Transport in Barcelona

The schedule of buses varies depending on the bus and the day of the week although they mostly circulate from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on Sunday (althought the frequency is lower during the weekends).

Using the bus is probably the best transport option if you want to enjoy the city as it allows seeing the real Barcelona.

Night buses circulate from 11:00 pm and until 4:00 am and their journeys are detailed at every bus stop. All night buses depart from Plaça Catalunya or its surrounding areas. You will recognize them as they start with an N (e.g. N7).

The Metro (underground system) circulates from 5:00 am until 12:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, and on Sunday and Bank Holidays. Friday, Saturday and Bank Holidays eve’s, the metro is opened from 5:00 am until 2:00 am.

Metro is the is the best transport option as it covers the entire city, it is safe, easy to use and quick.

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (train) also known as FGC covers areas that are not covered by the metro and works with the same ticket.

Barcelona has an integrated system of fares that allows the use of the different transports that has the city: Metro, Buses, Tramways, FGC and RENFE during 75 minutes and with no need of paying another ticket.

Different travelcards that are sold:

Single Ticket – 1 metro or bus journey only. 1.25€.
T10 (10 trips) is the most commonly used and it costs 6,90€.
T-Dia (unlimited trips for any transport during one day) highly recommended for a tourism day and it costs 5.25€.
T-Mes (personal card that allows to take any transport and for unlimited trips during 30 consecutive days since it is bought) recommended for those who take public transport a lot of times. It costs 42,75€.

I would recommend using the T10 as it is the cheapest option.


There around 10500 taxis in Barcelona which are very distinctive due to their recognizable colours (black and yellow) so you cannot miss them.

Taxis are free when they show a green light on the roof and a sign saying ‘Lliure/Libre’ behind the windscreen.

Be aware that Taxi drivers are not required to carry more than €20 in change. Also, few accept credit card payment.

Tip: I would recommend always asking for a receipt as this would be your only proof in case you had a complaint.

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