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Barcelona Bus Turístic (Hop on hop off)

Barcelona Bús Turístic is a tourist bus service in the city of Barcelona, which in 2012 had 3 routes and a fleet of 74 buses. It is managed by the consortium of Turisme de Barcelona and TMB.


The history of Barcelona's touristic bus began in the 1920s to the 1930s, when the bus company Roca and two other companies presented a new project to create a new touristic bus in the city. It is not until 1929, on the occasion of the World's Fair of 1929, that the General Company of Buses (CGA) and the National Tourist Board create two lines of tourist buses that originate in Barcelona, one that is said Interior Circuit and the other Great Circuit of Luxe that worked throughout the year of the exhibition. Soon the buses that served in this line were destined to the line MO Barcelona - Mollet (now exploited by Sagalés).

On June 25, 1987, again, 58 years later, under the name of "line 100 Discover Barcelona", only for the summer season. The first circulations were with two Pegaso Monotral 6038 buses, 6226 and 6042, equipped with air conditioning.

In 1992 the current brand was born, Barcelona Bus Turístic. The number of passengers and the fleet of buses progressively increases, which from 1996 would incorporate two-story vehicles.

It is in 1997, when the Tourist Bus was 10 years old since its birth, that many new features appeared: on March 22 it was put into operation, changing completely with new buses, and the ticket was created which served for two days. A year later, in 1998, a second line would open, the 101. Since then there were 2 lines: the L100, also called the South and the L101, the North. Shortly afterwards, in 2000, the period of service was extended throughout the year.

In 2002, to commemorate Year Gaudí, the Barcelona Bus Turístic adopted the name of Bus Gaudí.

In 2004, on the occasion of the Universal Forum of Cultures, a new line was created, the green route, which has gradually consolidated to date. In 2012, for example, it ran between March 30 and November 4.

In 2007, an audio guide was included on board for users, available in 10 languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese.[1]



Evolution of total users over the 25 years of existence [2]

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
11.357 10.223 21.832 23.754 66.016 86.145 10.1400 123.800 131.600 193.467
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
429.628 452.232 553.508 873.611 983.302 1.150.621 1.258.490 1.474.954 1.654.145 1.881.125
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
2.181.599 2.076.785 1.913.419 1.925.226 2.125.960 1.946.907 1.994.345


  1. ^ DESIGNER, EINSMER BUSINESS. "Professionals Turisme de Barcelona". professional.barcelonaturisme.com. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  2. ^ "21,7 milions de persones han utilitzat el Bus Turístic en 25 anys". Ara.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 2018-01-10.