Barcelona Aquarium is one of Europe’s largest and richest collection of marine life.
It has the only Oceanarium in the whole of Europe.
1. Ticket discounts
2. Barcelona Aquarium tickets
3. How to reach
4. Opening hours
5. Feeding time
6. Best time to visit
7. Tour duration
8. What to see?
11. Zoo and Aquarium
12. Aquarium facts
Barcelona Aquarium discounts
A regular Barcelona Aquarium adult ticket costs 20 Euros while a youth ticket (5 to 10 years) costs only 15 Euros.
Thus, the youth visitors enjoy a 25 per cent discount on their Barcelona Aquarium tickets.
Similarly, kids between 3 to 4 years pay only 7 Euros for their entry – getting a whopping 65 per cent discount on their Barcelona Aquarium tickets.
Because of these massive discounts for kids, families visit the Aquarium in huge numbers.
Don’t forget to carry valid ID cards for visitors availing of these discounts.
Unfortunately, senior citizen and differently abled visitors don’t get any discounts at Barcelona Aquarium.
Discounted online tickets
Barcelona Aquarium also offers discounts when tourists book their tickets online.
These discounts range from 10% to 15% depending on the ticket.
In short, when you book your Barcelona Aquarium tickets online, you don’t just save time by skipping the long lines to buy tickets, but you also save money.
With discount cards
If you are looking for a bargain for your holiday in Barcelona, look no further than the Barcelona Pass.
When you buy a Barcelona Pass, you pay once and get free Skip The Line access to 20+ city attractions, including Barcelona Aquarium.
Besides the Barcelona Aquarium, other top attractions which are free with this discount card are Barcelona Zoo, Camp Nou, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo etc. are free with this Pass.
Barcelona Aquarium free entrance
Entry to the aquarium is free for children below 3 years old.
There is no other way to enter the Barcelona Aquarium for free.
Barcelona Aquarium tickets
These Barcelona Aquarium tickets are also known as ‘Skip the Line’ tickets because you won’t have to stand in any line.
The tickets get delivered to your inbox immediately after purchase.
On the day of your visit, you walk past those waiting in the ticketing queue, show the tickets on your smartphone to the staff at the entrance and walk in.
You don’t need to take printouts.
The tickets aren’t timed, which means you can enter the Aquarium anytime you want and stay for as long as you want.
These online tickets can also be cancelled 24 hours before your visit for a full refund.
Barcelona Aquarium ticket price
Adult ticket (11+ years): 20 Euros
Youth ticket (5 to 10 years): 15 Euros
Child ticket (3 to 4 years): 7 Euros
How to reach Barcelona Aquarium?
Since L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is centrally located it is easy to get to.
You can walk down the famous Catalan street of La Rambla and reach the Columbus Monument.
From there once you face the sea, you will notice a quaint wooden bridge.
The wooden bridge will take you to the Moll d’Espanya, the spot where Barcelona Aquarium is located.
Board one of the trains on Metro lines L4 and L3 to reach your destination.
If you board L4, remember to get down at Barceloneta Metro station.
If you opted for L3, you need to get down at Drassanes stop, which is next to the Columbus monument.
Public bus routes such as V17 and 39, 45, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15 can also help you reach Barcelona Aquarium.
These busses drop you at the Port Vell from where a 7-minute walk can get you to the Aquarium.
If you are stationed near Parc del Forum, use it as an opportunity to take a ride on a Las Golondrinas boat.
The ride will take you from the Forum harbour to the Port Vell.
Port Vell is right next to the Columbus Monument.
Once you reach the Columbus Monument, a 12-minute walk will get you to the Aquarium.
Hop On Hop Off Bus
If you are travelling on a ‘Hop On Hop Off’ bus service, you must get down at the Moll d’Espanya stoppage which is right next to the Barcelona Aquarium.
Visitors who don’t like to handle their own transport, opt for Barcelona’s Hop On Hop Off bus.
Save money on your travel within Barcelona city. For unlimited free rides on public transport, get Hola BCN card
Barcelona Aquarium hours
Every day, Barcelona aquarium opens at 10 am in the morning.
However, its closing time keeps changing depending on the day of the week and the season.
Barcelona Aquarium’s closing times are –
Jun, Jul, Aug & Sept
9 pm on all days
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov & Dec
Monday to Friday: 7.30 pm
Weekends and holidays: 8 pm
Apr, May & Oct
Monday to Friday: 8 pm
Weekends and holidays: 8.30 pm
Barcelona Aquarium’s ticket offices and entrance are open until one hour before closing time.
Barcelona Aquarium feeding time
If its lunch time for you, it is probably lunchtime for the animals at Barcelona Aquarium as well.
If you are visiting the Aquarium with your kids, we recommend you time your stopover around the feeding times mentioned below.
Sharks: If you are visiting on either Tuesday or Friday, you can witness how the sharks at Barcelona Aquarium are fed between 12 noon and 1 pm.
Divers get into the Shark tanks and extend rods into the water onto which the shark’s favourite food such as fish and squid is impaled.
Penguins: Being the greediest of them all Penguins get fed twice daily between 11.30 pm and 4.30 pm.
To view this feeding activity, you need to be in the Planeta Aqua Room.
Rays: The Rays get fed by the aquarium staff every day at 2 pm. On Sundays the visitors don’t get to attend the feeding session.
Eagle Rays and Morays: This is a fantastic feeding session which happens at Oceanarium’s tunnel every weekday at 12.45 pm.
