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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
  • May 12, 2019 at 6:53 pm
    Dee Cee
    Hi, I will be taking the train into Barcelona from Madrid in June and was interested in getting the HolaBCN card. Is it the card available for purchase at Sants Station?
  • May 5, 2019 at 7:26 am
    Joan
    Hi Ash! I happened across your post as I was doing some research and planning an itinerary. First off, thanks for the great advice! Second, I'm headed to Barcelona in about a week and my flight lands in El Prat at 6:45AM. I'm okay with taking a taxi to my hotel - I'm staying at Hotel Colon. Would I be able to pick up my Hola BCN card elsewhere close to my hotel aside from the airport? I have a fully loaded schedule of sightseeing in the 72 hours I'm there so is the Hola BCN card still worth it? Thanks for the help!
    • May 5, 2019 at 7:53 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Joan, Thank you so much for the nice words :) First of all the Hola is tailor made for people with loaded schedules because you'll be moving around a lot... so I wouldn't worry about this. It'll come in handy and you won't have to worry about topping up cards, getting new ones etc... You've actually got a pick up point about a 5 minute walk from your hotel near Plaça Jaume. I've taken the time to map it out on Google maps so you can see just how easy it is :) Ash
  • April 28, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    Kara Hartzog
    We will be arriving at BCN May 14. There are 8 people in our group all couples. 2 couples with be at Renaissance Barcelona and the others have an airbnb at Rambla De Catalunya, 42. Can you suggest the best transport from BCN and based on our locations, do you suggest the Hola BCN card? Also, what is the best way for us to get to the port for a MSC cruise. We will be in Barcelona 3 days before we board the cruise on Friday. We will have luggage that needs to be considered while traveling. Thanks, Kara
    • April 29, 2019 at 10:47 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kara, For both parties the hotels are in the same area so 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. From there, there will also be the option of taking a quick taxi for about €5-7 if you're packing heavy bags or super tired after traveling. These locations are super central so if you're big walkers I'd say it's not necessary to get an Hola BCN. However, if you're the types of travelers that don't do much walking and prefer transport than it is a fine option. To get to the port I would just split the 2 groups into 4 and get taxis... there's no sense lugging your luggage down to the metro to go down two stops and then pay for the Port Bus from the bottom of La Rambla... it'll end up costing maybe a couple more euro per person for the trip but the convenience factor of not hauling luggage is well worth it. Ash
      • April 29, 2019 at 11:19 am
        Kara
        Thank you so much! Kara
  • April 25, 2019 at 6:16 pm
    Alexis
    Hi, we will be visiting Barcelona in June for about 6 days, we want to venture out of Barcelona to see Costa Brava and Montserat, what is our best option if we wanted to include some day trips to other places outside of the city
    • April 26, 2019 at 10:00 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Alexis, Do you mean best option as in best travel card, or best way to plan out the day trips? Keep in mind these passes have expiry dates and as such you can't split them up in any way. In this case it would be best to do all of the Barcelona attractions in the first 3-4 days and then reserve the day trips for another time when you're not dependent on the Barcelona Card (or other). Anyway, if this isn't what you intended please let me know what you meant because I am not quite sure! Ash
      • May 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm
        Alexis
        I guess i'm asking if is it better to purchase the metro card for a few days(5days/96hours) as well as purchase transportation tickets to get us outside of the city to do the day trips.
  • April 24, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    aneka
    Hello , I will be staying in la garriga. Will it be better to get a hola bcn cart or the T-10 .. I will need trave to and from the airport as well . Thanks
    • April 25, 2019 at 9:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Aneka, Assuming you're referring to the town of La Garriga keep in mind this is way far out and in Zone 4 of the TMB network and as such the Hola BCN will not cover these trips (it only covers trips within Zone 1). Therefore, you will have to get a Zone 4 T-10 which will cost €35.25. For the airport I would just buy it separately so you don't end up using the Zone 4 T-10 trips for something in Zone 1. Ash
      • April 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm
        Aneka
        Thanks for the information Ash ..we shall take your advice. Aneka
        • April 26, 2019 at 9:53 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem :)
  • April 22, 2019 at 11:10 am
    Gerry
    Hi, I am interested in buying Hola BCN card online. My flight to Barcelona will be a late one, so the airport offices will be closed. Please, tell me where do I have to replace my voucher on the other day? Is there an option to replace it in every metro station? In the site holabarcelona.com is written "We will email you a voucher with a personalised code. This code can then be used to pick up your travel card at any metro station." But everybody says "Go to Placa Catalunya information office and replace the voucher". Give me an advice what shall I do?
