From the airport a return bus ticket was 9.95 euro on jan13.
But if you plan to use public transport a lot then get a T10 carnet card which allows you ten journeys on all transport in the whole city.
You can share the card too.
And it covers the airport.
It costs 10 euros which last 24 hours.
Good value as the metro is efficient and hits all the main sights.
In 2002 I did bus touristic tour which is a good option if you want to hit all the sights in a short amount of time. In 2013 the price was 26.50 euro. It's a hop on hop off bus.
I walked miles and miles in Barcelona but the Metro helped us a lot to move faster sometimes. It works 05.00-00.00 (some lines close earlier). Hopefully, on Friday/Saturday metro operates till 02.00. I noticed many stairs in some stations so have this in mind if you carry heavy luggage. Each metro line has a different number and color, eg. Line 1 (Red), Line 2 (purple) etc
There are signs that will lead you to the exit, other metro lines, or buses (pic 2). Some funiculars are attached to the metro system, for exable go to Paraller by metro and change to the funicular to Montjuic park
The bus network was very helpful too but we always have to ask a local about the line and the correct direction. On the days that we were more relaxed (having already seen the basic sights) we choosed bus because you travel overground, and you can watch outside.
We never used a taxi but there were everywhere and they have good prices (the airport is an exception). You will easily recognize them because of their black and yellow color (pic 3)
The single ticket for metro/bus costs 2euro but it’s much better to buy a 10rides-ticket(Tarjeta Multiviaj) for 9,25euro. You can use it together with your partner. The ticket machines are in Spanish/catalan/English so don’t worry about it, they are very easy to use, just check for the T10 ticket. If you plan to use more than 6 rides per day check the day tickets (5,80e) or for 2 days (10,70e), 3(14,30e), 4(19,50), 5 days(23,10e).
Finally, there is a touristic bus (Barcelona Bus Touristic) (pic 4) that I don't support anywhere but if you dont have much time it will take you from all the main sites. There are 2 different lines(blue and red) that covers a huge area of the city. You ticket is valid all day so you can hop on and off as many times as you like. 1 day ticket costs 21euro and 2days ticket 27euro
If you rent a car, you have to watch out the other drivers (they seem aggresive sometimes like in every mediterranean country, respect the speed limit and always put your seat belt on (even at the back seats). During the night it is much more peaceful on the side streets (pic 5) but at the big avenues (Gran Via etc) the traffic never stops...
We picked up a cross Atlantic cruise ship at the harbor. It was a 17 day cruise, and a few stops along the way; like Mallorca, Malaga, Canary Is, and Freeport Bahamas. This may be the way to go home once, but no more. Beside getting something replicating the Legionares Flu, we put up with very obese people, and a number of scooter chairs they get around the ship in.
The ship was new and could hold 4,000 passengers plus crew, but they did not expand the ship facilities very much, if at all, so the whole ship was more cramped than when there would be 2,000 passengers on board.
On Montjuic, you have two cable cars. One gives access to the fortress on top of the mountain. The second goes between Montjuic over the boat harbor into Barceloneta, that is the one we took.
We arrived at the cable car station before opening time so had an hour before it began (change in schedule between summer and winter times, our fault for not checking). Our luck was in operation and I will talk about the small restaurant there on the edge of the mountain later.
The cable car ride is gorgeous and gives you a good perspective of both the size of Barcelona and also a better idea of just how close everything for the tourist is. You can see from Rambla street to Park Guell and from there to Sagradia Familia and down to Barceloneta. You can actually walk all those distances.
This is an excellent ride for the kids also.
I met this Camel in the streets of BARCELONA and he offered me a lift......
Better safe than sorry he must have thought because despite the wonderful evening he was wearing his raincoat and Southwester
maybe it was his DISGUISE.....
He made me laugh...
Barcelona's Blue Tram opened in 1901 and is currently run by TMB. The tram connects Av. Tibidabo Metro Station and Funicular Station (at the base of Tibidabo).
Adults: 3.00 Euro (return)
The cable car was built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition in Barcelona and links Mount Montjuïc and the Port of Barcelona. Be warned this is not for the faint-hearted and although it states maximum 20 people I doubt if it could manage 12. The ride last about seven minutes.
About 15 minutes from Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)
Daily: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
Return: 12.50 EUR
Teleféric Port Vell
Passeig Joan de Borbó, 88
From Estacio Parc Monjuic up to the castle. It is worth taking as the walk is long and steep - it is hard work.
Stupidly, I did it the wrong way round and used the cable car to get back down! Great views.
The funicular will take you to the cable car terminus.
When I was in barcelona, the metro line L5 was undergoing some expansion work and i had a bad day looking for a L5 metro for going to Temple de Sagrada Familia. I went to a metro station of L5 and from there I was directed by a yellow line painted throughout with L5 written on it for about 1.5 kilometers until I finally arrived at the new station. On the way I had to cross streets, shops, parks and then come to the right place whereas the station i had first visited had L5 marked on it. It seemed that the new L5 station was being moved to a different location altogether.
What I can say about local transport of Barcelona ... what vivid I return to mind ... not very much
Taxis all are black-yellow colour. You can see them everywhere.
When we were return from city to airport, we saw through the bus windows beside the airport big plaza, what was filled with hundreds of taxis...
At Ciutadella Park we saw the mounted police with proud horses. It was nice view, when they riding through the park ...
At Sagrada Familia we saw funny motorbike with three wheels (look at photo)
At Camp Nou our roads crossing with urban guards. What was they assignments, we don't know ... all this time, we passed them, they was hard at it with they car ;)
In Barcelona very modern new trams ... they look great.
The metro network is quite wide and it links almost the most important sights of Barcelona. Just Tibidabo, Montjuïc and the airport don't have metro stations although they have another means of transportation such as train, funicular or bus.
Furthermore, it's really useful that the system works round-the-clock during the weekends.
There are a few useful websites (in different languages) that offer very good information:
Barcelona is a big city and some important sights are far from the centre, so that, it's necessary to take public transportation. However, the best way to visit a city, is on foot. The city has many streets and avenues that deserve a walk, let alone the heart, the Gothic district and Las Ramblas.
Some road distances to Barcelona from:
- Madrid: 623 kms.
- Paris (France): 1.038 kms.
- Sofia (Bulgaria): 2.368 kms.
- Kiev (Ukraine): 3.155 kms.
If you check the website, you'll find info about some other road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.
This airport is about 18 kms. away from the city centre of Barcelona, and it musn't be confused with other airports published as Barcelona-something as, for example, Barcelona-Girona; this city is tens of kilometers away.
The best way to get to the city is by a bus called Aerobus (www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/sp/aeropuerto/aerobus), which takes you to Plaça Catalunya in about 20-30 minutes. From there, you can take the bus or the metro depending on where your accommodation is. This website is in different languages.
There is a website that offers you to travel from one Spanish city to another or even in the same city. It can be accessed at the following link - http://www.shareling.es/demands.html
All you have to do is well in advance post your demand or needs of travel indicating from which city to another you wish to travel and people who would be travelling the same route and looking for company or just simply wanting to do a good deed would contact you and share their vehicle with you. A good way of cutting costs and making friends while you are in Spain.
This is totally FREE to use unless you want to share some expenses with the owner of the vehicle.
Note: I have not tried this service, which seems to be new (November 2007) so kindly take the necessary precautions.
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