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Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Barcelona

How to take a tour of Barcelona by bus, the best way to discover the city in the blink of an eye. Buy your tickets for the tourist bus and tour the beautiful streets full of the most unique architecture in Europe.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

9 min read

Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Barcelona

Tourist bus around Barcelona | ©Kiran Fernando

If you are looking for an easy way to explore Barcelona, look no further: the tourist bus is comfortable, fast, and allows you to see the main points of interest of the city. It's a great option for visiting Barcelona in a short time.

1. Tickets for the Barcelona tourist bus

Barcelona from the tourist bus
Barcelona from the tourist bus

If you are obsessed with exploring every last corner of the places you visit, read on! The Barcelona sightseeing bus has many advantages and there are different options that you can choose according to your budget or interests during the trip:

2. Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

View from the bus | ©Andy Mitchell
View from the bus | ©Andy Mitchell

For the Barcelona sightseeing bus tour by City Sightseeing, you can choose a 1 or 2-day pass and ride the bus as many times as you want. It has three different routes to choose from, with over 40 stops in total, allowing you to basically explore the entire city aboard the bus and move freely around Barcelona using the bus as transportation.

The three routes cover almost all of the city's sights. Here is the complete list of stops for each:

Red route

  • Plaça de Catalunya
  • Casa Batlló
  • Passeig de Gràcia
  • Francesc Macià
  • Estació de Sants Creu Coberta - Pl Espanya
  • Plaça d'Espanya
  • CaixaForum Barcelona
  • Poble Espanyol
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia
  • Anella Olímpica
  • Fundació Joan Miró - Pl Neptú
  • Montjuïc Cable Car
  • La Pedrera
  • Batlló House
  • Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens
  • World Trade Center Barcelona
  • Maritime Museum of Barcelona
  • Museum of the History of Catalonia
  • Olympic Port
  • Zoo
  • Pla de Palau
  • Citadel Park
  • Gothic Quarter

Blue route

  • Plaça de Catalunya
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
  • Camp Nou
  • Placa d'Espanya
  • Poble Espanyol
  • Montjuic Castle
  • Parc Guell
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
  • Tibidabo Amusement Park
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona
  • Batllo House
  • Casa Mila - La Pedrera
  • Antoni Tapies Foundation
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
  • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
  • Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes
  • FC Barcelona Official Store - Camp Nou
  • Les Corts Market
  • Egyptian Museum of Barcelona
  • Eixample
  • Turo Park

Green route (only available from April 12th to November 3rd)

  • Olympic Port
  • Diagonal Mar Park
  • Arc de Triomf
  • Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
  • Parc del Fòrum
  • Plaça d'Espanya
  • Natural Science Museum of Barcelona
  • Vicens House
  • Bogatell Beach
  • Poblenou
  • Poblenou Cemetery

How it works

You can choose a 1 or 2 days pass for this tourist bus, and you will receive the confirmation in your email once you make the reservation. You can print the email or show it on your cell phone when you get on the bus, at which point the driver will validate your ticket.

The ticket includes a coupon with discounts in more than 200 restaurants and stores in Barcelona. You can take any of the routes as long as your ticket is valid. If you have chosen the one-day ticket, it will be valid from the moment you get on the bus until the end of the day. The two-day ticket will give you an extra 24 hours to enjoy the Hop On Hop Off bus.

The route is free and you can hop on and off the bus whenever you want. Please note that the green route is only available in summer.

Schedules

Both the red and blue routes operate every day of the year except for January 1st and December 25th from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Each of the full routes lasts 2 hours, and both start at Plaça de Catalunya. The bus passes by each of the stops every 20 minutes, so in case you want to get off and resume the route later, you can do so at the stop of your choice.

As for the green route, it operates from April 12 to November 3, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The entire route lasts 40 minutes and the starting frequency is every 20 minutes, starting from the Olympic Port. You will recognize the bus stops by the City Sightseeing logo at the main points of the city.

3. Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for cruise passengers

Cruise in the port of Barcelona | ©Marcel Sala
Cruise in the port of Barcelona | ©Marcel Sala

If your cruise is going to make a stop in Barcelona and you are looking for a quick way to see the city in one day, the best option is undoubtedly to take a tour in bus Hop On Hop Off from the cruise ship. You can get on board the bus at the Olympic Port of Barcelona, 15 minutes from the cruise station, and enjoy two areas of the city in two routes with different routes, whose stops are as follows:

East Route (green)

  • Plaça de Catalunya
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Port Vell
  • Museum of the History of Catalonia
  • La Barceloneta
  • Olympic Port
  • Bogatell Beach
  • Nova Mar Bella Beach
  • Agbar Tower
  • Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
  • Park Güell
  • Tibidabo Amusement Park
  • Passeig de Gràcia

West Route (orange)

  • Plaça de Catalunya
  • Arc de Triomf
  • Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Passeig de Colom
  • World Trade Center Barcelona
  • Botanical Garden of Barcelona
  • Joan Miró Foundation
  • Olympic Ring
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia
  • Barcelona Pavilion
  • Sant Station
  • Camp Nou
  • Royal Palace
  • Royal Monastery of Santa María de Pedralbes
  • L'illa Diagonal
  • Diagonal Avenue
  • Passeig de Gràcia

How it works

As with the previous tour, you can choose a one or two day ticket that gives you access to both routes. Once you book your ticket, you will receive confirmation in your email, and just follow the instructions and show it to the bus driver when you get on the bus.

The ticket includes headphones to enjoy an audioguide while you take either of the two routes, a map of Barcelona, and a coupon for discounts in stores and restaurants in the city.

Timetables

Both the east (orange) and west (green) routes last about two hours each, and buses pass the stops every 7-15 minutes depending on the time of year.

Alex's Traveller Tip

Use the tourist bus to get around Barcelona and combine the bus tour with a walking tour on your own, that way you will get the most out of your ticket.

4. Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour and Camp Nou Experience

Camp Nou Lawn
Camp Nou Lawn

The perfect combination if you are passionate about football, and a must experience if you are a Barça fan. With this Tourist bus Barcelona tour plus Camp Nou Experience, you can visit Barcelona easily and comfortably from the bus, passing through the main areas of the city, and at the end, you can access the Camp Nou and visit the areas that normally only the players access, such as the locker room and the field.

As in the other tours, this experience has two routes with different stops that show you two areas of Barcelona, and both leave you at the Camp Nou to enjoy the experience of touring the stadium and the FC Barcelona Museum. Here are the stops:

East route (green)

  • Plaça Catalunya
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Port Vell
  • Museum of the History of Catalonia
  • Barceloneta
  • Olympic Port
  • Bogatell Beach
  • Nova Mar Bella Beach
  • Forum
  • Glòries-Torre Agbar
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
  • Park Güell
  • Tibidabo
  • La Pedrera
  • Casa Batlló
  • Camp Nou

West route (orange)

  • Plaza Catalunya
  • Arc de Triomf
  • El Born-Ciutadella-Zoo
  • Passeig de Colom
  • World Trade Center Barcelona
  • Miramar Gardens
  • Joan Miró Foundation
  • Olympic Ring
  • National Museum of Catalonia
  • Poble Espanyol
  • Caixa Fòrum-Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion
  • Plaza de España
  • Sants Station
  • Pius XII Square
  • Royal Palace
  • Güell Pavilion
  • Pedralbes Monastery
  • L'illa Diagonal
  • Diagonal Avenue
  • La Pedrera
  • Casa Batlló
  • Camp Nou

How it works

Book your one or two-day ticket to take this bus tour and you will receive in your mail the purchase confirmation, which you will have to show to the driver either printed or on your cell phone. The ticket includes the bus itinerary and Camp Nou entrance.

Days and opening hours of Camp Nou

Visiting Camp Nou is something for which you must be well informed in advance, as there are a good number of days a year that it is closed for matches. The official schedule is as follows:

  • From April 2 to October 7: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.

  • From October 8 to April 1: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Camp Nou on match days

On La Liga or Spanish Cup match days no tours. The FC Barcelona Museum opens up to 3 hours before kickoff and reopens 90 minutes before kickoff, until kickoff.

