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April 21, 2010

Barcelona Card and Public Transport in Barcelona


In Barcelona there are bus, metro, RENFE (Spanish trains), FGC (Catalan trains), tram and taxi available for the public. The company Metropolitan Transport Body (EMT) is responsible for the public transport in and around Barcelona (18 other cities). Most transport types require the same type of ticket, so you can use the Metro Card also for bus and train (if you remain in zone 1). Alternatively, you can also obtain the Barcelona Card which is recommendable for Barcelona visitors. Most of the transport stops nearby all types of Barcelona accommodation.

With this card you can get several discounts or free admission to many museums, cultural institutions, bars, restaurants and other leisure activities. Especially in case of the transport you have an advantage because you can use the Metro, buses etc as much as you want. In this Barcelona Card there is also a city guide included with city map and metro plan, and also a list of all sights in Barcelona, Barcelona hotels(hoteles Barcelona) and Barcelona apartments (apartamentos en Barcelona).

The prices are as followed:
• for 2 days – 24 €
• for 3 days – 29 €
• for 4 days – 33 €
• for 5 days – 36 €
You can buy this Barcelona card directly in the tourist information offices:
For example at Placa de Catalunya, Placa de Sant Jaume or directly at the airport terminal A and B. For more information please have a look on Turisme de Barcelona.

Barcelona is so huge but also really compact so that it is possible to see a lot just in a short period of time. Of course, also the price factor plays a role. As you might know, getting a cheap flight today is no longer a problem. But don’t worry about Barcelona accommodation (alojamiento Barcelona) because there is lots available, especially when you’re in a group.

Here is an short overview of the transport system in Barcelona:
Metro – The Metropolitan Transportation Barcelona (TMB) is responsible for the metro, buses, Montjuic Funicular, the blue tram and the tourist bus in Barcelona. There are different tickets depending on the duration and the number of persons. For those who want to stay for a longer period in the city, I could recommend to buy the T-10 (10 rides) or even the T-50/30 (50 trips in 30 days).

Tram – The TRAMBAIX runs between the beginning of the Avenida Diagonal (Baix Llobregat) and the District of the Olympic village. In between there are interchanges on the Metro and RENFE.
The ticket system is the same as the Metro, i. e. that you can change the transport type without worries.

FGC – The Catalan FGC trains connects Barcelona with other nearby cities such as Terrassa, Sabadell, Manresa … If you want to visit the Tibidabo it´ s really comfortable to use the FGC, it´ s quick, safe and uncomplicated.

RENFE – The Spanish national railway RENFE runs between Barcelona and the outlying districts, surroundings ( "Rodalies"), the rest of Catalonia ( "Regional"), Spain and the rest outside ( "Grans Línies" and "HST").

Taxis – The taxis here are black and yellow and you just have to upper your arm on the roadside to catch one. The symbols "Lliure" or "Libre" means the taxi is free.

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