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


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!

  • July 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm
    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
      Team Member
      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
    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
      Team Member
      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
    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!
  • July 15, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Ian spence
    HI, We are travelling to Barcelona this Friday, 19th July. We have purchased the Barcelona City Pass and it advises you can get 20% discount on the Hola card. I have a discount code and a link in the email, but am unable to work out how or where to apply the discount code. Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers and keep up the good work this site provides. Ian.
    • July 16, 2019 at 10:58 am
      Team Member
      Hi Ian, Apologies... this ticket is 'buried' in the attractions section of the link you've been sent. I will leave you the direct link here and ask that Ticketbar change this! Cheers and thanks for the kind words :) Ash
      • July 19, 2019 at 12:03 am
        ian spence
        H Ash. Thanks for the guidance. Found the link and got our 20% off our Hola cards. Cheers for your help again. Great service and site. All the best. Ian.
        • July 19, 2019 at 10:42 am
          Team Member
          Great to hear Ian! If you've got any more questions you know where to ask ;)
  • July 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    hi. my hostel is located in vila de gracia. i asume that that's the name of the neigbourhood. i need to get from the airport el prat to there. i wont be seeing any attractrions that day. just travel. would you recommend the hola Barcelona pass. and do you know if the train or bus or metro stops near there. shaquille
    • July 15, 2019 at 2:02 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Shaquille, Vila de Gracia is indeed a neighbourhood but it's quite big and so the transport from airport will vary depending on where your hostel is. Can you give me the name? I will be able to assist better. That said, to get into Gracia I usually take the airport train to Passeig de Gracia and then get the green line of the metro up to Fontana. From here you'll have a 15-20 minute walk to anywhere in the Vila. The Hola BCN is a great option because it'll include your airport transport above. If you're doing some solid days of sightseeing it's recommended. Of course though, this depends on what you need as far as transport... if you can let me know more about your plans I can give more specific advice. Cheers, Ash
      • July 15, 2019 at 6:29 pm
        thnx for your reaction. the hostel im staying at is the Bcnsporthostels. street name: Carrer Perill, 26 im traveling alone, but i've been to Barcelona once before (as a school trip), so i know a few spots that i surely have to visit. like the sagrada familia, las ramblas, montjuic hill. but this time i'll be there for a week, so any other spots that you recommend would be highly appriciated and i will surely go check them out. futhermore since i'll be going sightseeing should i get another pass. or just stick with the hola Barcelona pass.
        • July 16, 2019 at 11:34 am
          Team Member
          OK great, in this case as I said I would take the airport train to Passeig de Gracia and then get the green line of the metro up to Diagonal. From here you’ll have a 15-20 minute walk to the hostel. As for the things to do... there are many! You'll want to work in places like Park Guell and Casa Batllo... maybe some museums as well. I've got a list of all the top things to do in Barcelona that will elaborate further. The pass you may or may not choose depends on which sites you're seeing. If you could send me a list when you've got things planned I could comment further :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 8, 2019 at 9:54 pm
    Hey there! Thank you for your detailed post, I really enjoyed reading it. My question is whether it is possible to buy the hola barcelona card when arriving at the airport? Or can you only purchase it online?
    • July 9, 2019 at 9:19 am
      Team Member
      Hi Yonca, Thanks so much for the kind words! :) Yes, it's possible to buy it when you arrive but it'll be more expensive. Cheers, Ash
  • June 27, 2019 at 10:13 pm
    Hi! My hola Barcelona stopped working ("Carta difectosa") the second of five days included. What should I do? Thanks
    • June 28, 2019 at 11:05 am
      Team Member
      Hi Jeff, Apologies that you're having such troubles :( I would go back to the Barcelona Turisme point where you picked it up and ask if they can get you one that will work! Ash
  • June 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Trupti Bhalgat
    Hi I loved how detailed your article was. Although the Hola BCN works out conveniently for travel, is it possible to simply pay for the rides with a single ticket? 1. Is it easy to find the booths to purchase a single ticket? 2. Is the connectivity good with one mode of transport? For eg. if I want to get to the Gracia neighborhood from Eixample or to opium or Barceloneta - can I just take one bus or one direct metro and use a single ticket or is it a hop off hop on ride paying two or more single tickets? I have my tickets individually for attractions and we plan to walk mostly around town so wondering if the Hola BCN is worth it for 4 days. 3. Can I buy a separate airport ride ticket ? 4. Can the HOLA BCN card be shared between two people? Thanks
    • June 22, 2019 at 11:44 am
      Team Member
      Hi Trupti, Thanks so much for the kind words :) You're certainly free to travel with individual tickets if you're planning on walking most of the trip. 1) Single tickets can be bought at the machines in every metro station. 2) The connectivity is really good all throughout the city... even if you switch lines you'll still be on the same ticket. 3) Single airport tickets of course can be bought! 4) The Hola cannot be shared by multiple people so multiple ones must be bought. Cheers, Ash
  • June 20, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    I am trying to buy a travel card onlline, but it won’t accept my application and keeps asking for a VAT number, which is not applicable to me, as an individual. Can you please help, as I am travelling to Barcelona on 24 June.
    • July 22, 2019 at 9:06 am
      I'm having the same problem (vat). Do you know if I can buy the hola BCN card at the airport?
      • July 22, 2019 at 10:48 am
        Team Member
        Hi Shabby, Yes, you can buy it at the metro ticket machines :) Ash
  • June 12, 2019 at 1:55 am
    Hello Ash, My friends and I stumbled across your website and we love your website! We are a group of three (students), travelling to Barcelona next week for 3 days and we plan to visit some main attractions such as Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Battlo and Picasso Musuem. We are planning to get the tickets online as it would be cheaper as mentioned in one of your articles and we live quite close to the city centre (Somnio Hostel). Would you recommend HolaBCN card or the Barcelona Card? Do they include transportation to the arirport? Thank you.
    • June 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Jay, Thanks so much for the kind words :) I'll direct you to my page on the differences between the passes here. In short, BOTH have airport transport but the Hola is transport only while the Barcelona Card includes discounts on attractions and free museum entrances. If you're going to take advantage of some of the discounts on this list then it's best to get a Barcelona Card. If you're not, there's no shame sorting out an Hola for the transport and buying the tickets individually :) If there's something else you're not clear on please let me know.
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