Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes: Tours & Tickets
What people are saying about Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes
A good choice for a short visit of the city. The price for the 2-day variant is roughly the same as a metro ticket from/to the airport (separate ticket) and a 10-rides ticket for metro. Discounts for museums are a nice extra value, I would say. I don't know if the lady giving me the card (in the tourist info at the airport) made a mistake, but I only got a blue "transport card" which worked on public transport (incl. the airport metro) and then in the museums and other places they asked me to show them "the red card" (Express card) which I didn't get. In most places showing them the map which comes together with the Express card was enough to get the discount, but they said I was supposed to have "the red card". So make sure that you get all you are supposed to get when picking up the card(s)!
All transportation cards expired half way which seems like a frequent "bug" among buyers, as metro station employees who issued substitutes told us. Other than that, the most popular place of imterest (Sagrada Familia) should be included, even as a small discount if free is not possible. Visitors should be informed explicitly that not all transportations are included (eg. night bus lines N*).
Barcelona card is worth it just for the free transportation alone, it plays for itself. We didn't use it for that many discounted or free admission options because of our itinerary. However, we used it for mixed modes of transportation everywhere we went and it was nice to be able to hop on and off without wearing about costs or payment cards. One transportation card for everything.
I would recommend picking up your card at the airport upon arrival, finding a BCN redemption locations can be tricky, and not all of them are open hours that may be convenient for you. Also recommend printing our your purchase slip, rather than using the one on your phone display, they had issues validating mine using the booking code on my phone.
It was super easy to exchange the voucher for a ticket at the airport without having to struggle with ticket machines. The only down-side, I didn't get to explore the discounts that the card offered but there were really a lot of options!