Montjuic cable car

Montjuic cable car

The Montjuic cable care might be the funniest means of transport in Barcelona along with the Tramvia Blau, is a gondola lift that connects Montjuic Hill from bottom to top.There are magnificent views from the Telefèric as we call it, take your camera with you or simply enjoy the views will you get up to the top of the hill. The cable car was put into service in 1970 but on 2004 it closed to go under renovation and increase capacity and in 2007 it opened up again.The cable car line is 752m in length, the car slows down when it gets to the station so the passengers can get in and get out safely. The Montjuïc cable car is administered by TMB but it is not integrated on the fare network so you will have to buy separate tickets for the Telefèric that need to be purcharsed before boarding.The M…

Barcelona Bus turistic: the Sightseeing bus

Barcelona Bus turistic: the Sightseeing bus

Barcelona bus turistic is the official hop on and hop off sightseeing bus from Barcelona tourism, it has 3 routes through the city (green, blue and red lines) and it includes an audio guide in 16 languages that will be explaining the sites you pass by in your chosen route. The first departures go from 9am and 9.30am from any stop and last departures are a 7pm in winter time and at 8pm in summer, the frequency of the buses goes from 5 to 25 minutes depending on the season. Following the full route from beginning to end it takes approximately 2 hours with the exception of the green route that takes 40 minutes.  With the very same ticket you can go through the three available routes to see different parts of the city.The bus has wifi, very convenient if you don't have a data plan abroad a…

Transfer to Barcelona airport

Transfer to Barcelona airport

Barcelona airport transfers to your hotel or the city centre are common, you don't have to queue to pick up a taxi and your driver already knows where you are going so it is a trouble free journey.If you need some privacy and an easy way to get to the airport a transfer to Barcelona airport might be the perfect choice for you. The cars can accommodate up to 4 pax and special vehicles such as minivans up to 6 or 7 depending on the type.The price divided with all the passengers might be ridiculous compared to other means of transport if you add up all the costs, and what it is sure is that you will be very comfortable and get to your destination in style.There are some advantages to take into account if you book a transfer: Payment method: you can normally choose to pay in advance or in ca…

My taxi Barcelona app

My taxi Barcelona app

If you plan to come to Barcelona, a taxi might be a good option to go around the city fast and get to places where the public transport doesn't take you. Some others take it to go to the airport or locals who are in a hurry.I want to share with you a mobile app I have discovered called Mytaxi. Is a free app to ask for a taxi from your mobile that works every time in more cities apart from Barcelona. At the moment my taxi is available in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla in Spain. In the app you can see all taxis available near your location or the time that it takes for your taxi to arrive.I don't normally take taxis, but what if it was for free? You would possibly take them, right? You can have 20 euros discount on a journey, discount code My Taxi: [ MeritxellRoi ] Are 20€ (valid u…

Barcelona cruise harbour

Barcelona cruise harbour

Barcelona is one of the first harbours of the Mediterranean, with 6 international passenger terminals and excellent services and facilities is one of the entrances to the city for many passengers every year. Barcelona is one of the top most visited cities in the world, so no wonder why now there are so many cruise routes that start in the city.How to get to the harbour?The cruise terminals at the Port of Barcelona has excellent transport links from different parts of the city. The World Trade Center terminals are just 400 metres away from the public transport network (bus and metro L3 Drassanes). There are only two ways to get to the cruise terminals: using the portbus shuttle or a taxi to get to your cruise. The T3 portbus shuttle takes cruise passengers from Plaza de Colón in central Ba…

Barcelona travel card: visit the city with discounts!

Barcelona travel card: visit the city with discounts!

The Barcelona card is the city's official visitor card that allows you to visit Barcelona at your own pace and offers savings in different attractions. The card also features free travel on public transport and free and fast track entry to some museums. There are discounts on visits and tours, as well as restaurants and shops among others. The Barcelona card is available from 2 up to 5 consecutive days and it gets activated the first time you use it.How does it work?Once you have the card in hand, to start using it you need to write the date you will start on the front of the card, and then it will be valid from this date and on the following consecutive days included.The card is available from 2 to up 5 consecutive calendar days, please note that the card does not take into account 24 ho…

Public and private transport in Barcelona

Public and private transport in Barcelona

Barcelona is a metropolitan city with 1.6 million people living in it, the city offers a wide variety of transport options, public and private. Barcelona is a big city but not as big as London or Rome for example, so the more you can do walking the more you will experience the true city and the vibe in it.Barcelona is the perfect city to discover on foot but of course if you have a tight schedule it might be inconvenient but the public transport is the best option and the most used ones for locals and tourists.I wouldn't recommend you to move around Barcelona by car, there is so much traffic and trying to find a place to park your car can become a nightmare. However, moppets are very popular in Barcelona because they are easy to park and they can take you anywhere in minutes, if you are t…

