Hop On Hop Off buses
I never used the HOHO buses in Barcelona (living here, makes little sense) but I did in other cities, when I want to get an overview, or as a way to reach some distant sights while sightseeing at the same time (versus going underground, for instance).
The HOHO buses are usually too slow to be used as regular transport, but they give you a different perspective ad usually some interesting info. It may be a good plan on your first day to get your bearings of the city layout. Plan where you want to go during your whole stay, and use the HOHO just for the few sights you will not easily reach any other day walking or via a short metro ride, apart of doing the full loops for general sightseeing.
There are two companies of HOHO buses in Barcelona. Both are similar, I heard similar experiences from friends and colleagues who used them. As you can start at any point of the route, you may choose the one stopping closer you are staying. As well, I believe both offer a booklet of discounts whit your ticket, look online which one may interest you more.
Taxis in Barcelona are black and yellow, easy to spot. They say that at the beginning of the XX century, a taxi driver heard the taxis in NYC were yellow. He decided to paint his car (at the time, all cars were black) like American taxis... until he find that panting was very expensive. So... he painted only the doors in yellow color. True or not... who knows!
There are several companies, but prices are set by the city council, so all them do cost the same.
You can stop one in the street if the green light on top of the car is on. At the end of the journey, you should only pay the amount on the taximeter, plus supplements from/to airport, luggage, etc (if applicable). We locals usually only tip the driver just to round to next figure (for instance, short trip with taximeter = 6.45, give 7 euros; airport to city centre = 34.30 (taximeter and all airport and other applicable supplements), in this case you may give 35 euros. Tips in Spain are always given only as recognition of good service. So, you may not tip at all if you do not want to.
A good practice is always asking for a receipt, the taxi driver has the obligation to give you one if asked to. In case you have any complaint, the receipt is your only proof. Plus, the driver will be less inclined to scam you (sadly there are always bad apples) if you tell them you need a receipt. Writing the full name and address of your destination place can be useful too as not many drivers do speak more than a rudimentary English.
You can get more information here:
And the official taxi fares in Barcelona, updated for year 2015, here:
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How to move around 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!
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Metro & bus
Barcelona has a pretty good metro and bus service. Here you can see a picture of my metro ticket, which was good for 10 trips (either on the metro or the buses)... There are single ride tickets, day cards or tickets like mine, with a limited number of rides and which can be used by more than one person (eg. if there are 2 people traveling, you valid the card/ticket twice when boarding a bus or accessing the metro). This 10-trip cards are the most convenient because a single ticket costs something like 1.45 EUR but a 10-trip card costs 8.50 EUR....!!! So you end up paying about 40% less by buying the card and it has no time limit so you can keep it for weeks or months and it will still be valid (until the transport rates are modified).
The metro and bus lines connect the most important points of the city. However, if you really want to admire the beauty of the town, you'd better walk.... the downtown area is rather reduced and you can walk down the Rambla to the harbor and visit the Barri Gotic (halfway between Plaza Catalunya and the harbor) and you'll see most of the interesting sites Barcelona has... Montjuic, another very interesting area, is just 3-4 metro stations away from Plaza Catalunya and there are buses and also a funicular that takes you up the hill (or you can also walk).Related to:
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Barcelona has an international airport, which you can reach from downtown by train. So if you're flying, your plane will arrive at the airport and then you can take a train (and then the metro) to go anywhere in town. Mind you, the train station is located close to Terminal 2, so if you arrive to Terminal 1 (as it was my case) you will need to take a shuttle to Terminal 2 and then take the train.
However, there is now another option to get to the city center quickly and without having to go through that hassle. They now have a service called Aerobus, a blue bus that takes you directly from the airport to the main centric areas in Barcelona: Plaza Espanya, next to Montjuic hill, and Plaza Catalunya, right in the heart of the city and where the Rambla starts. It's only 5.30 EUR per person for a single ride (2011) and the journey is 30 minutes long, approximately. It's comfortable and convenient, and they even give you a free map of the city. There are buses coming back and forth every 5-10 minutes or so, and every 20 minutes in less busy hours. You can buy the ticket from the driver, from a clerk at their bus stop in Plaza Catalunya or the Airport, or from a vending machine located next to the bus stop (not available in all stops). It runs from 5:30 AM to midnight or even later, depending on the terminal. This bus serves BOTH terminals of the airport, so it has routes A1 and A2. This isn't an issue when going from the airport to the city, but when going back to the airport make sure you take the right bus so you don't end up in the wrong terminal. The clerk at Plaza Catalunya knew which airlines departed from which terminal, so you can also get assistance from these people if you aren't 100% sure where you're departing from. Website provided for more information.
You can also arrive to Barcelona by train, being the main station Barcelona Sants -- this station is connected to the metro system and this is where you will arrive if you take the train from the airport, too.Related to:
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The Barcelona airport is also known as Prat of Llobregat, and is 12 km Southwest of downtown Barcelona . It is the most convenient aeroport than I've ever been. It is very easy to getting around and almost impossible to go to the wrong gate or be lost.
