To visit the Prado you can buy timed-entry tickets in advance, tickets include access to the Permanent Collection and any temporary exhibitions showing on the date you visit. This is not always the case at major museums as many charge extra for temporary exhibitions.
Tickets bought online or over the telephone are subject to a 0.50 processing fee. This small fee is well worth it to avoid lining up at the ticket office on arrival.
Prado Museum Tickets Prices
|Adult Ticket + Guide book:||€24|
|Ticket Two visits within a year:||€22|
|Visit between 9am and 10am before the museum opens:||€50|
|Annual Membership card for National Museums:||€36.00|
Applies to citizens over 65, child, members of large families and holders of youth cards.
(Reduced tickets are available for groups of 30 people or less. Educations groups from schools or universities are free).
Free access to the Prado is available to anyone at the following times:
Monday to Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays and holidays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free tickets cannot be booked ahead of time so expect a lengthy line up to get in.
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You should absolutely buy your ticket to the Prado in advance. The tickets are timed-entry but are good for the entire day so if you want a long visit, go in the morning. Print the tickets if you can so you don't have to worry about lack of wifi or a dead battery.
With your ticket in hand, you can go directly to the museum's Velazquez entrance (the central entrance in the middle of the museum's grand facade) and you're in.
The Prado offers free access to the museum between 6pm and 8pm Monday to Saturday and between 5pm and 7pm on Sundays and holidays. This is a generous offer as most museums offer just one free access day per month. However, free access means lengthy lineups and even if you're one of the first people in line, you'll only get two hours with the collection. Temporary exhibitions are also not included. If you're able to take advantage of this offer and don't mind the tight schedule, go for it!
Another way to save money is by buying a Paseo del Arte Ticket for €29,60. This is a great money-saver if you intend to visit Madrid's three major art museums: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo Nacional del Prado and Museo Reina Sofía. You must redeem the ticket at whichever museum you bought the ticket from. Eg, if you bought the ticket on the Prado's website, you have to go to the Prado first to collect the ticket. Then you can use it at the other two attractions. The ticket offers a saving of 20%.
Similarly, if you're spending a bit of time in Spain, it's worth buying an Annual Membership card for National Museums for €36,06. This card gets you into dozens of national museums all over Spain for free.For a full list of museums included, see here.
The best time to visit the Prado is between the hours of 9am and 10am before the museum opens. However, this luxury will cost you €50,00 per ticket. The Prado is busiest between 11am and around 2pm. Tour groups don't often book slots pre 11am so arrive close to 10 for a quieter start.
However, in our opinion, the best time to visit the Prado is between the hours of 3pm and 5pm. This is around the time most Spaniards break for lunch, so the crowds tend to filter out a little, leaving only non-Spaniard tourists in the building.
Don't leave your visit too late in the day as once the Prado's free entry slots open up, the place is usually crammed.
The Prado's audio guides are top notch but are not included in the ticket price. There are also different guides for permanent and temporary exhibitions. Children's audio guides are free with an adult ticket but are only available in Spanish and English. We recommend taking an audio guide for the permanent collection but temporary exhibitions usually include a great deal of interpretation that makes an audio guide unnecessary.
Audio guide prices are as follows:
Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
January 1st, May 1st, December 25th
December 24th and 31th
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
The Prado's address is as follows:
Museo Nacional del Prado, Paseo del Prado s/n,28014, Madrid
It's easy to get to the Prado. By metro you can take the Red Line L2 to Banco de Espana or the Blue Line L1 to Metro Atocha. Plaza Ciebeles is a good point of reference as it is very nearby.
You can also walk to the Prado from many of the major sites in the center of Madrid. From the Puerta del Sol plaza you can follow signs for the Cibeles Plaza along the Calla de Alcala.
Before you even get the Prado it's a good idea to download a floor plan from the museum's website. The plan is a little overwhelming at first glance. There are four levels to the Prado with dozens of galleries. This is a very simple guide to those galleries and a recommended route.
Yes. The Prado museum has undergone major renovations in recent years and has greatly improved its accessibility. Tours around the museum can be adapted to suit people with physical impairments. Accessible toilets are available and there are wheelchairs and walking sticks available for loan.
For those with vision or hearing impairment, there are audio guides and sign guides available. The museum's auditorium features a hearing loop.
Areas connected to the Villanueva building in the Prado are currently not accessible. Design features of this building make it difficult to adapt but the Prado states that it is looking for a solution.