Tibidabo Amusement Park was built in 1899 thanks to the financial support of Salvador Andreu i Grau, a pharmaceutical businessman and property developer. The amusement park opened in 1905, so it’s a true institution in Barcelona, having been in operation for over 100 years.
All about Tibidabo Amusement Park
Situated almost at the top of Mount Tibidabo at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level, the amusement park is next to the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and very close to the Torre de Collserola. It has over 25 rides that are enjoyed by children, young people and adults alike, whether they are locals or tourists, all of whom keen to enjoy a fun day out in an idyllic location.
There are various types of ticket available, from that which includes access to all the rides and attractions, to those which only allow you to access some of the rides up to a certain level (remembering that the theme park is on a hill). It’s also possible to buy an individual ticket to go on one ride. You can buy tickets online, on Tibidabo Amusement Park’s official website, as well as in the ticket offices at the entrance. If you buy your tickets online you’ll need to print the booking confirmation, and when you arrive you should go to the customer service area, where they will give you wristbands allowing you to enter the attractions.
Getting there: In the Tibibus, the direct bus to Tibidabo that leaves from Plaça Catalunya and Vall d’Hebron.
Attractions: Unlimited access to all the rides and shows.
Getting there: In the Tramvia Blau (or 196 bus) and the Tibidabo Funicular.
Attractions: Includes a visit to the “Camí del Cel” and one ride that you can choose from this area, as well as access to the Automata Museum.
Getting there: In the Tibidabo funicular.
Attractions: Includes access to the historical area of the park (you’ll also be able to go on a couple of rides, or perhaps more, depending on which rides you choose).
Ticket for all the attractions
€ General Admission: €28.50.
€ Children under 120cm: €10.30.
€ Children under 90cm: free of charge.
€ Senior citizens over the age of 60: €10.
€ Disabled visitors: €5.
Ticket for the attractions in the Camí del Cel area
The purchase of this ticket grants you access to all the attractions in the Camí del Cel (Atalaya, Aeroplane, Museum of Mechanical Figures, Edifici del Cel, Carousel, Latas, Pony Rodeo and Rio Grande), as well as being able to walk round the other areas of the park, but not being able to go on those rides.
€ General Admission: €12.70.
€ Children under 120cm: €7.80.
€ Children under 90cm: free of charge.
€ Senior citizens over the age of 60: €6.70.
€ Disabled visitors: €3.30.
€ Single ticket for one attraction or ride: €2.
Access to the vast majority of the grounds of the theme park is actually free, so if you have already taken the trouble to go to the top of Tibidabo Mountain, we recommend that you have a look round the park, taking in the magic it has to offer, even if you’re not planning on going on any of the rides. In doing this you’ll be able to take some great photos of the grounds, and of the views that you’ll see from the viewpoint in the Camí del Cel (literally ‘Walk to the Sky’) area.
In order to go on many of the rides, children will need to be of a minimum height, which is why the concessions are offered according to height, and not age.
Just like in all amusement parks, Tibidabo has rides for people of all ages, and most of them are aimed at children and the younger visitors. As it’s situated at the top of the Tibidabo Mountain, the rides are situated at various levels so there are a few hidden spots within the complex. We therefore recommend that you keep hold of them map that you’ll be given when you buy the tickets, and refer to it in order to go to everything on your list.
Almost 100 years old, Atalaya is one of the classic rides in the park, so it’s almost compulsory to have a go, although note that it’s not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.
Built in 1928, it’s the true icon of the amusement park, and although it’s aimed at children the older visitors are just as excited (if not more!) when the plane flies over the park.
Museum of Mechanical Figures
Housing more than 40 19th and 20th century mechanical figures, this traditional museum is one of the most popular attractions in the park. If you’re in the area with children, a visit to the museum is a must.
Roughly translating as ‘look at the mirrors’, this is a hall of mirrors in which each mirror shows your reflection in a different form with different effects. If you’re after some fun and a bit of a giggle, this is definitely for you!
Diávolo (The Devil)
The carousel of swings gives you the feeling that you’re flying. Although when it’s stationary it looks like a ride for the youngest visitors only, the sensation as you get higher and faster is something that everyone will enjoy.
the Roller Coaster
No good amusement park is complete without a roller coaster, and Tibidabo is no exception. Although it might not be as spectacular as those in some other parks, you’ll still have a great ride!
Tibidabo’s new and striking Big Wheel, Giradabo, fills the theme park with colour with its bright cabins, and offers wonderful views of the city.
There are various places to eat within the grounds of the park, but as is usually the case with places of this nature, they usually serve fast food and it can be rather expensive. There’s also a bar and restaurant in the square just outside the park, and these options are probably the best if you’re going to be there all day. If on the other hand you’re only going for the morning or the afternoon and you’d like to eat nearby, we recommend one of the bars around Vallvidrera (for example the Casa Trampa restaurant).
Map and How to get there
At the top of Tibidabo Mountain, Barcelona.
The park’s opening days and hours vary according to the time of year. We therefore recommend that you check the official link to the park’s opening hours.
Cost of Entry
Detailed information can be found above.
How to get there?
Private vehicle: drive up to the top of Tibidabo from the Avinguda de Vallvidriera or the Carretera de Sant Cugat. You can park in the dedicated parking area situated next to the amusement park. You’ll need to pay for cars, but motorbikes can be parked free of charge.
Funicular del Tibidabo: You can take it from Plaça del Dr. Andreu. + info
Tibibus: It’s the bus that will taje you up to the Tibidabo Amusement Park. It has two lines, the T2A (Plaça Catalunya – Centre d’Acollida d’Animals – Tibidabo) and the T2B (Sant Genís – Vall d’Hebrón – Tibidabo). These lines run from a few minutes before the park opens, until it closes at the end of the day.