These two storey buses take you all around the city and stop near the main attractions. They cover two routes and stops at 42 places. On every bus there is a guide who will give you a short description in several languages on what you will find at each stop.
You can get off and on these buses as many times as you like.
You can buy your ticket on the bus or at any tourist information office. There are also tickets valid for more than one day on sale. Once you bought your ticket you are given a guide book and a leaftlet with many discount coupons you can use at some museums, restaurants and at some other attractions.
I enjoyed using the Barcelona Bus Turistic since I prefer to find out about a city on my own. The audio guide is helpful although you are not getting any in-depth information. But it is entertaining while passing by some places.
The biggest plus for me was the fact that you can relax in the sun on the bus deck while getting from place to place. The metro might be quicker, but you dont see anything on the way.
We used the bus system several times. Buses are very frequent and it's a nice way to see parts of the city that otherwise I'm not sure we would have seen. There are also night buses, their number starts if the letter "N", a solution to go from one place to another when other buses stop running or when the metro stops running.
Barcelona has an efficient metro system, but you get to see so much more from the busses and trams. Finding a map of the city busses proved troublesome, however.
Nothing on the net, nor in the busses or any of the metro stations we visited. The main tourist information at Catalunya square could not help us either, but at least they could direct us to where we finally found our map:
A small office at the metro station Univarsitat (one stop from Catalunya on line 1).
Unless your a trainspotter or enjoy spending hours on a coach.
This tip seems to have gone unseen by many, but its well worth looking into. We did and now we regularly visit our friends in Barcelona for weekends.
We typed gotobarcelona accidentally in a well known search engine and found this guy who regulary goes to Barcelona on Fridays and returns on Sunday evenings. Unfortunately he rarely travels other than the weekends. It was cheaper than the other modes of transport and took us less than four hours. Its a white VW minibus van which drops you off in the centre of Barcelona, the Ramblas. On Sunday it drops you off in Toulouse.. not bad I'd say.
Convenient, cheap and friendly bus service!
This is an easy way to get around to see the main sights of Barcelona for yourself. Many tourists miss out some of the most stunning attractions simply because they did not know about them! With this service you will be able to see all the main attractions Barcelona has to offer. You can simply hop on the bus, and hop off to see the sight and then, well, hop back on another bus again to go to the next sight. Sights covered are all the main attractions in Barcelona including: Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter Olympic Village, Poble Espanyol. Commentary is given in 10 different languages. Ideal for those who want to see an overview to the city without the planning.
Once you know where all the main attractions are you can then always go back and see the main sights of interest in more detail. This service is also an excellent service for elderly people or those who want to minimize the walking required to visit the sights. The hop on hop off tourist bus is an excellent service for anyone that is new to Barcelona and does not want to miss a thing.
Our last afternoon in Barcelona was spent viewing the city by bus. We selected the Barcelona Bus Turistic which covered three routes and up to 44 stops* with one ticket: costing 21 euros per adults; 13 euros per child.
After some discussion, my husband and I decided to take the blue route which traveled to most of the sights we wanted to visit, such as La Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi architectural gems, Catalunya Square, Park Guell, passing through the old neighborhoods of Gra'cia and Sarria' and by Barcelona's 'futbol'stadium and other city districts.
At any point, one could jump off and sightsee then reboard at a specified bus stop. If you stay on the bus, you'll have about a two hour trip for the blue and red route, 40 minutes for the green route.
We loved the fact that this was a double decker bus--great for picture taking! Although at first we had to settle on the lower level (air conditioned), but in no time at all we were free to take the steps up to the top where we enjoyed an unobstructed view of each highlighted stop.
*There are 6 transfer points along the three routes and you can change from any route to the other. This tour was a fantastic way to see Barcelona and made it so easy to see the sights of the city!
The bus departs between 9-9:30 am from any stop with a 5-25 minute wait possible. We bought our tickets near the waterfront by the Columbus Statue, near Las Ramblas.
The Bus Turístic allows you to discover and know Barcelona on board a two floor bus, with three different routes included in one ticket and 44 stops at interesting places.
The Northern route and the Southern Route are two hours long, while the Forum route is 40 minutes long.
You can hop on and off at whatever destinations you have chosen to reach and can rest assured that the bus will take you to all of the must-see tourist hot spots. Alternatively, you may just choose to experience the full tour in one go, gaining an overview of what the city has to offer and taking note of particular places of interest to return to.
Fantastic 3 hour trip around the main sights in Barcelona. Approx 21 Euro. You can get on and off as many times as you like during the day. Great way to see the city, we would never had seen so much if we hadnt decided to take this trip. Exellent.
The Bus touristica, open topped tourist bus tour.
This tour has three different coloured routes, red, blue or green.
1 Day pass 21 euros.
2 day pass 26 euros.
The pass can be bought at the tourist information or on board the bus.
