Sagrada Familia tickets – prices, discounts, tower access, avoid crowd

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Sagrada Familia is the most popular tourist attraction in Barcelona and attracts more than 5 million visitors every year.

The Basilica is the pet project of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, known for his dislike of straight lines in design and construction.

Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and will be ready by 2026 – a whopping 144 years.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know before buying your Sagrada Familia tickets.

What to expect at Sagrada Familia

Check out the video below to get a feel of what to expect at Barcelona’s most popular attraction.

To skip the history, start watching the video from 3.45 minutes.


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How to reach Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is on 401 Mallorca street, 08013 Barcelona, and public transport is the best way to get there. Directions

If Metro is your preferred option, board either Line 2 (Purple) or Line 5 (Blue) and get down at the Sagrada Familia Metro station.

If you prefer traveling by bus, we recommend bus numbers 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24.

All of these buses stop at Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia entrance

Map Courtesy: Sagradafamilia.org

In the map above you can spot three Sagrada Familia entrances:

  • General Entrance, for regular tourists
  • Group Entrance, for tour groups
  • The Entrance for School kids

Follow the link to get directions to the General Entrance.

You can also spot the ticketing window on the map, but it is better to buy tickets online to avoid waiting in long lines.

If you plan to visit both Sagrada Familia and Park Guell on the same day, we suggest finding out how to travel between the attractions. 

The Gaudi Package includes tickets to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and a Barcelona Card. You get unlimited free travel for 72 hours on the metro, buses, trains, trams, and a 10% discount on future purchases.


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Sagrada Familia hours

Sagrada Familia opens at 9 am, all through the year, but its closing time depends on the season.

During the peak season of April to September, it closes at 8 pm, and in the shoulder months of March and October, it closes at 7 pm.

From November to February, Sagrada Familia closes at 6 pm.

MonthsOpeningClosingLast Entry
Nov to Feb9 am6 pm5.30 pm
Mar9 am7 pm6.30 pm
Apr to Sep9 am8 pm7.30 pm
Oct9 am7 pm6.30 pm

On December 25, 26, and January 1 and 6, Sagrada Familia opens at 9 am and closes at 2 pm.

Note: The best time to visit Sagrada Familia depends on what you expect from your visit.


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How long does Sagrada Familia take

Most tourists explore Sagrada Familia in 90 minutes to two hours. 

You need 45 minutes to walk around the Basilica and another 45 minutes to step inside Sagrada Familia and relish the stunning interiors.

If you decide to climb up one of the towers – Nativity tower or Passion tower – you will need 30 minutes more. 

The best part is, there is no time limit on your Sagrada Familia visit.

Once inside, you can stay inside for as long as you want.


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How to avoid the crowd

Nobody likes to waste time in long lines while on holiday, but unfortunately, that’s what happens at Sagrada Familia if you don’t plan.

Here are three sure-shot ways to avoid the crowd at Sagrada Familia and save both time and energy.

1. Buy Sagrada Familia tickets online

You stand in two queues when you visit Sagrada Familia – the first is at the ticketing counter (to buy entry tickets), and the second line is at the gates to enter Sagrada Familia.

Since Sagrada Familia is crowded all through the year, such long lines are a daily feature at the ticketing counters. Image: Travelingturks.com

During high season weekends, office holidays, etc., waiting time in these queues can go up to two hours.

Sagrada Familia tickets have the time of entry mentioned on them.

On a crowded day, after spending time in the ticketing queue, you can even end up getting a ticket with the entrance time 2 hours later.

That’s why it is best to buy online tickets for Sagrada Familia – you get to skip the long lines, get your preferred time, and you pay less.

Tourists stand in a waiting line to purchase Sagrada Familia tickets. When you buy online tickets, you walk past these waiting lines – directly to the Sagrada Familia entrance. Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com

Once you purchase the tickets online, they get emailed to you.

And on the day of your visit, you can walk past the long lines at the ticketing counter, show your ticket on your mobile and enter Sagrada Familia.

