If football is a religion then Camp Nou stadium is as Mecca is it gets.
Even hardened hooligans of other clubs can’t deny the greatness of its tenants FC Barcelona.
The Camp Nou tour is now the second biggest tourist attraction in Catalonia behind the epic Sagrada Familia – and though they don’t serve beer at matches we just have to give our respect 😉
Camp Nou Stadium Tour Highlights
Because private tours with flesh and blood guides can cost up to 10 times more, tourists nearly always opt for the fantastic self-guided tour with informative English signage.
This Camp Nou Tour and interactive museum is aptly called the Camp Nou Experience and it’s ninety minutes of football folklore just for you.
With Camp Nou Experience tickets you visit some of the most emblematic areas of the stadium.
For me the highlight was the guest dressing room. You’ll look up at the blackboard where coaches like Mourinho, Wenger, and Ferguson have drawn up plays for Ronaldo, Henry, and van Nistelrooy – just imagine the genius!
See the massage tables and jacuzzi for a behind the scenes feel television can never give you.
You’ll feel like a player when you take your very own walk through the players tunnel and out onto the pitch that has been the site of two Champion’s League Finals, the 1982 World Cup, and the 1992 Summer Olympics.
After you’ve explored the grass you’re free to hit the bench area and even head right up to the announcer’s booth and the presidential stand for the stadium tour’s best sight lines.
Yes indeed, it couldn’t get any better if Messi himself showed up for a round of crossbar challenge!
It’s here in this modern and interactive space that you get an appreciation for just how good this club is.
You’ll start off listening to the team anthem with a translation in just about any language needed. Fans of other clubs: careful not to start singing!
It’s in the museum where you can flip through touch screens with tons of info on the club’s greatest players. You’ll also get a great snapshot into the team’s history watching a video presentation of some of the club’s biggest moments on a massive screen.
See the club’s 22 League trophies and 4 Champions League trophies on display (that’s a selfie you just might have to take!) and a ton of memorabilia and equipment spanning 100+ years of history.
Top it all off with a visit to the largest official FC Barcelona team shop
The Messi Space
The world’s greatest footballer plays in Barcelona and has so much hardware he needs his own room.
Here you’ll be able to check out the legend’s three Golden Boots and five Ballon D’ors. You’re also invited to watch all of his goals on one of two interactive walls and even vote on your favourite.
Nou Camp Tour Ticket Prices
Most tourists go for walk-up Nou Camp tour tickets at Gate 9 but keep in mind that in addition to suffering through long lines there is a €2.50 handling charge – paying a 10% premium is not recommended.
The prices below are online prices (instructions to come).
- Adults: €25.00.
- Seniors (70+)/Students: €20.00.
- Children (6 to 13): €20.00.
- Children (under 6): Free.
For all discounted tickets tourists are required to show relevant ID (passport or driver’s license).
Ticket sales and entrance are stopped 45 minutes before closing time.
How to Get Nou Camp Tour Tickets
It wouldn’t be the second biggest tourist spot in the city without crowds – and especially in summer lines can last into the hours.
Here’s a few words from travelers on Tripadvisor:
For this reason you need to book your Camp Nou Tour tickets in advance.
You can buy tickets for the Camp Nou Experience through Ticketbar: here you’ll find the best market price and the only Camp Nou Experience tickets that allow you to skip the lines.
These tickets are sent instantly via email.
All you need to do is show them on a smartphone (or print them out) and head to Gate 9 in Avinguda Joan XXII to go straight through.
Barcelona Football Club likes to reward those who give them the opportunity to predict and control crowd numbers so the cheapest option at €25.00 is to select a time slot.
Time slots begin every hour on the hour from 10 AM to 5 PM (11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM etc.).
Click the button below to get your Camp Nou tour tickets via Ticketbar.
An open ticket to visit whenever you like costs €28.00 and can be bought from Ticketbar. This is recommended for people who have tentative plans but can’t commit to a specific time.
Your open ticket can be booked using the button below:
Camp Nou Tour Times
Opening times and accessibility vary depending on scheduled matches (more info below). Once you’ve entered there is no time limit on your stay within the opening hours.
- January 2nd to January 8th 2017: Daily (10 AM to 7:30 PM)
- January 9th – April 7th 2017: Mon to Sat (10 AM to 6:30 PM) Sun (10 AM to 2:30 PM)
- April 8th – October 15th 2017: Daily (9:30 AM to 7:30 PM)
- October 16th – December 17th 2017: Mon to Sat (10 AM to 6:30 PM) Sun (10 AM to 2:30 PM)
- December 18th – January 8th 2018: Daily (10 AM to 7:30 PM)
- Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day
The stadium portion of the Camp Nou tour is closed to visitors the day of La Liga matches.
For Champion’s League matches the stadium is closed both the day before and day of the match.
