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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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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
  • January 10, 2020 at 12:51 am
    Valerie Barton
    Hi, your site is amazing, thanks. My husband and I arrive in Barcelona after a cruise. We are 65+ and will be staying in the Gothic area... I think. Can you advise how to get from the port to this area please and approx. fare to expect. Also we want to sight see... but not too much, just the mains however not sure what means of transport to use and so confused with all the options! Is there a way to enter the sights without having to have a time scheduled? Looking forward to your help. Val
    • January 10, 2020 at 10:23 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Valerie, Yes indeed... you'll need to take the Port Bus from your cruise ship terminal (impossible to miss the signs) to the Columbus Statue and from here you're just 25 meters from the bottom of the Gothic Quarter. You should be able to walk up to any hotel within 10-15 minutes or even less depending. I break down how to do this as well as fares etc. in my Barcelona cruise ship article. As for the sights... pretty much all of them allow for walk up tickets but it is ill advised. Typically ticket windows cost up to €4.00 more per ticket, you run the risk of being asked to come back later, or even miss the entire day. For big attractions like Sagrada and Park Guell and the Gaudi mansions it's highly advised to book advance online and get a scheduled time. Cheers, Ash
      • January 11, 2020 at 3:35 am
        Valerie Barton
        Hey just found out that you are a fellow Canuck......really impressed with your extensive page and very much appreciate your reply....didn't really think I'd get one....LOL! So, now we have booked into the El Avenida Palace Hotel.... it looks a bit father away from the Gothic area, how would you advise getting there from the cruise port? Thanks Valerie
        • January 11, 2020 at 5:39 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Valerie, Yes indeed! I am actually back in Vancouver today and we've received the first snow of the year and they're saying it's going to go down to minus 7 degrees next week! Just my luck. Anyway, thanks so much for the kind words on the blog :) I was at the El Avenida Palace recently sampling their breakfast buffet and I must say it's the best I've been to in the city. It's where the Beatles stayed when they played one of only two Spanish gigs as well, so it must be great. But yeah... to get up there I'd grab the Port Bus to the bottom of La Rambla and then grab the green line of the metro at Drassanes upt o Passeig de Gracia. From here it'll be a short walk. Cheers, Ash
  • December 30, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    Genasee
    Hi! I just stumbled upon your website today, I read and skimmed a lot of super helpful info, but I’m feeling unsure of which card to buy. I’ll be in Barcelona for about 8 full days, from 31 December to 8 January and definitely am planning on seeing as many museums and attractions as possible. I’m a student in my 20s and I’m staying at the 360 arts and culture hostel. Just wondering which card you would suggest for this trip, thanks again!
    • December 31, 2019 at 11:10 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Genasee, Honestly for longer trips like these I recommend grabbing an Hola Barcelona Card for the first few days (let's say 72 hours) to get the major sights out of the way. You'll have the airport transport covered and won't have to worry about getting new tickets and fooling around in a new city. It's all taken care of. From around day four though I'd recommend a T-Casual Card which will give you ten trips in the city. You'll have your bearings by then and will do a bit more walking with the confidence you have so then there's less need for a all inclusive pass. My two cents! Cheers, Ash
  • December 28, 2019 at 3:31 pm
    Jennifer
    Does the Hola Barcelona Card get you to Tibidabo? I assume it doesn’t get you out to Montserrat but if you could confirm that, that would be great.
