How to reach Barcelona

Confused about which transport options are the best for you to travel within Barcelona or from different cities?

The best news is that the popularity of Barcelona makes it an easy-to-visit destination through any mode of transportation.

Visiting from another country or within Europe won’t be a problem!

Here’s the comprehensive guide for your travel to and within Barcelona:

Traveling to Barcelona

Barcelona is a well-connected city, so getting tickets for transportation isn’t a huge task.

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You can travel to Barcelona via air, rail, bus or ferry. Here’s how:

By air

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There are three airports in Barcelona: the Barcelona El Prat Airport, Reus International Airport and Girona-Costa Brava Airport.

The busiest and most commonly used airport is the second largest airport in Spain, the Barcelona El Prat Airport.

But how to get to Barcelona from the airport? The best answer is public transportation.

If you are visiting Barcelona from another country, the obvious and best mode of transport to use is by air.

The most convenient option is to book a non-stop flight that reduces the waiting time and gets you to your destination within hours.

Cities like New York, Canada, Paris, Rome, Budapest, Berlin, Amsterdam etc. have direct flights to Barcelona.

You can also travel within Europe via direct flights.

By train

By train
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When traveling to Barcelona from within Europe, the Eurail is the best choice.

You can book your Eurail pass (formerly known as the Eurorail pass) to travel across European countries.

The Eurail Global pass covers all 33 countries, while the Eurail Single-Country pass covers any one country according to your preference.

The most popular route is the Madrid to Barcelona train.

By bus

By bus
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Intracity buses usually operate between 4.25 am and 11 pm.

Eurolines is the most common and cost-friendly bus line that connects cities all over Europe.

The comfortable coaches and convenient schedules offer an experience full of ease.

In addition to Eurolines, Megabus and Busbud are also reliable bus services. 

By ferry

By ferry
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Barcelona is home to one of the busiest ports in all of Europe and runs along the Mediterranean coast.

Hailing a ferry is usually a mode of transport used by visitors from the Balearic Islands to Barcelona.

Stazione Marittima and Terminal Traghetti are popular passenger ports in Barcelona.

Traveling within Barcelona

If you’re wondering how to get around Barcelona, we have a stock of affordable and convenient transport options for you!

Barcelona has cost-effective public transport that helps you travel across the city with a few euros and is always safe.

Book the Barcelona Card to get free public transport throughout the city.
It is a super-saver ticket because not only do you save on transport, you also save a lot on individual entrance tickets for attractions.

By metro

By metro in barcelona
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Taking a metro to commute in Barcelona is the quickest way of transportation.

Barcelona trains take around two minutes at each station and changing to a different line will take you five to ten minutes.

The Barcelona metro station network constitutes of eight lines and 189 stations, making it well-connected to each part of the city.

Making a journey to Barcelona airport by metro costs around €4.50.

The main metro station of Barcelona is the Barcelona Sants station or the Sants Estación.

You can refer to the Barcelona metro map to find out which stop to get off at, where to change lines etc.

Insider information: Even though the metro is much quicker, buses are convenient to hail because they drop you very close to your destination.

By bus

Barcelona’s bus network has over 100 lines divided across the city.

The buses usually operate between 5 am and 11 pm.

To travel at night, you can catch the NitBus which operates between 10 pm and 5 am.

Traveling in Barcelona by bus costs €2.40 per ride.

Get included transport in the Barcelona hop-on hop-off bus tour and visit every attraction on the route.
Make a stop at the best attractions like Plaça de Catalunya, Casa Batlló, World Trade Center Barcelona, etc., starting at just €30.

By taxi

By taxi
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Taking a taxi is the most expensive form of transport in Barcelona.

Catch any taxi on the streets of Barcelona, indicating a green light at its top.

DaysTimingPrice per kilometer
Monday to Friday8 am to 8 pm€1.21
Monday to Friday8 pm to 8 am€1.45
Saturday, Sunday and public holidaysAll times€1.45

Fares for waiting time of one hour are around €22.

By tram

By tram
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Trams in Barcelona are a fairly new addition to its public transport network and run along almost 30 kilometers.

The trams in Barcelona have six lines and 56 stops.

You can use the Barcelona Card, T-10 card or metro card to access the trams.

It is a unique experience that may not be so practical but is surely enjoyable.

The trams operate between 5 am and 12 am from Monday to Thursday.

On Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays the Barcelona trams operate between 5 am and 2 am.

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