Barcelona Airport is Spain's second-ranked airport in terms of passenger traffic and in the period 1996-2001 it was second in Europe in terms of passenger growth. In 2004 it was one of the airports in Spain that grew the most, with passenger traffic going up by 7.9% with respect to 2003.
Since the city hosted the Olympic Games, passenger numbers have increased by over 100 percent, rising from 10 million passengers in 1992 to over 24.5 million in 2004. It is currently amongst the busiest ten airports in Europe.
How getting there:
There are taxi stops at the terminal exits. Taxi drivers charge a surcharge for airport rides. There are also bus services that leave every 15 minutes to Plaça de Catalunya . There is train service from the airport to downtown every 30 minutes. All trains stop in Sants, Plaça Catalunya, Arc de Triumf and Clot-Aragó, and all stops connect to the subway.Related to:
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Aerial Catalunya Map
i found a web page really interesting for all travellers who coming to barcelona and Catalunya as a region...its better than viamichelin.com or orher maps
in fact you can see photographies of all Catalunya like a zenital zoom and make routes or try to llok where will you go the next days and surroundings as well
Affordable auto rental - Nova Rentacar
We rented a car from a web-based place in Northern Ireland. For three days our total was about 60 Euros, and they gave us a super efficient diesel burner that only cost us another 40 Euros for a trip thtat went from Barcelona to Andorra to Perpignan and back to Barcelona with a lot of stops in between. I'm not sure what this company does or how they do it, but they seemed to really deliver a good package.Related to:
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Flying in and out of Barcelona
Barcelona's airport is big, it has 3 terminals: A; B & C.
We flew in with Brussels Airlines as we had the chance to purchase some promotion tickets.
I always try to remember when checking in to ask for a seat at the window and not just above a wing, but with small planes like these it seems to be almost impossible to have a full view.
Also... accordingly the time of the day and your direction, will determine if you will have a nice view or just the sun in your eyes `-)Related to:
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Airport of Barcelona
It is possible that your plane is not going to taxi all the way to the gates. In that case you will be picked up by a bus that gets you to the terminals or, when leaving, that will get you to the plane.
The busses are mostly overcrowded as they want to push as much passengers into it to safe a second trip.
Seats are hardly available.
It is polite and a proof of good manners if you offer your seat to a parent with a baby.Related to:
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No one can visit BARCELONA without walking / exploring its very old heart for some hours and... on foot!
Start e.g. at the Plaça Nova or the Plaça de la Seu (the square in front of the old Cathedral), walk into the Carrer del Bisbe Irurtia via Portal del Bisbe. The Romanesque towers you see there date back to the Roman times.
Pass the Bishop's Palau and turn to the right to the picturesque Plaça Sant Felip and see the CLOISTER at your left hand. The Carrer del Bisbe Irurtia goes along between the Casa dels Canonges and the decorated façade (Renaissance) of the Palau de la Generalitat., which is the homebase of a autonomous = self=governing CATALUNYA.
When you are once again at the Plaça Sant Jaume, you can see the Ajuntament (Casa de la Ciudad = town hall) exactly opposite the Generalitat.
The Plaça del Rei, hidden north of the Cathedral is still more INPRESSIVE.
Like for the Museu d'Historia de la Ciudad, stone by stone has been brought here to complete it in style. It contains parts of the former Royal Palau and a Gothic hall, de Saò de Tinell, where Columbus announced the success of his first journey to Ferdinand and Isabella.
The Plaça Ramon Berenguer el Gran, where the Statue of Berenguer II stands offers a wonderful panorama on the Roman Walls outside the Barri Gitic.
Of course you can walk however you want to go but knowing where you go is always nice!
I hope you enjoy my little bits if history!
For a sightseeing tour to and through other destinations the METRO is easiest and quickest!
The Public Transportation in SPAIN is very good, frequent, punctual and reliable.
But most important are the two following reason to take a bus every now and then: it is quite cheap, cheaper than hiring a car or go somewhere by taxi and it is a great opportunity to see lots and lots of the country and countryside!
Give it a try and you will be enthousiastic too!
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...
To be able to enjoy every minit of this trip we went (we is our group of students, learning the Spanish language) by plane.
We had our own guide and bus and.....our prof. had lived in Spain for over 10 years.
At the Airport I saw this plane and I love those fantastic fins.It made me think of Mrs. Prime Minister (now Lady) Thatcher who once, at a reception at an Airport saw a scale model and found it so disgusting that she threw a tissue over the little, funny fin!
I love them, see these gulls and the whale/dolphin!!
I found an incredibly cheap ticket from Ancona to Barcelona with spain air 31,50€.
For the ones who flyght from italy, you can check www.evolavia.com.Sometime you find only a cheap one way ticket, it happens to me, in that case you can consider to come back by bus or train, I came back by bus www.eurolines.com and it costed about 80 €, yes, more than the one way flyght.
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