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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!

287 comments
  • 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
  • September 27, 2019 at 11:42 am
    Liam Jones
    Hi Ash I am leaving for barcelona tomorrow and i'm staying at 136 Carrer d'Arago I will need a pass for a friday afternoon until sunday evening. I want go out friday and saturday night, visist Sagrada Familia on the Saturday and i am watching a football match at camp nou the Sunday. Which ticket/pass would you recommend?
    • September 28, 2019 at 12:39 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Liam, In this case since you're very central and only visiting one attraction plus the game I'd just grab the T-10 travel card for your travel. It should cover you for the 3 days as it gives you 10 trips. Cheers, Ash
  • August 24, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    Mina
    Thanks for all the fabulous information you’ve put online. We’re in Barcelona now and bought the Hola Barcelona card through your link but have been advised by our hotel to take the M12 bus to/from the Nou Camp from Cornellà. It looks like the bus is run by AMB Metrobus but I can’t work out whether non-TMB buses are included - can you help shed some light on this please? Many thanks.
    • August 26, 2019 at 9:21 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mina, Unfortunately it won't be valid for AMB services but not to worry... there are plenty of other ways to get there from Cornella. One would be the T2 tram, another would be to take the metro at Gavarra and get off at Collblanc: from here it's just a short walk. Cheers, Ash
      • August 26, 2019 at 1:02 pm
        Mina
        Thanks Ash, your prompt response is genuinely appreciated :-)
        • August 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem at all :)
  • August 23, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Ferrona Blake
    Hi, My friend and I are in Barcelona for 7 days. We are going to purchase a return ticket for our journey to and from the airport then purchase a 5 day Hola BCN card for the 5 days in between. Are we doing the right thing? Secondly we are staying in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat - can we use the card for this journey. I am not familiar with the zones (ie Zone 1 & Zone 2). Thank you for any help you provide
    • August 24, 2019 at 1:04 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Ferrona, This seems like a perfectly fine plan since you'll be far out and in need of a lot of transport throughout your stay. L’Hospitalet de Llobregat does fall in Zone 1 so you'll have no issues whatsoever :) Cheers, Ash
      • August 24, 2019 at 4:57 pm
        Ferrona
        Hola Ash, Just to say thank you very much for your reply and for confirming the Zone. Best Regards, Ferrona
        • August 26, 2019 at 9:17 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem :)
  • August 20, 2019 at 9:47 pm
    Joanne
    Hi. I am still confused by all the variations in the cards. My husband and I will be arriving about 9AM on Oct 9 from the US. Our ship will be boarding in the afternoon on Oct 11. We know we want to visit Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum and Park Guell. We are both 65+. What's the best bet for us considering senior discounts? What will be the best way to get from the airport? We will be staying near the Liceu Metro station. Will we be able to walk to the ship?
    • August 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Joanne, If you're only seeing Sagrada, Park Guell, and Picasso Museum but not interested in the Bus Turistic or booking other attractions then the City Pass won't be worth it. Since you're super central and not going to do much sightseeing around you also probably won't need an Hola BCN and can go with the T-10 pass which gives you 10 rides for around 10 euro. From your hotel at Liceu you'll be able to walk to the ship but it'll be around 40 minutes or so, slightly downhill. To get there from the airport I would grab the Aerobus and get off at the terminus stop of Plaça Catalunya and then from there you can do a 12-15 minute walk down La Rambla to get to the hotel. If you're too tired there will also be a short taxi option. Cheers, Ash
      • August 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm
        Joanne
        Thanks so much for the info.
        • August 22, 2019 at 8:38 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem :)
  • August 18, 2019 at 4:18 pm
    Lisa McNee Baker
    Hi, Great site! We are travelling from the airport to Castelldefels where we will need to sleep and lay low. We are in Barcelona from 11 am. Thursday until about 1:00 p.m Sunday. Would it make sense to get the Hola card for 96 hours and use to get from the airport to Castelldefels or to book a cab from the airport to Castelldefels and start the Hola card on the Friday morning? We are thinking since we will have suitcases and we will be tired from a long haul flight the cab might be better. Thanks in advance for your input.
