Barcelona Discount Passes: Barcelona Card vs. Barcelona Pass vs. Barcelona Museum Pass

There are several discount Barcelona cards and passes that can help you save money in Barcelona Spain. However, it can be difficult to decide which one, if any, may help you save money and time on your trip. We’ll provide information about and compare three of the most popular Barcelona passes: the Barcelona Card, the Barcelona Pass, and the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass to help you determine which may be a good fit for you. We’ll also provide a handy comparison chart so you can check which features the Barcelona Card has versus the Barcelona Pass and Articket Museum Pass. We’ll also provide some additional resources about a few other Barcelona cards and transport passes that you might consider in order to help you save the most money on your trip to Barcelona

Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass vs. Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

Most of the sites and attractions that charge an admission fee in Barcelona are covered by at least one of the Barcelona passes. Some of the Barcelona passes offer free entry and some offer discounted entry. The three main tourist passes are the Barcelona Card, Barcelona Pass, and the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass (a.k.a, Barcelona Art Passport).

It is great that travelers have a choice when it comes to Barcelona discount passes; however, choosing the one that is the best fit can be a difficult decision. We have tried to make your choice easier by providing information about each pass below so you can compare them yourself. 

Articket Barcelona Museum Pass

The Articket Barcelona Museum Pass (a.k.a. Barcelona Art Passport) is a fairly straightforward pass. It covers entry into six of Barcelona’s top art museums. It also provides fast-track entry into the art museums and covers admission into both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Each museum can be visited one time with the pass.

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What attractions does the Articket cover? 

The Articket includes free entry into the following six Barcelona art museums: 

Does it cover any transport?

No.

How long is the Articket valid? 

It is valid for 12 months after purchase.

Cost of the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass?

The Articket Museum Pass is currently 30€ per person.

Who is the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass best for?

The Articket Barcelona Museum Pass is perfect for art lovers. If you plan to visit all or most of the covered art museums, you will definitely save money with this pass. If you visit all 6 of the museums, you can save up to 45% off of regular admission fees. Since it is valid for 12 months, it is also great for residents or those staying longer in the city as you can visit the museums at your leisure over the year.

Who is the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass not a good fit for?

The Articket is probably not a good fit for those who don’t love Spanish or Catalan art or for children as younger children get free entry into the art museums (age criteria is different for each museum). 

Where can I buy the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass?

You can buy it online or in person in Barcelona at various points of sale around the city. It is often sold at a discounted rate online. If you purchase it online, you just need to exchange the printed voucher (which will be emailed to you after purchase) for your Barcelona Art Passport at the ticket desk of any of the Articket art museums.  


Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

Barcelona Card

The Barcelona Card (also known as the Barcelona City Card) is a smartcard that offers free entry to over 25 museums and attractions and discounted offers on over 70 sites and attractions in Barcelona (museums, cultural attractions, entertainment, tours, shopping, restaurants, etc.). It includes skip the line access at some sites. The Barcelona Card also includes free public transportation and free use of the airport train and metro.

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What attractions does the Barcelona Card cover? 

The Barcelona Card includes FREE entry into over 20 of the city’s museums and attractions, including the six art museums covered by the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass described above. These include:

  • El Born Cultural Center
  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
  • Museum of Chocolate
  • Museum of Music
  • Barcelona Botanic Gardens
  • Museu Picasso

The Barcelona Card also provides discounts to over 40 of the city’s most popular attractions and tours, including:

  • Casa Batlló
  • Casa Milá
  • Barcelona Aquarium
  • Recinte Modernista Sant Pau
  • Palau Güell
  • Gran Teatre del Liceu tours
  • Maritime Museum
  • Basilica Santa Maria del Pi
  • Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Gaudí House Museum
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Colònia Güell
  • Poble Espanyol
  • Las Golondrinas Barcelona boat tours
  • city walking tours
  • city bike tours

Additionally, the card includes a number of restaurant and shopping discounts, entertainment discounts (e.g., flamenco shows), and rental discounts (e.g., bike, scooter, and locker rentals) throughout the city. See the full list of attractions and discounts here.

Does it cover any transport?

Yes, it provides unlimited free public transportation for the duration of the card. This includes free unlimited travel on Barcelona’s metro, buses, Catalan railways (FGC), trams, and also includes the airport train and metro.

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How long is the Barcelona Card valid? 

You can buy Barcelona Cards of varying lengths. They are valid for 72 consecutive hours (3 days), 96 hours (4 days), or 102 hours (5 days). 

Cost of the Barcelona Card?

Prices for adult Barcelona cards (age 13 or older) as of June 2017: 

  • 45€ – 3 Day (72 hour) Barcelona Card 
  • 55€ – 4 Day (96 hour) Barcelona Card
  • 60€ – 5 Day (120 hour) Barcelona Card

Prices for child cards (age 12 or under) as of June 2017: 

  • 21€ – 3 Day (72 hour) Barcelona Card 
  • 27€ – 4 Day (96 hour) Barcelona Card
  • 32€ – 5 Day (120 hour) Barcelona Card

Who is the Barcelona Card best for?

