guide to travel spain barcelona

this page deals with travel spain barcelona - how to get there,
how to get around once you've arrived, where to stay ...

Beautiful Barcelona is a popular and busy city, competing closely with the country's capital - Madrid - as Spain's number one destination.

In fact, over recent years, Barcelona's tremendous mix of superb culture and places of interest, plus glamorous shops and nightlife, have rendered it an even more popular holiday destination than the country's capital.

But, what are your best options for travelling to this vibrant city ... how do you get around once you've arrived ... and, what about travel to nearby places of interest?

We address all of these issues - plus more! - below.

To read about sightseeing in Barcelona itself, please click here.

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travel spain barcelona ... how do I get there?

1. AIR

travel spain barcelona Airline travel is fast ... and now relatively affordable.

Barcelona's main airport is called El Prat de Llobregat.

You'll discover all the facts about Barcelona Airport on this page.

In brief, Barcelona's El Prat de Llobregat Airport lies some 12 kilometers from the city center, with an excellent selection of flights heading there - all main European airlines ... whilst those of you travelling from the United States should check out Iberia, Spanair, Delta, and US Airways. Barcelona is also well-served as far as domestic flights go.

Other nearby airports to consider include Girona Airport - some 90 kilometers from Barcelona - and Reus Airport, about 100 kilometers away.


Barcelona has various railway stations. The main one - and the one of most interest to you for national (and a few international) services - is Estaci de Sants, located slightly west of central Barcelona.

Discover train timetables and online ticket purchase options under the English section of the RENFE website.


Coach travel is more affordable than train, very comfortable, but does take longer.

Again, Barcelona has a number of bus/coach stations, the main one being Estaci de Nord in the Carrer d'Al Bei, near the Arc de Triomf metro station.

For Spanish coach timetables and online ticket purchase, visit the English section of ALSA.

travel spain barcelona - in and around the city

Barcelona boasts an excellent public transport system, its network being managed by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB).


travel spain barcelona The quickest and easiest way round the city is by metro - in other words, the underground or subway!

It's cheap, covers most of the city, and offers stations close to all main attractions.

A single metro ticket costs 1.25 euros ... ticket machines can be put into English.

To save money, buy a T-10 Card. Available from metro stations, this card costs just under 7 euros and can be used for 10 journeys on the metro, bus or FGC (Barcelona's urban railway line).

Also, more than one person can use the same ticket.

The only drawback to the metro, is that you can't use it late at night.


Although Barcelona offers an extremely comprehensive bus network, it's quicker and easier to use the metro or FGC - except at night, when the metro closes down.

Then, Barcelona's yellow NITBUS or "night bus" comes into its own. Running every 30-45 minutes - from 11 pm to around 4 pm - you'll find all of them stop at the very central Plaza Cataluyna.


Barcelona's black-and-yellow taxis are reasonably affordable, with a compulsory meter showing you how much your fare is - but remember, a surcharge will be made for luggage.

Telephone numbers are as follows:

  • 93 225 00 00
  • 93 490 22 22
  • 93 330 08 04
  • 93 212 22 22
  • 93 358 11 11
  • 93 300 38 11
  • And for handicapped persons, the number is:

  • 93 358 11 11

  • travel spain barcelona - cheap options


    travel spain barcelona If you plan to do a lot of exploring on your own, we highly recommend buying a Barcelona Card. It offers excellent value-for-money for your travel spain barcelona.

    Choose from 2,3,4 and 5-day passes, book online before you go, and exchange vouchers for tickets at the airport or central Barcelona offices.

    It entitles you to:

  • FREE, unlimited travel on Barcelona's Public Transport (metro, FGC, bus)
  • discounts and FREE offers at museums, attractions, restaurants, etc
  • FREE Barcelona guide book and map
  • The icing on the cake is that you'll also be able to avoid long entrance queues!

    Prices start at 24 euros.

    Click here to learn more about your Barcelona Card and how to purchase it online.


    travel spain barcelona Barcelona's double-decker touristic bus is another of our strong recommendations. It offers three different routes - the Northern Route, the Southern Route, and the Forum Route.

    You'll find an English-speaking guide aboard the bus, and the price includes an informative guide and discount voucher booklet.

    You'll be able to hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you like!

    As with the Barcelona Card, you can book online before you go, exchanging vouchers for tickets at the airport or central Barcelona offices.

    Prices are around 19 euros.

    Click here to learn more about the Tourist Bus and how to purchase your tickets online.

    travel spain barcelona - tours and excursions

    travel spain barcelona Looking for organized tours and excursions to enjoy in Barcelona?

    You'll find an awesome collection of tremendous tours on the following page ...

  • Take me to Barcelona Sightseeing Tours!

  • travel spain barcelona - where to stay

    What are your accommodation options when staying in Spain's second city?

    Click on the following links to find out ...

    travel spain barcelona hotels in the center
    Learn how to find and book a hotel in central Barcelona ...
    more details ...

    travel spain barcelona budget hotels
    Some suggestions for budget hotels and hostels ...
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    travel spain barcelona apartmental rental
    Your guide to holiday apartment rental ...
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    travel spain barcelona economy apartments
    Economy apartment rentals for those on a budget ...
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    travel spain barcelona holiday lets in the old town
    Affordable rentals in Barcelona's old town ...
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    travel spain barcelona holiday lets in el borne
    Holiday rentals in El Borne District ...
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    travel spain barcelona - fast facts

    What are the main sights to see? ... Who was Antoni Gaudi? ... What will the weather be like? ...

    Discover the answers on the following pages ...

    travel spain barcelona sightseeing
    All about the most popular sights to see in Barcelona ...
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    travel spain barcelona antoni gaudi
    Follow the Antoni Gaudi trail ...
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    travel spain barcelona weather forecast
    Will the weather be good? ...
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    travel spain barcelona catalonia
    All about the region of Catalonia ...
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    travel spain barcelona fast facts
    A few fast facts about Barcelona ...
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    Enjoy your travel Spain Barcelona!

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