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Great question - I have been on HOHOs in different cities and it is not always good for 24 hr. Hope you get an answer.
Yes, Barcelona Ho Ho is valid for at least 24 hours (Blue 'Bus Turistic' buses. 48 and 72 hour tickets also available
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I will be a contrarian and say, Do not use the HoHo bus" if your itinerary is as is posted by the OP. My reason is that the HoHo is actually quite expensive and you will waste quite a lot of time just waiting for the bus. This can be especially true at Sagrada Familia where you may find that you cannot even get on the next HoHo bus that appears because there are too many folks waiting in queue. We would suggest just using a combination of your feet and local transportation. For example, from the ship to the Ramblas you can walk (about 25 min), take the cruise line shuttle (overpriced but convenient), share a taxi (about 4 or 5 Euros per person) or even take the local bus (about 1 Euro) that stops right at the port. Once on the Ramblas you can explore the Ramblas and adjacent Gothic Quarter. To get to Sagrada Familia you can take the inexpensive Metro, local bus or walk (about 30 min). It is the same from going to Park Guell. HoHos are fine if you want to spend the day riding around a city (or if you have mobility issues) but it's not the way to go if you are simply looking to quickly get from point A to point B. Keep in mind that the HoHo bus will cost you at least 23 Euros ($35) per person and you can easily spend more then 20 min waiting for the next bus.
Thanks for all the information and sharing from those who have been on the bus - I thought I must be particularly dim as it always seemed that the HOHO was the same as the Bus Turistic (thank you for pointing out that they are). We will be in Barcelona in October and will probably use the bus to get an overview of the city. (Can rest the feet too which I am sure will be welcome).
I am looking to go on a bus tour next year. Was just wondering how the crowds and weather are there in October?
Good question about the weather. We will begin our cruise in BCN at the end of September and come back the first weekend in October. I am assuming the weather will still be warm???
Also, there is a large Spanish festival that will be going on beginning with our arrival and ending the weekend that we leave for home. All sorts of activities will be taking place around the city center. I imagine that the public buses and metro will be packed, but maybe the HOHO not so much. At least we are hoping.
We wish to get on the HOHO bus after checking into our hotel. We plan to ride around the city with no getting off until we are ready to go back to the hotel. This will give us a feel of the city so that when we return after the cruise, we will better know where and what we want to see.
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