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    Taxi fares

    by Belsaita Updated Feb 5, 2015

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    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:
    taxibarcelona.cat

    And the official taxi fares in Barcelona, updated for year 2015, here:
    amb.cat/web/taxi/tarifes

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    How to move around Barcelona

    by Belsaita Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    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!

    Enjoy Barcelona!

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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

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    This city is made for walking

    by rsilva Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Most of the nicest streets in Barcelona are pedestrian and parking seems to be impossible, so driving is probably not the best option.

    I have been told the metro system is quite efficient, but I think the city is very walkable.

    If you take Plaza Catalunya as a starting point, you can get to the Columbus statue the end of "Las Ramblas" in 10 minutes. You can also get to "Casa Batllo" in less than that and "La Pedrera" is not much further away.

    "La Sagrada Familia" seems very far away on the map, but if the weather is nice, it can also be reached on foot.

    In order to see all the interesting things, walking is probably the best option.

    Of course, if you are going to "Park Guell" it is better to take the bus.

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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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    Metro (subway)

    by SirRichard Written Nov 28, 2003

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    BCN has 5 lines of Metro. There is also another subway trains system in the city, the "Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat", and the difference is that these depend on the Regional Gov instead of the Municipal Authorities...

    Price: 1,05 euros. This allows you to use ONLY the metro, but there are 1 day "all transports" tickets (from 4,40 to 12,50 euros, depending on the zone) that allow you to use any transport inside the city for 24 hours (http://www.tmb.net/cat/titols/t_dia.jsp)

    There 2-3-4-5 days travel cards, valid for Metro and bus. You can buy them online at the web below or at the Metro stations.

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    The Bus Turistic

    by stressball Written Feb 23, 2005

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    The Bus Turistic is a great way to see Barcelona. We purchased the two day passes (21 euros per person). This gave us the time to get on and off the bus as we wished. I recommend doing some advanced research into what you really want to get off the bus to see and where it is, mostly because you can become a bit disoriented when getting off the bus. The bus takes two routes and if you plan on getting off at a lot of stops, then the two day pass would be worth it for you. Otherwise, just get the one day pass, stay on the bus and listen to the comments about each site and then hop on the metro the next day to get to where you want to go.

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    Bus Turístic, not a bad way to go.

    by seamandrew Written Jun 12, 2004

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    The Bus Turístic is probably one of the best ways to get around Barcelona and see many of the popular sites. This tour company has put together a network of three routes that circle the city and connect quite well with each other. One of the best benefits is purchasing the two day ticket which allows you to jump on and off the bus at any of its stops. The bus runs till 7pm I believe and starts at 9 am. The fare was 20 Euros for the two day ticket (16 for a single day). This can change as can the hours. Please visit the website below for updated information.

    Oh yes, you can buy your tickets on the bus or at the information center at Plaça de Catalunya. They have some way of reserving/buying your tickets online but I would just go to either Plaça de Catalunya or get it on the bus. You have to pay in cash on the bus though.

    The Bus Tur��stic service is one way to explore BCN
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    TRANSPORT PASS - GREAT VALUE

    by Harold_Godwin Written Jun 29, 2004

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    To get round Barcelona (and as far as Castelldefels beach resort ) buy a "T10" combined ticket [ten trips on any of the city buses (red and white) and others with the "ATM" logo]. It also works on the underground, main line trains, trams, and the Montjuic and Tibidabo funiculars in Zone 1. It is NOT valid for the port cable cars or the gondola lift to the castle.

    Ticket price: 6 Euros (2004). Remember to cancel every time you board a new vehicle. The remaining number is printed on the back each time you put it in the machine. "Titol esgotat" (used up) is printed on the back when the last ticket is used up.

    If you board another vehicle within 1 hour 15 mins of the first, you get the second trip free (but put the ticket in the machine all the same). Note, you do NOT get a "free" trip if the gap is more than 1 hour 15 mins or if you catch two successive buses/tubes etc. with the same route numbers. If the machine rejects the ticket (it gives an unpleasant buzz instead of the normal cheerful "beep"), show your "T10" to the driver for manual cancellation or replacement. If it has run out, you'll have to pay 1.10 Euros for a single ticket (2004 prices).

    More than one person can travel on the same ticket (once through the machine for each person). This is ideal for small groups travelling together.

    The fine for travelling without a ticket is 40 Euros (2004).

    "T10" Tickets can be bought at underground stations, lottery shops, mainline stations and at La Caixa savings banks with "Servicaixa" ATM machines/ticket dispensers. You CANNOT buy them on buses. They are valid from purchase through to the first of February in the following calendar year.

    Watch out for pickpockets on the underground, particularly by train doors.

    Other kinds of tickets, interactive maps, route planning etc. on the Barcelona Travel Authority's web site below.

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    Travelling from the Airport to City Centre

    by clairegeordio Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    There are several ways to getting from the airport to the centre of Barcelona, but I found taking the Aerobus a convenient way. It is located just outside the exit of the airport and runs every 12 minutes, stopping in Plaza Espana and Plaza Catalunya in the centre. It costs 3,45 euros per person (at time of writing) and takes about 20-30 mins.

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    Tramvia Blau (Blue Tram)

    by seamandrew Written Jun 20, 2004

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    This open-sided blue wooden tram has been making it's way up the route to Tibidabo's funicular since 1901. You can either take the Bus Turístic to Plaça John Kenndey or take the FGC train Plaça de Catalunya to Avinguda Tibidabo station. Then just walk across the Plaça John Kennedy to catch the Blue Tram. It´s certainly the most traditional way to get to the funicular but the route is also serviced by a bus.

    The Blue Tram (Tramvia Blau) to Tibidabo
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    Metro

    by clairegeordio Updated Jun 2, 2004

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    Metro is the most convenient way of getting around Barcelona and is very easy to use, with colour coded lines. You have various money saver choices of tickets - I was there for 3 days and opted for a 10 use ticket which cost around 6 euros I believe. This is just one ticket that is stamped every time you go through to the metro platform. Then my friend and I shared a 10 use ticket - very useful if you do not need to use the full 10 on one person - just pass it back to the other person once you have gone through the barrier.

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    BUSES IN BARCELONA

    by Hosell Written Jun 27, 2004

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    In Barcelona you'll find a lot of buses lines that connect all the city.Is also a good option,you can buy a 10 trips tickets in subway stations and you can use them in public buses aswell.
    Also there is a line called Barcelona Turistic Bus,that can take you to best places to see in city,this is a good option if you come for a short visit to the city.
    This is a picture of that bus in the stop of Plaça de Catalunya.

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    TAXIS IN BARCELONA

    by Hosell Written Jun 27, 2004

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    This is a typical taxi in Barcelona city.They are in yellow and black colors.Normally they aren't very expensive and is a good option if you don't want to use the subway or metro system.Also there are parts of the city that can't be reach by metro so then is better to take a taxi.

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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.

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