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    Taxis

    by elise_crash Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Taxis are a great way to get around the city once the underground subway (the Metro) has closed (or if there is not a stop near where you need to go)! They are VERY cheap and you can find them all around the city, just look for the black and yellow cabs with the green light on the roof and you will know that it is open for you to flag down. One major place yo ufind them is at the Placa Universitat near Diagonal. Just be warned - the cab drivers, surprisingly, do not always know where places are located (even though they are the ones who live there). So, if you are going to a specific place (ie. club, restaurant,etc.), you should probably, at least, have an address and an idea of where it is.

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    Estació de França (The station for France)

    by grayfo Updated Dec 22, 2010

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    The Estació de França is the more attractive of the city’s two main stations, built in the 19th century as the main terminus for trains arriving from France, the station was rebuilt and reopened in 1929 for the International Exhibition.

    These days the station is used by express trains to Madrid, Valencia and various other Spanish cities and other parts of Catalonia.

    Avinguda del Marquès de l'Argentera, 6
    08003

    September 2005

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    Travelling with (young) kids.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 17, 2009

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    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

    General:
    Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

    Plane:
    If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.

    Car:
    Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

    Finally:
    We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

    Sam and Iris at the Airport of Barcelona.
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    Getting from the airport without a cab

    by dlandt Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    A taxi ride from the airport can potentially be quite expensive given that the airport is not close and there is construction and traffic along the way. I tried to avoid this by using a combination of bus and metro lines.

    My way does require you have a few small denomination Euros in our pocket.

    There is an Aerobus that leaves from outside Terminal B, just as you leave the baggage claim. The cost is approximatedly E3.50. Once aboard and on your way, you make three stops before you arrive at a major Metro transit area called Plaza Catalunya. You leave the bus and search out the underround by looking for large signs withthe letter M, for metro.

    Once inside the metro system, locate your destination on the maps on the wall, and figure out how to get where you need to go. Once you have an idea where to go, buy tickets.

    Buying tickets is a simple affair, go to the machine and press the flag for whatever language you want. Bush-voters, don't panic if you don't see Old Glory, you can get English simply by pressing the Union Jack. The machine will ask if you want to buy tickets, present you with your options, and ask for money. I chose ten rides for E6.30 and could use the same ticket for myself and my wife.

    Going through the gate, insert the ticket face up, arrow facing away. Once you take the ticket the gate will unlock and let you proceed. To get to the right platform, look for the station at the end of the line and follow the signs.

    Barcelona's metro station has a nice convenience, in that lit signs tell you when the next train is arriving. I never waited more than four minutes.

    Easy to use map

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    By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    by Redang Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    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.

    Agbar Tower (Barcelona, Spain)

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    Public transportation

    by DPando Updated Dec 26, 2007

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    The best way to go around is public transportation....
    Among all Tube, bus and trains
    I dont suggest cabs...many of them use to coax or trick tourist...not everyone but in fact its so much expensive than other public transportation systems and Barcelona is at some times a bug and amazing traffic jam
    Metro system is quite efficient not as in Madrid where is better but its improving more and more and now every saturday the tube is open all night long, sundays till 0h and days before holliday till 2am

    JAN 5th Prat airport with Marc

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    Cheap Flights

    by SueWarwick Updated Jun 30, 2007

    Easyjet offer very cheap flights to Barcelona airport which is just a short train or bus journey away from the city centre.
    Planes arrive and depart from terminal A at Barcelona and there are flights from various airports around the UK.
    The flight took around 2 hours 15 minutes (from Liverpool).

    My flight in June left very early in the morning but it did allow for almost a full day in Barcelona.

    The aircraft (a modern Airbus A319) was clean with plenty of snaks and drinks available on board.
    It is also well worth paying a few extra £'s to get speedy boarding, this allows you to be one of the first 20 to board the aircraft and choose your own seat.