    • April 22, 2019 at 2:35 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Gerry, Indeed, only via Barcelona Turisme can you be emailed a voucher and pick it up using a code at any metro station... I am currently in the process of working with them to give this option to my readers as well (allowing me to earn a small commission that keeps my server and time invested fees negligent) but unfortunately this is a slow process! :( If you're gonna arrive late this is a great option and I'd buy it at the site you've cited. Ash
  • April 16, 2019 at 11:52 am
    Fiona L
    Hi Ash Loving all the tips and advice on the website and FB group - great work. Our party of 4 adults will be visiting over Easter. I think we will get either a 3 or 4 day Hola BCN cards to use. Not sure about the extra day unless we use it to get back to the airport. Our Hotel is near Parallel Metro station and am just wondering how easy it is to get to the airport from that area using the Hola BCN? Looks like a couple of changes on the metro, but is that straight forward? I know we cannot use this on the Aerobus. On arrival we will use a taxi, with 4 adults it just seems easier for the few euros less it would cost. Thanks in advance
    • April 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Fiona, Thanks so much for the kind words :) It'll be easy peasy to get back to the airport with the Hola BCN... I would take the green line of the metro at Parallel up to Sants Estacio and then change for the R2 airport train. Should take about 45 minutes in total if you get the train on time. Cheers, Ash
      • April 16, 2019 at 1:51 pm
        Fiona L
        That's fab - I'll invest in 4 days cards then :-) Thanks
  • April 10, 2019 at 5:08 pm
    Ash B
    Hiya When i visit (21st-24thJune) I am going to be staying... sleeping... in Calella, though will be spending a lot of time my time exploring and hanging in Barcelona. What is the best transport tickets you would recommend for this and also are there any attractions, events or things like o do which you recommend during this time as well. Thanks
    • April 11, 2019 at 8:58 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ash, You'll be out in Zone 4 so won't be able to take advantage of any of the transport tickets like the Hola BCN... for this train I would grab a Zone 4 T-10 card which will give you 10 trips for €35.25. This will be much cheaper than single tickets, even if you use up only 6-8 of the trips. I would recommend taking a look at my June events post or my list of top things to see in Barcelona - if you have any more specific questions though I'd be happy to answer :)
      • April 17, 2019 at 11:46 pm
        Ash B
        Hey Ash Thanks very much for this, it is very helpful. I will continue to check out your posts & note this down. Thanks again Ash B
        • April 18, 2019 at 8:48 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem :)
  • April 7, 2019 at 10:36 am
    Rock
    Hi Ash, Although your articles are very helpful, I still find the public transport system and its visitor cards in Barcelona confusing. We are planning to either staying at Holiday Inn Express – Barcelona city 22@ or The Gates Diagonal Barcelona. We are a family of 3 intending to visit in June for 3 days only. We would like to visit just the following places: Sagrada Familia, Mercado de La Boqueria, Cathedral of Barcelona, Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Plaça de Catalunya, Arc de Triomf and Bogatell Beach, etc. I’d appreciated very much if your could advise us which option is more economical/practical: 1. take a taxi/Uber to hotel, then use T-10 Card (local buses) to the places mention above? 2. buy Hola Bcn 72 Cards and take the public transport from the start (airport) and buses/metro to get around in the city? 3. other option? Thank you very much! Sincerely, Rock
    • April 8, 2019 at 2:34 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Rock, My original inclination, since you're visiting mostly attractions which are free and very central, is like you to ignore the transport + attraction cards and focus strictly on transport. In this case I see that both of your hotels are a bit further out and as such you won't be able to get anywhere walking... this makes me think you'll be relying more on transport and likely need more rides. Keep in mind Uber no longer operates in the city so city taxis are the only bet, meaning you'll spend around €35.00 to get to your hotel. Honestly, if you're in need of airport transport twice plus 3 decently heavy sightseeing days you can get a lot of value using the Hola BCN cards... not to mention the hassle of having to get new tickets... T-10s tend to run out quite quickly when used between 3-4 people. I would grab those. That said, if you don't forsee doing much travel there's no shame in the T-10s... it all depends how your itinerary is mapped out. If you're on the fence I would maybe calculate how many rides you intend on using daily and go from there. Ash
  • April 5, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    Catriona
    Hi, Great site, thank you!! I've just booked a super-last-minute trip tomorrow, Saturday 6 to Tues 9 for me and my daughter (12). We fly to Barcelona, our hotel is in central Girona, we'll be coming to Barcelona on Monday for the day to see Camp Nou and whatever else we can fit in in a day - and then going back to Barcelona airport on Tuesday afternoon. Would love your advice on two things: Transport: Is there any travelcard that will include travel to/from Girona? And if not, is it worth getting a one-day travelcard for the Monday and then buying everything else separately? Is it very expensive? Itinerary: We only have a day (which I know is absurd, but...) Daughter will be happy with Camp Nou; what else could we fit in reasonably do you think? Thinking maybe the hop on hop off bus might be good, or an ordinary travelcard and a separate bus tour? We're both happy to walk a lot, and our budget is tight. Thanks so much for any suggestions you have!
    • April 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Catriona, Unfortunately Girona is outside Zone 1 of the TMB network and so none of the travel cards will apply :( You're looking at spending about €12.00 each way - once you get into Barcelona unless you're really getting around a lot it's probably best just to get a T-10 ticket. It's interpersonal and you'll get 10 trips for about €10.00... if you use 6 of them it'll still be cheaper than getting individual tickets. For one day I think the Bus Turistic is the top option... educational and covers a lot of ground. I would take it but make sure I got off to see Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and maybe the Gaudi mansions (Batllo and Mila) on Passeig de Gracia. Ash
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