On Champions League match days there are no tours and only the second floor of the FC Barcelona Museum can be visited until 15:00. The day before the matches the tour route is modified and all areas of the Camp Nou and the Museum can be accessed except the second floor of the latter.

Also, from July 1 to August 31, at Easter or Christmas there are special schedules that you should consult the official website of Camp Nou as they vary each year. If you want to know more about this part of the tour, read more about the Camp Nou Experience in my article about it: Camp Nou Experience Tickets.

5. Hop On Hop Off bus tour of Barcelona with tickets to the Barcelona Aquarium

Aquarium Barcelona | ©Emilio
Aquarium Barcelona | ©Emilio

This tour is very similar to the previous one, with the difference that instead of including tickets to Camp Nou to visit the stadium and the FC Barcelona Museum, it includes the bus tour and the entrance to the Barcelona Aquarium.

You will enjoy two unique bus tours and then visit the aquarium, dedicated to the marine life of the Mediterranean with 14 different habitats. In addition, you will also see species from tropical waters and some animals from points around the world.

As in the previous tour, you can choose between two routes to see Barcelona or combine them for the full experience:

East route (green)

  • Plaça Catalunya
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Port Vell
  • Museum of the History of Catalonia
  • Barceloneta
  • Olympic Port
  • Bogatell Beach
  • Nova Mar Bella Beach
  • Forum
  • Glòries-Torre Agbar
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
  • Park Güell
  • Tibidabo
  • La Pedrera
  • Casa Batlló
  • Camp Nou

West route (orange)

  • Plaza Catalunya
  • Arc de Triomf
  • El Born-Ciutadella-Zoo
  • Passeig de Colom
  • World Trade Center Barcelona
  • Miramar Gardens
  • Joan Miró Foundation
  • Olympic Ring
  • National Museum of Catalonia
  • Poble Espanyol
  • Caixa Fòrum-Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion
  • Plaza de España
  • Sants Station
  • Pius XII Square
  • Royal Palace
  • Güell Pavilion
  • Pedralbes Monastery
  • L'illa Diagonal
  • Diagonal Avenue
  • La Pedrera
  • Casa Batlló
  • Camp Nou

How it works

Very similar to the rest of the bus tours: once you have your reservation made, you will receive in the mail the confirmation and all the necessary instructions, and you just have to show it to the bus driver and at the entrance of the aquarium to enjoy the experience.

Opening hours of the Barcelona Aquarium

The Barcelona Aquarium opens every day of the week at 10:00. From Monday to Friday it closes at 7:30 pm and at 8:00 pm on weekends, with extended hours during some holidays such as Easter.

6. Other tours of Barcelona that may interest you

Park Güell | ©Jorge Franganillo
Park Güell | ©Jorge Franganillo

Being one of Barcelona's must-see sights, many travelers often take a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia. In case you are thinking about doing it, I tell you everything you need to know in my guide of Sagrada Familia - Skip The Line Tickets.

Park Güell is another one of those visits that you will always remember, and that's why it's a good idea to take a tour of this emblematic park. I recommend you to read my guide on Park Güell Tickets and Tours where you will find all the tips and tricks to make the most of your visit.

Finally, many museums in Barcelona may interest you, especially if you want to see the youthful work of Picasso or immerse yourself in the artistic world of Catalan painters such as Tàpies or Miró. You can consult my Museums Tickets guide to get your tickets and guided tours at the best price.

Frequently asked questions

  • What landmarks of Barcelona will I see from a Hop-on Hop-off Bus?

    You will enjoy the sights of Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Parc Güell and Plaça Catalunya, among other landmarks such as the Camp Nou, the Jardins de Miramar and the Cathedral of the Gothic Quarter.

  • How long does a Hop-on Hop-off complete tour last?

    Each bus route takes about 2 hours if you stay for the whole ride. Buses depart around every 7-15 minutes from each stop.

  • Can I combine the Hop-on Hop-off with another experience?

    Most bus tours are sold separately and won't include other experiences. However, usually they do include a tourist booklet of Barcelona and a map.