Combined Suggestions, Barcelona
Since I arrived from USA, I traveled by Air. We flew from Detroit to Frankfurt, then to Barcelona.
The Metro is excellent as in most European cities. It's inexpensive, reliable, and very clean. We also took a taxi from Princessa Sofia to downtown for a reasonable rate.
By plane. The airport is really one of the best. Especially the shops (when you leave Barcelona)offer some nice things, if you forget to buy some presents.
Take metro! It's cheap and handy, not at all complicated.
Don't take a tourist bus (hop up-down). I believe it's too expensive and you can see more and for less EUROs if you take a metro and walk.
By Air, the airport isn't too far off from the city (about half an hour by bus, airport also connected to the tube/train services).
Once inside the city, travelling is not a problem, you can choose between bus. train, tram, metro. However I found the metros quite lonely during late night. Bus/TRain/Tube tickets are available for single/multiole journeys, one day and three day journeys as well.
I/we flew in from Los Angeles via Milan connecting to Barcelona on the last trip. The prior trip we flew from Los Angeles via Paris then to Barcelona. (Air France lost the luggage which I understand in not uncommon for them in Paris. The last trip was Alitalia which I preferred over Air France.
Taxi from the airport to the hotel. Then a combination of either walking, taxi, subways or train.
I would not recommend a car in the city, why bother they have excellent transportation.
The best way to get their is by plane, yet you could also drive or go by train if you are in Western Europe.
Walking, cycling or driving is all good for going around the city. Travelling by bus is also a good and cheap way to travel around Barcelona.
By bus, ship, car, airplane...as many possibilities as transports. Underground in Barcelona is not an expensive way to travel around this city. Stop in the Downtown is 'Catalunya'
Taxi, bus or underground, despite I prefer see the marvellous buildings around the city walking with the sun in the sky. Bicycle could be a good option too!
For information about public transportation, contact:
TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona)
Carrer 60, nº21-23, sector A, Zona Franca.
Fly! El Prat is an easy airport to get in and out of.
The Aerobus costs 525 pts, which is not much; under $3 I think, and drops you at several places in town. My choice was Plaza de Catalunya, a place where you can get other transport to anywhere.
Anything but a car! Feet, for starters--it's a great walking town. Subway is excellent; don't know about buses in town, but bus companies are great in Spain on the whole. Trains will get you up the coast nicely. Be sure to take the funicular and cable cars(Montjuic, Tibidabo, Montserrat out of town) for that 'alternative transport' kick
You can get tickets for the FGC, sort of local trains, right in the big station under the Plaza de Catalunya. The ticket machines may accept your credit card---the one I tried didn't like mine, but they accept bills and coins in the other machines. You can also buy tickets from real people, who are helpful but may not be multi-lingual. Many people look at me and speak English based on how I look. The coastal train is a treat! RENFE cercanías and cheap beyond belief for train-starved Americans like me.
Arriving Barcelona by land: most of the freeways require a toll.Ah!!!
The main Spanish railroad company is RENFE.
Arriving Barcelona by air: Barcelona’s international airport, el Prat, is located 12 km from the city, in El Prat de Llobregat. The airport was designed by Ricardo Bofill for the Olympic Games of 1992.
Arriving Barcelona by sea: Another way to get easy to the city is by boat.
The usual choices here for getting around. Walking, taxi or bus. The old bus station 'Estació del Nord' is the main terminal for regular routes, though some routes do leave from the railway station 'Estació de Sants' and other points. Barcelona also has a Metro system. There are 5 subway lines (1-5). The metro runs from 5am to 11pm from Monday to Thursday, and 5am to 2am on Fridays, Saturdays and the day before a holiday. On a Sunday, the metro runs from 6am to 12midnight. The reduced rate ticket, T-1, is good. This lets you have 10 rides on the Metro, buses and FGC urban trains. Another reduced rate ticket is the T-2 which is very similar but offers 10 rides on Metro and FGC urban trains only. The T-1 can be bought in Savings Banks (Caixas) and the T-2 is available from Savings Banks and metro stations.
Hay los medios de transporte que existen en muchos ciudades del mundo - el autobús y el taxi pero hay también el metro. El metro es el medio de transporte más cómodo y más rápido de Barcelona. Horario: Lunes a jueves: 05h.- 23h. Viernes, sábado y víspera de festivo: 05h.- 02h. Domingo:06h. - 24h. Festivos que no sean domingo: 06h. - 23h. Con respecto a los autobúses, hay dos maneras de viajar con precios reducidos - Las tarjetas T1 (10 viajes en autobús, FGC o metro; 1325 ptas y T2 (10 viajes en metro únicamente; 825 ptas). Se adquieren en las taquillas del metro o en cualquier oficina de 'La Caixa'.
You can get a non-stop flight into Barcelona from most European capitals. A taxi from the airport to downtown is about $15.
Taxis in Barcelona are inexpensive but you've got about a 1 in 10 chance of a driver taking you around in circles. Unless you're an absolutely fluent Spanish speaker, point to your desired destination on a map. The subway and bus system is comprehensive. If you rent a car, you'll find that a 100-mile drive from Barcelona will take you to some of the most interesting sights in Spain. Catalonia has an interesting coastline, particularly to the north. Little villages and monasteries dot the interior.
Plane: Barcelona has an international airport with a reliable shuttle service to various stops in the center.
On foot, by bus or subway. The system is easy to understand and Public Transport offers various types of tickets (1 day, 3 days etc.) that will allow you to use both the buses and the subway trains. Official cabs are easy to recognize by their yellow/black colors.
The Barcelona airport is serviced by many international airlines. One can also get there by train, which was what I did. I arrived Barcelona from Madrid on an overnight train and the journey took about 8 hours. A sleeping coach costs 9700ptas and a seat costs 6500ptas. For more info on the train services, check out www.renfe.es
Getting around is Barcelona is very easy with a combination of the metro and by walking. Most attractions are located in the centre, so if you;re staying in the centre or near it, it's better to explore the city on foot. I would think it's the best way to go around for travellers and 1st time visitors to the city.
A one way metro ticket costs 150ptas and it covers any distance. If you expect to travel on the metro quite a few times during your stay, you can consider buying the T-1 ticket which cost 825ptas and covers 10 journeys. For more info on the metro, visit www.tmb.net
The plane is the way to go. If you aren't to far away, train is good mode of transportation also.
Cars are one way. I recommend walking or riding a bicycle. This will allow you to enjoy Barcelona more.
Fly to the airport ang get a bus to the downtown: public transport are really impressive and good working !
I went for a taxi anyhow, which is mid priced.
Trust underground despite pickpocketers: they are everywhere in the world; anyhow: underground is clean, fast & cheap ... check for everything @ http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/.
If you plan to use taxis it's better to check in advance if they accept credit card ...
Boats, planes, and trains all go there. As always in Europe, trains offer the best prices and flexibility.
Their subway system is outstanding. It is frequent, reliable, clean, and goes everywhere. However, strikes do happen, so you can use buses or cabs in the meantime. I warn you, though, that it seems like whoever designed the routes was a student of Picasso. Even with a map it can be a little confusing (and I ride the Chicago el system every day so I have some experience), so plan carefully which way you are going before you get on a train. Don't worry, even if you hesitate and miss a train, the next one will be along in under six minutes. Clocks are in every station telling you exactly how long you will have to wait.