Hop On Hop Off Barcelona
Discover Barcelona at your own speed and on your own time with the Hop On Hop Off Bus. The three routes of the famous tourist bus take you to all of Barcelona´s famous landmarks and top attractions. Get on and off as many times as you want with a single ticket. Touring Barcelona doesn’t get easier!
- What it is
- Where to buy
- How to use
Three carefully planned routes take you to all of Barcelona´s top attractions.
At your own pace
Hop on and off the bus as many times as you want with one single ticket.
Save time & money
The tourist bus is often cheaper than taking taxi´s and faster than public transport.
Learn more about Barcelona with the free audioguide (available in 11 languages).
With your ticket you´ll receive €200 worth of discounts for Barcelona´s main attractions.
Download the exclusive app including all bus routes, stops and sightseeing highlights.
Buy your Hop On Hop Off bus tickets online to receive 10% discount and avoid waiting lines at the ticket office. Vouchers are valid for three months.
Hop-on Hop-off Barcelona is Barcelona´s official tourist bus. With three connecting lines, the bus turistíc covers the whole city and allows you to see the best of Barcelona with one single ticket.
It’s the easiest and safest way to get around the city and see all of its beautiful attractions.
If you only have one day in Barcelona, get on the bus for an unforgettable sightseeing tour of Barcelona. You´ll see Barcelona´s highlights, including the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi´s buildings and Camp Nou, the stadium of FC Barcelona.
If you have more time, get a 2-day ticket and explore the city at your own pace. Hop on and off the bus as many times as you want and use the free vouchers to receive a discount at Barcelona´s top attractions.
Barcelona has hundreds of great attractions to see and the tourist bus lets you see all of these sights from the comfort of a stylish, clean bus.
Tickets for the Hop On Hop Off bus are available online at this website and at tourism offices in Barcelona.
If you buy your tickets online, you´ll receive 10% discount on the official price and you´ll avoid the waiting lines in Barcelona.
Use the booking module on the left to buy your tickets for the Hop On Hop Off bus online. After you´ve completed the purchase process, you´ll receive your vouchers via email.
Tickets are available for one or two calendar days. Starting at only €17,10 per day, the two-day tickets offer the best value.
When you arrive in Barcelona you can exchange the vouchers for bus tickets directly at the bus, or at one of the many tourism offices in the city or at the airport.
Vouchers are valid for 90 days. Buy your tickets now to receive 10% discount and pick up your tickets when you arrive in Barcelona.
After purchasing your one or two day pass via the secure booking module on the left, you´ll receive a voucher via email. Print this voucher and take it with you to Barcelona.
When you´ve arrived in Barcelona, simple exchange this voucher for a ticket directly on the bus or at one of the many tourism offices.
Your ticket allows you to get on and off the bus as many times as you want for the duration of your ticket.
Any time you want to get off the bus and take a closer look at the landmark, building, or attraction, you can. Just hop back on the next bus or even switch to a different route, when the bus comes along.
The different routes get you everywhere you want to go, for one rate, so you don’t have to worry about transportation fees or limiting yourself to just a few sights within walking distance of your hotel.
Map & Route – Hop On Hop Off Bus Barcelona
The Hop On Hop Off Bus has three routes to choose from: Blue Route – Red Route – Green Route
Download the Hop On Hop Off route map here (PDF)
The Blue and Red Lines run the whole year and are approximately two hours long. The Green Line is available from April to November and is about forty minutes long.
Each route allows you to hop on and off the Bus Turistíc bus at as many stops as you like and stay at that stop for as long as you like, just hopping back on the next bus when it comes along.
You can even change routes at one of the stops where the routes overlap, so you can see which sights you want to see, in a personalized route. There are 44 stops in total, all of which can be seen with the purchase of just one ticket.
The Blue Route
The Blue Route has a total of twelve stops, which overview some of Barcelona’s most important cultural sites, form the Sagrada Familia to the Futbol Club Barcelona stadium.
