Tickets & Passes, Barcelona
Hi all, A fellow traveller has asked me the following on a private message but I thought best to reply publicly so others can profit from the response:
"Hello. I am the one u r helping concerning barcelona trip. Just one question. Do u have any idea about something called "barcelona card". We read about it on the internet. We can get it upon arrival and help us prevent the queues at metros and attractions where we have to buy a ticket. Is it real?" (19-apr-14)
Not exactly as such, let me explain, there are three cards that aim to help tourists visiting the city:
1.) BARCELONA CARD (http://bit.ly/1eCvAuz) is a card offered by the Barcelona Tourism Board which offers you FREE public transportation within zone 1 of the network (with some limitations!) -zone 1 covers the whole city plus a few neighbouring towns, i.e. El Prat de LLobregat, where the airport is located- and access and/or discounts on 70+ sites, shops, etc. including skipping the lines in a handful of them -not all of them by a long shot!. Check the link "See list" on the page above for further information. There are 2,3,4 and 5-day passes costing from 30€ to 52€.
2.) HOLABCN! CARD (tmb.cat/en/barcelona-travel-...) offered by the Barcelona Transport Authority (TMB) which allows you to travel for FREE in public transportation within zone 1 as explained above. Also there are some limitations (ie. Aerobus, Tramvia Blau or Tibidabo funicular among others are not included). It also comes in 2,3,4 and 5-day passes ranging from 14€ to 31€.
3.) ARTICKET (articketbcn.org/en/barcelona...) is a ticket that costs 30€ and includes free access to 6 of the most important art museums in the city.
Are they worth?, well it depends on your particular interests, I personally think they're only worth on very specific cases. Here are my reasons:
- Transportation >> Barcelona is a city made for strolling not only for its geography but also because it's quite dense on things to see/do so a normal tourist will seldomly need to take too much public transportation. This is not to say you won't at all, as for example, visiting Park Güell or Nou Camp Stadium for example will probably require you to take a bus or the metro. For these cases, the T-10 travelcard (10 journeys for roughly 10€) is a very popular card, not only for locals but also for many tourists. A typical tourist visiting the city for say 3 days will rarely use up more than one T-10. Taking into account the prices mentioned above and also knowing a single ticket costs 2.15€, if you do your math you'll see that the T-10 is probably the most cost-effective, hence the cheapest option for you.
- Entrance to attractions/sites >> while the Barcelona Card includes either free entrance or discounts for 70+ sites, a quick browse to the participating museums and attractions (see above) and you will notice many of the most popular are not included as they're run by private foundations and since they're already popular on their own, there's no need for them to participate in any discount scheme. For this reason, if you want to go for this card make sure the sites you want to visit are included in the list!
- A typical visit to Barcelona will mix visiting a few sites/attractions and strolling the different neighbourhoods admiring architecture, curious shops, or simply immersing oneself into the local daily life... not to forget also a visit to the beach and/or a day escapade to other cities/towns in Catalonia. Strolling as mentioned is an important part of a visit to the city, or to any Mediterranean city for that matter, as our climate has forged a style of life in which the outdoors is central. I strongly advice you plan a DIY route to visit the city on foot. If feeling lazy take my suggestion: If you like strolling, Barcelona is definitively your kind of city, and if you're staying only for a short period I'd probably spend most of it exploring and wandering about instead of visiting too many specific landmarks. You should indeed visit Barri Gòtic but there are other interesting areas to discover (i.e L'Eixample, Gràcia, Montjuïc...), have a peek here to see some of them: infocatalonia.eu/w/?s=neighb... and get your bearings here: monbarcino.files.wordpress.c... A good strolling for a first visit to the city could start in Diagonal corner with Passeig de Gràcia -the poshest boulevard in the city- and head south towards Plaça Catalunya -considered the centre of Barcelona- and into the old part of the city, the Barri Gòtic: mapsengine.google.com/map/ed... This route, walked in a veeeeeeery relaxed way and stopping to admire different landmarks along the way -and perhaps a bit of window shopping too :)- would take you a good 5 or 6 hours. Don't forget to take a good travel guide with you so you can grasp the stories behind what you're seeing along the way -or even better, join a guided tour! If you'd like to see what are like some of the landmarks/attractions/neighbourhoods in the above map, search for them here: http://www.infocatalonia.eu and don't forget also to check the Barcelona Tourism Agency and its City Council websites for more information: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/ and http://www.bcn.cat/
- If you, like me, are curious to see "what's out there anyway" even knowing you won't be able to visit most things (unless you spend many weeks in the city!), an ideal option is a hop on hop off bus (a.k.a. hoho buses), best on the first day of your arrival! Barcelona has two hoho companies in the city, barcelonabusturistic.cat/en/... and http://www.barcelonacitytour.cat/en/ and barcelona-tourist-guide.com/... to explain how hoho buses work. I personally like the red route from the first company. Note these are services not included in any other card, including T-10, and require a separate ticket costing from 25€ to 32€ (1-day or 2-day passes). Each company issues their own and they're not interchangeable, the ticket issued by company "A" is valid for any/all routes from that company AND on only the day or days the ticket is valid for. Note that validity is not 24h but until the end of the day, that is, if you purchase a 1-day ticket at 4pm, the ticket is valid until midnight only, not until 4pm next day.
