Is the Go Barcelona Pass 2020 worth it? We review prices and value here

BarcelonaPortSculptureBarcelona is one of Europe's most popular sightseeing cities, with a climate that makes it accessible pretty much all year round. The main attraction here is the huge collection of whimsical and unusual architecture, much of it designed by Antoni Gaudi. First-time visitors are going to want to see as many of these buildings as possible, and the Go Barcelona Pass can be an excellent value for those who plan in advance.

Introduced in 2016, the Go Barcelona Pass now includes admission to over 30 major attractions including the hugely popular hop-on, hop-off bus that offers 3 different routes to choose from. The list of included attractions has grown from 16 at launch to now over 30, and it's very possible that it will include more things by the time you reach the city. Below we will examine what the Go Barcelona Pass offers and see who would get the best value out of the pass.

The short version on who should buy a Go Barcelona Pass

BarcelonaHOHObusIf you enjoy the efficiency and convenience of the hop-on, hop-off (HOHO) bus tours as a way to see a city pretty quickly, then you'll love the one in Barcelona and you'll probably want to buy a Go Barcelona Pass. Even with the 2-day Pass it's easy to get good value out of it, especially if a discount is running when you make your purchase. You'll probably also have a chance to do a couple things that you might have otherwise skipped, for free.

The Go Barcelona Pass does NOT cover the inside of the Sagrada Familia cathedral, although the HOHO bus does stop outside for enough time to get some excellent photos or video. If you prefer to see sights slowly and thoroughly, it might be hard to get value out of the Go Barcelona Pass. With that said, those who plan in advance can easily do 3 or 4 things each day, so it will save them money. But if you are usually disorganized and don't like to plan your sightseeing days, the pass won't grant you much wiggle room and should probably be skipped.

What’s included in the Go Barcelona Pass

  • Barcelona Attraction Pass good for over 30 major attractions
  • One-day pass for the hop-on, hop-off bus tour (3 routes)
  • A guidebook with maps explaining each attraction
  • Go Line privileges
  • Restaurant discounts

Prices of the 2020 Go Barcelona Pass

  • 2-Day Adult Barcelona Pass €124.99
  • 2-Day Child Barcelona Pass €84.99
  • 3-Day Adult Barcelona Pass €149.99
  • 3-Day Child Barcelona Pass €99.99

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Top sights and attractions included in the Go Barcelona Pass

One-day hop-on, hop-off Barcelona bus tour (3 routes): €30

These bus tours are by far the best way to discover Barcelona's amazing architecture, along with all the other main sights, in a short time. Highly recommended whether you get the Barcelona Pass or not.

Casa Milá (La Pedrera): €24

This most-famous Gaudi building is the best and easiest to tour to learn about and appreciate his whimsical architectural style. It's located in the heart of Barcelona so you'll be passing by it whether you intend to or not.

Casa Batlló: €25

CasaBattloTake a tour of this stunning Gaudi building, which is Barcelona's second most popular attraction.

It's another one located in the heart of the tourist district so it's easy to reach and to get to another attraction shortly thereafter as well.

Barcelona Zoo: €21.40

Open since 1892, the Barcelona Zoo (along with the Aquarium mentioned below) is the top family attraction in the city/ The location near the beach and the city center makes it easy to reach. The zoo is also on the Red Route of the included hop-on, hop-off bus, so you'll be stopping there one way or another.

L’Aquàrium de Barcelona: €21

One of the biggest and best aquariums in Europe, this one is conveniently located in the port and at a HOHO bus stop. It's most popular for younger visitors, as you'd guess.

Poble Espanyol (architectural museum): €14

This delightful open-air architectural museum features 117 buildings, streets, and squares that show off the famous building styles in Spain. It is helpfully right off a HOHO bus stop, so easy to reach.

Las Golondrinas Boat Cruise: €15.20

As a port city, Barcelona is obviously built along the sea and the best way to appreciate the famous sights is from this 40-minute boat cruise through the harbour and beyond.

