Public transport Barcelona:
Travel cards & tickets
Overview and prices (2023)
Whether single ticket, 10 journey tickets (T-Casual) or travel card “Hola BCN” – here you will find current pricing & information. This will help you, to find the right ticket for your stay in Barcelona in a quick and easy way.
With our tips on finding & buying the right ticket for your purposes, you save time & money during your Barcelona trip.
The entire public transport in Barcelona is organized in one fare system of the “Autoritat del Transport Metropolità” (ATM). In this guide, you will find the most important tickets for visitors and tourists.
In order to keep this website clear, tickets for a longer stay, such as monthly passes, annual passes etc. have not been included in this list.
1) Single Ticket
If you want to use the public transport occasionally
The classic single ticket is the right ticket for you, if you want to use the public transport rarely. With the single ticket, you can e.g. take a ride on a TMB city bus or use the metro. The current price (2023) for the single ticket is EUR 2.40. You can buy it at the ticket vending machines.
Specific regulations of the single ticket in Barcelona:
– A single ticket entitles you NOT to ride on the Metro from/to the airport. For this ride you need an extra ticket “airport ticket” which cost 4.60 euros (one way) or 10.30 euros (round trip).
Therefore, a lot of visitors buy the cheap day ticket “Hola BCN” (details see below). This ticket includes metro 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 might be invalid in the other transport system. With the 10-tickets “T-10” or the travel card “Hola BCN” you can easily bypass this problem.
2) Travel card “Hola BCN!” for 2–5 days:
cheap & easy to use
Unlimited journeys on bus, metro, tram, commuter train + metro ride to / from airport
The travel card “Hola Barcelona” is very popular among visitors of the city, because it’s simple and comfortable to use. You don’t have to deal with the fare and ticketing systems of the 5 transport companies in Barcelona.
One ticket, several names:
Until 2019 this ticket was called “Hola BCN!”. Now there is 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” card includes metro service travel between city center and the airport
Since february 2016, the Barcelona “El Prat” airport is connected to the metro network. With the “Hola BCN” travel card you can also do the airport transfer without any extra charge or additional ticket. So you don’t have to pay the 10.30 euros for the extra metro airport ticket (round trip).
Tegular “single tickets” or 10-tickets “T-Casual” are not valid for this ride!
Fares and prices of the “Hola BCN“ travel card (2023):
2 days: 16.40 euros
3 days: 23.80 euros
4 days: 31 euros
5 days: 38.20 euros
You can buy the „Hola BCN“ card before departure via this website without any extra charge. This may save time and stress.
Buying the “Hola BCN“ card – is it worth 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, which offers a day ticket for this price. And the card even includes the metro airport line – so you save the 10.30 euros for the extra „airport ticket“.
By the way you don’t have to deal with the complicated fare system or queues in front of the ticket vending machines.
Save yourself time and stress, by buying the “Hola BCN“ travel card online – without any extra charge
Your benefits of online purchasing:
– 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 vending machines. You have already the right ticket to take the metro from the airport to downtown Barcelona and back.
“Hola BCN!” Card – FAQ
If I buy a 3 day pass, does it cover a full 72 hours from when I buy it?
You can start using your Hola BCN! card at any time of day and get all the advantages of unlimited travel over 48 (2 day card), 72 (3 day card), 96 (4 day card) or 120 hours (5 day card) as of the first use (validation).
Is there a discount for children or a child ticket for the “Hola BCN Travel card”?
Children under four are not required to have a ticket. They travel free. Older children need 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 attractions of the city
With the “Barcelona Card” you can discover many of Barcelona’s cultural and leisure activities free or at a reduced price. It is a combination of a day ticket for local transport plus a discount card for entrance fees.
You can travel on public transport unlimited and free (even the metro line to and from the airport). You can save money with more than 80 discounts and time with skip the line entry 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 kids, aged 4 to 12, there’s the Barcelona Card Kids, which gives you all the advantages of the Barcelona Card for a significantly reduced price.
Buying the “Barcelona Card” card – is it worth it?
Since the Barcelona Card contains numerous advantages for sightseeing & more, it is of course more expensive than the pure public transport card “Hola BCN”. But if you plan to visit some sights, the “Barcleona Card” can save time and money.
