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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
  • July 8, 2019 at 9:54 pm
    Yonca
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Jeff
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Phil
    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
      Shabby
      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
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi Shabby, Yes, you can buy it at the metro ticket machines :) Ash
  • June 12, 2019 at 1:55 am
    Jay
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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.
  • June 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    Phil
    I am travelling with two friends, who are not internet savvy. Can I order tickets online for them and give to them when we are in Barcelona.
    • June 7, 2019 at 4:29 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Phil, For sure! I wouldn't worry about that at all... you're referring to the Hola BCN above right? This would also be the case for the other attractions as well. Cheers, Ash
      • June 9, 2019 at 12:04 am
        Phil
        Hi Ash, Thanks for your reply. Yes, I was talking about the Hola BCN Travel Cards. Phil
        • June 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Phil, Indeed... the only person that has to be there are the time of pick up is the online purchaser... the rest can simply meet you later and receive them there. Ash
  • June 6, 2019 at 8:38 pm
    Charles
    Hi there. We are staying in Sant Pau. We definitely want to see Park Guell and Sagrada Familia and Picasso museum on our 3 day stay. Other than that we want to explore the city and eat and drink! What travel card would you suggest we buy?
    • June 7, 2019 at 10:06 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Charles, I've stayed in Sant Pau before and it definitely is a bit far out and you'll be using a lot of transport.... since your attractions are limited I would simply get a transport pass (the Hola BCN) and then buy the attractions individually. That way you don't end up potentially losing value. Cheers, Ash
  • May 30, 2019 at 9:49 pm
    john
    hi i am landing at barcelona airport at 15th of june 6.20 in the morning. If i got it right i can't get my hola bcn until 8.30? are there any other options to travel to the city center at that time? can i buy a t-10 card from the airport?
    • May 31, 2019 at 9:34 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi John, Indeed, you can grab a T-10 pass from the metro ticket stations... of course it all depends on where you're staying, your budget etc. My best suggestion always is the Aerobus since it's faster, has a way higher frequency than the train/bus, and is a superior service. If you're still on the fence please let me know where you're staying and I'll be quick with a suggestion and route. Regards, Ash
      • May 31, 2019 at 6:51 pm
        john
        Thank you Ash, i think i will choose the aerobus since i will be in barcelona just for a few hours so i want to make the most out of it. If i have to use the metro in the city will buy a single ticket. Do you think i should buy the aerobus ticket now or by the time i arrive at the airport?
        • June 1, 2019 at 11:56 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi John, For me I always buy online since it's 5% cheaper and you avoid lining up at the airport, depending on the time you arrive there could be quite a few people trying to buy at the machines and I prefer just walking right on. Again though, your choice! Either way it's quite simple :) Ash
  • May 17, 2019 at 8:30 am
    Berlaine Quime
    Good day! Will the Hola BCN Card cover travels from Barcelona City Center to Bellatera/Cerdanyola del Valles? Thanks. Berlaine
    • May 17, 2019 at 11:07 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Berlaine, Unforutnately Bellatera/Cerdanyola del Valles finds itself in Zone 2 of the TMB map and as such the Hola BCN cannot be used :( You will have to supplement with single zone two tickets in this case. Cheers, Ash
  • May 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    Mel
    Hi We are a group of 5 adults and a one year old baby travling to barcelona on 2nd june. We will be staying at easysleep barcelona near sagrada familia. As we only have 3 full days and a small baby im trying to see if a bus tour or a bcn card is better. Which do tou suggest is best for a family with such limites time?
    • May 16, 2019 at 11:10 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mel, Did you mean strictly from a transport standpoint? I'm not quite sure the trouble here... these are essentially two different things... the Barcelona Card is for people looking to get around but who also want to visit a lot of museums. The Bus Turistic is a tour that explains a bit of everything but doesn't give you access to anything from the inside. I guess my very general and direct question is... what do you want to do? ;) For just getting around and seeing a few things each has its own merits but not sure which would be best without this info. If you can let me know what your itinerary sort of looks like I can advise further. Cheers, Ash
      • May 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm
        Mel
        My aim is to see as much as i can in the short time i have. So sagrada familia magic fountain casa battlo picasso museum park guell and gaudis other buildings are my main interests. I know the touristic bus doesnt allow entry to any of these places i just wanted to k ow weather it would be better to use the bus to get a beeter understanding of location and bearings or if travelling on the metro with the bcn card will be better. Bearing in mind i will be travelling with an infant.
        • May 16, 2019 at 2:31 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Mel, For first time visitors and people looking to get bearings I would recommend the Bus Turistic since it's almost foolproof and obviously has the educational element. It really saves quite a bit of time and is no-nonsense in that way, something I'd imagine is good for travelling with infants. The metro on the other hand can get crowded and a bit stuffy in high season and of course doesn't offer a lot to see. Given your very specific needs I would do the Bus Turistic but then simply get a T-10 card for your other transport... it is interpersonal and can be shared and gives you 10 trips for just over €10.00... can be bought at the machines at any metro station. Ash
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