Heading to Barcelona and wondering how to visit Sagrada Familia? One of Barcelona’s top attractions and one of the world’s most unique churches, Antonio Gaudì’s masterpiece draws visitors from near and far to indulge in its incredible beauty and layered meaning. In this article, we’ll explain exactly how you can visit Gaudì’s must-see Sagrada Familia.
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Visiting Sagrada Familia: What We’ll Cover
The best thing you can do to ensure a great visit to Sagrada Familia is to plan ahead. Schedule your visit and purchase tickets in advance. Antonio Gaudi’s church sells out quickly and lines can be long to get inside.
Don’t worry! In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about how to visit Sagrada Familia from getting tickets to the top guided tours, what to see and inside, and where to eat nearby. Here’s what we’ll cover:
Hours and Tickets
Admission Cost: €26 for adults. Check the official website for current discounts.
Getting tickets to Sagrada Familia is your first step to visiting this incredible church and work of art. As long as you plan ahead, you’ll be fine. You will be required to select a day and time slot for your visit when purchasing a ticket online.
November to February: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 6 pm; Sundays, 10:30 am to 6 pm.
March and October: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 7 pm; Sundays, 10:30 am to 7 pm.
April to September: Mon – Sat, 9 am – 8 pm; Sundays, 10:30 am – 8 pm.
December 25th and 26th, January 1st and 6th: 9 am – 2 pm.
How To Get To Sagrada Familia
There are plenty of ways to get around in Barcelona, which can often make the choice more difficult. We’ll explain how to get to Sagrada Familia by subway (metro), bus, and taxi.
For more information on how to get around Barcelona, including rent-a-bike options, check out our dedicated article on using public transport in Barcelona.
There is a metro stop right next to Sagrada Familia (called Sagrada Familia—easy!). A single-use subway card in Barcelona costs €2.40, which is relatively inexpensive for a subway system as comprehensive as Barcelona’s.
The L2 (purple) and L5 (blue) lines go straight to the Sagrada Familia metro station. It’s likely you’ll be headed to Sagrada Familia from one of our recommended areas to stay in Barcelona: El Raval, Bari Gothic, or Eixample. If that is the case, you probably won’t have to change lines on the metro.
If you’re not near either of the direct L2 (purple) and L5 (blue) lines, you can catch the L1 (orange) or L3 (green) nearest to you and connect with the L2 or L5. Always be sure to check you are on the right platform, so you catch the metro headed in the right direction.
Metro Stop: Sagrada Familia
Lines: L2 (purple) and L5 (blue)
Cost: €2.40 each way
Using an online taxi calculator, a taxi from the Barcelona Cathedral in Bari Gothic to Sagrada Familia will cost between €12 and €22 depending on whether you manage to hail a taxi or if you have to call one. For me, this is the best route if you are not very close to a metro station. However, taxi fares can add up quickly.
Taking a bus to Sagrada Familia is also an option. The fare costs €2.40 and you won’t have to go down to a metro station. That said, I always have issues with buses in foreign cities.
It is less clear whether you’re headed in the correct direction until you can see the attraction you are headed to. Unless you are afraid of a subway, I recommend you forgo the bus and use the subway.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401
What To See at Sagrada Familia
There is a lot to see in this beautiful church. Filled with exquisite detail, you won’t want to miss these features. Here is a list of the top things to see inside. If you’re looking for more detail, read our article on the top things to see in Gaudí’s unfinished church with interesting descriptions.
- The Nativity Facade (Eastern Side)
- Passion Facade (Western Side)
- The Facade of Bliss
- The Towers
- Inside Nave/Vaul
- Illuminated Christ on Cross (Gloria A Deu, A Dalt Del Cel)
- Stained Glass Windows
- Jesus Presented to the Crowd by Pontus Pilate
- Buttresses and Flying Buttresses
Guided Tour Options
Without a doubt, the best way to visit Sagrada Familia is with a tour guide for many reasons. First, the cathedral is a complicated masterpiece with many layers of meaning designed by a genius. A local guide and historian will elevate your visit and make it more memorable. Here are the best tours to take of Sagrada Familia:
This tour is a great way to see many of Barcelona’s top attractions in a full-day tour. Our customers love this tour because it simplifies the experience. We arrange the admission, getting from place to place, and organize the best tour guides.
We recommend this tour by far for anyone looking to visit Sagrada Familia while in Barcelona. It is an amazing way to see the city and you will accomplish so much that your sangria will taste even better at the end of the day!
On this tour, get skip-the-line tickets and enjoy all the stories and insights of your local expert guide as they take you through every inch of Sagrada Familia, including up to the famous basilica towers. From there, you’ll get fantastic views of the city. It’s a great way to fully appreciate this incredible structure, the artist behind it, and the layers of meaning—which we are certain will make you see everything in a new light.
Not ready to book a tour? Check out our Barcelona Guide for more resources.
Where To Eat Nearby
While eating is not a quintessential part of getting into Sagrada Familia, it will almost definitely be the first thing you think of when you get out. I can’t tell you how many times I have sacrificed a good meal for the most convenient meal when nearby a major monument and it’s just a waste.
Don’t fall for those golden arches or sit down at a restaurant with waiters ushering you in, we’re here to help you avoid wasting your time on sub-par meals. You can have an amazing meal to compliment your amazing visit to Sagrada Familia.
For a more comprehensive list of restaurant recommendations, check out our article on the best restaurants near Sagrada Familia. Here are three great places to eat near Sagrada Familia:
€€ | Healthy Eating | Vegan Friendly
This place has diverse healthy options cooked with seasonal products from the local markets. They always use the freshest ingredients in their amazing menu, which changes along with seasonal produce.
Address: Carrer de Valencia, 399
€€ | Outdoor Seating | Tapas
This is a great place to get tapas in a friendly environment. They continuously adapt the menu with new creative dishes, which is why they get such great reviews.
Address: Roger de Flor, 262
€ | Korean Food | Vegan Friendly
If you’re looking for something a bit different, Restaurante Seoul is an excellent Korean restaurant near Sagrada Familia that has been serving food to locals for 15 years. Many have named this restaurant for the best Korean food in Barcelona.
Address: Avinguda gaudi, 70
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