Getting around


17 Oct 2018 | Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Barcelona is blessed with a truly excellent public transport system.

The metro is clean, easy to understand, cheap, services run very frequently, and it covers almost the entire city. In the entrance of every station are ticket machines. The best deal is the T10. It's a ticket that gives you 10 trips, for 9.95 Euros. Multiple people can use the same ticket, just pass it through the machine for each person.

The bus system is integrated with the T10 so you can use the same ticket on the buses. In fact, you can come out of the metro and get on the bus and it still counts as a single journey. Remember you still need to punch your ticket in the machine on the bus, but it won't deduct a trip. Very fair!

While the metro is easy enough to figure out, buses are always a bit more complicated. That's where you need an app to help. Moovit is, no hyperbole, life changing. OK, slight hyperbole. But not much. You'll be travelling round the city - any city - like a native. Tell the app where you want to go, and it offers you various routes on public transport to get you there. It draws them on a map, and gives real-time arrival times for buses, metros and trains.

Further afield, the trains to nearby towns are excellent value. There are routes running up and down the coast, as well as inland. Local trains are called "cercanias". You can use your T10 within zone 1. Further out, just buy a ticket from the machines in the stations. They're very cheap. Remember to hold on to your ticket until the end of the trip - you'll need it to be able to exit the station.

Popular destinations for a day trip include Sitges and Tarragona (south of the city), and any of the coastal resorts on the coast north of the city. If you love the beach but hate the crowd, make like a local and jump a train north. The entire coast is one long beach.

Finally, taxis are cheap, reliable and plentiful. Except for trips to/from the airport, where they're expensive, reliable and plentiful. Check out the Airbus, metro, and train as alternatives.

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Excellent Cruise

Our sailing trip with Captain Dave was the best part of our trip to Barcelona! We went on a sunset cruise and the weather was perfect. Dave was very accommodating with our plans and responded quickly to emails related to our trip. He even gave us an excellent suggestion for a great seafood dinner. He was a most excellent host! If you’re in Barcelona you should take a cruise with Dave!
chuckiefresh | St. Pete, FL | 19 August 2014

Excellent experience

The experience is highly recommended. The Gemini is a very nice boat to sail on, Dave is very kind and the price very competitive. Largely matched our expectations!
Marounistan | London, United Kingdom | 7 June 2018

Wonderful experience

My mom and I recently went on an afternoon sail with Dave. We were a few minutes late, due to traffic from where we were coming from, but Dave was accommodating and he was waiting for us in the boat when we arrived. The weather was beautiful and it was overall a very relaxing and enjoyable sail. Thank you!
Grace L | | 24 September 2018

Sail Gemini!

The environment was more like a friend taking you out on a boat, rather than a cookie-cutter tour boat. Dave the skipper was an excellent guide, pointing out sights on the water and across the Barcelona cityscape, and even let a couple of us take a turn at the tiller (no scrapes, thankfully!) I recommend this to anyone who wants a REAL experience out in the waters off Barcelona.
Andrew M | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | 2 August 2014

A perfect way to spend the evening

I booked Classic Sail as a gift for my friends on our last night together in Barcelona. The booking was easy, communication thorough, and it was easy to find the boat. Dave got us out away from some of the noisier groups so we could enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean during the sunset. He was available but unobtrusive, and seems to be a great captain and lovely person. Six thumbs up!
Katy S | | 31 July 2018

A beautiful break from the heat and noise of the city...

When we travel, our family (with a 12 and a 14 year old) prefer to "do" rather than just "see". Sagrada Familia is striking BUT three hours on a lovely sloop with the ocean breeze keeping us cool is so much more exhilerating than pounding the hot pavement in the city! We knew we wanted to sail while in Barcelona, but we also don't spend frivolously so we were looking for good value for money. We definitely found that with Classic Sail and were fortunate that Dave had a slot open with only one day's notiice.
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