tram in Barcelona
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If you are going to visit or settle in Barcelona, ​​an important aspect to consider is how to get around the city. Barcelona and its metropolitan area have many public transport options and also leisure designed for tourism.

Today there are multiple forms of transport, but some stand out above others to move around Barcelona. Depending on whether you are looking for an economical option, maximum comfort on the way or if you are in a rush, Barcelona has several alternatives.

Bus and subway

The fastest way to get to Barcelona is to use the subway. The city's eleven metro lines in the city that provide easy access to all famous places of interest. The metro network runs from Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 5:00 to 24:00, Friday to 2:00 am, and Saturday all night. Buses run every day from 6: 05 to 22: 35. Night buses run between 23:00 and 4:00 am and are available every 30-45 minutes. The night buses are yellow and all stop at Pl. Catalunya.

The city is divided into 6 zones from the traffic point of view, with the numbering going out of the city centre, and this is the basis for ticket pricing. All the famous sights and the city centre are found in Zone 1, so you may want to change tickets for this zone only. You can use the Barcelona public transport route planner (TMB) and the Google Map public transport router is also very useful.

Simple ticket (one way to both bus and metro): EUR 2.20

T-DIA Card:

  • Zone 1: 8.60 EUR
  • Zone 2: 13.10 EUR
  • T-10 card:
  • Zone 1: 10,20 EUR
  • Zone 2:  20.10 EUR

Travelcard: (entitles you to travel indefinitely, with any means of transport, including local trains, to the airport subway), buy online at 10% off of the following rates:

  • 2 days: 15.20 EUR
  • 3 days: 22,20 EUR
  • 4 days: 28.80 EUR
  • 5 days: 35,40 EUR

You can also find buses in Barcelona. When there is no public transport, no subways, no buses, there is a city-wide night bus network. Bus tickets can also be purchased on the bus, and metro tickets are available at vending machines or underground stations.

If you are working far away from the city centre, you can also find the schedule of suburban trains to the neighbourhood of Barcelona (which run to suburbs and coastal settlements) on the RENFE’s website.


The taxi is the most comfortable way to travel, but the most expensive one too. Black and yellow taxis are the officially licensed taxis. You can also find low-cost Barcelona taxi, depending on the period 1.17-1.40 EUR / km time fee.

Additional costs:

  • airport and port surcharge: EUR 3.10
  • departure from Sants station: EUR 2.10
  • large taxi (more than 4 passengers): EUR 3.10
  • packages larger than 55X35X35 cm: EUR 1 / package.


One of the most efficient ways to get somewhere in the city centre is the Bicing bike rental service operated by the city of Barcelona. The Bicing Points are located in all parts of the city. Bike rental as a mode of public transportation is available both for locals and foreigners planning to make a long stay in Barcelona. There are storage facilities in different parts of the city, from where you can hire a bike with a plastic card, ride through the city and put it in another store. That way, you don't have to worry about "parking" and riding a bike or about where you are or whether you will be back. The closest point is shown on the bicing app, and you can also see if whether there's a free bike or when the points are full.

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