Prado Museum Tickets

The enormous Prado Museum in Madrid is home to one of Europe's finest collections of art. Spanish Old Masters such as Goya and Velásquez have numerous works in the Prado's collection, along with other leading European art figures like Titan, Bosch and Rubens. Around 2.8 million visitors from around the world visit the Prado each year to see the outstanding art.

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm

Sunday and public holidays, 10am to 7pm

Closed 1 January, 1 May, 25 December.

6 January, 24th and 31st December, 10am to 2pm.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

Galleries cleared 10 minutes before closing time.

How to get there

Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain

The easiest way to get to the Prado Museum is on the underground. The nearest station is Banco de España (Line 2) and a little further away is the Atocha Station on Line 1. There is a bus stop on Paseo del Prado right outside the museum served by bus lines 10, 14, 27, 34, 37 and 45. There are also private car parks within a short walk of the Prado Museum, or you can borrow one of the city's fleet of bikes to beat the traffic jams.

FAQ

How much time should I set aside to visit the Prado Museum?
The Prado is one of Europe's largest museums and the collection is so big that only a fraction of it is on display at any one time. With 1,300 works on show at any one time, even spending 15 seconds looking at each one would mean a visit of over 5 hours. Try to prioritise and pick up a 'highlights' book at the ticket office to guide you to the most notable works in the museum and help you make the most of limited time in the galleries.
Can I take a guided tour?
The best way of getting a guided tour of the Prado Museum is by picking up an audio guide at the ticket office. Commentary is available in 13 different languages including English, and there are special audio tours for children between 5 and 12. Staff working in the galleries will also be able to give basic information about art works and sculpture. Guided tours with a museum guide are only available for group visits and should be booked in advance.
Is there a restaurant or cafe?
There is a cafe on the ground floor of the Prado Museum, adjacent to the gift shop. It serves snacks and light meals such as sandwiches and salads. Visitors are not allowed to eat or drink in the galleries but if you are planning a picnic the open spaces of the Retiro Park are just outside.
Are there any rules I should know about?
Visitors to the Prado Museum pass through airport style security before being allowed into the galleries and anyone carrying large bags or backpacks will be asked to leave them in the lockers provided. Photography in the galleries is also not allowed, but the gift shop stocks a wide range of images of the most popular works.
How do I find out about temporary exhibitions?
In addition to the extensive permanent collection, the Prado also showcases work from different eras in regular temporary exhibitions. Tickets for these are bought separately and full details about current and upcoming exhibitions are listed on the museum's website.

Must-know

Las Meninas
If you only have time for a whistle-stop tour of the Prado Museum the one painting you must see is Las Meninas, painted in 1656 by Diego Velásquez. It's a complex painting full of imagery and detail and shows many figures from the Spanish court of Philip IV. Las Meninas is on the first floor, right in the centre of the museum. As it's the most viewed work in the Prado you might have to queue to see it up close at peak times.
The Garden of Earthly Delights
This is the other 'must-see' painting in the Prado Museum and was painted in the 15th century by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. It's colourful and almost surreal, with figures and buildings in a fantasy style landscape. Irrespective of whether you like the style or not the painting is such a contrast to many other works of the period that it has to be seen to be believed.
Evening Visits
The Prado has some of the longest opening hours of any European museum and visitors can arrive as late as 7pm before the galleries close at 8pm. This is a great time of day to visit, after school parties and bus groups have left. If you arrive within two hours of the advertised close admission to the main collection is free but charges still apply for temporary exhibitions.

Places nearby

Retiro Park
The huge open space of El Retiro park is right next door to the Prado Museum. It's a perfect green space for strolling in the shade of the trees, taking a rowing boat out onto the lake, admiring the fountains or having a picnic after a morning's sightseeing. With over 300 acres of park to explore there's plenty of room to escape the crowds and relax.
Retiro Park
Retiro Park
Plaza Mayor
Madrid's main square was built in 1790 and is one of the most impressive open spaces in the city. The huge square is surrounded by apartments and on the ground level there are bars and restaurants. When the weather is good the square fills with people having a beer, sampling some tapas or just watching the world go by. Try a Madrid speciality, the calamari sandwich washed down by a beer or chilled white wine.
Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor
Gran Via
Madrid's Gran Via is the city's main shopping area and known as the street which never sleeps. During the day you can browse through upscale shops and designer boutiques and, after dark, explore the city's smartest clubs and trendiest bars.
Gran Via
Gran Via