The Sagrada Familia has reopened its doors to the public after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The site opened its doors in phases to accommodate limited visitor capacity. For those who plan to visit, it is recommended that they familiarise themselves with the new health guidelines and measures in place.
Some spaces will be temporarily closed for public safety: the towers and museum, Schools building, and the cloister of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Here’s everything visitors need to know before visiting Sagrada Familia:
The Sagrada Familia project began in 1882 and more than 135 years later, it still remains unfinished. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia features tall towers, intricately designed facades and takes inspiration from nature with fruit motifs, seashells and angled pillars on the inside that create the effect of standing beneath the canopy of a majestic forest. The stained glass windows, divided in shades of red, blue, green and yellow and ochre, creates a magnificent sight when sunlight pours in through the colorful fragments of glass. An architectural marvel, the Sagrada Familia attracts more than 4.5 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain.
With the Sagrada Familia tickets, visitors can explore the interior of the church, the different Facades, climb the Sagrada Familia Towers and visit the Sagrada Familia Museum for an inside look into Gaudi’s working process and the history of the construction.
Explore La Sagrada Familia with the fast track admission tickets. With this ticket, skip past the long ticket queues with priority access into the Basilica. Marvel at the enchanting interiors, the beautiful, stained glass windows and explore the outer walls and facades of the Sagrada Familia.
Although you can admire the facades and towers from the outside, these tickets do not give you access to the towers themselves. Upgrade for tower access.
Get Skip the line entry into the Sagrada Familia and explore the grand Basilica with an audio-guided tour in your preferred language. Learn about the history and intimate details of Gaudi's masterpiece.
Climb to the top of either the Nativity or Passion facade tower, for a closer look at the intricacies of the facade and unparalleled views of Barcelona city.
Explore the iconic Catalan landmark on a 2-hour guided tour with an expert local guide. Not only will you get to see the most beautiful sections of the Sagrada Familia, you will also learn about the history, design and symbolism of Gaudi’s work.
Climb the Passion Facade Tower and end your tour with a visit to the Sagrada Familia Museum to see Antoni Gaudi’s original drawings and plaster models of the Sagrada Familia.
Visit two of Gaudi’s most beautiful contributions to Catalan Modernisme - the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, with one single ticket. Enjoy an immersive 3.5 hour expert guided tour with priority access into the iconic landmarks as you explore Gaudi’s mosaic dragon, serpentine tile bench and the intricately decorated Nativity and Passion Facades.
This tour includes transfers between Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.
Sagrada Familia and Park Güell
Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.
You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund.
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
If you have pre-purchased an individual entry ticket online, use the Nativity façade entrance gate with the black umbrellas. This gate is reserved for people with online tickets.
If you're coming in a group of 10 people or more, or have tickets for a group tour, use the Carrer de la Marina entrance to the Basilica.
Yes, entry to the Sagrada Familia is timed. When booking your tickets online, you will have the option to choose a time slot for your entry. Please note that you will only be allowed to gain entry at the time chosen during the booking. We recommend arriving 15 minutes in advance in order to ensure a hassle-free entry. Although your entry into the Sagrada Familia is timed, once inside, you may explore the basilica for as long as you wish. Most visitors spend around an hour and a half inside.
There are counters at the basilica where you can purchase your Sagrada Familia tickets.
However, due to the popularity of the attraction, the ticket queues are extremely long and the wait time can be anything between 60 mins to 2 hours during the peak season. We recommend buying your Sagrada Familia tickets online to save time.
The Sagrada Familia opening hours vary through the year:
November - February from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
March from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
April - September from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
October from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
December 25 & 26 and 1 & 6 January from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The best time to visit Sagrada Familia is in the mornings between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. It is relatively less crowded at the time, making it easier to explore the attraction and climb the towers at your own pace. Noon and sunset are popular times for visitors, as the cathedral’s stained glass windows are most beautiful when the sunlight hits the colorful fragments of glass. Although more crowded at these times, a fast track entry ticket will help you skip past the long entry lines and enjoy the view before the crowds pour in.
An international mass is held at the Basilica of the Sagrada Família on Saturdays, Sundays, holy days of obligation and the eve of holy days of obligation.
International Mass Timings:
You can board either the L2 or L5 trains lines and get down at Sagrada Familia station.
Take any of 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 or B24 buses and get down at the Sagrada Familia stop.
Due to the popularity of the attraction, the Sagrada Familia draws a large number of visitors every day. The wait time in ticket queues can take up to 60 minutes or up to 2 hours during the peak seasons. Buy your fast track entry tickets online in advance to avoid the long wait times.
You can save yourself up to 2 hours of waiting in line by purchasing a fast track entry ticket or a guided tour pass online. You will have to choose a fixed time slot for your entry at the time of booking your tickets. Simply make your way to the entry gate 15 minutes before your chosen time to go through the security checks.
Please note that while the Sagrada Familia Skip the Line tickets allow you to skip the general queue, the security line cannot be skipped. You will have to queue up along with the other people who have the same tickets.
As it is a Catholic church, there are some clothing rules:
Audio Guides are available in 16 languages:
Catalan (CA), Spanish (ES), English (EN), French (FR), German (DE), Italian (IT), Chinese (ZH), Japanese (JA), Portuguese (PT), Russian (RU), Hungarian (HU), Korean (KO), Swedish (SV), Finnish (FI), Dutch (NL) and Polish (PL).