    • December 28, 2019 at 4:41 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jennifer, It is possible with your travel card: grab the FGC train S1 or S2 from Plaça Catalunya and get off at Peu de Funicular. From here you can get the Vallvidrera Funicular to Vallvidrera Superior where you'll get bus 111 (every 30 minutes) to leave you right at the Tibidabo mountain amusement park entrance. Cheers, Ash
  • December 28, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    Omar
    Good day, I have purchased the Barcelona City Pass and would like to secure the Hola BCN card using the 20% discount but I do not see how to do this anywhere. Your assistance is greatly apreciated Kind Regards
    • December 28, 2019 at 4:25 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Omar, No worries... you'll have to click the link that they send you and you'll find it in the 'attractions' section of the list, strangely! Here it is: https://barcelonacitypass.rgi.ticketbar.eu/en/ticketbar-barcelona/#Attractions Cheers, Ash
  • December 27, 2019 at 12:02 am
    Stephanie
    I read this pass also includes the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC) city network and RENFE suburban trains.Can I use it to get to Girona, Montserrat, & Port Adventura Park? Thanks
    • December 27, 2019 at 10:39 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Stephanie, Unfortunately all of the places you have listed are located outside of zone 1 of the transport network and as such the card will not work for those. You'll have to buy the tickets separately. Cheers, Ash
  • December 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    Clare
    If I buy an Hola-BCN now (Dec 2019) will it still be valid in February 2020? (prices going up.)
    • December 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Clare, The Hola is valid for 90 days from the day of purchase so no worries :) Cheers, Ash
      • December 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm
        haroon akbar
        hi which travel pass is best for me and my son(9 years) we arrive 21.2.2020 at about 10am and leave 24.2.2020..we land at el prats 10am and need to check in at salles hotel pere iv (near bogatell metro stop),we will do a lot of sight seeing and our return flight is 10am monday morning....thanks
        • December 20, 2019 at 1:01 pm
          lucile
          Lucile
          Hi, If you are just looking for a travel card, the Hola BCN is perfect for you with unlimited rides! If you want unlimited transport + free entry to some museums and discounts on some attractions, the Barcelona Card can be good ;) Cheers, Lucile
          • December 21, 2019 at 9:31 am
            haroon akbar
            Hi, thankyou for your help..
  • October 12, 2019 at 3:27 am
    Key Williamsq
    HI Ash, First, thanks for the prompt response on my comment/question on Transportation from the airport! Another question, I bought the HCN card. I'm going on a wine tour and will need to take the R4 train. Does it work for this?
    • October 12, 2019 at 6:40 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Key, No problem at all! The Hola BCN is valid for overland train services but keep in mind it's only valid for Zone 1 of the network... what stop do you need for the wine tour? I'd consult the name in the zone map here: https://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona-fares-metro-bus/single-and-integrated/zone-map Cheers, Ash
  • October 11, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    rochelle stevens
    Hi, i am going to be staying 5 mins walk from the sagrada familia. which is the best way to get there from the airport and does the HOla card cover the airport bus?
    • October 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Rochelle, The Hola doesn’t cover the Aerobus unfortunately but that’s ok. I would grab the airport train (included) to Passeig de Gràcia and then jump on the purple line there which will take you up to Sagrada Família. Cheers, Ash
  • October 10, 2019 at 9:44 am
    Ioana Demeter
    Hello Ash, I would like to know how is the easiest and low cost way to get to Montserrat? I saw different options of getting there, but I dont really understand if the train is 22 euro round trip or 31,60 euro. Thank you, Ioana
    • October 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ioana, Yes, it's €22.00 for the return trip plus €11.50 for the funicular... so €33.50 in total if you buy it all individually :) Cheers, Ash
  • October 4, 2019 at 8:08 pm
    Maya
    I will be visiting Barcelona in November. I already have most of my trip planned out. I have 3 days where I will be doing the following: Day 1 Saturday: Will tour around using the Hop on and Hop of bus and ending the day with watching the fountain show (By the time fountain show is over the HOHO bus would have stopped operating) Day 2 Sunday: Picasso Museum, Montujuic Castle, Maremagnum shopping center and a late night Flamenco show at the Palacio del Flamenco Day 3 Monday: Sagarda Familia, cooking class next to Travel Bar and heading over to either Diagonal Ma or L'illa Diagonal mall. Should I purchase Hola card or just buying normal tickets.
    • October 5, 2019 at 12:25 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Maya, You're doing a fair bit of travelling so I'd say yes, but since you're using the Bus Turistic one day one I'd simply get a 48 hour one for day two and day three :) Cheers, Ash
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