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      About "cards" on sale for your visit to Barcelona...

      Barcelona 1 hours ago

      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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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: 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: 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: and don't forget also to check the Barcelona Tourism Agency and its City Council websites for more information: and ;

      - 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, and and 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 and 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: you'll save money and you'll be avoiding potential problems.

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