How to get around Barcelona

Are you thinking of coming to Barcelona but don't know how to get around the city? Don't worry! In ForBarcelonaLovers we have created a list with the best transports in Barcelona so you can move around the city without worrying. Let's get to it!

Are you thinking of coming to Barcelona but don't know how to get around the city? Don't worry! In ForBarcelonaLovers we have created a list with the best transports in Barcelona so you can move around the city without worrying. Let's get to it!

Get to know Barcelona's public transport

Barcelona is a very big city and if you are going to spend a few days here you will need to know how to get around Barcelona. That's why we have created a list with the most common and recommended ways to move around the city. In addition, we will tell you which tickets will be the most economical for your stay.

By metro

One of the ways to get around Barcelona is by metro. In Barcelona there are 11 metro lines. Eight of them are managed by the City Council (Metro, TMB) and 3 are managed by the Autonomous Community (FGC). This is the most common way of getting around Barcelona, as the city is very well connected by metro. You will be able to get anywhere in the blink of an eye.

The metro timetables are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: 5:00 h - 24:00 h.
  • Friday and holiday eves: 5:00 h - 2:00 h.
  • Weekend (Saturday and Sunday): from 5:00 h on Saturday to 24:00 h on Sunday continuous service.
  • Weekday holidays: 5:00 h - 24:00 h.
  • Christmas (December 24th): 5:00 h - 23:00 h.

The Barcelona bus

Barcelona has a great line of buses with which you can go to any point of the city. Day and night city buses (day buses are red and white, night and intercity buses are yellow and white) can be used in combination with other means of transport. This is a very common way of getting around Barcelona, and increasingly so, as it is safer than the metro.

Daytime buses usually start their service at 5:30 am and finish it around 10:30 pm. Night buses run between 10:30 pm and 5:30 am.

Barcelona TramThere are

two sections of tram (called Tram) in Barcelona (Trambaix and Trambesòs) which are divided into 3 lines each. The Trambaix starts at Plaça Francesc Macià and reaches towns such as Cornellà and Sant Feliu in the Baix Llobregat region. The Trambesòs starts at Ciutadella Park and Vila Olímpica and goes to Badalonà and Sant Adrià del Besòs.

Barcelona has another tram line with a recreational/tourist character. It is the tramvia blau (blue tram). It is an old tram with a single carriage that runs along the Avinguda del Tibidabo.


The train is another option, there are not as many stops as the metro, but it is perfect if you want to go to the outskirts of the city or nearby towns. Remember that if you are travelling outside the metropolitan area of Barcelona you have to see how many zones you are going to travel to buy the corresponding ticket.

Passes and tickets for public transport in BarcelonaAlthough

there are many options, in ForBarcelonaLovers we believe that the best for someone who is going to visit Barcelona in a week or who are passing through the city, are the following:
  • Single ticket: one way ticket (2,2€). Not valid for the Airport T1 and Airport T2 metro stations on line L9.
  • T-casual (formerly known as T-10): A card valid for 10 journeys (11,35€*). Each journey is valid for 75 minutes. This means that for 75 minutes you can change trains and you will not be charged for more than one journey.
  • T-dia: individual daily pass (10,5€). It is valid for 24 hours from the time of the first validation.
  • HolaBCN: this is a season ticket put on sale by Tourism of Barcelona to promote the use of public transport among tourists. It is an individual pass for a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 5 days for unlimited use of public transport.

Get to know BarcelonaBicing private transport

Bicing is the bicycle rental service in Barcelona. In this case it would not be a way to move around Barcelona by public transport for tourists because they are designed for people who live in the city because they offer annual passes. It has 424 stations spread throughout the city and a network of exclusive lanes of more than 200 kilometers. The price is 50 euros a year and every time you take a bike you can use it for 30 minutes.

Electric scooters

Another way to get around Barcelona are the electric scooters. As in many European cities, in Barcelona it has become fashionable to rent electric scooters by the minute. In Barcelona public transport is always a priority, but electric scooters are a good resource when you want to move a little faster and the distance is not very long.


Taxis are a good option in Barcelona if you need to use public transport privately. Public because it is managed by a public entity and private because you go in a vehicle for you. It can be a good option for night transfers, to go to the city from the airport or, in short, for whatever you feel like.

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