Barcelona City & Transport Passes

This guide will help you narrow down the best choices for you and your specific needs, whether you are a tourist or residing in sunny Barcelona.

Barcelona is a top travel destination that boasts endless opportunities for tours and excursions. Transport and discount cards provide you with ease of travel on your terms.

So here we go: 

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1. Get the most out of Barcelona with Transport & Discount Cards!

This guide is meant to help you navigate the various options for discount cards and transport in Barcelona.

Once you have gathered the information and made your comparisons, you can choose the card that suits your needs.

Here is a quick look at each card, what they include and what the differences are:

Hola BCN Transport Card:
Free Public Transport in Barcelona

Barcelona Card:
Free Public Transport in Barcelona
Free access to 23 attractions/museums in Barcelona
Discount for different attractions/museums in Barcelona

Best of Barcelona Pass:
Free Public Transport in Barcelona
Free access to 23 attractions/museums in Barcelona
Discount for different attractions/museums in Barcelona
Harbour Cruise
Flamenco Show at Flamenco Palace
Skip the line admission to Park Guell
Skip the line admission to Sagrada Familia

iVenture Card:
Free Access to different attractions/museums in Barcelona

Articket:
Free access to 6 art museums in Barcelona

Since the main differences are clear now, let’s have a look in detail at each Card:

2 Barcelona discount cards

2.1 Hola BCN Transport Card

This card has limitless rides. With this card, ALL of Barcelona´s transfers are covered.

If you book this card online, you save 5% on your booking. Just make sure to specify the amount of days at the time of booking.

Duration: 3-5 days (72-120 hours).

This card is valid based on hours rather than calendar days and becomes active from when it is first used.

Prices:

3 days (72 hours)- 5% discount: 21.10€
4 days (96 hours)- 5% discount: 27.35€
5 days (120 hours)- 5% discount: 33.65€

What is included?

  • Metro and bus (TMB)
  • Local Train (FCG)
  • Tram (TRAM)
  • Regional Train (Rodalies de Catalunya)

2.2. Barcelona Flexi Pass iVenture Card

The iVenture Card is the ultimate attraction pass. You can save on the must-see attractions, museums and tours in Barcelona.

Valid from the first time of use, consolidate your museum and activities for entrance with one electronic card. The most popular monuments are included in this card.

Choose between 3-5 activities out of a list of 35. The Barcelona Flexi Pass 3 allows you to choose from 3 activities whereas the Flexi Pass 5 gives you 5 choices.

If you would like access to the entire list of 35, simply purchase the Unlimited Pass. Every iVenture card comes with a guide with helpful maps and attraction information.

This card means cash free entry; just show your card when you want to enter an attraction.

Duration: 7 days

Prices:

Barcelona Flexi Pass Unlimited – Adults: 255,00€
Barcelona Flexi Pass Unlimited – Children (4-13 years): 180,00€
Barcelona Flexi Pass 5 – Adults: 135,00€
Barcelona Flexi Pass 5 – Children: 90,00€
Barcelona Flexi Pass 3 – Adults: 85,00€
Barcelona Flexi Pass 3 – Children: 65,00€

Activities to choose from:

  • Sagrada Família. Skip the line entry + Guided Tour
  • Girona Game of Thrones tour: Half Day Guided Tour* (Supplement 15€)
  • Montserrat Morning Tour. Half day tour + Liquor Tasting* (Supplement 15€)
  • Port Aventura: Only ticket**
  • Gaudí Exhibition Center: Entrance
  • Boat tour Las Golondrinas. 1,5h Boat Cruise + soft drink
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Main course + dessert + drink
  • Barcelona Highlights Tour: Half Day Guided Tour* (Supplement 15€)
  • La Pedrera Gaudí. Skip the line entry
  • L’Aquarium Barcelona: Entrance
  • Art Nouveau Site Sant Pau: Guided Tour*
  • Picasso Museum & Gothic Quarter: Guided Tour*
  • La Roca Village Shopping Express. Transport + VIP Savings Card
  • FC Barcelona Experience. Entry** (Supplement 5€)
  • Artistic Barcelona, the Best of Gaudi: Half Day Guided Tour* (Supplement 15€)
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic: One Day Ticket
  • Barcelona City Tour: One Day Ticket
  • Basilica Santa Maria del Mar. Guided tour
  • Casa Batllo: Single Entry & Audioguide
  • Casa de les Punxes: Entrance + audioguide
  • Casa Vicens: Entrance ticket
  • Casa Vicens – First Gaudi’s House: Guided Tour*
  • La Colonia Güell: Entry Gaudi’s Crypt + Colonia Guell’s map + Audio guide
  • Cooltra Motorbikes. One Day Motorbike Rent (valid driver license needed)
  • Gaudí Experience. Skip the line entry + 4D Experience
  • Gaudí Park Güell. Skip the line entry + Guided Tour*
  • Gaudí Torre Bellesguard. Skip the line entry + Audio guide
  • Mirador de Colón: Ride to the Top Ticket
  • MNAC Museum: Skip the line entry.
  • Egyptian Museum: Entry ticket
  • Palacio del Flamenco: Show + Drink
  • Palau Requesens. Guided tour + Sword’s Fighting Exhibition + Cava & snacks*
  • Poble Espanyol: Skip the Line Ticket
  • La Burguesa Restaurant: Special Meal
  • Txapela Restaurant: Special Meal

