Tourist Cards in Barcelona
Getting one of the several tourist cards available in Barcelona is the ideal way to move around the city, and visit its monuments and main attractions without spending more than necessary. Each of these cards is a perfect fit for each visitor’s tastes and interests, and is well worth it to get one of them right after arrival at the Ciudad Condal.
Barcelona Card (or BCN Card) is one of the most requested and valued tourist cards by those visitors who, in addition to just moving around the city, want to visit its main attractions. BCN Card includes free access to the entire public transit system and to more than 20 tourist attractions, including the Monastery of the Pedralbes, the Columbus Monument (Mirador de Colón), the Collserola Tower (Torre de Collserola), the Picasso Museum and the Museum of Catalonian Modernism (Museo del Modernismo Catalán). It also offer discounts for more than 280 monuments, museums, restaurants, gift-shops and night-clubs, including the Sagrada Familia Church, La Pedrera, the Camp Nou or the Catalonian Music Palace (Palau de la Música Catalana). The card is available in 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-day versions and also includes a discounts guide, a map, and information on the most important places. The quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to get the BCN card is through the online shop, though it can also be procured at the tourist offices.
Articket Barcelona Card
Art and museum lovers have a card designed specifically for them, the Articket Barcelona. This unique card allows access, without having to wait in a line, to the main art centers in the city. Among these you will find the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Cataluña (Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña) and the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona). You will also be able to visit the Antoni Tapies Foundation, the Joan Miró Foundation, La Pedrera, and the Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona (Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona). This card can easily and quickly be obtained online or in any of the tourist offices. It is a very interesting card not just because of its low price, but also because of its 3-month long validity period.
Hola BCN! Card
For those who want to move more freely and visit just the places more to their liking, the metropolitan transport system of Barcelona has created the Hola BCN! card. These allow for unlimited rides on subway, bus, train, tram and regional train (Rodalies). The card can cover for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days, and can be obtained in any of the ticket sale outposts located in the city’s stations.