One of the things I take for granted about living in Barcelona is that the most amazing architecture and monuments are right on my doorstep. I can go and visit them whenever I want, tactically choosing the quietest times of the year and avoiding all the long lines. When you are on your holidays, this isn’t really an option. One way to save yourself the time and frustration of waiting in a queue is to buy your tickets online.
Travel agencies will be happy to reserve ticket entrances and tours on your behalf but there is usually a hidden fee involved. However, you can save that extra cost by easily booking directly with the supplier. The good news is that most of the websites of the main attractions are available in English. Some of the most popular sights that easily attract large crowds are Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Picasso Museum.
Bear in mind that, depending on the place of interest, you may be charged a bit extra for buying in advance or even save yourself a few pennies. Casa Batlló charges €5 extra while you save €1 if you pre-book Park Güell tickets.
Don’t worry about having to print off the tickets because you can use your smartphone or, in the case of La Pedrera, identify yourself with your name and booking number at the ticket office. If you prefer to print them, however, look out for the closest locutorio (a call shop for long distance calls) which should provide this service.
There are other cards and offers that will give you the opportunity to skip past other waiting visitors. For example, the Art Ticket allows you fast entry to six museums in Barcelona for €30: MACBA, MNAC, Picasso, Miró, Antoni Tapies, CCCB). The Barcelona Card also offers you discounts and skip the queues for many highlights in the city.
With a little bit of planning, you can make your trip last longer. It is the small things that make a difference and the more time you cut on standing in line means more time you could be enjoying some delicious tapas or exploring Barcelona.
Planning to visit some of the Gaudí buildings, like Casa Batlló, Casa Milà or Sagrada Familia? Our Gaudí Free Tour provides a great introduction to the architect’s world before visiting his masterpieces.
Photograph by Marcus Linder
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