metro line L5
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.
Different transport of Barcelona
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.
By Car: How Far/How Long...?
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.
Barcelona-El Prat Airport
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.Related to:
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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.
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