Barcelona train

Barcelona train

You might use the train during your stay to go to the Barcelona surrounding area such as Sitges or even go to other big cities such as Girona or  Tarragona. Rodalies is what we call the regional rail system in Catalonia that goes around the Barcelona metropolitan area and Renfe is what the train company who runs to mid-distance or long-distance. There are 17 lines that are centered in Barcelona area and serve more than 200 stations all around *Catalonia.To be honest with you and as a local, the service in Rodalaies is not the best it could be, with many incidents in the lines causing delays, but sometimes is the fastest way to get to some places in Catalonia since the bus will take a lot longer and it will stop in every single town on the way. Rodalies: Barcelona surrounding area F…

Reus airport

Reus airport

Reus airport is a tiny airport located 108km far from Barcelona city, and the third airport in Catalonia, mainly used by travel agencies, charter flights operated by Thomas Cook or Thomson Airways. Ryanair, Jetairfly and Jet2 also operate from Reus airport regularly and the destinations are very limited, at the moment London Stansted and Eindhoven.The airport is located in the surroundings of the city of Reus, 3km far from the south-east of the city and 13km far from Tarragona city. I wouldn't recommend you to fly from Reus since the transportation services to other parts of Catalonia are not as frequent and more complicated to be accessed than from Barcelona airport or Girona airport. There is a direct bus service called Hispano Igualadina that connects Reus airport with Barcelona city…

Barcelona buses

Barcelona buses

The buses in Barcelona serve all areas of the city, local neighbourhoods but also the main monuments and tourist areas, so visitors can take advantage of the bus network in the city. The bus has improved a lot in Barcelona and now almost all buses have a screen with the name of the next stop, this helps passengers that don't know the are at first sight to get off in the right stop.Once you get into the bus,you can buy a single ticket directly from the driver, but note that you need to have change, if at all possible coins to buy it. In the bus, right at the entrance there are two machines, one in each side of the corridor to validate your ticket.It is the passenger responsability to validate the ticket, all the tickets that are a card, if you buy a single ticket from the bus driver you ar…

Girona Costa Brava airport

Girona Costa Brava airport

Girona Costa Brava airport is 95km far from Barcelona city located in Vilobí d'Onyar, and one of the main airline companies operating from this secondary airport is Ryanair. After Barcelona airport, the Girona one is the second most important in the area.The Girona airport is also a good option if you are going to the Pyrenees or to South France. Among the multiple destinations Girona flies to are Germany, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Turkey, Morocco, Poland etc...The airport started as a secondary airport in the 70s with bearly 300k passengers a year and after Ryanair became the main airline to operate the passenger traffic has increased until reaching 6 million passengers a year.How to get to Girona airportIt is easy to get to Barcelona city center from the airport, there is a company called B…

Aerobus: bus to Barcelona airport

Aerobus: bus to Barcelona airport

Aerobús is a direct shuttle bus service that connects Barcelona airport, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 with Barcelona city center in 35 minutes. There are public buses that go to the airport but those stop in different places so it is not a direct bus to the airport and it will take longer.The bus stops at Plaça Catalunya, Plaça Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell and Plaça Universitat and runs every day of the year, there is a bus leaving every 5 minutes so you don't need to worry about the schedule.The bus has enough space for your luggage, has free wifi -we travelers, love that, don't we?- and usb chargers on board, can you ask for more? There is also a TV in the bus with the company TV channel with practical information about Barcelona. Their buses are also adapted for people with reduced mobility a…

Barcelona tram

Barcelona tram

Barcelona has different means of public transport, probably the most used ones are the metro and the bus but there are others such as what we call de tram, there are 6 lines that go around the city. However they don't link the main tourist areas so you will probably won't use it in your first visit to Barcelona.The TRAM linesThe TRAM has two different networks, called Trambaix and Trambesós, and 6 lines, 3 in each. The Trambaix has lines T1, T2 and T3 and runs through Barcelona city and other cities in the surrounding area: Hospitalet, Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Just Desvern and Sant Feliu de LlobregatThe Trambesós has lines T4, T5 and T6 and runs through Barcelona city, Sant Adrià del Besòs and Badalona. I like travelling in the TRAM since you se…

