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

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

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, who is 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.

1. How to reach
2. Sagrada Familia entrance
3. Opening hours
4. Tour duration
5. Tips to avoid crowd
6. Sagrada ticket price
7. Ticket discounts
8. Sagrada Familia tickets
9. Tickets FAQs
10. Free entry
11. Audio Guide
12. Sagrada Familia towers
13. Dress Code
14. Visiting at Night
15. Mass times
16. Sagrada Familia’s map

How to reach Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is located on 401 Mallorca street, 08013 Barcelona. Directions

Public transport is the best way to get here.

If Metro is your preferred option, get onto 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 the following bus numbers – 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24.

All of these buses stop at Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia Entrance

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.

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

Check out the video below to get a feel of what to expect the moment you step inside the Sagrada Familia entrance.

If you plan to visit both Sagrada Familia and Park Guell on the same day, check out the following directions:

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Sagrada Familia hours

During the peak season of April to September, Sagrada Familia opens at 9 am and closes at 7.30 pm.

The Barcelona attraction is open every day of the year, including Christmas and New Year, however its timing changes according to the tourist season.

MonthsOpening timeClosing timeLast 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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Duration of Sagrada Familia tour

Sagrada Familia tour duration

Most tourists explore Sagrada Familia in an hour and a half.

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 yet another half hour.

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

Once you show your tickets at the entrance and get in, you can stay inside for as long as you want.


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Tips to avoid the crowd at Sagrada Familia

Nobody likes to waste time in long lines while on a holiday, but unfortunately that’s precisely what one can expect at the Basilica.

But there are three sure-shot ways to avoid the crowd and save both time and energy.

1. Buy Sagrada Familia tickets online, in advance

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

Sagrada Familia Ticket Queue
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. the waiting time in these lines can go up to two hours.

Sagrada Familia tickets have time of entry mentioned on them.

On really 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.

Queue at Sagrada Familia
Tourists stand in a waiting line to buy Sagrada Familia tickets. When you buy online tickets, you walk past these waiting lines – directly to 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 ‘round about’ timings – 10 am, 11 am etc.

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

Most of the tourists ignore the in-between time slots such 9.15 am, 9.45 am, 11.15 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 the line.


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Sagrada Familia ticket price

Entry tickets for Sagrada Familia can be bought online or from the ticket center at the attraction entrance.

The basic Sagrada Familia ticket price for adults is €26, and youth between 11 to 29 years pay only €24.

Tickets for seniors 65 years and above is priced at €22, while kids less than ten years old enter for free.

If you also opt for an audio guide, it will cost you an additional €6 per person.

Guided tours to Sagrada Familia cost €42 for visitors between 18 to 64 years, €38 for seniors, and €20 for kids between 11 and 17 years.


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Sagrada Familia discounts

Sagrada Familia offers several concessions on the standard adult ticket, which costs €26.

Visitors aged 11 to 29 years get a €2 discount, while seniors 65 years 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. 

Kids and seniors don’t get any concession on the audio guide – it costs €6 for everyone. 


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Sagrada Familia tickets

Sagrada Familia entry ticket
Image: Capegazette.com

There are four types of Sagrada Familia tickets you can choose from.

All of the three below given are ‘Skip The Line’ tickets.

If you buy your tickets online, you can skip the long queues at the ticketing counter and enter the Church right away, hence the name.

To help you decide, we have also provided our recommendation.

1. Basic Sagrada Familia entry tickets

These online tickets help you save up to two hours of waiting in the ticketing counter queues.

While booking these Sagrada Familia tickets, you get to choose the time of your visit.

These tickets include access to both Sagrada Familia and the Museum.

Our recommendation: These are the most popular tickets – nine out of ten visitors to Sagrada Familia opt for these, so you can’t go wrong.

Ticket price (5 pm, Sunset time)

Visitor TypeAge
(years)
Cost
(Euros)
Adult ticket30 to 6426
Seniors ticket65+22
Youth ticket11 to 2924
Child ticket< 10Free

On the ticket booking page opt for “Ticket Only”

Ticket price (All day slots + audio guide)

Visitor TypeAge
(years)
Cost
(Euros)
Adult ticket30 to 6432
Seniors ticket65+26
Youth ticket11 to 2930
Child ticket< 10Free

On the ticket booking page opt for “Ticket + Audio Guide”

2. Guided tour of Sagrada Familia

When you buy these tickets, 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 90 minutes guided tour, you can continue to hang around for as long as you want.

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

Our recommendation: If you want to hear history, stories and anecdotes about Sagrada Familia and its creator Antonio Gaudi this ticket is just right for you.

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

Cost of Sagrada Familia guided tour

Visitor TypeAge
(years)
Cost
(Euros)
Adult ticket18 to 6442
Seniors ticket65+38
Child ticket< 1120

Tip: If you don’t get your preferred time and date for the above given guided tour, check out this highly rated guided tour.

3. Sagrada Familia entry + Tower access

Besides exploring the Sagrada Basilica, if you also 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.

Exclusions: There are no exclusions to this ticket.

