Information / Sources, Barcelona
The city centre is pretty compact, IMO walking (or bike) is the best way to visit. But you would like to see some places not just in the city centre, or move from/to your accommodation place...
First, have a look at TMB webpage (see below). All information is in Catalan, Spanish and English. You'll find all the info about tickets, routes and prices, tourist itineraries, places of interest, maps and many other useful things. I strongly recommend you to check this website when preparing your trip to Barcelona.
The metro is pretty good and easy to use. You miss the urban landscape, but it's usually the cheapest and fastest option. Buses can be a bit confusing, if you don't know the city and do not speak Spanish or Catalan. Trams are nice, fast and easy, but these don't serve the city centre (can be handy if you are staying in some areas).
Transport tickets (prices updated on January 2014):
A single ticket costs 2.15 €, valid for buses, trams and metro, on sale at the metro/tram stations or directly to the bus driver.
The best option usually is a T-10 (ten trips 10.30 € for zone-1, far enough for tourist purposes). Sold at metro and tram stops, as well in most press kiosks in the city centre. Using the T-10 you have an allowance of 1 hour 15 min: you can change different transports: i.e from a bus line to a metro or different line of bus (not the same for return, for example), or from a metro to a bus, or metro to tram and bus... You can use the T-10 cards as well for the suburban trains inside the city limits, including the trains from/to the airport. T-10 cards can be shared for more than one person., just validate it as many times of people traveling togheter.
There is a 1-day pass for 7.60 € (T-Dia) that may be of interest, it allows unlimited number of journeys in any means of transport during a 1 day (until service closedown). For "normal" sightseeing you will rarely use so many trips on a single day, but depending on your plans may be an option.
Other options are the tourist's passes named "Hola Barcelona!": 2, 3, 4 or 5 days (14, 20, 25.50, 30.50 € respectively), with unlimited trips (single user, non transferable). Do your maths and take into account these will be worth only in case you should do A LOT of trips, for instance if you stay in the suburbs. If you stay central is unlikely you save money with these.
T-Dia and tourist passes can NOT be shared, one card per person
In case you're a party of people traveling togheter, you may consider a T-70/30: A multi-person travel card valid for 70 journeys in 30 consecutive days from the first validation. 59.59€. It may work cheaper than multiple T-10s for relatively large groups of people, but mind you all must travel together, and do not loose it, it's a lot of money!
Bus lines from Barcelona to surrounding areas especially Costa Brava:
Page last updated: July 2012
Here you have some websites for you to check if you plan to arrive to Barcelona by ground, or plan to doing some daytrips while there:
- Renfe trains
At this page you can find info about intercity (medium and long distance) trains, and even buy the tickets (even its system is not really user-friendly)
Be aware that the short-distance, local commuter trains are called Rodalies/Cercanias: These are still operated by Renfe/Adif, but they belong now a separate company, dependent from the Catalan government. You can find info about Rodalies trains in the Renfe website or in the much better designed and user-friendly Rodalies website:
You can't book seats or buy tickets in advance for Rodalies trains. In Barcelona, they can be used to move within the city limits using a T-10.
- FGC trains
There is another train operator in the Catalan region, FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya). Their trains can be used as part of metro system in Barcelona's city limits (inlcuded in T-10 and other transport cards). If you use them to reach other towns in the region, you need a separate ticket. Like Rodalies trains, you can't book a seat or buy tickets online.
Check the "tourism" section. They have interesting offers, like the combined tickets to Monserrat.
There are quite a few companies, but thes are the main ones you may use to reach the most popular places:
In Barcelona it is best not to have a car and rely on the subway/bus/walking to get around. It is a very walkable city. But if you have a car and must find parking...
I don't know how accurate the online parking services are but it's worth a try. Here's one from Parkopedia.com. They also have mobile app versions for a variety of mobile devices.
When I stayed at Citadines Aparthotel Ramblas in Barcelona a long time ago, I remember them having offers for fee-based parking. I don't think it will be €10/day since it is city centre.
It is important to know that there are TWO seperate and distinct cable cars operating on and between Montjuic and Barceloneta.
The first is Transbordador Aeri del Port, the cable car that begins about half way up the slopes of Montjuic and carries you across the harbor to Barceloneta (one way ticket 9 Euro).
