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This page will give you a review of the Barcelona Card – the discount tourist card issued by the Barcelona tourism board. The card offers a range of discounts, unlimited trips on the public transport system and the convenience of not having to queue to buy your transport tickets in a foreign language. Simply whip out your Barcelona Card and you’re away!

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7 Reasons for considering the Barcelona Tourist Card

1. Unlimited transport on Barcelona public transport network in the city centre is included in the Barcelona Card. No more lost holiday time queuing for travel tickets. Once you have the Barcelona Card public transport within the city centre (Zone 1) is included on the public transport system.

  • No need to buy metro, tram or bus tickets. The area covered for public transport travel is zone 1 which covers the entire city centre and all the main tourist attraction areas in Barcelona. Here is the transport that is included:
  • Airport train, Airport metro line L9 from both T1 and T2, or TMB bus from Barcelona airport to the city centre.
  • You can travel without charge on the RENFE train, the airport metro link or the TMB N46 bus (but not the Aerobus) from the airport to the city centre.

The Barcelona Card will save you time and makes your holiday more enjoyable as most of your transport cost is included at no additional charge.

2.Save money on entrance fees for many major attractions. You can also enter for free to some attractions with the card. We have not listed which ones here because the offers change frequently. You will be informed which ones when you are presented with the card.

3. Discount Souvenirs: You are also entitled to special discounts in the official Barcelona Turisme souvenir shop which you will find in Plaça de Catalunya square tourist information office.

4. Restaurant discounts: Discounts can also be had on some specific restaurants (see below)

5. Performance/show discounts: You will also receive discount tickets to shows at Palau de la Musica and Theatre Liceu which are important music venues in the city (see below for more details)

6. Improved personal security. If you’ve read our article on personal safety in Barcelona you would have learned that petty theft and pick pocketing in Barcelona is a problem particularly at stations where tourists have to purchase transport tickets. The reason is that pickpockets can see where tourists keep their money. With the Barcelona Card you do not need to take out your wallets / purses to purchase tickets – your transport has been all paid for in advance and if you keep your Barcelona card in a separate location to your purse or wallet no pickpocket will know where you keep your money.

7. Barcelona map and Barcelona guide are included with the Barcelona Card. Along with your Barcelona Card you will have a map and guide which is useful to help you navigate around the main points of interest and Barcelona attractions. However if you want to have a more detailed map you would probably need to supplement this with a good guide book.

If you want entry tickets for the Sagrada Familia by Gaudi (Barcelona’s No.1 tourist attraction) we recommend you consider the BCN Essentials Pass instead of the Barcelona Card. The BCN Essentials pass includes entrance tickets to Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and includes unlimited transport on the Barcelona public transport system. You also get a downloadable audio guide of the city of Barcelona along with interactive maps so you can easily plan your own guided tours of the city. The other great feature of the BCN Essentials pass is it is sent to you by email immediately after you order so you don’t need to visit a tourist information office to pick it up.

Click here to learn more about the BCN Essentials Pass

Here’s a little more detail on what the Barcelona Card offers you.

Unlimited public transport at no charge

The card gives you unlimited travel on the Barcelona public transport system including the Metro underground system, the buses around the city centre, the tram system and the train service from the city centre to Barcelona airport. No need to buy any tickets for public transport it is included in the price of the Barcelona Card .

Discounts on entry to many museums and art galleries.

The Barcelona card will give you good discounts on entry to many popular museums and art galleries. Here are just a few of the discounts you will get:

Museum de Historia de Catalunya: 15%

MNAC museum: 15%

Maritime Museum: 15%

MACBA: 15%

Casa Batlló: 15%

Save Money on Barcelona Original Souvenirs

Buy your Barcelona original souvenirs from the souvenirs shop in Barcelona tourist office in Plaça de Catalunya and receive a discount with the Barcelona Card.
Barcelona Card
Discount: 15%

Tourist Discount on Specific Restaurants

Enjoy 10% discounts on specific Barcelona restaurants that will be listed when you purchase your card.

Savings on Shows And Music

Obtain a saving on Palau de la Musica (A beautiful classical music venue) and Gran Teatre del Liceu (Opera, theatre and musicals venue).
Discount: 25%

Tourist guide and map of Barcelona

When you pick up your Barcelona card you will receive a basic street map of the city, metro map and a simple but comprehensive guide to Barcelona’s main attractions along with details on where you will obtain discounts.

How much is the Barcelona Card?

The Barcelona card price varies depending on 2 factors:

1. How many days you choose the card to be valid for.
2. Whether the Barcelona Card is for an adult or for a child.

To find out up to date prices for the Barcelona Card see the link below.

