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The 6 best Barcelona bus tours

Get to know the sunny Catalan capital (and beyond) without breaking a sweat on one of these great Barcelona bus tours

By Jan Fleischer

Why wander around aimlessly when you could save all that energy by jumping aboard a brilliant Barcelona bus tour? Whether you choose to travel by hop-on-hop-off double-decker, minibus or open-top luxury bus, the Catalan capital offers an abundance of tours that’ll take you around as many sights as you’d like. After all, you couldn’t come to such a photogenic city without gawping at as much beauty as possible. Plus, it’s a fab way of seeing loads of attractions effortlessly and efficiently. 

Get up close to La Sagrada Família and other in-your-face Gaudí structures, roam the cobbled medieval streets off La Rambla and ride the cable car up Montjuïc. Day trips are also on the cards if you fancy an adventure out to the luscious coastal region of the Costa Brava or even popping over to France and Andorra. Wherever you want to head, we’ve rounded up the best Barcelona bus tours, so take a look and start exploring.

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Best Barcelona bus tours

Barcelona bus tours- City sightseeing

1. City sightseeing hop-on-hop-off tour

Discover the ancient, medieval and modern sights of Barcelona on this convenient city sightseeing hop-on-hop-off tour. With one-day or two-day passes available, travel by open-top, double-decker bus along three routes to visit major attractions, including the Sagrada Família, the Gothic Quarter, Park Güell, the Picasso Museum and Ciutadella park. Customise your own itinerary and get on and off as you please at more than 44 stops around town. Plus you get a booklet with discount coupons to attractions, restaurants and more.

Barcelona bus tours- East to west

2. East to west hop-on-hop-off tour

Take your time taking in the city. Barcelona has much to offer those willing to explore it, so you can choose a one- or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus ticket. With two interconnected routes, this tour is the easiest way to get around Barcelona and see all the sights. Get a bird's-eye view of the medieval streets of La Rambla, discover the Port Olímpic beachfront promenade, and see the famous FC Barcelona football stadium, Camp Nou, among other top sights.

Barcelona bus tours- Magic fountain and night lights

3. Magic fountain and night lights tour

Experience Barcelona like a true local – at night. Spend a warm evening on an open-top bus – a luxury bus to be precise – as it makes its way around the city. See top sights and beautiful architecture, before stepping off for a wander starting at Passeig de Gràcia. Witness the Montjuïc Magic Fountain in all its grandiosity, then finish of the night by sipping a cocktail at one of Barcelona’s best bars.

Private Barcelona Exclusive Tour by Mercedes Minibus and Personal Expert Guide

4. Private VIP Mercedes minibus tour with expert guide

If you're looking for a bit more exclusivity, this four-hour private tour with a licensed expert Barcelona guide may be just the choice for you. Exploring Barcelona with your extended family, a bunch of friends or a group from work? Do it from the comfort of a Mercedes minibus that will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel, the airport or the port if you're on a cruise. You'll visit the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, and the Sagrada Família, and you'll get to see other architectural wonders, such as Casa Batlló, as well as the scenic waterfront. Plus, the tour is flexible so you can add or change sights on your itinerary.

Barcelona bus tours- Costa Brava

5. Costa Brava day trip

On this half-day trip you'll visit the Girona coast, christened 100 years ago as the Costa Brava. The name is due to its unique rocky and rugged coastline, composed of small coves surrounded by pine forests. Natural wealth and beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas, such as Cap de Creus, the Empordà Marshes and the Marine Reserve Medes islands. This area has historically been a point of entry, transit and settlement for different cultures and civilisations, and each has left its footprints.

The Original Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona

6. Visit three countries in one day

If it's Tuesday, it must be Barcelona. Or Ax-les-Thermes in France. Or Andorra la Vella. Be sure to pack your passport for a full 12-hour day travelling on a comfortable coach through three countries. Before crossing the border into France, you stop to explore a medieval Catalan village, and then it's into the beautiful French spa town of Ax-les-Thermes to discover the healing waters and local artisan shops. Next you cruise through the stunning Pyrenees (Instagram moments abound!) on the way to Andorra la Vella, renowned for tax-free bargains before heading back to Barcelona.

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