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

Only children over 6 years can visit the towers and all under 16 kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Tower ticket prices

Visitor TypeAge
(years)
Cost
(Euros)
Adult ticket30 to 6439.50
Seniors ticket65+32.50
Youth ticket11 to 2937.50
Student ticketWith ID37.50
Child ticket7 to 10Free entry

4. Guided tour with tower access

This is a highly rated tour, where a guide takes you through Sagrada Familia interiors and then also up one of the Towers.

After the guided tour is over, you can stay on for as long as you want.

The Sagrada Familia guided Tower experience comes in two flavors – the 120-minute tour and the 90-minute tour.

Exclusions: There are no exclusions to this ticket.

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

Only children over 6 years can visit the towers and all under 16 kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Guided Tower ticket prices

Visitor TypeAge
(years)
Cost
(Euros)
Adult ticket11+64
Child ticket3 to 1050
Infants< 2Free

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

If you are a bigger group and would prefer exclusive experience, try this private Guided tour plus Tower visit.


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FAQs on Sagrada Familia tickets

When it comes to Sagrada Familia tickets, visitors have lots of questions.

We try to answer a few of them –

  1. Whom to contact to buy Sagrada Familia tickets?


    You don’t need to contact anyone to book your trip to Sagrada Familia tickets.

    Sitting at your home, you can buy Sagrada Familia tickets online and get them delivered to your smartphone.

  2. Why buying Sagrada Familia tickets online is better?


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

    The answer is “No!”. There is no difference between Sagrada Familia tickets bought online, and those purchased at the venue.

    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 two hours.

  3. How online Sagrada Familia tickets help in avoiding the crowd?


    As a tourist trying to enter Sagrada Familia, you must stand in two queues – line at the ticketing counter to buy the tickets and the line at the Basilica’s entrance.

    You can avoid the first queue if you buy Sagrada Familia tickets online and reach the entrance at the time provided on your ticket.

    In fact, on heavily crowded days (high season weekends, office holidays etc.) there may be an extra waiting time as well.

    Since only a fixed number of tourists are allowed to enter the premises every 15 minutes, the ticket obtained from the ticketing counter can have an entry time that is a couple of hours later.

    In such a case, you must wait your turn to enter the Basilica.

    That’s why most tourists prefer to buy Sagrada Familia tickets online.
    When you buy tickets online, you know what time you need to be at Sagrada Familia’s entrance, so there is hardly any wait.

    Now you know why these online tickets are also known as Skip The Line tickets, Fast Track tickets, Priority Access tickets etc.

  4. How to get Sagrada Familia tickets discount?


    Some of the visitors do get Sagrada Familia tickets discount.

    To encourage youngsters to appreciate culture, Sagrada Familia offers ticket discounts.

    Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday youngsters aged 11 to 30 can avail of these discounts, and the discounted price they have to pay is only 7 Euros.

    These discount tickets are available from 4 pm to 6 pm, and you can buy them from Sagrada Familia’s ticketing counter.

    Even better discounts are available on online tickets, which are a couple of Euros cheaper than buying at the venue. Buy Sagrada Familia tickets now!

  5. Can I get Sagrada Familia free tickets?


    Some tourists do get free tickets at Sagrada Familia.

    You don’t have to pay for your online tickets at Sagrada Familia if you meet one of the conditions below.

    – You are ten years old or below

    – You are an individual with +65% disability and can provide appropriate proof

    In such circumstances, the person accompanying you also gets a free ticket for Sagrada Familia.

  6. Do we have to print Sagrada Familia online tickets?


    Within five minutes of purchasing Sagrada Familia tickets online, they get delivered to your email.

    You don’t need to take any printouts.

    On the day of your visit, walk up to Sagrada Familia entrance, show your ticket in your email on your smartphone and step in.

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


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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. 


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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.

Audio guides are not issued to Kids below 12 years of age. Book ticket with Audio guide

Tip: Human guides are better than audio guides. If you can afford to buy a guided tour ticket, we highly recommend that. Here is yet another highly rated Sagrada Familia guided tour.

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 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.

Sagrada Familia Towers
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 year 2020, 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 to both the towers say they have seen a better sense of satisfaction in tourists who go up the Nativity facade.

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.


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Sagrada Familia dress code

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

Sagrada Familia Dress Code

Men are expected to avoid hats unless they are wearing it for religious or health reasons.

While visiting the Sagrada Familia church both men and women are expected to 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 are also expected to avoid plunging necklines, exposed backs, and bellies.


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Sagrada Familia at night

Any time after 7 pm is a good time to see the Basilica in its night time glory.

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

Some tourists prefer visiting Sagrada Familia in the evening hours.

While there is a certain amount of romance in it, 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 mass times

Sagrada Família church is a place of worship.

If you want to pray during your tour, you can visit the Chapel of the Eucharist, in the ambulatory.

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

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 on the eve of holy days of obligation, the International Mass is at 8 pm.

On Sunday and on 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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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 a copy of the map provided below and carry it along on the day of your visit.

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

Download Print Version

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