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How To Buy Tickets To The Sagrada Familia In Barcelona

Getting tickets to the Sagrada Familia can be a challenging task. Did you know that almost 5 million people visit this monument each year? That’s why it can be difficult to get your tickets.

Access to the Sagrada Familia is strictly limited to a certain number of visitors each day. For this reason advance bookings are strongly recommended.

Keep reading to how to buy your tickets for the Holy Family in advance. If you want to know more about the temple, take a look at the some tips to visit the Sagrada Familia, where you have all the information you need to prepare your visit to the basilica.

 

Buy Your Tickets Well In Advance

You should be aware that the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a monument that receives thousands of visitors and the number of people who can visit it every day is limited. In addition to this, The number of people that can visit the church at the same time is also limited. As a result, I can’t emphasize enough that you should purchase your tickets to visit the Sagrada Familia well in advance.

If you get there there without your tickets, you risk not being able to enter the Sagrada Familia.

There are many critical periods throughout the year including high season (April-September), especially in the summer, almost every national holiday, Easter, and Christmas. During peak periods (high season weekends, bank holidays, etc.) there’s a possibility that after standing 2 hours in the queue for the ticket office you’ll get a ticket with the entrance time 3 hours later. Thus your plans for the day may be ruined and you’ll be stuck for half the day near Sagrada Familia.

Nevertheless, don’t assume that because you go there during the low season you will encounter fewer tourists visiting the Sagrada Familia. There are countless factors that can end up in tickets being quickly sold out. In low season, for example, the Sagrada Familia receives many groups of students as well as seniors.

 

When To Buy Your Tickets To The Sagrada Familia

Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets. Purchase your tickets to the Sagrada Familia as soon as you decide the date of your visit to Barcelona.

As a rule of thumb, you can purchase your tickets 2 months in advance. And even if you do so, depending on the time of the year as I mentioned before, tickets could be sold out for certain dates soon after they are available.

 

Where To Buy Your Tickets To The Sagrada Familia

Buy your tickets through the official website of the Sagrada Familia.

Beware of third party websites that sell tickets to the Sagrada Familia.

It wouldn’t be the fist time I see companies selling passes of Barcelona attractions including the Sagrada Familia as part of a much larger package. This option is fine if you are planning to spend many days in Barcelona, and have enough time to visit smaller attractions. But if you are interested only in the Sagrada Familia, you will end up paying a much higher price for your tickets than if you get them directly from the official page.

 

What Are The Types Of Tickets And How Much Do They Cost

There are several types of tickets to visit the Sagrada Familia, and each one has a different price. Make sure you check the current prices.

Here are the different types of tickets.

 

Sagrada Familia & Towers

The package includes:

  • Tickets to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Visit to one of the towers: on the Nativity façade, with views of the eastern side of Barcelona, or on the Passion façade, with views of the city center.
  • Audioguide.

Restrictions:

  • The towers can only be visited by children 6 years old and over.
  • Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You must take the lifts up to the top of the towers and take the stairs down.
  • For safety reasons, people with functional disabilities or in wheelchairs cannot visit the towers.
  • The tower lifts may be closed due to bad weather (strong wind and/or rain).

The experience of visiting one of the towers of the Sagrada Familia is quite similar. The main difference is in the views of Barcelona you can enjoy from each tower.

The views are quite similar. However, if I had to pick one, I would suggest you to climb tower of the Nativity Façade (Torre del Nacimiento), because it allows to contemplate up close the only façade of the temple designed entirely by Antoni Gaudí. The Façade of the Nativity is, along with the crypt, the only areas of the temple declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Sagrada Família & Gaudí House Museum

The package includes:

  • Tickets to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Sagrada Familia audioguide.
  • Ticket to Gaudí House Museum (located in Park Güell). This ticket doesn’t include access to the monumental area of Park Güell.

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Sagrada Família & Guided Visit

The package includes:

  • Tickets to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Guided tour.

Additional information about the guided tour:

  • This guided tour lasts approximately 50 minutes.
  • Guided tours are available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian and German (summer).
  • There will not be more than 30 people per group.
  • The group entrance is on Carrer Marina (Nativity façade).

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Sagrada Família

The package includes:

  • Tickets to the Basilica of the Sagrada Família.
  • Sagrada Familia audioguide.

