How to get around Barcelona

The Barcelona transport system is modern and reliable. The result: more time for exploring.  Many of the main attractions are close together. The famous Gaudi architecture is largely found in Eixample, which is close to shopping on Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla. A little way from there and you hit the Gothic Quarter and Placa Catalunya.  Walking Barcelona is certainly an option. However, if you prefer to get the underground, the Metro system is efficient and air-conditioned. The Metro stops at all the main attractions and you’ll rarely be waiting more than five minutes for the next train.


Black and yellow Barcelona taxis are plentiful. Flag them on the street if their green light is on. Alternatively, head to one of the many taxi ranks at train and bus stations, or by the main plazas. All licenced taxis are metered, but you may find the tariffs change depending on city zone and time of day. Fares and additional costs are displayed inside the cab's window.
Paying the taxidriver

Public Transport

Getting around the city is simple thanks to the good Barcelona public transport system. The Metro and public buses (known locally as the TMB or FCG) make it easy to get out to places like Barceloneta, Gracia, and Poble Sec. You'll find that stops tie in nicely with the most popular attractions. Single, return and multi-trip tickets can be bought at stations.
Young woman with cell phone waiting at bus stop

Bike hire

There are Barcelona bike hire companies that allow you to rent a bike for a couple of hours – perfect for speeding up commute time between attractions. There's a number of bicycle tour operators within the city, too. These are a great alternative to walking tours. Helmet laws are pretty flexible, but all hire bikes come with the option of having one and we highly recommend utilising this service.
Woman using a bike in Barcelona

On foot

The city centre isn't as huge as you may think. Bring a comfy pair of shoes and walking Barcelona is certainly possible. In fact, areas like La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter are pedestrian-only. Walking these streets is the best way to soak up the culture and enjoy the architecture. Attractions are generally close together, but use public transport for getting to the beaches or areas like Poble Sec.
Woman traveling in Barcelona