Camp Nou may be Europe’s largest football stadium but it’s not a matter quantity over quality.
It’s home to legendary FC Barcelona.
It’s the canvas where Messi paints trophies like Bob Ross painted trees.
It’s also home to the Camp Nou tour, the second biggest tourist attraction in Catalonia behind the epic basilica Sagrada Familia.
Here’s everything you need to know about the stadium in one handy guide.
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By the late 1940’s rising football power FC Barcelona had outgrown the Camp de Les Corts and needed a new stadium to house all the new fans generated by star striker Ladislao Kubala.
Cue the aptly named Camp Nou (‘New Camp’).
The city broke ground on this UEFA five star stadium on March 28th, 1954.
When the last brick was laid Camp Nou had a capacity of 99,354. The ground was set for some of the greatest teams in football history to frustrate opponents – like hated rivals Real Madrid.
It has hosted the Olympics, World Cup (with 120,000 spectators including added standing tickets), the Champions League Final, and even the Pope.
A €600 million Camp Nou renovation project is currently underway – but the games go on!
Camp Nou Stadium Tour Highlights
The tour you take to see the stadium is called the Camp Nou Experience.
You’ll 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!
You also get the massage tables and jacuzzi for a behind the scenes feel that television can never give you.
You’ll feel like a player when you take a walk through the players tunnel and out onto the pitch.
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.
It’s here in this modern and interactive space that you appreciate just how good this club is.
You’ll start off listening to the team anthem with a translation in just about any language needed.
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.
You can take a selfie with the 22 League trophies and 4 Champions League trophies on display – there’s just a ton of memorabilia and equipment spanning the club’s 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.
Camp Nou Tour Ticket Options + Prices
You can buy Camp Nou Experience tickets through Ticketbar.
Here you find the best market price and the only tickets that allow you to skip the lines. They’ll be sent to you instantly via email.
From there all you need to do is show them on a smartphone (or print them) at Gate 9.
The cheapest option is a self-guided tour involving booking time slots in advance.
Time slots begin every hour from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (11:00 am, 12:00 pm etc.).
Planning on showing up and buying on site? Don’t. There’s a €3.50 handling charge per ticket if bought offline at the venue itself.
- Adults: €26.00 (€28.00 high season)
- Seniors (70+): €20.00.
- Children (6 to 13): €20.00.
- Children (under 6): free.
Booking with Ticketbar using the button below also gets you a free audio guide app (€6.00 value) with 25 minutes of info covering 17 different topics.
An open ticket to visit whenever you like without time slots adds convenience.
It can be bought exclusively from Ticketbar. This is recommended for people with a more relaxed Barcelona itinerary who like room to improvise.
- Adult: €32.00.
- Seniors (70+): €28.00.
- Children (6 to 13): €28.00.
- Student: €28.00.
- Children (under 6): €0.00
- Audio guide: €6.00
Stadium Tour Plus
Even if the stadium is empty you’ll be able to bring 100,000 screaming fans to life with your very own Barça virtual reality headset.
Combine this with a free multimedia audio guide (a €6.00 value for other tickets) and you just might get the best education for your money.
- Adult: €37.00
- Seniors (70+): €30.00.
- Children (6 to 13): €30.00.
- Children (under 6): €10.00.
Camp Nou Stadium Guided Tour
If you want to get a real education on the place then sign up for a tour in English with an experienced guide who’ll make the stadium’s past come to life before your very eyes – with enthusiasm and humour.
These tours cap out at 10 guests (it goes up to 25 on the traditional tour) so it’s a more intimate experience.
The 90 minute tour runs daily at 11:00 am.
- Adult: €55.00
- Seniors (70+): €37.00.
- Children (6 to 13): €37.00.
- Children (under 6): €0.00
The FC Barça Card
The total package for any FC Barcelona fan.
Included in your pass is an open ticket to visit the stadium, a Barcelona FC scarf, and an exciting and vivid English audio guide.
The kicker? You’ll also get the Barça Virtual Experience with VR glasses which allows you to join a training session with Messi himself, and even suit up for a match on the pitch!
- Adult: €58.00
- Seniors (70+): €51.50.
- Student: €51.50.
- Children (6 to 13): €51.50.
- Children (under 6): €0.00.
This ticket also gets you a 10% discount on Barcelona FC shirts.
Camp Nou Player’s Experience Tour
Want everything out of the visit? Including the only way to visit Barça’s dressing rooms.
Ante up with a Camp Nou Experience Plus ticket: also including a (capped at 15 people) guided tour in English, and the Barça Virtual Experience with VR glasses.
You’ll also get an aperitif in the Camp Nou VIP lounge.
Tours run daily at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.
- Adult: €149.00
- Seniors (70+): €99.00.
- Children (6 to 13): €99.00.
- Children (under 6): €39.00
Buy your tickets using the button below:
Camp Nou Opening Hours
Opening hours 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 6th 2020: Daily (9:30 am to 7:30 pm)
- January 7th – April 13th 2020: Mon to Sat (10 am to 6:30 pm), Sun (10 am to 2:30 pm)
- April 14th – October 13th 2020: Daily (9:30 am to 7:30 pm)
- October 14th – December 15th 2020: Mon to Sat (10 am to 6:30 pm), Sun (10 am to 2:30 pm)
- December 16th – December 31st 2020: Daily (9:30 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.
