Barcelona Passes – Which One Is Worth The Money And Which One Is A Rip-Off?

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Barcelona is full of exciting activities and things to see and there are many tourist passes that help you visit the top attractions in the city. In this article we are going to see which are the most popular ones and, since I couldn’t find a proper calculation of how much money you’ll save with each one, I took my time and made my own.

Hope you’ll enjoy!

All prices and discounts are calculated as of June 2018.

Passes review:

Here is a fast preview of the 4 touristic passes in Barcelona. You can see what they include and the maximum saving you will get for each of them.

You the details of the calculation on how I ended up with this sum, what passes include and pros and cons of each of them below):

Barcelona PassBarcelona City PassTurbo Pass BarcelonaBarcelona card
Sagrada FamiliaNoYesYesNo
Park GuellNoYesNoNo
Casa BattloYes20% DiscountNo20% Discount
Casa MilaYes20% DiscountNo20% Discount
Picasso MuseumNo20% DiscountYesYes
Public TransportationYes (if you buy it with the travel card included)20% DiscountYesYes
Hop on Hop Off busYesYesYesNo
You can save up to:16€15€40€65€
 

1. Barcelona Pass

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Barcelona Pass offers you free entry to more than 20 top tourist attractions in the city + a free guidebook + Hop On Hop Off Bus for 24 hours.

You can buy it simple or you can add a Hola BCN! Travelcard if you want to benefit from unlimited free public transport (bus + metro + funicular + tram + airport metro).

Note: The Barcelona Pass is also subject to a “purse value”. For example, with a 2-day pass you can visit up to €180 worth of attractions. Once you have reached this sum, even though there are things left to visit for free with it, your Barcelona pass will expire.

Note #2: Please note that Sagrada Familia and Park Güell are NOT included in this pass, but you can buy the tickets individually before/after you use the attractions that the pass offers.

You can check all the museums, attractions and tours included in the pass here.

There are 2 options for this pass – for 2 days and for 3 days. Let’s make a sample calculation for each one and see if they are worth buying.

2 days – 109€

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Sample calculation:

If you buy the Barcelona pass for 2 days, you won’t have time to visit all the attractions included in your pass, even if you wake up extremely early in the morning – and I don’t recommend making unrealistic plans for your vacation :).

Out of all of the 20+ tourist attractions included in the Barcelona Pass, I selected some of the best ones that you will be able to do in 2 days only:

Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for 24 hours (30€) + Casa Batlló (24.50€) + Casa Milá – La Pedrera (22€) + Las Golondrinas Barcelona Boat Cruise – 1h30’ mins (15.2€) + Barcelona Aquarium (20€)

30 + 24.5 + 22 + 15.2 + 20 = 111.7€

You save: 111.7 – 109 = 2.7€

Even if you do not save that much, it might be worth it for some people who want to save some time rather than buying the tickets for each attraction individually.

You can buy the Barcelona Pass for 2 days with the Travel card included for 123€. The pass with the card is 14€ more expensive, while the Hola BCN! Card is 15€ individually, so you will save a bit (1€) if you want to use public transportation along with the Hop On Hop Off Bus.

3 days – 129€

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Sample calculation: Now that we have more time, let’s say you want to have this itinerary:

Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for 24 hours (30€) + Casa Batlló (24.50€) + Casa Milá – La Pedrera (22€) + Las Golondrinas Barcelona Boat Cruise – 1h30’ mins (15.2€) + Barcelona Aquarium (20€) + Poble Espanyol (12.6€) + Barcelona Zoo (21.4€)

30 + 24.5 + 22 + 15.2 + 20 + 12.6 + 21.4 = 145.7€

You save: 145.7 – 129 = 16.7€/person

This an ok deal as you will save over 16€ per person!

You can buy the Barcelona Pass for 3 days with the Travel Card included for 150€. The pass with the card is 21€ more expensive, while the Hola BCN! Card is 22€ on its own, so you are saving 1€. Consider getting it if you know you are going to use the transportation a lot!

Pros and cons

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PROS: Great value for money if you are going to use the pass to the fullest – over 16€ saved per person!

