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The Barcelona Travel Pass Tourists Are Raving About

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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).

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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.

Remember: if you have any questions about Barcelona transport options like how to get to any of the city’s top attractions from your holiday apartment just write me in the comments below.

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.
  • Tram.
  • 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.
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Get a paella tasting menu at the legendary Bodega Joan!

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!

If you’re looking for a big club night make it Saturday unless you’re rich enough for a taxi.

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.

You’ll also get 20% off your Hola Barcelona Card plus 20% discounts on virtually anything you can do in Barcelona from flamenco to Camp Nou.

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.

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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 😉

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 reservas@barcelonaturisme.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 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 😉

Also don’t be afraid to join the Hola Barcelona Card discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

285 comments
  • February 19, 2020 at 2:14 am
    Andrea Huntley
    Hi Ash, I am traveling with my two sons aged 2 and 6. Do I need to purchase Hola BCN cards for them as well? Or is there any free transport for children of a certain age? Thanks, Andrea
  • February 5, 2020 at 7:52 pm
    Mary Low
    Hi...I'm planning to visit Barcelona for 5 days starting February 13, 2020. We will be arriving in the morning around 7:30am. We are staying at an Airbnb in Carrer Diputacio in Barcelona. Can you let us know what mode of transportation will be best? We were thinking of taking the Aerobus.
    • February 6, 2020 at 10:11 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Mary, Calle Diputacio is a massive street that stretches on for a while... can you give me a cross street or even full address? In general though the Aerobus should be the best bet. Cheers, Ash
  • February 5, 2020 at 3:41 pm
    Michelle
    Hi Ash, Thanks for all the helpful information on your blog! I’m so excited for our upcoming visit to Barcelona on February 21-24. We will be staying at the Sheraton Four Points on the diagonal and have a few questions: 1) what is our best and fastest public transportation from El Prat Airport at 11 am? I am confused what the difference is between train, subway, metro? 2) thinking we should get the Hola Barcelona Card and was wondering if my hotel is conveniently located to Park Guell, Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas, Boqueria Market - (I know it’s near Sagrada Famalia) as these are all on our list. The cost of the 3 day card would get us round trip from the airport too! Thanks for your help! Michelle
    • February 6, 2020 at 10:04 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Michelle, You're very welcome :) I would grab the airport train to El Clot Arago station and from here it's just a 10 minute walk. The metro and subway are the same thing but they won't get you anywhere close. Just take the train which will be easily distinguished in the signs as you walk through the airport. Your hotel isn't convenient for any of the attractions except for Sagrada and this is all the more reason to get the Hola Barcelona Card as you'll be doing quite a bit of travel on public transport. The good thing is the aforementioned airport train is included with the pass so you'll be good to go! Ash
  • February 5, 2020 at 5:49 am
    Rose
    Hi Ash, Thank you so much for all the information. I'm planning a trip to Spain this year in May and I'm currently searching for all details on how to get around. I plan on staying in Barcelona for two nights and the places I want to visit for sure are: Camp Nou and La Sagrada Familia. I already got tickets for both places :) I will be staying at a hotel near the airport. But I'm debating whether the Hola card is worth it for those two days I will be there? is it easy to get around?
  • February 1, 2020 at 1:30 am
    Jaya Sreelatha
    Hi I am visiting Barcelona in 2nd week of February this year.We are planning to stay at easy sleep eixample. Which is the best option to travel from airport to our place??
    • February 1, 2020 at 3:39 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jaya, I'd take the Aerobus to the terminus station and then from there walk upt o Passeig de Gracia metro, grab the purple line, and get off at Monumental. From here it's a short walk. Cheers, Ash
      • February 4, 2020 at 3:28 am
        Jaya Sreelatha
        Thanks a million I am travelling from UK. Would you be able to tell me which is the best option for mobile internet connectivity in Spain ?
        • February 4, 2020 at 4:16 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Jaya, I'd simply just get a basic Lyca sim card once you've arrived (you can get them at the airport or at any mobile shop in the city). For €10.00 you'll get the data needed for a standard holiday. Cheers, Ash
  • January 24, 2020 at 11:25 am
    Candice
    Hi There, I will be visiting Barcelona from the 2nd March until the 5 March as a solo traveller. I will be staying in the Les Corts area. I would like to visit the main tourist attractions in the few day I have such as Sagrada Familia,Park Güell,Parc de Montjuïc & Font Magica,Gothic quarter of Barcelona,Boqueria Market,La Rambla, Gothic quarter, La Barceloneta and maybe any others you can suggest are must sees. I am worried that I won't be able to figure out the bus and metro sysytem as we have nothing like that here in South Africa. I also considered the hop on hop off bus to get me around to the main sites, but it seems quite costly and then I would have to pay entrance fees too. What do you suggest would be the best for me and the less stressful, cost is a factor too and I would need to get back to the airport on my departure day. Thank you.
  • January 20, 2020 at 7:17 pm
    Manish
    does hola barcelona card works from Barcelona central to Casteldefels ? If yes, which route is that ? Thanks
    • January 21, 2020 at 2:20 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Manish, Yes, Castelldefels is in Zone 1 of the TMB network so it is covered! Trains leave from Sants Estacio in Barcelona. Enjoy :) Ash
  • January 18, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    Selena
    Hi Ash! Thank you for all the information you share! Honestly amazing. The only thing I couldn’t find anything about, and if you do have a post about it I’m going to feel silly, is the Hola BCN and getting back to the airport? Do we use the metro? Or is there a separate train? I’m a little confused . The closest metro stop to us is Diagonal . I’d appreciate any clarification! :-)
    • January 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Selena, You're very welcome! Always glad to help :) To get back to the airport you can use the metro, the city bus, or the airport train. From Diagonal I would honestly just walk down to Passeig de Gracia and take the airport train from there. Cheers, Ash
      • January 18, 2020 at 10:32 pm
        Selena
        Thanks Ash! Does the hola BCN cover that?
        • January 20, 2020 at 9:10 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem, and yes it does :)
  • January 13, 2020 at 3:22 am
    Jenna Lee
    where can i pick up the hola barcelona card at the Amsterdam Airport (terminal 2)?
    • January 13, 2020 at 10:08 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello, You won't be able to pick it up in Amsterdam. You must do it in Barcelona. Did I misunderstand something? Ash
      • January 15, 2020 at 4:27 am
        cherie
        hahaha will be in barcelona March 20-30,2020 and pls advice what's the best card to get pls.... regards
        • January 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Cherie, It depends what you're planning to do! Please give me a list of attractions you're planning on seeing and I can help further :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 13, 2020 at 1:21 am
    Krista
    Hi! Please help me ;-) I am taking the train up with my niece from Valencia to Barcelona and will be there Fri-Sun. My niece will take the train back to Valencia and I am going to the airport to fly to Seville. Over the weekend we will be doing the tourist thing and also a lot of walking and just taking it as it comes. I’ve been told to purchase tickets for sights directly through their website. Which pass should we get? I’m a little confused on how one of the passes gets you discounts to sites. How does that work? Thank you!!
    • January 13, 2020 at 10:01 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Krista, I have a page explaining the difference between the popular Barcelona passes. Here you'll get a good idea of what's in store. In short, the City Pass allows you to book everything in advance online at 20% off while the Barcelona Card gives free museums but also the chance at discounts which can be redeemed only at ticket windows (not online). It's hard for me to comment any further on what's best for you without knowing what you're planning to see though. What's the plan as far as attractions you'll see from the inside? Please let me know and I'll recommend what's best :) Ash
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