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Hop on Hop Off Barcelona Bus Tour: Flexible City Tour Tickets

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The hop on hop off Barcelona bus tour, aka the Bus Turistic, brings you to the city’s main attractions using just one ticket.

These bus tours make planning a thorough, quick sightseeing tour of Barcelona a breeze – so it’s no wonder 2,000,000+ passengers board every year.

Let’s take a deeper look at this Barcelona bus tour.

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The Hop on Hop Off Barcelona Bus – Discover Barcelona with One Ticket

For those who have never been on a hop on hop off tour I’ll break it down for you quickly.

Essentially, these are city sightseeing tours that run on predefined routes via a double decker bus. In the Bus Turistic’s case, each of its 45 stops along three lines correspond with one or more of Barcelona’s top attractions.

In general, you’ll choose the hop on hop off bus tour to:

  • Visit Barcelona at your own pace
  • Discover Barcelona by maximizing the attractions seen
  • Minimize travel/direction-related stress
  • Get your Barcelona bearings on day one of a trip
  • Save time and money

Even better, there’s an official tour guide on board with full commentary on the city’s past, present, and future.

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Hop on Hop Off Barcelona Route

There are three routes on the Barcelona bus tour, and it breaks down like this:

  • Red Line (romance, views, and city rhythm): The legendary Passeig de Gracia with Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, the city’s highest panoramic viewpoint at Montjuic Museum, Plaça Espanya, a romantic pass through Ciutadella Park and more.
  • Blue Line (main attractions): Plaça Catalunya, Spain’s most famous tourist attraction at Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Park Guell, the MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art, Camp Nou Stadium, and Mount Tibidabo.
  • Green line (seaside): It runs along all the Barcelona beaches from the Olympic Harbor to the Forum.

With air conditioned buses running every five minutes you won’t be waiting long.

If you’re asking how long the hop on hop off Barcelona tour takes, expect the red and blue lines to last 2 hours per trajectory while the green line takes 40 minutes.

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How Much is the Hop on Hop off Bus in Barcelona?

Bus Turistic tickets come in both one day and two day forms – if you’re buying a two day ticket the days need to be consecutive.

Here’s a look at the ticket prices:

1 Day Hop on Hop Off Bus Ticket:

  • Adults: €30.00 (€28.00 with online discount).
  • Kids (4-12): €16.00
  • 65+: €25.00.
  • Kids under 4: €0.00

2 Day Hop on Hop Off Bus Ticket:

  • Adults: €40.00 (€38.00 with online discount).
  • Kids (4-12): €21.00
  • 65+: €35.00.
  • Kids under 4: €0.00.

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

Also, with your hop on hop off tickets you also get a discount voucher booklet with over €250.00 in discounts for attractions, shopping, restaurants, museums, day trips, bars, flamenco, and more.

Each bus tour tickets also comes with an audio guide in 17 languages, and your own set of headphones to listen.

They’ve even got free wifi, for those who are asking.

Where to Buy Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour Tickets

It is strongly recommended to purchase your Barcelona tourist bus tickets in advance online.

First of all, you’ll save €2.00 per ticket if you buy online.

Also, with no need to queue up to buy tickets you’ll be able to board directly showing the tickets on your smartphone.

You can grab your €2.00 hop on hop off Barcelona discount at Tiqets using the button below.

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Is the Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Bus Worth it?

Of course, these bus tours aren’t for everyone. If you’ve got tons of time for a Barcelona itinerary, can handle multiple metro trips, and don’t mind walking hours in the sun that’s fine.

That said, I would say that this Barcelona sightseeing bus is perfect for:

  • First time visitors looking to get their bearings
  • People low on time (layovers, cruise ship passengers, day trippers)
  • History and fact buffs looking for a Barcelona guided tour
  • The elderly & limited mobility travelers (buses are wheelchair accessible)
  • People looking for an inexpensive way to discover Barcelona

Hop on Hop off Barcelona Tickets with the Barcelona Pass

Naturally, these city sightseeing tours do not include entrance to the major attractions along the bus routes – that would be a hell of a deal – but there’s another way to save money with this combo discount ticket.

The Barcelona Pass (ex Barcelona City Pass) includes the hop on hop off Barcelona bus tour, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, a city tour app, and a digital discount code to get 10% off virtually every other Barcelona attraction known to man.

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Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Timetable

The Barcelona Bus Turistic runs year around except Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

During 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 tour bus 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.

Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Bus Map

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Barcelona Hop on Hop off Plan

Being a Barcelona city tour veteran I’ve got an idea of how to best take advantage of a day pass on the Bus Turisitic.

First of all, you should grab the blue line but don’t get on the first stop in Plaça de Catalunya – it’s the busiest stop and especially in high season you might have to line up.

