There's no way around it: it's easier to travel when you know how to get around! Luckily for you, not only is Barcelona a metropolitan city with a well-connected public transportation system, but it's also very walkable. Keep reading to learn how to get around Barcelona Spain to explore the city and see everything you want to see.
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Barcelona is actually a very walkable city. And, walking offers the benefit of allowing you to create your own path and see everything there is to see. If you want to stop in a store, wander down an alley, or take a break for a coffee, you can! The downside would be in the summer, when it is fairly hot and humid.
Taxis in Barcelona are more affordable than most European rates for taxis, though many of these other transportation choices listed are cheaper than taxis. With over 10,000 black and yellow official taxis, you'll never be waiting for long. You might want to avoid taking a taxi during rush hour (5:30 to 7pm), as you'll just get stuck in traffic and it will take you longer.
But is Uber in Barcelona? The answer is actually no - but there are lots of alternatives, so don't worry.
When you purchase metro tickets, they will also be valid for the tram and the train. You can learn how to purchase metro tickets here. The metro is fast, there are metro stops at nearly every corner, and it's a really cheap way to get around. There are eight metro lines in Barcelona identifiable by number and color: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue), L11 (light green). There are three urban lines: L6, L7 and L8.
Just be aware that pickpocketing is a reality in Barcelona, so when you're on the metro, keep your hand on your bag/purse and don't keep anything valuable in your pants, jacket, or backpack pockets.
The metro in Barcelona operates weekdays from 5am until midnight. Friday and public holidays the metro runs until 2am. On Saturdays, the metro runs all night, and Sunday and public holidays during the week the metro runs until midnight.
You can find the official schedule on the TMB website.
The buses in Barcelona are well-connected and cover a lot of the city. However, this can take a bit longer than the metro depending on the time of the year or where you are in the city. Check the route ahead of time (like on Google Maps) and this should help you determine what route to take. There are night buses available, as well.
Pro tip: While you can buy a single ticket on the bus, you can't purchase a T10 ticket on the bus! Check out our guide here for where to buy metro tickets (which work for the bus, too).
Renting a bike is a great way to get around the city, especially for distances that are a little too long for walking but are still close. This is also a great eco-friendly slow travel choice. Rent a bike to go to the beach, head out to lunch, and you'll be able to bike in special lanes all over the city. Make sure you wear a helmet!