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Discover Barcelona - All the top sights with a hop-on hop-off bus tour

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Welcome to Barcelona, the beautiful metropolis on the Mediterranean and one of the most exciting cities in Europe! If you want to explore Barcelona, there is no better way than a hop-on hop-off city tour. This enjoyable and flexible way of touring the city allows you to get a first impression of the many different barrios (neighborhoods) and discover the fascinating culture of this city at your own pace.

The bus routes of the hop-on hop-off bus tour in Barcelona

Green Route – Beach and top sights

The Green Route, also known as the Eastern Route, offers an impressive journey through Barcelona's eastern cityscape, taking in iconic landmarks such as the Gothic Quarter, the Aquarium, the Barceloneta, the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Depending on traffic conditions, this route takes around two and a half hours in summer and around two hours in winter.

Orange Route - Montjuïc and Camp Nou

The Orange Route, also known as the West Route, takes you to the western part of Barcelona and stops at several sights such as La Rambla, the cruise terminal, Montjuic mountain, Plaza de España and the Camp Nou stadium. This route takes around two hours, depending on traffic.

Equipment of the Barcelona City Tour buses

The buses guarantee you a comfortable journey. The double-decker buses have a heated lower deck and an open top. USB ports for your charger, free Wi-Fi and wheelchair-accessible ramps are also available. 

The on-board audio guide is available in 15 languages. Use the audio guides to learn more about the history and culture of the city. 

The tours are flexible, so you can get off at the stops that interest you the most and get back on later.The buses usually operate from morning to afternoon, so you can explore the city at your own pace. 

With the free City Tour Worldwide app, you can locate the buses in real time, pinpoint the stops and find out which attraction is closest to you.

Information on some of the main stops

Plaza Catalunya: Plaza Catalunya is the heart of Barcelona and a fantastic starting point for a city tour. It is bustling with activity, surrounded by shops, restaurants and historic buildings. A great place to start your adventure in Barcelona! 

Barceloneta: Barceloneta is a charming neighbourhood by the sea, known for its beautiful beach and fish restaurants. The bus stop here is ideal for those who want to soak up some sun on their tour or enjoy delicious fish dishes, a coffee or an alcoholic drink by the sea. 

Montjuic Mountain: Montjuic Mountain offers breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona and is home to many attractions, including Montjuic Castle and the cable car. Don't miss this stop for a dose of history and breathtaking views. 

Gotico: The Gothic Quarter, with its narrow cobbled streets and historic architecture, is like travelling back in time. At this stop, you can explore the heart of Barcelona's historic centre, where you'll find beautiful places hidden around every corner. 

Enjoy your Barcelona city tour and make the most of these exciting stops!


Highlights of the hop-on hop-off bus tour Barcelona

  • 2 comprehensive routes: The Barcelona City Tour bus runs 2 comprehensive routes that cover all of the city's major sights and landmarks. This gives you a complete overview of Barcelona's rich cultural and historical heritage. 
  • Hop-On Hop-Off: One of the main features of the bus tour is its flexibility. Passengers can hop on and off at any stop along the route. This flexibility allows you to spend more time in the places that interest you the most. 
  • Multilingual commentary: The buses offer audio commentary in 15 different languages via headphones: Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Arabic, Swedish and Hebrew. These commentaries provide valuable information about the sights and history of Barcelona and ensure that you gain a deeper understanding of what you are seeing. 
  • Frequency and accessibility: The buses run at regular intervals throughout the day, so you can easily plan your day around the tour. The buses are also accessible for people with disabilities, e.g. wheelchair ramps. 
  • Scenic views: The double-decker buses offer excellent views of Barcelona's streets, architecture and landmarks from an elevated vantage point. This offers fantastic photo opportunities.


Barcelona hop-on hop-off bus tour timetable

The buses run all year round, with the exception of Christmas Day (25th December) and New Year's Day (1st January). 

Duration: The estimated journey time for each route is approximately 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, depending on the time of year. 

Departure time: The bus tour starts at 9.00 am and the last tour at 7.00 pm from bus stop 1 at Plaça Catalunya. Departure times vary between 7 and 25 minutes, depending on the time of year.


Use of your Ho-Ho ticket

Your Barcelona City Pass includes a ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus. 

You can hop on at any bus stop, show your Barcelona City Pass QR code to the tour guide on the hop-on hop-off bus and you will receive your ticket for the city tour. This ticket is then valid for 24 hours. You can hop on and off as often as you like.


Special conditions of use Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour: Barcelona

  • Accessibility: Every Barcelona City Tour bus has a ramp and an exclusive area for wheelchair users. There is space for a maximum of one wheelchair user on each bus. 
  • Open upper deck: Most of the buses are equipped with a sliding roof, which is only closed when it rains. Alternatively, you can stay in the air-conditioned lower deck of the bus. 
  • Safety instructions: During the entire bus journey, you must follow the Barcelona City Tour safety instructions, which will be communicated to you by the accompanying staff or in the audio guide recording. This includes standing up, eating, drinking, opening umbrellas on the upper deck or leaving objects sticking out of the bus during the journey. 
  • Smoking: Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all buses. 
  •  Animals: Animals are not allowed on the Barcelona City Tour, with the exception of guide dogs. 
  • Pushchairs: You can board the bus with a pushchair. However, the pushchair should be parked on the lower deck, ideally folded up, in the area designated for wheelchair users. If a wheelchair user boards the bus, they have priority and the pushchair may have to be removed. 
  • Luggage: Unfortunately, the buses do not have a luggage compartment, so you can only take small hand luggage that does not block a seat or the aisle and emergency exits. Larger suitcases or other bulky items of luggage cannot be transported.



How to get to the hop-on hop-off bus tour Barcelona

You can start your journey at any stop on the Green Route or the Orange Route. 

Plaza Catalunya is one of the main stops in the centre of Barcelona. As many hotels are located nearby, it is a good place to start your journey. 

In these links you can see the stops on the Green Route and the Orange Route.


Address of the main Hop-on Hop-off Barcelona stop

Pl. de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona

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