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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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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 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 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!

291 comments
  • 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
  • August 2, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    CJ
    Hey Ash, I want to use the following below whilst in Barce. Can you advise which pass if any would be better? And if there are other attractions you feel would be good to see? Also wondered if its better to get the metro or Aerobus from the airport - quickest is best. I'm staying close to the red and yellow lines. Thanks, CJ Aerobus return from airport Sagarada Familia Casa Batlo Casa Mila Park Guell
    • August 3, 2019 at 2:47 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi CJ, If you're not getting the Bus Turistic then there's no sense getting the City Pass, if you're not visiting many museums (as you've outlined) there's no sense getting the Barcelona Card. At this point I would simply get the Hola BCN for transport and buy the attractions individually because this way you'll spend the least amount of money. Where exactly are you on the red and yellow lines? These are tens of kilometers long so it doesn't narrow it down enough for me to comment on what airport transport you should take :) Cheers, Ash
      • August 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm
        Cj
        Thanks for the reply! My nearest metro stops close to my hotel are Urquiaoano and Girona. Does that help in guiding if the Aerobus or Metro is best from the airport?
        • August 5, 2019 at 10:03 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Yes! The terminus stop of the Aerobus (Plaça Catalunya) is just 200 meters from Urquinaona metro stop. I'd do that :)
          • August 5, 2019 at 12:17 pm
            CJ
            Great - thank you! And deos the Hola BCN card include Aerobus from the airport?
            • August 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm
              ashley
              Team Member
              Ash
              No problem! It unfortunately doesn't include the Aerobus, but you can grab the airport train to Passeig de Gracia or the city bus to Plaça Catalunya :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 31, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    Leo
    Hello, Thanks for all the great work here. I have a question. I'll be in Barcelona from August 13-21. I'm hoping to make transportation as easy as possible for 6 people (4 adults and 2 children -- aged 5 and age 3) using metro and buses to get to sites and the beach. We want to see Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and most likely Camp Nou, and I would like to skip the line to Sagrada and Guell. Does is make the most sense to buy 5-day and 3-day Hola BCN cards? Also, If I buy general Sagrada and Guell tickets online, then would I just present the Hola BCN card in order to skip the lines? or how does that work? Thanks so much for your help!
    • August 1, 2019 at 7:55 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Leo, Thanks for the kind words :) First of all know that the Hola BCN card has nothing to do with skipping lines at attractions. I assume that you are referring to the Barcelona Card which is a transport + attraction discount card. I will direct you to my page comparing the three main tourist passes in the city. Did you want only transport or did you want attraction cards as well? Have a look at the page above and let me know and I can help you further. Cheers, Ash
  • July 31, 2019 at 12:21 pm
    Agata
    hello, if I will take a 4days hola Barcelona Card, is it valid 4 days or 4 nights? I I will validate my Card on saturday at 11am, is it valid until wednesday 11am? Thanks!
    • July 31, 2019 at 1:45 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Agata, Yes indeed, the clock starts ticking the second you validate it so if it's at 11:00 am on Saturday you'll have it until Wednesday at 11:00 am :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 30, 2019 at 9:32 pm
    SUE
    Hi Ash, I am hoping to join your group and have a trip planned in September. We are staying on Carrer de Fontanella in an Air BnB. Any advice as to getting to and from the airport (easily) would be greatly appreciated. Gracias! Sue
    • July 31, 2019 at 12:20 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sue, You can take the Aerobus from either airport terminal to the terminus stop (Plaça Catalunya) and then from here it will be a short walk. Cheers, Ash
      • July 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm
        Larry
        Ash - I was interested in your reply as it made me wonder why you recommended the Aerobus as opposed to the Metro from the airport. If I get the Hola Barcelona Card, is there an advantage between using the Aerobus vs. the Metro between Barcelona City Center and the Airport (El Prat)?
        • August 1, 2019 at 7:43 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Larry, The metro simply doesn't serve anywhere central or where tourists will be going - without going way out of the way, changing to the green line, and taking even longer to get central. It could be almost double the time compared to the Aerobus. Also Aerobus is just a superior service... you can charge your phone, there are convenient luggage racks etc. If you want to get central with the Hola Barcelona Card however you can take the airport train to Passeig de Gracia. There are only two an hour but it gets the job done if you're not in a hurry :) Cheers, Ash
          • August 2, 2019 at 5:29 pm
            Larry
            Fantastic Info...thanks a ton!
