Park Guell is extremely popular and receives more than ten million tourists every year.
After Sagrada Familia, it is the second most popular attraction in Barcelona.
In this article, we explain everything you need to know before you visit Park Guell.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Is it worth it?
4. Best time to visit
5. Tour duration
6. Free entry
7. Why online tickets better?
8. Ticket discounts
9. Buy tickets
10. Guided tours
11. Combo tours
12. Park Guell map
13. Recommended routes
What is Park Guell?
Park Guell was a residential complex designed by architect Antoni Gaudi between 1900 to 1914.
The Park was to have 60 houses, but when nobody came forward to buy the homes, the project was abandoned.
After a few years, it was turned into a Public Park.
Park Guell is divided into two parts – the Monumental Zone, where all of Gaudi’s work lies and the rest of the Park’s area.
To enter Park Guell’s Monumental Zone, one needs to buy tickets.
Park Guell Monumental Zone’s attractions
The Monumental Zone occupies 5% of the total area of Park Guell.
This part of Guell Park contains most of Antoni Gaudi’s work, which the tourists come to see.
The must-see attractions in this zone are:
1. Museu del Guarda (Guard Museum)
2. Sala Hipòstila (Hypostyle Room)
3. Jardins d’Àustria (Gardens of Austria)
4. Pòrtic de la Bugadera (Wash House Portico)
5. Plaça de la Natura (Nature Square or terrace)
6. Casa Museu Gaudí (Gaudí House Museum)
7. The Roadways, Paths and Viaducts
How to reach Park Guell
Park Guell is situated off Carrer d’Olot in Barcelona.
You can take Bus Guell, Metro, the public bus, or opt for Barcelona’s Hop-On Hop-off tourist bus.
Taking Bus Guell is perhaps the best way to reach Park Guell.
It is an easy-to-use shuttle service which starts from Alfons X metro station and takes you to Park Guell in just 15 minutes.
You can get on to any L4 Metro train or take a bus to reach Alfons X station.
After exploring Park Guell, the same shuttle service can also be used to get back to Alfons X station.
The best part is, the use of this shuttle service is included in your Park Guell entrance ticket when you buy them online. Go ahead and book your tickets now!
Metro to Park Guell
There are a few other ways to reach Park Guell – especially if you prefer the Metro.
Get onto Green Line (L3) Metro and get off at either Lesseps and Vallcarca.
Park Guell is in between these two stations.
From Lesseps Metro stop
From the Lesseps stop on Line 3, Park Guell is a 20-minute walk away.
When you are coming from Lesseps Metro stop the nearest Park Guell entrance is on Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya.
However, we don’t recommend you get down at this station.
From Vallcarca Metro stop
From the Vallcarca stop on Line 3 also it is a 20-minute walk to Park Guell.
Most tourists prefer Vallcarca Metro stop. So much so it is also referred to as Park Guell Metro station.
Once you get down, the best route will be to take the escalator on Baixada de la Glòria and then head for the entrance on Passatge de Sant Josep de la Muntanya.
Barcelona Metro’s schedule
Since Barcelona subway lines run 7 days a week, you can use the Metro to reach Park Guell any day of the week.
From Monday to Thursday and Sundays the Metro runs from 5 am until midnight. On Fridays, they start at 5 am and run until 2 am.
On Saturdays, the Barcelona Metro keeps running till the next day.
Bus to Park Guell
Bus D40, and Bus H6 ply towards Park Guell.
You must get down at the Travessera de Dalt bus stop.
A brisk ten minutes walk can get you to Park Guell.
Barcelona City tour buses
If you have booked your city tour on Barcelona Bus Turístic the stop to ask for is ‘Park Guell.’
Bus Turístic is the Blue line buses.
If you have booked your city tour on Barcelona City Tour, you must get onto a bus on the ‘East Route’ (which is coded Green).
And yet again, the bus stop will be ‘Park Guell.’
