Q: Is it necessary to buy entry tickets to the Sagrada Familia online in advance or can we just buy tickets at the door on the day? We only have one day in Barcelona and I heard there can be long lines of people waiting to get in.
A: We advise you to buy your tickets in advance for this Barcelona attraction. The Sagrada Familia is the no.1 most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona with 3,000,000 visitors per year and is one of Spain's most popular tourist attractions. There are often very long queues to get into the attraction (between 1 to 2 hours) at entrances that deal with ticket purchases at the door.
Please see the following video of a typical queue at the Sagrada Familia which we recorded recently. Below the video we explain how you can avoid queuing entirely.
Entrance queue at the Sagrada Familia.
If you have a short time in Barcelona do you really want to spend your holiday time in a crowd of people in line waiting for one to two hours or more?
If you want to avoid the queues then it is advisable to pre-book your entrance tickets to the Sagrada Familia especially during the peak seasons - April to September.
The other issue is that if the Sagrada Familia reaches its capacity of visitors then you may not be permitted to enter until the number of visitors inside the Sagrada Familia reduces to that of a safe level.
The link below will enable you to purchase your tickets online so that you can "jump the queue". You will have privilege access plus a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia included in the price. You will also be guaranteed access even when the venue is stopping visitors at the main entrance for ticket purchases at the door.
|Photo showing tourists queuing to get into the Sagrada Familia. Queue size depends on the time of year but can be up to 2 hours or more.|
If you choose not to purchase your Sagrada Familia tickets in advance then it's best to be prepared for standing in a queue. This can be uncomfortable if you are waiting out in the hot Spanish sun. It is highly recommended to bring a parasol, sun cream and a bottle of water with you if you have to endure an extended wait. It is not unusual for waiting times to be as much as one hour or more to get in if you intend to only purchase your ticket at the door. This is why we recommend you buy your tickets online before you go for this particular attraction.
You can reserve your tickets in English, French, German, or Spanish languages. When you make your booking you will need to simply print out your booking voucher and ensure to bring it with you on the day along with photographic ID e.g. your passport. Make sure to read the printed voucher carefully because it will have instructions where the exact meeting point will be. An authorized tour guide will then lead you straight through the gates of the Sagrada Familia bypassing the queue. You will then have a short guided tour of the Sagrada Familia. After the short tour you will be free to explore the Sagrada Familia on your own.
See the top of this page for the booking link to beat the queues by booking your Sagrada Familia entrance tickets in advance online. Tickets include express "jump the queue" access with a guided tour.