Furthermore, you’re just going to be coaxed off the bus at the first stop anyway since it’s impossible to resist the beautiful, trancadis-speckled mansion Casa Batllo.

The same goes for stop number two at La Pedrera, another of Gaudi’s amazing modernist mansions. You should get on at the La Pedrera stop – with the plan of riding it 12 minutes eastward to Sagrada Familia.

From here, the way I would plan the Barcelona tourist bus is the following:

  • Get off at Sagrada Familia and do their spectacular English guided tour
  • Get off at Park Guell and visit the Monumental Zone of the park
  • Get off at Camp Nou to discover the stadium, or at least grab a coffee to break it up
  • Get off at the Eixample stop, walk up Carrer d’Enric Granados and explore the area’s tapas bars
  • Head back to Placa de Catalunya and switch to the red line if you intend on carrying on.

This is the perfect five hour Barcelona tour, and should leave you a few hours to explore the panoramic views and seaside discoveries of the red line.

Don’t have enough time? Just book a second day, it’s only €10.00 more.

Related: Get a two hour walking tour of the Gothic Quarter for just 18 euro.

barcelona hop on hop off bus passing by la pedrera on passeig de gracia

Hop on Hop Off Barcelona 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 tour 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 Barcelona FC 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 Tourist Bus Tips

As a veteran of the hop on hop off Barcelona bus tour, having gone on it with various visitors over the last 10 years, I can share the following pearls of wisdom.

  • Buy your bus tour tickets online in advance to save €2.00 a ticket
  • 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 your Barcelona city tour 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 on the top deck sit as close as possible to the stairway downstairs to queue for the next seat
  • 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.
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Barcelona 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 Barcelona hop on hop off bus tour need to be printed?

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

Is it worth buying Barcelona bus tour tickets online?

Yes, you’ll avoid lines.

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

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

Does the Barcelona hop on hop off tour come with an audio guide?

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 Barcelona 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 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 hop on hop off tickets online?

No, provided you book through Tiqets 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 Barcelona 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 on the Barcelona hop on hop off bus?

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 Barcelona bus tour drivers announce all the stops?

Yes, you’ll hear it over your headphones.

What happens on the bus tours if it rains?

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

Can I smoke on the Barcelona Bus Tour?

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.

Let’s Continue the Hop on Hop off Bus Barcelona Discussion

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

If you’ve got any questions about these Barcelona sightseeing bus tours or anything else please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions in the comments below.

Also don’t be afraid to join the Hop on Hop off bus 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!