2. Get the time slot right

While booking Sagrada Familia tickets, most tourists opt for the ’round’ timings – 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, etc.

Thus, these slots get crowded, and around 200 tourists (the maximum number for every slot) land up at the Basilica entrance.

Most tourists ignore the in-between time slots such as 9.15 am, 9.45 am, 10.15 am, etc.

When you book your online tickets for such time slots, you will find a much smaller crowd ahead of you at the entrance queue.

3. Plan your visit on a Monday

Monday is not always bad news.

If you are planning on beating the lines at Sagrada Familia, Mondays are just perfect.

Since most of the museums in Barcelona are not open on Mondays, tourists assume that Sagrada Familia won’t be open as well.

They don’t know that this Basilica stays open even when the whole of Spain closes down for celebrations – during Christmas and New Year.

Note: If nothing else works, check out these Sagrada Familia facts even as you wait in line.


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Sagrada Familia tickets

There are five types of Sagrada Familia tickets, and each offers a unique experience at the Basilica.

Ticket/tourCost
Sagrada Familia fast track tickets€31
Sagrada Familia with Tower access€40
Sagrada Familia Guided tour€50
Sagrada Familia guided tour + Tower access€59
Guided tour of Sagrada Familia & Park Guell€79
Tip: 90% of the visitors opt for fast track ticket, which is the cheapest way to explore

Why buying online is better

Before booking Sagrada Familia’s tickets online, some tourists wonder if there is any difference between tickets bought at the venue and those purchased online.

The answer is, “No!”

There is no difference between Sagrada Familia tickets bought online and those purchased at the venue.

However, there are two massive advantages of buying Sagrada Familia tickets online –

  1. You don’t pay the ‘ticketing window surcharge’ on online tickets, and hence they are cheaper
  2. You save time because you don’t stand in line at the ticketing window. During peak hours, this wait can even go up to 90 minutes.

How online tickets work

As soon as you make the purchase, Sagrada Familia tickets get delivered to your inbox.

On the day of your visit, show the ticket in your email and walk in. No need to take printouts!

You must be at the attraction at least 15 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.

Sagrada Familia ticket price

Sagrada Familia tickets are cheaper online than at the gates. 

The Sagrada Familia Fast Track ticket costs €31.60 for adults aged 30 to 64, and for youth aged 11 to 29 years, it is €29.60.

The tickets for seniors 65 years and above costs €27.50, while kids below ten years walk in for free. 

More than 90% of the visitors to Sagrada Familia opt for Fast Track tickets – the cheapest and the most popular.  

Guided tours to Sagrada Familia cost €48 for adults 17 years and above and €46 for kids between 11 and 16. 

Sagrada Familia discounts

Sagrada Familia offers several concessions on the Fast Track tickets, which for adults costs €31.60.

Visitors aged 11 to 29 years get a €2 discount, while seniors 65 and above get a €4 discount on the adult ticket price.

Online tickets are at least 10% cheaper than the ticket prices available at the attraction.

Children 10 years and younger get the best discount – they can enter for free.

Fast Track entry tickets

Sagrada Familia’s Fast Track tickets are the cheapest and most popular way to explore the Basilica.

Nine out of ten visitors to Sagrada Familia opt for Fast Track tickets, so you can’t go wrong.

These tickets help you save up to 90 minutes of waiting in the ticketing counter queues.

These tickets include access to both Sagrada Familia and the Museum but not to the Towers.

Kids under 10 enter for free, but during ticket purchase, you must add a free ticket.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (30 to 64 years): €31.60
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €27.50
Youth ticket (11 to 29 years): €29.60
Student ticket (with valid ID): €29.60

Guided tour of Sagrada Familia

When you book a guided tour of Sagrada Familia, a Gaudi expert takes you around Sagrada Familia.

Learning the rich history of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and its creator Antoni Gaudi with a local expert will make your trip even more exciting.

After this 60 minutes guided tour, you can continue to hang around for as long as you want.