While you can choose to remain on the bus and just get a passing view of each of these locations, we definitely recommend stepping off and exploring each stop, as many of these locations allow visitors a unique look at Barcelona culture and architecture.
Total time: About two hours, depending on how long you stay at each stop.
Stops: The Blue Route includes some of Barcelona’s most famous and well-loved stops, including:
- Plaça Catalunya – The main square in the heart of Barcelona
- Casa Batlló – The famous dragon-inspired house from Gaudí. His other building, Casa Milá/La Pedrera is just a short walk away.
- Passeig de Gracia – Barcelona´s high-end shopping street.
- Sagrada Familia – A church with an epic history and just as epic design.
- Park Guëll – A unique park, offering great views of the city.
- Tranvía Blau – From here you can visit the Tibidabo amusement park.
- Camp Nou Stadium – The home of FC Barcelona.
- And many, many more!
The Red Route
The Red Route has a total of twenty-one stops and is the most intensive of our routes, allowing visitors to see as much of Barcelona as possible.
Many of the stops on this route are interactive, meaning it’s best to plan a little extra time into your tour in case you want to stick around an get a better sense of one of the sights or activities you’ll be encountering on this route.
Total time: About two hours, depending on how long you stay at each stop.
Stops: The Red Route has the most stops of any of our routes, overlapping some of the best stops from both the Blue and Green Routes, including:
- Barrio Gótico – The heart of Barcelona. Get off here to visit the Picasso Museum and Palau de la Música.
- Port Olimpíc – With its many beach bars, lounges and restaurants.
- Port Vell – Shopping mall right at the end of the Ramblas.
- Montjuic – Enjoy the spectacular views from this hill.
- Poble Espanyol – Learn more about Spanish traditions at this small village.
- And many, many more!
The Green Route
Available from April to November, the Green route takes you along Barcelona´s coastline with its city beaches, shopping centers and bars and restaurants.
Not only is the drive along the water beautiful, the stops on this route will give you a real overview of the beauty of this city, as well as its cultural and historical significance. The Port Olimpíc stop overlaps with the Red Route, so it’s easy to do both in one day!
Total time: About forty minutes, depending on how long you stay at each stop
Stops: The Green Route takes you up the beach to see some of Barcelona’s most beautiful locations, both natural and manmade, including:
- Port Olymíc – Beach bars, lounges, shops and a long promenade make this the ideal stop for an afternoon break.
- Parc Diagonal Mar – City park with a shopping centre nearby.
- Platja del Bogatell – One of Barcelona´s city beaches.
- Forum – Festival and events area.
- And more!
Barcelona Official Bus Tour 2023
Discover Barcelona with a flexible bus tour – choose the speed of the tour and the duration of the sightseeing. Three routes of the famous tourist bus will show you all the most famous sights of Barcelona! Get out and get back on the bus as many times as you want, all with one ticket. Traveling around Barcelona couldn’t be easier!
- What is it
- Where to buy
- How to use
Three well-designed itineraries will take you to all of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks.
Choose your tour speed
Get on and off the bus as many times as you want, all with one ticket.
Save time and money
Tour buses are cheaper than taxis and faster than public transport.
Free audio guide
Learn more about Barcelona with the free audio guide (available in 11 languages).
With your ticket you will receive discounts with a total value of €200 at various Barcelona attractions.
Download the exclusive app that includes all routes, stops and major points of interest.
Buy flexible tour tickets online to get a 10% discount and avoid queues at the ticket office. Vouchers are valid for three months.
Barcelona Flexible Tour is the official tourist bus of Barcelona. On three connecting routes, the tourist bus covers the whole city and allows you to see the best of Barcelona with one ticket.
This is the easiest and most reliable way to travel around the city, allowing you to see all the beautiful sights.
