Getting around


17 Oct 2018 | Last update: 23 Dec 2020

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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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 |

Relaxing family excursion with a great skipper!

We had a terrific 3+ hour cruise on the Gemini with David. He welcomed my wife and I and our three boys (6, 10, 16) on board and despite the cloudy skies and chop we really had a great time. Packed some bread, charcuterie, cheese and drinks enjoyed the view of Barcelona and some interesting conversation with David. Since we couldn't jump in the Med we really just spent the 3 hours in relaxation, and it was still the highlight of our 3 days in Barcelona. Just an FYI, there is paid PARKING literally right next to the boat, just drive down Carrer de la Marina and swing a left where there is the parking barrier but the underground pay garage at Port Olimpic is an option as well. Thanks David!
Sami C |

Didn't Make The Sail, But Still 5 Stars

Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip the same day because two in our party had a medical emergency and went home. Dave was incredibly easy to work with and responsive and gave us our deposit back without issue. We really appreciated it. We were very bummed to miss the boat trip, but if we are ever in Barcelona again we definitely will put it at the top of the list. Thank you very much again, Dave.
Neeners815 | Jersey City, New Jersey

Wonderful start to our vacation!

I traveled to Spain with a group of friends and we began our trip with an afternoon aboard the Gemini! The day couldn't have been more perfect weather-wise, and David was kind enough to shop for us for our drinks and munchies, as we had just landed in Spain and had no time to do it ourselves. He found a spot for us to jump in the sea to cool off .......and for me, it was one more check off my bucket list to say I swam in the Mediterranean! I only wish we'd had time at the end of our vacation to sail on the Gemini one last time! Thanks for a wonderful day David!!
Robin H | Iowa, United States

A Must Do While Visiting Barcelona!

My sailboat trip around the coast of beautiful Barcelona was the highlight of my trip. Captain Dave was a gracious host and worked hard to ensure that our group had a wonderful experience on the blue water’s of the Mediterranean. The views were stunning and watching the sunset from the boat was both mesmerizing and magical. I would highly recommend a trip on the charming Gemini to anyone who wants to have a pleasantly unique experience. You won’t regret it.
David G | Birmingham, Alabama

True sailing on the Med.

If you've been rum punch sunset cruising in Hawaii or Key West, think about this sail differently. This is an earthy, jump on a cool wooden boat and get ready to just have a sail type of experience. You bring your own food and beverages so nothing fancy there. There is no music unless you bring your own -- so prepare for the sound of the wind and the waves. If the wind is high, don't expect to be strolling on the boat - but rather holding a rail without letting go and enjoying a bit of adventure. Hit the restroom first and if you are the seasick type and the wind is up take some dramamine first as it really is a sailboat not a party boat! Dave was a solid captain who knew his stuff, but not there to give you a tour - just there to sail the boat. I really appreciated his clear communication about what to expect as well as flexibility with us with a last minute member cancelling due to illness.
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