CONS: The most important attractions – Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are not included in the pass – you will need to buy tickets there individually.

Bottom line, is it worth it?

If you do not mind visiting Sagrada Familia individually (or you have been there before) and you love Hop on Hop off buses, this pass will save you a lot of money.

Where to buy it

The Barcelona Pass can be purchased online and shipped to your address for a certain price. If you don’t want the shipping, you must print the email confirmation that you received after your purchase and then exchange it for the real pass at the Redemption Desk (near Placa Catalunya).

2. Barcelona City Pass

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Barcelona City Pass includes skip-the-line entrance to Sagrada Familia + Skip-the-line entrance Park Guell + Aerobus roundtrip transfer from and to any Barcelona airport + Hop On Hop Off Bus for 1 or 2 days + 20% discounts on many other museums and attractions.

There are 2 options for Barcelona City Pass, the only difference being the ticket for the Hop On Hop Off bus – for 1 day or for 2 days!

The cool thing about this pass is that it isn’t limited by time, so you can visit everything at your own pace!

Note: The Hop On Hop Off Bus that you’ll get with this pass is called Barcelona Bus Turistic (the turquoise and purple one), not the Barcelona City Tour (the red one). The only difference between these two is that Barcelona Bus Turistic has 3 lines, while the other one has only 2. This isn’t a big difference, you just have to keep in mind to take the right one :).

Basic Package with Hop On Hop Off bus for 1 day – 69.5€

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The Basic Package includes skip-the-line to Sagrada Familia, skip-the-line for Park Guell, Hop On Hop Off Bus, Aerobus roundtrip.

Sample calculation: Sagrada Familia skip-the-line + Audioguide (22€) + Park Guell skip-the-line (7.5€) + Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for 24 hours (30€) + airport Aerobus roundtrip (10.2€)

22 + 7.5 + 30 + 10.2 = 69.7€

Note: This pass covers the airport transfer roundtrip from Girona airport, too, which is more expensive (25€). In this case you’ll save a total of 8€/person.

Do not forget that you can also benefit from 20% discounts for numerous museums and attractions.

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Some discount examples: Casa Battlo (20% off 24.5€ = 4.9€ saved), Casa Mila (20% off 22€ = 4.4€ saved), Barcelona Aquarium (20% off 20€ = 4€ saved), Picasso Museum (20% off 12€ = 2.4€ saved), Casa Mila at Night (20% off 34€ = 6.8€ saved), Barcelona Zoo (20% off 21.4€ = 4.28€ saved) and public transportation for 4 days (20% off of 28,5€ = 5,7€ saved)

If you have more time to visit some of these discounted attractions, then this package is totally worth it.

Let’s say you would also go to the most popular museums such as Casa Batllo (4.9€ saved), Casa Mila (4.4€ saved) and you would use the public transportation with 20% discount for 4 days (5.7€ saved).

4.9 + 4.4 + 5.7 = 15€

You save: from 15€ if you go to the most popular attraction and more (from 30€ if you are arriving to Girona airport)

Pros and cons

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PROS: Barcelona City Pass is entirely mobile, so you can buy your pass online, select your desired dates for the aerobus, Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and then you’ll receive all your tickets via email. No need to print them or exchange them for an actual card!

As this pass is not time-dependent (like the other ones for 2, 3, 4 days etc), it’s very easy to create your own schedule according to what you want to visit and then go around town at your own pace.

CONS: If you’re not a fan of the Hop On Hop Off bus, then this pass isn’t the right thing for you, as it doesn’t include any public transport card.

Bottom line, is it worth it?

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Barcelona City Pass is the perfect option for someone who visits Barcelona for the first time and who wants to see the main things without the hustle of the queues, as this pass organizes your time for you and saves you a little cash. The more you visit, the more you save, so it is a good thing this pass isn’t time constrained!

Where to buy it

You can buy the Barcelona City Pass online here. Then you will have to select your chosen dates for the Aerobus ticket, Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and you’ll receive all your tickets via email. No need to print them, just scan/show them at the entrance of each attraction, including the Hop On/ Hop-off bus and Aerobus.