If you only have one day in Barcelona, hop on the bus and experience an unforgettable Barcelona sightseeing tour. You will see the main places of Barcelona, including the Sagrada Familia, the buildings of Gaudi and the Camp Nou, the stadium of the football club “Barcelona”.
If you have more time, buy a 2-day ticket and explore the city as fast as you like. Hop on and off the bus as much as you like and use free vouchers to get discounts at Barcelona’s most famous attractions.
Barcelona has hundreds of wonderful sights and the tour bus allows you to see them all from the comfort of a stylish, clean bus.
Tickets for the flexible bus tour are available online on the website and at the Barcelona tourist offices.
When you buy your tickets online, you will receive a 10% discount and skip the queues in Barcelona.
Use the booking module on the left to buy tickets for the flexible tour online. At the end of the purchase process, you will receive vouchers by e-mail.
Tickets are available for one or two calendar days. Starting from just €17.10 per day, two-day tickets are the best value.
Upon arrival in Barcelona, you can exchange your vouchers for bus tickets directly on the bus or at one of the many tourist offices in the city or at the airport.
Vouchers are valid for 90 days. Buy your tickets now to get a 10% discount and pick them up when you arrive in Barcelona.
After purchasing your one-day or two-day ticket through the secure booking module on the left, you will receive a voucher by email. Print this voucher and take it with you to Barcelona.
Upon arrival in Barcelona, simply exchange this voucher for a ticket directly on the bus or at one of the many tourist offices.
The ticket allows you to get on and off the bus as many times as you want while it is valid.
You can get off the bus any time you want to get a closer look at a landmark, building, etc. Later, just get on the next next bus or even change your route by taking another bus.
Different routes will take you wherever you want to go at the same price, so you don’t have to worry about transport costs or limit yourself to sights near the hotel.
Barcelona tours by open top bus
Popularly known as the Barcelona City Tour bus or “sightseeing bus that you can get off at a place of interest and then continue on the next bus”, it is a popular way to explore Barcelona.
|Barcelona City bus arrival
I’m more of a cynic, but the first time I rode this bus, I was pleasantly surprised. I have always considered the idea of a tour bus tour more suitable for those who are not very interested in the history of the city. However, I, a permanent resident of Barcelona, got exactly the opposite impression from the tour. During the tour, I was able to get a better idea of my city’s layout and what it has to offer than I have ever experienced before.
For this review, I specifically took a ride on the Barcelona City Tour sightseeing bus, which is hard to miss due to its bright red color scheme, but there are other similar buses in the city.
Tourist buses can be used in two different and completely different ways. You may want to use the Barcelona City Tour bus as a useful means of getting around the city. You can sit in and out anywhere you wish. The bus will take you to all the most interesting tourist places so that you do not miss anything important. Alternatively, you can choose to complete the tour in one go, getting a general idea of what the city has to offer and marking specific points of interest to return to.
|La Sagrada Familia from the top platform
Barcelona Bus Tour makes both options possible and convenient. There are also minor drawbacks – the location of bus stops is not always obvious, explanations are sometimes difficult to hear, and the interval of movement is inconsistent. However, overall, I enjoyed the city tour on this service. This tour provides an easy way to see the city from above, allowing you to get a better view of everything, and also allows you to drive along a busy route through Barcelona, and there is no need to plan anything in advance!
You can securely purchase tickets for the Barcelona City Tour tourist bus in advance of your trip using the link below. You will only have to print the voucher, which will be sent to you by e-mail. Then take your voucher and passport with you, which you will need to board the bus. You do not have to worry about having the necessary amount of change with you to buy a ticket.
Be sure to bring your printed voucher with you. If you show the driver only your smartphone with your booking confirmation, you will not be allowed on the bus.
Buy tickets online
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Did you know that you cannot take your luggage on the Hop on Hop off Tour Bus. Therefore, before you get on the tourist bus, you need to check in your luggage at the luggage room. Follow the link below to find and book your luggage storage in the city center near a tourist attraction.
