Are you planning to visit Barcelona soon but you are not sure which the best options are to get around by public transport? There are several alternatives available, and the choice will depend on which Barcelona transport ticket offers top features and suits your trip—and your pocket—best.
It should be emphasized that 2020 arrived with important updates on the type of public transport tickets. In this way, in the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés Barcelona, we have put together the different options so that you can choose the one that suits best to your trip.
T-Casual, T-Familiar or Hola Barcelona Travel Card
The first thing you should keep in mind is that the three transport options we will discuss below are valid for Metro, Tram, Funicular de Montjuïc, Cercanías, FGC and all buses—except tourist and special services, such as the Aerobús, in the Zone 1 of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Each of them has special features.
This is the former T10 card, but with a significant difference: it is individual and you cannot share your trips with other people. However, it is still the cheapest option of all, since it costs €11.35 for 10 trips in zone 1 or €22.40 if it includes zones 1 and 2.
This alternative can be purchased online or at the ticket-vending machines on the Metro, FGC and Cercanías stations. Of course, you should pay attention since it is not valid to travel from or to the Airport with the L9 Sur line. Nevertheless, you can use it on the Cercanías that also takes you there.
One of the few multi-person options—which, therefore, can be used by several people—is the new T-Familiar, valid as of March 1. It is a shared ticket which costs €10 and offers 8 trips to be used by a group of passengers. Like the T-Casual, it is not valid to travel from or to the Airport with the L9 Sur line, but with the Cercanías.
Hola Barcelona Travel Card
There is an option for those visiting Barcelona for a few days—the Hello Barcelona Travel Card. This is a TMB card that allows unlimited travel for 2, 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days within zone 1 of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
You can purchase this individual ticket on the TMB website. It is also available at the ticket-vending machines on the Metro stations. Children under the age of four travel for free!
It is also the only alternative including trips from or to the airport with the L9 Sur line.
Lastly, there is an option that TMB does not offer, but the Barcelona Tourism Office: the Barcelona Card. An individual tourist card, which includes a Hello Barcelona Travel Card for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days as well as visits to museums, discounts in establishments of the city, a map of the city and a guide. This way, you will not miss anything! You can check all the details and purchase it on their website.
The choice will depend on the type of trip to the city you have in mind. If you want an alternative for just one day, you should consider the new T-family, as it can be shared by a group. However, if your stay will be longer, the Hola Barcelona Travel Card is the best option to enjoy the capital of Catalonia without worrying about transport. And, if it is your first time in Barcelona, the Barcelona Card will offer you the opportunity to visit the most important tourist attractions of this great metropolis.