3. Turbo Pass Barcelona

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Turbo Pass Barcelona offers many skip-the-line tickets to the city’s museums and attractions + many discounts + Hop On Hop Off Bus 24 hours (only for the 3, 4 and 5 day pass) + unlimited public transport (metro, bus, trains, airport transfer by train, bus, and metro, + map of Barcelona and brochure + shopping discounts in several shops and restaurants.

The Turbo pass is very similar to the Barcelona Pass, the only difference is this one gives you an access to Sagrada Familia skip the line.

Let’s see if it is worth it to but this touristic pass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days:

2 days – 79.9€

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Let’s make a sample calculation with some of the best things you can fit in 2 days only:

Sample calculation: Public Transport 48 hours (15€) + Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia (15€) + Habor tour Las Golondrinas (15.2€) + skip-the-line to MNAC – National Art Museum (12€) + Casa de les Punxes (12.5€)

15 + 15 + 15.2 + 12 + 12.5 = 69.7€

Thus, if you are going buy a 2 days pass, it is a waste of money.

3 days – 109.9€

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Unlike the 2-days pass, the 3, 4 and 5 days pass offers you free Hop On Hop Off bus for 24 hours.

Sample calculation: Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for 24 hours (30€)+ Public Transport 72 hours (22€) + Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia (15€)+ Habor tour Las Golondrinas (15.2€) + skip-the-line to MNAC – National Art Museum (12€)+ Casa de les Punxes (12.5€)+ skip-the-line Joan Miro Foundation (12€) + Chocolate Museum (6€)

30 + 22 + 15 + 15.2 + 12 + 12.5 + 12 + 6 = 124.7€

You save: 124.7 – 109.9 = 14.8€

4 days – 119.9€

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As the pass is 4 days, you will be able to visit more places that the pass covers.

Sample calculation: Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for 24 hours (30€) + Public Transport 96 hours (28.5€) + Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia (15€)+ Habor tour Las Golondrinas (15.2€) + skip-the-line to MNAC – National Art Museum (12€)+ Casa de les Punxes (12.5€)+ skip-the-line Joan Miro Foundation (12€) + Chocolate Museum (6€) + Music Museum (6€) + Picasso Museum (12€)

30 + 28.5 + 15 + 15.2 + 12 + 12.5 + 12 + 6 + 6 + 12 = 149.2€

You save: 149.2 – 119.9 = 29.3€

5 days – 129.9€

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Sample calculation: Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for 24 hours (30€) + Public Transport 120 hours (35€) + Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia (15€) + Habor tour Las Golondrinas (15.2€) + skip-the-line to MNAC – National Art Museum (12€) + Casa de les Punxes (12.5€) + skip-the-line Joan Miro Foundation (12€) + Chocolate Museum (6€) + Music Museum (6€) + Picasso Museum (12€)+ Botanical Garden (3.5€) + Columbus Monument viewpoint (6€) + Fundació Antoni Tàpies (7€)

30 + 35 + 15 + 15.2 + 12 + 12.5 + 12 + 6 + 6 + 12 + 3.5 + 6 + 7 = 172.2€

You save: 172.2 – 129.9 = 42.3€

This seems like a better deal and even if you’d like to buy an individual skip-the-line ticket to Park Guell, you will still save a significant amount of money.

NOTE: Turbo Pass comes with several discounts for other museums and attractions around town. Some examples are:

Casa Mila (20% off 22€ = 4.4€ saved), Barcelona Aquarium (20% off 20€ = 4€ saved), Barcelona Zoo (20% off 21.4€ = 4.28€ saved) and more.

Check all the included discounts and advantages here

Pros and cons

PROS: Unlike the Barcelona Pass, Turbo Pass has the ticket to Sagrada Familia included and free public transport. Unlike the Barcelona pass for 3 days, Turbo pass is 109.9€ comparing to 150€ for Barcelona Pass + Travel Card.

It can be a significant money saver, your savings will grow with the number of days spent in the city.

CONS: The pass doesn’t include the ticket to Park Guell.

If you want it only for 2 days, it does not worth the money in my opinion

Bottom line, is it worth it?

