How to move around in Barcelona

What is the easiest way to discover Barcelona? Today you’ll want to recommend at least 8.

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Without doubt the most comfortable choice to move to the cities is the subway. The construction works of the first lines of the Barcelona metro began in 1920. The first line, which took the name Gran Metropolitano de Barcelona (now L3) was inaugurated in 1924 and linked to Plaça Catalunya Plaça Lesseps. Two years later he entered the service line called Ferrocarril Metropolitano Transversal (now L1), built for the Universal Exhibition of 1929, which linked Bordeta to Plaça Catalunya.

The rail network now stretches along 113 km and has 148 stations. Of these, 29 are interchange stations, 13 are matches to the railway station (RENFE and local railways), 1 correspondence with the funicular (which Paral.lel up to Montjuic). Almost all of the metro line runs underground, with the exception of short sections of surface lines L1, L5 and L11. The average distance between each station is 650 meters. The Barcelona Metro is underway to modernize and adapt to the Decree 135/1995, which establishes the right of access to persons with disabilities. All stations will be equipped with at least one access with lifts, the sidewalks will be adapted to the height of the doors of the trains.
If you want more information you can read our post here on the Barcelona metro.
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Maybe that’s what I prefer, like the subway. There are many lines that carry the same cost of meters in places of tourist interest in the city. The most interesting lines are the number 6, which runs until the Diagonal Poble Nou, at the beach. Bus number 24 follows the line of the Passeig de Gracia and passes right in front of Casa Batlló, Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and the Palau Robert. With the number 14 goes from the Olympic Village until the barrio de la Bonanova. The number 40 terminates at the Port Vell and 41, runs along the Avenida Diagonal to Plaza Francesc Macia. The hours are from 6.30 am to 22, while there are other lines of night buses (Nitbus) running a non-stop service to 24 or 24 hours of the night from 22 to 4 am.

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Among the options listed here, the car is the worst choice. Barcelona is a city that can be visited by foot or with public service. Go with the car in the center or in neighborhoods like Gracia or Barceloneta is a bad idea: narrow streets, many one way and walkways make this choice, the less suitable. In addition, the parking areas are few and very expensive. So I will not recommend to visit the city by car. Park your car and walk around with complete freedom.

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Tourist Bus
Companies that offer this service are 2:
>> Barcelona City Tour << (red bus)
>> Barcelona Bus Turistic << (blue bus)
Barcelona City Tours offers two different itineraries called East Route and West Route, while the trails made ​​by Barcelona Tourist Bus has three (red line, green line and blue line). Both companies will take up the most important sights of Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Las Ramblas or Montjuic, virtually from the hills to the sea. These buses are defined Hop on Hop off: one ticket you can hop on and off at will along the path chosen. After visiting the place of your interest, you just have to wait for the next bus, which will start in 10/20 minutes.
If you want more information on Tourist bus you can read our post here.

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It really is very easy to find a taxi in Barcelona at any time of day or night and in any neighborhood. There are nearly 8000 black and yellow cabs running around town. The average cost of a ride is 10 euros, while coming from Prat airport to the center of the city will pay between 25 and 30 euros. Some tips: Remember that you pay a supplement of 1 euro per bag that you put in the trunk; free taxis have a green light on the roof; if you take a taxi to a station that is always the head of the line.
These are the phone numbers of the largest companies:
Radio Taxi: 033: +34 933 033 033
Radio Taxi Barcelona: +34 93 225 00 00
Taxi Groc: +34 933 58 11 11
Radio Taxi Baix Llobregat: +34 93 630 30 30 / + 34 93 640 22 22

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What’s better than a nice walk around the city? Barcelona is a great place to walk: tree-lined streets with wide sidewalks alternate with narrow, poorly suited to cars. The distances are not huge and there is always the alternative of jumping on a bus stop or to one of several metro stations. Do not forget to walk from Port Vell to the Olympic Port, enjoying all the beaches and taking advantage of one of the many beach bars for a break.

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Barcelona is known for its mild climate and magnificent tourist attractions. The best way to explore the winding streets of the sunny promenade and historical monuments is to hop aboard a bicycle. There are many companies that offer tours of the city by bike, and today I want to talk to you about two in particular:

>> Born Bike Barcelona <<
It offers several guided tours of the city that will be an unforgettable experience. You will discover many and varied aspects of Barcelona’s history, culture, art, entertainment and nature.

Rental prices of bicycles:
2 hours – 6 €
3 to 5 hours – 10 €
24 hours – 15 €
2 days – 25 €

>> Barcelona By Bike <<
You’ll discover all the areas of greatest interest in Barcelona: hidden alleys, lively squares, medieval buildings and Roman walls in the old quarter, wide boulevards, modern architecture and the Sagrada Familia. The tour begins and ends in the Olympic Port, the vital center of the beaches of Barcelona.

Rental prices of bicycles:
Tour Duration: 3 hours, easy motion in the plains
Days: Daily tours are available (reservations required).
Price: 22 € with drink included
Minimum: 6 people

The “swallows” are small motor boats to sail along the coast of Barcelona, to show the beauty of the city by the sea. The Golondrinas, were brought into service in 1888 the first World Exposition in Barcelona. In those years went by steam and could only hold 20 passengers. They are moored to the pier near the monument to Christopher Columbus, in Portal de la Pau. There are two types of golondrina, traditional and modern, very similar to the hydrofoil catamaran. The two lines starting at the Monument a Colon (subway line 3), and explore the left and the right of the coast of Barcelona. The yellow line goes to the Barceloneta beaches and Port Olympic, and arrives at Port Forum. The red line goes to the Quay West and the international ferry terminal, close to Montjuic and the Puerta de Europa Bridge. Departures vary depending on season and location chosen. You can find all the timetables on the official website

Traditional route: adults € 6.80 – children ages 4 to 10 years € 2.60
Port: adults 14 € – Children from 4 to 10 years 5 €
Free for those who have made the Barcelona Card

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