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.

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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:

attention

  • 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

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

Hola Barcelona Airport El Prat MetroSince 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 departure via 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.

insider tip

You can buy the “Hola BCN” card online – click here

The advantages of buying 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.

You can find more information about the HolaBCN Card here

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 2017

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.

Prices for the Barcelona Card (2024):

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 time and stress by buying the Barcelona Card online – no extra charges

insider tip

Here you can buy the “Barcelona Card” online before departure – without any extra charge . You can also find out more about the discounts on this page.

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.

HolaBCN Travel Card for travel groups

Many travel groups therefore use the HolaBCN 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

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.

6) Overview: tickets & prices (2024)

7) Barcelona urban transport zones

For how many zones do I have to buy my ticket?

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.

Download: Map of public transport zones in Barcelona

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ 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.

You can find more information in our online travel guide.

The day pass “HolaBCN!” costs 2024:

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.

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. 

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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42 replies
  1. Walter Chan
    Walter Chan says:

    If I bought the 3 or 4 days pass on line:
    1) can I pay with a Euro credit card by a French bank;
    2) where do I pick up the card on arrival in Barcelona.

    Reply
    • webmail@publictransport.barcelona
      webmail@publictransport.barcelona says:

      Dear Walter,

      thank you for your post. If you decide to book online a “Hola BCN!” card, you don’t book it via our website. We just show with our link, that you can book it at getyourguide.com, Europe’s leading company for booking tourist guides, tours and tickets. So you have the standards and service of a big company. Nevertheless we want to answer your question.
      1) Yes, you can pay by credit card or PayPal.
      2) After booking, you receive a voucher via email. Your voucher must be printed and exchanged at the Barcelona Tourism Office located at Plaça Catalunya, 17 or at any other tourist information point. There are also tourist information points at the Barcelona ElPrat Airport (terminals 1 and 2). So you can easy get yout ticket and use the metro, to get e.g. to the city center.

      Reply
  2. Julia Barber
    Julia Barber says:

    Hello, we travel to Barcelona on the 4/1/17 and our party is 2 adults and a child. Is there a child price or is it just a flat one price for all? We would want the Hola BCN 4

    Reply
    • webmail@publictransport.barcelona
      webmail@publictransport.barcelona says:

      Hello Julia,
      thank your for your question. Here the official terms of use of tickets :”Children under four are not required to have a ticket. All other passengers must have a valid, suitable and validated ticket.” There is no special HolaBCN! ticket for children older than 4 years. That means:
      If your child is under four you don’t need a ticket, if your child is 4 years and older you need a standard HolaBCN! ticket.

      Reply
  3. Bia
    Bia says:

    Hi!With the Hola BCN card can I take the metro from and towards the airport?Or I can take the metro just one time from the airport?Thank you!

    Reply
    • webmail@publictransport.barcelona
      webmail@publictransport.barcelona says:

      Dear Bia,
      If your HolaBCN! Card is still valid, you can use it to travel from AND to the airport.

      Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Dear Darek,
      the HolaBCN! card, allows you make as many journeys as you like in the whole metro network.

      Reply
  4. Kanthabhabha
    Kanthabhabha says:

    Hello Let me know any discount is available for the entrance at attraction tourist spots by buying HolaBCN card

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello,

      The HolaBCN! card offers no discounts to museums or attractions. It is a ticket for public transport.

      But there are two City Passes, that offer free public transport, free admission to various museums and attractions and skip-the-line admission:

      Barcelona City Pass: Free public transport, free entrance to Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia (Skip the line admission), free city tour, free harbor cruise, free admission to museums and attractions, and special discounts on sightseeing, shopping, eating, and drinking.

      Barcelona Card: Cheaper and minor offers than the Barcelona City Pass

      The links provide more information

      Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Dear Naveen,
      the Hola BCN! card is a non-transferable travel card. One card can only be used by one person.

      Have a nice stay

      Reply
  5. David
    David says:

    Hello

    If i buy the hola bcn! Card online can i exhange the voucher in the AirPort? So we can use already from AirPort to centre of Barcelona? Many thanx

    Reply
    • webmail@publictransport.barcelona
      webmail@publictransport.barcelona says:

      Dear David,

      Your voucher must be printed and exchanged at one of the 17 Barcelona Tourism Offices or other tourist information points. There are two at Barcelona airport (terminals 1 and 2). You can exchange your voucher direct at the BCN Airport and use the Metro from Airport to City Center with your HolaBCN Card. So you save the money for the standard Metro Airport Ticket (4.50 Euro one way).

      Reply
  6. Chriss
    Chriss says:

    If we arrive at Barcelona Sants rail station, can we exchange the voucher at the train station to ride the bus or metro into the city?

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello,

      there is a “Turisme de Barcelona tourist information point” direct at Barcelona Sants railway station. There you can exchange your voucher. Than you can use the Metro, city bus…
      Opening Times : daily, from 8am to 8pm.

      Reply
  7. Robin Urquhart
    Robin Urquhart says:

    If I buy a 3 day pass does it cover a full 72 hours from when I buy it… or in other words…. if I buy it at 21.30 on Wednesday does it run out at 21.30 on Saturday?

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Robin,

      you can start using your Hola BCN! card at any time of day and get all the advantages of unlimited travel over 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours as of the first validation.

      Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Vania,

      thanks for your question. Hola BCN is a travel card for public transport (city bus, metro, commuter rail…).
      Private buses as “Hop on hop off buses” or aerobus is not included.

      Here you can find actual prices and information about hop on hop off bus tours in Barcelona. You can book these tours before departure without any extra charge. This may save time and stress.

      Hop on Hop off in Barcelona

      Have a nice trip

      Reply
  8. Brendan Swords
    Brendan Swords says:

    If I buy a 2 day HolaBCN ticket and activate it on 14/11/2017 at 10.00 does the 2 day period stop on 16/11/2017 at 09.59 or does it stop at midnight on 15/11/2017?

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Brendan,

      a 48h HolaBCN ticket is valid for 48h after first validation. In your case from 14/11/2017 10.00 to 16/11/2017 09.59.

      Enjoy your trip.

      Reply
  9. Cassey
    Cassey says:

    Thinking of purchasing the Hola BCN for 4 days for the F1 in May 2018, but am I correct in thinking that it will actually run out on the 4th day – which for us would be the Sunday at 2pm as we arriving on the prior Thursday around 2pm?

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Cassey,

      you can start using your Hola BCN! card at any time of day and get all the advantages of unlimited travel over 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours as of the first validation.

      If you buy a 4 day (96 hour card) on Thursday 2pm, it runs out following Monday 1.59pm, not Sunday as you wrote.

      Have a nice trip

      Reply
  10. Emily
    Emily says:

    Hi, thinking of purchasing the Hola bcn card for 9 of us for hen do in June. We will arrive on the Friday at approx 12:15, and we fly home on the Monday at approx 13:00, would we need the 3 or 4 day card to cover us for the whole trip?
    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hi Emily,

      your aircraft lands at 12.15? Due to waiting times, e.g. at the baggage claim, you will not enter the metro at Friday before 13.00.
      To depart Monday at 13:00, you must check in at the airport before 13:00. The 3 day Hola BCN! is valid for 72h as of the first validation. So from our point of view, the 3 day card is the right card for you.

      Enjoy your trip.

      Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hi Linda,

      The N17 Nitebus is operated by the private bus company Mohn. The Hola Barcelona travel card is NOT valid on this bus.

      Have fun in Barcelona

      Reply
  11. Ken
    Ken says:

    I understand that a Hola BCN card includes a free roundtrip metro ride between the airport and city center. If I buy a 3-day Hola BCN card on Day 1 and leave Barcelona on Day 5, is my card still valid for a free return ride from city center to the airport?

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hi Ken,

      The period of use for the HolaBCN card begins with the first use and ends in your case 3 days later.

      Have fun in Barcelona

      Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hi David,
      Molins de Rei is in fare zone 2B. The Hola BCN ticket is not valid here.
      Have fun in Barcelona

      Reply
  12. Aj
    Aj says:

    Hi,
    I would like to ask if I buy a HolaBCN 48 hours, can I use that from Granollers Centre to Barcelona city centre ? Are all the zones are covered in HolaBCN ?

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Aj,
      Granollers Center is in Zone 3 and is therefore outside the validity of the Hola BCN Travel Card.
      One-way tickets are probably the best alternative.
      Have fun in Barcelona

      Reply
  13. Ana
    Ana says:

    Hello, can I use the HolaBCN travel card to Montmeló station from Barcelona city centre?
    I am going to MotoGP and I need to get to Montmelo so I can after that use shuttle bus to the circuit.

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Ana,
      The “Montmeló” station of the Formula 1 circuit is approximately 15-20 km from Barcelona city centre (FGC zone 2D). The Hola BCN ticket is not valid here.
      Enjoy the race

      Reply
  14. Dayo
    Dayo says:

    Hello,

    I’ve got two questions.
    1/ how can I find out when my Hola BCN Card expires? I can’t really remember when I used the first time.
    2/ I know the Hola BCN card is for TMB buses in Barcelona but why TMB app (I use a Journey Planner) shows me AMB bus?

    Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Dayo,
      1) Once you have purchased the Hola Barcelona Travel Card, you have 90 days from the day of purchase to validate your card.
      After that, i.e. after the first validation, the card will expire depending on the number of hours you have on your card. For example, if you validate the 2-day card (48 hours) on Tuesday at 8am, you can travel unlimited until Thursday at 8am.

      2)The TMB app shows all buses TMB operating in Barcelona.

      Have fun in Barcelona.

      Reply
      • Dayo
        Dayo says:

        Hi,
        Thank you for reply.
        1/ I know about this but the question was “how can I found out what time I first used the Hola Card as I don’t remember. But anyway someone told me it’s on printed on the back of the card 😀 Me silly.
        2/ “The TMB app shows all buses operating in Barcelona”. Not true. I used the app and waited for a bus and then I found out from the driver that I couldn’t use his bus because it’s a different company (AMB). Then I realised on the app I can use buses with red numbers.

        Reply
  15. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    Hi we’re a family of six and will be visiting Barcelona and it seems like the Hola Barcelona card is the best option. Will in need to buy one for each of my kids (ages 3,7,9), or do any of those ages ride public transport for free?

    Reply
    • travelguide.barcelona
      travelguide.barcelona says:

      Hello Ryan,
      Children under four are not required to have a ticket. They travel free. Older children need a standard Hola BCN! card.

      Enjoy your Barcelona trip

      Reply

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