Guided tours are available in English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR) and German (DE)
There are no locker facilities for suitcases and bulky items. Small bags and items can be stored temporarily when visitors climb the tower.
Yes. The Basilica has free wheelchairs available for visitors with reduced mobility, a special accessible entrance for the disabled and ramps throughout the visitor path.
In 1883, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi took over the design and construction of a church in Barcelona dedicated to the Holy Family- “The Sagrada Familia". Extremely passionate about this project, Gaudi continued to work on the church until his death in 1926. Although aware that he would not live to see the project complete, Gaudi designed and laid the foundations for several elements including the naves, the facades and built models for the domes.
Gaudi’s plans, models and records were used to guide all the architects who have continued to work on the Sagrada Familia project. More than 135 years later, It remains unfinished and is estimated to be completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Antoni Gaudí's death.
The Sagrada Familia has three monumental façades, each connected to the life of Jesus Christ:
The Sagrada Familia Towers are a formidable sight. Of the 18 towers that Gaudi envisioned, 8 have been completed so far- 4 towers on the Nativity Facade and 4 towers on the Passion Facade. The towers on the Nativity Facade look over the east of Barcelona while the towers of the Passion Facade face the city center. You can choose to use the elevator to go up the tower, however, you will have to climb the stairs to get back down.
Access to the Sagrada Familia Towers is not included with the standard admission ticket. You will have to buy a ticket that includes tower access. These tickets allow you to enter the church as well as climb either the Nativity or Passion Facade tower.Sagrada Familia Towers
The Sagrada Familia Museum is an underground exhibition that houses Gaudi’s construction models, drawings, contemporary photographs and ceremonial furnishings. In the fire of 1936, many of Gaudi’s designs and plaster models were destroyed. After a painstaking process of collecting the destroyed models and restoring them, the Sagrada Familia Museum was opened in the semi-basement under the Passion façade.
Today, visitors can visit the museum to learn more about the life and working process of Gaudi and look at these models to get an understanding of the scale of the construction that Gaudi initiated.
Note: All Sagrada Familia ticket options give you access to the Sagrada Familia Museum.
An international mass is held at the Basilica of the Sagrada Família on Saturdays, Sundays, holy days of obligation and the eve of holy days of obligation. The service lasts approximately 1 hour and is conducted in several languages. This mass is open to everyone and free to attend, however, spaces are limited.
The Sagrada Familia also hosts extraordinary Masses throughout the year. These masses can be attended by invitation only. Read more
International Mass Timings:
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi is best known as the Master of Catalan Modernism. Inspired by nature, Gaudí’s mix of styles, materials and shapes are unmistakable. While the Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s masterpiece, Barcelona is home to many of his other great pieces of work. Popular ones include Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, and Casa Vicens Gaudi.Gaudi's Barcelona
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Sagrada Familia is opening in different phases and encourages online reservations. Several safety measures and guidelines have also been enforced to ensure the safety of its visitors.
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Sagrada Familia is opening in phases to ensure limited visitor intake. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit and maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance with others; hand sanitizer gels have been provided at various points through the tour.
A. Yes. You can book your Sagrada Familia tickets online now.
A. Visitors can enter at Carrer de la Marina (Nativity Facade) and exit at Carrer de Sardenya (Passion Facade).
A. It depends on the Sagrada Familia ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
A. Sagrada Familia opening hours vary depending on what time of the year you plan to visit: between 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM from April to September; between 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM in March and October; between 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM from November to February; 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM on 1 and 6 January, and 25 and 26 December.
A. You can purchase both standard admission tickets as well as guided tours to the Sagrada Familia. Entry tickets can be paired with audioguides while guided tours are also available in multiple languages.
A. If you purchase your tickets online, you can enjoy your visit to the Sagrada Familia without waiting. You are still required to queue at the security since it is mandatory.
A. Sagrada Familia tickets are valid only for the date and time of entry you select while purchasing the tickets.
A. Sagrada Familia tickets can be bought roughly two months before the visit.
A. Access to the Sagrada Familia Towers are not included with the standard admission ticket and you will have to buy a separate ticket to access the tower. These tickets allow you to enter the church as well as climb one of the two open towers.
A. Only the towers on the Nativity and Passion Facade are open to the public. If you have purchased tickets with access to the towers, you can climb any one of the two towers.
A. Audioguides are available in 16 languages: Catalan (CA), Spanish (ES), English (EN), French (FR), German (DE), Italian (IT), Chinese (ZH), Japanese (JA), Portuguese (PT), Russian (RU), Hungarian (HU), Korean (KO), Swedish (SV), Finnish (FI), Dutch (NL) and Polish (PL).
A. Guided tours are available in English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR) and German (DE).
A. Since the Sagrada Familia is a Catholic church, visitors must dress appropriately. They cannot wear see-through clothing, shoulders must be covered, trousers and skirts should come down to at least mid-thigh, and visitors should not wear any clothing that celebrates any sort of festivities, or has decorations with religious or promotional themes.
A. Only small bags and rucksacks can be temporarily stored while visitors go up in the towers. For safety reasons no suitcases can be stored at the venue.
A. The Sagrada Familia provides wheelchairs for disabled users.