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Going to an FC Barcelona match

There are a lot of things to do and see in Barcelona: visit the Sagrada Familia, take great photos in Park Güell, walk and shop on Las Ramblas… but you absolutely cannot miss stopping by Camp Nou to watch an FCB match.

The mythical stadium of FC Barcelona is the biggest stadium in Spain and the sixth biggest in the world with a holding capacity of 99354 people. The best football players of the world have been on this pitch: Maradona, Ronaldinho, Figo

The Santiago Bernabéu stadium which is the home of Real Madrid finds itself in second place with a capacity of 85454 people.

In this article, ShBarcelona explains what you have to do if you want to go see Messi, Neymar, and Suarez kick a football on home turf.

Related article: Visit Barcelona’s iconic Camp Nou 

Where to buy tickets?

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Photo by tetegil via Visualhunt

If it is not a match day, you can buy your tickets directly from the Camp Nou ticket office, located near access gate 9. The ticket office is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:30 and Sunday from 10:00 – 14:15. Otherwise – and perhaps the simplest alternative – is to go to the official FC Barcelona website and buy your tickets online. Just remember to print them before getting to the stadium.

The price of the tickets can vary immensely, depending on the context of the match and the rival team which will be playing. The lowest prices start at €30 for a Del Rey cup match (FC Barcelona –  Athletic Bilbao), going up to €450 for a high stake match. For the next Champions League match (FC Barcelona – Arsenal), you’ll have to part with a minimum of €100.

Find the schedule for FC Barcelona’s upcoming matches here.

Related article: RCD Espanyol: Barca’s noisy neighbor 

Getting to the stadium

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Photo by Assemblea.cat via Visualhunt

By car: Camp Nou is located on Carrer Arístides Mallol, 12. You cannot park on stadium grounds on match days if you are not a special member, nor in the nearby university car park. We recommend dropping your car a bit further away from the stadium in the car park on Carrer Joan D’Alos.

By metro: if you want to avoid traffic jams, the underground is the way to go. Even though many people will be doing the same, this mode of transportation remains the most accessible on match days. Depending on your journey and where you start from, some routes are preferable to others. Aim for stop Les Corts (line 3) for access gates 1, 20, and 21. The Palau Reial, Maria Cristina, or the Zona Universitària stations (line 3) are best for access to gates 9, 5, and 11. Lastly, head for Collblanc and Badal (line 5) for access to gates 14, 15, 18, and 19.

By tram: the stops you will need are Maria Cristina, Pius Xll, Palau Reial, Zona Universitària, Avinguda de Xile and Sant Ramon (T1, T2, T3), all of which are close to the stadium.

By bus: Numerous buses go near and around the stadium (N2, N3, N14, L12, 54, 57, 59, 70, 75 etc)

Related article: Public transportation: How to get around Barcelona

Sustenance

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Photo by Mobilus In Mobili via Visualhunt

Rumbly stomach before the match? Do not worry, you can go into the stadium with food. Bottled drinks are also allowed but the caps will be taken from you at the stadium entrance. Otherwise, there are snacks and drinks available to buy on site. One word of warning, however – do not go to the concession stands at half-time. You risk being stuck in a very long queue and missing the beginning of the second half of the game.

Looking for a place to stay during your visit to Barcelona? ShBarcelona offers a variety of apartments for short and long stays in the city.

About the author

Alexandra Constantine

Recently having relocated to Barcelona, Alexandra loves exploring the city and sharing insider tips with other visitors and residents.

1 Comment

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