The buses come every ten minuetes, and you see lots of them on the roads.open 9am till 7pm daily.
Included in the pass is a mini booklet full of discount vouchers for food, sight seeing ect...
In my opinion, this is the most efficient way to see the sites and sounds of Barcelona. Please note the name above: "Barcelona Bus Turistic". That is the official tourist bus and, while there are others (for example, "Barcelona Tours"), this is the best and most efficient.
There are 2 routes: The Blue route (basically south) and the Red route (basically north). Each route goes its own circular way, stopping at sites which interest tourists. There is also and additional 3rd (Green) route which runs during the height of the summer tourist season, about which I know nothing, since I was there in March. Cost (March 2009): 21 euros for 1 day, 27 euros for 2 days (lower prices for children). I recommend the 2-day ticket. You can get off and on the buses as many times as you wish during the validity of the tickets and they are quite frequent (at most 15-20 minutes between buses - much less if during the busy season). They run from 9am till about dark (when I was there - Winter/Standard Time - the last bus for each route left at 7pm. They run later during Summer/Daylight Time). The 2-day ticket is for consecutive days only and, although the buses run 7 days a week, I recommend any 2 consecutive days of the following: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. This is because the weekends (Sat/Sun) tend to be more crowded and all museums are closed on Mondays. Also, the museums are open much shorter hours on Sunday. I would do the Red route first - it has the more important sites on it - and then the Blue route on the second day. My own personal experience was that there wasn't enough on the Blue route to fill a full day, so that you can go back to the Red route later in the second day to complete anything you may have missed on the first day.
Another personal tip: Since the Gothic area - including the Picasso Museum - is very centrally located and includes many sites worth seeing, do not waste valuable time visiting this area on the days of the ticket validity. It makes more sense to visit it on a separate day and should also include a visit to the nearby Las Ramblas and the Columbus Column - time permitting, of course. To each his own preferred pace. :)
Each passenger also receives a thick booklet for discounts at many places. As with most of such booklets around the world, the majority you probably won't use. However, there are many you definitely will use such as for the Picasso Museum, the cable car on Montjuic, the Gaudi house on Passeig de Gracia (Casa Batllo), etc. These discounts make the price of the bus ticket even more attractive.
And when considering other options (bus,metro), you must take into account that the connections of regular public transport to some of the sites are not very good (e.g., to Parc Guell, Tibidabo, Barcelona FC stadium).
I took an overnight bus from Aix-en-Provence, France to Barcelona and the trip took about 6 hours. The return journey cost me 79 euros which I thought was ok. however, if you book tickets 45 days in advance, it will cost you only 26 euros return trip. The trip was nice, it would have been better at day time, which you get an option to if you take a bus from Marseille instead. The scenery at day time really looks so nice. However, the bus, in some parts was a bit uncomfortable as it was letting in cold air and that made me very cold. The return journey was very good.
you are coming to Barcelona for the first time, or if you are planning to stay in the city for a short time, this is one way of getting to quickly see the city’s monuments and most important tourist sights of interest. The bus touristic (as it's officially known) offers you an easy and quick way to start your visit to Barcelona and gives you an easy way to "find your feet" so that you can gain an overview of the main sights and then go back more depth later if you wish.
How the Barcelona Bus Tour works
Barcelona Tourist Bus covers 2 different city tour routes:
North Barcelona, South Barcelona
The Barcelona tourist bus stops at 42 places, all of them important sights of interest. From these stops you will have quick access to museums, monuments and important landmarks. You can stay at each sight of interest as long as you want, and when you are finished you just have to wait for the next tourist bus to take you to the next sight of interest
Depending on the season, the frequency of the Barcelona bus tour service calling at the stops is between 6 and 20 minutes. However in reality this is not the case. But the reality is you can often end up waiting longer than this and then have 2 or 3 buses turn up at the same time. This can lead to wasted time standing at stops for up to 30 minutes. On the plus side you won’t have to walk far to see each sight as many of the stops are right outside the sight of interest.
WE DID NOT USE THIS THOUGH WE STUDIED IT IN CASE>WE FOUND THE METRO CHEAPER AND MORE OF AN ADVENTURE!
Eurolines bus will take you from Barcelona Sants to Toulouse for 74€ - www.eurolines.com but that will leave a 2 hour train journey from Toulouse to Lourdes.
No direct buses from Barcelona to Lourdes.
The timetable shows two buses every day at 0900 and 1400, taking 6 -7 hours but some days are already fully reserved. If you took the 1400 bus however you would arrive in Toulouse after the departure of the last train to Lourdes. Your budget would be required to make an overnight stay in Toulouse.
Train times Toulouse to Lourdes can be seen at
In Placa Catalunya, in the evening, there is a kiosk where they gave night buses map. This have been a great way to get around night time, safe and always in time. Useful especially if you are lodged near the center. We never used taxi even when it was very late.