Barcelona Bus Tour

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A few days before we left for Barcelona, we popped over to see S’s Grandma.
Upon hearing about our travel plans she simply said “I’ll leave you to explore it for yourselves, but make sure you go on the city bus tour”.
At first I was a bit skeptical.
Bus tours have always seemed cheesy and touristy to me, but when we walked over to the ticket booth on our second day in Barcelona and the lady told us you can hop on and off as many times as you want, I was intrigued.

One ticket to travel across the whole city?
SOLD.

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On the day we had bought the ticket, we had already explored a large part of the city, partly due to exploring the little nooks and crannies, but mainly due to getting lost on the underground and having to find a shoe shop because my flip-flops decided that comfort was no longer a service they wanted to provide for me.

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There are two routes that go around the city.
One covers the East side of Barcelona, and the other covers the west – The tour covers over 30 stops and when you buy your ticket you are given your own set of headphones to listen along to the audio guide, which is available in a variety of languages.

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The buses are modern, with air con provided on the lower level and glorious views on the second level thanks to the open top. The buses arrive at each stop every ten minutes meaning you never have to wait long between explorations, and it wasn’t long before we were top deck weaving through Barcelona’s streets.

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The city is filled with interesting history and the audio guide gives you great insight, not just on the obvious sight-seeing parts of the tour, but as you drove through each part of the city it highlighted Bacrelona’s history, both recent and past. It’s immediately obvious how much they value architecture, but if you had any doubts about how passionate they were, the way they talk about each building’s history on the audio tour cements it.

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Itchy feet and an urge to explore soon kicked in (something I’ve been “suffering” with since returning to England) and it turned out that exploration eagerness is contagious, because it was only a few minutes after stepping onto the bus that S wanted to get off and go for a wander. We roamed through the Gothic Quarter, snooped inside Casa Battló, got lost trying to sniff out Barcelona’s best gelato before hopping on the bus again and exploring various parts of the city before finally heading to Camp Nou.

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The bus ride was informative, useful and not at all as overwhelmingly touristy as I had previously imagined.
And even though it stopped outside all of the popular places in Barcelona – the queues were never long and seats were always available.

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A definite recommendation for anybody travelling to this energetic beach-side city!

  • Barcelona looks fabulous! It’s definitely on ‘my list’. We used one of those hop-on, hop-off buses in Rome – it was a great way to get a real feel for the layout of the city to then revisit specific places on foot later.

    • It’s an outstanding city – energetic, vibrant and full of little nooks and crannies to explore.
      Rome is towards the top of my european list – any suggestions? x

  • I wish I had taken a bus tour when I went to Barcelona! I think I will if I go back in the future.

    • It was worth it, meant that we got to explore the well trodden parts of Barcelona as well as venturing to the lesser known, without getting the sore feet! xo

  • Sonja Müller

    I totally get you with your flip-flops. Same problem occurs to me here sometimes. And they are supposed to be comfy, aren`t they? I took a bus tour in Paris last year as well and it really changed my mind about this thing. It is so practical at a reasonable price. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics! xxx

    • Haha, Thailand’s awesome but not the best city for flips flops *thinks back to the amount of times surplus drain water has splashed upon my feet combined with all of the tripping up!* I lived in Havaianas whilst out there, by far the comfiest flip flops i’ve ever owned and they lasted well too. Which considering i wore mine hiking up various waterfalls, is pretty impressive!

      Glad you agree about bus tours, funny how sometimes it’s only trying the thing that we’re skeptical of, that can change our feelings towards it xo