The Barcelona Card is a highly regarded travel pass issued by the Official Tourism Association of Barcelona. It offers unlimited free travel on public transport including the airport train, metro and urban buses as well as free entries and discounts to many of Barcelona’s major attractions.
Passes are available for 2,3 and 5 days and every card comes with a free guidebook in English with helpful information on the establishments associated with the card as well as a city map. More and more establishments including museums, attractions, shops and restaurants continue to sign-up to the Barcelona Card programme. Take a look at the this impressive list of participants in the Barcelona Card discount programme.
If you buy the Barcelona Card online you simply print out a booking confirmation form at home which you then present at the tourist information office in Barcelona airport (with ID) which is open from 9am to 9pm. You can then take the RENFE airport train into the city at no extra charge. Alternatively, you can collect your Barcelona Card at the main tourist information office under Plaça de Catalunya or any other official tourist information office.
Other Barcelona Discount Cards
The Barcelona Card is obviously the best discount card for travel in Barcelona thanks to the sheer number of places offering discounts within the program. However, there are a few more discount cards that you might be interested to know about:
(1) Art Ticket Barcelona
This multiticket initiative was launched by some of Barcelona’s most important art centres offering discounted admission to the following major museums:
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Fundació Joan Miró
Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Centre Cultural Caixa de Catalunya
The Art Ticket is available at official tourist offices including the main one under Plaça de Catalunya, at some branches of the Caixa de Catalunya bank and online at Telentrada.com
(2) Ruta del Modernisme Pack
If visiting the Gaudi architecture is the main focus of your visit then you should consider buying a copy of the Modernisme Route guidebook which contains the most comprehensive coverage of Modernisme in Barcelona. The book includes discounts of up to 50% on the admission charge to all the Modernist monuments in the city. It is available from most good bookshops but you’ll need to take it to one of the following Modernisme centres to collect your discount vouchers:
Barcelona Tourist Information Centre
Pl. Catalunya, 17, basement
Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital
C. Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
Av. de Pedralbes, 7
At the above centres you can also purchase the full Modernisme Pack which includes the discount vouchers (valid for 12 months), a Barcelona Modernisme Route map, and a guide to Modernista bars and restaurants with location map and carrier bag.
More information is available at the Ruta del Modernisme Website.
The ARQUEOticket allows you to visit five other great historical museums in Barcelona as follows:
The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona
The Maritime Museum of Barcelona
The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia
Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat de Barcelona
The ticket can be ordered online and collected on arrival in Barcelona.