Life at Melon
You'll never have trouble getting from one place to another in Barcelona, as it's easy to get around the city and travel to interesting places in the surroundings thanks to the extensive public transport system.
Thanks to the integrated fare system, you can use a single ATM (Metropolitan Transport Authority) ticket on all means of transport: metro, bus, Nitbus (night bus), train (Renfe commuter trains and some FGC lines) and tram.
The metro network covers pretty much all of the city’s sights, and there is a range of different ticket options you can use depending on your needs. Tickets allow you to combine the metro and the bus or tram. You have 1 hour and 15 minutes after you use a ticket on the metro to reuse it for a bus or tram journey without being charged again.
Another option that is ideal for students under 25 is the T-Jove, which is valid for 90 days. This unlimited travelcard can only be used by the person who purchases it (ID required) and is perfect for people who use the metro a lot.
Barcelona has an extensive and extremely modern bus fleet that can be used as an alternative to the metro. Buses may sometimes be more convenient than the metro, depending on where you need to go, and there is also a night bus (Nitbus) service, which is perfect late at night, after the metro closes.
If you want to avoid the metro or bus and want a quicker, more comfortable way of travelling, particularly if you’re travelling with lots of luggage to or from the airport, a taxi could be the most convenient option. However, this is certainly not the cheapest way of getting around. You can catch a cab anywhere in the city, but bear in mind that there may be a supplement on the rate at nights and weekends.
Bicing is a bike sharing scheme, a practical, economic sustainable transport service that perfectly complements Barcelona’s traditional transport system. You can use the service all day 365 days a year, except from 2-5 a.m. on weekdays. It’s like having your own bike but without having to worry about locking it out on the street or taking it everywhere with you, because there are Bicing stations all over the city.
The tram is less commonly used than the metro or bus, but it’s definitely useful for getting to neighbourhoods of Barcelona or border towns where there is no metro (it covers a total of 8 municipalities, including Barcelona). There are two different tram networks in Barcelona (the Trambaix and the Trambesòs), each with 3 lines. The Trambaix starts out at Plaça Francesc Macià and goes up to Cornellà and Sant Feliu de Llobregat, while the Trambesòs runs between the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Olympic Village to Badalona and Sant Adrià de Besòs.