On arrival at Barcelona airport, I headed to the Information booth to get a map, some info and my bus touristic tickets. The woman who served me was quite helpful and could speak English .
There are many ways to reach the city, but I found the Aero Bus to be cheap and convenient. I didn’t have to wait for a Bus, they run every 5 minutees. The only catch is you have to load your luggage in the rack yourself, which may be rather hard if you are a woman with heavy luggage.
You can buy your ticket from the staff at the bus stops (payment in cash or by credit card), automatic machines (payment in cash or by credit card), but we paid the Driver of the Bus direct (cash payments only).
It takes about 35 minutes to reach the City from either of the Airport Terminals (T1 or T2).
The ride to the city was fast and in …………
2011 cost 5.30 euro’s one way.
Return tickets are available for…9.15 Euro's and are valid for RETURN up to 9 days after purchasing.
We were dropped off in Rambla de Catalunya, this was very convenient, and for our return trip, it was from the same place.
After taking the subway toward Park Guell, the next choice is to walk up the steep streets, find the escalator to get more directly to the top, or take the bus to the stop there. We took the bus; number 24 from Plaza Lesseps stop from the subway. It takes about 20 minutes and around 10 stops to get to the park. The bus was jammed with excess of people while we were there at 11AM. Bus fee is 1,40 Euro, or .80 if buy the multiple tickets of ten.
The subway is easy t get to places around the city, but then the choice is to walk, or catch a bus. Bus fare is 1,40 Euro each, or a multiple ticket of ten averages ,80 Euro a ride. There is a 75 minute connection availability to get from subway to a bus, or bus to bus. In other words if you transfer within 75 minutes, the transfer is free.
As our hostels were located just in the central place, where mostly all attractions were located (one - between Rambla street and Cathedral square), second one - not so far from Triumphal Arch), we used city bus and metro only few times.
Metro and bus ticket, for a one ride, cost 1,45 euros (for 2010, summer). Metro ticket could be bought at metro line entrance, in purchase boxes. Bus tickets could be bought when entrancing bus. Actually we needed metro for a ride from Catalonia square to Square of Spain (for re-sitting to train to Serra de Montserrat). Bus was used for going from central Catalonia square to Guell park.
In Placa Catalunya, in the evening, there is a kiosk where they gave night buses map. This have been a great way to get around night time, safe and always in time. Useful especially if you are lodged near the center. We never used taxi even when it was very late.
I took an overnight bus from Aix-en-Provence, France to Barcelona and the trip took about 6 hours. The return journey cost me 79 euros which I thought was ok. however, if you book tickets 45 days in advance, it will cost you only 26 euros return trip. The trip was nice, it would have been better at day time, which you get an option to if you take a bus from Marseille instead. The scenery at day time really looks so nice. However, the bus, in some parts was a bit uncomfortable as it was letting in cold air and that made me very cold. The return journey was very good.
If you are staying in the center, consider to use Aerobus instead of Metro to transfer from and to El Prat Airport. You can avoid to carry your luggage up and down many stairs.
See the website for Aerobus stops and timetables.
Fares in 2012 are 5,65 one way and 9,75 round-trip is within 9 days. Tickets can be purchased on the bus with cash or using the automatic machines with cash or credit cards.
check the website below for up to date information.
Most people dont know about it but there is another way to get to barcelona apart from the aerobus,what most tourists would take at the airport. It is true that thats the quickest way to pl.catalunya ,but if you have time you can save some money by taking bus 46 which goes to pl.espana every 20minutes (from there you can easily access everything by metro or other buses) ,or bus N17 at night,which goes to pl.catalunya also every 20minutes. The disadvantage is that these are normal buses,not really designed to fit huge bags,so sometimes you would see bags sliding all over the place :) N17 goes through Prat in the evening which makes the "trip" much longer.
For further trips outside the city center and local bus system is rather convenience. As long as you know which bus to take and where to get off it is easy to use and not that much problems with the traffic to gets to its destinations.
Unless your a trainspotter or enjoy spending hours on a coach.
This tip seems to have gone unseen by many, but its well worth looking into. We did and now we regularly visit our friends in Barcelona for weekends.
We typed gotobarcelona accidentally in a well known search engine and found this guy who regulary goes to Barcelona on Fridays and returns on Sunday evenings. Unfortunately he rarely travels other than the weekends. It was cheaper than the other modes of transport and took us less than four hours. Its a white VW minibus van which drops you off in the centre of Barcelona, the Ramblas. On Sunday it drops you off in Toulouse.. not bad I'd say.
Convenient, cheap and friendly bus service!
Eurolines bus will take you from Barcelona Sants to Toulouse for 74€ - www.eurolines.com but that will leave a 2 hour train journey from Toulouse to Lourdes.
No direct buses from Barcelona to Lourdes.
The timetable shows two buses every day at 0900 and 1400, taking 6 -7 hours but some days are already fully reserved. If you took the 1400 bus however you would arrive in Toulouse after the departure of the last train to Lourdes. Your budget would be required to make an overnight stay in Toulouse.
Train times Toulouse to Lourdes can be seen at
For me, the easiest way to reach Barcelona was to fly from my local airport here in Scotland, to Girona which is around an hour from Barcelona. Its a small airport and the sort I like because there is no chance of getting lost! The low cost airline Ryanair fly out of there to various European destinations.
In order to get into the Barcelona itself you can take a shuttle bus directly to the Estacio del Nord bus station. There is a ticket booth on the main concourse at arrivals, right next to the car hire places.
We used the bus system several times. Buses are very frequent and it's a nice way to see parts of the city that otherwise I'm not sure we would have seen. There are also night buses, their number starts if the letter "N", a solution to go from one place to another when other buses stop running or when the metro stops running.
These "Bendy Buses" you can use with your metro tickets I think....Subject to confirmation!!!
Anyway these are all over the place too
The public transport system in Barcelona is the best I`ve travelled on.
During my first visit to Barcelona (quick 7 hours) before meeting my friend, renting a car and heading south, I decided to use the Aerobus for ease and price.
The Aerobus is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of getting to and from Barcelona Airport. The Bus runs two routes from the Airport, A1 and A2, depending on your arrival terminal. The tickets are sold either a ticket "stand/vending machine" prior to boarding the bus or the driver will sell you the ticket. At T1, there are no vending machines and tickets must be purchased by the bus driver (he stands outside the bus). I arrived at T1 and hopped on the bus to Placa Catalunya. The ride takes about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes depending on traffic.
Ticket prices are €5.75 for a single and €9.95 for return.
Here is the Route for the A1 from the airport: (Note, Placa Catalunya is the last stop)
Plaça Espanya (Torres Venecianas)
Gran Via - Urgell
Plaça Catalunya (City Centre)
From the City Center:
Plaça Catalunya (City Centre)
Sepúlveda - Urgell
Plaça Espanya (Creu Coberta)
For more information check out their website.