Discover the best Prado Museum tickets
Experience one of the finest collections of European art with great value tickets to Spain’s most renowned institution, the Prado Museum. Find the best deals to help you plan your trip to the Prado, and make sure you don’t have to wait in line. Instead, with advance tickets to get straight in, you can enjoy your time at this illustrious museum, and make sure you have a fantastic time during your visit.
Home to the Spanish Royal Collection and thousands of paintings, drawings and sculptures, the Prado Museum gives you up close and personal access to some of Europe’s greatest masters, including Goya, Reubens and El Greco, and the chance to see some of the world’s most iconic works of art in the flesh.
How much do Prado Museum tickets cost?
General tickets for single entry are priced at 15€. You can also buy a ticket with a Prado guide book for 24€.
Who is eligible for a discount?
Discounted tickets are available for 7.50€.This is available for students aged under 26, with an ISIC card.
How do you book Prado Museum tickets in advance? How do you skip the line?
You can buy tickets for the Prado Museum ahead of your trip through the official website, as well as skip the line tickets through online providers including Musement and Getyourguide. Remember to check Tourscanner for the best tickets to make the most of your visit to Madrid.
Are there any combined tickets including Prado Museum tickets and other attractions?
Choosing a combined ticket can be a wonderful way to see the best of Madrid, including the Prado Museum and other unmissable attractions into one ticket. Why not try one of the following packages:
- Prado Museum tickets + Reina Sofia Museum: explore two of Spain’s most important art collections with an in-depth guided tour through them both with a great value combined ticket, helping you to discover the finest works in both museums
- Prado Museum tickets + Thyssen Museums: Skip the line and head into the best of Madrid’s cultural heritage, with easy access into the some of the most important artistic monuments in the city.
Are there any Prado Museum guided tours? Are they worth it?
With such a wealth of masterpieces from Europe’s finest artists in its collection, it can be hard to see them all in one trip – but a guided tour can be a great way of making sure you get to experience all of the important pieces in the museum’s collection, as well as saving valuable time by skipping the line. There are lots of advantages to booking a guided tour when you visit the Prado Museum:
See the best attractions: With thousands of artworks, it can be hard to decide what to see, but having your very own guide means that you won’t miss the most important works in the collection. Discover the best of the collection’s leading artists, including Velazquez, Goya, Bosch and many others, with commentary to give you a special insight into the stories behind each piece.
Avoid the crowds: it can get quite hectic with so many visitors around you, so make sure you have a great experience during your trip, by touring with a small and private group. Your guide will lead you around and give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions, while you can enjoy the tour without feeling overwhelmed by the busy environment.
Enjoy walking straight in: when there are long, tedious lines to wait before you can even go inside, it can feel pretty good knowing your tickets are already with your guide, and you can just walk straight past the crowds to go inside!
Try some of these great, guided tours:
- Skip the line tours: make the most of your visit with a well planned tour around the key attractions, and the chance to avoid the lines, letting you go straight inside.
- Private tours: with a specialist guide to lead you through the collection, a private tour is a fantastic way to learn more about your favourite artists, as well as discover something new.
Is it possible to visit the Prado Museum for free?
There are selected dates and times when the Prado Museum offers free entry to the museum. Free entry periods can be extremely busy, so wait times for tickets can be much longer. Entry is free during the following times:
- Every day from Monday to Saturday, between 6pm – 8pm
- Sundays and holidays from 5pm to 7pm
- November 19 – Museum Day, when the Prado offers free entry all day
There is also free entry for everyone aged under 18, journalists, tour guides, disabled visitors, and students aged 18- 25.
What will you see?
The Prado Museum is Madrid’s biggest and most illustrious art institution, and with over 7,000 paintings and sculptures in its collection, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by it. It’s best to decide ahead of your visit which particular collections or sections you might like to explore, find out where your favourite artworks are, and leave plenty of time for your visit to take it all in at a leisurely pace.
The building itself was designed in the 18th century, to house the Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures. The permanent collection dates back to the 12th century contains numerous masterpieces by groundbreaking European artists, including Bosch, Raphael, El Greco and many more.
In its Renaissance section, of its most well known treasures include the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, and Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, as well as a collection of works by Raphael. Upstairs, you’ll find a vast section dedicated to the Spanish Golden Age, with a variety of artists from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as some of the important figures that influenced them, including Ruben and Titian. The Prado is renowned for having one of the world’s best collections of works by Titian, so it’s well worth dedicating some time here.
Finally, one of the most fascinating and interesting works to check out in the museum is Goya’s Black Paintings. Originally painted directly on to the walls of his house at the end of his career, these dark and powerful paintings give an intriguing insight into the artist.
While you’re free to explore the museum however you like, to make your visit a bit easier, the Prado also offers laid out routes, that are designed to take 1, 2 or 3 hours. These can be a great way of seeing some of the best of the museum, when you’re short on time or don’t want to get lost.
Are Prado Museum tickets included in any attraction city passes?
Entry to the Prado Museum is included within a couple of city passes: the Madrid City Pass and the Art Walk (Paseo del Arte) Pass. Both allow you to skip the line and enter the museum.
The Madrid City Pass includes entrance to the Prado and many other attractions, as well as free travel on the hop on, hop-off city bus, and airport transfer by taxi to your hotel. It also includes discounts on a variety of other attractions and excursions.
The Art Walk pass allows entrance to the main permanent collections of the Prado and some of its temporary exhibits. Information on these will be available on the museum website or at the venue. The pass only allows entry to 3 museums in total.
What is the best time to visit the Prado Museum? How can you avoid the crowd?
The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s top must-see destinations and so can get very busy during the daytime, and especially during the free periods in the evening.
To avoid crowds, it’s best to go first thing after opening, or alternatively between 2pm – 5pm, which is traditionally a siesta period and hence a little quieter. Booking in advance can help skip waiting times, so check out the offers available on TourScanner to help you get the most from your visit.
What are the Prado Museum opening hours?
The Prado Museum is open between 10 am to 8pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sundays.
The Museum is closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25, and has restricted opening hours on January 6, December 24 and 31, when the museum closes early at 2pm.
Exhibits also close 10 minutes before closing time, and you will be asked to leave.
As one of Madrid’s most popular destinations, the Prado Museum can get extremely busy, so to make the most of your visit it’s best to plan ahead. Booking tickets in advance can save you from spending long periods waiting in line, so check out TourScanner for the best ticket package for you. It’s also worth looking at the museum website and deciding which exhibits you’d like to see beforehand, so that you don’t miss any of your favourites. Plan to spend about 4 hours at least, as there are thousands of exhibits, and it can take a while to get around the museum.
The Prado is a very large museum and has multiple entrance points, but tickets are only available at two of them: Puerta de Goya Alta, which has an automated machine selling full price tickets only, and Puerta de Goya Baja, which sells the full range of tickets. If you have pre-booked tickets you may be able to save on waiting to go in, and use one of the other entrances.