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Prado Museum Tickets in Advance | Price 2019 (Tickets | Guided Tours)

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Founded in 1819, The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado in Spanish) is thought to hold one of the world’s finest collections of European art. For anyone interested in art, history, or European culture, a trip to Madrid wouldn’t be complete without visiting Museo del Prado!

With a collection covering almost 1,000 years of European art, the museum is regarded as one of the greatest art museums on Earth.

A visit to the museum can be simplified by buying your Museo del Prado tickets in advance, thereby skipping the ticket office lines. It can also be enhanced by making use of a guided tour, that can bring the historical and cultural context of the paintings to life.

We’ll discuss and compare all of the available options, so you can find the ticket or tour that’s right for you.

Highlights:

  • Considered one of the greatest art museums on the planet
  • Holds the world’s largest collection of Spanish art
  • Features work by some of the world’s most celebrated artists
  • See the world-famous Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez
  • Buy Museo del Prado tickets online and skip the ticket line

Know before you book:

  • If you are under 18, or a student aged 19-25, you can enter for free
  • Kids and students must provide valid ID (and student card) for free access
  • Access to the museum takes place up until half an hour before closing time
  • Food and drinks are not permitted inside the museum, except in the cafe

Exterior of the Prado Museum
Located in Madrid’s museum district, the celebrated Museo del Prado is one of the most visited museums in the world, seeing almost 3 million visitors each year. It holds the largest collection of Spanish art on Earth, featuring works dating back to the 11th century.

It houses works by some of the most celebrated artists of all time, including Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, El Greco, and Diego Velázquez, amongst many others.

The museum is sometimes described as a museum of painters, rather than of paintings; it represents it’s most celebrated artists extensively. This is largely a hangover from the style of curation in 16th and 17th-century Spain, where collecting as many works as possible by one’s favorite artists was the aim.

painting in the prado museum, madrid

The tickets and tours discussed below can help streamline or enhance your experience. We’ll compare the prices and features of Prado Museum tours and tickets, so you can find the most affordable option that suits your needs.

The cheapest way to see the Museo del Prado is to visit during the free entry hours (6 – 8 pm on Monday – Saturday, and 5 – 7 pm on Sundays and public holidays). However, many other travelers have the same idea, which can result in extensive queues and uncomfortable crowds.

In order to get a worthwhile Museo del Prado experience, it’s generally recommended to buy a standard ticket in advance and go when it’s quieter.

statue hall in the prado museum

Prado Museum Prices 2019

A standard Prado entrance ticket costs around $17 USD (€15). A guided tour of the Prado Museum will set you back roughly between $40 USD (€35) and $180 USD (€162), depending on the experience level of your tour guide and whether you choose a group or private tour.

See the Prado Museum price list below for up to date prices and the latest offers.

Prado Museum Opening Hours

The Prado Museum is open almost every day of the year, with only three exceptions. It’s closed on the following dates each year:

● 1st of January
● 1st of May
● 25th of December

For the rest of the calendar year, the museum is open 7 days a week for you to enjoy and admire. The Prado Museum hours are as follows:

Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10 am – 7 pm

Note that the museum has reduced opening hours (10 am – 2 pm) on the following dates each year:

● 6th of January
● 24th of December
● 3st of December

Best Time to Visit the Prado Museum

If you’d like to visit the museum in the morning, we advise that you aim to arrive 10 minutes before it opens at 10 am. Arriving early will give you some space and peace before the crowds start to gather between 11 am and 1 pm.

Alternatively, you can plan to visit around lunchtime (2 pm), when others are sitting down for food or enjoying a siesta. The weekends are always busier than weekdays.

The museum can get particularly busy during peak season (June – September), while the low season (November – February) tends to be a fair bit quieter. If you’re thinking about visiting during the free hours, we recommend only doing so during the low season.