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Sagrada Família Basic Ticket

The package includes:

  • Tickets to the Basilica of the Sagrada Família.

Restrictions:

  • From January 2019, this ticket can only be used after 14:00.
  • This ticket doesn’t include a guide, audioguide or visit to the towers.

See all the details about this ticket »

 

What tickets to the Sagrada Familia should you choose?

  • If you are interested in visiting one of the towers of the Sagrada Família, buy the Sagrada Familia & Towers ticket. It’s the only one that includes the visit to the towers, that you can’t access otherwise.
  • Even if you’re traveling on a low budget, avoid buying the Sagrada Familia Basic Ticket and choose the Sagrada Familia ticket. The Sagrada Familia is an impressive, huge and complex work, and the audioguide will allow you to make the most out of your time.

 

How Much Time Should You Spend Visiting?

It really depends on what type of traveler you are. Are you a quick visitor or a person who loves to observe every detail and contemplate the wonders of humanity very calmly?

On average, most visitors spend 2 hours to visit the Sagrada Familia. The complex is very large and the distance that you will walk too. Even if you want to visit the complex quickly, do not expect to walk through the whole area in less than 1 hour.

 

How To Buy Tickets To The Sagrada Familia

To purchase your tickets to the Sagrada Familia, visit the official website of the Sagrada Familia and select type of ticket you want to buy.

If you are looking to purchase of the most common ticket, the “Sagrada Familia & Towers”:

  • Click on the “BUY” button.
  • On the new screen, select the date you plan to visit the Sagrada Familia.
  • Choose type and the number of tickets you want to buy clicking on the drop-down menu. If you are entitled to some discount, select it now. The Sagrada Familia offers discounts for students (all valid national or international student cards accepted), seniors (65 or older, you’ll be asked to show an ID), visitors under 30 years old (you’ll be asked to show an ID), people with reduced mobility at a rate of 65% or more, and children under 11 (the ticket is free, but you must include one for each child in your booking).
  • Then, scroll down to select one of the two towers (Tower on the Passion façade or Tower on the Nativity façade)click on the “Go to step 2” button.
  • Select the starting time of your visit to the tower you just selected. A pop up window will appear with all the details of your tickets.

While booking the ticket on online you’ll see how many tickets are left for this or that time slot (if there are no more than 10 tickets left). Choose the one with the biggest number left. Most people tend to book the visit for a “round” time (e.g. 10:00, 11:00…). If you book for a previous or the following slot, there’s a high possibility there will be less people. Why? Because only 200 tourists come to the entrance with their tickets in hand at 10:00, and then just 40 of them at 10:15.

  • Then, click on the “ADD TO CART” button.
  • A new window pops up. Select the audioguide language and the number of audioguides you need. Remember that children younger than 11 are not allowed to have an audioguide.
  • Then, click on the “ADD TO CART” button on the pop up window.
  • Once the pop up window closes, you’re back on the initial purchase screen. Now, click on the “COMPLETE PURCHASE” button.
  • Enter your personal information. Please, double check your email address and make sure that there are no typos. You will be receiving your tickets in your inbox.
  • Then, tick on the boxes to accept the general terms and conditions of use and to accept the Privacy Policy.
  • Click on the “PAY” button.
  • On the new screen, enter your credit card information and click on the “ACCEPT” button to end the purchase.

A few minutes after the purchase, you will receive an email with your tickets. Please, when you type your personal information, double check that your email address doesn’t have any typos. Otherwise you won’t receive your tickets.

Now all you have to do is print your tickets or download them on you smartphone. Don’t forget them back at home or at your accommodation in Barcelona!

 

Do You Need More Information On Barcelona?

This article is part of a complete guide about Barcelona where you can read all the information you need to plan your trip to this popular destination in Spain.

Here is a complete summary of all the guide:

1. When To Visit Barcelona
2. How Many Days To Spend In Barcelona
3. How To Get To Barcelona
4. How To Move Around Barcelona
5. Barcelona Hotels: Where To Stay In Barcelona
6. What To Eat In Barcelona
7. What To Do In Barcelona
8. Tips To Visit The Sagrada Familia In Barcelona
9. How To Buy Tickets To The Sagrada Familia In Barcelona
10. Tips To Attend A FC Barcelona Match
11. How To Buy FC Barcelona Tickets
12. Day Trips From Barcelona

 

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