How to get transport around Barcelona

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From the Airport to Barcelona

If you fly to the central El Prat airport there are shuttle buses that take about 20-30 minutes to downtown, about 5 € each way. Or flying in to Girona with Ryanair take the airport bus to the bus station in Barcelona, Estacion Nord, takes about 1.5 hours and cost12 € one way.


The city’s black and yellow taxis are everywhere and are quite cheap to use. Expect up to a two euros add-on at night time and additional allowances if you use the boot. Green light on the roof means free taxi.
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Barcelona Underground

Barcelona’s metro is the easiest way to get from point A to point B unless you are able to figure out how buses work. The metro is punctual, clean and efficient. A one way ticket, also applies at the local buses, costs 1.45 euro.

Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

In all cities you are visiting the use of bus for a day where you can hop on and off as many times as you wish is a good start. You get a quick overview of the city since it stops where there are exciting attractions and it feels like you never miss something interesting. The complimentary headset lets you know where you are and gives information about the places and its history. It is an inexpensive way to get around, whether you’re in town for a longer or shorter time. Price for a day ticket is 24 Euro and for two days 31 Euro.

Rent a Bike

The last years Barcelona has become more bicycle-friendlier than ever. Bike stations are everywhere, but can unfortunately not be used by casual visitors take advantage of them unless you acquire a “season ticket” with an annual fee. At the same time as Barcelona has built up a bike culture introducing a multitude of bike lanes, making it easy to get around by bike in the congested city. There are lots of bike rental places popping up, where you can rent a bike by the hour, or day. Ask at the hotel for your nearest bike rental outlet, they are everywhere and you can quickly and easily get to all places you want to see. Prices are around € 9 / four hours to about 16 € for a whole day. You can also get a guided bike ride for about 20 €. For example, Budget Bikes.

Rent a Car

Driving in Barcelona is easier than in many other cities, after all – traffic is not as chaotic as you can imagine. Car rental offices you find in droves at the airports.

By Foot

The very best way to get around in the city centre is by foot. The city centre is quite small and walking distance between the main sights is rarely more than half an hour. You will also see many things you would otherwise miss out on the subway. All the streets have sidewalks, and motorists accustomed to map reading tourists in the middle of the road.