One of the first doubts that every traveller has is how to move on their new destination, what options they have, which transport is the cheapest, which is the fastest. For your luck, Barcelona is one of the cities with the best connection in Spain, the options are multiple and it only depends on how much you want to spend or how fast do you want to reach your destination.
Let’s start with the basics. If you really want to get to know Barcelona, the best thing is to walk, you will be able to enter in those little streets full of balconies and hidden secrets, like the ones you will find in the Barrio Gótico. If you leave from our hostel, in 20 minutes you can reach the Cathedral of Barcelona, in the heart of this emblematic neighbourhood. Also, we are located just 10 minutes from the Sagrada Familia, one of the must-see visits throughout the year. And if you come during the month of august, you can attend to the Fiestas de Gràcia, enjoy its activities, shows, music and the famous correfoc, since we are only 15 minutes from the centre of this neighbourhood.
Cycling through Barcelona is an experience since the city has an extensive cycle path, it is almost 200 kilometres that connect the city from north to south and from east to west. In addition, you can enjoy a pleasant ride through its parks, including Collserola, Montjuïc and Ciutadella.
While they are not a cheap option, taxis will allow you to get where you need easily, without worrying about the map or where to park the car. Here the taxis are black with yellow and on your windshield you will see a light, which if it is green, it is because it is free. Your payment is made by taximeter, so you can see how much your trip will cost. We recommend you to check the rates so you can get an idea, since certain items, such as large suitcases, airport trips or night trips, have an extra charge.
Public transport system
Here we have very good options, but before we talk about them, we want to tell you about how you can buy your ticket.
The price of the ticket is € 2.20 (2019), both for the subway and for buses, day and night. The tickets of one trip are not integrated and will only serve you for the subway or the bus, as you have bought it.
That’s why we recommend you to buy the T10 card, which has a value of € 10.20 and you can use it for the metro, the Generalitat de Catalunya railway, buses, Tram and the Montjuïc funicular. There are 10 trips in total and you have 1 hour and 15 minutes to make various transfers, paying only the first trip. You can buy the T10 at the subway stations ticket offices. But remember, if you go or come from the airport, the value of the ticket is different and the T10 does not work for you.
You also have the Hola BCN card, with unlimited travel. Its price ranges between 15€ and 35€, depending on the number of days you select: 2, 3, 4, or 5. You can use it on the subway, buses, trains and trams.
Another very convenient option for tourists is to buy the Barcelona Card, which, like the previous one, has different prices depending on the number of days you choose. Its value ranges between 20€ and 60€ and you can buy for 2, 3, 4 and 5 days, purchase them at the tourist offices. With it you can also access several discounts in museums, shops and other services.
Now, what we care about:
Barcelona has an extensive network of routes, connected with other transport services and with which you can reach all points of the city. Most begin between 5 and 8 in the morning and end their service between 22 and 23 hours.
But don´t worry! If you went out to party or enjoy some tapas, you can go home in the night buses or NIT Bus, they start their service between 22:40 and 23:40, and end between 5 and 6 in the morning. But keep in mind that the frequency drops considerably.
You can check the routs on their website and plan your trip every time you need it.
With its 11 metro lines, identified with numbers and colors, Barcelona has one of the most modern metro networks, which allow connection with other transport such as the bus, railways and Renfe. It works between 5 and 24 hours, but has a continuous schedule for certain special occasions, such as the verbena de San Juan, Fiestas de Gràcia, Fiestas de la Mercè and New Year’s Eve. Here you can know the different routes and arrival times at each station.
The Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya has an operating schedule similar to the subway, but it is recommended that you check the route here if you want to travel at night, as there may be slight changes in its schedule.
There are 2 trams in Barcelona, the Trambaix and the Trambesòs, both with 3 lines each. The Trambaix starts at Plaza Francesc Macià and reaches towns such as Cornellà and Sant Feliu in the Baix Llobregat region. The Trambesòs starts in the Ciutadella Park and the Olympic Village and reaches Badalonà and Sant Adrià del Besòs. If you want to know the lines and schedules, you can check them here.
Special and curious transport:
We couldn´t ignore these options, since some are as useful as the Aerobus, which transports you to and from the airport, with a charge of 5.9€ and a frequency of 5 minutes between one bus and another. Or they have a historical value like the Tramvia Blau, the oldest tram in Barcelona, which goes up Tibidabo Avenue to Doctor Andreu Square, from where the funicular leaves.
For its part, the Funicular de Montjuïc, climbs the mountain from the Poble-sec neighbourhood, leaves from Paral·lel station and goes up to the sports and cultural facilities of the park.
And if you like heights, in the port you will find the Cable Car, which in a 10-minute journey, allows you to reach Mount Montjuïc.
Barcelona is a great city and has transportation for all tastes and needs. Primavera Hostel has a great location, since we are a few blocks from the Verdaguer metro, which connects line 5 with line 4. Thanks to the first one you can visit places such as the Casa de les Punxes and the Sagrada Familia; with line 4 of the subway you will reach Casa Batlló, Farolas Gaudí, Casa Calvet and the Ciutadella Vila Olímpica. As you can see, we are very well located! Do not miss the opportunity to stay with us.
ARTICLE CREDITS: FERNANDA HIDALGO FUENTES