Getting from the Airport to City Centre
Barcelona's El Prat airport lies around 13km southwest of the city centre, and there are a few different transport options to get you into town.
The easiest (and of course most expensive) of these options is to catch a taxi. There is a taxi rank just outside the arrivals hall. When we arrived in Barcelona for our latest visit it was a Friday evening and we wanted to get into town as quickly as we could so we could go out to dinner - so taxi was the best solution for us. Although at this time there was a long queue of people waiting for a cab, there was also a constant flow of empty taxi's arriving and it didn't take us too long until we were on our way. A taxi to the city centre costs between 20-30 euro depending on extra charges for luggage etc.
Another easy option is to catch the A1 Aerobus, which departs every 10-15 minutes from outside the arrivals terminal. The bus takes 30-40 minutes and costs around 3.75 euro - you can buy your ticket on the bus. The bus goes to Placa Espana and Placa Catalunya.
On our first visit to Barcelona we caught the train from the airport to the city centre. The RENFE train service departs every 30 mins or so, and the trip to the city centre takes approximately 25 minutes. You can get off the train at Barcelona Sants or Passeig de Gracia and change onto the metro from there if required. A oneway ticket from the airport to Sants station costs around 2.60 euro.Related to:
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Beware the toilets
Stay away from the female toilets land side at the airport. My wife said that they were worse than the toilets at Bucharest airport in 1988. I don't know but the smell reached the adjacent cafe so I suppose that she was right.Related to:
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Horse & carriage rides around the port
Barcelona is a very walkable city but if you fancy a romantic Horse & Carriage Ride - then this is available at a price! We passed by the horse many times and he seemed to be parked up quite a lot with no fare paying passengers to be seen!
Pity those horses in the summer months = but maybe in Summer it is more popular because of the heat - still pity the horseRelated to:
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Trams in Barcelona
The trams in Barcelona were very well maintained and clean and ran quickly from stop to stop around the city. The routes were fairly easy to work out from the maps at the stops. Although I don't think the tram routes and connections were shown on the metro map that we used, they did seem to have good connections with other forms of public transport, such as the buses and metro. The leisure and tourist three day travelcard we used was also valid on them.Related to:
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We really enjoyed using the cable car services that run over Barcelona. Not only were they a novel and interesting way of getting from place to place, they also gave us a good view of the places we'd visited in the city and where each one was in relation to the others. In fact, if we had used the cable car first, we'd probably have found our way about the city much more easily!
There are two services: one across the Parc de Montjuïc and another across the harbour. It was easy to reach either of them from Paral-lel Metro station. There is a clear printable map available on the website listed, which shows the cable car routes and other connecting public transport services. The service across the Parc de Montjuïc is listed on the public transport website as being TEMPORARILY CLOSED for major improvements to be carried out but no reopening date is given.Related to:
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The touristic bus takes you all around the city and stops at all of the main attractions. They also give you backround info about all the sights you see. The bus runs all day untill 8pm. It costs about 15-20 euros for the whole day. You can catch the bus at any one of thier stops. or to make it easier: go to plaza catyluna. At the left of the photo is one of the bus-stop signs for the tour bus.
Funicular, teleferico to Montjuic
From Metro:Parallel you can catch a funicular and then cable car (teleferico) to the Castle of Montjuic. When we were there it was less than 7 Euro for the two roundtrip. You get great views from the open cable cars. Of course I am such a tourist that I always enjoy these unusual forms of transportation. I have not seen a funicular in the US. Also, I sometimes have a bit of acrophobia but felt no uneasiness in either here. You could also take a taxi for not much more, but think of the fun you would miss!
They are open Mon-Sat 10:45-20:00. Closed on Sunday.Related to:
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Amazed by the number of people queuing in Plaza Catalunya on a lovely sunny Saturday, waiting for the tourist bus. Barcelona is a really easy city to walk around. Eixample, which is where most of the modernista stuff is, is only a few hundred yards from the P. Catalunya.
Get a map (I recommend the pocket size Michelin map, you can get it at the airport) and walk through the different neighbourhoods.
This was my third visit to Barca, and saw more this time by walking almost everywhere than I ever had before.
By elevator over the marina
A nice way to get from the beach, over the harbour towards the Montjuïc-hil is to take the Teleférico. This elevator takes you all the way up to the top of the Torre Sant Sebastià and takes you to the southside of the Montjuïc.
It costs you about € 4,- for a single trip and it is also possible to go in the opposite direction. What you get back is a wonderful experiance and a magnificent view over the city.
Trains and Barcelona Sants
Trains constitute a popular and comfortable means of transport to and from Barcelona. In this picture you can see Barcelona Sants Station - probably the most popular train station of Barcelona. It connects trains with metro and it hosts numerous shops open until very late.
Public transport is very good in comparison to London. People from here complain about it but seriously I think they are really lucky. Its cheap and reliable, though admittedly sometimes a bit crowded. Buses are good, and there has recently been new investment with trams. Get a T10 (10 trips on any of the public transport offered) and if you continue your journey from bus to train (or vice versa) in the same hour and 1/4 you use the same journey fare (1.10 Euro ) less if its a T10 which is 6 Euro for 10 trips.
THE CABLE CAR
This is a very nice idea if you are walking by Port Vell area.If you take this cable car,it will take you to the mountain of Montjuic,the views from mountain and also from the cable car are beautiful!!!!.
Cable car ride to Montjuic
A ride by cable car takes you up to Montjuic and costs around 5 euros for a return journey. You catch it once you have taken the Furnicular from metro stop para.lel. There are two stops to get off, the highest one being where the Castle is. The cable cars are open, not enclosed, so are a bit scary and sway a bit! Yes, I was scared, but braved it all the way up and then down again!
We bought a Barcelona card which gave us unlimited travel on bus, metro and some trains. With it you get a book with loads of free stuff (including a boat trip, fee entrance to musuems) and discounts off the entrance fee at various sights.
You can get them for 1 - 5 days.
Ours paid for itself many times over.
You can buy them at tourist information bureaus (there's one in the airport when you arrive)
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Aeri del Port / Cable car
We did the aero cable car from Montjuc across the port to Barceloneta. At 10euro one way per person it is expensive. However, the views are nice and it is an interesting experience.Related to:
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