A Guide to Buying Sagrada Familia Tickets in Barcelona (safely)

The Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most visited tourist attraction: over 3 million people visit the famous temple every year.




“How can I get Sagrada Familia tickets and is it necessary to buy them in advance?” is a common question among visitors. To ensure a hassle-free experience and avoid long lines, it’s recommended to purchase your tickets online. You can easily do this through the official website (www.sagradafamilia.org) and receive your tickets via email. This is the safest way to buy tickets and avoid scams.

How to avoid the crowds visiting the Sagrada Familia?

It’s an easy formula: buy tickets in advance, go early at 9.00, try to visit it mid-week and try to avoid the peak months.

Buy Sagrada Familia tickets in advance: To avoid the long waiting lines, it’s recommended to buy your tickets online. You’ll receive your tickets via email. When you visit the Sagrada Familia simply show the code on your mobile phone to skip the line at the ticket offices. Don’t use other channels beside the official one at: www.sagradafamilia.org, you’ll save money and possible scams. There’s no such things like “Fast Track tickets”.

When purchasing a ticket to visit the Sagrada Familia, you’ll need to select a date and time slot due to the high volume of visitors. Rest assured, once inside, you can spend as much time as you’d like exploring the famous landmark.

Visit Sagrada Familia early: The best time to visit the Sagrada Familia is early in the morning, around 9:00 AM. This way, you’ll avoid the crowds and have a more peaceful visit.

Go mid-week: Visiting during the week (Monday to Thursday) is recommended as the weekends tend to be busier.

Avoid peak months: Try to visit the Sagrada Familia outside of peak tourist season (July to September) to avoid large crowds.

…But, when is “really” the best time to visit the Sagrada Familia?

Opt for an Early Morning Visit or Sunset for Best Experience: To minimize crowds and experience the Sagrada Familia without any wait, visiting early in the morning at 9:00 am when it opens is highly recommended. However, if you’re a photography enthusiast and want to capture stunning shots, visiting the Basilica during sunset is the best time to go. You’ll be able to witness the magnificent light show through the stained glass windows and create memories to last a lifetime.

Sagrada Familia’s magic is best experienced at sunset, The Golden Hour

Types of tickets

At the moment of writing, the available options are as follows:

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA (includes Audioguide app) 26,00 €

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA WITH GUIDED TOUR (includes Audioguide app) 30,00 €

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA WITH TOWERS (includes Audioguide app) 36,00 €

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA WITH GUIDED TOUR AND TOWERS (includes Audioguide app) 40,00 €

How much time do you need at Sagrada Familia?

Usually it takes 2-3 hours to complete the tour.

What to see and do

The Basilica: The central nave of the basilica is a work of art in itself, featuring Gaudí’s organic designs inspired by nature. The stained glass panels at each end of the basilica provide a stunning display of color and light.

The Towers: Gaudí’s original design for the Sagrada Familia included 18 towers, with 8 currently available for visitors to climb. The panoramic views from the top are truly breathtaking.

The Museum: Located in the semi-basement under the Passion facade, the museum features a collection of drawings, plaster models, and plans for the construction of the Sagrada Familia. It’s a fascinating look into the temple’s history.

The Shop: After your visit, be sure to stop by the shop to purchase a memento of your trip. You’ll find all the typical souvenirs, as well as unique items such as prints of Gaudí’s design sketches and books on the Sagrada Familia and Gaudí’s architecture.

How to Get to the Sagrada Familia

You have a variety of ways to reach the Sagrada Familia, located northeast of the city center. If you enjoy walking, it’s only about a 1.5-mile trip from Plaça de Catalunya, taking around 30 minutes. Another option is using public transportation, with a metro station just steps from the church, known as Sagrada Familia. This stop is serviced by lines L2 and L5 and you can arrive at the Sagrada Familia in as little as 15-20 minutes from central Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia Opening Times

The Sagrada Familia, a landmark of Barcelona, operates with varying hours throughout the year, but is generally open every day. Normal operating hours are as follows:

  • January to February: 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 10:30am to 6pm on weekends.
  • March: 9am to 7pm on weekdays and 10:30am to 7pm on weekends.
  • April to September: 9am to 8pm on weekdays and 10:30am to 8pm on weekends.
  • October: 9am to 7pm on weekdays and 10:30am to 7pm on weekends.
  • November to December: 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 10:30am to 6pm on weekends.

On December 25th and 26th, and January 1st and 6th, the Sagrada Familia is open from 9am to 2pm. The ticket office closes 30 minutes prior to the official closing time each day.