Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a cheap Barcelona travel pass that gave you unlimited transport?
That way we’d avoid the single ticket pitfalls of fumbling for change, worrying about time validity, and mumbling through some basic 9th grade Spanish.
And imagine it actually saved money.
That brings us to the Hola Barcelona Card (formerly the Hola BCN).
Why Get an Hola Barcelona Card
Having an all-inclusive transport card with unlimited rides makes your holiday run like a clock.
Tourists have been buying Hola Barcelona Card (previously the Hola BCN Travel Card) for years because:
- You get unlimited public transport on the metro, bus, tram, and funicular.
- There’s return Barcelona airport transport via airport train, metro, or bus 46.
- There’s easy pickup at Barcelona Turisme kiosks.
- It eliminates stress of constantly buying tickets.
- It’s cheap.
What Does the Hola BCN Unlimited Travel Pass Include?
Your super-handy Barcelona travel card will include unlimited journeys in zone one on:
- Overland trains (including the R2 from El Prat Airport to central Barcelona).
- The metro (all lines including the L9 from Barcelona airport, a €9.00 value).
- All TMB buses.
- The Montjuic Funicular (careful! This is not the Montjuic Teleferic).
Some of you might be asking what exactly is zone one?
The simple answer is it’s the entire city centre and all suburban areas. Unlike bigger cities like New York and London the area of zone one is the entire reach of the metro system.
This encompasses basically all main tourist attractions in Barcelona.
Hola Barcelona Travel Pass Prices 2022
Strike through prices are offline prices so it’s best to book online with the 10% discount.
The price of a single ticket in Barcelona has increased to €2.40 in 2022 so your break even point on the 48 hour pass is 3 uses a day – a virtual guarantee when visiting the city.
Here are the multi day ticket prices:
- 48 hours:
- 72 hours:
- 96 hours:
- 120 hours:
These prices apply to everybody (including students, 65+ etc.) – only children under 4 ride free.
As you can see, buying this Barcelona transport pass online means you’ll spend just around €7.00 a day for unlimited travel on public transport plus your connection from the airport to Barcelona city centre.
Keep in mind that return metro service from Barcelona airport alone costs €10.30!
Where Can I Buy an Hola BCN Travel Pass?
The Hola Barcelona Travel Card is available via Barcelona Turisme, the official tourism board of the city.
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Where to Pick up Your Hola Barcelona Travel Card
Once you’ve got your voucher code sent to your email you can pick up your pass at any of the following Tourist Information points:
- Airport: Terminals T1 + T2: Daily from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. January 6th and December 26th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Closed: New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
- Plaça de Catalunya: Plaça de Catalunya 17. Daily from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. January 1st from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. January 6th and December 26th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Closed: Christmas Day.
- City Hall: Carrer de la Ciutat 2. Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed: New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
- Sants Station: Plaça Països Catalans. Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (high season till 8:00 pm). Closed: New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
- Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument): Plaça Portal de la Pau. Daily from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. January 6th and December 26th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Closed: New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
- Plaça Espanya: Daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (high season from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm). January 6th and December 26th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Closed: New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
- Sagrada Familia: Daily from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm (high season till 8:00 pm). January 6th and December 26th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Closed: New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
Travel Pass Validity & Restrictions
Your Hola Barcelona Travel Card becomes live the first time you use it.
This means if you have a 72 hour tourist travel card and take your first public transport trip at noon on January 1st, you’ll have until noon on January 4th to ride as many journeys as you want.
Night Buses and the Hola Barcelona Card
Unfortunately the Hola Barcelona Card is not valid for night buses since they are operated by a private company.
To use night buses you can pay the bus driver €2.40 for a single ticket using cash.
Keep in mind that from Sunday to Thursday the metro closes between 00:00 and 05:00 and between 02:00 and 05:00 on Friday.
On Saturday night (to be clear, the night between Saturday and Sunday) the metro is open all night!
Why Not Another Discount Card?
The Barcelona Card
The good thing about this discount Barcelona travel pass is that it costs much less than its sister the Barcelona Card, which is more aimed at people looking to see a ton of attractions in addition to getting unlimited transport.
If I’ve confused you a little make sure to check out my page comparing the two tourist travel cards.
The Barcelona Pass
The popular Barcelona Pass is a great option because it gets you into mega-attractions La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, gives you airport transport on the super convenient Aerobus,and a one or two day pass on the Bus Turistic.
Deciding Which Pass to Get
If you’re sure you want to see a lot of attractions you may be better off going for the Barcelona Card or the Barcelona Pass – but as far as a straight up travel card goes the Hola Barcelona Travel Card is the cheapest and most efficient.
Still a bit confused about which discount pass to get? Make sure you write me in the comments below with a list of things you’d like to see and a budget and I’ll do my best to help out 🙂
Hola Barcelona Travel Card Zones
If you’re staying a bit outside the city centre here’s a list of nearby municipalities included in zone one:
Sant Adriá del Besos, Badalona, Montgat, Montcada i Reixac, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despì, l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cornellá de Llobregat, Sant Boi de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat e Castelldefels.
All of these communities can be reached by train using the Hola Barcelona Card.
Hola Barcelona Travel Pass FAQ
Is the validity of the card for days or hours?
Again, the validity is for hours. If you activate a 72 hour card at 6 pm on Friday you’ll have until 6 pm on Monday to take advantage of your unlimited tourist travel card.
Why do some websites say that it’s days and not hours?
Because the change from days to hours was very recent and they probably haven’t updated the information 😉
Can I get a refund on my Hola Barcelona Card?
Yes. To cancel your travel card get in touch with email@example.com.
I lost my Hola Barcelona Card, can I get a replacement?
Unfortunately this is not possible so be careful!
Is the Hola Barcelona Card interpersonal?
No, trips are only permitted to the holder of the card.
Can I use my Hola Barcelona Card to get to Girona/Montserrat/Sitges?
No, this Barcelona travel pass is only valid for zone one of the Barcelona transport network.
Is the Hola Barcelona Travel Card really worth it?
If you’re planning on visiting the main tourist attractions and don’t have the money to get around by taxi, then yes!
I’m a student/retiree, can I get any transport discounts in Barcelona?
No, only children under 4 travel free on public transport in Barcelona.
Does the validity kick in from the time I pick it up or the time I first use it on transport?
The clock starts ticking from the time you first use it.
I’ll be in Barcelona for six days, are there Hola Barcelona Card cards for more than 120 hours?
No, in these cases you’ll need to combine cards (e.g. 48h + 96h)
Do I have to book my Hola Barcelona Travel Card way in advance?
In general there are no rules for booking your Barcelona travel card but obviously the sooner the better in case you incur any unexpected issues along the way.
Is the Hola Barcelona Card valid for the Aerobus?
No, though bus 46 departs from the same area at both the airport and Plaça Catalunya. You’ll also be able to grab the airport train or metro.
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If the Hola Barcelona Card isn’t the best Barcelona travel pass then what is?
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