The Barcelona Aquarium is one of Europe’s largest and richest collection of marine life.
Barcelona Aquarium has the only Oceanarium in the whole of Europe.
No wonder it attracts more than 2 million visitors annually making it the 4th most popular tourist spot in Barcelona.
The top three are Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Camp Nou.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Feeding time
4. Best time to visit
5. Tour duration
6. Free entry
7. Ticket discounts
8. Barcelona Aquarium tickets
10. Zoo and Aquarium
11. Aquarium facts
How to reach Barcelona Aquarium?
Since L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is centrally located it is easy to get to.
If you love walking, 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 L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is located.
Board one of the trains on Metro lines L4 Barceloneta and L3 Drassanes to reach your destination.
If you boarded L4 Barceloneta, remember to get down at Barceloneta Metro station.
If you opted for L3 Drassanes, 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.
Few of these busses will drop you at the Port Vell from where a 7-minute walk can bring 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 area where the Columbus Monument is located.
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 L’Aquàrium de Barcelona.
Barcelona Aquarium hours
Opening times keep changing depending on the day and the month.
Barcelona Aquarium’s opening time remains 10 am all through the year.
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.
Kids love these feeding sessions.
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 except Sunday, at 2 pm.
Eagle Rays and Morays: This is a fantastic feeding session which happens at Oceanarium’s tunnel every weekday at 12.45 pm.
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 – especially 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.
Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium on the same day?
Some tourists visit Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium on the same day.
If you are one of them, 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.
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 want to enjoy the nice balmy Barcelona sun, we highly recommend the month of March.
October is also preferable for avoiding long queues.
The weather remains pleasant enough to explore the city, and the marine creatures are also in a buoyant mood.
If you are visiting Barcelona in winter, the best time to visit the Barcelona Aquarium will be the days when outdoors fun isn’t possible because of the cold.
How long does Barcelona Aquarium take?
Once you are inside the aquarium, you can stay for on for as long as you want.
To have a satisfying tour of Barcelona Aquarium, you will need at least 2 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.
Barcelona Aquarium free entrance
Entry to the aquarium is free for children below 3 years old.
If you have bought a Barcelona Pass, entry to the Barcelona Aquarium is free.
Besides the Barcelona Aquarium, other top attractions such as Barcelona Zoo, Camp Nou, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo etc. are free with this Pass.
Barcelona Aquarium discount
A regular individual 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
L’ Aquàrium de Barcelona also offers discounts when tourists book their tickets online.
These discounts range from 10% to 15% depending on the overall price.
In short, when you book your Barcelona Aquarium tickets online, you don’t just save time (you don’t have to wait in long lines to buy tickets), but you also save money.
Where to buy Barcelona Aquarium tickets?
Visitors who want to buy Barcelona Aquarium tickets have two options – visit the Aquarium and buy it at the ticket counter or buy the tickets online.
We highly recommend that you buy Barcelona Aquarium tickets online and be there when the Aquarium opens.
After all, when you buy the tickets online, the Barcelona Aquarium tickets price is lower by 10-15% – which means you save money.
You also avoid waiting in the ticketing counter queue, which can sometimes take up to an hour.
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.
Adult ticket (11+ years): 20 Euros
Youth ticket (5 to 10 years): 15 Euros
Child ticket (3 to 4 years): 7 Euros
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
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 outdoors Zoo before the sun goes up and enter the indoors Aquarium later in the day.
Facts about Barcelona Aquarium
L’Aquàrium de Barcelona 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.