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.
Table of contents
- What to expect at Park Guell
- How to reach Park Guell
- Park Guell opening hours
- Is Park Guell worth it?
- Best time to visit Park Guell
- How long does Park Guell take
- Park Guell free entry
- Park Guell tickets
- Park Guell guided tour
- The Gaudi package
- Park Guell combo tours
- Taking photographs in Park Guell
- Park Guell map
- Recommended routes
What to expect at Park Guell
Park Guell was a residential complex designed by architect Antoni Gaudi between 1900 to 1914.
The complex was to have 60 houses, but when nobody came forward to buy the homes, the project got abandoned.
After a few years, the authorities turned it into a Public Park.
Park Guell has two parts –
1. Monumental Zone – Park Guell’s Monumental Zone has all of Gaudi’s work, and visitors must buy tickets to enter.
2. Public Park – This area is open to all but doesn’t have Gaudi’s work.
Monumental Zone’s attractions
The Monumental Zone occupies 5% of the total area of Park Guell.
This section of Guell Park contains most of Antoni Gaudi’s work, which the tourists come to see.
The must-see attractions in this zone are:
- Guard Museum (Museu del Guarda)
- Hypostyle Room (Sala Hipòstila)
- Gardens of Austria (Jardins d’Àustria)
- Wash House Portico (Pòrtic de la Bugadera)
- Nature Square or terrace (Plaça de la Natura)
- The Roadways, Paths, and Viaducts
Here is a quick video to give you an idea of what to expect inside Park Guell’s Monumental Zone –
How to reach Park Guell
Park Guell is situated off Carrer d’Olot in Barcelona.
Taking Bus Guell is perhaps the best way to reach Park Guell.
It is an easy-to-use shuttle service that starts from just outside 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, you can board the same shuttle service 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.
Metro to Park Guell
From Vallcarca station
From Vallcarca, which is also referred to as Park Guell Metro station, Park Guell is a 20-minute walk.
Most tourists prefer the Vallcarca stop because it is a downward walk.
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.
From Lesseps station
Lesseps Metro station is lower than Park Guell, so we recommend it for the return journey.
From the Gaudi masterpiece, Lesseps station is also a 20-minute walk away.
Barcelona subway lines run seven days a week. Map of Barcelona Metro
Bus to Park Guell
Bus D40 and H6 ply towards Park Guell, and you must get down at the Travessera de Dalt bus stop.
A brisk ten minutes walk can get you to Park Guell.
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.
Park Guell and Sagrada Familia on same day
If you plan to visit both Sagrada Familia and Park Guell on the same day, check out the following directions:
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Park Guell opening hours
During the peak months of May to August, Park Guell opens at 8 am, and the last entry is at 8.30 pm.
During shoulder season months of April, September, and October, it opens at 8 am, but entry is allowed only till 7.30 pm.
From November to March, with few tourists, Park Guell opens at 8.30 am and allows entries until 6 pm.
|Tourist Season||Opening||Last entry|
|30 Apr to 26 Aug (High)||8 am||8.30 pm|
|25 Mar to 29 Apr (Medium)||8 am||7.30 pm|
|27 Aug to 27 Oct (Medium)||8 am||7.30 pm|
|28 Oct to 24 Mar (Low)||8.30 am||6 pm|
Access controls to get into the Monumental Zone of Park Guell are removed an hour after the last entry.
Tip: Even though Park Guell officially closes at the ‘last entry’ time mentioned above, you can still go in after the access controls get removed. Just that with limited illumination you won’t be able to enjoy the Park.
Is Park Guell worth it?
Park Guell is worth a visit for four reasons – it is Antoni Gaudi’s most refined masterpiece, at just €13.50 for entry, is a value for money attraction, a visit to Park Guell comes with a city tour, and you get to sit on the world’s longest bench.
We strongly recommend paying the entrance fee for the Monumental Zone at Park Guell and checking out all Gaudi’s work.
1. There is nothing like Park Guell, elsewhere
Since almost all of Antoni Gaudi’s work is concentrated around Barcelona, you can only see his masterpieces while holidaying in the city.
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
For a general ticket costing only €13.50 and a discounted ticket price of Euros €9.33, what you see inside the Park Guell Monumental zone is totally worth it.
In comparison, Casa Batllo’s tickets cost €35, and Sagrada Familia tickets cost €31.60.
3. A trip to Park Guell comes with a city tour
Your trip to Park Guell from the center of Barcelona will cost you €2.5.
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 colorful, mosaic-embedded bench he built at Park Guell is 110 meters (361 feet) long.
It is said to be the longest undulating bench in the world.
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 is before 9 am.
When you start early, you avoid the crowd, especially the group tours coming in by 10 am.
With fewer people and early morning light, you also get to take stunning photographs of the colorful Barcelona attraction.
You can buy your tickets in advance, reach Park Guell by 8.30, walk around the free parts of the park for some time and then get into the ticketed Monumental Zone.
How long does Park Guell take
Visitors who stop for photos, read guides and spend time looking at the intricate detailing at Gaudi’s masterpiece spend around 90 to 120 minutes exploring Park Guell.
