If you are planning a trip to Barcelona and want to admire Gaudí’s architecture, take sightseeing tours, and visit some of Barcelona’s top attractions, you may be able to save money and time by purchasing the Go Barcelona Pass.
The Go Barcelona Pass not only provides free admission to over 40 of the top attractions in Barcelona (e.g., Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, FC Barcelona Stadium Tour, walking tours), but it also allows you to skip the long entrance lines at several of these attractions and includes a 1-day free Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour ticket.
In most cases, the Go Barcelona Pass (see official website here) is a good value and can save you money; however, in other cases, the Go Barcelona Pass may not be a good deal for you, depending on what you plan to see in the city. We’ll help provide all the information you need to know to decide if the Go Barcelona Pass is a good deal for you, decide on which pass to buy, and how to get the most value out of your pass. We’ll also share our own experiences using the Go Barcelona Pass and provide an honest breakdown of our own cost-savings.
Note, the Go Barcelona Pass rebranded from the Barcelona Pass in 2020. It is now a virtual pass rather than a physical card. It’s hard to photograph a virtual pass, so we are using the old images of the original Pass in this post which we have used on a number of trips to the city.
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What Is Included in the Go Barcelona Pass?
The Go Barcelona Pass includes free admission to a number of popular attractions in and around Barcelona, free 1 day use of the Hop-on Hop-Off sightseeing bus, and some additional discounts for local tours and restaurants.
The Go Barcelona Pass also comes with a free digital guidebook.
Also if you have a question not answered by the guidebook or their website, you can contact the company during business hours or send them an email. You can find out more about the Go Barcelona Pass on their official website.
Attractions Included in the Go Barcelona Pass?
There are two versions of the Go Barcelona Pass, which are the All-Inclusive pass and the Explorer pass.
These two versions cover essentially the same attractions and activities. The difference is that with the All-Inclusive pass you can visit everything within the time period the pass is valid. With the Explorer pass you can visit up to the number of attractions you choose over a 60-day period.
For most visitors to Barcelona looking to see the main sights, we feel the all-inclusive version offers better value for money. However, if you are staying in the city for longer, or only want to visit a few attractions, the Explorer pass might be better value for you. We will cover the all-inclusive pass primarily in this review.
Go Barcelona Pass holders are currently granted free admission to over 40 museums, tours, and other attractions in and around Barcelona. These include some of the most popular Barcelona attractions such as:
- Sagrada Familia
- Parc Guell
- Casa Batlló
- L’Aquarium (Barcelona Aquarium)
- Casa Milá (La Pedrera)
- Futbol Club Barcelona Stadium Tour & Museum (Camp Nou Experience)
- Barcelona Walking Tour
- Las Golondrinas Barcelona Boat Tour
- Colònia Güell (includes Gaudí’s Crypt)
- Picasso Museum
- Recinte Modernista Sant Pau
- Barcelona Zoo
- Gaudí Exhibition Centre
- Poble Espanyol
- Casa Vicens
You can check out the full up-to-date list of attractions here.
For Gaudí fans, the Go Barcelona Pass currently offers free entrance to the main Gaudí attractions in the city (see our comprehensive guide to Gaudí sites in Barcelona for a list of the over 20 sites in the city).
Fast track options are available at several attractions (including Casa Milá, L’Aquarium, and Poble Espanyol), allowing one to enter a faster entrance line designed for pass holders.
Note that while the pass ensures general admission to the covered sites, the pass may not cover admission to special exhibits, audioguides, or special events.
Also, reservations are necessary for some of the attractions, but these are clearly noted in both the free Go Barcelona Pass guidebook that comes with the passes as well as on the website.
Note that there are some attractions in Barcelona that are NOT currently included with the Go Barcelona Pass that you should take into consideration. These include the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Maritime Museum, Palau de la Música Catalana, and Fundació Joan Miró.