Find a luggage storage facility to store your luggage
Tickets can be purchased for both adults and children (4 to 12 years old). Children under 4 travel free. Tickets are available for one day and two days.
Day 1: €30.00
Day 2: €40.00
Day 1: €16. 00
Day 2: €21.00
Alternatively, tickets can be bought on the spot – on the bus. In this case, make sure that you have the required amount without change, otherwise the driver has the right to refuse you boarding if he does not have change. To avoid such a development of events, take small bills and coins with you.
If you are in Barcelona for more than one day, it is better to buy a two-day ticket because it does not cost much more. The small difference in price can pay off if you use the bus as a means of getting around the city.
Hop on hop off tickets for 1 day are included FREE with the Barcelona City Pass. Click here to find out more.
Barcelona City Tour bus schedule
The Barcelona City Tour buses run all year round (the first buses leave in the morning from Ronda Universitat, Plaça Catalunya, Montjuïc and Colón).
|January – December
|Monday – Sunday
|09:00 – 19:00
The Barcelona City Tour company states that the buses run every 5 to 20 minutes. The interval of movement may vary (see below). Stops do not have timetables. Therefore, you just need to come to the bus stop and wait for the bus.
Who is the Barcelona Tour for?
New visitors to the city
For those who are in the city for the first time, the sightseeing bus provides an easy way to visit all the main sights of the city. All routes are laid out for you, so you just have to sit down and enjoy the ride. If you like a place, you can just get off the bus and look around. Then return to the same stop and wait for another bus to take you to the next point of interest on your route.
Many tourists use the sightseeing bus to first find out where the main attractions are, and then return to the most interesting of them on their own and explore them in more detail.
The audio guide is a convenient way to learn more about places of interest without the need for a printed guide. The audio guide is currently available in 12 languages. Read more about the audio guide below.
Families with children
As already mentioned, children’s tickets are on sale. Just like wheelchair users, people with prams will not be able to go up to the second floor due to the narrow spiral staircase. However, downstairs there is a special area for wheelchairs and prams.
For the elderly, this way of seeing Barcelona can be helpful. You can see all the main sights of the city, sitting in a warm and comfortable bus. The stairs to the second floor are narrow and steep, but you can always stay downstairs. This may be more convenient than the Barcelona metro system, where changing lines often involves long passages and/or steps.
Tourists with reduced mobility.
There is a lift at the rear door of the bus, and the bus has a special area for wheelchairs. However, the second floor of the bus is not intended for wheelchair users. As in ordinary buses, there is a narrow spiral staircase going upstairs.
Explanations during the tour
When boarding the bus, you will receive disposable headphones. I’m talking about in-ear headphones. Those who prefer other types of headphones should bring their own headphones. Connector – 3.5 mm.
Each seat has a special device where headphones are inserted. A device with a small screen that displays the number of the channel being played is located in the back of the seat. The channel can be changed by clicking on the “up” and “down” arrow buttons, thus changing the language of the comments. Nearby there are two more buttons that control the volume. A small plaque on the back of the seat contains a list of channels and their respective languages. Audio guide recorded in the following languages:
English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, Russian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Hindi, Chinese and Catalan.
Those who do not need explanations during the trip may not take headphones – comments are not broadcast over the speakerphone.
Explanations are read out in a female voice. The information is sporadic and interspersed with classical music. On one of the buses, several times the explanations did not match the place we were in. Usually this happened when the bus got stuck in a traffic jam and did not have time to get to the place under discussion. Usually, it was fixed in five minutes. Comments are interrupted at every stop. The information is detailed, with many facts – dates and names. Fact lovers and history buffs will surely enjoy this, but I wouldn’t mind an interesting story or joke. However, with all this, the girl reading the comments has a very pleasant voice.
Comments are not very suitable for children. A lot of facts and dates are given there, it is unlikely that this will keep children’s attention.
