Getting single tickets on your Barcelona holiday?
Good luck fumbling for change, worrying about the right tickets, and mumbling through a flashback of your 9th grade Spanish. It also ends up costing you more money.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a cheap Barcelona travel pass that gave you unlimited transport?
Luckily there’s the Hola Barcelona Card (formerly the Hola BCN).
Already keen to board? Click the blue button below to buy:
1 – The advantages
2 – What’s included
3 – Prices
4 – Where to buy
5 – How to pick it up + validity and restrictions
6 – Why not another Barcelona travel pass?
7 – Using the Hola Barcelona Card in Barcelona outskirts
8 – FAQ
Why Get a Barcelona Travel Pass
Having an all-inclusive transport card with unlimited rides makes your holiday run like a clock.
Tourists have been buying Hola Barcelona Card cards for years because:
- You get unlimited public transport on the metro, bus, tram, and funicular.
- There’s return airport transport via airport train, metro, or bus 46.
- There’s easy pickup at any metro ticket machine or Barcelona Turisme kiosk.
- It eliminates stress of constantly buying tickets.
- It’s cheap.
What’s Included in the Hola Barcelona Card
Your super-handy Barcelona travel card will include unlimited transport in zone one on:
- Overland trains (including the R2 from the airport to central Barcelona).
- The metro (all lines including the L9 from the airport, a €9.00 value).
- All TMB buses.
- The Montjuic Funicular (careful! This is not the Montjuic Telerific).
Some of you might be asking what exactly is zone one?
The simple answer is it’s pretty much everywhere. Unlike bigger cities like New York and London the area of zone one is the entire reach of the metro system.
This encompasses basically all major Barcelona attractions.
Hola Barcelona Card Card Prices
Buying the Hola Barcelona Card online includes a 10% online discount included in the prices below.
- Hola Barcelona Card 48 hours:
- Hola Barcelona Card 72 hours:
- Hola Barcelona Card 96 hours:
- Hola Barcelona Card 120 hours:
These prices apply to everybody (including students, 65+ etc.) – only children under 4 ride free.
As you can see, buying this Barcelona transport pass online means you’ll spend less than €7.00 a day on transport including your connection from the airport to Barcelona city centre.
Keep in mind that return metro service from the airport alone costs €9.00!
Where to Buy
In my integrated web shop of course!
Here you get the lowest prices while giving me a small commission (at no extra cost to you) to cover server costs and the effort/time I put in… if you want to help please click the button below:
It is very much appreciated! 🙂
WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR Hola Barcelona Card
Once you’ve bought it picking it up is as simple as using a debit card.
- Open your email and get the voucher number from the purchase receipt.
- Take the voucher number to any city metro station (airport included).
- Insert the voucher number at the red ticket machines.
- Collect your Hola Barcelona Card.
- Use it!
Metro ticket machines are open 365 days a year between 5:00 am and midnight.
On weekends they’re open until 2:00 am (Friday) and all night (Saturday).
There are also machines at Girona airport.
VALIDITY AND RESTRICTIONS
Your Hola Barcelona Card becomes live the first time you use it.
This means if you have a 72 hour tourist travel card and take your first transport trip at noon on January 1st, you’ll have until noon on January 4th to ride free.
Night Buses and the Hola Barcelona Card
Unfortunately the Hola Barcelona Card is not valid for night buses since they are operated by a private company.
To use the night bus system you can pay the bus driver €2.20 for a single ticket using cash.
Keep in mind that from Sunday to Thursday the metro closes between 00:00 and 05:00 and between 02:00 and 05:00 on Friday.
On Saturday night (to be clear, the night between Saturday and Sunday) the metro is open all night!
WHY NOT ANOTHER DISCOUNT TRANSPORT CARD?
The Barcelona Card
The good thing about this discount Barcelona travel pass is that it costs much less than its sister the Barcelona Card, which is more aimed at people looking to see a ton of attractions in addition to getting unlimited transport.
If I’ve confused you a little make sure to check out my page comparing the two tourist travel cards.
The Barcelona City Pass
The popular Barcelona City Pass is a great option because it gets you into mega-attractions Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, gives you airport transport on the super convenient Aerobus, and a one or two day pass on the Bus Turistic.
Deciding Which Pass to Get
If you’re sure you want to see a lot of attractions you may be better off going for the Barcelona Card or the City Pass – but as far as a straight up travel card goes the Hola Barcelona Card is the cheapest and most efficient.
Still a bit confused about which discount pass to get? Make sure you write me in the comments below with a list of things you’d like to see and a budget and I’ll do my best to help out 🙂
Hola Barcelona Card (Outskirts)
If you’re staying a bit outside the city here’s a list of nearby municipalities included in zone one:
Sant Adriá del Besos, Badalona, Montgat, Montcada i Reixac, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despì, l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cornellá de Llobregat, Sant Boi de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat e Castelldefels.
All of these communities can be reached by train using the Hola Barcelona Card.
Is the validity of the card for days or hours?
Again, the validity is for hours. If you activate a 72 hour card at 6 pm on Friday you’ll have until 6 pm on Monday to take advantage of your unlimited tourist travel card.
Why do some websites say that it’s days and not hours?
Because the change from days to hours was very recent and they probably haven’t updated the information 😉
I made a mistake in booking my Hola Barcelona Card… can I get a refund?
Yes. To cancel your travel card get in touch with [email protected]
I lost my Hola Barcelona Card, can I get a replacement?
Unfortunately this is not possible so be careful!
Is the Hola Barcelona Card interpersonal?
No, trips are only permitted to the holder of the card.
Can I use my Hola Barcelona Card to get to Girona/Montserrat/Sitges?
No, this Barcelona travel pass is only valid for zone one of the Barcelona transport network.
Is it really worth it?
If you’re planning on visiting a bunch of attractions and don’t have the money to get around by taxi, then yes!
I’m a student/retiree, can I get any transport discounts in Barcelona?
No, only children under 4 travel free on public transport in Barcelona.
Does the validity kick in from the time I pick it up or the time I first use it on transport?
The clock starts ticking from the time you first use it.
I’ll be in Barcelona for six days, are there Hola Barcelona Card cards for more than 120 hours?
No, in these cases you’ll need to combine cards (e.g. 48h + 96h)
Do I have to book my Hola Barcelona Card way in advance?
In general there are no rules for booking your Barcelona travel card but obviously the sooner the better in case you incur any unexpected issues along the way.
BOTHER ME MERCILESSLY IN THE COMMENTS
If the Hola Barcelona Card isn’t the best Barcelona travel pass then what is?
Remember, you can drop me a line below about anything regarding your Barcelona holiday and I’ll respond ASAP with something so good you won’t even know what to do 😉
Also don’t be afraid to join the Hola Barcelona Card discussion in my new Facebook group called I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, chat with fellow travelers, and more – anything goes!
Enjoy your holiday.