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Hop on Hop Off Barcelona Bus Tour: 2024 Tourist Bus Guide


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.

First Up: Booking the Barcelona Bus Tour

If you’re looking to skip right ahead and get to it: tickets are bought via the Tiqets website – the world’s largest tourism ticket seller.

Buying tickets in advance saves you €2.00 per adult ticket compared to buying on site – and allows you to walk right on.

With summer lines (especially at major stops) being a burden this can save a lot of time.

Save €2.00 per ticket

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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 two routes on the Barcelona bus tour, and it breaks down like this:

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 both the red and blue lines to last 2 hours.

Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Bus Map

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Barcelona hop on hop off bus map

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

Bus Turistic tickets come in both 24 hour and 48 hour forms – though keep in mind if you’re buying a 48 hour ticket the days need to be consecutive.

Here’s a look at the Barcelona hop on hop off price list including the €2.00 discount for booking online at Tiqets (button below):

24 Hour Hop on Hop Off Bus TicketPrice
Seniors (65+) / Disabled€28.00
Kids (4-12)€18.00
Kids (0-4)Free

48 Hour Hop on Hop Off Bus TicketPrice
Seniors (65+) / Disabled€35.10
Kids (4-12)€23.00
Kids (0-4)Free

Also, with your hop on hop off tickets you also get a discount voucher booklet with over €250.00 in discounts for:

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.

With no need to queue up to buy tickets you’ll be able to board directly showing the tickets on your smartphone. There are massive lines especially on weekends and summer.

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

Save €2.00 per ticket

Looking to book group tickets for 10+ guests? You’ll need to do so using the Bus Turistic group ticket form.

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Tourists riding the Barcelona tourist bus

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.

Click on the button below to get more info:

Save time + 10%

Barcelona Tourist Bus 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 Barcelona in winter waits can push 25 minutes.

  • Every day from 9:00* to 19:00
  • 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.

Still unsure? Check out my post: is the Barcelona tourist bus is worth it?

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 for the Barcelona bus Turístic in one day? 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.

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Barcelona Bus Turistic in front of La Pedrera

Barcelona Sightseeing Bus 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 Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, and a 10% Discount Card!

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 La 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.

🚌 Planning on visiting Barcelona? Make sure you know how to get around Barcelona on public transport first.

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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 make sure you can walk right now
  • 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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Hop On Hop Off Bus on Passeig de Gracia

Barcelona Bus Turistic FAQ

  • Is there a tourist bus in Barcelona?

    Yes, the Barcelona Bus Turistic serves virtually the entire city: it is split up across two different lines (red and blue) and more than 30 stops including all major attractions like Sagrada Familia, Camp Nou, Park Guell, the Gothic Quarter, Montjuic, and much more.

  • How long does the Barcelona city bus tour take?

    A complete tour of both the red and blue lines should take around 2 hours. That said, time should be factored in for whatever stops you make. A typical bus tour of Barcelona to see the sites can easily take up a full day.

  • How much is the hop on hop off bus in Barcelona?

    Single day tickets cost €31.00 for adults, €28.00 for seniors and students, and €18.00 for children. Two day Barcelona bus tour tickets cost €42.00 (adults), €39.00 (seniors and students), and €23.00 (children).

  • Do you get a discount on the hop on hop off bus in Barcelona?

    If you buy your Barcelona tourist bus tickets on site, there are no bus tour discounts. However, in booking your bus tickets online you can save €2.00 per adult ticket.

  • What time is the Barcelona sightseeing bus?

    The Bus Turistic runs every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

    I high season there is just a five minute wait between buses, while low season can take up to 20 minutes between buses.

    The Barcelona bus tour hours are as follows:

    • Every day from 9:00am (*first bus departs from Plaza Catalunya) to 7:00 pm
    • Frequency: every 5-25 minutes
  • If I buy a 2 day hop on hop off ticket can I spread out the days in any way I wish?

    No, the days must be used up on consecutive days.

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

    Yes, as of 2023 the hop on hop off bus ticket is valid for hours, not days.

  • Can Bus Turistic tickets be refunded?

    No, unfortunately refunds cannot be made once tickets are purchased.

  • Is the Barcelona sightseeing bus wheelchair accessible?

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

  • How can I use the Barcelona tourist bus to reach Mount Tibidabo?

    Yes, but now the whole way. 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.

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.

Enjoy your Barcelona hop on hop off bus tickets 😃

  • 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
      Team Member
      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
    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
      Team Member
      Hola Jessi, Apologies for the confusion... you can show them on your phone :) Cheers, Ash
  • August 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm
    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
    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
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