Hallway in the Prado museum, madrid

Prado Museum Tickets and Tour Options

There are several options for visiting the Prado Museum: you can purchase either a standard ticket and explore on your own or one of the available Prado Museum guided tours. Below, we discuss the best ticket and tour options for the Museo del Prado.

Line outside of the museo del prado

Direct Entrance Prado Museum, Madrid Tickets

This Prado Museum ticket offers you full access to the museum for an entire day. The major benefit of this ticket is that it allows you to skip the line at the ticket office upon arrival, saving you time, discomfort, and stress.

You will be able to admire the over 1,300 paintings that are currently on display in the main building and appreciate artworks by some of the world’s greatest artists. While exploring the museum’s prestigious collection, you’ll come across works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and Hieronymus Bosch, amongst many others.

A great way to ensure that you see the Prado Museum highlights is to make use of the optional audio guide, which costs around $4 USD (€3.50). Available for purchase on arrival at the museum, the audio guide steers you on a path rich with noteworthy artworks, providing historical context along the way.

busy hallway in the prado museum, madrid

INCLUDES:
  • Full-day access to the Prado Museum, Madrid
  • The ability to skip the ticket office lines

EXCLUDES:
  • A guided tour of the Prado Museum
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Food and drinks

What we liked: An affordable option that helps avoid the stress and wasted time that come with purchasing a ticket on the day.

Explore the museum at your own pace, and spend as long as you like savoring the experience. This option is best for casual tourists or knowledgeable art enthusiasts who can guide themselves through the museum.

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Guided Prado Museum Tour

If you’d prefer to explore the Prado Museum with the help of a knowledgeable guide, this group tour is a fantastic, affordable option. Just like the direct entrance ticket discussed above, this tour allows you to skip the long lines at the ticket office.

Along with your experienced guide, you’ll embark on a journey through nearly 1,000 years of European art. Enticing commentary and stories will be provided by your guide as you wander through the museum. The groups on this tour tend to be pretty small, making for an intimate and engaging experience.

One of our favorite features of this tour is the optional tapas tasting. This option allows you to try several types of tapas at a well-renowned bar, after a scenic walk through the city.

An imposing statue located outside of the prado museum


INCLUDES:
  • Full-day access to the Prado Museum, Madrid
  • The ability to skip the ticket office lines
  • A guided tour with a knowledgeable guide
  • Tapas tasting session (if option selected)

EXCLUDES:
  • Optional gratuities
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Food and drinks (unless tapas option is selected)

What we liked: This tour is a great way to get acquainted with the finest works in the museum, and garner some historical context from a professional.

If you’re an artistic soul, a history enthusiast, or a cultural connoisseur, exploring the Prado Museum with a guide will really heighten your experience. This option is both affordable and enjoyable, filled with interesting facts and information.

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Private, Guided Prado Museum Tour

For those who have an invested interest in art, history, and European culture, as well as a bit of extra money to spend, a private tour may be preferred. This 3-hour guided tour allows you to delve deep into the museum’s world-renowned collection, under the guidance of an experienced art historian.

With a private tour, you’ll have the full, undivided attention of your guide, with their wealth of knowledge at your disposal. You will also be able to adjust the time spent at each artwork, to better suit your interests.

The historical context and stories shared by your guide really enhance the experience, and allow you to connect with the artworks in a personal way.

A detailed oil painting featuring horses and men in battle


INCLUDES:
  • Full-day access to the Prado Museum, Madrid
  • The ability to skip the ticket offce lines
  • A guided tour with an expert art historian guide

EXCLUDES:
  • Optional gratuities
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Food and drinks

What we liked: This tour is a great way to get acquainted with the finest works in the museum, and garner some historical context from a professional.

If you’re visiting as a couple of adults, with two children under the age of 18, the children enter for free (meaning you only have to pay the cost of the tour for two people). This tour may be a little pricey, but it’s one of the finest Madrid museum tours on offer.