For planning resources, the Barcelona Tourism website offers tons of helpful information for visitors. If your trip is taking you further afield in Spain the Spain Tourism website offers loads of useful information and we’d also recommend considering a trip to the nearby Spanish Pyrenees region.
Transportation Options Included with the Go Barcelona Pass?
All Go Barcelona Passes come with the option to collect a free all-day 1-day ticket for the Barcelona Bus Turístic sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off bus. There are three different bus routes available (beach route not available in winter) and the buses stop every 5 to 25 minutes at each stop.
Go Barcelona Pass SIGHTSEEING BUS TIP: Start using the bus in the morning to get the most out of your ticket. Note that there is more than one hop-on hop-off bus company in Barcelona, so look out for the Barcelona Bus Turístic logo so you get on the right buses included on your ticket.
Other Go Barcelona Pass Inclusions?
The pass includes fast-track access to several attractions (i.e., La Pedrera, Barcelona Aquarium, Barcelona FC Camp Nou, and Poble Espanyol) where you get to skip the lines although it does not allow you to skip security lines.
Types of Go Barcelona Passes?
All the Go Barcelona Passes cover the same attractions. There are Adult passes (anyone 13 years or age or older) and Child passes (children age 4 to 12). Children under age 4 get free entrance to most attractions in Barcelona and ride for free on public transit with an adult with a valid Travelcard.
The main decision you have to make is whether you want the pass that includes all the attractions, or if you want a pass that has a fixed number of attractions. We have only used the former, as we like to visit a lot of attractions, but if there are specific attractions you want to visit, you might find the flex pass offers better value.
If you choose the all-inclusive pass, you then have to decide how long you want the pass to be valid for. Currently the Go Barcelona Pass is valid for 2, 3, 4 and 5 days.
Passes are activated after your first usage and must be used on consecutive days. So if you purchase a 3-day pass with your first visit to an attraction on June 10th, it will be valid from June 10th through June 12th.
Previously, the Barcelona Pass had the option to add a travel card, however as of 2020 this is no longer offered. To be honest, this didn’t save any money as it was the same price as buying the transport card separately.
If you are planning to use public transportation a lot in Barcelona, using a transport ticket will probably save you money versus buying single ticket journeys. In addition to the Hola! BCN Travelcard, there is also the T-10 card which is another transport ticket which gives you a total of 10 journeys on the metro, tram and buses in the city center.
I would recommend choosing a transport pass if you plan to use public transit more than 3 times in Barcelona. If you plan to take 3 or fewer journeys, you probably are better off just buying single tickets.
Cost of the Go Barcelona Pass
You should check the website for the latest prices, but as of April 2023 here are the Go Barcelona Pass prices for the all-inclusive version of the pass that we are reviewing.
Adults (anyone 13 years of age or older):
- €124 for a 2 day pass
- €159 for a 3 day pass
- €179 for a 4 day pass
- €199 for a 5 day pass
Children (any child age 4 to 12 years of age):
- €89 for a 2 day pass
- €104 for a 3 day pass
- €119 for a 3 day pass
- €129 for a 4 day pass
How do I Decide if the Go Barcelona Pass Will Save Me Money?
First, you should make a list of all the attractions you want to visit during your time in Barcelona and specifically note the ones that are included on the Go Barcelona Pass. Try to come up with a realistic list based on the amount of time you’ll be in Barcelona as you don’t want to spend your entire trip going from attraction to attraction.
Next, check the entrance fee cost for each online or using a recent guidebook. Add up the costs to come up with a total. Note the example below.
Example: Let’s say from the Go Barcelona Pass sites I want to take a Sagrada Familia guided tour (€60), a Park Guell Guided Tour (€32), Visit Casa Batllo (€35), visit Casa Mila (La Pedrera €25), take a Hop on Hop off tour for one day (€33), take a boat cruise (€10), take a bike tour (€30) visit Camp Nou (€28), visit and do a Tapas Tasting tour (€22). The grand total of cost for all these activities would be €275.
