Without a doubt, one of the best options for tourists who want to navigate Barcelona’s public transport system is to purchase the Hola BCN! card. It offers unlimited journeys during the days on which it is valid, which generally means that you’ll save money if you’re travelling a lot, as single tickets on Barcelona’s public transport are relatively expensive to buy, and other discount cards don’t offer the same savings for people who are planning to travel a lot.
More information about Hola BCN! Pass
The Hola BCN! card is personal to you, so you’re not allowed to share it with the people you’re travelling with, unlike similar discounts such as the T-10 – a permit to use the public transport system for 10 journeys that can be shared between the members of your group.
As well as the Hola BCN! card, there’s also the Barcelona Card, which combines unlimited travel on Barcelona’s public transport system with free entry to certain museums, and a host of discounts to many other tourist attractions and sights of the city.
Prices, and where to buy the Hola BCN! travel card
You can buy the Hola BCN! pass online or in the dispensing machines at stations when you arrive in Barcelona.
|HOW MANY DAYS?||PRICES HOLA BCN! 2018|
|2 days pass (48 hours)||15€|
|3 days pass (72 hours)||22€|
|4 days pass (96 hours)||28.50€|
|5 days pass (120 hours)||35€|
Depending on the number of days you’re going to be staying in Barcelona and travelling around, there are different Hola BCN! cards to suit your requirements. You can choose a Hola BCN! card for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. If, however, you’re only going to require unlimited travel for one day, the best option for you will be the T-Dia card.
Currently (and from March 2017) the Hola BCN! card is a card by hours not days, meaning, the 2 day Hola BCN! card is valid for 48 hours, the 3 day Hola BCN! card for 72 hours, the 4 day Hola BCN! card for 96 hours and the 5 day Hola BCN! card for 120 hours. So when you validate the card, it should not expire on midnight of the day when it expires (which is what happened previously) but it expires when the number of corresponding hours have passed since validating it.
On what modes of transport is the Hola BCN! card valid?
The Hola BCN! card is valid on all of Barcelona’s public transport systems, with the exception of taxis and NitBus. You can use the card as much as you want in any or all forms of transport, during the period of its validity.
Does it get you from / to Barcelona Airport?
The Hola BCN pass does include the journey between the airport and Barcelona through various transport options. If you buy your Hola BCN! Card online you’ll be able to pick it up (showing your booking confirmation) in one of the Barcelona Turisme information points, in Terminal T1 or T2. By doing this, you’ll benefit from the Hola BCN’s advantages straight away.
From Barcelona to the airport and vice versa with Hola BCN!BY METRO: The Metro has stops in Terminal T1 (‘Aeroport T1’ station) and T2 (‘Aeroport T2’) of the ‘L9 Sud’ line. There’s usually a surcharge on buying single tickets to the airport, so the Hola BCN! Card will therefore save you money. The ‘L9 Sud’ line doesn’t stop in the heart of the city centre, so you’ll need to change (at ‘El Prat Estació’ station to connect to Line 1, at ‘Collblanc’ station to connect to Line 5 or at ‘Zona Universitaria’ station to connect to Line 3). BY BUS: The public bus service 46 stops at Terminal T1 and T2. As it’s a public bus, it doesn’t offer the kind of space for your luggage that you’ll find on the dedicated Aerobus. Its final stop is in the Plaça Espanya, so if you want to get to the heart of the city centre, you’ll then need to catch another bus or the Metro. The bus stops several times en route, so the journey time is fairly long. It could be a good option for you if you’re staying close to Plaça Espanya or Montjuïc. BY TRAIN: The RENFE local train serves the airport’s Terminal T2. If you’re going to Terminal T1, you’ll need to catch the free shuttle bus, which connects both terminals in just a few minutes.
Modes of transport that can be used for free by holders of the Hola BCN! Card:
Underground Station “Aeroport T1”
Underground Station “Aeroport T2”
Renfe Local trains (Rodalies)
The Hola BCN! Card isn’t valid on Barcelona’s night buses (called NitBus, and run by the company AMB). In order to use the night buses, you’ll need to buy a single ticket on the bus itself, a T-10 ticket (allowing you 10 journeys on the city’s public transport), or one of the other valid tickets.
Even though the Hola BCN! card is usually a good option, we would recommend that before buying it you check whether it’s likely to be beneficial in your case, because depending on the nature of your holiday you might find the Barcelona Card better if you’re likely to be visiting more museums and tourist attractions.
It’s also advisable to do an approximate calculation of the amount of times you’re really likely to use public transport, as if your hotel is very central you might prefer to walk to most of the attractions that you’re going to visit. In this situation it might not work out profitable to buy the Hola BCN! pass, and you might find that a T-10 ticket (which allows you to make 10 individual journeys) might be better value for money.