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Public Transports

Although, using public transport in Barcelona is very easy, don’t forget that Barcelona is a very walkable city. If you have the time, with a little bit of condition and some stops for “Zumo de Naranja” (Fresh orange juice) or coffee, you can get to know a lot of this wonderful city by foot. The best way for discovering the city is combining walking with public transport. By foot, you would be able to discover amazing little streets with authentic shops, bars and restaurants in districts like “Barrio Gotico”, “El Born”, “Gracia” or “El Raval”.

Google maps app could be a good alternative to know the fastest way to move in the city. If you still don’t have it on your phone, don’t forget to download it before your trip. You could even activate the offline function and download the map of Barcelona in case you don’t have data roaming when arriving. Have a look at our maps information.

 

METRO

The subway (Metro) of Barcelona, is the quickest and easiest way to move around the city. It counts with 12 lines across the city for a total of 146Km. You can buy Metro tickets at any the vending machines in the stations.

Schedule:

  • From Sunday to Thursday it operates from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Fridays from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays and some days before bank holidays it operates 24 hours.

 

Tickets:

  • Single ticket: It costs 2,15€ and it’s valid for one single journey without allowing transfers with other transport services.
  • T-10 Zone 1 ticket, costs 10.20€, you can use it 10 times, this means 10 journies, it can be used by different people at the same time. Zone 1 includes all touristic area, Zone 2 is for trips to cities near to Barcelona like Sabadell. You can consider it for one of the following day trips around Barcelona.
  • Hola Barcelona it’s a card for using unlimitedly and individually any public transport service: Metro, Bus, Tram and trains, except for night buses. You can choose how many days are you going to use it, from 2 to 5 days. It starts counting from the first time you use it. You can get this card at any of the tourist information points. Prices are:
    • 48h 14,5
    • 72h: 21,2€
    • 96h: 27,5€
    • 120h: 33,7€
  • If you are considering visiting most of the museums and other attractions have a look to the “Barcelona Card“, a touristic card with many discounts for museums and tours which includes a flat rate ticket for using public transport. If you have only a couple of days and can’t or don’t want to visit all museums but want to be able to move around without spending so much money the T-10 Zone 1 ticket might be better for you.

For more information, visit the Catalunia transport page TMB.

 

BUSES

Buses complement Barcelona’s Metro network very well. You can not make transfers from Metro to Bus using the same ticket, every time you change, you will need a new ticket. You can buy the ticket inside the bus or use one of the tickets you got from a vending machine at the metro station.

Schedule

There are Day buses, which operate from 4:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Night buses (Nit Bus) which are the overnight transport means, from 10:40 p.m. to 06:00 a.m.

For more information, visit the Catalunia transport page TMB.

 

TRAM

Barcelona’s tram network is rather small compare to Metro or Bus. It counts only with 6 lines, you can use lines T4, T5 and T6 to visit the Olympic village, the Zoo, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. The same as with Buses, you will need an extra ticket for using the Tram.

Schedule

Daily service from 5:00 a.m. t0 12:15 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays until 3:00 a.m. This timetable can vary depending on the season.

For more information, visit the Catalunia transport page TMB.

 

TAXI

Taxis in Barcelona are not the cheapest option but sometimes the most comfortable. They are black with yellow doors. There are taxi stands by most of the main squares in Barcelona and you can also stop them on the streets when they have the green light on. From the airport to the city centre could cost you around 20€ and a standard ride in the city could be around 6-15€. Giving tips to the taxi driver in Spain is not usual.

There is an app call Mytaxi which you can use to order a taxi or you can call the following numbers:

  • Ràdio Taxi 933 033 033.
  • Servi Taxi: 933 300 300.
  • Taxi Groc 933 -222  222
  • Taxi Class Rent 933 070 707
  • Associació Ràdio Taxi Miramar: 934 331 020.
  • Cooperativa de Ràdio Taxi Metropolitana de Barcelona: 932 250 000.

Cabify

It’s an alternative to Taxis. It established as a “Taxi-app” for private taxis, its operation is still controversial but more accepted than Uber. You just need to download the app, register and insert your card or PayPal details. All payments are done through the app. You order a Cabify using the app, a black car with a driver wearing a tie will collect you in a couple of minutes. He will provide you with a small water of water and free wi-fi while you enjoy your ride. All Cabify drivers are fully licenced and you can rate them after completing your ride. Prices are a little bit cheaper than taxis because they charge for distance travelled and not for time.

 

REGIONAL TRAIN

“Tren de Cercanias” is a complimentary service to the city of Barcelona for reaching other cities and towns nearby. Barcelona counts with two rail operators. Renfe (Spanish rail service) and FGG (Railways of the Generalitat of Catalonia), you can take these trains from Sants or Passeig de Grácia stations. It’s perfect for a day trip to wonderful cities such as Sitges, Tarragona, Girona, Monserrat, Sabadell or Terrasa.

For more information, visit the Catalunia rail transport page Rodalies.

 

TRANSPORT TO MONTJUIC

Funicular

It’s part of the Metro network of Barcelona. It connects lines L2 and L3 with Line FM. from Parc de Montjuïc you can visit the castle, the Olympic Stadium, The National Art Museum and of course enjoy the wonderful views. You can use any of the normal metro/bus tickets to use this line.

  • Schedule:
    • Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 08:00 p.m, during summer until 10:00 p.m.
    • Weekends and bank holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m., during summer until 10:00 p.m.

Cableway

The same as the Funicular, it’s an alternative for going to visit the Montjuïc castle, the difference to the Funicular is that on the way up you can already have a great view over the city. You can take the Cableway from the funicular Parc de Montjuïc station by using the bus lines 55 and 150 or the touristic bus.

 

BARCELONA TOURISTIC BUS

Have you seen that in every city there is a double-decker bus with panoramic view going around the city? Well, Barcelona isn’t the exception.
This bus counts with three lines; blue, red and green; covering with 45 stops the most important touristic spots in the city. The advantage of taking this bus is that you can visit a lot of relevant places in relatively short time. You can get in and out at any of the 45 bus stops as often as you want. It also includes an audioguide in 16 languages, free wi-fi and a card for further discounts for museums and activities.

Tickets

  • 1-day ticket
    • Adults >13 years old – 30€ (10% off if you buy it in advance)
    • Children 4-12 years old – 16€ (10% off if you buy it in advance)
    • Seniors>65 years old – 25€ (10% off if you buy it in advance)
  • 2-day ticket
    • Adults >13 years old – 40€ (10% off if you buy it in advance)
    • Children 4-12 years old – 21€ (10% off if you buy it in advance)
    • Seniors >65 years old – 35€ (10% off if you buy it in advance)

Schedule

  • Summer: 9:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.
  • Winter: 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

Every journey takes around 2 hours per line. Every 5 to 25 minutes frequency.
From June to September there is also a Night Touristic Bus route available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 p.m and takes around 2:30 hours departing from Plaça Catalunya.

 

CATALONIA TOURISTIC BUS

Ideally for day trips around Barcelona and discover beautiful Catalonia.

Main tours

Premium Montserrat & Gaudí Tour
Easy Montserrat Tour
Dalí’s Figueras & Girona Tour
Wine & Cava Tour
Barcelona Tour
Pyrenees – Vall de Núria Tour
Pyrenees’ Snow Experience Tour
La Roca Village Shopping Express Tour

For further information about prices and schedule visit the official page of Catalonia touristic bus.