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Hop on Hop Off Barcelona: 10% Off Tickets + 2020 Guide

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The Barcelona hop on hop off bus tour provides service to 44 stops and at least 87 attractions on three lines on just one ticket.

Sounds pretty good on paper, doesn’t it?

It’s even better if you plan your time properly and get the cheapest tickets on the market.  Let me show you how to do this and more in my article on this Barcelona bus tour bonanza: the Bus Turistic!

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Hop on Hop Off Barcelona

Here you can see almost all the attractions in Barcelona for the price of a good paella.

The city’s official sightseeing bus runs every 5 minutes serving nearly every corner of the city you could have it all done in a couple of hours. And really know your stuff too.

Over 2,000,000 passengers a year board with a 95% satisfaction rating.

With Barcelona bus tour tickets you get:

  • A super modern double-decker bus with panoramic views.
  • Sightseeing opportunities at all of Barcelona’s main attractions.
  • A free audio guide with headphones to learn.
  • Hop on hop off flexibility with unlimited stops.
  • Official tour guides on board for custom advice.
  • A mobile application with informative guide free of charge.
  • The chance to see most of the city in just two hours.

You also gain a great advantage with a voucher booklet with over €250.00 in discounts for attractions, shopping, restaurants, museums, day trips, bars, flamenco, and more.

There’s also free Wi-Fi.

Bus Tour Discounts and Prices

Bus Turistic tickets come in 1 day and 2 day forms.

Currently tickets can be had for 10% off booking via Ticketbar.

1 Day:

  • Adults: €30.00 (€27.00 with online discount).
  • Kids (4-12): €16.00 (€14.40 with online discount).
  • 65+: €25.00 (€22.50 with online discount).
  • Kids under 4: €0.00

2 Day (consecutive):

  • Adults: €40.00 (€36.00 with online discount).
  • Kids (4-12): €21.00 (€18.90 with online discount).
  • 65+: €35.00 (€31.50 with online discount).
  • Kids under 4: €0.00.

Tickets are valid for calendar days and not 24 hour periods.

Tourists visiting Barcelona with disabilities greater than 33% pay €31.50.

Where to Buy Hop on Hop Off Tickets

I recommend going with online ticket giant Ticketbar.

Here you get the lowest prices while at no extra cost to you earning me a small commission to cover the expenses and time I put in… if you think I’ve helped please reserve your Bus Turistic tour using the blue button below.

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Tickets are sent by email. Just print off the voucher they send and show it to the driver or show it on your smart phone.

You can also buy tickets aboard but you won’t get the discount and you’ll have to wait in line – these lines can get quite long especially in summer.

You can also get your bus tickets online with the super-handy Barcelona City Pass which includes the Bus Turistic plus entrance to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and 20% discounts on virtually anything you can do.

Hop on Hop Off Times

The Barcelona Bus Turistic runs year around except Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. At high season expect to wait only 5 minutes between buses while in winter waits can push 25 minutes.

  • Summer: every day from 9:00* to 20:00
  • Winter: every day from 9:00* to 19:00
  • Green Line: runs from 28/03 to 02/11
  • Frequency: every 5-25 minutes

*The first bus tour departs from Plaça Catalunya at 9:00 so it’ll arrive and any subsequent stop a few minutes later, for example the first bus at Drassanes leaves at 9:06. Count about 5-6 minutes per stop.

Hop on Hop off Route Map

For a greater understanding what what can be seen consult the official route map.

  • Red line: Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, the Olympic Stadium, the Montjuic Museum, Plaça Espanya, Plaça Catalunya, the Olympic Harbour and the Old Harbour.
  • Blue line: Plaça Catalunya, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Park Guell, the MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art, Camp Nou Stadium, and Mount Tibidabo.
  • Green line (April 3rd to November 1st): It runs along all the beaches from the Olympic Harbor to the Forum.

The red and blue lines last 2 hours per trajectory while the green line takes 40 minutes.

Who Should Take a Barcelona Bus Tour?

Anyone looking to do a proper Barcelona itinerary with more emphasis on culture than the standard mojitos on the beach is a good start.

The latter might be better off getting an Hola Barcelona Card, the other titan of Barcelona tourist transport. If you’re not sure don’t worry, I’ve already written an article about which Barcelona discount travel card is right for you.