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For 2 days is not worth it but the options for 3, 4 and 5 days will save you some money, especially if you want to do as many things as possible in the given timeframe.

Where to buy it

You can buy your Turbo Pass online here. After you received your email confirmation, you can choose to have your pass shipped to you for an extra fee or you can pick it up when you get to Barcelona. The pick-up offices are located in the airport and in the city center of Barcelona at Plaça Catalunya.

4. Barcelona Card

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Barcelona Card is a smart card with an NFC chip that offers you free entry to over 25 museums and attractions around the city (Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are NOT included), but also more than 70 discounts on other attractions, restaurants, tours and shopping + unlimited free public transportation. You will also get a map of the Barcelona metro + Barcelona Shopping Card with advantages in more than 80 shops + a guide in six languages with the city map. As usual, you have a couple of options – 3, 4 or 5 days pass.

NOTE: You can add the Gaudí Bundle to your Barcelona Card for 29,50€ and you will get skip-the-line tickets for Sagrada Familia (15€) and Park Güell (7.5€), which does not worth it at all if you ask me as you can buy them separate on their official websites online and you’ll get a way better price (22.5€)

NOTE 2: You can skip the 20€ pass, as it only offers discounts. You need the one for 3 or more days in order to make the best out of your pass.

You can see all the discounts and advantages for Barcelona Card here.

3 days – 45€

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Sample calculation: In order to make a sample calculation, I will consider some of the top Barcelona museums and attractions that you can visit in the course of 3 days:

Public Transport 72 hours (22€) + Airport metro roundtrip (4.50€ x 2) + Admission Ticket to Museu Picasso (advance booking required) (12€) + Admission Ticket to Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) (10€) + Fundació Joan Miró (12€) + Music Museum (6€) + Chocolate Museum (6€) + CCCB – Contemporary Culture Center (6€) + El Born Centre Cultural (6€)

22 + 9 + 12 + 10 + 12 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 = 89€

You save: 89 – 45 = 44€/person

This is a great save, especially if you want to visit as many museums and attractions in Barcelona as possible!

NOTE: Barcelona Card doesn’t include a ticket to Sagrada Familia (15€ for the skip-the-line ticket) or Park Guell (7.5€ skip-the-line for the Monumental area). In case you want to visit these iconic Barcelona attractions by Gaudi (and you should!) individually, you will save some money with it.

4 days – 55€

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Sample calculation: We will add two more attractions for these 4 days:

Public Transport 96 hours (28.5€) + Airport metro roundtrip (4.50€ x 2) + Admission Ticket to Museu Picasso (advance booking required) (12€) + Admission Ticket to Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) (10€) + Fundació Joan Miró (12€) + Music Museum (6€) + Chocolate Museum (6€) + CCCB – Contemporary Culture Center (6€) + El Born Centre Cultural (6€) + Fundació Antoni Tàpies (7€) + Botanical Garden (3.5€)

28.5 + 9 + 12 + 10 + 12 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 7 + 3.5 = 106€

You save: 106 – 55 = 51€/person

5 days – 60€

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Sample calculation: We will add two more attractions for these 5 days:

Public Transport 120 hours (35€) + Airport metro roundtrip (4.50€ x 2) + Admission Ticket to Museu Picasso (advance booking required) (12€) + Admission Ticket to Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) (10€) + Fundació Joan Miró (12€) + Music Museum (6€) + Chocolate Museum (6€) + CCCB – Contemporary Culture Center (6€) + El Born Centre Cultural (6€)+Fundació Antoni Tàpies (7€) + Botanical Garden (3.5€) + History Museum Plaça del Rei (7€) + Design Museum (6€)

35 + 9 + 12 + 10 + 12 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 7 + 3.5 + 7 + 6 = 125.5€

You save: 125.5 – 60 = 65.5€/person

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This schedule might seem a little too busy for some people, in this case feel free to take out some of the attractions from there. Even if you do that, you will still save a lot of money as opposed to if you would buy tickets individually.

