Making the Most Out of a Barcelona City Trip


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Here we cover Barcelona city trip options once you are in the city. What about trips to Barcelona? Below you will find useful links about trips to Barcelona, Spain, travel deals, packages, all-inclusive, city breaks, and more.

Trips to Barcelona - Travel Deals

If you are planning your vacation in Barcelona, then check the links below to find travel deals, vacation packages with all-inclusive, not only for regular Barcelona holidays but also for short breaks.

Best Options for a Barcelona City Trip

There are an extensive array of interesting city trip options that you can enjoy. One of the best ways to do this is to opt for Barcelona bus tours that conveniently run throughout the city.

You will find that there is a bus that will take you to different regions of Barcelona-pretty much all of the most exciting tourist destinations including museums, parks, beaches, stores, monuments, famous buildings and even the stadium. When you choose Barcelona bus tours, you can avoid worrying about issues like directions, driving, and parking. Instead, you can focus on relaxing, seeing the best sights and enjoying yourself as much as possible!

Choosing a guided tour definitely makes a lot of sense, as you can learn a great deal about the surroundings from your tour guide. As you might imagine, there is a ton of information to gather about the various sites and historic places in Barcelona. Let's take a look at how to best plan a city trip that will enable you to get the most sightseeing done.

Barcelona Bus Turistic Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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What is Bus Turistic?

Bus Turistic is a very accessible tour bus that is perfect for tourists to travel through the city. You can "Hop On" and "Hop Off" the bus as you wish. Basically, this means that if an attraction is of interest to you, you can get off of the bus and explore. It's really the perfect way to get around and learn a lot about the city at the same time. The buses are clean, and the assistants and drivers are friendly and very well-informed.

Bus Turistic has been operating since 1987 and has about 2 million passengers a year that use it for a city trip. The bus has 2 routes and 44 stops. There are 74 buses, so one will come along on an average of 10-15 minutes. They will also give you a book of coupons good for various attractions and you can also get your tour in up to 16 languages.

The two most important lines are the northern-focused Blue line and the southern focused Red line. If you want to stay on a bus and just do the rounds, it takes about two hours for each route. You can also switch from one line to another at the transfer points.

The Northern focused Blue Line will focus on city trip options including:

  • Placa de Catalunya
  • Passeig de Gracia
  • La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
  • Casa des Punxes
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Tibidabo Mountain
  • Pavellons Guell
  • FC Barcelona Museum & Stadium

The Southern red line focuses on city trip options including:

  • Placa de Catalunya
  • La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
  • Sants train station
  • Placa d'Espanya
  • Caixa Forum
  • Museu Nacional de Arte de Catalunya
  • Fundacio Joan Miro
  • Monumento Colom
  • Museu d'Historia de Catalunya

The above mentioned Barcelona attractions are just a fraction of the destinations that these Bus Turistic routes cover. There is also a green line that is called the "forum route," dedicated to other city trip choices, but this one only runs from March to October. It goes to Barcelona attractions including beaches and destinations in the southeast like Port Olimpic, Platja del Bogatell, Parc del Forum, Parc Diagonal Mar and Poblenou & beaches.


Barcelona City Trip - Sightseeing Tours

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More Bus Options for a Barcelona City Trip

When it comes to Barcelona bus tours, there is another main option called Barcelona City Tours.

This company also provides large routes like Bus Turistic, but you can also find bus tours just dedicated to specific themes, for example, the Gaudi bus tour, and the tour of artistic Barcelona. You can also find walking tours and biking tours available.

Barcelona Day Trip to Tarragona and Sitges

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Don't Forget Barcelona Day Trips

Of course, if all of that activity isn't enough for you, there are also Barcelona day trips that will take you outside the city to other major points of interest. Barcelona Budget has a whole page of our site dedicated to recommendations, which you can see at Barcelona Day Trips page.

As you will quickly find, there are enough options for your city trip and places to visit outside of the city to easily keep you busy for weeks, if not months!