The second is the 'Teleferico de Montjuic, whose lower station is adjacent to the funicular that brings you up from the Para-lel metro station, which takes you from there to the top of Montjuic and the castle there (cost 6.5 Euro).
Important also to know is that the metro/funicular begin running earlier than the cable cars so you may take the funicular half way up Montjuic and then find that you have no way to continue up the steep hill except by foot power.
Their hours are:
April, May and October – Everyday from 10:00 to 19:00.
June to September – Everyday from 10:00 to 21:00.
November to March - Everyday from 10:00 to 18:00.
The Metro is very good in Barcelona. I used it daily. You can find an interactive map here.
I used the T10 ticket (pictured to the right) for ten travels. This travel card offers you also the possibility of changing the metro with bus or tram for the journey as long as it is within a 1 hour and a half time period. Another possibillity is to buy single tickets (1.25EUR) or the 2-5day passes (9.60-20.80EUR).
To get an interactive online map of the city as well as very accurate directions through Barcelona, visit the bcn wepage. They have information in Catalan, Castellano, and English, and its all very helpful, but best of all is the 'guia.' You can get directions to a location and they will tell you the walking time and distance and metro time and distance it will take to get there. It is very helpful, especially when trying to navigate the tricky backstreets of the barri gotic or ciutat vella that sometimes aren't on the maps. All you need to do is type in the street and number and they provide you with an accurate, labeled map that can zoom in as far as the street itself or as far out as the entire city. It also includes a function that allows you to locate sights in a specific area. Very helpful.
If you did some shoping and you want to get your Tax back it's really easy here. You just need to have all your receits, a Tax Free formular filled in the store where you did your purchase (for more then 90 euro), passport and plane ticket and you go to a small window in Terminal A, they put some stamps and the bank (located right there) and give you the cash back in not even 5 minutes.
It can do more shoping in Duty Free shops if you have time before your flight. Just don't get sucked like me and don't let them call you telling to hurry up for your flight. ;-)
Barcelona is very well connected with its underground system. Tickets need to be bought in advance and can be paid for with cash or card at either ticket booths or automatic machines. Single trip tickets as well as multi-day tickets can be purchased, relatively inexpensive.
To find out how to geet anywhere in or around Barcelona, use the excellent TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) web site.
You enter a street address, intersectionor ppoint of reference, and your destination, (you can even add the time and date you'll be travelling) and you get interactive maps, bus and metro routes and detailed instructions.
Fast track to getting around is at http://www.tmb.net/camins/source/ingles/formVullTMB.jsp?op=TMB
I was planning my trip in Barcelona when I saw this page: Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. It's really cool, with information in English!
It tells you what form of transport you can take, what are the different types of tickets available, even to the point of "bringing" you where you want to go. All you need is the street address. It gives point-to-point information, with information for disabled persons.
There are also street maps which you can print you with bus stops and train stations on it.
Check it out! :)
Another usual question is:
How to get Mallorca or Ibiza from Barcelona?
by ship (usually the cheapest way):
Special offers in the following websites:
Sorry but it's in Spanish. Some words:
another one: http://www.edreams.es/
This is a common question in the forum then I decide to add this tip:
In my Catalonia page there are some tips about transportation within Catalonia and from Catalonia to Spain. Including departures from Barcelona.
This is the link:
If you dont want to spent all your money on transportation, then check out this offer.
Barcelona Card gives you:
free travel on public transport and discounts :
The prices are:
Card for 1DAY
ADULTS 16,25 € KIDS 13,20 €
Card for 2DAYS
ADULTS 19,25 € KIDS 16,25 €
Card for 3DAYS
ADULTS 22,25 € KIDS 19,25 €
Card for 4DAYS
ADULTS 24 € KIDS 21 €
Card for 5DAYS
ADULTS 26 € KIDS 23 €
I still got my card :) (for collection reasons)
I tried to get from Barcelona to Valencia by train. I thought that it might be no problem at all. Buy a ticket and get on a train. If I don´t find a seat, I still can sit on the floor!
The bad thing! You need reservation to get a ticket. So I had to wait 12 hours to get the next available seat - and that was in the first class (preferente)!!! It was very expensive but also very nice. The train was a Euromed and they served food and drinks for free to your seat and also showed a movie! But I had to pay 50€ one way.
On the way back I took the bus for 18€. It took me only one hour longer.