Hope this helps to decide whether you need any of the above cards.
By the way, for anyone reading this: WARNING about the Barcelona Card!!!! There are some sites online http://www.barcelona-card.com/ and http://www.barcelonacard.org/ for example, that are simple resellers -the first based in Germany, the second in the Netherlands- which are charging an additional 10-15% for this card. I strongly advice to buy it at the SOURCE, which is the Barcelona Tourism Board: bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com... you'll save money and you'll be avoiding potential problems.
From the airport a return bus ticket was 9.95 euro on jan13.
But if you plan to use public transport a lot then get a T10 carnet card which allows you ten journeys on all transport in the whole city.
You can share the card too.
And it covers the airport.
It costs 10 euros which last 24 hours.
Good value as the metro is efficient and hits all the main sights.
In 2002 I did bus touristic tour which is a good option if you want to hit all the sights in a short amount of time. In 2013 the price was 26.50 euro. It's a hop on hop off bus.
The T-10 card is a multi-trip card for the metro/bus/tram/funicular in Barcelona.
You put your card in the reader at the metro station and then walk through the opening gates, but leave your card for your partner behind you to reinsert the card and then walk through after you.
The T-10 gives you a discount of the individual trips, a good offer.
I have already explained about the "Barcelona Card, 5 days" in another transportation tip and this is the card that we purchased to use before we validated the Barcelona Card and for the day AFTER it expired.
We purchased our Barcelona Card for the longest period, which is 5 days, over the internet at the BCN site below.
The card allows you free travel on the metro/buses/funicular/tram in Barcelona. It also gives you discounts on entrance to many tourist attractions and even a few are free. Also you have discounts in several restaurants and stores although we did not take advantage of those.
We did a check AFTER we returned and found that if we had not purchased the card we would have spent almost double what we paid for it. It also released us from the need to constantly pay for the metro that we rode many times each day.
Be aware that the card becomes "active" on the day you use it. So if you arrive in the middle of the day and pick your card up and use it, then that entire day is gone. We picked ours up in the middle of our second day in Barcelona, but only used it early the next morning so we could use it for the entire day.
There are several options on WHERE you can pick your card up, we chose the Catalunya Square, but you can also get it in the airport. Remember to save it for the next morning.
If you plan on getting around a lot, the Transport Pass (Targetes de transport) is the cheepest solution. It offers unlimited travel on the metro and suburban trains (including the airport) as well as most busses, trams and the Montjuic funicular.
Available for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days (we paid 20.40€ each for 4 days). You can order it on Barcelonaturisme.com and pick it up in the airport on arrival.
The T10 ticket is an excellent way of transportation around Barcelona. It costs 7.70 euros and is valid for 10 trips on the metro or bus within Zone 1 (which covers the city centre and includes most, if not all, of the tourist attractions in the city). A normal single journey ticket is 1.35 euros so you save quite a bit there.