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The Barcelona sightseeing bus is perfect for:

  • First time visitors.
  • People low on time.
  • History and fact buffs (the audio guide is rich).
  • Bargain hunters looking to visit the inside of Barcelona’s main attractions.
  • The elderly.
  • Limited mobility travelers (buses are wheelchair accessible).

ITINERARY FOR CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS

For cruise ship passengers the Barcelona bus tour is a perfect way to see the city.

First things first, the shuttle from the dock will leave you at the Columbus Statue at Drassanes metro station. Here you’ll find a ticket window and a red line Bus Turístic stop.

Keep in mind your fellow cruise ship passengers will be doing the same thing so it’s always best to buy your hop on hop off bus tickets online to avoid lengthy lines. All you have to do then is board the bus!

On nice days make sure you grab a spot on the top deck of the bus – if there’s no room just get on and wait by the stairs for a couple minutes for someone to get off.

The red line bus will take you along the port with the beach and the famous two towers before looping back and taking you by Ciutadella Park and El Born. Get off at the Barri Gotic stop where you’ll be able to take some great shots of the Barcelona Cathedral. Total time to here is about 90 minutes.

Get back on the bus tour until the Casa Batllo stop – here you can get off and wander the world-famous Passeig de Gracia shopping area all the way up to dream house La Pedrera. Allow about an hour for this.

The Pedrera stop connects with the blue line which you’ll take to the Sagrada Familia: if you’ve bought your Sagrada Familia tour tickets online you’ll skip the annoying lines and be in and out in about 90 minutes.

Get back on the blue line for 10-15 minutes more and you’ll be at Park Guell.

Taking in the magnificent views of the city from here should take about an hour or so. Get back on the bus for a trip to some amazing football matches at Barcelona’s famous stadium Camp Nou.

From here you’ll take Diagonal down into the Raval neighbourhood and eventually end up back at Plaça Catalunya.

From Plaça Catalunya walk down the famous Rambla to your point of origin: the Columbus Statue. From here you can get your shuttle back to the cruise ship. This last part of the trip can be done in two hours or less.

Again, with the Sagrada Familia tour and a little lunch break you’re looking at about seven hours but if you’re not it can be done comfortably in five.

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Barcelona Bus Turistic Hacks

As a veteran of the Barcelona hop on hop off scene I can share the following pearls of wisdom.

  • Buy the tickets online to save money avoid and queues.
  • If you got them bring your own headphones for better audio guide sound.
  • Take your bus tour on the first day there because it helps plan the rest of your trip.
  • Bring a light jacket if you’re not fond of wind.
  • Start early to avoid crowds and get the full value of the tickets.
  • Don’t start at major stops like Sagrada Familia and Plaça Catalunya because there are big lines. Always look to board one stop before or after (buses never depart full as per company policy so the following stops can pick up new riders).
  • If you can’t get a seat upstairs sit as close as possible to the stairway downstairs to ensure you’re the next one allowed up.
  • If you only have a one day ticket try and avoid Friday (it’s cruise ship day).
  • Sun cream and water are an absolute necessity in summer.

Bus Turistic FAQ

Is my Bus Turistic ticket valid for all lines?

Yes, and you can change as much as you like.

If I buy a 1 Day Ticket and get the bus at 3 pm is it valid till 3 pm the next day?

No, ticket validity expires at the end of the day’s service.

Does the online ticket need to be printed?

No! You can also show the ticket on your smart phone, easy does it.

Is it worth buying bus tour tickets online?

Yes, you’ll avoid lines.

If I buy a 2 day ticket can I spread out the days in any way I wish?

No. Your bus tour must be taken on two consecutive days.

Is the audio guide included in the price?

Yes, you’ll get them when you board the bus tour. You can also use your own.

Can I use my discount-voucher booklet on days I am not doing the bus tour?

Yes, all discount-voucher booklets are valid until December 31st.

Can the discounts I get with my Bus Turistic ticket be used online?

No. The only Barcelona discount card that can be used entirely online is the Barcelona City Pass which includes tickets to the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and the Bus Turistic plus 20% discounts on a ton of attractions.

Do I have to specify a use date if I buy tickets online?