*It is required to book in advance at least 24 hours before.

**For the FC Barcelona entrance tickets, it is compulsory to collect the tickets at Juliá Travel Office: Balmes St, 5. Barcelona.

What is always included?

  • Casino Barcelona. Entry + welcome drink (glass of cava, soda or beer).
  • Matalaraynya´s Bar (Casa de les Punxes). Vermut Single Drink.
  • Gaudi´s La Pedrera: The origins. 3€ Discount on the General Admission.

2.3 Barcelona Card

This card features free access to 23 different attractions, ALL public transport and many more discounts!

The Barcelona Card is also known as the tourist card, Barcelona discount card and the Barcelona travel card.

Covering transportation, attractions and discounts makes this card a one stop shop for your trip´s needs. The public transport also includes the airport train as well as the complete bus and metro network.

Based on hours rather than calendar days, this card becomes active from its first use.

The full Barcelona Card is valid for 3-5 days. The Barcelona Card Express is valid for 2 days (48 hours) and is the more economical of the two.

Duration: 48-120 hours or 2-5 days.

Prices:

Express 2 days (48h) – Adults -10% Discount: 18,00€
Express 2 days (48h) – Children -10% Discount (4-12 years): 18,00€
3 days (72h) – Adults -10% Discount: 41,40€
3 days (72h) – Children -10% Discount (4-12 years): 19,80€
4 days (96h) – Adults -10% Discount: 50,40€
4 days (96h) – Children -10% Discount (4-12 years): 25,15€
5 days (120h) – Adults -10% Discount: 54,90€
5 days (120h) – Children -10% Discount (4-12 years): 29,70€

What is included?

  • Free city transport: Metro, tram, day buses, FGC (Catalan railways), RENFE (Spanish railways, zone 1).
  • Free airport transfer: Get to the city center for free with the airport train.
  • Free museums and attractions as mentioned in the booklet (Barcelona Card only)
  • Information Guide in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.
  • Cut-out coupons for free offers
  • A general city map + metro network map
  • Huge discounts in museums, culture venues, leisure attractions, night-time venues, entertainment, shops, restaurants and other services throughout the city.

2.4 Best of Barcelona Pass

This pass already includes the Barcelona Card, with all its features, like free transport, free museums and plenty of discounts.

The Best of Barcelona Pass is the All-in-One solutions for first time visitors of Barcelona. It offers full cost control with free public transport including the airport metro+train as well as the complete bus and metro network.

Additionally, it also includes all the top sights of the city, like Gaudi Cathedral Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Picasso Museum.

On top of this, enjoy a Flamenco Show at the famous Flamenco Palace and a boat cruise around the port of Barcelona.

Based on hours rather than calendar days, this card becomes active from its first use. and there is also an attractive family option!

Duration: 72-120 hours or 3-5 days.

Prices:

3 days (72h) – Adults: 109,00€
3 days (72h) – Children (4-12 years): 69,00€
3 days (72h) – Family (2 adults + 2 children) (4-12 years): 329,00€
4 days (96h) – Adults: 119,00€
4 days (96h) – Children (4-12 years): 74,00€
4 days (96h) – Family (2 adults + 2 children) (4-12 years) 359,00€
5 days (120h) – Adults: 129,00€
5 days (120h) – Children (4-12 years): 79,00€
5 days (120h) – Family (2 adults + 2 children) (4-12 years): 389,00€

What is included?