Next, you’ll need to decide how many days it will likely take you to visit all the attractions you want to visit. Remember it can be easy to be too ambitious and think you’ll take in two museums, an aquarium, a bike tour, and a boat tour in one day, but that will simply leave you exhausted and overwhelmed. Try to be realistic.
Example: I want to do the first day of travel using the Hop-on Hop-off bus and want to use it to visit the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, and then visit the Barcelona FC Camp Nou Experience in the afternoon. On my second day I want to visit Casa Batlló and Casa Milá then do an afternoon Tapas Tasting tour. On my third day I want to walk along La Rambla and do a bike tour in the morning/early afternoon and then do a late afternoon Las Golondrinas Barcelona Boat Tour and relax at the beach before heading to airport for my flight that evening. This means I would need 3 days.
Now, compare the price of the needed Pass (3 days) with your entrance fee total. Current prices (as of April 2023) for adults are €159 for a 3 day pass.
Typically, you’ll find that you’ll save money if you plan to visit more than four or five attractions with the pass and the longer the pass duration, the better the cost savings. However, it depends on which attractions you want to visit so use the tips above to figure out if it is worth it for you.
Example: OK, so it would cost me €275 as an adult to do all the activities on my list and I think I need 3 full days.
If I visit all the listed attractions in the 3-day period, I’ll have a cost savings of €116 and it should also keep me from waiting in ticket lines at a couple of the attractions.
It also provides me with the sightseeing bus that I can use to get around. I could likely easily fit in even more sights if I wanted to, and save even more.
How to Buy the Go Barcelona Pass?
The Go Barcelona Pass can currently ONLY be purchased online. After purchasing it, it will be available in the Go City smartphone app, and also as a voucher that you can print out for scanning.
We recommend having a printed copy as a backup even if you plan to use the mobile app, just in case something happens to your smartphone.
Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your Go Barcelona Pass
- Plan ahead before coming to Barcelona. Do a little research and figure out which attractions are included with the Pass and which ones you plan to visit so you can make an informed choice of whether or not the pass makes sense for you or not. Use the information and example above. These 3-day and 2 day suggested Barcelona itineraries may also be useful.
- The Go Barcelona Pass is going to be of the most value for those coming for longer stays as the longer the Pass duration, the greater the potential value. So a 3-day pass will likely lead to greater cost savings than a 2-day pass. Similarly, the value multiplies by the number of travelers in your group so even if each person only saves €20, that is a savings of €80 for a family of 4!
- There are often special discounted offers on Go Barcelona Passes advertised on the official website. If you have some time before your visit, you may want to see if you can catch one of these promotions as they often have time-limited deals online for 5% to 15% off passes. Even more savings for you!
- The Passes are valid for 24 months after purchase so you can purchase them up to two year before you plan to activate them. As the price of the pass goes up most years this can be a good way to lock in savings for a future trip.
- Prioritize attractions you want to visit with high entry fees if your pass does not cover your full trip to Barcelona. Use your Barcelona Pass to get you into those places you want to visit that are more costly (and have skip the line access) such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, Barcelona Bike Tour, the FC Barcelona Stadium Tour, and L’Aquarium to get the most value of your pass. If you don’t have time to visit lower cost places with your pass, then you can always visit them at your own expense later in your trip.
- When planning your time in Barcelona, be sure to consider attractions you want to visit that are not covered by the Go Barcelona Pass, such as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and Barcelona Cathedral (free entry). Don’t forget to factor in things like wandering around the Gothic Quarter, lying on the beach, shopping, and visiting some of the city’s parks. Plan your days so that you can maximize your Go Barcelona Pass days and visit the rest of the attractions on your list on other days that do not take away from getting the most out of your Pass. Unfortunately, Barcelona does not have many free museums or attractions, but be sure to note any free days for places you want to visit as several Barcelona museums offer free admission days once a week or once a month (generally on Sundays).