Don’t forget that you also get discounts for more than 70 other museums and attractions such as Camp Nou Experience (5% discount if you book online), Casa Battlo (-3€), Casa Mila (20% off 22€ = 4.4€ saved), Casa Museu Gaudí (-1€), Museu d’Historia de Catalunya (-30%), Calatunya Bus Turistíc (-10€), Barcelona Aquarium (20% off 20€ = 4€ saved), PortAventura World (-20%), Barcelona Zoo (-20%).

Pros and cons

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PROS: Barcelona Card is the perfect deal for people who are planning to see many museums and attractions in Barcelona and who want to use the public transport a lot, including the airport metro/train. You can really make this card worth it if you visit 2-3 museums/attractions per day and if you also use your discounts, you can save over 65.5 Eur per person!

Check all the prices and discounts here.

CONS: Sagrada Familia and Park Guell (two of Gaudi’s best attractions) are NOT included in the Barcelona Card.

If you are NOT planning to visit many attractions, but simply walk around the city, it might not worth it in this case. Otherwise, it is probably the best money saver pass on the market.

Bottom line, is it worth it?

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I think the Barcelona Card is totally worth it for anyone who has plans to visit most of Barcelona’s attractions by public transport. You will save a lot of money if you’re the type of traveler who wants to visit at least 2 museums/attractions a day. The Barcelona Card is worth it even if it doesn’t include the tickets for Sagrada Familia and Park Guell – you can buy those individually and you will still get a better price in the end. Or maybe you’ve been to Barcelona before and you have already seen these 2, in which case the Barcelona Card is totally recommended!

Where to buy it

You can buy the Barcelona Card in any of the city’s tourism offices (including in Barcelona airport). You can also buy it online, but you must exchange it for a real card at any of the city’s tourism offices. Your free admissions and discounts are only valid once the card has been activated.

5. iVenture Pass

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The main difference about iVenture pass is that it is focused more on tours and experiences rather than museums, that is why I placed it after the more classical ones.

There are 2 options for the iVenture Pass: Unlimited and Flexi.

NOTE: The card expires 7 days from the date of card issuance.

Unlimited Pass – 7 days – 255€

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The iVenture Unlimited pass is available for 7 full days and offers you free entrance to 35 attractions + Barcelona City Tour Hop On Hop Off Bus for 24 hours.

You choose what you want to do and when and you only have to present your iVenture card.

Other than free access to these attractions, you’ll get access to La Rambla View Point, Casino Barcelona and Mortiz Brewery and a guide with maps and useful information.

There are tons of things to do in Barcelona during one entire week, but let’s name some that are included in the Unlimited pass to see if it’s worth it:

Sagrada Familia skip-the-line and Guided tour (24€) + Park Guell skip-the-line and Guided tour (14.5€) + Barcelona City Tour Hop On Hop Off Bus (30€/27€ if bought online) + Casa Batllo skip-the-line and audio tour (29.5€) + skip-the-line Poble Espanyol (12.6€) + Casa Milá – La Pedrera (22€) + MNAC – National Art Museum (12€) + Gaudi Experiencia 3D (9€) + Port Aventura one-day ticket (49€) + Habor tour Las Golondrinas (15.2€) + Barcelona Aquarium (20€) + Montserrat Morning Half Day Tour and Liquor Tasting (55€) + Hard Rock Café main course, dessert and drink (28€)

You can check all the attractions included in the iVenture Unlimited Pass here.

Sample calculation: Let’s consider you want to see all the awesome attractions that we mentioned above.

24 + 14.5 + 27 + 29.5 + 12.6 + 22 + 12 + 9 + 49 + 15.2 + 20 + 55 + 28 = 317.8€

You save: 317.8 – 255 = 62.8€

This is an amazing save even if you won’t get to see all the places mentioned!

Just like the Unlimited pass, the Flexi pass is available for 7 days from the date of card issuance.

Flexi Pass – 7 days

In case you don’t want to go all-in with the unlimited pass, you can buy the Flexi pass for premade itineraries. You can choose between 3 or 5 attractions. This pass is available for 7 days as well.