How to Get to Camp Nou
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: Palau Reial (green line L3), Les Corts (green line L3), or Collblanc (blue line L5, orange line L9S).
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: Free Now (formerly MyTaxi)
For more information see how to sign up with Free Now.
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.
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!
Places to Eat near Camp Nou
In the area around the stadium in the neighbourhood of Les Cortes you’ll find quite a few restaurants capitalizing on desperate and clueless tourists so there are slim pickings.
That said, I can give you two very solid options to eat near Camp Nou stadium:
One of the best Italian restaurants in Barcelona, this one specializes in Calabrian cuisine so try anything with their homemade spicy sausage. The in-house ravioli are terrific but the wood-burning oven and terrific pizza selection are the highlight.
A 5 minute walk from Camp Nou is this place known for its quality vegetarian food and very respectable three-course fixed menu price of €10.50 (with dessert).
You’ll love the family atmosphere and friendly service but the veggie paella, eggplant, and apple pudding are the real stars here.
Camp Nou FAQ
Is Camp Nou free entry?
No, tickets must be bought for the Camp Nou Experience (museum/tour) or a match to visit.
2. How much are Camp Nou tickets?
Basic stadium tours start at €26.00 with guided tours running into triple digits.
3. Should I book my Camp Nou Experience tickets in advance online?
Yes, you get the best price and it’s the only way to skip the lines. Booking offline also carries with it a €3.50 handling fee per ticket.
4. What is included in my Camp Nou Experience ticket?
You get liberal access to the stadium, the elaborate Barça Museum, the Multimedia Zone, and the Messi Zone. Booking with Ticketbar also gets you a free audio guide.
5. Is the basic Camp Nou tour ticket guided?
No. This is an open visit where you can go at your own pace.
6. Can I take a Camp Nou tour on game day?
Yes, but the field aspects of the ticket will not be able to be realized. You’ll only have access to the Camp Nou Museum.
7. How long is the tour?
Going at your own pace means it depends on you. That said, most tours average 90-120 minutes.
8. 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.
9. If I buy a match ticket will the museum be included?
No. These are tour separate tickets and you’ll have to pay extra.
10. Which Camp Nou tour is best?
The best value tour comes from the general admission ticket from Ticketbar which includes an extensive 25 minute audio guide (a €6.00 value) for free.
11. When is the best time to visit?
As early as possible, especially in summer.
12. 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 station.
13. What metro zone is Camp Nou?
Camp Nou is found in Zone 1 of the TMB transport network as is reachable using transport cards like the Hola Barcelona Card.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. Is there a place to buy souvenirs?
Yes! The tour ends going through the massive FCB Megastore.
17. Can I take photos at the Camp Nou Experience?
18. Can I get to Camp Nou directly from the airport?
Yes, simply take the L9 metro (orange line) to Collblanc stadium from either terminal.
19. Can I bring my camera to Camp Nou?
The only prohibition expressed by the stadium is that no professional cameras are allowed. This would mean massive telephoto lenses that could obstruct the view of other spectators.
A friend brought his SLR camera with a 200 mm lens and encountered no problem, though bigger than this you may want to urge caution.
20. I have a special request: is there a contact I can reach them at?
Yes, please use [email protected].
21. Where is Camp Nou in Barcelona?
Camp Nou is found at C. d’Arístides Maillol, 12 in the Les Corts district of southwest Barcelona.
22. What is the Camp Nou Stadium capacity?
Currently the capacity is 99,354 though with the upcoming expansion it will be upped to 105,000 – making it the largest football stadium in the world.
23. Is Camp Nou pitch bigger?
The pitch at Camp Nou complies with FIFA regulations and clocks in at 105 m x 68 m: the same as Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United.
It is relatively small compared to Spain’s biggest pitch in Elche which measures 108 m x 70m.
24. Where to sit at Camp Nou?
Football fanatics should look to sit in the Gol Nord Zone because it’s the closest area to the pitch where you won’t spend a ton of money.
It’s also home to some of the most enthusiastic, flag-waving supporters which create an authentic, exciting atmosphere.
25. How are Camp Nou seats numbered?
The are four main sections of the stadium: Tribuna, Lateral, Gol Nord, and Gol Sud.
Each section is served by multiple ‘ACCES’ areas from the street (numbered 1-22 on your ticket). From these areas you’ll scan your tickets at a designated ‘PUERTA’ (entrance).
Once inside you’ll access your seats going to the correct ‘BOCA’ (pitch entrance) and finding your FILA (row) and SEIENT (seat).
26. Camp Nou or Nou Camp?
Locals call it Camp Nou. The name Nou Camp is an anglofonized version so if you want to say it correctly then go with the Catalan version.
27. Why the name Camp Nou?
Though the original name of Barcelona FC’s second stadium was the Estadi del FC Barcelona, it was more commonly referred to as Camp Nou (New Stadium) for obvious reasons – the name stuck.
It was only officially renamed Camp Nou for the 2000/2001 season, after 68% of the club members voted in favour of the change.
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