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Barcelona

A cosmopolitan city

Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with a wide range of original leisure options that encourage you to visit time and time again. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and famous for Gaudí and his Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is one of Europe’s trendiest cities.

It’s a hub of new trends in the world of culture, fashion and cuisine. It combines the creativity of its artists and designers with respect and care for local traditions. The charm and slower pace of the old town, the avant-garde vibe of more modern neighbourhoods, and the fast pace of one of the world’s most visited cities coexist in Barcelona.

Trendy destination

Barcelona is a showcase for the latest developments in fashion. Strolling around its streets you can discover a world of options for a day of shopping. From glamour and major brands in iconic stores set in emblematic buildings, such as the Paseo de Gracia or Avinguda Diagonal, to alternative and innovative design in areas such as the Born district. Barcelona is also brimming with traditional shops and you can visit century-old stores and ateliers that will surprise you with their attention to detail.The Mediterranean character and streets full of ambience also set the trend in Barcelona. The possibilities are almost endless, ranging from popular options such as a stroll down Las Ramblas or traditional markets such as La Boquería, to relaxing moments on the city beaches or the many pavement cafés in the old town. You can even discover the city in an original way with Barcelona Tourist Office’s programme of tours. These include guided and themed tours; routes in vintage cars, or on segways or bicycles; boat tours, and helicopter flights.

A city to visit again

Barcelona draws visitors to its famous sights, like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. But they can also discover a city full of pleasant surprises on each trip.A walk along the seafront, evenings on a rooftop terrace with views over the city skyline, spacious parks such as Parc de Montjüic or Ciutadella, the marina, Olympic village or anything to do with FC Barcelona; a range of options for new experiences on each visit.Culinary options are also varied, with world renowned haute cuisine restaurants, traditional Catalan dishes, food markets, and establishments that take you around the world with their flavours...The city’s cultural agenda also includes major art centres, like the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, and CaixaForum; a wide range of festivals and one of Spain’s leading opera houses, Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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How to get there - transport information


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How to get to aeroplane

  • Barcelona – El Prat Airport is 12 kilometres from the city.

  • There are plenty of public transport options to get to the city centre in 35 minutes or less: Aerobus lines A1 and A2, the local train line R2 Norte, city bus route 46, night buses N16 and N17, and taxis.

  • Road access to the airport is via the C-31 motorway. From the ring roads around the city, access is from the section known as the Pata Sur.

  • More information

How to get to train

  • Barcelona has two main railway stations

  • Barcelona-Sants railway station

    International high-speed train links to France and to Spanish cities such as Madrid, Valencia, Malaga, Seville and Zaragoza.

    Connects to Metro lines 3 and 5 and several bus routes (27, 78, 109, 115, D40, H10, V5 and V7).

  • França railway station:

    It’s easy to get around on public transport from the station: bus routes 47, 59, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15, V17 and V19, and Metro line 4.

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How to get to bus

  • Barcelona has two main railway stations:

  • Barcelona Norte railway station, connection to the Arc de Triomf metro station (line 1) and bus routes 6, 54, H14, H16 and V21.

    Routes to Europe, Spain and Africa.

  • Barcelona-Sants railway station, connection to the Sants Estació metro station (lines 3 and 5) and bus routes 27, 78 ,109, 115, D40, H10, V5 and V7.

    High-speed trains run from this station.  

How to get there by road

  • From France, on the AP-7, N-II and C-32 motorways.

  • From other areas of Spain, on the AP-7 and C-32 motorways.

  • Remember that on-street parking is metered and parking time is limited in certain areas.

How to get to boat

  • The Port of Barcelona is about 5 kilometres from the city centre.

  • An internal bus route (88) goes all over the harbour area and connects to Avinguda Paral·lel, Metro lines 2 and 3, and bus routes D20, H14, V11, 21, 91, 120 and 121.

  • Direct connection with Italy and Algeria.

  • Daily connections with the Balearic Islands

Practical information

  • We recommend using public transport.

  • Hola Barcelona: travel card with unlimited travel on the metro, bus, tram and train for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. More information

  • Barcelona Card: tourist card with free or priority entrance, unlimited travel and other advantages for 3, 4 or 5 days. More information

  • Please note that large parts of Barcelona are Low-Emissions Zones, where driving and parking are restricted. Also, if you have a foreign licence plate you will have to register it and check whether you need authorisation. More information

How to get around in metro/tram

  • They usually run from 05:00 to 24:00. Fridays and days before public holidays, until 02:00.

  • You can buy single tickets, day tickets and cards for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. More information

How to get around in bus

  • City buses usually run from 4.25 am to 11 pm.

  • There is a night bus service: Nit Bus. All night bus routes start or stop at or around Plaza de Catalunya.

  • Sightseeing bus with 3 routes, audio guides and unlimited use for 1 or 2 days.

  • More information

How to get around in other means of transport

  • Taxis: easily identifiable yellow and black vehicles. A green light on the roof shows they are available.

  • Supplements are added for pick-up or drop-off at airports and for luggage.

  • Bicycle: : an unusual, different and sustainable way to get around Barcelona. The city is well-equipped with cycle lanes. There are many bike rental companies, plus the municipal service Bicing.