Combined Suggestions, Barcelona
The choice of transport to be used during the day depends on the weather, what is happening and where you want to go. It seems that there are a range of options - and on a recent 1 day visit we used an all day "travelcard" which could be used on trains, buses, metro and so on. It was reasonably cheap and easy to use.
An alternative would be to buy a ticket which had a specific number of journeys on it - not sure if that is as good however.
To get round Barcelona (and as far as Castelldefels beach resort ) buy a "T10" combined ticket [ten trips on any of the city buses (red and white) and others with the "ATM" logo]. It also works on the underground, main line trains, trams, and the Montjuic and Tibidabo funiculars in Zone 1. It is NOT valid for the port cable cars or the gondola lift to the castle.
Ticket price: 6 Euros (2004). Remember to cancel every time you board a new vehicle. The remaining number is printed on the back each time you put it in the machine. "Titol esgotat" (used up) is printed on the back when the last ticket is used up.
If you board another vehicle within 1 hour 15 mins of the first, you get the second trip free (but put the ticket in the machine all the same). Note, you do NOT get a "free" trip if the gap is more than 1 hour 15 mins or if you catch two successive buses/tubes etc. with the same route numbers. If the machine rejects the ticket (it gives an unpleasant buzz instead of the normal cheerful "beep"), show your "T10" to the driver for manual cancellation or replacement. If it has run out, you'll have to pay 1.10 Euros for a single ticket (2004 prices).
More than one person can travel on the same ticket (once through the machine for each person). This is ideal for small groups travelling together.
The fine for travelling without a ticket is 40 Euros (2004).
"T10" Tickets can be bought at underground stations, lottery shops, mainline stations and at La Caixa savings banks with "Servicaixa" ATM machines/ticket dispensers. You CANNOT buy them on buses. They are valid from purchase through to the first of February in the following calendar year.
Watch out for pickpockets on the underground, particularly by train doors.
Other kinds of tickets, interactive maps, route planning etc. on the Barcelona Travel Authority's web site below.
BARCELONA,has an international airport,EL PRAT,also,is well comunicated by the rest of Spain and Europe by Trains and Buses.
Also a lot of cruises do a stop in Barcelona Harbour.
The best way,is use the subway or underground,here called METRO.Also the bus service is very good.
This is a map of BARCELONA´S METRO.
We were really tired coming off the plane at 7:30 in the morning, so we decided to splurge and take a taxi to the hotel. I got an idea from the driver how much it would be and it turned out to be exactly that (gave him a good tip). It's better than waiting for the airport train, then walking from the station to your hotel.
But, if you go back to the airport, there are airport surcharges if you again take a taxi. It wound up being double of what it was from the airport (be warned).
As far as getting around Barcelona, Metro is best. On time, quick, you can't get lost even if you tried.
It is very easy to get around Barcelona. I stayed in the Gothic Quarter and did not have any problems traveling to other parts of the city. Take the bus, walk around, or take the metro..it is fast and inexpensive.
Barcelone can be reached by anything, but I arrived there with my 50cc scooter and it wasn't hard at all to find (big city!)
Get around by the efficient and air-conditioned metro, which is rather cheap but stops running early.
If you're coming from anywhere in Spain, the best way would be to go by car, however, i've learned that the bus service is pretty good so you can take that too. The trains are more expensive and surprisingly slower but at the very least they are comfortable.
The best way to get around Barcelona is the Metro since this is the most orderly way to get around. The bus maps are way too confusing for me. The Metro is fast and the maps are easy to read. Just be careful about pickpockets okay? Oh and yes, it is advisable to get one of these Sistema Tarifari Integrat, valid for 10 trips. This is very very practical as you can use it within the Metro, the Bus stations, the Ferrocarils, and the Renfre. It´s only 5,32 Euros and you can buy it at any Metro station.
Barcelona is a metropolis with one of the biggest harbours in Spain. So you can reach this city by any transportation you want: plane, train, car, bus and ship!
The metro system is one of the best I know. You can visit the whole city for not too much money. Unfortunately I have no experience with the busses.