How can I buy the Barcelona Card?

You have 2 options for buying your travel and discount card:

Purchase Online: You can purchase your Barcelona Card online which is the easiest and simplest way.

When you pay for your discount card online you can pick it up from Barcelona airport tourist information and then obtain free travel on the RENFE train to the city centre. You will need both the voucher you purchased online and photographic identification to be able to pick up you card.

Opening hours Tourist Office Barcelona Airport:

Month Day Time
01 January Sunday Closed
02 January – 23 December Monday – Sunday 08:30 – 20:30
24 December Sunday 08:30 – 18:30
25 December Monday Closed
26 December Tuesday 08:30 – 19:30
27 December – 30 December Wednesday – Saturday 08:30 – 20:30
31 December Sunday 08:30 – 19:30

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Tourist office: Alternatively you can purchase the Barcelona Card from the Tourist information offices in Barcelona city centre when you visit.

How many days is the Barcelona Card valid for?

You can buy a Barcelona cards valid from 2 to 5 days. The price of the card varies depending on the number of days of validity you choose.

It is worth thinking about what you intend to use the Barcelona Card for and figure out how much you would be saving before you purchase the card. This would mean taking some time to do some advanced planning before your trip. Once you know what you want to see and do you can more easily figure out if the card will be value for money. Bear in mind that you can use the card not only for free transport and discounted entrance fees but also souvenir shopping, and attending many key cultural venues and entertainments.

Another important factor to consider is the convenience of booking the ticket in advance knowing your transport tickets are covered – which can help you with budgeting your holiday. You can forget about most of your transport costs once you have the Barcelona Card because most of your public transport cost are covered and you can travel on the entire metro system that cover all of Zone 1 which is were all the main attractions are situated.

An exception is the card will not cover you for train journeys that go outside of Barcelona city centre but it does entitle you to free transport on the RENFE train between BCN international airport and the city centre. Alternatively you can use it on the TMB bus from the airport to the city centre but it does not cover you for the Aerobus (express bus) from the airport.

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Barcelona Tourist Travel Pass

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Q: Hi, could you tell me what is the Barcelona Tourist Travel Pass and what savings can we make with it? How is it different over other Barcelona transport tickets? How can we buy this pass? There is a bewildering array of tickets and passes, and I’m not sure which is best for us. Can you help throw some light on this subject?

A: The Barcelona Tourist Travel Pass (also known as the HolaBCN card) is a transport pass specifically designed for tourists. Once purchased it enables you to have unlimited journeys on the Barcelona public transport system. The ticket includes the TMB buses from Barcelona Airport to the city centre, the Airport metro from both T1 and T2, the airport train to the city centre. Also, you can use the ticket on the underground metro system in the city centre, the TMB buses that run in the city centre and the local tram system. The key points about this travel pass are that you can take as many rides as you want during its validity period. Unlike the T-Casual ticket which only gives you 10 rides before it expires the Barcelona Travel Pass gives you unlimited journeys at any time of day.

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Some limitations of this Tourist Travel Pass compared to other transport cards.

1. The travel pass is valid from 05:00 to 23:00 only. Therefore night time travel is not included in the card.

2. You cannot purchase a 1 day card.

Card validity: 2 – 5 days

3. The card is valid per day and not per 24 hours. This means that the card’s travel day is defined as ending at 23:00 on the day you use it.

4. The card is valid only for consecutive day use. For example if you buy a 4 day card you can only use it for 4 days one after another. You cannot take a “day out” of not using it and add that day to the end.

5. Unlike the Barcelona card the Tourist Travel Pass does not entitle you to discount entries to Barcelona attractions. It is purely a travel card. However some people prefer that.

6. The card is only activated when you take your first journey. Therefore you can pick up the tourist travel pass and hold onto it until you’re ready to start using it. For some people arriving late at Barcelona airport it might be worth not using the card to pay for your transport from the airport because that would then count as the first day of use of the card. If you are arriving on a late night flight it may be worth paying for your transport separately from the airport transport and then start using the card the next day. In this way you will get a full day’s worth of use of the card instead.

We have also a page on the difference between the tourist travel pass and the Barcelona card.

Where to buy the Tourist Travel Pass?

You can purchase the tourist travel pass from any Barcelona tourist information office or from a metro ticket vending machine. Alternatively you can buy your card online and pick it up from either the airport tourist information offices or from any tourist information office in Barcelona city centre.

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Barcelona metro stations and how to find them

Sooner or later, every guest of the Catalan capital faces the need to go underground. The Barcelona metro is rightfully considered the fastest and most financially advantageous urban transport. Interestingly, the most modern and convenient for passengers to date, the scheme of stations is called – what would you think? – “Barcelona solution”.