Major attractions that AREN'T included in the Go Barcelona Pass

  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia: €15 and up
  • Park Guell Monumental Zone (the rest of the park is free): €7

Is the Go Barcelona Pass a good deal?

LaRamblaMost visitors who want to see the city and most famous sights in a few days are going to want to do the hop-on, hop-off bus tour for sure. If 3 or more of the remaining expensive attractions appeal to you, and they should, then the Barcelona Pass will be a good deal.

Even on a 2-day Go Barcelona Pass you'll be able to do at least 6 different sights or attractions (including the HOHO bus) if you plan ahead and plan to be out all day, both days. But, because the 3-day Go Barcelona Pass is only a bit more expensive, it's a better choice and better value for anyone in town for 3 full days.

SagradaBaseThe most important detail is whether you are truly interested in the included attractions. If you aren't really an architecture fan (Barcelona has extremely unusual architecture that attracts many visitors) then the Pass might not be a wise choice. Even if you buy a pass you'll want to at least see the Sagrada Familia cathedral from the outside, which is easy because the HOHO bus stops in front of it for several minutes. You can also hop off and go inside if you can bear the crowds or make reservations in advance.

Who the Go Barcelona Pass is perfect for

  • First-time visitors with at least 2 days in Barcelona
  • Visitors who plan on doing the HOHO bus and several more attractions
  • Fans of unusual architecture and FC Barcelona and/or fans of tasty ham

Who the Go Barcelona Pass is not good for

  • Visitors with only 1 day in Barcelona, or who have visited these attractions before
  • Backpackers on very low budgets and no wiggle room
  • Visitors who scoff at HOHO bus tours

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If a larger discount is available on the site you will get the lowest price by using the above link.

16 Responses to “Is the Go Barcelona Pass 2020 worth it? We review prices and value here”

Marietjie says:

Does the 2 day ticket also includes entrance fees and also some art galleries like Miro gallery?



    Unfortunately the Barcelona Pass does not yet include entrance to any art galleries. It’s a new pass (as of 2017) and I expect that by next year it will include a few more things, hopefully including the Miro or some other notable art galleries. As of now the Barcelona Pass mostly focuses on architecture-related sights, as that is what the city is most famous for. -Roger

Gordon says:

Does the 3 day pass only allow for a one day pass on the HOHO Bus? Also are the entrance fees for the aquarium and boat cruise included? Are all prices are per adult each?



    Yes, all Barcelona Passes only include a one-day pass on the HOHO bus. In reality those buses move pretty slowly to use as transportation between attractions, so one day should be enough for almost anyone. There are a couple somewhat remote attractions such as Camp Nou Stadium that are good places to hop off and then hop back on after visiting, but for most of the route it’s best to get a good seat on the top deck and just enjoy the amazing scenery and architecture on a full tour. Then when you are done with the tour you can walk to many included attractions, or take the metro to others far more quickly and efficiently.

    The Barcelona Pass includes one free entry into the aquarium and also one ride on the boat cruise, so you just show your pass and walk in or aboard. And yes, the price of the Barcelona Pass is per adult, and each adult will need his or her own Barcelona Pass. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

jane says:

if i use my pass to get transport into the city at 3pm does that allow me to use the pass for the next 48 hours ?



    Yes, the Barcelona travel card will start upon first activation or use and then be good for 48 or 72 hours starting then. Have a great trip. -Roger

mike wong says:

we have only one day in Barcelona (arriving by cruise ship).
we decided to see a lot of Gaudi: Familia Sagrada, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera. probably skip the Park. see Picasso Museum. may see market Boqueria (lunch). walk La Rambla. maybe walk the waterfront in early evening if convenient to ship’s dock as we leave @ 9:00

I think it can be done, especially if we skip park, and waterfront.

I am trying to plot a walking map…. but may take taxis to save time.