    Spain from the air
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    Aeropuerto Castelldefels

    by Maggies Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    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 shore

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    Horse & carriage rides around the port

    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    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 horse

    Horsing Around
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    Red Line or Blue Line

    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    Many interesting places to get on and off the tourist bus, just watch for the signs - listen to the guides, or just watch lots of tourists at a bus stops
    The buses are very frequent - if you can't get a seat up top if the bus is very busy just wait for the next one = you won't have to wait long but you will be rewarded in the beautiful pictures you can capture by bus = a great way to see a new city.
    You can use your day ticket on either bus = red or green
    A convenient easy way to see the attractions.

    Take the tour
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    Shopping Bus

    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    Barcelona is a shoppers paradise with all the designer names you care to mention, do your shopping in style by taking the shopping bus complete with little tables & table lamps a designer bus to help you splash your cash. A very popular bus service and so frequent.
    Route from Placa de Catalunya to Pius X11 every 7 minutes.
    Time Mon to Fri 7.30 - 9.45
    Saturday 9.30 - 9.20
    You can shop till you drop if you have the cash to do so!!

    Shopping Bus
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    Pony and trap from the beach

    by vichatherly Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    After a hard day at the beach bar a lot of the party I was with couldn't quite face the half hour walk back to the hotel. So we looked for a cab...there were none around.

    The only mode of transport we managed to find was this pony and trap. This has to be the only way to travel around Barca!

    The poor old horse was knackered by the time he took us heavy lads back to the hotel.

    Barca Pony and Trap
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    To and From Airport to the Centre of Barcelona

    by listenandlearn Updated May 5, 2006

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    When relatives, friends, enquires how to get to the city- we explain that there are 3 ways reaching the centre. Taxi: 23Euros- 25 Euros, plus 0.80 cents per luggage. Then the shuttle bus called: AEROBUS- costs 3.75 Euros. Using AEROBUS is cheaper than taxis. Yet, when AEROBUS reaches the centre, when the thieves or THE FAST PICK POCKETERS do not see POLICE in the vicinity or in the parking area of the AEROBUS, they would be pretending with their backs on you reading the papers or whatnot opposite side of the street while observing you. As the tourists starts unloading their luggage’s, city maps on one hand & on the other hand they would be holding their luggage, trying to figure which directions to their hotel or accommodations destination¿This is when the thieves play their fast role on you. Normally there are three men coordinating with you (or tourists) movements.
    The best advise we can offer you is taking the train to and from the airport (which we call RENFE) that takes tourists from the airport to the centre of BCN, called Plaça Catalunya. The costs 2.10 Euros. When our incoming guests requests to be fetch at the airport, we NEVER and we repeat, WE NEVER would take the AEROBUS, as it is exposing our relatives, friends or guests to those fast thieves upon them disembarking the AEROBUS. We always use the train/RENFE as it is safest &at most times &hour- police are around the train station. Then too, it is best to be among the locals as it would not be as easy to pin point the tourists, mixing with the locals. The frequency of the train from the airport to Plaça Catalunya would be approx. every 25-30 minutes from Mondays through Fridays to Saturdays &Sunday plus feasts- frequencies are approx. every 30-35 min. The stops made by the train/RENFE are as follows: From the Airport: El Prat de Llobregat, Belvitge, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Sants and Plaça Catalunya.
    We wish you all a happy, safe & memorable holiday here in Barcelona. marieinspain@yahoo.com

    Train to the Plane
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    blue and red line

    by quartinb Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    once inside BARCELONA you can take a tourist bus.It will take you around the city and stop on the several and much to many beautifull places you like, and all the time you want .
    they have two diferent lines named blue and red and within 3 /4 days you managed to visit almost everything.
    unfortunetly i was there only for one day and half,,,

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    El Prat international airport

    by Ivod Written Nov 27, 2005

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    Very nice and rather busy airport , with many good shops, restaurant,s caffees, travel agencies, car hire etc. Enough check in counters so no crowd or long waiting. Blue "Airbus" leaves terminal A via B and C direct to Placa Cataluna every 15 mins (3,50 ,€ one way)

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