    • August 19, 2019 at 10:25 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for the kind words :) Since you're anticipating being tired and the trip to Castelldefels with public transport isn't the most straight forward, I will say that if you don't have any issues paying money for a cab then maybe it's better that way. Especially if you're going to lay low and not use much other transport on the Thursday. Cheers, Ash
  • August 13, 2019 at 6:52 am
    Debbie
    Hi, Your write-ups have been most helpful. Just wondering if we are a family of 4 (no young kids), would it still make sense to buy the Hola BCN or go around by rides share, Free Now.? Thanks
    • August 13, 2019 at 10:08 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Debbie, Keep in mind that Free Now is not exactly a ride share program like Uber etc. but rather simply a way to call normal taxis using an app. For certain trips it is fine but as a means to get around the city this seems rather expensive and unnecessary given the quality of the public transport. I would recommend the Hola BCN in this case :) Ash
  • August 8, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Rachel
    Hi! This has been really useful in helping me plan for my upcoming trip. Do you have any tips for travelling from the airport much outside Barcelona? My partner and I are staying in "Hotel Acacias Suites & Spa, Passeig de les Acàcies, 21, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Girona" in the upcoming future, and i'm not sure what the cheapest way is to get around. Any good deals you know of?
    • August 9, 2019 at 8:31 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for the kind words :) The cheapest way to do this, though not necessarily the best, would be to take the airport train to Sants Estacio... change here for the R1 train to Blanes, and then at Blanes grab the shuttle to Lloret de Mar (there's one in accordance with every train arrival from Barcelona). That said, it may not be much more expensive for a more direct option with a shuttle. If you're not looking to mess around it's probably best to do it that way. Once you're in Lloret your hotel will be at most 20 minutes walking or a short cab from the centre drop off point. Make sure to check out my Lloret de Mar article for some tips! Cheers, Ash
      • September 11, 2019 at 4:07 am
        Celine
        Hello Ash Thank you so much for the helpful information and tips. I am landing at Barcelona at around 730am on Monday and will be leaving by 10:25am flight on Wednesday to Lisbon. Assuming i activate a 48 hour hola card at 8am on Monday, does it mean i need to travel and exit at the airport stop before 8am on Wednesday? Or is it fine so long as I enter the metro before 8am on Wednesday (at line L5) and will I be allowed to change to L9S line (at Collblanc) and exit at the airport even if those occur after 8am on Wednesday? Many thanks! Celine
        • September 11, 2019 at 11:41 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Celine, Luckily you don't have to show/scan/insert your ticket on the way out... so even if it expires on your way to the airport you'll be fine :) Just make sure you enter Collblanc before 8 am. Cheers, Ash
  • August 4, 2019 at 5:42 am
    Lynn
    Hi Ash, This is outstanding - thank you for simplifying all of this for everyone!!! I'll definitely be getting the Hola card from your link (thank you), may I ask, can you give me the best/cheapest option to go from our hotel, Hotel Continental Palaceteat (Rambla de Catalunya, 30, 08007 Barcelona) to Montserrat Abbey? I've tried to source this but not sure what tickets I need, this is for 2 adults, also being able to use the funicular and cable care (one up the other down) once there? Appreciate any advise you can provide :-) Lynn
    • August 4, 2019 at 11:31 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lynn, No problem at all! Glad to help :) For Montserrat I'm a fan of going it alone and not getting the packages because it's generally cheaper and gives you more freedom. I couldn't have worded it any better than in my post on visiting Montserrat so I would look there for guidance. You'll need to take the train from Espanya and then get the cremellera, which is the cheapest combination. On the way back you could get the cable car if you so desired. It is all outlined in the post above. Cheers, Ash
  • August 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
    Ghalia
    Hello, I'll be visiting Barcelona for 4 days, and i'm planning to get the Hola Barcelona card, my question is: does the fee of bus transportation from the airport to city center included? I don't like metros and trains and feel safer in buses.
    • August 3, 2019 at 2:48 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ghalia! Yes! The city bus is included, not to worry :) Cheers, Ash
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