Prado Museum

Off to the Museo del Prado in Madrid? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit. We're also clued in on opening times and phone numbers!

Make sure to buy your skip-the-line tickets online before your visit!

Estimated wait

Between 30 min and 45 min Estimated wait until 17:00
Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24
10:00 11:00
11:00 13:30
13:30 15:00
15:00 17:00
17:00 18:00
18:00 19:00
19:00 20:00
Between and 30 min
Between 30 min and 45 min
Between 45 min and 1h
Between 1h and 2h
More than 2h

Our tips

Waiting lines

  • The biggest crowds gather at the Prado from 11:00 to 13:30. On weekends there are always more visitors than during the week.

  • Try to come 10 minutes before opening (you’ll have about an hour before the museum will be occupied by loud group tours) or after 15:00.

  • There are hours with free entry: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, from Monday to Saturday and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Usually waiting lines are longer during these hours but if you come in low season it could be a good way to save money: in winter the queues are short or even inexistent.

Buy your tickets online

You can purchase your ticket online by choosing a date for your visit. Especially for high season, it’s worth it: you’ll be able to avoid long queues and will enter the museum through a special entrance reserved for those with tickets.

The Prado

Ticket prices

General: 17€

General admission + official guide: 24€

“Two visits in one year” ticket: 22€

Reduced: 7,50€ (seniors, large families, all the visitors who want to see the temporary exhibition during “free” hours)

Free: children, students (under 25), all the visitors who want to see the permanent collection during “free” hours

Tips for a few days in Madrid

This page will give you many tips to avoid crowds in Madrid as well as crowd schedules for top tourist attractions in order to plan your visits.


Museo Nacional del Prado
📍 Paseo del Prado s/n

Contact number

Visitor service +34 (0) 902 10 70 77
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