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Hop on Hop Off Barcelona Bus Tour Guide for 2022


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.

Barcelona Bus Tour Discounts and Prices

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

Currently tickets can be had for 7% 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 Barcelona 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.

Barcelona 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 Barcelona 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!

  • April 1, 2019 at 11:25 am
    Betsy Stuwe
    My husband and I bought 2-day HOHO Bus tickets before reading that they must be used on consecutive days. Unfortunately we can't schedule 2 consecutive days. Is it possible for the 2 of us to ride on one ticket on one day and after a couple of days then ride again together on the other ticket? Then instead of being a ticket for one person for 2 days, it would be a ticket for 2 people on 1 day.
    • April 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Betsy, Unfortunately the tickets are sold as one or two days and so from the second you activate them, no matter how you explain it to them, it will start the clock ticking on the 48 hours. Apologies but I don't think there's anything you can do... if you'd like to contact them directly and explain the situation maybe they could accomodate, but for simply misreading the policy I don't think there's much of a case here :( Ash Ash
      • April 2, 2019 at 1:11 am
        Betsy Stuwe
        Nevertheless, thanks for all the information you provide here. It has been a tremendous help in preparing this first time trip to Barcelona!
        • April 2, 2019 at 8:22 am
          Team Member
          Thank you so much Betsy :)
  • March 17, 2019 at 9:35 am
    Joanne Brandley
    We are looking at doing the Hop on off bus with a 11.00 tour at Park Guelph then we want to go to Camp Nou, and we need to book a specific entry time for Camp Nou approx what time would you suggest.
    • March 18, 2019 at 9:24 am
      Team Member
      Hi Joanne, Rule of thumb would be to leave 90 minutes for the park, perhaps 20-30 more minutes for a coffee and to get back to the Bus Turistic stop, and maybe a few other minutes for unforeseen things. Also, I assume you'll be having lunch as well long the way? Considering all of this plus the travel from Park Guell to Camp Nou I would suggest the 3 pm or 4 pm time slot to ensure there is no rush. You can book your time slots here: Hope this clears things up :) Ash
  • February 19, 2019 at 8:51 am
    Hi Ash, Is it possible to get a refund of the Turistic Bus prior to commencement?
    • February 19, 2019 at 10:33 am
      Team Member
      Hi Roger, Unfortunately Bus Turistic tickets are non-refundable once purchased :( Ash
  • January 6, 2019 at 2:56 am
    We have a one-day pass to the hop on and hop off bus. What's the best way to spend the Bus Turistic day? Do we just ride the whole way through one time and then decide where to go? How long would that take? We want to make the most of this on our first day. I thought about the possibility of going to La Bouqueria and the Gothic Quarter. Trying to figure out how to make the bus fare worthwhile and still enjoy our time. Thanks!
    • January 6, 2019 at 4:29 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Grace, In general I recommend taking a ride on the main line (blue) starting right at the city centre (perhaps at La Pedrera) and from here take the entire route... if you stayed on the whole time it would take around two hours though if you get off here and there (I suggest doing so at Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and maybe Camp Nou if you're big football fans). If you're going to go to La Boqueria I would simply do this beforehand, possibly even for breakfast at one of the great restaurants, and then walk up La Rambla to Passeig de Gracia where you can board the Bus Turistic at either Casa Batllo or La Pedrera. In total all of this should take 4-5 hours depending on stops. Ash
  • December 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm
    Sam Donaldson
    Hello Ash, Love your site and thanks a bunch for doing such a great service to Barcelona and us tourists visiting your great city. We are also visiting end of March -23rd to 31st. We are also interested in visiting nearby places like Girona, Montserrat etc. Just as Ziggy we are staying at an apartment on Carrer Galileu near Les Corts metro. I'm thinking of getting the City Pass with the Aerobus included. What would be the best stop to get off from Aerobus? From that spot should be take the metro or taxi? We are also interested in doing a Flamenco show with a Tapas dinner but we are vegetarian. Any recommendations for Vegetarian tapas? Thanks, Sam
