Public transport Barcelona: Travel cards & tickets Overview and prices (2024)
Whether you need a single ticket, a 10-ride T-Casual or a “Hola BCN” travel card, here you will find up-to-date prices and information. This will help you find the right ticket for your stay in Barcelona quickly and easily.
Our tips for finding & buying the right ticket for your needs will save you time & money during your trip to Barcelona.
All public transport in Barcelona is organised under a single fare system, run by the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità (ATM). This makes it easier for passengers.
The main tickets for visitors and tourists
Here we present what we consider to be the most important tickets for visitors and tourists.
For the sake of clarity, we have not included tickets for longer stays, such as monthly tickets, annual tickets, etc. in this list.
Tickets for public transport in Barcelona: the choice is huge. Choosing the right ticket before you travel will save you time and money.
1) Single Ticket
If you want to use the public transport occasionally
The classic single ticket is the right choice if you only use public transport occasionally. With a single ticket you can, for example, travel on a TMB city bus or use the metro.
Single ticket – current price
The current price (2024) for a single ticket is EUR 2.55. You can buy it from ticket machines.
Single tickets for the local transport companies TMB and FGC in Barcelona. These tickets are not valid on the airport metro / railway lines.
Specific regulations of the single ticket in Barcelona:
A single ticket does NOT entitle you to use the metro to/from the airport. You need to buy an extra ticket called an “airport ticket”, which costs €5.50 (one way) or €11 (return). Many visitors therefore buy the cheap day ticket “Hola BCN” (see below for details). This ticket includes metro or train service between the city center and the airport. In addition, it offers unlimited travel in all Barcelona’s public transport services for the period of validity (2-5 days).
Bus, metro and tram have different single tickets, which may not be valid in the other transport system. The 10-Ticket “T-casual” or the “Hola BCN” travel card will get you around this problem.
2) Travel card “Hola BCN!” for 2–5 days: cheap & easy to use
Unlimited travel on bus, metro, tram, suburban train + metro to/from airport
The “Hola Barcelona Travel Card” is very popular with visitors to the city because it’s easy and convenient to use. You don’t have to deal with the fares and ticketing systems of Barcelona’s 5 transport companies.
One ticket, several names:
Until 2019, this ticket was called “Hola BCN! Now it has a new name: “Hola Barcelona Travel Card”. Apart from the name and the design of the cards, nothing has changed.
One ticket for almost all local transport:
The “Hola BCN” card offers you unlimited journeys using the metro (subway), city buses (TMB), tram, regional railway (Rodalies de Catalunya, Zone 1), urban railway (FGC, zone 1) and the funicular railway (Funicular de Montjuïc).
Hola BCN ticket: easy & cheap use of local transport including airport transfer. Tip: You can buy your ticket online – this will save you time and stress in Barcelona.
“Hola BCN” card includes metro service travel between city center and the airport
Since 2016, Barcelona’s El Prat airport has been connected to the metro network. With the “Hola BCN” card, you can travel to and from the airport by train or metro without having to pay extra or buy an extra ticket. This means you don’t have to pay the extra €11 for a return metro ticket. Regular single tickets or 10-trip T-Casual tickets are not valid for this trip!
Fares and prices of the “Hola BCN” travel card (2024):
2 days validity: €17.50 3 days validity: €25.50 4 days validity: €33.30 5 days validity: €40.80
You can buy the “Hola BCN” card before departurevia this website. This may save time and stress.
Buying the “Hola BCN” card – is it worth it?
If you buy a “Hola Barcelona travel card” with a validity of 5 days you pay in effect EUR 8,15 per day for it. For this little money the card offers you unlimited travel on the public transport in Barcelona.
It’s hard to find another major city in Europe that offers a day pass for this price. The Hola BCN card even includes the metro or train to the airport, saving you the €11 for the extra ‘airport ticket’.
And there’s no complicated fare system or queuing at ticket machines.
Save time and stress: Buy the Hola BCN travel card online.
– You will not waste your holiday time in queues in front of the ticket vending machines.
– After a long flight, you don’t have to deal with fare systems and ticket purchase. You have already the right ticket to take the metro or RENFE train from the airport to downtown Barcelona and back.
“Hola BCN!” Card – FAQ
If I buy a 3 day card, does it cover a full 72 hours from the time of purchase? You can start using your Hola BCN! card at any time of the day and enjoy all the benefits of unlimited travel for 48 (2 day card), 72 (3 day card), 96 (4 day card) or 120 (5 day card) hours from the first use (validation).
Is there a discount for children or a children’s ticket for the Hola BCN Travel card? Children under the age of four do not need a ticket. They travel free. Older children require a standard Hola BCN! card.
3) Barcelona Card: free travel on public transport + discount card for sightseeing
Ideal ticket for visitors who want to discover the city’s attractions
With the Barcelona Card, you can discover many of Barcelona’s cultural and leisure activities for free or at a reduced price. It is a combination of a day pass for public transport and a discount card for entrance fees.