No, provided you book through Ticketbar the ticket is valid for one year from the purchase date.

Does my Bus Turistic ticket guarantee a specific seat?

No, seats are on a first come first served basis.

Can Bus Turistic tickets be refunded?

Unfortunately refunds cannot be made once tickets are purchased.

Can I do the hop on hop off routes in the opposite way?

No, the Bus Turistic operates in one direction only, as indicated by the arrows on the map.

Can I bring my dog aboard?

Unfortunately no 🙁

Can I bring a stroller aboard the Bus Turistic?

Yes. There is room downstairs for strollers.

Where can I find Bus Turistic time table information?

At both the stops and on the buses themselves.

Is the Bus Turistic wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Keep in mind though that wheelchair customers will not be able to access the upper deck.

Any advice for Barcelona Bus Turistic users visiting Park Guell?

First, buy your entrance to the Monumental Zone in advance to ensure not being pushed back by hours. Make it for as early as possible in the morning or as late as possible in the evening.

Leave 45 minutes from Plaça Catalunya since there’s a 15 minute walk from the bus tour stop. There’s a 30 minute grace period for your tickets.

The walk is quite steep so not recommended for people with limited mobility – consider a taxi.

How can I use the Bus Turistic to reach Mount Tibidabo?

Take the blue line to the Tramvia Blau-Tibidabo stop and change for the Tramvia Blau or Bus 196 to get to the Funicular de Tibidabo.

I’m arriving in Barcelona by train, what is the closest Bus Turistic stop?

Stop #5 on the Red Route serves Barcelona’s main train station Sants Estacio.

What stop do I get off at to see X?

You can see the entire route map here.

Will bus tour drivers announce all the stops?

Yes, you’ll hear it over your headphones.

What happens if it rains?

Not to fear! There’s a little retractable roof that will protect passengers.

Can I smoke up top?

No, smoking is prohibited all throughout the bus.

Can I ride in my swimsuit?

Swimsuits, shirtless etc. are not permitted even in high heat. Please follow a respectable/normal summer dress code.

The Tourist Bus Doesn’t Stop Here

Prospective Barcelona travelers, let us continue our journey of knowledge!

If you’ve got any questions about the hop on hop off bus or anything else please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions in the comments below.

Also don’t be afraid to join the Bus Turistic 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!

