How to Skip the Lines at Sagrada Familia?

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The Sagrada Familia, an architectural masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí, is a must-see for anybody visiting Barcelona.

However, its popularity often results in long lines. But do not worry!

With a little planning and some helpful tips, you can avoid the crowds and make the most of your time exploring this magnificent basilica.

Best Time to Skip the Lines

Even with a pre-booked ticket, certain days and periods are inherently busier than others. Here are some suggestions for determining the ideal time to bypass the lines quickly:

Weekdays over Weekends: In general, weekdays have fewer tourist numbers than weekends. Even on weekdays, Monday and Friday attract more crowds than other days. If possible, consider Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Early morning or late afternoon: Opening hours around 9 am and closing hours around 5 pm depending on the closing time are often less congested than peak daytime hours.

Seasons: Off-season months like November to March are often less crowded than peak tourist seasons like April to September and summer.

Which Entrance to Choose?

General Entrance is for all visitors with pre-purchased skip-the-line tickets or regular admission tickets.

Group Entrance is specifically for pre-booked tours with a designated guide.

School Entrance is exclusively for pre-arranged school group visits.

Bypass Queues with the Passion Facade

The Sagrada Familia has two basic entrances: the Nativity and Passion Facades. 

The Nativity Facade: It is typically the most popular choice among visitors, resulting in lengthier queues.

The Passion Facade: Choosing the Passion Facade will greatly cut your wait time. Although you may miss part of the Nativity Facade’s grandeur, you will be astounded by the Sagrada Familia’s magnificence from within.

Tips to Skip Lines

  • Purchase skip-the-line tickets online and choose your time slot wisely; popular hours sell out quickly.
  • Join a guided tour to get ahead of the crowd and learn from experts. The additional cost is frequently justified by the knowledge and convenience it provides.
  • Consider alternate access points like the Nativity Facade towers; queues are generally shorter, and the views are spectacular.
  • Aim for the first entrance slot in the morning to avoid crowds. Alternatively, go later in the afternoon; lineups are usually shorter than during peak hours.
  • Try visiting on a Monday, when tourist crowds are less prevalent.

Your Ticket to Speedy Entry!

Pre-purchasing tickets online is currently the best method for avoiding the long lines at Sagrada Familia.

1. Basic Admission Ticket

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Description

It allows access to the basilica’s interior.

If you book the option for the tower you will have entry to Nativity Facade or Passion Facade.

This is the most popular and cheapest entry ticket to Sagrada Familia.

Highlights
  • This ticket is valid for a day.
  • Audio guide available in Spanish, Swedish, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean
Prices

Prices:

  • Adult (18 to 64 years) Ticket: €34
  • Youth (11 to 17 years) Ticket: €31
  • Child (0 to 10 years) Ticket: €0
  • Senior (65+ years) Ticket: €27
  • Student with ID Ticket: €31
Cancellation

Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

2. Fast Track Ticket

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Description

This option allows you to skip the main entrance line, but you must be prepared to go through a security check-up.

You can explore the interiors and unfinished masterpieces.

Look up at the spires that rise above the Catalan capital. 

The sunshine shines through the stained-glass windows, causing rainbows to appear.

You can also visit the Museum inside.

Highlights
  • Fast track entry 
  • Wheelchair is accessible.
  • Audio guide available in Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian
Prices

Prices:

  • Adult (30 to 64 years) Ticket: €34
  • Youth (11 to 29 years) Ticket: €31
  • Child (up to 10 years) Ticket: Free
  • Senior (65+ years) Ticket: €27
  • Student with ID Ticket: €31
  • Disabled with proof Ticket: Free
  • Companion for Disabled Ticket: Free
Cancellation

Cancellation or reschedule is possible up to 2 days before your visit.

3. Guided Tour Ticket 

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Description

Combine your visit with a guided tour, they frequently feature skip-the-line access.  

A skilled guide can offer informative commentary, adding to your Sagrada Familia experience.

You can stroll along the columns as large as trees, admire the lavish decoration, and see the colorful stained-glass windows. 

You also have an option to upgrade to enjoy views from one of the towers or transform your experience with a private guide.

Highlights
  • This trip will accommodate a maximum of 30 visitors
  • Guided Tour in English by a Local Guide
  • Access to the Tower (if option selected)
Prices

Prices:

  • Visitor (12 to 99 years) Ticket: €99
  • Child (3 to 11 years) Ticket: €89
  • Infant ( 0 to 2 years) Ticket: Free
Cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

FAQs

1. How does the online booking process for skip-the-line tickets work?

2. Can I skip the lines with a Barcelona City Pass?

3. Do skip-the-line tickets include access to the Sagrada Familia Towers?

4. Are there any fast-track options for Sagrada Familia entry?

5. Can I upgrade my regular ticket to a skip-the-line ticket?

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