Barcelona’s extensive public transport network is fantastic. It includes a fleet of Metro trains, buses, trams and NitBus, essentially a night bus service.
All public transport tickets cost €2.15 per journey, but travel passes like Hola BCN and T10 can offer some big savings. Hola BCN! passes can be purchased for two, three, four or five day periods and start at €14. T10 passes cost just €10 and cover 10 individual trips.
The Metro is the most popular form of transport for tourists and locals alike. But, if you want to take in more of the city, the tram is a great way to navigate Barcelona’s more central neighbourhoods.
You won’t struggle to find a taxi in Barcelona, they are literally everywhere. After hailing one down, take a look at the price list, it should be on display by law. Bear in mind some departure points, like airports, are include an extra surcharge. You’ll also find that if you’re travelling with large items of luggage you’ll incur a €1 charge too.
Despite heavy traffic and complicated one-way streets, many tourists opt to drive in Barcelona. Public transport in the city is good enough that you don’t have to but if you want to explore further afield, a car is essential. The Costa Brava has some exquisite beaches and beautiful villages that are a shame to miss, especially if you’re spending more than just a few days in and around the city.
Pedestrians are well catered for in Barcelona. Predominantly flat, and with a series of pedestrianised zones, walking in Barcelona is actively encouraged. Beyond La Rambla, Barcelona’s Old Town is definitely best appreciated on foot. Cyclists are very welcome too. The city has a large number of dedicated bike lanes for safer cycling, and bike rental shops are numerous too.