Public transports in Barcelona!!

I have come here several times, and its time to update this older post on public transports in Barcelona. 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 more recently a car ride from Madrid.  However, i will give you an introduction and hope it helps many in the future trips to Barcelona.

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 /metro/train/tram are nice ,but other than walking which i always do, the best is the aerobus from the airport and walking in the city.  

The Metro/subway/tube : the network is composed of 165 stations and 8 lines that cover 146 kms of extension, it all began in 1920, and in only four years the inauguration of the first section took place, which linked the Plaça de Catalunya and the Plaça de Lesseps. Not taken rather be above ground excuse me! Metro Barcelona webpage:

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. The R trains webpage:

RENFE trains:

FGC trains:

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 taken, but webpage:

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. webpage:

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 for info webpage :

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 for info webpage:

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 around 25€ 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, Raido City webpage:

More than 1,000 buses make more than 80 different routes, reaching both the most touristy places and the most secluded corners of  Barcelona. 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. The Barcelona journey planner by bus

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 (just click “planificar tu viaje” ) webpage:

The main train station is the Barcelona Sants very busy station more in Renfe. Took it once from Paris gare de Lyon long ago, Webpage:

The intercity bus company Alsa you can find routes and prices to get you in and out of Barcelona, never taken it but can take you for example to Madrid Ave de America or Estacion del Sur near Atocha! Webpage:

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, 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 :



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 Plaça de Catalunya making stops in some other points of the city (plaza de la Universidad, Sepulveda-Urgell, Gran Via-Urgell and Plaça d’Espanya).  webpage:



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


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

The City of Barcelona Hola on public transports:

The Barcelona tourist office on public transports

There you go folks 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. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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2 Comments to “Public transports in Barcelona!!”

  1. It’s funny because although Barcelona has such amazing public transport, it’s also such a walkable city that I don’t often actually use it! Very informative post 🙂

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