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Specification: Prado Museum Tickets in Advance | Price 2019 (Tickets | Guided Tours)

Accessible

Yes

Duration

Full-day access, 2-4 hours

Includes

Entry fees, Skip-the-line access

Excludes

Food and drink (unless specified), Gratuity (optional), Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (unless specified)

Pickup

Not included

Suitable For

Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Solo travelers

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  1. Anonymous

    Fantastic tour!! The guide was very friendly and professional.

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  2. Anonymous

    My guide was patient and knowledgeable. Best yet–he had a sense of humor. I highly recommend taking a tour with him.

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  3. Anonymous

    She lost us from the beginning. There were many tours and 4 corridors coming together at the same time. We tried to stay close but she had no sign to show her location, so we got lost in the mingle of other groups. We were left to ourselves for the day. Also we did not skip any lines. We had to wait behind lots of people to get inside! Not what was promised.

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  4. Anonymous

    This museum is PACKED full of art and you definitely need a guide to point you to the star attractions. Then you can feel free to browse and soak up the rest at your leisure. Highly recommend – our guide was full of facts and humor. Highly enjoyable.

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  5. Anonymous

    This was a very informative tour, our guide seemed to know a lot, but she had a very soft voice making it really hard for everyone on the tour to hear. She showed up late, did not give us time to look around the other pieces of art, and kept "Shhhh! – ing" everyone else in the museum. Those ear pieces could have really helped.

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  6. Anonymous

    I was with my 20 year old son on our first day in Madrid. Marte provided a very interesting introduction to some of the masters at the Prado – Valasqez, El Greco and Goya. She was very knowledgeable about art and Spanish history.

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  7. Anonymous

    Many thanks to Pedro for the transmission of his passion for art.We did like very much the Prado visit.

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  8. Anonymous

    This was a comprehensive and great tour of the important Spanish and European art works in the Prado. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. I would recommend it highly.

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  9. Anonymous

    Our guide Marta was very knowledgeable and customized our learning and experiences. Very much worth the cost.

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  10. Anonymous

    This was a fantastic tour. Our guide, Pedro, was outstanding; extremely knowledgeable ( he teaches Art History) and works at the Reina Sofía Museum on a permanent basis. Besides, he is very articulate and nice.

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  11. Anonymous

    As the main Spanish national art museum, a visit here is a must do on any trip to Madrid. Beautifully laid out, and easy to navigate, you can't help but revel in the works of Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, De Goya, Bosch, and the list goes on. This is for art lovers and anyone who just enjoys beauty.

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  12. Anonymous

    The Museo Nacional del Prado is a must-see if you are in Madrid. As an art lover, I spent close to six hours looking at all of the exhibitions. Because I bought the ticket, I was able to skip the line and enjoy myself to the fullest. If I visit Madrid again and want to visit the museum again, I will definitely buy this ticket.

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  13. Anonymous

    We could walk right in. If your thing are medieval religious paintings then this is the place for you.

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  14. Anonymous – Netherlands

    Perfect geregeld. Super!

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  15. Nikolas – New Zealand

    Amazing value for money and great service Highly recommended.

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  16. Ross – United States

    Nice small tour! Informative!

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  17. Andrew – United States

    Guide was knowledgeable but his English was poor

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  18. Sylvia – United States

    Marta was so well prepared and organized, full of stories and fun facts. She made a 3 hour tour with my 10 year old fly by. Wonderful experience. I don’t think I would ever do a visit to a museum without a guide like Marta.

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  19. Gary – United States

    Ana was the best guide we have ever had (and we have had many). Ana picked us up at out hotel on time and we had a pleasant walk to the Prado. The visit to the museum exceeded the expectations for me and my wife. Ana's expertise in art and history was impressive but not overwhelming. The time flew by as we conversed for hours. Unlike many guides, the conversation was not one sided and the give and take was truly educational. At no point did we feel like Ana was on a clock or forcing us to move too quickly through the museum. We are still talking about our experience. Highly recommend!

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