Barcelona is one of the most inviting, interesting and varied cities in Europe and it is a great place to visit whether you want to stay for a week or much longer. It is also a great place to visit when it comes to the number of student travel discounts you can take advantage of while there.
If you are full time student who enjoys to travel, even just occasionally, then you should seriously consider getting yourself an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for just £12.
It’s the only internationally recognised proof of student status and one that is accepted in almost 130 countries. Not only will it allow you to claim student discount where offered but there are also some ISIC exclusive deals which are not available to those of you with a college/university issued card. Here we take a look at some of the places where you can save money with an ISIC card during a stay in the popular destination of Barcelona.
Barcelona Night Card – 20% off
The Barcelona Night Card is an absolute essential item for anyone looking to explore the nightlife in the Catalonian capital. With it you will receive free entry to 30 top clubs before 2am. You can visit as many as you like before this time, perfect for those of you who like to mix up the scenery on a night out. The card will also allow you to claim discounts in nearby Restaurant – Lounge & Music Bars in case you fancy a bite to eat before hitting the town.
Palau De La Musica Orfeo Catala – Save up to 30%
This concert hall, built in 1905, has a regular schedule of choral and classic music performances based on the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. There are offering of a more Spanish variety though such as the Barcelona Guitar Trio or the Barcelona 4 Guitars. You’ll rarely see more than a two day gap between concerts so you’ll be incredibly unlucky to time your trip to Barcelona with no show to attend. The building itself is a stunning one and with such a substantial discount on tickets, it’s something to consider even if it’s not normally your sort of thing.
Gaudi Experiencia – 20% off
One way of discovering Gaudi is simply walking around Barcelona and looking at the many buildings he designed. Alternatively, you can opt for a more immersive experience that lasts around 10 minutes. Explore Gaudi’s creative universe courtesy of a large 4D interactive cinema that is both informative and fun. It’s certainly an incredibly novel way of learning about the revered architect who played such an important role in Catalan Modernism. Although the cinema is a little out of the way, it’s close by to the delightful Park Guell making it easy to combine the two for a morning or afternoon out.
Sagrada Familia – €2
As anyone under 30 is eligible for this discount at the Sagrada Familia, it’s mature students who can benefit by having a student card. The discount puts basic admission at €13 and there are very few people who feel like they haven’t got their money’s worth after exploring this vast church. Audio guides are recommend to fully appreciate the level of effort and detail that has gone into this incredible structure. Work is still on going on the site and you are likely to see construction work from the outside but it does little to attract from its impressiveness. It is estimated that the building will finally be completed in 2026-2028 with the main spire reaching 170m by this point.
Casa Batlló – Save €3
The Casa Batlló is one of Gaudi’s most unique works, incredibly striking from both the inside and out. It’s a true masterpiece, rich with colours and the popularity of it sees it open every day of the year, 12 hours a day. There are a range of tickets available with the basic option for students costing €21.50 if pre-purchased online which is recommended. When visiting you will be able to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site using an augmented reality video guide that you can download on your smart phone. Although a touch on the expensive side, you will have absolutely no regrets visiting the majestic site.
SANDEMANs NEW Europe Tours – €2 off
Free walking tours are available through SANDEMANs although tipping your tour guide at the end is customary. Not all of the tours they offer come free of charge however. They have bike tours at €16, a Gaudi & Modernism tour at €14 and a Tapas experience for €18. The Tapas tour is one anyone foodie should serious consider as it’s a great opportunity to try out a range of excellent small bites around in the Catalan city. On the tour you can enjoy a true taste of Barcelona with a knowledgeable guide who will teach you about the delicacies on offer.
Hard Rock Café – 20% off
Get a substantial saving off you bill at the Hard Rock Café, located close to the historic Catalonia Square. While an American chain, this particular branch does take some inspiration from the culture of Barcelona which can be seen in the restaurant’s surroundings. In case you are fancying a brief rest from Spanish cuisine, this is a great alternative for food that is a little more familiar. Their menu is dominated by meat options though so vegetarians and vegans are best off looking elsewhere.