Having taken the opportunity to ride the Barcelona City Tour Open Top Bus in Barcelona, I found that it was a convenient and easy way to see the city.
|The Barcelona City Tour Bus|
Please see our Barcelona City Tour - A Review of Barcelona's Open-Top Tour Bus For more information on the service as a whole.
There are twenty stops along the route of the tourist bus. It is possible to get on or off the bus at any of these stops. Please see below for a detailed list of each stop and the Barcelona attractions you will see at each one.
The route that is taken by Barcelona City Tour provides a comprehensive tour, covering most of Barcelona's main touristic highlights. Other bus companies in Barcelona provide choices between bus routes, however, in a city this size I would say that this may be redundant as it is possible to see most of the major sights on completing one large looped route through the city. On taking the tour I struggled to think of any areas that the bus had not made accessible.
Barcelona City Tour provide varying information on how long the entire tour will take. In my experience, minus pit stops where I alighted from the bus, the tour took approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to cover stops 1 - 20 (listed below).
It is worth bearing in mind that areas such as the Gothic Quarter are largely pedestrianized. Therefore, if you want to gain a better understanding of the old town, it will be necessary to hop off the bus and do some walking!
Attractions included in the Route taken by Barcelona City Tour Bus
Please see below for the exact route that the bus takes around Barcelona. Some of the attractions of note along the bus route include:
This is probably the most famous square in Barcelona. It is situated at the top of the Ramblas and has a large pedestrianized section at its centre. A good spot to feed the birds!
This is one of the works of the famous Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudí. It is a large and impressive structure with a sea theme throughout. It is particularly popular for its undulating roof, providing views of the city
This is the iconic church created by Antonio Gaudí that is still a work in progress. The bus does a full loop of the exterior of the building, for those who choose not to alight for a closer look.
A further work of wonder by the prolific Antoni Gaudí. This is a park that he created, adding his signature touch of imaginative flare. This is a useful stop on the route as it is somewhat further from the city centre than other tourist attractions.
A must-see for football fans, for some this is Barcelona at its best! If you don't have a ticket for a match, it is still possible to do a tour of the stadium and museum.
Montjuïc Mountain is the home of Barcelona's Royal Palace - Palau Alfons XIII. This is the site a Barcelona's popular Magic Fountain show.
This was the site of the 1992 Olympic games. It is also where the Olympic flame structure sits.
This monument to Christopher Columbus sits at the base of the Ramblas and is the gateway to both the city centre and the harbour area.
Barcelona's cathedral is a large Gothic structure. It sits at the top of the Gothic Quarter - Barcelona's most famous section of the old town. This area is popular for its narrow, winding streets and old buildings.
At many of the Barcelona Tour stops there is little or no signposts to indicate where you should wait for the bus. Some of these are merely lampposts, with no sign whatsoever. You will find that most stops are positioned next to a standard Barcelona bus stop. I have, therefore, provided a description of the exact location of each bus stop.
- Universitat - Plaza Universitat.
Opposite Hotel Jazz, on Ronda de la Universitat.
Barcelona City Tour bus stop at Placa Catalunya Square
On the left hand side of the square if you are coming from the Ramblas. Opposite the BBVA bank and H10 Hotel, on the other side of the road.
- A: Passeig de Gràcia - Casa Batlló - a Gaudí building.
Outside Banc de Sabadell on Passeig de Gràcia.
B: Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera - another Gaudí building
Next to the bus stop, just before La Pedrera on Passeig de Gràcia .
- Sagrada Familia - Gaudí's famous Basilica.
Just after the Repsol petrol station, on Carrer de la Marina, on the old side of the Sagrada Familia.
- Parc Güell - a park designed by Gaudí.
Just before the Consum Supermarket, on Avenida M. Deu Montserrat.
- Plaza Francesc Maciá - leads to Avenida Diagonal.
On the opposite side of the road to Gino's Restaurant, at the start of Avenida Diagonal.
- Camp Nou - FC Barcelona's Football Ground.
Directly outside the main entrance to the Camp Nou station.
- Avenida Diagonal - one of Barcelona's shopping areas.
Outside the Corte Inglés, on the opposite side if the road, on Carrer de Numancia.
- Plaza Espanya - home of the Fira de Barcelona and Palau Nacional.
On Carrer de Tarragon, on the other side of the road, opposite the Miró statue.
- Montjuïc - one of Barcelona's Mountains.
Outside the CaixaForum, on Avenida del Marques de Comillas.
- Poble Espanyol - a recreated old Spanish village.
Further up Avenida del Marques de Comillas, directly opposite the main entrance to Poble Espanyol.
- Barcelona Palace (and MNAC - Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya).
At the back of the palace, on the right if you have your back to the palace, in front of a snack booth.
- Olympic Village - home of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Directly outside the main entrance to the Olympic village, on Avenida de l'Estadi.
- Miró Museum (Fundació Joan Miró).
Directly outside the Miró Museum, on Avenida de l'Estadi.
- World Trade Centre
Directly outside the entrance of the World Trade Centre, on Moll de Barcelona, on the side where traffic leaves the centre.
- Colón - Christopher Columbus Monument at the foot of Las Ramblas.
The 'Barcelona City Tour' stop in front of the Tourist Information booth near the monument to Christopher Columbus. This is also good point for Cruise Liner customers to catch the tour bus.
- Port Vell - Barcelona's Port area.
To the left hand side of the Maremagnum, in front of Posit Restaurant (Reial Club Maritim), next to a small roundabout.
- Port Olímpic - home to Barcelona's Casinos and Seafood Restaurants.
Outside Hotel Arts on Carrer del Doctor Aiguader.
- Plaza de Palau - a square in the area of El Born.
In front of the statue on Plaza de Palau.
- Barcelona Cathedral
On Via Laietana, on the right hand side of the road, if you have your back to the port, just beyond the Cathedral Square.
|The Barcelona City Tour bus leaving|
It is worth noting that some of the easier stops to find are: Camp Nou (7), Colón Monument (16), World Trade Centre (15), Miró Museum (14) and Poble Espanyol (11). On first boarding the bus, you may wish to choose to wait at one of these stops, for ease of finding it.
All in all, Barcelona City Tour Sightseeing bus covers the majority of Barcelona's most popular tourist destinations. It is worth checking your map for places close to the stops that may be of interest to you. You may choose to use the service as a convenient way to see the city from the comfort of your top-deck seat. Alternatively, the bus can be used as a quick and easy way to travel between attractions, where you can alight to find out more.