  • November 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    Hi Ash Your site is amazing! I'm so glad I've found it. We are coming for four days at the end of March 2019 and I'm a bit confused as to what to do about transport. Our hotel is a bit out of the way (Les Corts) so I'm expecting to need to use a lot of transport. As we want to see as many sights as possible we were thinking of buying the Citypass and use the HOHO bus to get around. After looking into it though I realised the HOHO only runs until 7pm so we wouldn't be able to get back to our hotel in the evening. Do you think the Barcelona card plus the Gaudi package would be a better idea for us or should we stick with the Citypass but add a Hola Card too? It seems like this second option could get expensive. You give such great advice on your site I feel like I know the city a little already! Can't wait to get there now, thanks.
    • November 24, 2018 at 6:48 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Ziggy, Thank you so much for the very kind words :) It's hard to know for sure because a lot of it depends in what area of Les Corts you are. I used to work in that area for years but it was right next to Collblanc metro station which has you central in 5 stops on the blue line. If you're further up it can be complicated. Honestly, if you're looking to keep the costs down but don't want to miss out on the Bus Turistic I would simply get the City Pass and then supplement the transport with a T-10 card. They're interpersonal and only cost just over 1 euro per ride (just over 10 euros for the package)... you can get them at any metro ticket machine and they're valid for all Barcelona metro and buses. This way you won't get caught in any trouble! Ash
      • November 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm
        Great, thanks. I hadn't even heard of the T-10 option. After looking into it I think you're right. It may be just enough for those extra journeys the two of us will need to make outside of the HOHO times. We're staying right next to the L'illa Diagonal shopping centre. We've reserved a non-breakfast option as we want to sample as much authentic food as possible so if you have any recommendations for breakfast around there I'd really appreciate it.
        • November 25, 2018 at 11:08 am
          Team Member
          Hi Ziggy, Glad I can help! :) I'm sure you'll get along just fine... Let's see, around L'illa Diagonal it's not a very restaurant heavy place and can't say I've ever been out those ways to have breakfast... that said, I have an inkling you'll find something great on the bottom floor of the mall. There are a lot of good looking food places in what is sort of a food court there, but it's without classic chains. It's all Spanish and fresh. Also keep in mind that you're still quite central so could hop on the metro and head to any of my best breakfast restaurants in the city in a matter of 20-30 minutes. Ash
          • November 25, 2018 at 6:56 pm
            That's good to know, I thought we were a bit more out of the way than that. Thanks again!
            • November 26, 2018 at 10:55 am
              Team Member
              It's deceptively close! One of the great pluses of Barcelona is its accessibility :)
  • November 19, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    We are visiting Barcelona from the suburb of Cabril, but our travel information has been sketchy. We have Eurail passes, but can we assume once we are aboard, the local train to Barcelona will accept them? And what station should we get off to take the Hop on, Hop off bus? We want to do the entire Red route first. We have wasted many days, driving around looking for parking—now we need to maximize the few days we have left. Thanks in advance, if you are able to post a quick reply.
    • November 19, 2018 at 7:26 pm
      Team Member
      Hello Karyn, Can you please confirm the correct spelling of the suburb? There is a Cabrils or a Cambrils but not Cabril (I know it's confusing haha). I don't see why the train from here wouldn't be accessible with your train pass but I would check the fine print to make sure regional Rodiales trains are part of the package. Ideally you would like to get to Plaça de Catalunya to start on the red line in the centre of the city. This is also one of the major train stations so in theory should be reachable - but I will reserve judgement until I know exactly where you're coming from! Thank you :) Ash
  • October 28, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Hi Ash, I'm booking my flight from Rome to Barcelona on Vueling however, i have been reading not so good review so I want to know if there is other airlines that offer 23kg baggage? thanks!! :)
    • October 28, 2018 at 5:13 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Nada, I always fly with Vueling since it's a decent quality low cost option... never really had any hassles with them but then again I'm pretty easy going ;) It's better than Ryanair in my opinion. I can't think of any low cost which doesn't charge for baggage these days so you may just have to bite the bullet! Then again, I have no problem recommending Vueling. Ash
      • October 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm
        Yea!! I guess I should go with Vueling. Thanks :) The prices are going up like crazy tho so i think I should book my flight today. I'm traveling Nov 12 so not sure if that is considered high or low season.
        • October 29, 2018 at 7:52 am
          Team Member
          Yes indeed! Book ASAP and we'll look forward to having you ;) November is definitely low season so you should benefit from low prices.
