Are you planning to buy single tickets for your trips during your holidays in Barcelona?
Good luck finding the change, getting the right ticket, and at the same time getting by with your level of Spanish from 9 years ago!
It also ends up costing you more.
Wouldn't it be more interesting to get a cheap transport card offering unlimited travel in Barcelona?
Fortunately, the map exists Hello BCN.
Barcelona transport card: advantages of Hola Bcn
Have an all-inclusive transportation card with unlimited rides so your vacation runs like clockwork.
Tourists have been opting for the Hola Barcelona Card for years for the following reasons:
- Unlimited public transport (metro, bus, tram and funicular).
- Round trip transportation to the airport. by train, metro or bus 46.
- Easy withdrawal in the airport.
- Without stress having to constantly buy tickets.
Remember: if you have any questions about transport options in Barcelona, such as how to get to the city's main attractions from your vacation apartment, write me in the comments below.
What does this Barcelona transport card include?
Your Barcelona Travel Card includes unlimited transport in Barcelona zone 1 :
- Trains (including R2 from the airport to the center of Barcelona)
- Metro (all lines, including L9 from the airport, for a value of € 9,00)
- All TMB buses
- Trolley car
- Montjuic Funicular (Attention! This is not the Montjuic Cable Car)
Some of you may be wondering what exactly is zone 1? The answer is simple, it is practically everywhere. Unlike big cities like New York and London, Zone 1 is within reach of the subway network.
This covers practically all the main attractions in Barcelona.
The rates of Hola BCN
Hola Bcn's online purchase includes one 10% off included in the following prices:
- Hello Bcn 48 hours: (€ 16,30) € 14,67.
- Hello Bcn 72 hours: (€ 23,70) € 21,33.
- Hello Bcn 96 hours: (€ 30,80) € 27,72.
- Hello Bcn 120 ivy: (€ 38,00) € 34,20.
These prices apply to everyone (including students, over 65s, etc.), only children under 4 years travel free.
As you can see, buying this Barcelona transport ticket online you spend a little less than € 7,00 per day, including your transfer between the airport and the center of Barcelona.
Keep in mind that the return metro service from the airport already costs € 9,00!
Where to buy the Hola Bcn card?
For the lowest price and the best customer service, you can buy your transport card through the Barcelona Tourist Office.
You can access their website using the blue button below.
Where can you collect your Barcelona transport card?
Once you've purchased it online, getting it back is just as easy!
You can pick up your Hola BCN card directly upon arrival at the airport in both terminals between 8:30 am and 20:30 pm or at the airport metro station until 21:XNUMX pm.
If you arrive on a late flight, you will need to collect your transport card the next day at one of the collection points in the city center:
- Plaza Cataluña n ° 17-S: (near the Hard Rock Cafe and the giant "i" with the underground escalator) daily from 8:30 am to 20:30 pm.
- Santos Station: Plaza Paisos Catalans, soft on the days from 8 am to 30 pm.
- The statue of Christopher Columbus: Plaça Portal de la Pau, every day from 8:30 a.m. to 20:30 p.m.
- Plaza Sant Jaume n ° 2: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 20:30 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 00 p.m. Sundays and holidays: from 19pm to midnight.
- Plaza España: every day from 9 am to 15 pm From June to September: every day from 8:30 am to 20:30 pm.
- Sacred Family: every day from 9 am to 15 pm From June to September: every day from 8:30 am to 20:30 pm.
- All offices are closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Note the pick-up point at metro stations from Barcelona Airport (L9S) is the best option for late arrivals: at both stations it is only necessary to contact the information point Barcelona Tourism to get your card back.
Validity and restrictions
Your Hola BCN is activated the first time you use it.
This means that if you have a 72-hour tourist travel card and you make your first trip on January 1 at noon, you will have until January 4 at noon to travel for free.
Night bus and Hola BCN
Unfortunately, the Hola Bcn card is not valid for night buses as they are operated by a private company.
To use the night bus system, you can pay directly to the bus driver. € 2,20 per single ticket cash.
Remember that from Sunday to Thursday the Barcelona metro closes from 00:00 to 05:00 and from 02:00 to 05:00 on Fridays.
On Saturday night (to be clear, the night between Saturday and Sunday), the metro is open all night!
If you're looking for a great night out at the clubs, do it on a Saturday, unless you're rich enough to hail a cab.
Why not another discounted transit card?
The great thing about this discounted transportation card is that it costs much less than its sister, the Barcelona Card, which is more for people looking to see a ton of attractions in addition to getting transportation. unlimited.
If you are a little confused, be sure to check out my page comparing Barcelona transport cards.
El Barcelona City Pass
The popular Barcelona City Pass is an excellent option, as it takes you to mega attractions such as the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, it allows you to take the airport transport with the very convenient Airbus or get a ticket for the Montjuic cable car and a one or two day pass with the Tourist Bus.
You will also benefit from 20% discount on your Hola BCN card and 20% discount on practically everything what you can do in Barcelona, from flamenco to Camp Nou.
Decide which card to buy
If you are sure you want to see many attractions, it is better to opt for the Barcelona Card or the City Pass, but when it is a simple transport letter, Hola BCN is the most economical and efficient.
Still a bit confused about which discount card to get? Write me in the comments below with a list of things you would like to see and a budget and I will do my best to help.
The Hola Bcn card and the suburbs of Barcelona
If you stay a bit out of the city, here is a list of neighboring municipalities included in zone 1:
San Adriá del Besos, Badalona, Montgat, Montcada i Reixac, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cornellá de Llobregat, Sant Boi de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat and Castelldefels.
All these cities can be reached by train with the Hola Barcelona transport card.
Is the validity of the card daily or hourly?
Validity is for hours. If you activate a 72-hour card at 18pm on Friday, you will have until 18pm on Monday to take advantage of your unlimited tourist travel card.
Why in some places is it written that the validity of the card is per day and not per hour as indicated here?
Because recently the characteristics of the card changed and these sites probably have not updated the information.
I bought several cards following the blue button but in the coupon received they are all in my name, is this normal?
Yes, no problem, the cards are not personal.
I made a mistake buying the card, can I request a refund?
Yes, write an email to email@example.com.
I lost my Hola Bcn card, can I have a duplicate?
Unfortunately, this is not possible, so be careful.
Is the Hola Bcn card interpersonal?
No, only the cardholder is allowed to travel.
Can I use Hola Bcn to get to Girona?Montserrat/Sitges ?
No, the subscription is only valid in the 1 zone of the Barcelona transport network, read above for more information.
Is this card worth the cost?
If you're planning to visit a bunch of attractions and can't afford a taxi, clearly yes!
I am a student / retiree, am I entitled to a reduction in transportation?
No, only children under 4 years of age travel for free on Barcelona's public transport.
Is the card valid at the time of purchase or withdrawal?
No, the card is activated the first time you use it.
I am going to stay in Barcelona for 6 days, is there a card for more than 120 hours?
No, for stays longer than 120 hours (5 days) you will have to make combinations of cards (for example, 48h + 96h)
Do I have to reserve my Hola Bcn card well in advance?
In general, there are no rules for reserving your Barcelona transport card, but obviously the sooner the better in case you have any unexpected problems along the way.
Come bother me in the comments
If the Hola BCN Card is not the best transport card for Barcelona, what is it?
Remember, you can message me below about anything about your Barcelona vacation and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also be sure to check out my complete guide to Barcelona. ?
Also, don't be afraid to join the discussion about public transport in Barcelona on my new Facebook group called “For City Lovers”. Here you can ask questions, voice your complaints, chat with other travelers and more - anything goes!
Have a good holiday!