We only left from Barcelona airport (was on a cruise and disembarked in Barcelona). Took the taxi to Barcelona airport at 4:30 am Get to the airport early because the security was pretty tight. But we left two weeks post 9/11 so maybe tighter security. It was fun to see the three screeners run my 3 year old's Ultraman backpack four times because they couldn't make out something in it. I offered to open the pack for them to search it but they didn't want to touch the backpack.
Bus Turistic. We really liked the open, double-decker bus that had two routes. We went to almost all our sightseeing places with this two-day pass. (you can buy a one-day pass as well). Plus, we got a book of coupons with our pass and used the discounts to ride the funiculars, visit museums, visit Sagrada De Familia Church, and even the Casino near the port.
Taxis are everywhere and plentiful (not too expensive) but I think we got ripped off going to the Airport (paid about $55 USD).
The subways are not so bad to use but pretty crowded and the tunnels to connect trains and/or get out are confining. No real fear of pickpockets (unlike Rome)!
EasyJet is cheap, safe, and on-time from Geneva.
Once there, take the metro - it's cheap, safe, and on-time as well.
Subway / Metro - it's cheap and fast and goes everywhere. Almost as good as the Metro in Paris.
By plane: the international airport at El Prat. No problem.
By train: necessarily from France... or from Portugal.
Spanish Railways Company: www.renfe.es and www.eltren.com. The 'Interrail' system is the best to travel by train across Europe without spending many money.
This is the typical look of Barcelona's Taxis (see photo). If you come to BCN by plane you'll need one of them: remember this to identify them: the taxis are black and yellow!!!. In the city, however, the Subway is a useful way to move, and of course, cheaper than the taxi. If you like to go sightseeing, you can get the 'Barcelona Bus Turístic', a special bus for tourists which allows you to visit some of the main interesting places...
Barcelona international airport (El Prat) is very beautiful and user friendly (a lot of nice shops), but it is getting too small for the city. There are flights from the main European cities. Train is also good, but not recommendable for long distances (at least until the high speed line to Madrid is completed). The central station is called Sants, but you can also get off in other more centrally located stations, like Passeig de Gràcia or Plaça de Catalunya. This is a picture of the park in front of Sants Station.
Traffic in Barcelona is very heavy. There are also a lot of scooters that provoke a terrible noise. Public transports are very good (metro, bus, train-RENFE and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat). The only problem is that the metro closes quite early in the night.
By plane -airport is only a stone's throw from the city.
Motorway is also convenient when travelling from France or so.
Taxis are dead cheap. Even when the taxi driver cheats you and takes detours you still do not pay a lot.
Tube and buses are also very cheap.
There are different methods of transport to get around the city: subway, bus, train, taxi....
SUBWAY: Mon-Thur: 5am-11pm; Sunday: 6am-12pm; Fri-Sat: 5am-2am
A metro ticket for one zone costs: 1€
A T-1' integrated ticket: 5,60€
A one day pass: 5€
BUSES: A single ticket costs 1€. The best way to find out about bus routes is to check the bus shelters, which usually have a map of the city showing all the bus lines.
TAXI: Barcelona's taxis are black and yellow. There is an abundant suplly of taxis throughout the city, and generally no problem in finding one free.But...
PAY ATTENTION WITH THE TAXI DRIVERS, because they swindle with the rates. From airport to the city center don't pay more than 40€ (euros).
In Barcelona there are a lot of motocycles. It's another way to get around very fast. Could be because the weather alowed this kind of transport!
The subway is the faster way to get around Barcelona, but it's not open all night (open from 6am to 2am)
It's not dangerous at night... there are no problems there.... (well.... not a lot!)
Plane or train are both fine. If leaving from Sants, get there early enough to weigh it up for five minutes then queue for a ticket and reach the platform.
Underground is quick and efficient. Buses are slow, meaning SLOW. Taxis not too expensive for short distances and try to avoid holdups. Public transport quite OK from the airport.
(Photo is the old cathedral - I have not included one of the Sagrada Familia anywhere because I have never seen a photo that does it justice. Just go and see it.