Both the tour buses will drop you at Avinguda de la Mare de Déu de Montserrat.
From there a brisk 10-minute walk through Av. Pompeu Fabra will bring you to the entrance on Carretera del Carmel.
Tip: Here is our favourite bus tour of Barcelona.
1. Park Guell Metro or Bus?
If you are short on time, take the Metro, which reaches faster.
Buses take longer, but you get a better view of the city on your way.
Tourists also prefer buses over Metro because the walking distance from the bus stop is shorter than from the Metro station.
2. Vallcarca station or Lesseps station?
Vallcarca Metro station is slightly higher so opt for it while going to Park Guell.
Lesseps Metro station is lower than the Park, so we recommend it for the return journey.
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Park Guell opening hours
Park Guell’s opening, closing and last entry times keep changing all through the year.
1 Jan to 24 Mar: Opens at 8.30 am. Last entry at 6 pm & access controls removed at 7 pm
28 Oct to 31 Dec: Opens at 8.30 am. Last entry at 5.30 pm & access controls removed at 6.15 pm
25 Mar to 29 Apr: Opens at 8 am. Last entry at 7.30 pm & access controls removed at 8.30 pm
27 Aug to 27 Oct: Opens at 8 am. Last entry at 7.30 pm & access controls removed at 8.30 pm
30 Apr to 26 Aug: Opens at 8 am. Last entry at 8.30 pm & access controls removed at 9.30 pm
Tip: Even though Park Guell officially closes at the ‘last entry’ time mentioned above, you can still go in after the access controls are removed. Just that with limited illumination you won’t be able to enjoy the Park.
When is Park Guell closed?
Many visitors planning their Barcelona itinerary ask, “Is Park Guell open on Sundays?” and the answer to that is a resounding yes.
This Gaudi masterpiece is open on Sundays and gets crowded too.
In fact, Park Guell is open on all days.
Be it Christmas, New Year or any other Spanish holiday – Park Guell is always welcoming visitors.
Is Park Guell worth it?
We strongly recommend paying the entrance fee for the Monumental Zone at Park Guell and checking out all Gaudi’s work.
Here are some of the reasons why we believe that spending time and money on visiting Park Guell is worth it.
1. There is nothing like Park Guell, elsewhere
Almost all of Antoni Gaudi’s work is concentrated around Barcelona. This means you can’t see his work until you revisit Barcelona.
Park Guell is not a multi-destination attraction like Madam Tussauds or Disneyland which you can experience during your next vacation elsewhere.
The exclusivity makes Park Guell worth visiting.
2. It is value for money
We think for a general ticket of Euros 10 and a discounted ticket price of Euros 7, what you see inside the Park Guell Monumental zone is totally worth it.
3. A trip to Park Guell comes with a city tour
Your trip to Park Guell from the centre of Barcelona will cost you 2.5 Euros.
Even though the journey by bus lasts only around 20 minutes, you get to see parts of the city you won’t otherwise visit.
4. World’s longest bench is in Park Guell
The Egyptians gave ergonomic chairs to their Gods as long back as 7500 BC.
However, Antonio Gaudi decided to do one better at Park Guell.
The colourful, mosaic-embedded bench he built at Park Guell is 110 meters long.
It is said to be the longest undulating bench in the world.
We feel the opportunity to sit on this bench and snap a selfie, makes Park Guell worth it.
Best time to visit Park Guell
The best time to visit Park Guell depends on your expectations from Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece.
Early morning visits are best for free entry
Park Guell is a public park open to everybody.
At 8 am, the park’s security team places the access controls to the Monumental Core.
During the low season, the installation of the access controls is delayed by half an hour – to 8.30 am.
Once the access controls are in place, you will need tickets to enter the Monumental zone of Park Guell.
For a free entry, the best time to visit Park Guell is before the access controls are in place.
