In Barcelona as in all big cities, two-story open-air buses offer a unique way to visit both old and new Barcelona. The buses are air-conditioned and have a system of individual audio guides in 12 languages. One-day and slightly more expensive two-day tickets are available from Barcelona City Tour, which offers two different routes that leave from Plaça Catalunya: the orange, or West Route, and the green, or East Route.
Green or East Route
Like the orange route, the green route leaves from Plaça Catalunya and continues its trajectory to the Cathedral. Its route from there is completely different than the west route, heading towards the east of the city, with an emphasis on the seaside. Port Vell, the Catalonia History Museum, the Barceloneta (the city’s seaside neighbourhood), the modern Port Olímpic, the beaches of Barcelona (Barceloneta, Bogatell, Mar Bella), and the beach and grounds of the Fòrum.
From there, one could say that the green route runs through modernist Barcelona, making its way to the Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s unfinished work, still under construction. On the other end of Avinguda de Gaudí, the bus stops at the grounds of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, another modernist work, by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The route then continues to Parc Güell, another of Gaudí’s works, always packed with visitors.
Then it ascends to the highest point of the city, Tibidabo Mountain, from which visitors can see the entire city and the sea that surrounds it, as well as the mountain and castle of Montjuïc. At its peak is the city’s amusement park par excellence. After stopping at two of the same stops as the orange route: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, the modernist route ends its trajectory in Plaça Catalunya.
This service runs from 9:00 to 20:00 from Plaça Catalunya; the trip is free for children under 4, and the ticket includes an information guide in six languages, plus a coupon book for different visits to the city.