Barcelona Card

Barcelona CardThe Barcelona Card is the Swiss knife of the cards for  Barcelona. It's the most functional  multi-card that exists: we open one tool and we have the free public transport (metro, bus, tram and train), with another tool we find free tickets to some museums and other discounts, we open the scissors and we cut the price of admission to visit important cultural centers like the Palau de La Música Catalana or Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the classic entertainment centres like the Auqarium, the Zoo or the amusement park (Parque de Atracciones del Tibidabo); and now it's time to eat,  let's look for the list of restaurants offering discounts with the Barcelona Card, and then, later in the evening, maybe we feel like taking a boat  (golondrina, a typical boat of Barcelona) for a harbour cruise or have a breathtaking panoramic view  over the city from Collserola communications tower, and whether by sea or by air, with free admission;  and for the night we can open the tool for Flamenco and enjoy a show with discount. And the next day, even more. And the last day, if you travel by plane and arrive at the airport of Barcelona to the terminal T2, you have a free ticket for the train to the airport. And our last advice and not the first, because it depends on the hour for your arrival to Barcelona, it's rather not convincing, at least not yet to pick up the card and for this day activate it.

And how much costs the Barcelona Card?

20 € / 2 days- 45 € / 3 days- 55 € / 4 days - 60 € / 5 days


And for those who are travelling with children, it is important to know that the cards for children from 4 to 12 years cost less than half of the price for adults.

But let's see if it is really worth. We describe a realistic plan for a two days visit to the city.

We had breakfast and are leaving the hotel, apartament or wherever we  are staying. We will face our first full day in Barcelona. We count with 3 trips by metro or bus this day and with differences between the trips of less than 1: hour and fifteen minutes, that's the time you have left for a transport transfer without paying again. For 6 trips it would be cheaper to buy a T10 ticket (10,30€)  than single tickets (2,15€) which however, don't allow transfers. In this two days, imagine, we want to visit the MNAC museum, Miró Foundation, Caixa Forum, MACBA Museum, La Pedrera, climb up the Colon statue, take a boat in the port, and see a Flamenco Show. On the first day we could concentrate on the Montjuïc mountain (MNAC,  Miró Foundation and Caixa Forum) and for the night see a Flamenco Show; the second day we could visit  La Pedrera, walking down Passeig de Gràcia to the Ramblas and explore the Raval until getting to the MACBA, and after the museum, back to the accommocation (may be a siesta?), and later on climb up the Colon statue, take a boat  (Golondrina) and have some tapas in the Barceloneta quarter.

Without the Barcelona card . How much would the two days cost?

MNAC: 12 €
Miró Foundation: 11 €
Caixa Forum: 4 €
MACBA: 10 €
La Pedrera: 20,50 €
Observation tower Colón: 4,50 €
Golondrina (Boat): 7 €
Flamenco show + a drink in the tablao El Cordobés: 42,50 €

Entrance fees (112,00 €) + transport costs (10,30 €) = 122,30 €

With the Barcelona Card the entrance fees would cost 50.40 €, add up the 34 € for the cost of the card  and it would be totally: 84,40 €. Savings of approximately  37,9 € per person in this hypothetical visit.

And if yo travel with children, only visiting the Auqarium, the Zoo and the Tibidao amusement park, you would save approximately for these spaces 20 euros (based on 1 child with an adult ).

The Barcelona Card is not only a card for those who want to move around in the city a lot and visit as much as possible. With the above example we see that this is a card that can save us money if we know what we want to see and what kind of things enjoy. Oh, and we almost forgot, with the Barcelona Card you can avoid the queue for tickets for some of the museums

+ information and buy the Barcelona Card online with discount


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