Tourists in a hurry are known to finish exploring Park Guell in an hour.
Some sit on the Park Guell bench and spend time, and many others climb up to the stone cross at the top of Park Guell and get panoramic views of the city.
Usually, visitors want to know how long it takes to tour Park Guell for three reasons –
1. Since Park Guell is on the outskirts of Barcelona, this information helps tourists plan their trip better.
2. They want to know if they will have the time to visit both Park Guell and Sagrada Familia on the same day.
3. Both Park Guell and Sagrada Familia have timed entry, which means you need to be at the entrance within 30 minutes of the time mentioned on your ticket. Therefore, being aware of the ‘tour duration’ helps book tickets at the right time.
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.
For a free entry, the best time to visit Park Guell is before the access controls are in placed at 8 am.
Once you enter without tickets, you can stay inside for as long as you want.
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 color and landscaping, and at night, you miss both.
Since Park Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the officials can install only limited artificial light sources.
As a result, once the sun goes down at night, there is not much illumination in Guell Park.
Yet another reason we don’t recommend free entry at night time is the presence of many 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.
Park Guell tickets
When you book them online, you can save yourself time, energy, and money and walk into the attraction right away.
Why online tickets are better
There are three advantages to buying Park Guell tickets online.
1. When bought online, Park Guell tickets are €1 cheaper per person
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 the ‘curse of the timed ticket.’
Let us explain this ‘curse’ in little more detail –
Park Guell allows only 400 tourists to enter every half hour.
The following 400 tourists get moved to the next half-hour slot, and so on.
This is why Park Guell tickets have a time mentioned on them.
How online tickets work
When you book your Park Guell tickets online, you select your preferred time of visit.
Immediately after purchase, your tickets get emailed to you.
You don’t need to take any printouts.
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 can show it on your smartphone and walk into Park Guell right away.
How offline tickets work
When you buy your tickets at Park Guell, you may have to wait in the long ticketing queue, and 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 prices
Park Guell tickets for visitors aged 13 to 64 years cost €13.50 per person.
Children aged 7 to 12 years and seniors 65 years and older pay a discounted price of €9.33 for their entry.
Kids up to six years and disabled visitors get a 100% reduction in their ticket prices and walk in for free.
Carers must purchase their Park Guell entry for €9.33.
*Disabled tourists need to carry along their disability certificate to avail discounts. Since Park Guell is a landscaped park, it is not disabled-friendly.
Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): €13.50
Youth ticket (7 to 12 years): €9.33
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €9.33
Infant ticket (up to 6 years): Free entry
Park Guell guided tour
If you want to understand how Antoni Gaudí’s mind worked, hear anecdotes and stories about Park Guell, and the high ticket cost isn’t a concern, we recommend a guided tour of Park Guell.
The expert local guides help understand Catalonia’s art movement’s rich symbolism, how Gaudi achieved harmony with nature, the secrets of Gaudí’s architecture, etc.
Having walked the Park Guell routes a thousand times, these tour guides also know the best routes, vantage points for excellent photographs, etc.
During this 90-minute tour, you will also get headsets to hear the guide clearly.
After the guide has taken you around, you are free to hang around for as long as you want.
Kids up to six years can join the adults for free.
Ticket price (7+ years): €27
The Gaudi package
The Gaudi Package includes tickets to Gaudi masterpieces Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and a Barcelona Card.
It is a great way to save money if you are in Barcelona for more than two days.
The Barcelona Card makes traveling in the city easier because you get unlimited free travel for 72 hours on the metro, buses, trains, and trams.
The package also gets you a guidebook, a map of Barcelona, free entry to 20+ museums, and discounts on even more.
When you buy the Gaudi Package, you also get a 10% discount code, which you can use (five times!) to get discounts on your future purchases.
Park Guell combo tours
Tourists prefer to go for Park Guell combo tours for two reasons.
- Since Antonio Gaudi has a significant influence on tourism in Barcelona, visitors want to see two or more of his masterpieces.
- Combo tour tickets end up being up to 20% cheaper than if you bought the tickets individually
Here are some of our favorite combo tours, which include a visit to Park Guell.
|Sagrada Familia + Park Güell (Guided)||€79|
|Park Guell + Casa Batllo (Guided)||€79|
|Park Guell + Casa Vicens||€59|
|Park Güell + Gaudi Experience||€20|
Park Guell audio guide
If you need help to explore Park Guell but find the guided tours too costly, the 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, photographs, interactive maps, and audio to supplement the route.
Taking photographs in Park Guell
If photography in Park Guell is your prime objective, early morning visits end up being better.
The morning light helps the colorful 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
Park Guell map
Park Guell is on Carmel Hill in Barcelona.
It is best explored on foot and with an ample amount of time to spare.
Most tourists get a printout 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.
We suggest you contact the Park authorities at the entrance and get the Park Guell route map customized for tourists with limited mobility.
If you don’t want to miss out on anything and prefer a guide to tell you where to go next, book a guided tour of Park Guell.
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The route you will take to explore Park Guell will depend on the entrance you get in through.
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.