How to Skip the Line at Sagrada Família

Sagrada Familia cathedralOne of the places we are keen on visiting in Barcelona is the Sagrada Family Cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi. Construction started on this magnificent example of Gaudi’s work on March 19, 1882 and is not expected to be completed until 2026. The entrance line can be quite long. Since this senior traveller cannot stand in line very long, we want to find a way for seniors to skip the line at Sagrada Familia.


We expect to need an hour and a half to two hours to visit inside the cathedral, plus travel time.


The lineup to purchase entrance tickets is usually very long, as much as two hours at peak season, so we purchased ours in advance. Hopefully, it will save us time at the cathedral. We’ll let you know if this is worthwhile once we visit the cathedral. Here is a video of the ticket purchase line on a busy day is the only authorized reseller. Unauthorized sellers are hard to pick out of the pack, so we went right to the source the cathedral website. Note: Refunds are only available for ticket purchased from either of the authorized websites.

There is a big red “Tickets” button down to the right. On the next page we chose, “Individual | up to 9 people.” On the next page, a number of choices are presented. Read carefully to pick the best option for yourself. (Note that the stairway to the tower is very narrow and not senior friendly.) Lower down on the next page select the date and time of your visit. At the bottom of the page you can choose your tickets – don’t forget to pick senior for the discount. Once you press continue, you will be asked for your payment information.


Since the site is a church, dress codes are in effect. No bare shoulders are allowed for anyone. Women must not wear tops with revealing necklines. Be aware that gauzy, filmy or see through clothing is not permitted. Security is there to enforce this rule. If you are wearing shorts or a skirt, they must go down to the knees at least.

On Site Preview

As you get close to the cathedral be sure to walk around the outside and check the view. It’s a huge part of the visit.

Enter the cathedral through the internet entrance. We’ll let you know how to find this entrance once we’ve been there. [Update: When these senior travellers visited, everyone was using the same entrance. The line up to purchase tickets was quite long, however we went straight to the entrance line.]