The Barcelona Card is great general discount card for those who plan to visit a number of attractions while in Barcelona and also plan to use public transportation as their primary means of travel within the city. It is easy to save with the Barcelona Card if you use it a lot during your trip.

Who is the Barcelona Card not a good fit for?

It is probably not going to provide as much value to those who don’t plan to visit many attractions covered by the discount card or those who don’t plan to use public transportation. The Barcelona Card is also likely not going to be a good value for those planning to spend less than 3 days in the city.

Where can I buy the Barcelona Card?

You can buy the card online or in person at any of the city’s tourist offices (including at the Barcelona airport). The main advantage of purchasing it online is that you often get a discounted price online. If you purchase it online, you just need to exchange the printed voucher for your Barcelona Card at any of the city’s tourism offices.

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Barcelona Pass

The Barcelona Pass is a visitor card that offers free entry to over 15 Barcelona attractions and tours. It also allows skip the line access to several attractions as well as a free 1-day Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour ticket. It also includes several discounts to local restaurants and entertainment venues as well as a free Barcelona guidebook. You can also purchase the optional Barcelona Pass + Travel Package which includes a Travelcard which allows for unlimited public transportation for the duration of the pass. 

Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass vs. Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

What attractions does the Barcelona Pass cover? 

The Barcelona Pass includes FREE entry into over 20 of the city’s museums and attractions, including the following:

  • Casa Batlló 
  • Barcelona Aquarium
  • Casa Milá (La Pedrera)
  • The Museum of Modernism (MMBcn)
  • Futbol Club Barcelona Stadium Tour & Museum (Camp Nou Experience)
  • Barcelona Walking Tour
  • Las Golondrinas Barcelona Boat Tour
  • Poble Espanyol
  • Colònia Güell 
  • Recinte Modernista Sant Pau
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Gaudí Exhibition Centre

The Barcelona Pass also provides discounts to some of the city’s restaurant, shops, and entertainment venues. See the full list of free attractions and discounts here.

Does it cover any transport?

Yes, but it depends on whether or not you buy the additional Travel packet or not. All Barcelona Passes come with a free 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus pass that allows for unlimited use of the sightseeing bus for 1 day.

Visitors also have the option to buy a Barcelona Pass + Travel package, which includes a Hola BCN! Travelcard. The Travelcard provides you with unlimited travel throughout the duration of your Barcelona Pass on all the city’s public transportation, including the metro, Montjuïc funicular, TMB buses, local trains (FGC, Zone 1), trams, and regional trains (Rodalies de Catalunya, Zone 1). This also includes train and metro journeys to and from Barcelona Airport. The Travelcard matches the number of days on your pass, so a 48 hour Travelcard comes with a 2 Day Barcelona Pass.

How long is the Barcelona Pass valid? 

You can buy Barcelona Passes of varying lengths. They are valid for either 2 days or 3 days. 

Cost of the Barcelona Pass?

Prices for adult passes (age 13 or older) as of June 2017: 

  • €109 for a 2 day pass
  • €129 for a 3 day pass

Prices for child passes (age 12 or under) as of June 2017: 

  • €69 for a 2 day pass
  • €79 for a 3 day pass

Who is the Barcelona Pass best for?

The Barcelona Pass provides a lot of high-value free admissions to some of the city’s top attractions. It is a great value for those who plan to visit a number of the included attractions and also plan to take advantage of the free hop-on, hop-off bus ticket. If you are considering purchasing this pass, we recommend reading our full review of the Barcelona Pass article that provides even more details and our personal experiences using it.

Who is the Barcelona Pass not a good fit for?

It is not likely going to be a good value for those who are not interested in visiting at least 4 to 5 of the attractions included on the pass. It is also probably not a good fit for anyone spending less than 2 days in Barcelona. 

Where can I buy the Barcelona Pass?

You can currently only buy the Barcelona Pass online as it is not available to purchase in person. After purchasing it online, you can either have it delivered to your home before your trip or print and exchange an email voucher for your Barcelona Pass at the Redemption Center in central Barcelona.

Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

How do I decide which Barcelona card is best for me?

It is great that you have a choice when it comes to Barcelona discount passes; however, choosing which one is the best fit can be a difficult decision.

What should I do if I still can’t decide which pass is better? 

If it isn’t clear which of the passes may be a good fit for you after reading the above or you are torn between two of them, doing a bit of trip planning and research can also help you figure out if a discount pass will save you money and/or time, and which one may be the best fit for you. Here are some questions to help guide you:

  • How long will I be in Barcelona?
  • What are my sightseeing priorities?
  • What attractions in Barcelona are an absolute must-see?
  • How do I plan to get around Barcelona (e.g., public transit, taxi, sightseeing bus)?
  • What is my sightseeing budget?
  • How important is skip-the-line access to me?
  • Do I or members of my family already qualify for discounts or concessions (e.g., child, EU student, senior)? 

