In February 2023, I visited Barcelona, Spain, where there are various modes of transportation available including trains, high-speed trains (AVE), buses, and taxis.
However, you won't know which one is the most cost-effective until you actually experience it.
During my stay in Barcelona, where I spent three nights at a hotel, I made great use of the "Hola Barcelona Travel Card," a pass that allows unlimited travel around the city!
I recommend purchasing this pass in advance online, as it is more than $2 cheaper than buying it on the spot!
Recommended for people like this
- For those who want to know about transportation options for sightseeing in Barcelona.
- For those who want to learn about the unlimited travel pass.
- For those interested in cost-effective transportation methods in Barcelona.
Furthermore, when visiting Barcelona, I recommend planning out an itinerary to explore the city smoothly!
I understand that it might be difficult to decide on a course. Below, I have provided the itinerary I actually followed during my visit! Please feel free to refer to it.
How to Purchase Tickets on the Official Hola BCN Website
From here, I will explain the process of purchasing tickets on the official website. By default, the official website is in Spanish, but I will guide you through the process after switching it to English.
1Access the official website
First, look up "Hola BCN" and access the official website.
2Select the desired ticket type and number of people
Please decide how many days you will be staying in Barcelona, either 2 days or 3 days, based on your own plans. Please also specify the number of people. Afterward, click "Buy Now"
3Please confirm if the ticket type and the number of people for purchase are correct
Please check the type of tickets you wish to purchase and the correct number of people before clicking 'Checkout'
3Input of Purchaser Information
Please provide the name and email address of the purchaser.
(Note: Name refers to the first name, and Surname refers to the last name)
There are three checkboxes, and you should check them as needed:
- The second one pertains to the receipt. If you require a receipt, please check this box. Once checked, the input information will be displayed for you to fill in.
- The third one is about confirming that there are no issues regarding the purchase terms. Particularly, if there are no issues, please check this box. The third checkbox is for indicating whether you want to receive notifications via email from the official Hola BCN website. If you need this, check the box. If not, leave it blank.
Once you have completed the input up to this point, please click "Pay."
4ntering Credit Card Information
Please enter your credit card number, expiration date, and PIN number, then click "Pay".
Once you do this, you will be taken to a payment processing screen. Please do not navigate away from the site and wait for about 10 seconds.
5Confirmation of Purchase Completion
After the payment, you will be directed to a completion page like this. Once you reach this point, the purchase is complete
5Confirmation of Purchase Email
Please verify whether you have received an email regarding your purchase from the official website at the email address you provided earlier, after transitioning to the purchase completion page on the site. The email should contain a PDF file attachment.
What should you do after purchasing the ticket?
Merely completing the ticket purchase on the website does not make it usable in Barcelona! You need to obtain a physical ticket from a kiosk on-site. To do this, you'll have to input the number provided in the PDF file that was sent to you at the time of purchase.
Until you have the ticket in hand, be sure to keep the purchased PDF file stored safely and don't let your guard down!
Hola Barcelona Travel Card
The 13-digit number you enter at the ticket vending machine is the string of characters located below the barcode. I wasn't sure which numbers to input, so I ended up asking the station attendant for help, haha!