The Sagrada Família is the absolute most famous monument there is in all of Barcelona, receiving the visit of millions of locals and foreigners every single year. If you don’t want to be left waiting in line, it pays to know how and where you can buy your tickets before you arrive.
How to buy tickets to the Sagrada Família?
Tickets to the Sagrada Família can be bought directly at the ticket offices which are located just outside the monument but there are great advantages to buying your ticket online. If you go to the official website, you will be able to purchase your tickets in advance, which is not only cheaper but it will save you a lot of time since most days there is an enormous queue to go in, that usually goes around the block.
The prices of the tickets are as follows:
Regular ticket: 15€ online or 18€ at the ticket office. Retirees pay 11€ or 14€, and students pay 13€ or 16€. Children under 11 years old can go in for free. The price of this ticket does not include a visit to the towers or a guided tour.
Guided tours: 24€ online or 29€ at the ticket office. Retirees pay 18€ or 23€, and students pay 22€ or 27€. The guided tours are given in English, French, Catalan, Spanish, Italian or German.
Audio guide: 22€ online or 26€ at the ticket office. Retirees pay 17€ or 21€, and students pay 20€ or 24€. There are audio guides available in the same languages the guided tours are given in, plus Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
Top Views (ticket with a visit to the towers included): 29€ online or 35€ at the ticket office. Retirees pay 22€ or 28€, and students pay 27€ or 33€. This visit includes an audioguide. Be advised: the towers are sometimes closed to the public due to construction work so make sure to check online if they are open before purchasing your tickets.
There are also special prices for groups and schools, which can be consulted on the website.
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How to get to the Sagrada Família?
The Sagrada Família is located at Carrer de Mallorca, 401, in the neighborhood that has the same name as the monument. The easiest way to get there is by using the purple (L2) or blue (L5) line of the metro, exiting at “Sagrada Familia”. You can also get to the Sagrada Família by using buses number 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20, and B24.
Working hours of the Sagrada Família
The Sagrada Família has different operating schedules during the year. From November to February it is open from 9 am to 6 pm. In March it remains open another hour, until 7 pm. From April to September it is open from 9 am to 8 pm. In October, the Sagrada Família shortens its working hours once again, remaining open from 9 am to 7 pm. The Sagrada Família is one of the few monuments that remains open on the 25th and 26th of December and on the 1st and 6th of January (all of which are local holidays) from 9 am to 2 pm.
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A little bit of history
The Sagrada Família was designed by Antoni Gaudí, one of the most respected Catalan architects to ever exist. Gaudí was the brilliant mind behind several of the city’s landmarks, such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, and Park Güell. The Sagrada Família began being constructed at the beginning of the 1880s and it is still under construction today. To create the Sagrada Família, Gaudí developed ingenious new shapes, most of them inspired by shapes that already existed in nature, something that he also did when creating many of his other works.
Unfortunately, Gaudí passed away before his Magnum Opus was finished, and the work was picked up by different architects who are helping bring Gaudí‘s vision to life. The techniques that have been used since Gaudí’s passing have been a subject of controversy since some of the architects have decided to venture away from Gaudí‘s original style.
The Sagrada Família has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, like many other works by the visionary architect. The fact that the basilica has been under construction for over a century is part of the monument’s charm and history since the skyline around Sagrada Família has always been dotted with construction cranes. It is estimated that construction will end in the year 2026, which makes the whole world wonder what will the monument look like when it is finally completed, especially due to the fact that the work is being carried out by different architects.
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