Bus Tours – The Best Way to See the Sights of Barcelona


One of Europe’s liveliest, most vibrant and colourful cities, there are many important sights and places of interest to be experienced first-hand in the city of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, and one of the most visited places in all of Europe.


Many of the city’s attractions, like the world-famous La Rambla, the city’s renowned walking street, a tree-lined pedestrian mall that’s always alive with entertainment, the buzz of bars, cafés and music, not to mention backpackers who aren’t going home anytime soon, can be explored by foot, but the best way to make sure you don’t miss a thing is by joining a bus tour.

Joining a Barcelona bus tour is one of the most affordable ways to see the city’s many important sights and there are numerous benefits to joining a bus tour of the city, such as:

  • Discounted entry fees to many of the city’s most important attractions
  • A safe and convenient way to get around the city, especially if you don’t speak Spanish
  • The opportunity to chat with other tourists and meet travelling companions

Nevertheless, there are a few potential drawbacks to joining a bus tour, including:

  • You may have to visit a few attractions that don’t interest you as much as others
  • Some bus tours aren’t as flexible as self-conducted tours
  • They can be expensive if you don’t do your research and try to find an affordable tour

With so many tours that you could join, it really comes down to finding the tour that best meets your needs, i.e. what you want to see and how much time you can spend there, and your budget. Having said that, most of us find we have to make a few sacrifices in order to see what we want to see, plus the pros of joining a tour really outweigh the cons, so why not give it a go?

Tour Highlights

Depending on the tour you join, the following are some of the many highlights that you have the opportunity to see on a bus tour of Barcelona, one of Europe’s most amazing cities.

Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s most important work. If you get a chance, don’t miss the other Gaudi attractions, including the Casa Batllo, a must-see and one of the city’s top attractions, and the immensely interesting Gaudi Exhibition Centre.

Park Güell – Another Gaudi attraction, Park Güell is pure magic, don’t miss it!

Parc de la Ciutadella – The city’s only green space for many years, the Parc de la Ciutadella is a cultural and activity space, teeming with people. It makes for a great afternoon or evening.

Museu Picasso – Picasso called Barcelona home prior to his self-imposed exile in France. This is one of the finest collections of his work.

Additionally, some tours will take you to the splendid Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, and don’t forget that many bus tours of the city are ‘hop on, hop off’, so that you can spend the entire day sightseeing, getting on a bus to take you to a particular attraction, then walking to see another before re-joining the bus and off you go, onto the next – enjoy!