Best time to avoid the crowd in Park Guell
If avoiding the crowd is crucial for you, the best time to visit Park Guell is by 9 am.
Buy your Park Guell tickets online and be there at the park by 8.30 am.
Walk around the free part of Guell Park for half an hour and then enter the ticketed area.
During this period the crowd hasn’t picked up yet, and your photographs won’t have a lot of people.
Important: You may land up at the best time to visit Park Guell, but if you spend all your time waiting in the queue to buy tickets, the best time may pass.
To save precious time, we recommend that you buy Park Guell tickets in advance.
In fact, Park Guell tickets are cheaper online – by 1 Euro per ticket – so you save money too!
Best time to visit Park Guell for photography
If photography in Park Guell is your prime objective, early morning visits end up being better.
The morning light helps the colourful mosaics in Park Guell come out well in your photographs.
Early morning visits also mean fewer people in your photographs.
Photographers prefer to enter Park Guell from the Carmel Entrance, which is higher, and walk down snapping photographs.
The good thing about early morning photography at Park Guell is that you can then reach Sagrada Familia by afternoon.
Tip: Sagrada Familia can be best photographed in the late afternoon when the light enters the stained glass at an angle. Find out how to go from Park Guell to Sagrada Familia
How long does Park Guell take?
Visitors want to know the duration of a Park Guell tour for multiple reasons.
1. Since Park Guell is on the outskirts of Barcelona, this information helps visitors like you plan their trip better.
2. Visitors want to know if they will have the time to visit both Park Guell and Sagrada Familia on the same day.
3. Once it is decided to club both Park Guell and Sagrada Familia on the same day, being aware of the ‘tour duration’ helps book tickets at the right time.
Tip: Both Park Guell and Sagrada Familia have timed tickets. This means you need to be at the entrance within 30 minutes of the time mentioned on your ticket.
Duration of Park Guell tour
Tourists in a hurry are known to finish exploring Park Guell in an hour.
However, if you stop for pictures, read guides and look at everything in detail, you will need anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes to finish your tour of Park Guell.
Tourists with nothing else planned for the day relax on the bench on the terrace (the world’s most extended continuous bench) and watch the other tourists or the city of Barcelona.
Or they climb up the stone cross at the top of Park Guell and get panoramic views of the city.
For a traveller who likes to take it easy, the tour of Park Guell can even last four hours.
Important: These estimates do not include the waiting time to buy tickets. To avoid this waiting, buy Park Guell tickets online
Park Guell free entry
Yes, that’s right. You can enter Park Guell for free.
It is the only Park Guell’s monumental zone, which forms 5% of the park, that is access controlled.
The monumental zone is access controlled because most of architect Antonio Gaudi’s work is in this part of the park, and it is what tourists pay to see.
Access controls are put in place at 8 am in the morning (during the low season months, it is at 8.30 am) and are removed at the closing time.
The park’s closing time varies as per the season. Park Guell hours
That is to say, you can enter Park Guell for free before the access controls are put in place or after they are removed at night.
Should you visit Park Guell at night
While it is possible to visit Park Guell at night and that too for free, we don’t recommend it for multiple reasons.
The beauty of Park Guell lies in its colour and the landscaping. At night, you miss both.
Since Park Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage site, only limited artificial light sources are installed inside.
This means, once the sun goes down at night, there is not much illumination in Guell Park.
Yet another reason why we don’t recommend free entry at night time is the presence of a lot of salesmen, trying to sell all kinds of souvenirs.
If you have already seen Parc Guell during the day, we recommend you make a second visit at night.
Since Park Guell is higher than the city of Barcelona, you get some of the best views of Barcelona city from Park Guell.
Why buying Park Guell tickets online is better
There are three advantages to buying Park Guell tickets online.
1. Online Park Guell tickets are cheaper by 1 Euro (per ticket).
2. When you book online tickets, you can walk past the long lines at the ticket counter and enter Park Guell right away. That is, there is no waiting.
