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.
Orange or West Route
This route takes visitors through the west side of the city (as seen on the map) and, like the green route, through part of Plaça Catalunya. Near the plaça are the Barri Gòtic and the Cathedral, and this is the first stop (shared with the east route). From that point, the bus begins the west route, making its way through the Passeig de Colom (next to the port) to Montjuïc Mountain, from which the views of the city and sea are unforgettable.
There are many important things to see on Montjuïc, and the west route has a stop at each one of them: the Miramar gardens, the Fundació Joan Miró, the Olympic Ring, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), Poble Espanyol, and CaixaForum, where 98 works by the great master Francisco de Goya will be on display this month. When the route through Montjuïc is finished, the orange route takes the visitors to one of Barcelona’s most often visited places: Camp Nou, the setting for Futbol Club Barcelona’s matches. From there it goes to one of Barcelona’s main avenues: Avinguda Diagonal, one of the city’s nerve centres, with a large number of office buildings and many shops.
There are many singular buildings, of which one of the highlights is the one that houses the large shopping centre, L’Illa, where the bus stops. The great Spanish architect Rafael Moneo created the building, which resembles a stretched-out skyscraper, between 1986 and 1993. From there the bus continues on Diagonal until reaching the central and vital Passeig de Gràcia, where it stops in front of La Pedrera, and then in front of Casa Batlló, both works by the illustrious modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. The trip then ends where it started, in Plaça Catalunya.
On both the orange and green routes, visitors can get off the bus at any stop, visit what they wish to, and get back on the bus for the same price. There are stops that are shared by both routes: Plaça Catalunya, Catedral-Gòtic, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gràcia.