            • August 3, 2019 at 2:58 pm
              ashley
              Team Member
              Ash
              Thank YOU! :)
  • July 28, 2019 at 12:56 am
    Yohan
    Hi Ash! I’m planning to visit Barcelona in September for about 4 days. These are the main attractions that i want to visit: 1. Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi 2. Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar 3. Barcelona cathedral 4. Palau de musica Catalana 5. Sagrada Familia 6. Park Güell 7. Casa Visen. By the way, the effective days in barcelona will be only 2 days. Because i’m planning to go on a day trip on the 3rd and 4th day. Which pass do you recommend to take? Regards, Yohan
  • July 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm
    Mark
    Hi Ash, I've purchased the Hola Barcelona card online and I received, after the purchase, an email with a link to download a voucher. That's what I did and I got a .pdf file on my phone, but it's not clear what the voucher number is - that I have to enter at a vending machine in the subway station to redeem my Hola BCN card. I can see there is a 13-digit number below the barcode; is this the right one, the voucher number?? Thank you so much for your help! Mark
    • July 28, 2019 at 10:36 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mark, Thanks for purchasing on my site and supporting the blog :) You are correct, the voucher number is the 13 digit number that is listed under the heading 'voucher number'... insert it and you're good to go! Ash
  • July 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm
    Mary
    Hi Ash, You are amazing in the information and advise you share in your website. May I bother you too before I finalize my travel plans. First of all, since you are from Vancouver, Question1: which carrier do you recommend we choose? My husband and I plan to spend Christmas in Barcelona and may fly out from Vancouver. Any good experience with flights to Barcelona? We intend to arrive Barcelona on Dec. 15 and plan to stay overnight in a hotel near Hard Rock café which will be the pick-up point of the GoEuGo tour that we are joining that starts Dec. 16 (Barcelona-Alicante-Granada-Seville-Lisbon-Madrid-Zaragosa and back to Barcelona on Dec. 22. (7days). From Dec. 23 to 25 I am hoping to use your 3 day Itinerary tour. Q2:Validity of City Pass: Since I plan to use the Aerobus on Dec. 15 and this activates my Barcelona City Pass.Will the Barcelona City Pass still be ok until December 26 when I fly out? Q3: Christmas day in Barcelona? I appreciate the 3 day Itinerary and wondering if our last day falls during Christmas Day wherein some establishments would be closed, would you advise how to spend Christmas day in Barcelona. Once again, thank you for your great tips on how to enjoy Barcelona, i was wondering if you have tips on Vancouver too. Kind regards, mary
    • July 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mary, Thanks so much for the kind words, I am really happy to help :) Honestly, the problem I have constantly in trying to get back home every year is that there are no direct flights and it always involves a change in either Toronto or Montreal in Canada or perhaps London, Frankfurt, or Amsterdam in Europe. Including layovers unless you get really lucky you'll be travelling 13-15 hours or maybe even more So once you've accepted this unfortunate fact I would say target a few of the best airlines for the job. My best experience was flying Lufthansa for the spaciousness on board and the meals/free wine etc. Second would be KLM. Maybe throw in Air Canada third. For the City Pass... the 20% discount code is active from the time of purchase until five days after your stated arrival date (in your case Dec 21) so you'll need to buy all your tickets within that time frame. That said, the Bus Turistic and Aerobus tickets are open tickets so they won't expire and you can use them up to 6 months after if I'm not mistaken. I have spent one Christmas in Barcelona and remember most things being closed... that said, there is a big Christmas lunch tradition there that many restaurants cater to. I would advise you check out my article on visiting Barcelona over Christmas for some specifics as I couldn't have worded it any better than there :) About Vancouver... a great city and in some weird ways it has much in common with Barcelona! I am actually in the process of helping my brother launch a blog similar to this for Vancouver which he hopes will be live within a month. I will definitely come back to this and pass you the link once it's up. For me though when I think about Vancouver I think about the mountains (you should go up to Grouse Mountain for a tour, the view, and maybe even some skiing) and the water. I would walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the area is beautiful over the holidays. I also think about really good quality sushi everywhere... and Asian cuisine which is second to none (I go for mine at a place called Peaceful). Make sure you stay downtown or somewhere along one of the two metro lines (called 'Skytrain') because otherwise it's like most North American cities in that you need a car. I would also strongly consider taking a trip up to Whistler if you were skiers or into resort places. Cheers, Ash
  • July 19, 2019 at 10:59 am
    Nid
    Hi, I am travelling to Barcelona for the first time Aug 12th. Could you please tell me the best places to visit? I am not fond of museums though :) but beaches, and aquariums etc. are good options for me. Which travel card is best for me? I am there for 5 days. And what are the best day trips possible fro Barcelona and which transport to take? Thanks in advance for your help!
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