The best way to get around Barcelona is on public transport. This is a large city, and the different tourist areas and monuments are spread around, with considerable distances between them. This makes the underground system and bus services ideal. They will take you to almost any point in the city quickly and comfortably.
How to get around
The underground system links all the central zones of the city and has stations in the main tourist areas, marked with the letter "M". It runs from 5 am to midnight, Monday-Thursday, Sundays and public holidays; and from 5 am to 2 am on Fridays. On Saturdays and the eve of public holidays –1 January, 24 June, 15 August and 24 September– services run all night.
City buses are another good transport option. Depending on the line, they run from about 4:30 am to 11 pm. To get around at night, there are night buses, called Nitbus, which depart from Plaça Catalunya square between 11:15 pm and 6 am. Trams also provide quick access to major industrial, shopping and residential areas, and run from 5 am to 2 am approximately. There are direct buses from Barcelona to the airport terminals.
Most people prefer to use taxis at night for speed and comfort. Taxis can be found any day and any time. They are yellow and black and have their licence number displayed on the side. You can hail them in the street when they have the green light on. They can also be found at ranks on Barcelona's central streets and squares. There is a radio taxi service –the taxi will come and pick you up from wherever you like. Tariffs are displayed inside the taxis and show the minimum fare, flag-down charge, kilometre charge and other extras such as night service, public holidays, and station or airport service.
The trains run between 5 am and midnight.
The most convenient option
The best option will depend on where you are, the number of journeys you wish to make, and the number of people travelling. One of the most practical choices is the T-10 card, which is popular with the locals. Not only does it offer considerable savings on the price of a single ticket, but also allows the use of the underground and bus services, has no time limit for use and –as it's transferable– can be used by more than one person. However, the sightseeing bus is one of the most popular means of transport for visitors to Barcelona: this is a double-decker bus which runs specifically to the most interesting places in the city. Tickets are valid for one or two days and cost €27 and €35. How much does transport cost? There are different tickets and fares. If you choose the Hola BCN! card you can travel anywhere on the public transport network, and the price ranges between €14 and €30.50. You can also buy a ticket for one one-way trip by metro, bus or funicular railway for €2.15, or a multiperson ticket with 10 trips –T-10– costing €10.30 and which is good for 10 complete trips from 1 to 6 zones. All these tickets and cards are available at information and customer service centres, and at ticket windows and vending machines in metro stations. Non-transferable travelcards are also available at tourist offices in Barcelona and online. There is also a tourist card (Barcelona Card) available, offering a range of benefits including unlimited use of public transport, as well as discounts for museums, shows, shops, leisure attractions and restaurants. There are cards for 2-5 days, with prices ranging from €34 to €58. These cards can be purchased at tourist offices in Barcelona, and at other outlets around the city. http://bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com/Barcelona-Card
Other ways of getting around
There are many other ways to get around the capital of Catalonia:
Tramvia Blau: this is a historic tram which goes up the side of the Tibidabo mountain. One-way ticket: €4.20. /www.barcelonabusturistic.cat/es/tramviablau
Telefèric de Montjuïc cable car: the best way to go up to Montjuïc Castle. Adult one-way ticket: €7.50. Adult return ticket: €10.80. Children's one-way ticket: (4 to 12 years): €5.80. Children's return ticket: €7.80.
Montjuïc funicular: connects the Paral•lel metro station (L2 and L3) with Montjuïc park. www.tmb.cat
Tibidabo funicular: connects the Tramvia Blau tram stop in Barcelona (Plaça del Doctor Andreu square) with the Tibidabo amusement park.www.tibidabo.cat
Las Golondrinas: leisure craft offering cruises around Barcelona. www.lasgolondrinas.com/ Catamarà Sensation BCN: sail catamaran. Route: sea route from the Port Olímpic. www.sensation-bcn.es
Catamarán Orsom: modern crafts offering a cruise along the coastline and beaches of Barcelona. www.barcelona-orsom.com
Sailing excursions with daily departures from Barcelona's Port Olimpic. www.barcelonaturisme.com
By bike: bike rental at www.bikinginbarcelona.net/es/ By motorbike: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Barcelona-Scooter
For more information, visit:
Barcelona Turisme (www.barcelonaturisme.com)
Barcelona Metropolitan Transport (www.tmb.net)