Transport around Barcelona
For most people, the metro is the most convenient way of getting around the city. It’s also probably the easiest since it has no zones and no peak/off-peak times or fares. The metro network covers a total of 123 kilometres and has 165 stations across eight different lines. There are 33 connecting stations, nine of which are also linked to the rail system.
Metro trains run Monday to Thursday, Sundays and public holidays from 05:00 to midnight; Friday and bank holiday evenings from 05:00am to 02:00am; 24th December from 05.00 to 23:00. On Saturdays and New Year’s Eve, 24th June, 15th August and 24th September there’s a 24-hour service. The combined TMB tickets allow access to the bus, night bus, RENFE, and some FGC trains; prices vary on how many journeys you require over what amount of time. The best ticket for tourists is a T10 which is 10 journeys for 9.80€ which is valid for three months and can be shared.
Another popular form of transport in the city is the bus. In fact, there are over 750 buses and 2000 stops in Barcelona, which thousands of citizens and tourists use every day. The buses are a great option if you’re travelling with prams or need easy wheel chair access. Due to the heavy traffic, it is not the quickest way to get around, especially in the central districts but it is relatively cheap. There’s also a night bus service called the Nit Bus, which
runs from 22:00 to 06:00 depending on the route. Separately, there is a service called Tibibus that takes you all the way to Tibidabo from Plaça Catalunya
Running times vary according to the bus route. Most services begin at 04:25 and end at 23:00 and the average frequency is between 20 and 30 minutes at weekends. You can also use your ticket on the metro, night bus, RENFE, and some FGC trains.
Barcelona has a wealth of train services that can take you across the city and even further afield. The trains
are often are efficient, clean and above all convenient to use. They also cater for all your travel needs, with options to travel locally around the outskirts of Barcelona, around the rest of Catalunya, and also nationally to cities such as Madrid and Valencia.
The train stations are dotted around the city and are all easily accessible from the metro – some go right into the urban network, crossing the main points in the city and coinciding with the same stops as the metro. There are nine major stations: Catalunya
, Sants, Passeig de Gràcia
, Arc de Triomf
, Clot-Aragó, Sant Andreu Arenal, Sant Andreu Comptal and França.
For further information on lines, timetables and prices go to the official RENFE website.
It won’t take you long to spot a taxi in Barcelona. Just hail one down by waving or head to a taxi rank, which you’ll find outside all the airports and stations, as well as many tourist attractions and hotels. Although more comfortable, taxis aren’t the cheapest way to get around Barcelona – especially with all the traffic.
Although not a form of transport that immediately springs to mind, the tram can be great way of getting around Barcelona. It’s comfortable, rarely busy and its six lines are largely in parts of the city that aren’t covered by the metro. It’s open Sunday to Thursday from 05.00 until midnight and Friday and Saturday from 05.00 until 02.00. Tickets can be used interchangeably, on the metro, bus, night bus, RENFE, and some FGC trains.
One of the best methods of transport in Barcelona is the bike, especially since there are miles and miles of bike lanes, parks and open spaces. And if you don’t have your own bike, then renting one could be perfect. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to rental companies and prices start from around 15€ a day per bike. One of the most popular rental companies is www.barcelonarentabike.com
and better still, now you’ve booked with us you get a discount voucher on all of its bikes!
A popular way to come to Barcelona is to drive – especially if you’re coming from France. Although having a car will have certain advantages, it is a nightmare when it comes to parking and usually results in being a much more stressful option than public transport.
There are very specific and somewhat restricted above-ground parking zones that you have to adhere to avoid the hefty fines that are frequently given out and the risk of having your car towed. That being said, there are lots of underground car parks across the city, and some are even open 24 hours – just look for the P sign! However like all central car parks, you have to pay for the luxury, so if you are in the city for a few days or longer, it will very quickly add up.