YOU NEED TO KNOW
What types of public transport can I use?
You can take your pick from three types of public transport in Barcelona – the metro, the bus and the tram.
The metro is probably the easiest option for tourists on the whole, but it might be best to take the bus to certain attractions outside the city centre. You can make the most of the opportunity to explore the city through the bus window on the way there too.
The tram isn’t quite as handy since there aren’t many lines and none of them go directly from the city centre.
But don’t forget that the “Funicular” that takes you up Montjuïc hill from Parallel station is covered by your public transport ticket too.
Cycling has become a more popular way of getting around Barcelona. You’ll be able to spot the stands full of red Bicing bikes all around the city. The bad news for tourists is that the city council decided to reserve its substantial bike sharing scheme for locals. So if you want to hire a bike when you’re visiting the city, you’ll have to go private.
When can I use public transport?
Metro services start at 5.00 a.m. and run until midnight. You can hop on a bus between around 6.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m., but each bus route has its own timetable. The night bus (Bus Nit) runs after hours, but it’s often actually easier to just jump in a taxi. The bus routes are different during the day and at night, so it can all get a bit too complicated.
The metropolitan area (àrea metropolitana) of Barcelona is divided up into zones. Luckily, the whole city centre (and beyond!) falls under Zone 1, so you probably won’t have to worry about venturing into the next zone.
Watch out for pickpockets!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Lots of thieves operate on the metro and buses in Barcelona. Just make sure all of your belongings are tucked away safely and keep your bag close to you at all times.
Access for wheelchairs and pushchairs
All buses have extending ramps. If you signal to the driver that you’d like to get on board when the bus arrives, they will extend the ramp for you. Most of the city’s metro stations (147 out of 161) have lift access and the tram is fully accessible too.