While the guide shows and explains the Nativity facade and the Passion facade, you can’t go up the Nativity or the Passion Towers with these guided tour tickets.

Tourists who love to take photographs also opt for guided tours because the guides know the best photo spots.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (15+ years): €59
Child ticket (2 to 14 years): €54
Infant ticket (1 year and younger): Free entry

Sagrada Familia entry + Tower access

Besides exploring the Sagrada Basilica, if you want to go up one of the Towers (Nativity or Passion), this ticket is the cheapest option.

This is a self-guided ticket, so you explore everything by yourself.

It also gets you access to Museum Sagrada Familia in the semi-basement under the Passion facade.

If you are on a budget but love Gaudi’s work, these Tower tickets are just perfect.

Only children over six years can visit the towers, and an adult must accompany all under 16 kids.

Because of the pandemic, this ticket is currently not available.

Tower ticket prices

Adult ticket (30 to 64 years): €40
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €32.50
Youth ticket (11 to 29 years): €37.50
Student ticket (with valid ID): €37.50

Guided tour with Tower access

The guided tour of Sagrada Familia with Tower access is a highly rated experience.

A local expert guide takes you through Sagrada Familia interiors and then also up one of the Towers.

The Sagrada Familia guided Tower experience is two hours long, after which you can stay on for as long as you want.

If money isn’t a concern, we recommend you go for these Tower tickets because they offer a better experience.

Till early 2019, it was possible to choose the Tower you want to go up on – Nativity or Passion – but not anymore.

Only children over six years can visit the towers, and an adult must accompany all under 16 kids.

Guided Tower ticket prices

Adult ticket (11+ years): €59
Child ticket (6 to 10 years):
€54

Extra: Here is yet another highly rated Sagrada Familia Tower ticket

Guided tour of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell

Some visitors try and combine two of the most impressive works by Gaudí in one tour by booking an expert to take them through both Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.

The tour starts at Park Güell, and after a break for lunch, the whole group moves to Sagrada Familia.
Transport between the attractions is included in the ticket.

All participants get a headset so that they can hear the guide better.

Ticket prices

Adult ticket (12+ years): €79
Child ticket (3 to 11 years):
€71
Infant ticket (up to 2 years): Free entry

Want a hotel pick-up and drop included? Check out this guided tour of Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.

The Gaudi Package includes tickets to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and a Barcelona Card. You get unlimited free travel for 72 hours on the metro, buses, trains, trams, and a 10% discount on future purchases.


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Visiting Sagrada Familia for free

Visitors who meet certain conditions can enter Sagrada Familia for free all through the year. They are:

  • Kids ten years and below
  • People with a disability of 65% or more and their companion
  • Visitors with Barcelona Press Card
  • Unemployed people (on Wednesdays from 2 pm, with their unemployment ID)

Visitors can explore Sagrada Familia for free if they have bought a Barcelona City Pass as well. 

Free entry for Mass

Almost every Sunday, visitors can attend mass at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. 

If you don’t mind the religious sermon, this is a great way to step inside Antoni Gaudi’s Basilica for free. 

However, visitors are expected to respect the gathering and the occasion and not take photographs or explore other parts of the Basilica. 

Crazy but true: Heard of the man who built Sagrada Familia and 200+ other monuments with just toothpicks?


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Sagrada Familia audio guide

If you love to explore at your own pace, you should go for Sagrada Familia’s audio guide.

The routes available in the audio guide explain the towers, the facades, and the insides of the Basilica.

The 45-minute-long audio guide is available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and Hungarian.

Kids below 12 years of age don’t get the audio guides.

Nowadays, because of the pandemic physical audio guides aren’t being issued.

Human guides are better than audio guides. If money is not an issue but experience matters, we recommend a guided tour of Sagrada Familia.


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Sagrada Familia towers

Gaudi planned Sagrada Familia with 18 towers.

Twelve of these 18 towers represent the Apostles, and four represent Evangelists.

