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

Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction and attracts more than 5 million visitors annually.

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

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

The church has become an iconic symbol of Barcelona, drawing millions of visitors each year to marvel at its stunning architecture and religious significance.

Visitors can explore the attraction’s interior and exterior, which include ornate facades, stained-glass windows, and intricate sculptures.

The church also has a museum dedicated to its history and construction, where visitors can learn more about the fascinating story behind this remarkable landmark.

This article explains everything you need to know before buying Sagrada Familia tickets.

What to expect


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Sagrada Familia tickets

There are many Sagrada Familia tickets, each offering a unique experience at the Basilica.

Ticket/tour Cost
Sagrada Familia fast track tickets €34
Sagrada Familia with Tower access €47
Guided tour of Sagrada Familia €50
Sagrada Familia guided tour + Tower access €69
Guided tour of Sagrada Familia & Park Guell €82
Guided tour of Sagrada & Montserrat €109
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in French €50
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in Italian €50
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in German €50
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in Spanish €50

Things to know before booking tickets

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.

Sagrada Familia tickets get delivered to your inbox as soon as you purchase them.

On 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.

Fast Track entry tickets

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

More than 90% of visitors to Sagrada Familia opt for Fast Track tickets, which are the cheapest and most popular, so you can’t go wrong.

These tickets help you save up to 90 minutes waiting in the ticketing counter queues and come with a world-class audio guide.

Fast Track tickets include access to Sagrada Familia and the Museum but not the Towers.

Sagrada Familia discounts

Sagrada Familia offers several concessions on the Fast Track tickets, which come with an audio guide.

Adults aged 30 to 64 years pay the full ticket price of €34 for entry.

Tickets for visitors aged 11 to 29 and students with valid ID cards are priced at €31 – a discount of €3 per person.

Seniors aged 65 and above get a reduction of €7 and pay only €27 to enter Sagrada Familia.

Kids younger than 10 get a 100% discount on their tickets and can enter for free, but you must add a free ticket during ticket purchase.

Adult (30 to 64 years): €34
Senior (65+ years): €27
Youth (11 to 29 years): €31
Student (with valid ID): €31

Guided tour of Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Hall
Image: reddit.com

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

Learning about 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 90 minutes, the guided tour is over, and you can explore the Basilica for as long as you want.

This tour can have up to 30 tourists.

While the guide shows and explains the Nativity and Passion facades, 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.

Cost of tickets

guided tour to Sagrada Familia costs €50 for adults 11 years and above and €29 for kids between 4 and 10 years old.

Adult ticket (11+ years): €50
Child ticket (4 to 10 years): €29
Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry

If you prefer a guided tour with fewer participants, check out this Guided tour in English with a maximum of 20 tourists. 

Guided tours of Sagrada Familia are also available in French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Sagrada Familia entry + Tower access

This ticket is the cheapest option if you want to climb one of the Towers (Nativity or Passion) in addition to exploring the Sagrada Basilica.

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.

These tickets are perfect if you love Gaudi and want to climb one of the Towers but don’t want to spend too much on a guided tour of the Towers

Visitors must take the lift up to the Tower and walk the stairs down.

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

Cost of tickets

Adult (30 to 64 years): €47
Senior (65+ years): €40
Youth (11 to 29 years): €44
Student (with valid ID): €44

Guided tour with Tower Access

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

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

The experience is 2 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 wanted 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.

Cost of tickets

Adult (11+ years): €62
Child (6 to 10 years):
€39

Tip: If you are traveling during the non-peak season, you can book semi-private or private tours of Sagrada Towers.

Guided tour of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell

Some visitors 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.

Cost of tickets

Adult (11+ years): €82
Child (4 to 10 years):
€49
Infant (up to 3 years): Free

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

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The Gaudi Package includes Sagrada Familia and Park Guell tickets 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 throughout the year. They are:

  • Kids 10 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.

Free entry for Mass

Visitors can attend Mass at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia every Sunday. 

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 audio guides come free with Sagrada Familia’s Fast Track tickets.

The routes 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.

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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How to reach

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

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

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

All of these buses stop at Sagrada Familia.


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Sagrada Familia entrance

Sagrada Entrance Map
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.

The ticketing window has been removed from the Sagrada Familia in 2021, and you can get tickets to the monument online. They are available two days in advance.

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

The Gaudi Package includes Sagrada Familia and Park Guell tickets 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

From Monday to Saturday, Sagrada Familia opens at 9 am, and it opens at 10.30 am on Sunday. Its closing time depends on the season.

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

From November to February, the attraction closes at 6 pm.

Months Weekdays Sundays Closing time
Nov to Feb 9 am 10.30 am 6 pm
Mar 9 am 10.30 am 7 pm
Apr to Sep 9 am 10.30 am 8 pm
Oct 9 am 10.30 am 7 pm

The last entry is always half an hour before closure.

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 the tour take

Sagrada Entry
Image: GetYourGuide

Most tourists explore Sagrada Familia in 90 minutes to 2 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 one of the towers—the Nativity or Passion tower—you will need 30 minutes more. 

The best part is that 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 happens at Sagrada Familia if you don’t plan.

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

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.

Sagrada Familia Ticket Queue
Since Sagrada Familia is crowded throughout 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 get a ticket with the entrance time 2 hours later.

It is best to buy tickets for Sagrada Familia online. This way, you can skip the long lines, select your preferred time, and pay less.

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

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.

Update: Post-COVID, all Sagrada Familia tickets are sold online for the time being.

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) reach 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.

It is also advised to book your tickets at either mid-morning or mid-to-late afternoon when direct sunshine streams in through the windows to see the effect of large stained-glass windows, a hidden masterpiece of Sagrada Familia.

Plan your visit on a Monday

Monday is not always bad news.

Mondays are perfect if you plan to beat the lines at Sagrada Familia.

Since most museums in Barcelona are closed on Mondays, tourists assume that Sagrada Familia will also be closed.

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

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


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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 top, represents Virgin Mary, and the tallest Tower 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 2021, eight of the 18 planned towers are complete.

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

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

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, Passion, and Glory.

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?

Visitors can only go up to one of the towers with one ticket – Nativity or Passion.

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

Guides who take tourists 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 wanted 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.

Sagrada Familia Dress Code

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

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

The acceptable length for both shorts and skirts is 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 excellent for seeing the Basilica in its nighttime glory.

Late evening is also an excellent 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 visit it during the day to see Antonio Gaudi’s intricate work on the exterior.

The Church gets lit up in all its grandiosity as the night falls.


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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 the Basilica handy while exploring it.

You can either bookmark this page or print the map and bring it with you on the day of your visit.

Sagrada Familia’s floor plan is also helpful in finding 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.

There are just a few spots available, so entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For the Sunday service, arrive at the entrance in front of the Nativity Façade no later than 8:30 am, and for the Saturday service, arrive no later than 7:30 pm.

Throughout the year, there are additional church services held on special days. Visit the Sagrada Familia website for more details.

You must dress and conduct yourself properly when attending Mass.

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

You must enter the Cathedral from the Nativity facade on Carrer de la Marina to attend this Mass.

Special Mass

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

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

Keep track of special masses at Sagrada Familia here.

Sources
# Sagradafamilia.org
# Ticketshop.barcelona
# Thrillophilia.com
# Barcelona.com

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