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Barcelona Aquarium is one of Europe’s largest and richest collections of marine life and has the only Oceanarium on the whole continent.

L’Aquàrium de Barcelona attracts more than two million visitors annually, making it the city’s fourth most popular tourist spot after Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Camp Nou.

This article explains everything you must know before buying Barcelona Aquarium tickets.

Things to know before booking tickets

You can buy the tickets to the Barcelona Aquarium online or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

To book tickets, go to the ticket booking page and select your preferred date, time slot, and the number of tickets.

Once you purchase the attraction’s tickets, they get delivered to your email address. 

You don’t need to take printouts.

On the day of your visit, you walk past the ticketing counter queue, show the tickets on your smartphone, and enter the aquarium.

This is why these tickets are also known as ‘Skip the Line’ tickets.

The tickets aren’t timed, so you can enter the aquarium at any time and stay for as long as you like.

Barcelona Aquarium tickets

Barcelona Aquarium tickets give ‘skip-the-line’ access to museum and all its displays and permanent exhibitions.

With the ticket, you can visit the aquarium’s shark tunnel, oceanarium, children’s area, and Planeta Aqua.

Witness the aquatic creatures in their natural habitat.

Cost of tickets

Barcelona Aquarium ticket costs €25 for all visitors aged 11 years and above.

Children aged between five and 10 years pay a discounted price of €18.

Kids aged three and four years pay only €10 for their entry.

Entry to the aquarium is free for children aged two years or younger.

Don’t forget to bring valid ID cards to avail of these discounts.

The aquarium also offers discounts to groups of four people.

Friends Pack for four adults aged 11 years and above comes at a reduced rate of €96.

Adult (11+ years): €25
Youth (5 to 10 years): €18
Child (3 to 4 years): €10

When you buy Barcelona Aquarium and Camp Nou Experience tickets together, you get an additional 5% off. You can visit the attractions on different days. Find Out More

Barcelona Zoo & Barcelona Aquarium

Many tourists visiting Barcelona with kids tend to plan both the Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium on the same day.

If you are traveling with kids, this is a great combination to do on a single day.

The Zoo and Aquarium are only 1.5 Km (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 reach the aquarium by 5 pm.

The crowd thins again in the early evening, and you can be alone amongst the fish and sharks.

With fewer people, you can also take great photographs.

This combo is a super saver because you also get a 10% discount code, which you can use (five times!) to get discounts on future purchases.

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Opening hours

Barcelona Aquarium opens at 10 am every day of the year.

It remains open until 7 pm from Monday to Friday and closes at 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The last entry is an hour before closure.

Feeding time

If you visit the Barcelona Aquarium with your kids, we recommend you stop around during feeding times.

Sharks: If you visit on either Tuesday or Friday, you can witness how the sharks at the aquarium get fed between 12 noon and 1 pm.

Divers get into the Shark tanks and extend rods into the water onto which the shark’s favorite 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.

You must be in the Planeta Aqua Room to view this feeding activity.

Rays: The aquarium staff feeds the Rays 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 at Oceanarium’s tunnel every weekday at 12.45 pm.

Kids love these feeding sessions. Book your tickets now!

If you are into wildlife, you must check out Barcelona Zoo & Aquarium Pass, which gives you access to both the attractions and the city’s Cable Car service. You also get a 10% discount code, which you can use (five times!) to get discounts on future purchases.

How long does the tour take

If you visit the Barcelona Aquarium with kids, you need at least 2 hours to see all the animal exhibits and attend the feeding sessions.

Since the aquarium ticket has no time limit, you can spend the whole day exploring the sea creatures once you are inside.

If you are with kids or elders and plan to stay longer, we recommend regular breaks for food and water at the restaurants.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Barcelona Aquarium is as soon as they open at 10 am. 

The crowd is yet to enter, and visitors can better view the fish and sharks in the aquarium.

The guides are also fresh at the day’s start, resulting in better, energetic tours and detailed answers.

Since the aquarium is one of the best things to do with kids in Barcelona, it gets many visitors.

If you want to dodge the crowd entirely, you must avoid the peak months of June to September. 

Note: By buying the aquarium’s entry tickets well in advance, you can avoid standing in ticket queues and save time. Online tickets are also much cheaper. 

What to expect

You don’t have to scuba dive to witness deep sea creatures, as the Barcelona Aquarium brings marine life to the city’s heart.

It is the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world. It consists of an 80-meter-long (262 feet) tunnel that houses sharks, eels, stingrays, and more.

With 14 Mediterranean-themed and seven Caribbean-themed aquariums, the L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is a haven for 11,000 animals from 450 species.

Witness the fascinating aquatic life as you walk past an oceanarium and Planeta Aqua, a floor dedicated to the investigation of the largest and most mysterious area of our planet.

What to see at Barcelona Aquarium

Barcelona Aquarium is one of the world’s largest and most renowned aquariums.