Barcelona metro lines are served by two companies: eight lines – TMB and three – FGC. Therefore, the entrance to the station from the street can be indicated as a red letter “M” in a white rhombus with the TMB logo placed next to it, as well as two white staples inscribed into each other on a yellow background with the letters FGC. However, in both cases, next to the entrance to the station, most likely, there will be a stand with a map of the Barcelona metro and the lines on which the station is located.

Barcelona metro tickets

The cost of using the metro in Barcelona depends on how many trips you plan to take.

  • Regular ticket for one trip will cost you €2.15. However, if you will be in the city for more than 1 day or plan to make more than 5 trips, then it is more profitable to take a T10 ticket.
  • Ticket T10 allows, as the name suggests, a total of 10 trips in a row on any type of public transport (including the FGC funicular). Also, within 75 minutes you can transfer from one mode of transport to another and the trip will be counted as one. Moreover, if you left the metro and went back into it, two trips will be counted.

    At the same time, the number of people does not matter, you can travel 10 times on your own, or several times together, or immediately carry a campaign of 10 people in one direction on this ticket. The main thing is to lower the ticket into the turnstile, let the first passenger pass, pick up the ticket from the turnstile (on the same side where you lowered it), and then repeat the operation as many times as necessary.

    It is important that the ticket is valid only within the so-called zone 1. Zone 1 includes the city center with all the main attractions of Barcelona, ​​as well as some suburbs, such as Badalona, ​​Castelldefels, San Joan Despí. You can find a metro map with marks of the most visited places below. T10 costs 9.95€

  • The cards allow you to travel within 2, 3, 4 or 5 days in Barcelona by metro, bus or tram. They cost respectively 14, 20, 20.5 and 30.5 €.
  • Barcelona Card is a special privilege for Barcelona tourists: it entitles not only to free travel on the Barcelona metro, but also free admission to museums, decent discounts in shops and restaurants, travel agencies.

Barcelona Card for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days can be purchased at travel agencies in the city center, airport terminals. And ordinary tickets are available both in vending machines at metro stations and in kiosks on the street. Note that when buying online, significant discounts are provided.

Barcelona metro operation

Barcelona Metro Schedule

05:00 – 24:00 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)

05:00 – 02:00 (Fri)

05:00 – non-stop (Sat)

non-stop – 24:00 (Sun)


December 24: 05:00 – 23:00.

Around the clock: 23 June (Verbena de Sant Joan), 15 August (Fiestas de Gràcia), 19 September (Fiestas de la Mercè), 23 September (La Mercè), 31 December.

Schedule changes can be viewed on the official website.

How to get on the Barcelona Metro

Many metro stations in Barcelona are equipped with escalators and even elevators. The latter are actively used not only by people with disabilities, but also by everyone.

Tickets for the Barcelona Metro can be purchased from automated ticket offices. Just keep in mind: they accept any bills, but they give change only in small change. Therefore, it is better not to use large bills for these purposes.

We pass with a ticket to the turnstile. In the Barcelona metro, there are both old and new types of tourniquets. For some, the ticket is inserted on the right, for others – on the left. There will be no confusion if you use the green arrow signs or just see how the locals do it.

Barcelona metro map: choose the route of the trip

Barcelona has no shortage of images of the metro map: they are on the streets and stations, you can ask for a free map from a local employee. The Barcelona metro map is quite simple.

The map shows all metro lines, as well as several FGC tram lines, also classified as underground transport.

The Barcelona metro map has two designations:

  • L1–L11 – train lines;
  • T1-T4 – tram.

Each of them has its own color on the map. Transfer nodes look like circles with a black outline. Moreover, very often the map of the Barcelona metro is combined with the scheme of the main city streets.

In our article you will find a map of the Barcelona metro with attractions. We find the desired station, plan a route – and go.

Big advantages and small disadvantages of the Barcelona metro

Some of the underground passages in the Barcelona Metro are said to be narrow, stuffy and poorly structured. Perhaps there is some truth in this. But the stations are designed in a special way. This engineering solution, which in the world today is called so: Barcelona or Spanish, can be safely called the pride of the city.

A feature of the Barcelona metro is that the exit from the train and the entrance to it is possible from two sides at once. As a result, there is less crowding on the platform and a big time saving.

But be prepared for the fact that you may find yourself in a very old car, where the doors at the stations are opened by turning the handle. This is also the reality of the Barcelona Metro. The Barcelona Metro is under construction. Therefore, at the next meeting with this city, do not be surprised if new stations and lines appear on a well-known pattern.

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