Barcelona transport cards:
- Hola BCN! is a travel card that can be used for metro, TMB buses, FGC trains, trams and regional train. The 2 days travel card costs€14, 3 days €20.50, 4 days €26.50 and the 5 days card is for €26.50.
- T10 is a 10 journeys travelcard valid for more than one person. It gives a 75 minutes maximum time limit between each journey. Note that it’s not valid at the airport to use it on line L9 south. For zone 1 containing the city center the T10 costs 10.30€.
- You can purchase both cards at vending machines in station or at TMB costumer office or online.
Transport by bus:
Barcelona transport system has an efficient bus network connecting the city parts. Local buses run under the city transport authority (TMB). The Red buses run during the day while yellow ones operate at night.
- The main stops for most buses are Plaça Catalunya, Plaça Universitat and Plaça Urquinaona.
- It’s frequent for buses to take a parallel route due to congestion. Stops aren’t always easy to find so you should have a map of the bus network.
- Buses operate from 6 am- to 00:30 pm all weekdays except for Sundays with a frequency of 12 minutes.
- Night buses run from 10.30 pm or 11.30 pm to 4.30 am or 6am on 16 routes with a bus every 20 to 30 minutes.
- You can pay using a single ticket from the driver.
Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off bus:
- The city tour buses offer a better choice for sightseeing. There are three main routes: Red, blue and green.
- The trip offers audio commentary in 10 languages.
- You can choose whether to seat on the top to enjoy the view or inside and profit of air conditioning and WI-FI.
- Each route takes through city major attractions. The red route passes by old city, Montjuïc, and the waterfront. The blue invites to discover the magnificent L’Eixample and Gràcia. Each of these two trips takes about 2 hours while the green one takes east of the city for 70 minutes.
- Buses are frequent. A bus come and goes from 5 to 15 minutes daily except on 25 December and 1 January.
- Operating hours are from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm from April to October and to 7:00 pm from November to March. Note that the Green route runs only from March 26th to September 26th.
- The one day cost is €26 for adults and €15 for children. The 2 days cost is€34 for adults and €19 for children aged from 4 to 12 years.
Transport by metro:
The preferred mean of transport in Barcelona by locals is the metro. Its system is more efficient than the bus constituted of eight main lines operated by TMB L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue), L11 (light green) and three by FGC Catalan government (L6, L7 and L8).
- Metros run Fridays from 5 am to 2 am, Saturdays all day long, Sunday to Thursday from 5 am to midnight.
- The metro runs also 24 hours on January 1, June 24th, August 15th and September 24th.
- The main stop for all lines is Plaça de Catalunya. Expect announcements to be in Catalan and Spanish only.
- When looking for a metro station search for a sign of a red diamond and for <M> on maps.
- A single trip ticket costs €2.15. If you have a one journey ticket you need to pass a new pay gate when changing from TMB metro to FGC whereas there is no problem when using a multiple journey ticket.
Transport by Tram:
There are 2 Tram lines: the Trambaix (T1, T2, T3) which runs from Francesc Macià in direction of Sant Just Desvern, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Cornellà while The Trambesòs (T4, T5, T6) runs from the Olympic Village, passes to the Forum site and stops at Badalona.
- The operating hours are the same as the metro.
- You can buy a single journey ticket or ‘Integration Tickets’ used on metro, bus and trams however T-10 ticket is your best option.
- Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines, located at tram stations available in Spanish, English, French and Catalan.
- You can pay with a debit or credit card, and coins but banknotes aren’t accepted.
- To validate your ticket in the tram push your ticket into the machine and it will return it to you.
Transport by Train:
RENFE trains are a very popular mean of transport to travel within Barcelona city. There are eight lines identified by colors: L1 (red), L2 (purple), L3 (light green), L4 (yellow), L5 (dark blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue) and L11 (dark green)
You will find numerous stops on the map: Placa de Catalunya, Arc de Triomf,or Passeig de Gràcia….
If you need to travel to the suburbs use FGC trains. They go towards the airport, to Tarragona via Castelldefels and Sitges, to the Monastery of Montserrat in the north and other regions but all lines arrive at Barcelona center.
You can buy a ticket for your destination at ticket machines or pay with the T-10 card.
Transport by taxi:
Taxis in Barcelona are a convenient transport choice. Usually safe and prices are reasonable. They are identified by their yellow and black color. A green light on top of the taxi indicates if it’s available.
Tariffs vary depending on zone and time:
- T1 is for 1.10€ per km during weekdays between 08:00 am and 8:00pm.
- T2 if for 1.30€ per km all workdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank holidays.
- T3 is for 1.40€ per km during weekends and holidays from 8:00pm to 8:00 am.
- T4 refers to prefixed price for a trip between the airport and the cruise terminals.
- Note that T1, T2 and T3 start all with € 2.10. You will find taxi fares displayed on the side window.
- For each luggage or wheeling chair there is an extra charge of €1.
- Keep in mind that you can’t oblige the taxi driver to change notes more than €20 so you should always have change.
- There can be also an added tariff for pickups from airport or port cruise.
- These are some well known companies: Taxi Amic (for people with disabilities), Eco Taxi Barcelona (WIFI and Smartphone charger but you must pay by card), Taxi Groc (Drivers speaking many languages)
Transport by car:
Renting car companies are widely available at the airport and city center. Your better option is to book online to choose the best car type for you and compare prices.
Barcelona has a large number of car parks costing from €3 per hour to around 35€ for a whole day. But it’s possible to find free parking spaces especially in the countryside. When you find one, you need to determine if it is a public parking space or only for locals.
You can park in Blue zones for 1 to 4 hours if you buy a parking ticket and display it in the window. The charges to pay depend on the zone of Barcelona you park in. Green areas are for residents. If you park there, you risk a fine of more than 100 euros.