It is home to more than 11,000 sea creatures of over 450 different species.

The Oceanarium

The Aquarium’s Oceanarium is Europe’s largest, with a diameter of 36 meters (118 feet) and a depth of 5 meters (16 feet).

It contains almost 4 million liters of water and is home to a large number of species.

Don’t miss walking under this 80-meter-long (262-foot) transparent tunnel filled with water.

Mediterranean aquariums

Fourteen aquariums representing the Mediterranean’s different marine communities form this exhibit.

With each of these aquaria, you learn about the region’s unique species.

Do not miss the two recreations of Spain’s coastline – the Ebro Delta and the Medes Islands.

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
– Seahorses
– Shark Eggs
– Tropical Corals
– Fantastic Creatures under the sea

Tropical aquariums

Kids love this exciting exhibition, consisting 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.

Planeta Aqua

Planeta Aqua is on the second floor and helps 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 of the deep seas, and relatively warmer tropical water.

This section also has computer games, information, and interactive panels.

Explora! – Children’s area

Explora! is an interactive space quite popular with kids of all ages.

This section features 50+ interactivities in which children can touch, see, listen to, and discover nature. It aims to raise children’s awareness of the marine World.

Jewels of the sea

In this section, you get to see the world’s most fantastic shells ever discovered.

You also get to see the tools Malacologists (scientists who study Molluscs) use to study these invertebrates.

If you are interested in squids, octopuses, clams, oysters, snails, etc., you are sure to love this permanent exhibition.

FAQs about tickets

Here are some questions tourists ask before purchasing their tickets for the Barcelona Aquarium.

Does L’Aquàrium de Barcelona offer free tickets?

Entry to the attraction is free for children aged up to two years and the carer of a person with 65% and above disability.

Can I buy tickets at the venue?

Yes, tickets for the attraction are available at the ticket office. However, the popular timeslots may sell out due to high demand, so it’s better to get them online in advance.

Do we need to print online tickets?

Visitors can present their tickets on mobile devices, but printed tickets are also accepted at the venue.

What is the aquarium’s arrival time?

When you book the attraction’s tickets, you must select a preferred visit time. Considering the security check time, we recommend arriving at least 10 minutes before your visit time.

What is the Barcelona Aquarium’s late arrival policy?

You will be allowed to enter in the next slot. However, entry is subject to capacity availability. If you booked the last slot of the day and happen to miss it, access to the exhibition outside business hours will not be possible.

Does the aquarium offer discounts for locals?

The attraction offers discounted admission to a group of four adults aged 11 years and above.

Does the aquarium offer a student discount?

Unfortunately, the attraction does not offer a dedicated student discount on its admission tickets.

Does the L’Aquàrium de Barcelona offer a military discount?

The attraction does not offer a military discount on its admission tickets.

Does the Barcelona City Card include access to the attraction?

Yes, the Barcelona City Card is a cost-effective option to explore the best attractions in Barcelona with one single pass over 2, 3, 4, or 5 days – your choice! Enjoy discounts up to 50%* compared to buying individual attraction tickets, a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city, and a sightseeing cruise. Make the most of the guided tours, museums, landmarks, and other iconic sites, like Sagrada Familia, Casa Battló, and Park Guell, with this pass.

What is the aquarium’s refund policy?

This attraction has a flexible cancellation policy. You can cancel your ticket until 11:59 pm on the day before your visit for a full refund.

How to reschedule the aquarium’s ticket?

The attraction has a flexible rescheduling policy. You can change the time and date of your visit until 11:59 pm the day before your scheduled visit.

What is the aquarium’s rain policy?

The attraction is an all-weather experience, so all tickets are final.

If I leave the premises, can I go back in later?

No, you cannot leave and re-enter the premises of Barcelona Aquarium on the same ticket. You will have to purchase a ticket again to gain entry into the museum.

Is the Aquarium accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes, the attraction is wheelchair accessible to accommodate visitors with mobility challenges.

Is there a place in the Aquarium where I can leave my personal belongings?

Yes, there is an on-site locker facility where you can store your belongings during your visit.

Can I bring my pet to the L’Aquàrium de Barcelona?

No. No animals are allowed inside the premises.

How to reach

Aquarium Barcelona is in Port Vell, a harbor in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Address: del Port Vell, Moll d’Espanya, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain. Get Directions.

You can reach the attraction by bus, metro, or car.

By Bus

Public bus routes such as V17 and 39, 45, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13, and V15 can help you reach the destination.

These buses drop you at Port Vell, where you can get to the aquarium in a 7-minute walk.

By Metro

You can board Metro line L4 and get down at Barceloneta Metro station or board L3 and get down at Drassanes station, next to the Columbus monument.

By Car

If you’re traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started.

Parking Indigo C. C. Maremagnum. is the paid car parking station of the Aquarium of Barcelona.


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