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Hola BCN: Multi Day Discount Travel Pass for Metro, Bus, Airport

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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).

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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.

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 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.
  • 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 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: €16.30 €14.76 (online).
  • 72 hours: €23.70 €21.42 (online).
  • 96 hours: €30.80 €27.90 (online).
  • 120 hours: €38.00 €34.38 (online).

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!

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Tack on the Aerobus for the Ultimate Tourist Transport Pass

Looking to throw in the best airport transport on top?

Thanks to Tiqets you now have the option to package a one way or return ticket on the Aerobus (up to a €13.20 value) with the Hola Barcelona Card – you can book the Barcelona Transport Pass clicking the button below:

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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!

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 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.

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 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 protected]

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.

Ready to Get Your Hola Barcelona Travel Card?

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 visiting Barcelona 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 Travel 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!

297 comments
  • 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
          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
  • 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 :)
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