Getting around in the city
Zaragoza is an ideal city to explore on foot. Its old town is delimited by the Ebro River, and many of its monuments and places of interest are set close together. Furthermore, there is a pedestrian area with many narrow streets which are perfect for discovering on foot. However, the city also has an excellent public transport service linking the centre with the neighbourhoods on the outskirts. A good way to get around Zaragoza is on its city buses which run from about 5.30 am-0.30 am, although timetables vary according to the route. To get around at night, there are seven night bus routes known as 'búhos' ('owls') that run from 1 to 6 am. These night buses only run on Saturday nights and on of public holidays.
Taxis can be found every day at any time. They are white with the Aragon flag and the city crest on the front doors. You can stop them in the street when they have the green light on. They can also be found at taxi ranks in the city's most central streets and squares, or can be ordered using the radio taxi service, in which case they will pick you up wherever you want. Tariffs are displayed inside the taxis, and prices are calculated according to minimum fare, flag-down charge, kilometre charge and other extras such as night service, public holidays, and station or airport service.
Zaragoza also has the tram as a transport mode. Another option is to move around by car, or on electric bicycles, or by renting a bike to make the most of all the kilometres of bike lanes in the city.
How much does transport cost?
There are different tickets and fares. Firstly there is the one-way ticket, which costs €1.35 for city buses (also valid for the tram) and €1 for the night service. You can also purchase a tarjetabús pass, which can be topped upis rechargeable and permits various changes between lines free of charge within one hour. The card is sold with an initial charge of €7, plus an additional €2 deposit. Top-ups are €5 or in increments of this price (10, 15, 20, 25…) up to a maximum of €60, and €0.74 is discounted for each journey. They can be purchased at newspaper stands, in shopping malls, banks, at the town hall, at customer service points, etc.
The Zaragoza Card is valid for travel on sightseeing and urban buses, and can be bought for 24, 48 and 72 hours, at a price of €18 a day.
Which is the best option?
Depending on the length of your stay in Zaragoza and the number of journeys you intend to make, choose between single tickets or the Tarjeta BUS card, which offers a considerable discount on each journey.
Other ways of getting around
The sightseeing bus is a good way to see the most emblematic sites in Zaragoza, such as the Aljafería Palace and the Plaza del Pilar. Remember that this service only runs at certain times of year. This is a double-decker bus which visits all the most interesting places in the city. Tickets cost €8 per adult. There are also other ways to get around in Zaragoza, such as the Night Bus, which runs on particular days in July, August and September and costs €11 per adult; the Megabús, a fun route for the whole family to discover cinema sets throughout the city and which costs €8 per adult; the Group Sightseeing Bus; and the Tourist Taxi, with two routes around the city.
For more information:
Zaragoza Tourist Board: www.zaragoza.es
Transportes Urbanos de Zaragoza (Zaragoza City Transport System) (only in Spanish): www.tuzsa.es
Zaragoza Provincial Association of Auto-Taxis (only in Spanish): www.zarataxi.com
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