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Visiting Barcelona on Budget

Barcelona is a large city with lots of artistic and historical architecture. You can view the works of Gaudi in many parts of the city. You can’t see much by walking around because the attractions are located in further areas that require you to take transportation. If you are on a budget, it is recommended that you participate in a bus tour that allows you to see many attractions in 2 – 3 days with just a single ticket.

Barcelona City Gray Line Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours vs Barcelona Bus Turistic Sightseeing Tours

There are two main bus companies that operate around Barcelona including Barcelona City Gray Line Hop on-Hop Off and Barcelona Bus Turistic. Barcelona City Gray Line Hop on-Hop Off allows you to get on and off the air conditioned double decker bus as many times as you want. The bus travels through the west and east city tour route that includes attractions like Barcelona Cathedral, La Rambla, Sagrada Familia and Tibidabo. Wifi is available in the bus. The buses are wheelchair accessible.  Earphones are provided and the audio tour supports up to 15 languages. The bus starts and ends its route at Place Catalunya. You can expect to see a bus every 5 – 25 minutes.

The buses from Barcelona Bus Turistic travel through three different routes including red, blue and green. Each route is about 2 hours of journey except the green route which lasts for only 40 minutes. You just need to buy one ticket and you can board on bus that travels through the three different routes as many times as you want. You can purchase 1 or 2 days Barcelona Bus Turistic ticket. Just like the City Gray Line buses, all their buses are also double deckers that are equipped with audio guide system. Each bus has one official guide onboard and you can ask him any sightseeing question in person.  You will get a free voucher that contains discounts of more than $250.

Barcelona Card vs Barcelona Express Card vs Barcelona Pass

The city pass is the best option for those who would like to ride on a variety of transportations as you get around the city. There are three types of city passes including Barcelona Card, Barcelona Card Express and Barcelona Pass.

With the Barcelona Card, you can board on any of the public transportation as many times as you want.  It also includes airport transfer through metro, train or bus. The card gives you free access to 25 Barcelona museums. Plus, you get discount on the entry ticket for 85 tourist attractions. The card offers discounts on different types of tours such as walking, scooter and bike tours. You’ll enjoy discounts at selected restaurants and stores. Along with the card, you will receive a city map, metro map and city guide in English. There are four types of Barcelona card including 48, 72, 96 and 120 hours. The validity of the card begins as soon as you first use it.

Barcelona Card Express is designed for tourists who don’t have a lot of time to tour around the city. The express card is valid for only 48 hours. It does not offer free entries to the museums but you still get discounts for more than 100 attractions. You get access to unlimited travel on public transportations such as metro, city bus, suburban train, and tram for 48 hours.

Barcelona Pass offers free admission to more than 20 museums and five Gaudi attractions. If you have the Barcelona Pass, you can use the faster entrance line when visiting attractions like L’Aquarium. When you purchase the Barcelona Pass, you get a free 1 day ticket for Barcelona Bus Turistic sightseeing bus. The ticket can be collected at the Barcelona Pass Redemption Centre. While waiting for bus at the bus stop, you should look out for the Barcelona Bus Turistic logo which is the bus company specifies on your ticket. A new bus arrives every 5 – 25 minutes at the local bus stop and there is no limit on how many times you can board on the bus.


In conclusion, getting around Barcelona with a city pass or bus tour is the most economical way for tourists who are trying to save as much as they can in their trips. You can plan your trip according to the ticket duration to cover all the attraction places that you want to go.