Probably the most important thing is to figure out what you want to visit in Barcelona and then calculate your cost savings with each pass. For example, if your priority is to learn more about Antoni Gaudí and visit some of the buildings he built, then you can use that information to make a list of the Gaudí attractions in Barcelona that you want to visit and figure out your cost savings with each pass to select the best one.

In some cases none of these Barcelona passes may not be a good fit, and you would save money by purchasing individual tickets. This is more likely if you have very limited time in the city or if you plan to visit only a few attractions during your trip.

Colonia Güell Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass vs. Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

Is there overlap among the three Barcelona Cards?

Yes, there is overlap among the three passes. The Barcelona Card currently includes all of the attractions included on the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass. The Barcelona Card and the Barcelona Pass have overlap on many attractions although on those attractions that overlap, the Barcelona Pass offers free entry while the Barcelona Card offers only discounted entry. The Barcelona Pass and the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass currently do not overlap at all, and both cover completely separate attractions.

Whereas most people would only be interested in one card, there is a possibility that someone spending a longer time in Barcelona could benefit from purchasing both the Barcelona Pass and the Articket Barcelona Museum Pass since they both offer free entry to completely different attractions.

Can you provide a handy comparison chart?

To summarize the above information into a chart so you can compare the basic benefits of the Barcelona Card, Barcelona Pass, and Articket Barcelona Museum Pass side-by-side, we have created a handy chart below. Of course if you have any questions that we don’t answer in this post, just ask us in the comments below!

Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

Other Barcelona Cards and Passes: 

Although the Barcelona Card, Barcelona Pass, and Barcelona Art Passport are three of the most popular passes, there are additional discount cards and travelcards that visitors may want to consider.

Discount Attraction Passes

Barcelona Card Express – This is a 48 hour version of the Barcelona Card described above – it offer 48 hours of unlimited travel on public transport, airport train travel, and more than 100 discounts. However, unlike the regular Barcelona Card it does not offer free entry to any museums or attractions. It is designed for people who want free public transportation and have only 2 days in the city.

Barcelona Night Card – This card allows free fast-track entry into over 25 of Barcelona’s night clubs, discotheques,  and dance club venues across the city until 2am. It also provides information about each club and how to get there. Available in 2 night or 7 night versions. If you buy the Barcelona Card, you can receive a discount on purchasing the Barcelona Nightcard.

Barcelona Port Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass vs. Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

Barcelona Transport Cards & Buses

If you are not purchasing a Barcelona Card or Pass that includes transport, you may want to consider purchasing a transport card if you plan to use a lot of public transportation in Barcelona. You might also want to consider pre-booking a sightseeing bus or airport transfer:

Aerobus Ticket – If you don’t want to take the public transportation from the airport, you can book tickets for the airport shuttle bus to get into central Barcelona and to get from Barcelona to the airport. Buses run about every 5 minutes and take about 35 minutes.

Barcelona Bus TurísticA Barcelona double-decker sightseeing bus that conveniently stops at most of Barcelona’s most popular sites and attractions. Tickets allow for unlimited on and off access for the duration of the ticket along the company’s 3 different bus routes. Multi-lingual narration and free Wi-Fi is available on all of the buses. Sold as either 1 day or 2 day tickets.

Hola BCN! Travelcard –  This Barcelona Travelcard allows for free unlimited use of the city’s public transportation, including the metro, Montjuïc funicular, TMB buses, local trains (FGC, Zone 1), trams, and regional trains (Rodalies de Catalunya, Zone 1). The card also includes train and metro journeys to and from Barcelona Airport. 

T-10 tickets – A travel card valid for 10 public transit journeys within city zones 1 to 6 on the city’s metro, buses, local trains, trams, and regional trains. You can use this amongst your travel group so 2 people could make 5 one-way journeys together. Not valid for Aeroport T1 and Aeroport T2 metro stations on line L9 Sud. The tickets cannot be purchased online but can be purchased in person at multiple vending machines throughout Barcelona, including the airport and most metro stations.

Barcelona Card versus Barcelona Pass vs. Articket Museum Pass Barcelona discount cards comparison

Hopefully the above post has helped you decide whether a Barcelona discount card will help you save money and time on your trip to Barcelona, and helped you decide which Barcelona card is the best fit for you!

Save money in Barcelona with discount passes. This post compares three of the most popular passes: Barcelona Pass versus the Barcelona Card versus the Barcelona Museum Pass (aka Barcelona Articket). Find out which one is best for you and save money in Barcelona! Comparison chart included:

Have you used the Barcelona Card, Barcelona Pass, Articket Barcelona Museum Pass, or any other Barcelona discount or travel cards? If so, we’d love to hear about your own experiences using these discount cards. If you are traveling to Barcelona and have any questions about any of these passes, just let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer your questions!