Barcelona taxi

Barcelona taxi

Going around the city in a comfy taxi for your own in air conditioning might be a tempting choice, but it is not the cheapest option and sometimes not the quickest one either. So let me explain you how it works and give you my local tips to use the service only when there is an advantage for you.Barcelona's taxis might not be as famous as the ones in New York city but they are easy to spot, being black and yellow, you might find different kinds of cars but the yellow and black rule stands. Where to find taxis in Barcelona?The easiest way to catch a taxi is to go to a taxi rank where they gather in a raw in order of arrival, you fill find them always in a corner. If you don't see any taxi rank near by, you can always stop a taxi on the street. In order to stop a taxi raise your hand to fla…

Bicing: use the bike to move in Barcelona

Bicing: use the bike to move in Barcelona

If you are a bicycle lover, Barcelona has a public transportation service using bikes to move around the city. Bicing is a transport sharing service, very easy to use and sustainable that is used by the citizens to move around the city.There are two kinds of bicing services, normal bikes and electric ones, depending on how long is the duration and if you are going up a hill, the electric bike might be your best choice. Only residents that have a NIE or DNI can use the bicing, and you need to be older than 16 years old to use the service. If you are between 16 and 17 years old you will need your parents authorization to use the service.How to join Bicing?You need to register and ask for your bicing card, once you ask for it you will receive it in your home with all needed information to us…

Barcelona night bus

Barcelona night bus

Barcelona at night is also serviced by public transport, the metro runs in weekdays until 12 pm and at the weekends on Fridays until 2 am and Saturdays run all night. The bus lines that run at night are called Nit buses, they are different lines as the daytime ones and cover Barcelona city and the surrounding territory.Something to take into account is that the Barcelona travel card and the Hola Bcn! card are not valid for the night buses since it is run by a different company.Schedule and night bus linesThere are different bus lines at night, 17 lines to be exact, that don't follow any daytime lines, they are routes created specifically for night buses, so before relying on your knowledge, check out the bus stop or the online information in the amb website.All the lines go through Plaça …

Rent a bike in Barcelona

Rent a bike in Barcelona

Barcelona is a flat city in the city center, so it is a good method to visit to go around on your bike, it is easy to park and gives you flexibility to go from one point to another one faster than walking. Renting a bike is a good way to visit the city and also do some exercise, why not?Barcelona has good weather all year around, even in winter we have mild weather, rarely we go under 8ºC so with a good jacket in winter and shorts in summer you can take the bike either way.Where to rent a bike in Barcelona?There are many places to rent a bike in Barcelona, but in the city center I rented a bike in biketours, I would recommend you to go around the  Born area, it is the perfect place in town to go around the week, there are different bike lanes in the main streets.You can rent a bike to go …

The metro in Barcelona

The metro in Barcelona

Barcelona metro is one of the favorite means of transport to go around the city as it is fast and easy to use since distances in Barcelona are not very big, the average    time for commuting from one place to another one is 20 minutes. The metro network goes around the city and gets into nearby cities too such as Cornellà, Santa Coloma and Badalona among others.Metro LinesThe underground started in 1924 with the green line, currently line number 3, this changed completely how Barcelonians moved around the city. Right know we have different metro lines, 8 to be exact: L1 -red-, L2 -purple-, L3 -green-, L4 -yellow-, L5 -blue-, L9 -orange-, L10 -light blue-, L11 -light green-.If you are moving through touristic zones you will be picking up most likely, the yellow, purple and green lines. In …

Barcelona Travel Card by days: Hola Bcn!

Barcelona Travel Card by days: Hola Bcn!

If you are visiting Barcelona for more than 2 days and you plan to use public transport my recommendation is to choose your Hola BCN! pass for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days and plan your route around the city and metropolitan area on public transport. This includes metro and bus (TMB), local train (FGC), tram (TRAM) and regional train (Rodalies de Catalunya). Use it on the Rodalies train to and from the airport too!How does Hola Bcn! work?The travel card is used for unlimited journeys during consecutive days, if you buy  the 2 days card for example, the card will be valid from the moment you use it, for two consecutive days. You need to take into account that it is a personal unlimited card, it can only be used by one person during the whole duration. As any transport card, it needs to be taken care …

Barcelona airport

Barcelona airport

Barcelona airport is located only 16km far from the south of the city and it is also known as el Prat which refers to the name of the town where it is located. The airport has two terminals, T1 and T2 (that is divided in A, B and C).Barcelona airport is the second largest international airport in Spain after Madrid airport called Barajas. El Prat is the first airport in Catalonia and in the Mediterranean coast and is the 9th in regards to passenger traffic of Europe.Terminals at the airport of BarcelonaThe terminals at Barcelona Airport are organised by carriers and not according to the place of origin or the destination. It is important to verify before going to the airport from which terminal the flight departs. There is not much distance between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and there is a…

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