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Best Euro city breaks - Barcelona - 2017

The 5 best bus tours in Barcelona

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

Jan Fleischer
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Jan Fleischer
Alex Floyd-Douglass

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

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Hop-on Hop-off Bus 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.

East to West Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Eco Catamaran Cruise

2. East to West Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Eco Catamaran Cruise

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.

Private VIP Mercedes minibus tour with expert guide

3. 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.

Costa Brava Day Tour

4. Costa Brava Day Tour

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.

3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

5. 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

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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