    • October 28, 2018 at 10:40 am
      Also, by any chance know airlines that offers same services from asmterdam to rome?
      • October 28, 2018 at 5:19 pm
        Team Member
        Hi Nada, Unfortunately I have never flown from Amsterdam to Rome but I imagine being two capitals there are a ton of options connecting the two cities. I would advise checking Skyscanner and then seeing what options and luggage deals may pop up. Sorry I can't be of more help :( Ash
  • October 15, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    Hi Ash, Thank you for your reply. The address is in Carrer de Pelai and I checked google maps and it is very close to a lot of places we need to go. I think getting a package online is better bc from what i understand, I wont have the option of skipping the line if I get the city pass and Barcelona card :) Aslo, I'm trying to find vintage shops and hair salons with good prices in the city, so hope you might know some!! Have a nice day!
  • October 11, 2018 at 10:09 pm
    Hello, Can I just say that this post was very useful for us. we were contemplating on whether we should book the hop on hop off bus and use the discounted booklet or just buy online offers. Now we are sure that we would enjoy the bus accommodations. My question for you is, is the discount offered in the booklet better than the ones we see online and does it have skip the line option? I see that skip the line for Sagrada Familia, Drive through the Eixample, Barcelona's modernist center Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter with a tour guide for $78. Would the price be better in the booklet or no? Also if we have to wait in the queue, will the prices be lower?
    • October 12, 2018 at 11:35 am
      Team Member
      Hola Nada, thanks to your question I have just realized they have changed the discount booklet recently, I have just uploaded the new one in the article, you can also download it here. I must admit it is not as much of a bargain as it looks at first sight as far as the main attractions are concerned. All main attractions have different fares for tickets purchased online and offline, being the online ones much cheaper. The Bus Turistic discount applies to offline fares so you will basically end up queuing (there's no skip the line option with the booklet) to pay basically the same price you would pay online. On the contrary it has nice deals on "secondary attractions". So, my two cents, buy Sagrada Familia, Pedrera, Casa Batlló, ParK Güell and Camp Nou tickets online and use the booklet for anything else. As for the guided tours, the ones from the booklet are those organized by "Visit Barcelona" (official tourist office), like this Gothic one for example (the also have Gourmet, Picasso and Modernism), as you can see fares are much lower than 78 dollars, so I guess you must have seen some other kind of tour. I reckon 20% off is a good deal if you are interested in any of these ones, you will have to show up directly to get the discount.
      • October 14, 2018 at 9:50 am
        Sara, Thank you so much. you've made it very simple for us. I will definitely buy the main attraction online to avoid the queues and if we have time, we will visit the places mentioned in the booklet. Again thank you so much and I will definitely recommend your blog to all of my friends going to Barcelona :) :) Have a wonderful day.
    • October 11, 2018 at 10:19 pm
      Another question, do you recommend going with a tour guide or just me on our own? what places do we need tour guide and what not. We will be in November and im not sure if that is considered as busy season in Barcelona. also, where can we find nice cafes and restaurants to grab some good food.
      • October 12, 2018 at 11:41 am
        Team Member
        Hola again :) November it is not the busiest month so you won't find a big crowd. I would recommend to take a guide to visit Sagrada Familia (audioguide is also fine but the guide is better), Park Güell guided tour is also very interesting and maybe you could add some Gothic walking tour. I would rely on audioguides for any other attraction. As for the best food in Barcelona check out my articles on the best paella places, best restaurant etc.
        • October 12, 2018 at 11:46 am
          Hola Sara, Thank you so much for your help. Your article looks interesting and we will defiantly be using it. Just about the audio guide, where can i find a good one with reasonable price as the ones I found are not with audio and im worried we wont be able to hear the guide well due to crowd.
          • October 12, 2018 at 12:43 pm
            Team Member
            Hi Nada, about the audioguides, I would rely on those offered by the attractions, you can purchase them online when you book your tickets. On the Bus Turistic there is a pretty good audioguide that explains a lot of things, you will be given earphones to listen to it or you can bring your own.
            • October 12, 2018 at 12:45 pm
              Sounds good. Thank you so much Sara :)
              • October 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm
                Team Member
                You're welcome!
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