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Hop on Hop Off Barcelona: 10% Off Tickets + 2021 Guide


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 Tiqets.

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 Tiqets.

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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 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).


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 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 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 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!

  • July 4, 2019 at 6:30 am
    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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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
    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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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
    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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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
    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
      Team Member
      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
    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
      Team Member
      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
  • April 2, 2019 at 5:03 am
    Lisa Lain
    Hi Ash, My husband and I will be arriving in Barcelona on Wed. May 8 staying for 3 nights at the Gran Hotel Barcino in the Gothic Quarter. Our itinerary is starting to take shape thanks to the great info on your website! I am planning to purchase the Barcelona City Pass with the 2 day hop on hop off bus and the Sagrada Familia guided tour. We’ll arrive at BCN late morning on Wednesday and take the Aerobus to Placa Catalunya (this is the closest stop for our hotel, correct?) and walk to the hotel. Can you recommend some good restaurants near our hotel for lunch and breakfast? We plan to spend Wednesday afternoon exploring the gothic quarter and maybe the Barcelona Cathedral. If there is time, we would walk down La Rambla (would like to visit La Bouqueria market) and catch the Golondrinas Cruise for 6:30 pm, then dinner somewhere after. Does this sound too ambitious for the first day? How far in advance would I need to book the cruise? We would do the HoHo bus on Thursday and Friday. Besides SF and Park Guell, we would like to visit Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, and the Montjuic attractions (especially Poble Espanyol and the Magic fountain at night). I’m just wondering what time to book the SF tour and Parc Guell entrance? I just read on your website that on May 9th (Thursday), SF has limited hours due to the Enriqueta Villavecchia concert (TBA). Do any of these other attractions I’ve mentioned require advance booking? So, on one of the nights we would like to be at the magic fountain and the other night we would like to see a Flamenco show at the Palacio del Flamenco if possible. How far in advance should I book the show? Can you suggest a timeline to fit all of these in? Sorry for all the questions! – Just one more! Do you think it is worth it for us to get some kind of transit pass for getting back to our hotel at night, or should we just take a taxi? Thanks! Lisa
    • April 2, 2019 at 8:53 am
      Team Member
      Hi Lisa, The Plaça Catalunya stop (the last one) of the Aerobus is the closest stop to your hotel. For places to eat around the hotel I would recommend Milk Bar (breakfast), El Xampanyet, or La Fonda. If you want to change it up and get some pizza/Italian then Sports Bar is a great option. I wouldn't say it's too much for the first day... the Rambla runs right through the Gothic Quarter and the Boqueria is right there, you can do it all including the cathedral in about 2 hours. No need to rush. I don't know much about the cruise but in general you should be booking everything as soon as possible just ensure you have a place. I would leave about 60-75 minutes between Sagrada and Park Guell... you could see Sagrada in the morning around 10 am and then schedule Park Guell for around 1. Leaves time for coffee and travel hiccups etc. I would book Batllo and Casa Mila in advance as the lines here can get pretty nuts this time of year... other stuff like Poble Espanyol won't be, but since you've got the card with the 20% discount you might as well. As for the scheduling I wouldn't worry about these things too much... the fountain is only at a very specific time and it doesn't appear you'll be rushing from anywhere else? I would just schedule the Poble Espanyol visit maybe 3-3.5 hours before the Magic Fountain that way you can walk down after. For the Flamenco show there's not a ton of need to book way in advance but the reason you book in advance online is because it's much cheaper. Again, booking in advance online always gives you the best price and lets you skip the lines so this is usually the best play. As for the transport pass since you're so central and will be mostly walking on day 1 I wouldn't recommend a pass... you can just get a T-10 card which is interpersonal and won't cost you too much. The city is really accessible so taxis are usually only for laziness or when you're running really late :) Ash
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