3. Online tickets help you avoid what we call ‘curse of the timed ticket.’
Let us explain this ‘curse’ in little more detail –
Entry to Park Guell is restricted to only 400 tourists every half hour.
The next 400 tourists are moved to the next half hour slot, and so on.
This is why Park Guell tickets have a time mentioned on them.
What happens when you book online
When you book your tickets online, you select your preferred time.
Now all you must do is, reach the tourist attraction 15 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.
Since you have a ticket and are on time, you walk into Park Guell right away.
What can happen when you buy tickets at Park Guell
When you buy your tickets at Park Guell, you may have to wait in the long ticketing queue and you you may also have to wait for your time slot to arrive.
Here is a timeline to help you understand this better:
– You arrive at Park Guell at 11 am
– After waiting in the ticketing queue for an hour, you finally buy your tickets at 12 noon
– Since all tickets till 1 pm were sold out (remember, only 400 visitors are allowed inside every half hour), your ticket has 1 pm mentioned on it
– Even though you have your Park Guell ticket, you still have to hang around at the entrance of Park Guell till 1 pm
This additional 1 hour wait is known as the ‘curse of the timed ticket.’
You can avoid the long wait at the ticketing queue, and the wait for your time slot to arrive by booking Park Guell tickets in advance.
Park Guell ticket discount
If you plan to visit Park Guell, you must be aware of the discounts offered.
There is no harm in saving some Euros.
If you are travelling with kids, you are in luck for they get the best ticket discounts at Park Guell.
Kids aged 0 to 6 years get a 100% discount and walk in for free.
Children aged 7 to 12 years qualify for around 30% discount over the listed ticket price.
Disabled visitors* also get a 100% waiver on the ticket price. However, their carer gets only an 30% discount.
Senior citizens above the age of 65 also get 30% reduction on their ticket price.
*Disabled tourists need to carry along their disability certificate to avail discounts. Since Park Guell is a landscaped park, it is not disable-friendly.
Park Guell tickets
These are the cheapest and most popular Park Guell tickets.
These are also smartphone tickets, that is, as soon as you make the purchase they get emailed to you.
There is no need to take a printout – on the day of your visit just show the ticket in your email, on your smartphone and walk in.
When you book this ticket online, you save up to 1 Euro per ticket because you don’t pay ticket window surcharge.
Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): 10 Euros
Child ticket (7 to 12 years): 7 Euros
Seniors ticket (65+ years): 7 Euros
Carer’s ticket: 7 Euros
Kids six years and below and disabled visitors walk in for free.
Park Guell guided tour
Some tourists prefer booking Park Guell guided tours.
Usually, they have four reasons for opting for tours where a local expert takes them around.
1. Antoni Gaudí’s park has rich symbolism of Catalonia’s art movement called modernisme. A human guide can explain this aspect of this Barcelona attraction better.
2. Park Guell guides also share stories about Antoni Gaudi and his team, which tends to make the tour of Park Guell interesting
3. On these Park Guell guided tours, one also gets to know the secrets of Gaudí’s architecture. What and how Gaudi achieved harmony with nature and sustainability, even as he went about building one of the best parks in the World.
4. Having walked the Park Guell routes a thousand times, these tour guides know the best routes, vantage points for best photographs etc.
When it comes to guided tours of Park Guell, we recommend these two –
1. One hour guided tour of Park Guell
This ‘Skip the Line’ guided tour is available in English, French and Spanish.
Since this is a group tour, you will also get headsets so that you can hear the guide clearly.
You can cancel this ticket 24 hours before the day of your visit, for a full refund.
Adult ticket (18-65 years): 25 Euros
Seniors ticket (66+ years): 25 Euros
Student ticket (18 to 25 years, with ID): 22 Euros
Child ticket (7 to 17 years): 22 Euros
If you want a guided tour of Park Guell in your preferred language (or with a bilingual guide) check this out.