So it appears that no pass can help save euros (we are seniors).
we have used HOHO & passes in other cities. unfortunately our extra time is in the evening, when even the HOHO is not running.

thank you for your thoughts?



    Your plan sounds quite ambitious, but I think you can get to most of those things as long as you are among the first off the ship. I really like the HOHO bus there since the route highlights many different architectural styles that are harder to see on foot and impossible from the Metro, of course. But the HOHO bus isn’t efficient for transportation between the attractions if your time is limited. On the other hand, the buses leave from the top of La Rambla and they go to most of the things on your list, so it could work. And you could perhaps skip the last hour or so of it, which is spent going out to Camp Nou and back. The lines at Sagrada Familia are usually long, and probably worse on a cruise-ship day, so if you can book a time there in advance it would be helpful. Have a wonderful trip. -Roger

Tom says:

If we have a Barcelona Pass, do we have to reserve specific times for all of the specific attractions that are covered by the Barcelona pass? Or do we just show up and they let us in? Thanks



    For most attractions you just show up and present your Barcelona Card instead of paying the admission price, and you are in. Most tours work that way as well, and you can just show up and go on the next one. But for something like the Best of Barcelona Bike Tour they ask you to make a reservation 24 hours in advance. So in a few cases you might have to reserve, but not for most of them. Have a great trip. -Roger

Kim Cook says:

So there is a 1 day HoHo tour for about $30 per person? You say it has 3 routes, do you have to choose a route? And is it something you just ride thru town and can get on and off as you like?



    Yes, the one-day HOHO bus costs €29 on its own, so about US$34. You can ride any and all routes and you can get off at any stop and get back on a later bus. Just show your valid ticket to the driver when you get back on. However, the top deck of the buses is usually full when they leave the first stop in the main square, and if you get off one of the less popular stops you might find all those seats are still taken so you’ll have to ride downstairs. The stop for the Sagrada Familia stops for like 10 minutes and many people get off, so it’s usually easy to get a seat on top there, and also at some of the other more popular stops.

    The shorter route of the three mainly goes to the Olympic Village and back and it only runs April through September. If you do the other two-hour routes you may not find that one worthwhile on the same day. -Roger

Arlene says:

I am trying to decide if the 2 or 3 day pass is worth it because we already booked a side trip in the middle of our 4 days in Barcelona. We have wed & thurs in Barcelona and then Saturday. We plan to see Sagrada familia, Park Guell,Casa Mila and Batllo, Picasso museum,. One of us is a senior(65). if we have a visit like this does it make sense to buy city pass?



    It doesn’t look like you are planning nearly enough of the included attractions to justify buying a Barcelona Pass. They are really great for those who want to do the (highly recommended) hop on hop off bus tour and many of the included sights that you can see along that route, but the pass doesn’t include most of the things you listed so you are better off just paying as you go. Have a fantastic trip. -Roger

uplaksh says:

Hi Roger..Really helpful article..My parents, my wife and I are in Barcelona from 28th december afternoon to 31st morning (hence 2.5 days). We are staying in Samsó 2 street (corner Siracusa street).
Wanted to visit Camp Nou, Casa Balto,Sagarda familia,Park Guell, Montjuïc, Museu Picasso, Casa Mila and to spend sometime at La Rambla and Gothic Quater. Would request your help on the best way to cover all/most of them. Request you to guide incase have missed something that i should not miss out on..thanks in advance



    Well, the Barcelona Pass covers many of the things on your list, and the hop-on, hop-off bus stops at all of them, including Camp Nou, and the start of the route is just in front of La Rambla, so I think it’s a good choice. If you’ve only got those 2.5 days I really do think the HOHO bus is a great way to see most of the famous Barcelona architecture and scenery in a short time, even if you don’t buy a Barcelona Pass. It doesn’t cover the inside of Sagrada Familia, but the bus stops there for close to 10 minutes so you can get some great photos of the outside and also take a tour and get back on another bus if you like. Aside from that I’m not sure what else I can help you with. -Roger


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