  • Free city transport: Metro, tram, day buses, FGC (Catalan railways), RENFE (Spanish railways, zone 1).
  • Free airport transfer: Get to the city center for free with the airport train.
  • Free museums and attractions as mentioned in the booklet (Barcelona Card only)
  • Information Guide in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.
  • Cut-out coupons for free offers
  • A general city map + metro network map
  • Huge discounts in museums, culture venues, leisure attractions, night-time venues, entertainment, shops, restaurants and other services throughout the city.
  • Sagrada Familia with Skip The Line Admission
  • Park Guell with Skip The Line Admission
  • Barcelona Harbour Boat Cruise
  • Picasso Museum with Skip The Line Admission
  • Flamenco Show at Flamenco Palace incl. Flamenco Experience

2.5 Articket

If you are a museum lover, then this ticket if for you!

This card features permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. An art lover´s paradise, Barcelona has a rich and pulsating art culture ready to be explored.

This pass lasts for 365 days, ensuring that you can enjoy museums and exhibitions year-round. You can access the art centers as you please in whichever order you desire.

Although Catalonia is known for the art in this region, as it has both artistic and historical meaning in preserving its heritage, the Articket also includes museums with cotemporary collections and art from around the world spanning decades.

Duration: 365 days.

Prices:

Adults: 30,00€
Children up to 16 years are for free!

What is included?

  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
  • Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
  • Fundacio Joan Miró Museum
  • Fundació Antoni Tàpies
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
  • Picasso Museum
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3. General FAQ’s

How do I use the Barcelona Card?

After you booked the card on our website you will receive a voucher on your email. With this voucher, you go to one of the Official Barcelona Tourist Offices. Here you can exchange the voucher for the Barcelona Card.

After you picked up the card you can use it at the attractions. Either you go to an attraction immediately, show the card and receive the discount or free access or you can book in advance.

If you want/need to book in advance we would advise you to contact the specific attraction directly to make a reservation with the discount.

MOBILE VOUCHER: If you have got your voucher on your mobile phone, please go to the office on Placa Catalunya and send the voucher to the front-office staff via email in their free wifi.

PRINTED VOUCHER: If you have got your printed voucher, you can exchange it at any of the official Barcelona tourist offices.

Is the Barcelona Card worth it?

If the Barcelona Card is worth it or not depends mainly on your travel in Barcelona. We would recommend you to use public transport, as taxis can be expensive and unnecessary.

If you want to get the most money out of it you should plan a few various activities/museums a day. Iron out a plan beforehand with everything you would like to do, then you can assess if it is worth it or not.

How do I use the Hola BCN Transport Card?

After you booked the card on our website you will receive a voucher on your email. With this voucher, you go to one of the Official Barcelona Tourist Offices. Here you exchange the voucher for the Hola BCN Card.

After you pick up the card, you can start using it for the public transport in Barcelona, just like a normal transportation card.

MOBILE VOUCHER: If you have got your voucher on your mobile phone, please go to the office on Placa Catalunya and send the voucher to the front-office staff via email on their free wifi.

PRINTED VOUCHER: If you have got your printed voucher, you can exchange it at any of the official Barcelona tourist offices.

Is the Hola BCN Card worth it?

Yes, the Hola BCN Card is definitely worth it if you are planning to do everything via public transport. We would recommend you to don’t take any taxis if it isn’t necessary.

Can I use my Hola Bcn card to get to Girona/Montserrat/Sitges?

No, the Hola BCN Card is only valid for zone one of the Barcelona transport network.

Where can I find the Official Barcelona Tourist Offices?

Barcelona Airport: One office in each Terminal
Open daily from 08.30 to 20.30 h except 01/01 and 25/12.

Barcelona’s main train station of Sants
Open daily from 8 to 20 h except 01/01 and 25/12.

Columbus monument in the port at the beginning of la Rambla
Open daily from 9.30 to 15.30 h except 01/01 and 25/12.

Placa de Catalunya, right on the square in the basement
Open daily from 8.30 to 20.30 h except 01/01 and 25/12.
(please exchange your mobile voucher here)

Placa de Sant Jaume – next to the city hall
Open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 20 h, Saturday 9 to 17 h, Sundays and holidays from 9 to 14 h except 01/01 and 25/12.

How do I use the Best of Barcelona Pass?

After you booked the card on our website you will receive all vouchers and tickets on your email.

For Sagrada Familia and Park Guell you have to select the date and time when you make the booking, because these two major monuments of Barcelona require a reservation to visit!

You will receive the tickets for these monuments a week before arrival on your email, together with the tickets for the harbour cruise and the flamenco show.

The travel pass for all city and airport transport you pick up at one of the Official Barcelona Tourist Offices right at the airport or in various locations in the city centre.

Together with the travel pass you also receive the discount & museum card. Both get activated from first use for the amount of hours you selected: 3 days (72h), 4 days (96h) or 5 days (120h).