Kids love these feeding sessions. Book your tickets now!
Best time to visit Barcelona Aquarium
Since Barcelona Aquarium is one of the best things to do with kids in Barcelona, it gets a lot of visitors.
During the peak months, the best time to visit Barcelona Aquarium is the first half of the day – between 10 am and 11 am.
The crowd is thin, and visitors can get a better view of the fish and sharks in the aquarium.
The guides are also fresh at the start of the day, which translates to better, energetic tours and detailed answers.
If you want to dodge the crowd entirely, any date between January 8th and 23rd March will be the best time to visit Barcelona Aquarium.
If you are in Barcelona during the winter months, the best time to visit the Barcelona Aquarium will be the days when outdoors fun isn’t possible because of the cold.
Note: Whenever you visit, make sure you buy the Barcelona Aquarium’s entry tickets much in advance – helps you save both money and time (you don’t stand in the ticketing queue).
How long does Barcelona Aquarium take?
Once you are inside the aquarium, you can stay on for as long as you want.
To have a satisfying tour of Barcelona Aquarium, you will need at least two hours.
If you are travelling with a couple of kids, you may want to add another half hour and make it 2 and a half hours.
What to see at Barcelona Aquarium
This is one of the largest and most-renowned Aquariums in the world.
Barcelona Aquarium hosts more than 11,000 sea creatures of over 450 different species.
In short, there is lot to see.
1. The Oceanarium
Don’t miss walking under this 80-meters long transparent tunnel filled with water.
With a diameter of 36 meters and a depth of 5 meters, Barcelona Aquarium’s Oceanarium is Europe’s largest.
It contains almost 4 million liters of water and is home to a large number of species.
2. Mediterranean aquariums
Fourteen aquariums representing the Mediterranean’s different marine communities form this exhibit.
With each of these aquaria, you learn about the most unique species of the region.
Do not miss the two recreations of Spain’s coastline – the Ebro Delta and the Medes Islands.
3. Themed aquariums
The themed aquariums help understand the finer details of marine flora and fauna, which tend to get ignored in large aquariums.
The different themed aquaria are:
– Marine invertebrates
– Shark Eggs
– Tropical Corals
– Fantastic Creatures under the sea
4. Tropical aquariums
Kids really love this exciting exhibition which consists of seven aquariums depicting the colors under the sea.
These aquariums are full of coral reefs, the beautiful architectural creations built by colonial invertebrates – corals.
5. Planeta Aqua
Planeta Aqua is on the second floor and helps the visitors learn about the many ways creatures have adapted to diverse aquatic environments.
You get to see how they have adapted to life in freezing water, the darkness in the deep seas, the relatively warmer tropical water, etc.
This section also has computer games, information, and interactive panels to learn from.
6. Explora! – Children’s area
Explora! is an interactive space quite popular with kids of all ages.
Featuring 50+ interactivities in which children can touch, see, listen to, and discover nature, this section’s objective is to raise a child’s awareness of the marine World.
7. Jewels of the sea
In this section, you get to see the most fantastic shells ever discovered in the World.
You also get to see the tools that Malacologists (scientists who study Molluscs) use to study these invertebrates.
If you have an interest in squids, octopuses, clams, oysters, snails, etc. you are sure to love this permanent exhibition.
Barcelona Aquarium reviews
Barcelona Aquarium is highly rated on TripAdvisor.
We have picked out two of the most recent Barcelona Aquarium reviews for you.
A wonderful visit. We have two children aged 3 and 9, they both loved the Aquarium. Initially, we hesitated to visit as the entrance ticket is quite pricey and we’ve seen quite a few marine centres before in the UK, however, it was well worth it. Nice, large layout and decor, spanking clean interiors, fish and penguins beautifully exhibited and a very nice play area for younger ones. Thoroughly recommend.Manda2014
We visited just for fun. The aquarium was great. Large, lots of tanks and different types of sea life. A long moving walkway surrounded by an enormous tank on all sides and above you. The upper level has the penguins and lots of kids’ activities! Recommend it!CindyRK55
Food at Barcelona Aquarium
The Aquarium has a restaurant with excellent views of the Sea and the Port of Barcelona.
At this self-service restaurant, you can choose from a variety of different moderately priced dishes.
If you want to stop for a brief while for a soft drink, or a sandwich, we recommend the Aquarium’s cafeteria.
Barcelona Zoo & Barcelona Aquarium
Many tourists visiting Barcelona with kids tend to plan both Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium on the same day.
Unfortunately, there are no combo tickets which could have saved you money.
If you are travelling with kids, this is a great combination to do on a single day.
Barcelona Zoo and Barcelona Aquarium are only 1.5 Kms (0.93 Miles) apart and can be finished in a day.
It is best to visit the Zoo in the morning (before the Sun gets too hot) and land up at the Aquarium by 5 pm.
This is the time when the crowd gets thin again, and you can be amongst the fish and shark by yourself.
With fewer people, this period also makes for better photographs.
However, try not to get too late. Depending on your level of interest you may take 2 to 3 hours to experience the whole Aquarium.
Facts about Barcelona Aquarium
Barcelona Aquarium is made up of 21 large aquariums, and an underwater tunnel 80 meters long which together hold more than 6 million litres of water.
This massive aquarium hosts 11,000 animals of 450 different species.
Of the 21 aquariums at this attraction in Barcelona, 14 aquariums represent the diverse marine communities of the Mediterranean.
The other 7 are dedicated to the tropical seas – recreating the Caribbean, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Red Sea in one place.