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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 5% 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: €16.40 €15.58 (online).
  • 72 hours: €23.80 €22.61 (online).
  • 96 hours: €31.00 €29.45 (online).
  • 120 hours: €38.20 €36.29 (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, and a one or two day pass on the Bus Turistic.

You’ll also get 10% off your Hola Barcelona Card plus 10% 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!

301 comments
  • 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
  • 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
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