- Note for Antoni Gaudí lovers, this pass covers 7 of the city’s many Gaudí sites (Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, Colònia Güell, Casa Vicens, Gaudí Experiència 4D). If you purchase a 2 day Go Barcelona Pass and only visit the Gaudí sites and use the HOHO sightseeing bus ticket, you’ll save money. However, you’ll save even more money if you visit any additional attractions or take any of the tours included on the Pass.
- Be sure to download the free Go Barcelona Pass Guidebook (as well as the metro map and sightseeing bus routes) before your trip. This includes valuable information about all the covered attractions, including instructions on how to make reservations for tours and attractions if necessary.
- Try to start using your Go Barcelona Pass on the morning of the first day you want to start using it so you can get the most of it! Remember that once you first use the pass, the time begins and it is only valid for the next XX consecutive days. So if you have a 3 day pass and start using it on Monday (whether it is 8am or 8pm), it will be good for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only.
- If you plan to use the Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus, all you have to do is scan your pass to board at any of the 45 stops.
- For some of the attractions you do need to book ahead. These currently include attractions like the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, as well as the walking tours and bike tours where you should email ahead to reserve a spot at least 24 hours in advance. Not all the tours run every day, you’ll want to plan these in advance. You can check what is available in advance of your ticket purchase by downloading the free guidebook. I would organize any tours you want to take as soon you know when you plan to visit to ensure you get a spot on your desired date.
- Most of the attractions in Barcelona are centrally located but a few are not. To maximize your time, try to group together attractions that are near each other or are well connected by public transit lines to get the most of your time. The Go Barcelona Pass app provides a quick reference map and lists the nearest public transit stops or train stops to help you with planning.
- Children under 4 travel for free on the transport network if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket or Travelcard.
- If you plan to visit Colònia Güell, note that it is located outside of Barcelona and requires taking a local Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) train or driving to reach it. If you have the Travelcard, travel to and from Colonia Güell is included via railway. If not, you can just buy the ticket separately. The stop is called Colonia Güell and can be reach via FGC train lines S4, S8 and S33 and is a 20-25 minute ride from central Barcelona.
- Many of the attractions are open daily (especially in summer) but some can close or change hours without much notice. It is always a good idea to check their website or call ahead before setting out.
- Be sure to allow enough time to visit the attractions you are most interested in exploring. You can only visit each attraction once with your Go Barcelona Pass. So be sure you have enough time to visit a place before going inside. For instance, you cannot spend 30 minutes in a museum and then come back tomorrow (unless you want to pay full entrance price), as you only get one free entry per Go Barcelona Pass.
- Check ahead in the Guidebook or on the Go Barcelona Pass website to see which attractions you plan to visit provide Skip the Line access to pass holders. If you get to one of these attractions and are not sure if you are in the correct line for pass holders, ask a security guard or museum personnel so you can be sure to save time. Note that the Pass does not allow you to fast-track security lines.
- Note that the Pass may not offer as much savings for those who are eligible for concessions (e.g., seniors, students, young children) as they may get reduced entrance fees at some attractions and some sites grant free admission to younger children. So if you are traveling with those who qualify for reduced entry fees, check out the prices before buying a Go Barcelona Pass.
- Don’t try to see all the included attractions in one visit! Some people get their Go Barcelona Passes and go down the list visiting as many as they can squeeze into their trip. We certainly know the feeling of wanting to see everything, but if you do this, you are going to be exhausted. Barcelona has so much to offer that is not on the Go Barcelona Pass list and you’ll want to take time to slow down and soak up the city whether it is lingering over a plate of pintxos or tapas, sitting in a city park, searching for Barcelona’s street art, lying on the beach, watching the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc at night, going to the opera, or dancing the night away at club. Hopefully you’ll be back again in the future to catch those attractions you miss, but don’t go through Barcelona as if it is one big checklist of famous attractions.
Our Experience Using the Go Barcelona Pass & Our Cost Savings
Laurence and I often use city passes and museum passes in cities to save money and time and although we had visited Barcelona before, we hadn’t been to a number of the attractions offered by the Go Barcelona Pass. We also wanted to revisit a couple of places that have fairly high entry fees (e.g., Casa Batlló and Casa Milá).
