for the architecture lovers. This ticket goes with a guidebook that lists and explains the most remarkable modernist sites in Barcelona. Not all of them are open for visitors, but it makes for lovely walks that often take you off the beaten path. The downside of the Ruta del Modernisme is that there are only 2 places where you can get it (the most central, by the Columbus sculpture), and you need to plan visiting at least 7 sites to cover the cost of the pass. We would suggest Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Pedrera, Palau de la Música Catalana, Palau Guell, Hospital de Sant Pau and MNAC museum.


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