The “Barcelona Card” is available for 72h, 96h or 120h (3, 4 or 5 consecutive days)
With the “Barcelona Card” you also have preferential admission to some sights (skip the line). This saves you queuing at the entrance.
Prices for the Barcelona Card (2023):
3 days: 53 euros / 30 euros (adults / kids)
4 days: 63 euros / 40 euros (adults / kids)
5 days: 75 euros / 45 euros (adults / kids)
Save yourself time and stress, by buying the “Barcelona Card“ online – without extra any extra charge
After a long flight, you don’t have to deal with fare systems and ticket vending machines. You have already the right ticket to take the metro from the airport to downtown Barcelona 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”. It is valid for 10 journeys from 1 to 6 zones by metro, tram, suburban train (Rodalies) or bus.
The “T-Casual” card is suitable for you, if you have a longer stay in Barcelona with a rare use of the public transport.
A ride with this ticket is cheaper than by a “single ticket”. The ticket “T-Casual” currently costs (2023):
- for one zone 11.35 euros
- for 2 zones 22.40 Euros
It is available at the ticket vending machines and can’t be purchased online.
Specific regulations of the “T-Casual” ticket:
- The 10-ticket “T-Casual” does not include the metro ride to or from the airport. An extra ticket (airport ticket – EUR 10.30 round trip) is necessary.
That is why many visitors buy the favourable day ticket “Hola BCN” (see above). This allows you to travel from and to the airport and use the Barcelona public transport for the chosen validity 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 simultaneous use of the “T-Casual” card by several persons is not permitted. This was still possible with the “T-10” card, which is no longer available.
5) Group ticket for travel groups or school classes
A special group ticket for travel groups or school classes etc. does not exist. Many travel groups therefore use the HolaBCN ticket.
With this ticket you can use the local transport cheap and unlimited (including the airport transfer by metro). Each group member gets his own card. So someone from your travel group can also undertake an individual journey.
In addition, you can order this ticket online before departure at no extra charge via this website. So you don’t have to deal with a large amount of money at the machine while your group is waiting impatiently. When buying online, you will get an invoice for all tickets, which makes it easier to cash up a group trip.
7) Barcelona urban transport zones
For how many zones do I have to buy my ticket? The ticket price depends on how many zones you want to cross. A ticket must always be purchased according to the number of zones that the passenger travels through. A maximum of 6 zones can be paid for.
Most tourists stay in Zone 1
Almost 300 municipalities are involved in Barcelona’s local transport system. That’s why the area is huge. Most of the tourist attractions and the center of the Barcelona region are in Zone 1.
Corona / Covid-19: What are the rules for public transport in Barcelona?
Spain and Catalonia have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.Therefore, these are some of the rules that apply on the Barcelona Metro and buses:
- Masks are compulsory on Barcelona public transport. The mask must always cover the mouth and nose and must not be removed for talking or eating/drinking.
- Use of public transport is prohibited under all circumstances if you have been diagnosed with coronavirus or if you have symptoms of Covid-19 disease.
- Avoid talking on public transport.
- Use transport outside peak hours if possible.
- Leave enough space between you and other passengers when validating tickets and at access controls.
- Spread out as much as possible on metro trains and buses.
Rules and the danger situation in Barcelona can change quickly.
Always follow information from official sources, e.g. the current country-specific travel advice from your authorities.
The decision to start a journey and the behaviour on site is your sole responsibility. We cannot accept any liability or guarantee for possible damage.
Do not use information from this website as a basis for health-related decisions. Always consult a doctor if you have any health questions.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ 2023
How much does a single ticket cost in Barcelona 2023?
A single ticket for the bus, tram or metro will cost €2.40 in 2023.
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.
You can find more information in our online travel guide.
How much does a day ticket cost in Barcelona?
The day pass “HolaBCN!” costs 2023:
2 days / 48h validity: €16.40
3 days / 72h validity: €23.80
4 days / 96h validity: €31
5 days / 120h validity: €38.20
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 11.35 euros for one zone in 2023 and 22.40 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?
There is no special group ticket for travel groups or school classes in Barcelona. 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).