Contrary to what you initially may think, the Barcelona City Pass or Online City Pass Barcelona isn’t actually a physical card, but a virtual one. When buying the pass, you get tickets for two of the most interesting and must-see places to visit in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. It also includes two hugely popular services for anyone visiting Barcelona, the bus transfer from the airport (Girona or Barcelona) to the city centre as well as access to the tourist bus. At this point, you will probably have several questions. What other benefits does it include? How does it work and where do you buy it? Is it better than other cards? Here we shall resolve all of these doubts and provide you with all the necessary information.
Where to buy and how much does the Barcelona City Pass cost?
As the name suggests, the Online City Pass Barcelona is a product that is almost 100% online. You can only buy it online and you don’t have to collect any card or tickets from an office or physical point when you arrive in Barcelona. This means that you save time and is a definite advantage if you compare it with the Barcelona Card or Barcelona Card Express.
Online Citypass Barcelona
Park Güell + Sagrada Familia + Tourist Bus (1 or 2 days) + Bus transfer from the airport
|TYPE OF BARCELONA CITY PASS|
|Online City Pass Adult + Hop on Bus Turístic 1 day/td>|
|Online City Pass Child + Hop on Bus Turístic 1 day|
|Online City Pass Adult + Hop on Bus Turístic 2 days|
|Online City Pass Child + Hop on Bus Turístic 2 days|
*Online City Pass Child is for children aged between 4 and 10 years.
1. * SELECT THE DATE AND ARRIVAL AIRPORT
2. MAKE THE PAYMENT ONLINE
3. ** SELECT THE DATE AND TIME OF VISIT TO SAGRADA FAMILIA AND PARK GÜELL
4. EMAIL SENT: CONFIRMATION
5. *** EMAIL 2: TICKETS(Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Airport bus, Tourist Bus)
6. *** EMAIL “2”: DISCOUNTS(extra 20% discount when buying tickets for other sights and services online)
7. ENJOY BARCELONA
* Required to be able to receive the bus tickets from the airport (Girona or Barcelona) to the centre of Barcelona (does not include return)
** Required to be able to send the tickets directly by email and, therefore, avoiding queues at the ticket offices.
*** After 24 hours you will receive a second email which includes the tickets (Park Güell, Sagrada Familia, airport bus and tourist bus). You will also receive a code for a 20% discount to be able to purchase other tickets or services (always through the same website).
What does it include? General features and benefits
In short, the Online City Pass Barcelona includes priority access without having to queue up for Park Güell and Sagrada Familia, the tourist bus for 1 or 2 days, transport from the airport to Barcelona as well as an extra 20% discount when buying a ticket for other museums, places of interest and some of the most important sights of the city. Here is a table where you can see more clearly what the Online City Pass includes and what it doesn’t include.
|SIGHT / SERVICE||INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED / DISCOUNT|
|BUS TRANSFER AIRPORT||INCLUDED|
|PUBLIC TRANSPORT||NOT INCLUDED|
|PICASSO MUSEUM||20% DISCOUNT|
|FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ||20% DISCOUNT|
|CASA BATLLÓ||DESCUENTO 20%|
|LA PEDRERA – CASA MILÀ||20% DISCOUNT|
|CAMP NOU EXPERIENCE||20% DISCOUNT|
|FLAMENCO SHOW||20% DISCOUNT|
|RECINTE MODERNISTA SANT PAU||20% DISCOUNT|
* The 20% discount only applies when buying online via the Ticketbar website and by entering the discount code that will be sent to you after purchasing the Online City Pass Barcelona. In the table you can see some of the most important sights in Barcelona where you can use the 20% discount, although there are others.
But… Do I save money if i buy the Barcelona City Pass or Not?
Despite everything we’ve told you so far, you probably still have some doubts on if the Barcelona City Pass actually saves you money or not. So, the pass allows you to save money and is useful if you are planning on:
1. GETTING THE BUS FROM THE AIRPORT
2. VISITING PARK GÜELL
3. VISITING SAGRADA FAMILIA
4. GOING ON THE TOURIST BUS
5. PLANNING TO VISIT 2 OTHER SIGHTS And only when you buy the tickets online with the extra 20% discount.
The more tickets to other sights that you buy with the extra 20% discount, the more you save, which could reach €20, €30, €40 in savings.
If you are a family the total savings will be a lot higher, as you will save about €10 for each family member. If you also add in the benefit of not having to wait in queues to access Park Güell and Sagrada Familia or tickets to other tourist and cultural sights with the 20% discount, not having to worry about collecting a physical ticket when you arrive in Barcelona…then the benefits multiply!
It may seem like there are a lot of things to consider to make sure that the Online Pass Barcelona is cost effective but, if you look at it in detail, you’ll see that it is pretty much a definite that it will be cost effective in the end. And for the vast majority of people who visit Barcelona for the first time, they find the City Pass Barcelona very useful. Of course, ultimately the final decision is yours to make!