Barcelona is a hustling and bustling city that prides itself of their modernistic architecture. In fact, Spain’s second largest city is also considered a living and breathing art museum.
Getting around Barcelona’s quarters is not too much of a hassle, as there are many modes to choose from. Besides, the city is more pedestrianized, making travel very easy for commuters. Here are some ideas that would help you get around Barcelona the smart way.
Barcelona’s public buses for tourist’s links all of the city’s prime tourist sites you could possibly want to visit. The bus line has three routes, which includes a northbound and southbound line that leaves from Plaça de Catalunya. You can buy one-day tickets costing €17 or for two consecutive day costing €21.
The Metro subway
Barcelona has a clean, punctual, and air-conditioned subway system that takes you to most of the city’s major sites. This is especially useful in the summer when it would be a bit hot to walk on the streets.
The Metro tickets
The city subway system can take you to many places at a very fast pace. A single journey ticket costs €1.25, but you may want to consider a more convenient 50-ride monthly ticket costing €27.55, especially if you are staying in Barcelona for a longer period. These Metro tickets are also valid when you ride buses and trams.
The T-10 ticket
A great deal when it comes to commuting in the city center is a multi-person, 10-ride ticket more popularly called T-10, which costs €6.90. This is more convenient if you travel in Barcelona with a group and saves you the trouble of buying individual tickets for each journey.
To use the T-10 as a group you have to put the card in the machine and then pull it out completely in order for the turnstile to function. Leave the card on the machine for the next member of your group to use the T-10, thereby counting another journey. T-10 is also valid on buses, trams, RENFE trains, and other transportations within the city center (Zone 1).
Public transport tickets
You could also opt for one- to five-day unlimited public transport tickets allowing multiple travel on both the Metro and bus networks. Just be sure to take good care of them, avoiding bending or damaging it as it would not be read by the ticket machines. In case this happens, the tickets can be replaced at the transport’s customer service center.
You may have to take different Metro lines
Sometimes, getting into your destination would require you to take another Metro line. In this case, you need to exit and then enter through a new pay gate. This means that if you had a single-journey ticket, you need to buy another one.
This special discount card features unlimited free travel on public transportation and even free admission and discounts at around 100 tourist attractions, restaurants, and souvenir shops in the city.
The card is available for periods of two of five days. A 2-day Barcelona Card costs €23 while a 5-day card amounts to €34. However, if you are not going to visit museums that much, it is cheaper to buy single tickets.
This is an old, 1900-style tram connecting Tibidabo Avenue Metro station and Funicular Station at the foot of Tibidabo. A two-way ticket costs €3.10.
Explore by bike
Another great option is to venture around Barcelona using a bicycle. You can even participate in their one-of-a-kind bike tours, which usually lasts for four hours as you go around popular Barcelona sites.
Cabs are affordable alternative to Barcelona’s public transport. A 15-minute journey would only cost you €5. Although you are charged to pay what is displayed on the meter, you may be also charged for extra luggage.
Remember that official Barcelona taxis are yellow and black in color with a green illuminated light on top indicating that it is vacant. However, taxis are not recommended within the city center, as it is more pedestrianized and can get congested.
Barcelona’s city center is not as big as you might think, making it very ideal for walking. Although the Metro does not take too much of your time, walking to your destination could actually make you see more of the city.