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Public Transportation in Barcelona

Public Transportation in Barcelona

It is very convenient to take a tourist tour in Barcelona, its tourist center is relatively small and in fact you should visit most of the main areas and attractions of the city on foot. Moreover, the metro and bus systems of the city are very efficient and inexpensive. Furthermore, the city is connected to the railway system of the whole of Spain.

Metro and Bus Systems

Barcelona is equipped with a clean, punctual and air-conditioned metro system which connects all parts of the city and arrives quickly and cheaply to almost all of the major tourist attractions of the city center. Using the metro is highly recommended, mainly during the summer when it is quite hot to take long walks on the streets of the city.

Metro comes every 3 minutes during rush hours and every 7-10 minutes during the night (after 21:00). Take into account that it is busy in the afternoons.

Tickets can be purchased for different periods of times – hours or days. One can also purchase the T-10 card for 6.90€, which is valid for 10 trips including both metro and bus (tickets can be purchased at almost any station).

The city’s metro system is operated by two firms: TMB and FGC. In the following list you can find the final stations and operators for all of the metro lines in Barcelona.

The only problem with the metro is that some stations are not accessible by a wheelchair. Recently some improvements have been made and others are planned but accessibility is still a problem in some cases (for additional information – Accessibility in Barcelona).

Here is a list of the not accessible stations: Plaça de Sants (L1L5), Espanya (L1L3L8), Urquinaona (L1, L4), Clot (L1, L2), Vallcarca (L3), Maragall (L4, L5), Verdaguer (L4, L5), Jaume I (L4), Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica (L4) and Virrei Amat (L5).

TMB also operates the buses in Barcelona, which together provides the tourist with all the options and possibilities to transport around the city, easily.

With the Barcelona Card you can travel for free by all buses and by the metro in Barcelona (for additional information – Barcelona Card).

Trams in Barcelona

In addition to the metro and buses, Barcelona has an exceptional system of trams.

The tram system in Barcelona operates 6 different lines which travels throughout the city. Many of the tram stations are connected with the metro and subway stations, which makes traveling in the city a lot easier. On each train there are six doors, four of them are adapted for passengers with reduced mobility, who also have a reserved area inside the tram. For additional information visit the official website.

Barcelona Airport El Prat

Barcelona’s airport is situated in the town of El Prat de Llobregat near Barcelona (it is about 12 kilometers from the city). It has two terminals and it is considered to be the main airport in Catalonia and it is the country’s second largest airport. It is easy to arrive to the city from the airport or to get to El Prat from Barcelona, you can use Aerobus which connects this two important places (for additional information – Arrival from Barcelona Airport to the City).

Taxi in Barcelona

One can find dozens of taxi stations and hundreds of taxis around Barcelona. There are two kinds of taxis in the city: car for 4 people and vehicles for 6 travellers.

The most evident advantages of a taxi are convenience and speed (no stops). In addition to these, if you visit Barcelona with a large group or with your family you can take a taxi at a reasonable price because in Barcelona you pay for a taxi and not relative to the number of passengers (for additional information – Kids and Families in Barcelona). Moreover, you can get help from taxi drivers, most of whom are courteous and nice.

Taxi fares in Barcelona (as of 2017)

  • Standard rates start at € 2.50, each additional kilometer is 1.10 €.
  • On arrival from the airport to the city center you must add a tax of 10 € .
  • Traveling from the city center to the airport of Barcelona there is a tax of 3.10 €.
  • Traveling from the city center to the port means a tax of 2.10.€

Barcelona‘s taxi website:

Port of Barcelona

Barcelona is a major port city in Spain and its port is one of Europe’s largest seaports on the Mediterranean Sea. The port is also a well known as a shopping area in Barcelona which is full of immigrants’ art stores where they sell different wares. Moreover, in Port Vell you will find Maremagnum, one of the biggest shopping malls of Barcelona.(for additional informationShopping in Barcelona).

Additionally, it is possible to go out for cruises (for additional information – Sailing in Barcelona and Attractions and Tours in Barcelona).

Trains in Barcelona

In Barcelona operates two railway companies, one is the FGC suburban railway, the other is the Renfe Operadora railway.

FGC Train

The FGC operates in the urban areas and in the suburbs (Terrace, Montserrat, and Figueres, a town famous mainly for Dalí Theatre and Museum) of the city.

Barcelona‘s suburban train stations are Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça de Catalunya.

You can find detailed information about hours of operation, ticket reservation, and maps on the official websiteTo download the map click here.

Renfe Railway

Renfe Operadora is a company owned by the state. Trains of this company are moving outside Barcelona. Their central station is Plaça de Catalunya. These trains connect Barcelona with all cities in Spain. Moreover, they provide connection with trains traveling toward France, Portugal and many other European cities.

Tips and Recommendations

  • For those who plan to spend their holiday only within Barcelona it is not advised to rent a car because similar to other large cities, the streets are relatively crowded, most of the central streets are closed, the parking options are limited and sometimes quite expensive. But if you would like to leave the city and take a tour in Catalonia or visit also Madrid and Andalusia, renting a car would be a good solution (for additional information – Car Rental in Barcelona and Car Rental in Spain).
  • Metro lines travel throughout the city and it is highly recommended. This is one of the most accurate and fastest metro systems in Europe.
  • How to get from the airport to the city? For individuals and couples it is not recommended to take a taxi. Buses are available on a regular basis and at a reasonable price. Additionally, the Barcelona Tourist Bus departs from the airport, it is cheap and stops at two main parts of the city: Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça de Catalunya. You can also use the train which provides a convenient travel.
  • The most economical and healthiest but the less frequently mentioned solution is a bicycle tour around Barcelona. Of course it is not suitable for everyone but it can be an enjoyable and pleasant program, mainly for those who are keen on sports.
  • Important note about the T-10 ticket – its material is not very durable, so please be careful not to damage it. If the card is damaged you can replace it. In this case we recommend to go to the bus driver because at the metro stations you do not have a chance to find a manned office and it is a bit complicated to work with the automatic machines.


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