3 activities – 85€

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Sample calculation #1: Let’s choose 3 best attractions from the list:

Sagrada Familia skip-the-line and Guided tour (24€) + Barcelona City Tour Hop On Hop Off Bus (30€/27€ if bought online) + Port Aventura one-day ticket (49€)

24 + 27 + 49 = 100€

You save: 100 – 85 = 15€

In case you’re not a fan of the Hop On Hop Off bus or Port Aventura, you can choose the main Gaudi attractions from the list:

Sample calculation #2:

Sagrada Familia skip-the-line and Guided tour (24€) + Park Guell skip-the-line and Guided tour (14.5€) + Casa Batllo skip-the-line and audio tour (29.5€)

24 + 14.5 + 29.5 = 68€

It seems like the best way to make this pass really worth it is to select the day tours for the list (if you want to do them, of course!).

5 activities – 135€

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Sample calculation:

Sagrada Familia skip-the-line and Guided tour (24€) + Park Guell skip-the-line and Guided tour (14.5€) + Barcelona City Tour Hop On Hop Off Bus (30€/27€ if bought online) + Port Aventura one-day ticket (49€) + Montserrat Morning Half Day Tour and Liquor Tasting (55€)

24 + 14.5 + 27 + 49 + 55 = 169.5€

You save: 169.5 – 135 = 34.5€

Again, this is a very good save if you choose the Port Aventura tickets and the Montserrat half day tour.

Pros and cons

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PROS: The iVenture Unlimited pass is ideal for people who are going to spend at least 6 days in the city and enjoy all its top attractions. You can visit everything at your own pace (but the skip-the-line tickets must be scheduled in advance) and you’ll also get the Hop On Hop Off bus for 24 hours. The iVenture Flexi Pass is a super good deal if you want to do the day tours included on the list (Port Aventura and Montserrat), but you can save some money even if you do some less expensive attractions.

CONS: A travel card for public transport is not included in this pass. It may not be such a good idea if you don’t plan to go on any day trips such as Port Aventura or on a Montserrat tour, as these are some of the most expensive tickets on the list.

Bottom line, is it worth it?

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The pass is totally worth it for people who are staying in Barcelona for 6-7 days and they want to make the best of it – Hop On Hop Off bus, Gaudi attractions, Port Aventura, Montserrat half day tour, boat tour and lots of other skip-the-line tickets. If you want to see the best things in Barcelona and live the best experiences during this time period, then I recommend buying it. If you choose some less expensive activities, then the Flexi pass might not be worth it.

Where to buy it

You can buy your iVenture Pass online here. After that, you have to exchange it for a real card in any of the Julia Travel collection points mentioned here. If you don’t want to purchase it online, you can buy it directly from the collection points.

Sample prices for the most popular attractions in 2018

I am giving you the price for online booking for the most known Barcelona attractions. I have also given the links to the official websites, so you can check how I ended up with this digit by yourself.

NamePrice on the official website,
Sagrada Familia fast track15
Sagrada Familia fast track + audioguide22
Sagrada Familia fast track + guided tour24
Sagrada Familia fast track + audioguide + Tower access29
Park Guell (monumental zone) fast track7.5
Hop On Hop Off Bus 24 hours30
Airport train/metro one-way4.5
Transport card for 3 days22
Single metro/bus ride in Barcelona2.2
Barcelona Aquarium20
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)12
Casa Batlló24.5
Casa Milá – La Pedrera22
Poble Espanyol13

Other Barcelona touristic passes

Here are some other less known passes that will be useful for people interested in a specific area of Barcelona:

Hola Barcelona Pass

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This is basically an unlimited transportation card (we talked about it in the beginning, you can get it a bundle with Barcelona Travel Card). The card is available for 2, 3, 4 and 5 days.

Hola! BCN Pass is nominal, works only for consecutive days and can be used as many times a day as you want. It’s available from the first validation on. You can also use it for metro trips from Barcelona Airport to the city center and the other way around.

Use it for: metro, buses, urban railway (FGC, Zone 1), Montjuïc funicular, trams and regional railway (Rodalies de Catalunya, Zone 1). Children under the age of 4 can travel for free in Barcelona.