Park Guell combo tours
Tourists prefer to go for Park Guell combo tours for two reasons.
a) Since Antonio Gaudi has a significant influence on tourism in Barcelona, visitors want to see two or more of his masterpieces.
b) Combo tour tickets end up being up to 20% cheaper than the tickets bought individually
Here are three of our favourite combo tours, which also include Park Guell.
1. Park Guell + Sagrada Familia
This combo includes Barcelona’s most important sights – Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.
You start the day with Park Guell and get free transportation to Sagrada Familia.
Once the guide is done showing you around Sagrada Familia, you can stay around for as long as you want.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 58 Euros
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): 52 Euros
2. Park Guell + Casa Batllo
This 4-hour tour is also known as the best of Gaudi tour.
You get to enter Park Guell and Casa Batllo and explore them in detail.
And you get to see Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila from outside.
This tour starts at 3.30 pm.
Adult ticket (13+ years): 78 Euros
Child ticket (4 to 12 years): 65 Euros
3. Park Guell + Montserrat
This is an 8-hour tour which includes transportation from and to your hotel.
You skip the lines at Park Guell for a one-hour tour.
And then drive towards to Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat.
During this tour you also get to admire all the major Gaudí buildings, including La Sagrada Família, Casa Mila and Casa Batlló from outside.
Adult ticket (9+ years): 129 Euros
Child ticket (0 to 8 years): 99 Euros
Park Guell audio guide
If you need help to explore Park Guell but find the guided tours too costly, Park Guell audio guide is a good option.
You can follow one of the recommended walking routes in Park Guell and combine it with the Park Guell audio guide app for an excellent experience.
The guide, which is in the form of a mobile app provides information in the form of photographs, interactive maps, and audio to supplement the route.
It is available in seven languages.
This Park Guell audio guide goes best with the cheapest Park Guell ticket.
Park Guell Map
Park Guell is located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona.
It is best explored on foot and with an ample amount of time to spare.
Most tourists get a print out of Park Guell’s map or recommended walking route and carry it along.
After all, nobody wants to miss out on must-see items in the Park Guell. Or keep walking around in circles.
Park Guell involves a lot of climbing up and climbing down. No Park Guell map can help you if you have limited mobility.
We suggest you contact the Park authorities at the entrance and get the Park Guell route map customised for tourists with limited mobility.
The best workaround for this is to book a guided tour of Park Guell.
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Recommended routes at Park Guell
There are three entry points (entrances) to Park Guell.
The route you will take to explore Park Guell will depend on your entry point.
Park Guell entrances
Before we tell you about Park Guell’s entry points, you must know the meaning of these three Catalan words –
Park Guell has three entrances – two are at the base, and one at the top of the Park.
Carrer de Larrard leads to Carrer d’Olot on which is the main entrance of Park Guell.
If you are taking Bus Line H6, D40, or 92, you will enter the main entrance on Carrer d’Olot.
The second entrance is on Carretera del Carmen, and if you are reaching Park Guell by private tour buses or coaches, this is how you will enter.
Passatge de Sant Joseph de la Muntanya is the entrance at the top of Park Guell, and if you are taking the Metro, this is how you will enter.
You can access this entrance by an elevator.
Best walking routes at Park Guell
Whichever entrance you get in from, your objective should be to not miss any of the highlights within Park Guell Monumental Zone.
Identify the appropriate route map, take a print out and take it along when you visit Park Guell. Or better still bookmark this page.
To help you understand the Park Guell maps better, here is the key:
A: Entrance and Porter’s Lodge
B: Casa del Guarda (the Guard’s house)
C: Monumental staircase (the Dragon stairway)
D: Hypostyle room, the outdoors
E: Hypostyle hall, the indoors
F: Austria gardens
G: Nature square or Greek Theatre
H: The roadways, paths and viaducts
I: Ramp and Casa Larrard
On the route maps, the blue arrow depicts the point of entry.