When we first used the Go Barcelona Pass, it had only just launched and was actually just called the Barcelona Pass (it rebranded to the Go Barcelona Pass in 2020). At this time it only included 20 attractions, and was missing things like the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, which have since been added.
We purchased two 2 Day Barcelona Passes online before our trip and then picked them up at the Redemption Centre Desk. It is located within a larger cultural and tourism center just off of La Rambla within central Barcelona and within a short walk from where we were staying.
We had no problem picking up our passes or the sightseeing bus tickets, and the free Barcelona Pass guidebook, which we found very useful in deciding what attractions we wanted to see and when. You’ll also want to get a leaflet for the sightseeing bus that includes a list of the routes and stops. When we bought the Barcelona Pass it had the option to add a travel component, however we didn’t choose this option as we had purchased a T-10 ticket when we arrived. The travel card component is no longer offered since the rebranding in 2020.
We were in Barcelona for 4 days total and so we used our Barcelona Pass for two of those days. During our 2-day Barcelona Pass period, we ended up visiting 8 attractions covered by the Pass and also used the Hop-on Hop-off bus! This sounds like a lot and it is as we tend to try to cram a lot in as our trips are almost always part work, part pleasure and this trip was not different. So we got up each morning and often visited sites until 5:00 or 6:00 each evening. However, we didn’t do quick in-and-out visits and did the full tours at almost all the sites we chose to visit.
While we spent a lot of time in some of the attractions we visited (Museu d’Història de Catalunya), we spent much less time at several of the other attractions either because we’d already visited them before (Casa Milá) or they are smaller sites. It was nice also to have the option of a lot of tours with the Barcelona Pass and we used the Hop-on Hop-Off sightseeing bus on one day as well as did both a boat cruise and a walking tour of the Old Town.
Our two days was a nice mix of Gaudí sites (Casa Batlló, Casa Milá and Gaudí Exhibition Centre), museums, tours, and even a food tasting (Jamón Experience).
Two of the attractions we visited (Casa Milá and the Barcelona FC Camp Nou Experience) allowed Pass holders to skip the lines with the Fast Track Entry privilege.
However, we visited in January during fairly quiet times for both of these attractions where there were no long lines so this didn’t help save us too much time. But I imagine at busier times of the year and day this would have been very useful at both of these sites. Barcelona is a very busy city, especially in the summer, and lines can be long at all the popular tourist attractions.
As far as cost-savings, here is how things worked out for us. Note prices are based on 2017 entry prices and pass costs:
**Note the Museu d’Història de Catalunya and Jamón Experience (since closed) are no longer included on the Go Barcelona Pass.
So as you can see we ended up with a savings of €50.50 each for a total of €101.00. This is definitely a considerable cost savings for two days of sightseeing! Even if we had visited fewer sites or visited the same number with a 3-day Barcelona Pass, we would have still saved money.
We would highly recommend that all visitors to Barcelona consider purchasing the Go Barcelona Pass. As of 2023, it covers the majority of attractions that visitors will likely want to visit in the city including the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, as well as many more.
If several of these attractions are on your list and you plan to spend more than 1 day in Barcelona, it can save you a lot of money.
For the average first time visitor who plans to spend more than 1 day sightseeing and wants to visit at least 5 of the attractions on this list, it will probably end up being a good value. However, the Go Barcelona Pass is not a good fit for all visitors, and travelers on a tight budget or those primarily interested in visiting attractions not covered by the Pass will likely not find much benefit.
Check it out and see if the Go Barcelona Pass is a good fit for your next trip to Barcelona.
We hope this information is helpful to anyone planning a trip to Barcelona. Feel free to leave us any questions you have about the Go Barcelona Pass below and we are happy to try to answer them! Have you used the Go Barcelona Pass? We’d love to hear from others who have also used the passes.