In general, even at full volume, the sound crackles and it is difficult to hear explanations. This happened on two buses. People with hearing loss may have difficulty.
|Card and headphones
When you board the bus, you will be given a printed map for the journey. This map is not detailed. It is useful for determining the route of the bus and the presence of various attractions in the vicinity of stops. The map is large and paper, so on a windy day on the second floor of the bus, it will be problematic to open it.
What is this tour like?
|Barcelona City Tour bus stop in Plaça Catalunya
In general, Barcelona Tours provides a good service. The tour route is rich and passes through all the main attractions of Barcelona. There are two employees on the bus – the driver and the administrator. The presenter collects tickets using an Internet voucher or payment if you buy a ticket on the bus. The host also provides a booklet and headphones and answers your questions. The receptionists are very friendly and speak several languages. They definitely speak Spanish and English. It is a pity that they do not comment on the tour, making their personal contribution.
Finding bus stops is not easy. But this is only a problem when boarding the bus for the first time. Then you will just wait for him where you were dropped off. Our guide to Barcelona Tours itineraries and attractions in Barcelona explains how to find these stops.
Guide to Barcelona Tours itineraries and places of interest
|Barcelona City Tour Bus Departure
The stop time is always different. During my trip, the bus mostly stopped for just a few seconds. However, at other stops, the wait was between 5 and 20 minutes. This was not a problem except for a stop where we were informed that we would be waiting 5 minutes which turned into 20 minutes.
There is only one bell on the second floor to inform the driver about the stop. This can be problematic, especially at stops where the bus barely stops. You need to be on the lookout so that the bus does not leave before you have time to get off.
How do I buy tickets for the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus?
You can purchase tickets for the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus online before your trip by clicking the link below. After submitting your order, simply print out your booking voucher and show it to the driver on the day you decide to take the tour.
The Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus will take you to the highlights of Barcelona. At the same time, you do not need to plan a route and buy separate transport tickets. With audio commentary about the history of the sights during the trip, your excursion will become even more interesting. The usual bus interval is approximately 10 minutes. Stops are strategically located near each of the attractions, saving time.
What you get:
|You will see the main sights of Barcelona – nothing needs to be planned.
|You can get off the bus and board it at any of the attractions.
|Free printed travel guide with discount coupons for entry to many attractions.
|Audio commentary on all attractions in 13 languages.
|Free Wi-Fi on the bus – you can surf the Internet from your mobile devices.
|Buses run every 8-15 minutes, which saves time.
Click to book tickets for the Hop on Hop Off Tour Bus
Your hop on hop off bus tickets included in the Barcelona City Pass
tickets for the 24-hour hop on hop off bus tour of Barcelona are included for FREE in the Barcelona City Pass. If you are also interested in visiting the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, you may prefer to book the Barcelona City Pass as it includes:
- 24-hour Barcelona hop on hop off double decker tickets,
- Skip-the-line tickets to the monumental area of Parc Gell,
- Skip-the-line tickets to the Sagrada Familia,
- Audio guides for Park Güell, which you will not receive if you purchase Park Güell tickets without the Barcelona City Pass,
- audio guides for Sagrada Familia,
- 10% discount coupon to use on your next booking of tickets or tours in Barcelona.
Tickets will be sent directly to your smartphone and you will not need to print them. Tickets will allow you to visit Parc Gell and the Sagrada Familia using the fast-track entry lines so you don’t waste time queuing. You can also use the Barcelona hop on hop off bus to visit the city an unlimited number of times within 24 hours by simply presenting your e-ticket when you board the bus – no queues at the box office. The Barcelona hop on hop off bus has stops near Parc Güell and Sagrada Familia, making it very convenient to visit both attractions.
Click here to book your Barcelona travel ticket online
In a nutshell:
The Barcelona City Tour bus offers a convenient and comprehensive way to see all of Barcelona’s main sights. This bus will be useful even if you are going to not only make a regular city tour, but also use the bus as a way to move around the city. A convenient way to get to know a relatively small city that has so much to offer.