Price: 15€ (2 days), 22€ (3 days), 28.5€ (4 days) and 35€ (5 days).

See all the details here.

Gaudi Pass

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Gaudi Pass is very similar to Barcelona City Pass. It offers skip-the-line for Sagrada Familia, skip-the-line to Casa Mila – La Pedrera with audio tour, Barcelona Bus Turistic for one day, wine tasting at the top of Columbus Monument.

It doesn’t include any other discounts and perks, no public transport or airport transfer. There is no option for a children’s pass.

Price: 65€

See all the details here.

Articket Barcelona

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Also called the “Barcelona Art Passport”, The Articket Barcelona is perfect for art lovers. Tpass will give you free admission to all the exhibitions at these 6 art museums: National Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Contemporary Cultural Center, Fundació Antoni Tàpies,  Picasso Museum and Fundació Joan Miró. It will save you up to 31€/person.

Price: 30€ (available for one year)

See all the details here.

Barcelona Night Card

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If you’re interested in Barcelona’s nightlife, then you may want to check out this unusual pass. Barcelona Night Card offers you free entry to 20 nightclubs before 2 A.M. and you can buy it in two options: for 2 days or for 7 days.

Here are all the clubs where you will get free entrance with the card.

Price: 10€ for the 2-nights card and 20€ for the 7-nights card.

Tip: If you buy the Barcelona Card, you’ll get 30% discount for Barcelona Night Card.

See all the details here.

Barcelona Card Express

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This is a combination of a travel card that also offers some discounts. You can use it for 48 hours only to take the train/metro to and from the airport and for unlimited metro and busrides (TMB), FGC city, suburban trains, trams and Renfe suburban trains zone 1.

Here you can see all the 90 discounts you get with this card.

Price: 19€/person

See all the details here.

Important things to consider when buying a tourist pass in Barcelona

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  • When taking a decision whether it would be worth for you to buy a pass, take the closed dates into consideration too.

For example, many museums are closed on Monday (except MACBA – Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona, which is open on Monday and closed on Tuesday) so you might be not able to use your pass and it would be a shame if it expires without you using it properly.

  • Do you need free transportation or are you going to walk a lot? Or maybe you are going to rent a bike?
  • Are you traveling with children?

For example, Sagrada Familia offers free entrance for minors younger than 11 years old and Park Guell offers free entrance for children under 6. Transportation is free for kids under 4, but from age 5 and above they need to have an adult ticket. Take these things into consideration when calculating whether you should also get a children pass or not.
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  • I recommend making a plan of all the places you want to visit in Barcelona and make a calculation (see the table above) of how much you would pay for them individually. Then compare those prices with the price of the pass.
  • Many Barcelona museums offer free entrance on the first Sunday of each month or from 3 pm on regular Sundays, so you should also take this into consideration if you’re visiting on weekends. See the list with free entrance days here.

You should obviously choose the most expensive attractions from the passes to compensate for the pass’ cost (only if you really want to visit them, of course).

So, are the touristic passes worth it?

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All in all, if you are planning to visit more than 2-3 paid attractions in Barcelona, then probably, yes. It really depends on what activities you want to do, if you are going to use the public transport, if the museums are closed on the day you want to visit etc. Research is key and I hope the comparison table above will help you!


Conclusion

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Barcelona is an amazing city with countless things to see and do and one way to do them all together is by purchasing a city pass. One of the best things about tourist passes is that they offer you convenience and comfort. Every day counts when you’re on vacation, so I hope you’ll pick the pass that’s perfect for you and your itinerary!

It took a while to read the fine prints for all these passes and do the calculations to see which of them are worth it, but now you have everything here and you won’t have to do it by yourself. Now you will be able to pick the one that fits your needs best.

Money wise, some passes are a bit more expensive compared to individual tickets for each attraction, but don’t forget that you’re saving a lot of time with them.

I hope this article will help you make an accurate comparison! Enjoy!

If my calculations are not clear, you can ask me anything in the comments below, I’m always happy to help!

 

Romina


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Romina is originally Romanian and a real travel enthusiast. She is a photographer, videographer and writer who likes to help people find out more about traveling.

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