Getting Around Barcelona
Navigating the city’s metro and public transport
By Duncan Rhodes
Whilst the city’s Old Town is easy to get around by foot, if you want to see the best of Gaudi, some of the top sporting sites, and some of the less touristic districts you’re going to need to hop on some transport…
By Metro & Public Transport
Barcelona’s metro is both cheap and easy to use and will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go in town – including Gaudi’s sensational La Sagrada Familia (metro Sagrada Familia on L5 and L2), Camp Nou (metro Les Corts or Maria Cristina, both on L3) and the wonderful Park Guell (metro Lesseps on L3). A single journey costs around 2 euros, but the best value-for-money ticket is the T-10 which gets you ten journeys for just over 10 euros. These are valid for 30 days or so, and perfect if you’re here for a short stay. You can also use your T-10 on all standard buses and trams (but not special buses like the one that takes you to the airport).
Talking about ‘el aeropuerto’, the metro now goes there too. Check our article on trains and transport to Barcelona Airport for more.
Ps. the Barcelona Card gets you free use of public transport, as well as plenty of discounts and free entry to various key attractions.
Taxis are relatively cheap in Barcelona, compared to say London, and they can be hailed down on the street. A journey across town usually costs just 10-15 euros. Look out for the black-and-yellow-mobiles, but prepare to pay extra for luggage, night journeys, Sunday travel or going to and from the airport. Any excuse really.
The city’s successful bike share scheme, Bicing, is only available for long term residents. If you have your NIE number, you can register for around 50 euros a year and pick up a natty red and white bike at any of the docks and drop it off on the other side of the city – there are stations everywhere.
If you are simply passing through then hiring a bike is a great option for exploring – the city is mostly flat with an ever-increasing number of cycling paths. Alternatively, opting for a guided bike tour can be a lot of fun, and there are a number of highly-rated tour companies who offer them.
By Motorbike or Car
If you want to zip around town like the locals do then you could opt for hiring a scooter for a day or two (known locally as ‘motos’). You’ll have to contend with the Barcelona traffic, but they are quick and convenient and perfect for day trips.
Cars of course offer a bit more security, although parking can be a pain – and expensive. I’d recommend them only if you’re heading out of town to explore the nearby region. If you do opt for four wheels then take a look at our car rental page for some reliable hire companies.