The Sagrada Familia tower with a star on the top represents Virgin Mary, and the tallest tower of them all is for Jesus Christ.

This infographic explains the 18 Towers of Sagrada Familia, the Biblical figure they represent and their respective location within the Basilica. Download Print Version

As of the year 2021, eight of the 18 planned towers are complete.

Of these eight constructed towers, four are part of the Nativity facade, and four are part of the Passion facade.

A facade is the view that a few of a building’s towers combine and create for the viewer.

Right now, only the Nativity facade view and Passion facade view are complete.

Once Sagrada Familia’s construction ends in 2026, it will have three facades – the Nativity facade, the Passion facade, and the Glory facade.

Visitors must purchase the Tower tickets to go up and see the facades.

Since these tickets are costlier, and the tower visit takes an additional half-hour, visitors wonder if climbing the Sagrada Familia towers is worth it.

Nativity facade or Passion facade?

With one ticket, visitors can only go up on one of the towers – Nativity or Passion.

Many tourists who have been up both the towers think that the Nativity facade is better than the Passion facade.

Guides who take tourists up to the towers say they have seen similar reactions from visitors who went up either the Nativity Tower or the Passion Tower. 

Earlier, visitors could decide which Sagrada Familia tower they want to visit, but not anymore.

Follow the link for a detailed explanation of the Nativity facade or Passion facade.

Unbelievable but true: Did you know that Sagrada Familia has been under construction for 136 years without a building permit?


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Sagrada Familia’s dress code

Since it is a Catholic church, Sagrada Familia has a strict dress code enforced by its staff.

Men must avoid hats unless they are wearing them for religious or health reasons.

While visiting the Sagrada Familia church, both men and women must avoid see-through clothing, swimwear, etc.

The acceptable length for both shorts and skirts is till at least mid-thigh.

Tops must cover the shoulders. Women must avoid plunging necklines, exposed backs, and bellies.


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Visiting Sagrada at night

Any time after 7 pm is an excellent time to see the Basilica in its nighttime glory.

Late evening is also a good time to see the city of Barcelona from the Nativity facade.

While there is a certain amount of romance in visiting Sagrada Familia in the evening hours, we recommend you also visit it during the day so that you can see Antonio Gaudi’s intricate work on the exterior.

As the night falls, the Church gets lit up in all its grandiosity.


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Sagrada Familia map

There are two ways to ensure you don’t miss anything at Sagrada Familia – book a guided tour, or keep a map of Sagrada Familia handy while exploring the Basilica.

You can either bookmark this page or print the map and carry it along on the day of your visit.

Sagrada Familia’s floor plan is also useful in finding out visitor services, audio guide stops, toilets, changing rooms, lifts etc.


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Mass timings

Sagrada Família church is a place of worship and if you want to pray during your tour, visit the Chapel of the Eucharist in the ambulatory.

Besides this, you can always attend the international and special masses conducted regularly at Sagrada Familia.

These Masses are open to the public, and entry is free.

International Mass

The Archdiocese of Barcelona conducts the International Mass on Saturdays, Sundays, holy days of obligation, and the eve of holy days of obligation.

On Saturdays and the eve of holy days of obligation, the International Mass is at 8 pm.

On Sunday and holy days of obligation, the Mass is at 9 am.

To attend this mass, you need to enter the Cathedral from the Nativity facade on Carrer de la Marina.

Special Mass

At regular intervals, special Masses get conducted at Sagrada Familia Church.

Some of these special masses allow ticketed entry, and in some cases, attendance is by invitation only.

Keep track of special masses at Sagrada Familia here.

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Jamshed V Rajan: He is a two-faced traveler, who enjoys both the hustle-bustle of an urban holiday and the serenity of a break from the rest of the World. During some of his vacations, he is a resort hopper, and on others, he barely spends time in his hotel. He loves to try mouth-watering local cuisines, especially non-vegetarian dishes. Favourite Cities: Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Dublin, Prague, Vienna

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