This page will give you a review of the Barcelona Card - the discount tourist card issued by the Barcelona tourism board. The card offers a range of discounts, free unlimited trips on the public transport system and the convenience of not having to queue to buy your transport tickets in a foreign language. Simply whip out your Barcelona Card and you're away!
1. Free unlimited transport on Barcelona transport network. No more problems and wasted time queuing for travel tickets. Saves you time and makes your holiday more enjoyable.
2.Save money on entrance fees for many major attractions. You can also enter for free to some attractions with the card. We have not listed which ones here because the offers change frequently. You will be informed which ones when you are presented with the card.
- Free transport costs: No need to buy metro, tram or bus tickets. The area covered for free travel is zone 1 which covers the entire city centre and all the main tourist attraction areas in Barcelona.
- Free Airport train or bus (TMB) You can also travel for free on the RENFE train and the TMB bus (but not the Aerobus) from the airport to the city centre.
- Discount Souvenirs: You are also entitled to special discounts in the official Barcelona Turisme souvenir shop which you will find in Plaça Catalunya square tourist information office.
- Restaurant discounts: Discounts can also be had on some specific restaurants (see below)
- Performance discounts: You will also receive discount tickets to shows at Palau de la Musica and Theatre Liceu which are important music venues in the city (see below for more details)
3.Improved personal security. If you've read our article on personal safety in Barcelona you would have learned that petty theft and pick pocketing in Barcelona is a problem particularly at stations where tourists have to purchase transport tickets. The reason is that pickpockets can see where tourists keep their money. With the Barcelona Card you do not need to take out your wallets / purses to purchase tickets - your transport has been all paid for in advance and if you keep your Barcelona card in a separate location to your purse or wallet no pickpocket will know where you keep your money.
4. Free Barcelona map and Barcelona guide provided with the Barcelona Card. However the map and guide that comes with the card is rather basic and you will probably need to supplement this with a good guide book.
Do you want a transport only card?
If you are interested in a transport only card instead of a transport and discount card then you may wish to consider the Barcelona Transport Card instead of the Barcelona Card. The Transport Card works in a similar way to the Barcelona card giving you unlimited travel on the Barcelona transport system however it does not give you any of the discounts that the Barcelona Card gives you. It is however considerably cheaper than the Barcelona Card and is an economical means to cover your transport costs.
The card gives you unlimited travel on the Barcelona public transport system including the Metro underground system, the buses around the city centre, the tram system and the train service from the city centre to Barcelona airport.
The Barcelona card will give you good discounts on entry to many popular museums and art galleries e.g. receive 20% off the price for the Picasso Museum and 20% off the price of the Miró museum and many more.
Buy your Barcelona original souvenirs from the souvenirs shop in Barcelona tourist office in Plaça Catalunya and receive a 15% discount with the Barcelona Card.
Enjoy 10% discounts on specific Barcelona restaurants that will be listed when you purchase your card.
Obtain a 20% saving on Palau de la Musica (A beautiful classical music venue) and Gran Teatre del Liceu (Opera, theatre and musicals venue).
When you pick up your Barcelona card you will receive a basic street map of the city, metro map and a simple but comprehensive guide to Barcelona's main attractions along with details on where you will obtain discounts.
The Barcelona card price varies depending on 2 factors:
1. How many days you choose the card to be valid for.
2. Whether the Barcelona Card is for an adult or for a child.
To find out up to date prices for the Barcelona Card see the link below.
You have 2 options for buying your travel and discount card:
Purchase Online: You can purchase your Barcelona Card online which is the easiest and simplest way.
When you pay for your discount card online you can pick it up from Barcelona airport tourist information and then obtain free travel on the RENFE train to the city centre. You will need both the voucher you purchased online and photographic identification to be able to pick up you card.
Barcelona airport tourist information office is closed on 25 December and 01 January and the operating hours for the airport tourist office is from 09:00 to 21:00 you won't be able to pick your card up outside of these hours.
Tourist office: Alternatively you can purchase the Barcelona Card from the Tourist information offices in Barcelona city centre when you visit.
You can buy a Barcelona cards valid from 2 to 5 days. The price of the card varies depending on the number of days of validity you choose.
It is worth thinking about what you intend to use the Barcelona Card for and figure out how much you would be saving before you purchase the card. This would mean taking some time to do some advanced planning before your trip. Once you know what you want to see and do you can more easily figure out if the card will be value for money. Bear in my that you can use the card not only for free transport and discounted entrance fees but also souvenir shopping, and attending many key cultural venues and entertainments.
Another important factor to consider is the conveniece of booking the ticket in advance knowing your transport tickets are covered - which can help you with budgetting your holiday. You can forget about your transport costs once you have the Barcelona Card because most of your public transport cost are covered.
An exception is the card will not cover you for train journeys that go outside of Barcelona city centre but it does entitle you to free transport on the RENFE train between BCN international airport and the city centre. Alternatively you can use if on the TMB bus from the airport to the city centre but it does not cover you for the Aerobus (Express bus) from the airport.