The ins and outs of Barcelona!

I came back once again from visiting briefly Barcelona, the northern mediterranean of Spain on again another pleasant visit. I won’t claim to be the expert on public transport but going here somehow has been always by plane and many years ago by train, and a car ride from Madrid. However, things are improving here on the transport side.

Let me tell you my latest and very personal opinion.

The plethora of taxis are there by the airport and many taxi stands in the city especially around the big hotel chain that are used for conventions seminars etc. The train is nice but other than walking which i always do, the best is the bus.

Anyway, will not be complete without given a brief rundown of all after all ::)

The Metro/subway/tube : the network is composed of 180 stations and 12 lines that cover 146 kms of extension, it all began in1920, and in only four years the inauguration of the first section took place, which linked the Plaza de Catalunya and the Plaza de Lesseps. Not taken rather be above ground excuse me! More info here: metro of Barcelona

The commuter trains are not only interesting to reach nearby towns, but they serve as a complement to the Metro to move around the city two companies that perform these services, Renfe, which operates most of the lines that start with R, and FGC ( Railways of the Generalitat of Catalunia), which operates the lines starting with S and some of the R. The letter R, comes from the word   “rodalies “ (cercanias), and the S, of Suburban’s. Taken the AVE from Madrid but not the local rodalies trains. More info here: Renfe on Barcelona

And the Rodalies here: rodalies network in Barcelona

The  tramway network has six lines, the first three calls Trambaix, and the last 3 Trambesòs. The T4, T5 and T6 lines are the one that runs through the center of Barcelona. Not take but more info here: Tramway of Barcelona

At the Universal Exhibition of 1929, the Teleférico or cable car crosses the port of Barcelona from the Torre de San Sebastián, on the Barceloneta beach, to the Mirador de Miramar,(lookout point) on the hill of Montjuic. The total route is 1,292 meters reaching an altitude of 70 meters. Torre de San Sebastián can be reach by Metro: Barceloneta, Line 4. And Bus: lines 17, 39, 45, 64, 57, 59 and 157. More info on the cable car here: Teleferico de Barcelona cable car

The tram Blau (blue Tramway) was inaugurated in 1901 to link the railway station on Avenida Tibidabo with the Tibidabo funicular to reach the blue tram, arriving by bus: stop tram Blau-Tibidabo. Also, Bus: lines 17, 22, 58, 73, 75, 126, 131 and 196. or Metro: Avinguda Tibidabo, line 7. Now temporarily out of service but more info here for the future ride! Tram Bleu of Barcelona

The Golondrinas (boat tours) has its pier in the vicinity of the Mirador de Colón, in the Portal de la Pau s/n. There you will find the ticket office for information and ticket Sales. Metro: Drassanes, Line 3. Bus: lines 14, 20, 21, 36, 57, 59, 64, 91, 120 and 15. Not taken but more here: Las Golondrinas boat tours

The more than 10,000 taxis that circulate in Barcelona are black with yellow doors and there are no problems to find them at any time of the day. Some of the companies are Associació Ràdio Taxi Miramar,   Cooperativa de Ràdio Taxi Metropolitana de Barcelona,. Ràdio Taxi, Servi Taxi,  and Taxi Groc. Easily found online. The route from the airport usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and the price is usually between 25-35€ with additional cost for extra luggage etc. Better get the rate before getting in the taxi. If not at the airport and you need it in the city I have used this one on business trips and it is good reliable service, more here: Radio Taxi of Barcelona

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More than 1,000 buses make more than 80 different routes, reaching both the most touristy places and the most secluded corners of the City. Xiste is a night bus service, known as Nit bus, which covers a large part of the City. These city buses is what I used when not walking and they are great with good service. More on them here: City buses of Barcelona lines map

By road, Barcelona is located at a distance of 620 kms from Madrid, 350 kms from Valencia and 300 kms from Zaragoza . This is a great ride from Madrid on the A2 . The road guide in Spain is from the service/gas stations Repsol webpage here:Guia Repsol guide

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The main train station is the Barcelona Sants very busy station more in Renfe. Took it once on AVE long ago, more information here: Barcelona Sants train station

The intercity bus company Alsa you can find routes and prices to get you in and out of Barcelona, never taken it. More info here: Alsa intercity bus company

The Barcelona Airport (BCN), also known as El Prat airport, is located in the jurisdiction of this city along the coast, just 12 kms southwest of Barcelona. The Prat has two terminals, the modern T1, inaugurated in 2009, and the T2, which includes the old terminals A, B and C. This is what I have used the most over the years here and it is a nice medium size airport with wonderful shopping and eateries in airy spaces.  Webpage here official Barcelona airport

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The best way is the bus service Aerobus, and is the service I have used the most from and to the airport to Plaça d’Espanya. The Aerobus makes the journey connectingthe airport with the city center in a time of approximately 35 minutes. There are twodifferent lines that connect the two terminals of the airport with the Plaza de Catalunya making stops in some other points of the city (plaza de la Universidad, Sepulveda-Urgell, Gran Via-Urgell and Plaça d’Espanya). The line that circulates in Terminal 1 has a frequency of 5 to 10 minutes, while that of Terminal 2 has a frequency of 10 to 20 minutes. Buses begin to circulate between 5h30 and 18h and end between 00h30 and 01h00. The single ticket has a price of 5.90€ and the round trip costs 10.20€ (the return is valid for 15 days ). The webpage here: Official Aerobus

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This is the official public transports site in Barcelona for many modes of transportation like metro bus etc. TMBMetropolitan Transports of Barcelona TMB

Some further webpages to help you plan your trip in and out of Barcelona from official sources are:

City of Barcelona on transports in English: http://meet.barcelona.cat/en/visit-barcelona/get-around-the-city/public-transport

Tourist office of Barcelona in English: https://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/5/getting-around-the-city.html

Side offer if in a hurry the Barcelona city tour bus ride could be an option, again never taken it. More here: Barcelona city tour bus ride

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There you go folks and with the above and some reading on the sites you should be a Champ in Barcelona. Big avenues broad streets, and plenty to do for all tastes. Barcelona by the northern Mediterranean of Spain.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!! I am back!!!!

 

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4 Comments to “The ins and outs of Barcelona!”

  1. Like you, I prefer walking whenever possible as I think it is the best way to soak up the atmosphere of a place and see the sights. We tried the underground in Barcelona once, but bought tickets for the wrong line!!! This really surprised us as all other undergrounds we’ve used just have one ticket system. Bizarre!

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  2. I hate spending money on taxi fares and much prefer to take the train or the bus!


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