Getting around in Barcelona
Barcelona has an extensive public transport system, meaning you can easily get around within the city. You can also easily nip out to visit a number of fascinating towns in the surroundings.
Below you'll find an outline of the main transport options available and our recommendations to help you get around Barcelona as smoothly as possible during your stay.
Barcelona’s metro system is the quickest and cheapest way to get around the city. 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. 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. The metro runs from 5 a.m. to midnight from Sunday to Thursday; on Fridays the last trains are pushed back until 2 a.m., and on Saturdays the service is available all night.
Tip: Buy a T-10 (valid for ten journeys) or a T-Dia (unlimited one-day travelcard) instead of single tickets.
Barcelona has an extensive and extremely modern bus fleet. These buses operate routes to parts of the city that aren’t always covered by metro. There is also a night bus service (Nitbus), which is convenient late at night, after the metro is closed.
All bus stops include information about the lines that stop there and their routes. You can even find out the exact time the bus will stop there if you have internet access on your mobile phone.
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 in any part of the city, though you should bear in mind that if you’re travelling from the airport, there is a 1 surcharge per large suitcase and you can expect to pay at least 25-30 for the journey.
Sightseeing Bus (Bus Turístic)
The Sightseeing Bus (Bus Turístic) runs 3 different routes: The North (Red) Route, the South (Blue) Route and the Fòrum (Green) Route. All of them stop at Barcelona’s main sights.
One ticket is valid for all three routes, and you can hop on and off as many times as you like. Tickets are available for 1 day (24) or 2 days (31).
If you want to find out more about each of the routes, go to the official Barcelona Sightseeing Bus website.
Airport Bus (Aerobús)
The Aerobús goes from El Prat Airport (Terminals 1 and 2) to Plaza Cataluña and vice versa every 5-10 minutes. The journey takes roughly 35 minutes. A single ticket costs 5.65 and a return ticket 9.75 (valid for 9 days).
The bus runs every day of the year from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the stop (paying in cash or by card) or on board from the driver (cash only).