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 buying them at the venue – 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 pmetc.).
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:
Exclusive Camp Nou Tour with a Sports Journalist
If you are looking for a unique visit of the stadium there is also the option to take a tour with a renowned sports journalist, season ticket holder, shareholder in the team, and an all around Barcelona FC expert.
There is no greater way to learn the history of Barcelona FC and its effect on the city.
These visits are Fridays only at 1:30 pm and the tour lasts 2 hours.
More info clicking 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.
Last entry is 90 minutes before closing time.
- January 2nd to January 8th 2018: Daily (10 am to 7:30 pm)
- January 9th – March 24th 2018: Mon to Sat (10 am to 6:30 pm), Sun (10 am to 2:30 pm)
- March 25th – October 14th 2018: Daily (9:30 am to 7:30 pm)
- October 15th – December 16th 2018: Mon to Sat (10 am to 6:30 pm), Sun (10 am to 2:30 pm)
- December 17th – December 31st 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.
Since Camp Nou is a bit out of the way this is a great chance to take advantage of my €5.00 discount on Spain’s taxi app program: MyTaxi.
For more information see how to sign up with MyTaxi.
Expect to pay €7.00 or less using this offer – almost as cheap as the metro if you’re travelling in a group!
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.
The tram station for Camp Nou is Trambaix Avinguda de Xile. It is served by the T1, T2, and T3 lines.
The tram service is primarily for outside neighbourhoods like San Joan Despi, San Just Desvern, and Cornella. The Barcelona stops include L’illa (home to a large shopping mall) and Plaça de Francesc Macià.
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.
Camp Nou Match Tickets + Seating Chart
A ton of you have been asking how to buy tickets for the matches and I must say that first of all the city’s season ticket holders have been holding on for generations and especially for bigger matches you may be out of luck.
That said, if you’re going to find any at honest prices they’re going to be through tourist ticket giant Ticketbar. You’ll find a list of matches for sale and ticket prices by clicking the button below:
The three sections available are GOL 1, 2, and 3 (behind the goal) and LATERAL 1, 2, and 3 (at midfield). The fantastic sight-lines are perfect for seeing Messi and company in action.
Here’s a map of the seats available:
How to Use your Match Tickets
If you’ve bought your Barcelona match tickets using the link above make sure you arrive at Camp Nou about 30-45 minutes in advance – or get there really early for some romantic time between you and the field before crowds arrive.
The tickets can be printed or shown on your smart phone.
For premium matches like Real Madrid or any of the Champion’s League playoff fixtures you’ll probably find slim pickings: if you’re having trouble drop me a line at [email protected] and I’ll try to pull some strings for you!
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
- Builders broke ground on 28 March 1954.
- The second biggest association football stadium by capacity in the world (99,354).
- A replacement for the much smaller Camp de Les Corts.
- Underwent a massive 1980 expansion for the 1982 World Cup.
- Has hosted the Champions League final, Olympic football, Pope John Paul II and more.
- Home of the Catalan national team (hasn’t hosted the Spanish team since 1987).
- Named a five-star stadium by UEFA in 1999.
New Camp Nou
- Original plans for a 2011 renovation completion halted by the economic crisis of 2008
- Camp Nou is now set for a massive €600 million renovation in 2017.
- Remodeled to celebrate the stadium’s 50th anniversary.
- Due to increase seating capacity by 9,000 to 105,000.
- Completion date: 2021.
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.
Which metro station do you use for Camp Nou?
Camp Nou can be accessed by the Palau Reial (green line L3), Les Corts (green line L3), and Collblanc (blue line L5, orange line L9S). Expect to walk between 10-15 minutes from each stadium.
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?
Can I get to Camp Nou directly from the airport?
Yes, simply take the L9 metro (orange line) to Collblanc stadium from either terminal.
I have a special request: is there a contact I can reach them at?
Yes, please use [email protected].
Harass Me Senseless in the Comments
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 😉
Also don’t be afraid to join the Camp Nou discussion in my new Facebook group called I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, chat with fellow travelers, and more – anything goes!