Getting Around Barcelona
Thankfully, this metropolitan city is rich in transportation options. Getting around Barcelona is easy, fun and cheap. Many of the city’s best known attractions are conveniently situated along public transport routes. This makes it easy to hop on and off the trams, metro and buses. Which mode of transport is best suited to your journey will depend on how far you are wishing to travel.
The capital city of Catalonia uses an excellent transportation system, which flows across all areas of interest. The best way to get around Barcelona is on public transport. They will take you to almost any point in the city quickly and comfortably. There is an easy to use metro and tram system, as well as an extensive network of regular and fast buses. Also, there are commuter trains and taxis to use too, as well as the option to walk or cycle of course.
The underground system (Metro) links all the central zones of the city. It has stations in the main tourist areas, marked with the letter “M”. The Metro operates from 5 am to midnight, Monday – Thursday, Sundays and public holidays. It operates from 5 am to 2 am on Fridays. On Saturdays and the eve of public holidays, the services run through the night.
Trams & Buses
City buses are another good transport option for getting around Barcelona City. Trams also provide quick access to major industrial, shopping and residential areas. From Monday to Thursday and on public holidays, they run from 5 am to midnight approximately. On Fridays and the eve of public holidays, this service is extended until 2 am.
Most people prefer to use taxis at night for speed, safety and comfort. Taxis can be found anywhere at all times. They are yellow and black and have their licence number displayed on the side. You can hail them in the street when they have the green light on. They can also be found at ranks on Barcelona’s central streets and squares.
There is also a radio taxi service. Taxis will come and pick you up from wherever you like. Tariffs are displayed inside the taxis and show the minimum fare, flag-down charge, kilometre charge and other extras such as night service, public holidays, and station or airport service. Ensure you are 100% sure of the cost before beginning a journey to avoid any discrepancies.
Cycling & Walking
Getting around Barcelona by cycle bike is gives you the opportunity to see the sights close up, plus it’s also a good way to stay healthy. There are countless bike hire locations around town. Also, Barcelona has an increasing variety of cycle lanes which helps you stay safe in the busy city traffic. Barcelona’s Bicing City Bike System is mostly used by residents because it is intended as a public transport service for short bicycle journeys, maximum 30 minutes. For this reason it is not well suited for tourists who are looking to hire a bike for the whole day. We recommend renting bikes at the many tourist bike rental companies instead. Rates are affordable and charges at an hourly rate.
If you’re staying in the city centre, you might not have any need to use public transport whatsoever. Instead, you may have everything you need or want within walking distance. Walking is a great way to take in the city’s sights and stop if you wish, for as long as you wish.
For complete freedom during your trip to Barcelona, hire a car to explore areas beyond the city. There are so many beautiful places to visit outside of Barcelona, which are perfect for a day trip. If the hustle and bustle of the city is getting a bit much for you, hire a car and head out to popular tourist destinations such as Sitges, Castelldefels or even Tarragona.