125 comments
  • February 10, 2020 at 12:03 am
    Tracey MacLeod
    HI On this page you state that you cannot use your smartphone ticket and that you can. 'Make sure you print out the tickets as phone versions aren’t accepted' and then 'Does the online ticket need to be printed? No! You can also show the ticket on your smart phone, easy does it.'
    • February 10, 2020 at 10:43 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Tracey, Wow! I've updated this post a lot over the years but must have forgotten to take a look at the hacks portion... back in 2016 it wasn't possible but now it is! I have deleted the incorrect advice, thanks :) Cheers, Ash
      • February 10, 2020 at 8:47 pm
        Tracey
        All good. Great website! I booked our 3 barcelona city cards thru you
        • February 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Thanks so much Tracey! :)
  • October 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Susan
    Hi Ash My daughter and I are staying at Carrer d'En Fontrodona. We wish to use the hop on hop off bus. If we get on the bus at the Colom-Museu stop, what time would the first bus leave from there please. I am just trying to work out timings so we can plan our itinerary.We plan on getting the two day pass and getting off to explore at each stop.We will be getting the pass for a Saturday and Sunday in July. I am wondering if we would be better to do the blue line on the Saturday taking in to account things being closed on Sundays, and Montjuic Castle being free on Sundays after 3pm. I'd also like to tie things in with seeing La Sardana in Cathedral Square on Sunday. Then just to work out when to book Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo etc. Your thoughts would be appreciated thankyou. I am devouring your site and thank you for a previous reply regarding Aerobus. It's very helpful having a local give inside information.
  • October 10, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    Maya
    I am planning on taking the HOHO bus on Saturday Nov 2nd to sight see across the city. I am also visiting Montjuic mountain on Sunday 3rd to enjoy the free entrances. Am I better of getting the 1 day or 2 days HOHO pass?
    • October 11, 2019 at 12:53 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Maya, While it can be convenient to use the Hoho to get up Montjuic, keep in mind it is also very easy to do via the funicular at Paral-lel metro station. In general I recommend the Hoho for only one day as a way to get acquainted and educated with the city... the two day pass is usually for people with mobility issues or who don't like walking around. I guess you should ask yourself which of these people you are :) If you're full of energy I'd just go for the one day. Ash
  • October 10, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    Ronnit
    Hi there, 1. How long is the BIG BUS trip from Placa de Catalunya to Park Guell? 2. How long is the BIG BUS trip from Park Guell to Camp Nou? 3. How long is the BIG BUS trip from Camp Nou to Placa de Catalunya? Thanks in advance
    • October 10, 2019 at 6:59 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ronnit, General rule of thumb is about 8-10 minutes between stops so I'd say it's about 45-50 minutes per question :) They're all about 5-6 stops from each other. Ash
  • September 21, 2019 at 7:35 pm
    Katie
    I’m back!!! I thought of another question. The price of a VIP table at Fiesta Poble Espanyol, will the cost be per person or per table? Thanks again!!! Katie
  • September 21, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    Katie
    Dear Ash, It’s me again. We are the ones coming in on a cruise ship NYE 2019. We were looking at your blog about how to see Barcelona. We are wanting to take the Hop on Hop off bus, but your blog says that they don’t run on NYE. Do you have any suggestions as to how we can see the city without booking a tour through the cruise? I’m still watching for VIP table info for Poble Espanyol. Thank you for your assistance!!! You will probably hear from me again. Sincerely, Katie
    • September 22, 2019 at 10:05 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Katie, Many (perhaps even most) tourists simply use the very efficient and vast public transport system. There's literally nothing that the metro won't bring you to. I would simply get a transport pass and see the city my metro. But yeah, let me know what you had in mind seeing and I can be more specific if needed. About the VIP table at Poble Espanyol I am assuming this is on a per person basis... but I would double check just in case by emailing them here: info@fiestapobleespanyol.com. Cheers, Ash
  • September 5, 2019 at 3:53 pm
    Katrin
    Hi Ash, we bought online 2-day tickets for HOHO and we would like to book a visit of SF and Park Guel. However, we don't have the voucher booklet. Where can we get it and how can we use its discount to make a reservation in advance? Can we make it online? We are arriving to Barcelona at night and would like to start the tour in the morning. Thanks a lot,
    • September 6, 2019 at 10:31 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Katrin, As far as I know you're given the voucher booklet once you've scanned your ticket and board the bus. Unfortunately this means that you cannot use it to book any attractions in advance. Cheers, Ash
  • August 27, 2019 at 10:24 pm
    Stephen A
    Hello Ash, I am grateful for your help previously and the information your site brings in general. The visit of my wife and I to Barcelona is fast approaching and as we make our plans one big question I would be grateful for your help is the best way to get around the city. We visited Madrid last year and found that we could easily get around by walking. However, not knowing the size of the city and the attractions we want to see over the five days we will be in Barcelona, can you advise on whether it is possible to get around and see everything by walking, or will it be better if we use the metro, tram or bus to get around the city? One point of note, we do intend to buy a two day ticket to the hop on hop off bus. Many thanks for your help. Stephen
    • August 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Stephen Thank you so much for the kind words, I am glad to help :) Barcelona is great in that it will be more accessible than Madrid... in general the attractions are close together and the old city especially is very walkable. I would plan on doing a lot of walking if you're able bodied people who have their hotel in a fairly central place. That said, sometimes it's too hot or you're tired or there's a bit of a trek and you'll need the metro. I almost exclusively take this as it has great coverage and is easy to use. Again though, if you have any specific questions about getting from any specific point a to point b then please let me know! Cheers, Ash
  • August 19, 2019 at 8:48 am
    Jessi
    Thank you for all of the useful information up above. Please clarify if we need to print tickets or smart phone is okay- you state both above.
    • August 19, 2019 at 10:58 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Jessi, Apologies for the confusion... you can show them on your phone :) Cheers, Ash
  • August 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm
    Susa
    Hi Ash, Thanks for the wealth of information. We are visiting Barcelona for 3 days and would like to know if TRYP Barcelona Hotel , Sants-Montjuic is a good area to stay? Close to attractions and shopping?
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