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 a giant Basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí. It 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 deals with tickets purchases at the door. If you have a short time in Barcelona do you really want to spend it stuck in a crowd of people waiting in line for one to two hours or more?
If you don't want to be stuck in a long queue then it is advisable to pre-book your entrance tickets to the Sagrada Familia especially during the peak seasons - April to September. The online advanced ticket purchase entrance either has considerably shorter queues or often no queues at all.
The other issue is that if the Sagrada Familia reaches its capacity of visitors then you even may find you will not be permitted to enter at all 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.
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.