Even if you need to change Metro lines, it will be counted as a single journey (IF you do not exit the metro gates and enter again) and the total length of the journey is 1 hour 15 minutes. It also counts as a single journey if you take the metro and then exit to catch the bus to your destination if it is all within that 1 hour 15 minutes.
Also, the T10 ticket is valid for the entire calendar year. You can share the ticket with friends as well. Just use it to get through the turnstile / gate and hand it back to your friend for him/her to use.
The T10 ticket is easily available from the ticket machines at all metro stations and each time you slot it through the reader at the turnstile/gate, it prints the number of trips you have left on the ticket so you won't get caught ticket-less.
Thanks to the T10, getting around Barcelona was inexpensive.
There are may kind of tickets available to travel inside Barcelona.
In my opinion buyind a card of 10 trips for 7.70 EUR is the best and cheapest option if you stay for three or four days in the city, instead of the tourist card.
One trip allows you to combine metro and bus within 1h15min.
You can get a unlimited travel pass for 3 or five days.
We got the 3 day pass , which costs 15 euros.
This pass allows you to travel on the train , metro, buses and trams for thr duration of the ticket.
We bought it at the tourist information in the airport arrivals hall.
Metro was very good, never more than 5 mins wait for the next train.
I am always a big fan of day tickets and I always buy one on my trips to enjoy the option of unlimited travel. This is one of the secrets behind my ability to see more in cities in less time or explore unknown areas just to have a feel of the city. Generally I prefer walking a lot but while moving from one destination to another, day tickets offer me the easiest and least time taking option. A day ticket at Barcelona will cost you 5.10 euros and provides you access to all kinds of public transport like trams, buses, metro etc. easily. just board on whatever you see in front of you.
If you are in Barcelone for a week or so, buy T10 (you can take 10 rides with it - metro, bus, tram ...), because it is cheaper than 3, 4 or 5-day card, and even if you buy 2 of them, it is still cheaper :) You can buy it at every metro station and costs 6,65 €.
Ce bos v Barceloni za teden ali manj priporocam karto T10, s katero imas pravico do desetih vozenj z metrojem, avtobusom itd. Splaca se bolj kot 3, 4 ali 5-dnevne karte, saj tiste stanejo 2-3krat vec. Sploh pa za ogled bistvenih znamenitosti Barcelone ne bos potreboval/a vec kot dve karti T10 (ki pa staneta malenkost vec kot 3-dnevna karta, uporabljas pa ju lahko kolikor dolgo hoces). No, ena karta T10 stane 6,65 € in jo lahko kupis na vseh postajah metroja.
There are several ways of travelling inside Barcelona. Bus, metro and RENFE trains. To use these transports U must pay (as usual) and to do that U can use various cards. Some last only one day other as long as 90 days. U can buy it on the entrance of every metro station, using automatic machines or just paying to a man in the nearby cabine.
Here U have some pics of them and a brief info:
Is the most common to use if U plan to stay in Barcelona for maybe a week. This one is the one I used with my wife. It lasts for 10 rides. Once U enter the Metro U can change stations or to a RENFE train or to a TRAM at the end of the line. Just remember that it last only 60 minutes and U cannot leave and enter the same metro station as U will be charged again. If U need to do this, ask to the security guard so they will open a small door for U to enter to the station. Here is the price and time table:
Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Euros 6.65? 13.30? 18.30? 23.50? 26.90? 28.80?
Time 1h 15 1h 30 1h 45 2h 2h15 2h 30
T-Dia card: Allows an unlimited number of journeys in any means of transport during a 1 day (until service closedown). Here is the price table:
Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Euros 5.00? 7.90? 10.05? 11.30? 12.85? 14.20?
T-Mes card: Valid for an unlimited number of journeys by any means of transport during yhe 30 consecutive days from first cancellation. Here is the price table:
Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Euros 42.75? 61.60? 83.25? 99.15? 114.00? 121.00?
T-Triemestre: Multitrip card allowing a number of journeys without limit on all the transport modes depending of the zones (1 to 6 zones). Valid during the 90 following days from the first cancellation. Can only be used by the owner of the card.
Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Euros 118.00? 170.00? 230.00? 274.00? 312.00? 323.00?