It gives you unlimited free travel on public transport (including the metro to and from the airport). You can save money with more than 85 discounts and time by skipping the queue at some attractions.
The Barcelona Card is issued by the official tourist office of the City of Barcelona and offers more than 85 advantages:
Free or reduced admission for museums, aquarium, zoo…
Skip the line entry for some attractions
Free or reduced admission for events or tours (with guide) through the city
Unlimited and free travel on public transport: city bus, metro (also airport route), tram, Renfe – trains (suburban train, zone 1), FGC-Bahn (suburban train, zone 1) – comparable to the “Hola BCN Card” see above
For children between the ages of 4 and 12, there’s the Barcelona Card Kids, which offers all the advantages of the Barcelona Card at a significantly reduced price..
Barcelona Card: day ticket for public transport (incl. airport line) + 85 discounts at tourist attractions: some with free entry and queue skip.
Buying the “Barcelona Card” card – is it worth it?
The Barcelona Card is more expensive than the “Hola BCN” public transport card, as it includes many benefits for sightseeing & more. But if you are planning to visit some of the sights, the Barcelona Card can save you time and money.
The Barcelona Card is available for 72h, 96h or 120h (3, 4 or 5 consecutive days).
The Barcelona Card also gives you priority access to some attractions (skip the queue). This saves you having to queue at the entrance.
Bonus: After a long flight, you don’t have to deal with fare systems and ticket machines. You already have the right ticket to take the metro from the airport to Barcelona city centre and back.
4) 10 journey ticket “T-Casual” former “ATM T-10”
Cheaper than a single ticket – airport transfer is not possible
The 10 journey card “T-10” will no longer be available from 2020. It is now called “T-Casual”. The “T-Casual” card is suitable for you, if you have a longer stay in Barcelona with a rare use of the public transport.
With the T-Casual card you can use the metro, trams, suburban trains (Rodalies) or buses a total of 10 times.
The T-Casual card cannot be used by several people at the same time.
Prices for the 10-ticket (T-Casual)
A ride with this ticket is cheaper than by a “single ticket”. The ticket “T-Casual” currently costs (2024):
for one zone: €12.15
for 2 zones: €23.90
It is available at the ticket vending machines.
The 10-ride “T-10” card no longer exists. It is now called “T-Casual”. This card is not valid for the airport lines of the underground/trains.
Specific regulations of the “T-Casual” ticket:
The 10-ticket “T-Casual” does not include the metro ride to or from the airport. A separate ticket (airport ticket – €10.30 return) is required. This is why many visitors buy the day ticket “Hola BCN” (see above). This allows you to travel to and from the airport and use Barcelona’s public transport for the chosen period (2-5 days).
With a “T-Casual” 1-zone ticket, you have 75 minutes between the first and last validation when changing lines or mode of transport.
The T-Casual card cannot be used by more than one person at the same time. This was possible with the “T-10” card, which is no longer available.
5) Group ticket for travel groups or school classes
For larger groups, school classes, etc. there is no convenient group ticket.
With this ticket you can use public transport cheaply and unlimitedly (including airport transfers by metro). Each member of the group gets their own card. This means that someone in your group can also travel individually.
The right ticket for a group trip – here are our tips
he price of the ticket depends on the number of zones you wish to travel through. A ticket must always be purchased according to the number of zones that the passenger is travelling through. A maximum of 6 zones can be paid for.
Most tourists stay in zone 1
Nearly 300 municipalities are involved in Barcelona’s public transport system. That’s why the area is so vast. Most of the tourist attractions and the centre of the Barcelona region are in Zone 1.
How much does a single ticket cost in Barcelona 2024?
A single ticket for the bus, tram or metro will cost €2.55 in 2024.
Many visitors to the city prefer to buy the “Hola Barcelona Travel Ticket” day pass.It is cheap and pays for itself with just a few trips.In addition, the airport transfer by metro is also free with this card.
2 days validity: €17.50 3 days validity: €25.50 4 days validity: €33.30 5 days validity: €40.80
With the “Hola BCN” card you can use the metro (subway, incl. airport transfer), the city buses, the streetcar (Tram), the suburban train (Rodalies, zone 1), the suburban trains (FGC, zone 1) and the funicular (Funicular de Montjuïc) unlimited over the validity period (2, 3, 4 or 5 days).
You can buy the day pass online before your trip. This saves time and stress in Barcelona. More information about this in our travel guide.
Is there a 10-trip card for local transport in Barcelona?
The 10-trip card for local transport in Barcelona is called “T-Casual”. It costs 12.15 euros for one zone in 2024 and 23.90 euros for 2 zones. It does NOT entitle you to take the metro to and from the airport.
More information about this, but also alternatives like a day pass, can be found in our travel guide.
Barcelona public transport: Is there a group ticket?
For larger groups, school classes, etc. there is no convenient group ticket. Therefore, many travel groups use the HolaBCN day ticket.
It is uncomplicated to use, as it allows you to use local transport cheaply and without limits (including the airport transfer by metro).
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