How do I use the iVenture Card:

After you made the booking at our website you will receive a separate email with your personal Booking ID.

Select the activities you want and activate your iVenture Card online

Or go with your Booking ID to the tour office in the city center.

Once you activate the card, you have 7 consecutive days to see as much as you have selected before it expires. Just show your pass at the entry to get in.

Is the iVenture card based on hours or calendar days?

The iVenture Card is based on calendar days. If you buy the pass it is valid for 7 consecutive days.

How do I use the Articket?

After you have made the booking on our website, you will receive a voucher in your email. Please print this voucher and exchange it directly at any of the featured museums.

If you can’t print it, please exchange it at:

The official Barcelona tourist office in Plaça Catalunya (inside the square at the bottom left corner – in front of Portal de l’Angel)

Can you skip the lines with the Articket?

Yes, with your Articket you can skip the line in all museums.

Can children join adults for free with the Articket?

Children until 16 years old can use the Articket for free.

If you want to skip some museums, but go to others more than once, could you do it with this or is it just good for one visit at each museum?

It is valid to visit one museum one time only.

We would recommend you to buy the Articket if you are coming to Barcelona more than once a year or if you love art and you are planning to visit these museums in a short time.

4. Book them online!

Please use the search box or take a look at the products below:

  • Hola Bcn Main

    Hola BCN Transport Card

    5 stars
    50%
    4 stars
    33%
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    2 stars
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    One Card - Limitless rides. With this Card you cover ALL of Barcelona's transfers. Book the Hola BCN Card NOW and save 5% on your booking!

    Duration: 2 - 5 days (48 - 120 hours)
    From: 14,80 Book Now
  • The Parc Guell Tour 2

    Best of Barcelona Pass

    5 stars
    75%
    4 stars
    15%
    3 stars
    5%
    2 stars
    5%
    1 star
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    The all-in-one solution for your stay in Barcelona. Free public transport plus skip the line admission to the best attractions - great savings, total control of costs - all out of one hand.

    Duration: 3 - 5 days (72 - 120 hours)
    From: 109,00 Book Now
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    Barcelona Flexi Pass

    Discover Barcelona with iVenture: the ultimate Attraction Pass! Save up in the must-see attractions, tours & museums in Barcelona.

    Duration: 7 days
    From: 85,00 Book Now
  • Barcelona Card 4res

    Barcelona Card

    5 stars
    75%
    4 stars
    15%
    3 stars
    5%
    2 stars
    5%
    1 star
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    FREE access to 23 different attractions, ALL public transport & many more DISCOUNTS with the Barcelona Card. Book Online NOW & save 10%.

    Duration: 2 - 5 days (48 - 120 hours)
    From: 18,00 Book Now
  • Barcelona Articket 1

    Articket

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    Barcelona’s art museums invite you to visit their permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.

    Duration: 365 days
    From: 30,00 Book Now

5. General Tips, Recommendations & Advice

It can feel easier to just purchase tickets at face value, especially if you are only traveling to Barcelona for a short time. Taking advantage of discounts with these cards is worth the research and the effort.

Although hopping in a taxi seems like the obvious choice during a quick trip to a new city, the cab fares add up and you miss out on experiencing another element of Barcelona.

The public transportation is reliable, clean and convenient. Travel around the city like a local and save money with the discount card options.

Live in Barcelona? This article is still relevant for you! The discount cards are great for your convenience as well. In addition, if you have visitors this is a perfect option for you and your group to receive discounts. The Articket lasts year-round and it is definitely a no brainer for those living in Barcelona.

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View on Barcelona from Park Güell.

6. Conclusion

Here is a wrap up of the cards highlighted:

For transport only needs, the Hola BCN Transport card is what you need.

Excited to explore the plethora of attractions found in exciting Barcelona? The Barcelona Flexi Pass is a perfect card for all of your sight-seeing adventures.

Are you in need of a card that combines both attractions and the transportation needs? The Barcelona Card is for you! This combines all public transport needs and free access to 23 different attractions.

If you are looking for a All-in-One pass with all major attractions, especially for first time visitors, then go for the Best of Barcelona Pass.

For art enthusiasts, the Articket is a must. This gives you access to the wealth of artistic treasures waiting to be explored.

And now it’s your turn!

Do you have any open questions we haven’t answered?

Which card(s) did you get and how was your experience with them?

We would love to open up the discussion for comments, questions and any insight you have to share with us. Sharing and commenting is a wonderful way for travellers to connect as well as for us to fine tune our offers and descriptions.

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