Getting around in Barcelona
Barcelona is a city with many beautiful places worth seeing while you are on holidays. From parks to amazing architectural treasures, from old streets to the promenade along the beach and from museums to great bars and restaurants. But how do you get from one place to the next? To give you an idea of the different transport options, here is a list of the most popular and easy ways to get around Barcelona.
Barcelona has a great metro system run by the company TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona). You can get pretty much anywhere in the city using the extensive metro network. At the moment there are 11 lines and more lines are being built. Finding your way is easy at the stations as everything is well indicated with signs and colours and there are always metro maps to double check where you are going. Metros leave the stations every few minutes so you never have to wait long. The metro runs daily from 5AM until midnight. On Friday night it is open until 2AM and on Saturday night it runs all night long. Tickets can be bought inside the metro station. The ticket machines allow payment with card as well as with cash. You can choose single tickets, tickets for several days and also the T10 that gives you ten rides on the metro or bus and is cheaper than buying single tickets every time. All Barcelona’s metro stations are in zone 1 so you don’t have to buy different tickets when you use the metro.
Other local trains:
Connected to the metro network you can find local trains that take you to places just outside the city. Some of these are operated by a company called Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, others by the train company Renfe. The local trains that are operated by Renfe are called Rodalies de Catalunya. You can always find tickets machines at the stations where these trains go from. The main train station in Barcelona is Sants Estació.
The bus network is run by the same company as the metro so you can use your metro tickets for the bus. There are 109 bus lines in Barcelona and its metropolitan area so you can imagine that wherever you go in the city, there is always a bus stop nearby. During the night there is a company called Nitbus that operates 17 different lines. Almost all these busses come past Plaça de Catalunya, right in the city centre.
Hop on Hop off Bus:
This is not just a way of getting from A to B. The Hop on Hop off Bus network covers a lot of Barcelona and if you don’t have much time to explore, this might be a good option for you. You can buy a ticket for different lines, depending on which parts of the city you would like to see. You can decide to get off wherever you want and take another bus to continue your journey when you are ready. And while traveling by bus you can see the city go by and get information on the way.
Another is taking a bike. Good for the heath and the environment. Besides, you can see a lot more of the city when you are getting around by bike. Barcelona has a public bike system called Bicing. Unfortunately this form of public transport is only available for inhabitants of the city. However, there are many bike rental shops where you can rent bikes for a few hours, a day or even the length of your stay. Barcelona is getting more and more bike friendly and there are already many bicycle lanes.
And last but not least, walking:
Barcelona is quite a compact city so exploring by foot is a great option. With many little winding streets to wander through and get lost in, Barcelona never gets boring when you are walking. You can enjoy the sights of the city but also find interesting things on the way, see how the people of Barcelona live and understand more about life in this beautiful Mediterranean city.