127 comments
  • 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?
  • July 4, 2019 at 6:30 am
    Mart’s
    Hello Ash, Loving the info, keep up the good work! We’re staying at Barcelo Raval hotel, Rambla Del Raval and will be sure to book the bus turistic. How best to get to and from our hotel after 20:00 hrs? Public transport or taxis?
    • July 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hola Marts, Thanks for the kind words, I am glad to help :) Let's see, the thing that amazes me about Barcelo Raval is that it's such an amazing hotel yet it finds itself right in the middle of some of the shadiest streets in Barcelona. I don't want to scare you or anything because in all probability nothing will happen... but for me it's always better to be paranoid than naive. In the evening in this area along the Rambla del Raval (and further south east of there in the narrow alleyways) there will be a few pickpockets and general annoyances about...if you're coming back very late, say after midnight, I'd prefer taxis. But around 8-10 there shouldn't be any issues. I'd be fine getting back via public transport... getting off the metro at Liceu and then doing the 10-12 minute walk to the hotel. Cheers, Ash
  • July 3, 2019 at 9:47 am
    Gary Gatter
    I've used the bus on three visits. It's a great way to see the city and to relax and enjoy the view. I always do the three routes, upstairs can get very hot but I e never had trouble swapping upstairs /downstairs. Remember the there are two sets of stairs, one up, one down. Using the correct one saves everyone time. I'm visiting in August and will be taking my sister, her first visit and will definitely be going on the bus.
    • July 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Thanks for the comment Gary, always good to know that the services I plug are satisfying travellers. Enjoy your upcoming stay :)
  • June 27, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Linda L Lambird
    Does the hop on hop off bus stop at the gaudi cathedral
    • June 28, 2019 at 11:04 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Linda! Of course, though the stop is about a 7-8 minute walk away - Sagrada Familia stop on the blue line :)
  • June 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm
    Marie
    I see a comment that says that the Hop On Hop off Bus goes only in one direction. So does that mean that you cannot get back on the bus to return to the original place you first boarded? And would have to find other means of transportation? Please clarify.
    • June 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Yes indeed Marie... there's no backtracking... though technically you could ride it the whole way around to get back to a previous point, but it would be quite time consuming. You'll have to use public transport otherwise. Ash
  • June 4, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Cecilia Moreno
    Hello, I have read pretty much all your hacks regarding each attraction and transportation you have to offer. Thank you for all the details. I recently purchased the Barcelona Pass which includes 1 day free HOHO, free entrance to Casa Mila, La Predera, Camp Nou, etc. My question is, how do i go about reserving times without purchasing tickets for each attraction? I emailed Barcelona Pass and they stated its not necessary but in reality, i find it to be untrue. I know buying tickets are not necessary but will having the pass grant me access to cut everyone and go inside at the time of my arrival? Any help or suggestions will truly be appreciated, Cecilia from Chicago
    • June 5, 2019 at 8:26 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Cecilia, Thanks so much for your kind words :) Unfortunately I have no experience with this pass and it is not something I promote on my site so I'm unfamiliar with the specifics of it... I would simply yield to the company that has sold it to you in this case. I know that 'open' tickets for Casa Mila (which is the same thing as La Pedrera btw!) and Camp Nou cost more and generally these types of passes only include the cheapest of admissions... so it seems a bit weird, but if they say this is true then I'd tend to believe them :) Ash
  • May 26, 2019 at 7:23 am
    Sarap
    What's the best way to get to Park Guell from Hotel Constanza? If I were to buy the hop on hop off would that be worth it or am I better off taking the Metro?
    • May 27, 2019 at 9:41 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sara, If you've got tickets (you NEED to book in advance) for the Monumental Zone you're entitled to a free shuttle from Alfons X metro station. So in this case I'd simply take the yellow line of the metro from Girona (a 6 minute walk from your hotel) up to Alfons X and then grab the shuttle there. Will be the fastest and cheapest way. As for the HoHo it depends... are you looking at exploring the city and learning a lot with the guide? Or would prefer just to visit a few isolated places? Only then can I understand which method you should use for exploring :) Ash
  • May 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    Tina Williams
    Hi Ash We are coming in August for 1 day off a cruise ship. We want to do the hop on hop off bus and visit the Nou Camp. How long round the route is it before we reach the Nou Camp. Thinking of what time to book the stadium tour?
    • May 25, 2019 at 11:02 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Tina, The full tour will take about 2 hours for the line with Camp Nou being somewhere in the middle... so if you're getting on at Plaça Catalunya (the closest blue line stop to the cruise ships) expect to be there in about 50-70 minutes. Cheers, Ash
  • May 11, 2019 at 2:04 am
    Kay
    I was speaking of the cruise port. Sorry for the confusion. The lodge is address as #1 on Carrer de Balboa. The taxi sounds great and hassle free for 5€ Hooray savings! While I have you, lol, How far to the Montjüccable car (from 1 Carrer de balboa)? On the tourist map it looks close to Port Vell but I don’t know how accurate what I’m viewing is. Thanks again
    • May 11, 2019 at 9:39 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kay, Indeed... the cruise port will be about a 30 minute walk though there are also buses (no metro) and you could take either the D20 or H14 but keep in mind with waiting for them and the walk to the stops it will probably only be moderately faster. As for the cable car it's about a 12 minute walk and is quite close as you can see on the map. Ash
  • May 9, 2019 at 8:06 pm
    Kay
    Greetings! First thank you for this blog. LIFESAVER Can you advise me how to get to Carrer de Balboa, 1 from the airport? From what I’ve read, I was going to try buying a t10 boarding the train to city center, transfer to bus turisític and walk from the nearest route. I’m sure there is a better way. Thank you in advance for your help Another questions, Do you know if luggage is permitted aboard BusTuristic? And does the metro train go to Barceloneta from the airport? And finally, What’s the quickest way to get to the port from Carrer de Balboa?
    • May 10, 2019 at 8:29 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kay, Thanks for the nice words, always glad to help ;) It seems like the whole airport train then transfer to Bus Turistic thing is a big pain... not to mention much more expensive. You're right by Barceloneta metro station so I'd try and get on the yellow line of the metro. I would take the airport train (using the T10) to Passeig de Gracia and transfer for the yellow line of the metro there. It'll only be a few stops down to Barceloneta which is 100 m from your street. The metro from the airport doesn't go anywhere near Barceloneta. The Bus Turistic doesn't permit bags... but keep in mind this is a Hop on Hop Off bus for sightseeing and nobody really uses it for basic transport. Are you confusing it with the Aerobus? Either way... just follow the instructions above and you can't go wrong ;) From Carrer de Balboa it depends... are you talking about the cruise port or the Port Olimpic? Either will be about a 20 minute walk as they're equidistant. You could also take a cheap €5-6 taxi or there are buses. Anyway, let me know what you wanted specifically and I'll explain better! Cheers :) Ash
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