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Barcelona is a must-visit tourist destination. With its rich history, impressive architecture, and spectacular beaches, Barcelona has a lot to offer its visitors. To fully enjoy this cosmopolitan city, it’s essential to know the available transportation options. In this article, we’ll show you the best ways to get around Barcelona, from public transportation to leisure and tourism options.

Public Transportation

Barcelona has a very efficient and well-signposted public transportation system, allowing you to easily navigate the city even if you’re not familiar with it. Here are some of the most popular options:



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The Barcelona metro is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to get around the city. With a total of 8 lines and 165 stations covering the entire metropolis, you can reach most tourist attractions effortlessly. The service is punctual and frequent (with 165 trains), making it an ideal option for getting around Barcelona.


The Barcelona tram is another public transportation option that allows you to explore the city comfortably and quickly. Consisting of 6 lines, organized into two separate networks with 56 stops, you can reach most key areas of the city. Among others, the tram is a convenient way to reach Barceloneta Beach and the Olympic Port.

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona


Rodalíes suburban trains are ideal if you plan to take excursions outside of Barcelona. With a total of 18 lines connecting the city to nearby points of interest such as PortAventura, Sitges, and Tarragona, you can explore attractions along the beautiful Catalan coast.


Barcelona’s bus system is extensive, covering the entire city, including areas not reached by the metro or tram, thanks to its 108 lines (5 high-speed transit and 103 regular lines). It’s an excellent option if you want to explore less touristy neighborhoods or reach specific destinations. Additionally, some bus stops connect with metro stations for a more efficient transportation network.

Transportation Cards

To facilitate your transportation experience in Barcelona, consider getting a transportation card. Here are some of the most popular options:

Hola BCN!

The Hola BCN! Travel Card is a transportation card that offers unlimited access to Barcelona’s public transportation for 2, 3, 4, or 5 consecutive days. It’s a convenient option for those who want to explore the city without worrying about individual tickets, with prices starting from 15.75 euros.


This card combines the Hola BCN! with the airport bus service, AEROBUS. It’s an excellent option if you arrive and depart from Barcelona by plane and seek a complete transportation solution, starting from 26 euros.

T-casual Card

The T-casual Card allows you to take a total of 10 trips individually. It’s a flexible option for those who don’t plan to use public transportation every day and will soon be integrated into the new T-mobilitat card.

T-usual Card

The T-usual Card is similar to the T-casual Card but offers an unlimited number of trips over 30 days. It’s an economical option if you plan to stay in Barcelona for an extended period and will also be integrated into the T-mobilitat card soon.

Tarjeta T-mobilitat

T-mobilitat Card

The new transportation card that will integrate all existing titles up to the moment, including the two we’ve mentioned, can have physical support (in the form of a magnetic card) or virtual support (via mobile phone). It can be loaded with the preferred title and allows contactless access to the metro.


Barcelona is a bike-friendly city with bike lanes and a public bike rental system called Bicing, with over 500 stations throughout the city. Exploring the city by bike is an eco-friendly and enjoyable way to experience Barcelona and its surroundings. Using it is as easy as downloading the Smou app on your mobile to find the nearest pick-up and drop-off point, bike availability, and other relevant information.

Bicing Barcelona

Taxi and VTC

Taxis and VTC (chauffeur-driven cars) are a convenient option for getting around Barcelona, especially if you prefer comfort and privacy. Both services operate efficiently and offer great value for money.

Unique and Leisure Transports

If you want to explore Barcelona in a more special and touristic way, here are some unique options you’ll love:

Barcelona Bus Turístic

The Barcelona Bus Turístic is a hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus that follows two tourist routes, covering the main points of interest in the capital. It allows you to get on and off at stops of your choice throughout the day. It’s an excellent way to explore Barcelona’s main attractions easily, spending more time at those that interest you the most.

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Barcelona Night Tour

This nighttime tour allows you to discover the magic of Barcelona when the sun sets. Visit illuminated iconic locations and enjoy the city under the stars. (Available only during the summer season).

Montjuïc Cable Car

Enjoy the best views of Barcelona’s skyline with the Montjuïc Cable Car, a unique mode of transport that takes you from the city to Montjuïc mountain. From there, you can admire Barcelona from a different perspective and explore points of interest like Montjuïc Castle.

Catalunya Bus Turístic

This service allows you to explore regions near Barcelona through its 5 routes:

  • Figueres Dalí and Girona, a full-day tour.
  • Easy Montserrat, a half-day tour.
  • The Montserrat Tour – All included, half-day.
  • La Roca Village Shopping Express®, a full-day tour.
  • Wine and cava, a full-day excursion to Penedés.

Enjoy another exciting way to discover the diversity of Catalonia.

If you’re spending several days in Barcelona, don’t miss the Gran Gala Flamenco show, an authentic flamenco performance in one of the cradles of this unparalleled art.

Gran Gala Flamenco Barcelona

With shows at the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Teatro Poliorama (both excellently connected to the Barcelona public transportation network), it’s the best way to add the finishing touch to your getaway in the Catalan capital. Buy your tickets now and come enjoy the best flamenco with us!



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