Getting single tickets on your Barcelona holiday?
Good luck fumbling for change, worrying about the right tickets, and mumbling through a flashback of your 9th grade Spanish. It also ends up costing you more money.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a cheap Barcelona travel pass that gave you unlimited transport?
Luckily there’s the Hola Barcelona Card (formerly the Hola BCN).
Already keen to board? Click the blue button below to buy:
Why Get a Barcelona Travel Pass
Having an all-inclusive transport card with unlimited rides makes your holiday run like a clock.
Tourists have been buying Hola Barcelona Card cards for years because:
- You get unlimited public transport on the metro, bus, tram, and funicular.
- There’s return 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’s Included in the Hola Barcelona Card
Your super-handy Barcelona travel card will include unlimited transport in zone one on:
- Overland trains (including the R2 from the airport to central Barcelona).
- The metro (all lines including the L9 from the 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 pretty much everywhere. 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 major Barcelona attractions.
Hola Barcelona Card Card Prices 2020
- Hola Barcelona Card 48 hours: €16.30.
- Hola Barcelona Card 72 hours: €23.70.
- Hola Barcelona Card 96 hours: €30.80.
- Hola Barcelona Card 120 hours: €38.00.
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 €8.00 a day on transport including your connection from the airport to Barcelona city centre.
Keep in mind that return metro service from the airport alone costs €9.00!
Where to Buy
The Hola Barcelona is available via Barcelona Turisme, the official tourism board of the city.
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Where to Pick up Your Hola Barcelona 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.
Validity & Restrictions
Your Hola Barcelona Card becomes live the first time you use it.
This means if you have a 72 hour tourist travel card and take your first transport trip at noon on January 1st, you’ll have until noon on January 4th to ride free.
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 the night bus system you can pay the bus driver €2.20 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 City Pass
The popular Barcelona City 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 City Pass – but as far as a straight up travel card goes the Hola Barcelona 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 Card (Outskirts)
If you’re staying a bit outside the city 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.
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 😉
I made a mistake in booking my Hola Barcelona Card… can I get a refund?
Yes. To cancel your travel card get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 it really worth it?
If you’re planning on visiting a bunch of 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 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.
Bother Me in the Comments
If the Hola Barcelona Card isn’t the best Barcelona travel pass then what is?
Remember, you can drop me a line below about anything regarding your Barcelona holiday and I’ll respond ASAP with something so good you won’t even know what to do 😉
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