Tour Barcelona by Bus

Bus tours are a great way to see the sites of Barcelona without tiring yourself and for those on a tight schedule they offer a way to pack in all those sites.

Barcelona’s Hop-on hop-off buses visit all of the city’s most important monuments with a guided commentary all the way.

Audio guides are available in twelve languages and the ticket includes discount vouchers for numerous restaurants and tourist attractions. Be aware that the buses can get very full in high season and that in the unlikely case of bad weather there are not many seats inside.

In Barcelona, there are two companies offering this service: Barcelona City Tour, and the Barcelona Bus Turístic. Both take in all the important sites, such as the Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Park Güell, Passeig de Gràcia and Montjuic.

Barcelona City Tour has two routes. The eastern route runs from the city centre to Tibidabo and takes in the Camp Nou stadium on the way. The western route is only available in summer and runs from the port to the Forum.

Barcelona Bus Turístic covers all the same sites via three different routes:

Red line: Plaça Catalunya to Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Gracia, Diagonal, Estacio de Sants, Montjuic and Port Vell.

Blue line: Placa Catalunya to the MACBA, Passeig de Gracia, Sagrada Familia, Gracia, Park Guell, Tibidabo and Camp Nou.

Green line: Port Olimpic to Poblenou, the Forum, along the city’s beaches (this only runs during the summer).

For more information from Barcelona Bus Turístic, click here

The beauty of a tourist bus is that you can get off at any of the stops and in your own time see the site, have a walk around the area and simply hop on the next bus when you are ready – buses run between every 5 and 25 minutes, depending on the time of the year. Alternatively you can just stay on the bus, enjoy the commentary and take in the sites.

All tour bus services begin at 9 o’clock in Plaza Catalunya and, with the exception of Barcelona Bus Turístic’s green line, last roughly 2 hours. These run every day of the year, excluding the Summer green route bus which is just during summer, and except the 25th of December and the 1st of January.

The cost of a tour is 22€ for an adult and 14 for a child (Barcelona City Tour also offer concessions for people over 65). Two-day tickets are also available at a cost of 29 euros for adults and 18 euros for children. Online bookings from Barcelona City Tour receive a 10% discount.

Tips for touring Barcelona by bus

Begin your journeys as early as possible, especially during high season when tours tend to be very busy. When you find a stop where you wish to get off, it is worth completing a whole circuit to gain an idea of the full journey first.

If staying in Barcelona for several days, it is worth buying a 2-day ticket, for only an extra 6 euros.

Discount booklets are still valid after your journey and offer reduced price entry to sites such as the Casa Batlló and the Aquarium.

If you wish to take a bus tour while it is raining, bear in mind that the number of covered seats is limited and the bus can get very full. Rain in Barcelona is usually light and the Barcelona City Tour buses have a canopy roof to protect passengers from light rain.

Remember to keep hold of your ticket, you will need to show it every time you get on.

Have you taken a bus tour in Barcelona? How did you find it? Would you like to go? Please leave us a comment below!

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11 Responses to Tour Barcelona by Bus

  1. Struat from MCAS Certification says:

    I never seen Barcelona. But it really sounds diffrent and i wish to goto Barcelone. And the tour on a bus is a real fun and excitment.

  2. hris from csightseeing in london says:

    These tour buses are a great and popular way of seeing the city, tickets last for 24 hours and you get an audi commentary also. Great way in a couple of hours of seeing all the good attractions safely.

  3. John from Iota Phi Theta says:

    That’s nice! Using a tour bus is a good idea going places in this big city. Like Barcelona.

  4. Rom from seo backlinks says:

    Will try to take the bus this month, will visit Barcelona again.

  5. Brian Kinkade from Denver luxury real estate says:

    Touring with buses are a great way to see the area you are in without you getting so tired. The good thing is that if you reach a place and you want to take a walk around then you can do so.

  6. Edu from Continuum South Beach says:

    Thanks for providing this useful information, I’m planning to visit Barcelona this year, I will surely tour Barcelona by bus.

  7. Villa from W South Beach says:

    Enjoy Barcelona Sightseeing with the popular tourist buses from Placa Catalunya in the center of Barcelona.

  8. Edward from Miami Homes says:

    I always ride tourist buses when visiting great cities in wonderful countries. Thanks for this great information I will surely tour Barcelona by bus just like other country I visited.

  9. Lina from Acqualina Miami says:

    So excited to go on Barcelona, I am very pleased that there is blog like this that gives information about the wonderful places in Barcelona. Thank you so much.

  10. Chloe from Paris Sightseeing Tour says:

    Tour buses, no matter where, are the way to go especially if you’re tight on time and you have a desire to see as much as possible in the very limited amount of days you have in any big city. Barcelona is no exception. You will love having the convenience of seeing so many of the fabulous monuments and landmarks the city has to offer, and if you feel like visiting one specific place more, you will know where it is and how to get there. You can’t go wrong and this the the ideal method to grab all the famous sites and get a great vantage point for taking marvelous photos!

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