HOW TO USE PUBLIC TRANSIT IN BARCELONA

One issue difficult to figure out when planning your sightseeing is how to move around. Is it going to take long? How good and safe the public transportation will be?

This week tips will help you deciding what’s the best way to move around Barcelona for you.It really depends a lot on your style and budget, but here are some ideas to take into account.

Barcelona subway system tips

How the public transportation in Barcelona works:

1

Walking

Barcelona is a very walkable city, and if you are staying in the Old Town or near Passeig de Gràcia and you are fine moving around on foot, you aren’t likely to use any other means of transportation most of the time except to get to waterfront, Montjuïc, Sagrada Familia or Park Güell.

2

Bus and Subway

Unless you have been advised to take a specific subway line for a particular ride, subway is not the best option for foreigners because it’s hard to tell what’s your stop (although Google Maps is making things way easier if you have internet connection!). Subway will be your way to go most of the time. In our blog we share our best Barcelona metro tips.

3

Taxis

Not as expensive as in some other European cities, yet the locals would prefer them to be much cheaper… Stop them anywhere in the street if they have a green light on, which means it’s available, or find a taxi stop. A 10 minute ride shouldn’t be more than 5-10 euro, a longer ride across the city is around 15 euro, and a ride to the Prat airport is around 25-30 euro plus the fee per suitcase. Our blog also covers the best tips to use taxis like a Barcelona local and avoid being cheated.

Taking Taxis in Barcelona

4

Tourist Bus

While they can be a great way to get a light city overview, I wouldn’t consider using them for your main sightseeing plans unless you have planned carefully your schedule, or just have a few hours to get an overview, or are too tired to walk around and just want to seat. 

There are often long lines in the main stops, and they only run in one direction and that means that when you get tired and you are ready to go home… you are right across the city and have to wait another hour or so before you approach the center again… 

Plus a considerable part of the itinerary takes you through neighborhoods that are only mildly interesting if you don’t have much time to explore Barcelona. But if it’s still your favorite choice to get acquainted with the city, get your tickets in advance here.

5

Renting cars

Unless you are planning to go out of town, I don’t recommend you rent a car… Or you’ll be paying to park everywhere and get stuck in rush hour traffic jams… Waste of time. If you had to come by car, leave it parked in your hotel.

Here are my 5 cents! I hope they were helpful!

What’s your favorite way to do your sightseeing when you are visiting a city?

Marta

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