In both cases only the museum and the stadium panorama (until 6 pm) remain open.
Read up on the FC Barcelona schedule to avoid any conflicts.
Camp Nou Directions
You’ll find the stadium in the upscale Les Corts neighbourhood about 5 km from the city centre.
It is strongly recommended to visit Barcelona using a discount transport pass.
The address of Camp Nou is C/Arístides Mallol 12.
The quickest way to get to Camp Nou is via one of the three metro stations: Les Corts (green line L3), Badal (blue line L5), or Collblanc (orange line L9).
If you’re near Sagrada Familia or in the Eixample neighbourhood consider the blue line.
Each metro station is approximately 8-10 minutes walking from the stadium.
It’ll take about 25-30 minutes door-to-door from anywhere central.
A standard Barcelona taxi fare from most city centre locations to Camp Nou runs about €10.00 – €14.00.
There is also a ride-sharing service called Cabify – in addition to being about 15% cheaper, if you sign up following my instructions you’re entitled to a €6.00 credit on your first ride. Update 21/10/17: Cabify has suspended this offer while they plan a new first rider discount, but I still suggest signing up for the convenience without the discount.
Expect to pay €5.00 or less using this offer – almost as cheap as the metro!
Camp Nou is also reachable by buses 50, 54, 57, 70, 75, D20, H8, H10 and V3.
It is strongly recommend to consult with your hotel or holiday apartment owner before taking a bus as any misadventures finding stops can add a lot of time to the journey.
Camp Nou Experience Hacks
- Get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds (just after lunch is the busiest).
- Leave 90-180 minutes for the tour depending on your football love.
- Don’t wear green if you want a picture with the pitch!
- Bring comfortable shoes (not flip flops or heels) cuz you’ll be walking a lot.
- If there’s a chance of rain dress accordingly (the stadium has no roof!).
- Get the audio guide for the full experience.
- Print out the tickets if you can as there have been problems with digital copies.
- The massive club shop has everything but watch the prices.
- If you have restricted luggage for the flight there’s an FCB shop at Duty Free.
All You Need to Know About FCB and Camp Nou
Your Camp Nou experience (and barroom banter) will be all the better with these little tidbits:
Camp Nou History
- The second biggest association football stadium by capacity in the world (99,354)
- A replacement for the much smaller Camp de Les Corts
- Builders broke ground on 28 March 1954
- Underwent a massive 1980 expansion for the 1982 World Cup
- Has hosted the Champions League final, Olympic football, Pope John Paul II and more
- Set for a massive €600 million renovation in 2017
Football Club Barcelona
- Founded by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers in 1899
- One of the only major clubs owned and operated by its supporters
- The second most valuable sports franchise in the world, worth $3.16 billion
- The largest worldwide social media following among sports teams
- One half of the greatest football derby in the world (El Clasico)
- Club with the most Ballon D’or recipients (11)
- Winners of 23 Primera Liga titles, four Champions League titles, and 3 FIFA Club World Cups
- Home of arguably the best player in the world: Lionel Messi
Camp Nou FAQ
Should I book my Camp Nou Experience tickets in advance online?
Absolutely. You get the best price and it’s the only way to skip the lines.
What is included in my Camp Nou Experience ticket?
You get (fairly) liberal access to the stadium, the elaborate Barça Museum, the Multimedia Zone, and the Messi Zone.
Is the tour guided?
No. This is an open visit where you can go at your own pace.
Can I take a Camp Nou tour on game day?
No. The facilities are completely closed to the public on match days.
How long is the tour?
Again, going at your own pace means it depends on you. That said, most tours average 90-120 minutes.
Is there a time limit to my tour?
No. You’re free to soak up the Camp Nou Experience as long as you wish within opening hours.
If I buy a match ticket will the museum be included?
No. These are tour separate tickets and you’ll have to pay extra.
When is the best time to visit?
As early as possible, especially in summer.
Does the Camp Nou tour have access for persons of limited mobility and the elderly?
Partially. The staff only guarantee access to the museum and the panoramic view from the second deck. The rest of the tour involves many stairs, though plans to make it completely accessible are in the works.
Is there somewhere to eat on the Camp Nou grounds?
Yes, you’ll have Tapas 24 and the legendary Spanish fast food joint Pans and Company.
Is there a place to buy souvenirs?
Yes! The tour ends going through the massive FCB Megastore.
Can I take photos at the Camp Nou Experience?
I have a special request: is there a contact I can reach them at?
Yes, please use [email protected].
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That’s it. Go ahead and tell me about your Camp Nou experience in the comments below.
And don’t forget to write if you’ve got any questions about your Barcelona holiday – if you’re looking for that elusive 24 hour Australian-Moroccan fusion restaurant catering to children with lactose intolerance and parents looking for all-you-can-drink mimosas I’ll try my best to find it for you 😉