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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Great start to the trip

We went on an afternoon sail the first day of our honeymoon. It was a great relaxing day to get accustomed to the time change. Gemini is a great old wooden sail boat, and Dave is hilarious. It was my husband's favorite part of Spain (we went to Barcelona, Sevilla and Granada). It was just a nice relaxing day. We went swimming, drank some wine, husband smoked a cigar. Nothing not to like.
NattyLynn | New York City, New York | 24 June 2014

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

What an absolute treat

My friends and I had an absolutely fantastic afternoon sailing along the Barcelona coastline earlier in the month. Dave was a brilliant and knowledgeable host, extremely welcoming and we couldn't have asked for better weather. It was such a treat being able to swim in the clear waters alongside the boat. I would highly recommend this experience to all as it was the highlight of my Barcelona adventure. Thanks again Dave!
SuzeDyson | Auckland Central, New Zealand | 22 June 2015

Incredible, Holiday Highlight

2:00 start time. Even though the sky was cloudy, we had the time of our lives. The sea was warm when we got in, Dave was lovely, the boat was charming and brilliant. Whether you think you are into sailing or not, give it a go, you will LOVE it! Kids and adults alike had a truly amazing time aboard this beautiful ship with it's fabulous skipper.
Rhiannon M | Leicester, United Kingdom | 30 August 2015

Killing It

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. Best way to see Barcelona with Dave.
G H | Sydney, Australia | 15 August 2018

The Jewel of Barcelona!!!!

My husband and I have just returned from 3 weeks in Spain. The top memory of our trip is our 3 hour sail with Dave, the owner of Classic Sail Barcelona. It was definitely the most memorable moment of our trip. Try something new and outside of the regular tourist trips. You can go as a group, a couple, or just by yourself. Dave will do everything he can to accommodate your needs. How many people get to sail on the Mediterranean? Don't miss this relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable trip!
Judith C | Cuenca, Ecuador | 13 November 2018

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