Tourist Information Guide

Barcelona Transport

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This page gives you an overview only of the Barcelona transport system. For more detailed information on any aspect of the transport system see our related links at the foot of this page.

Metro station in Plaça de Catalunya
Metro station in Plaça de Catalunya

You have five main ways to travel in the city.

metroMetro (Subway or Underground)

metro train
Metro train

Barcelona has a clean, punctual, air-conditioned metro system that will take you to most of the major sights and attractions. The metro is especially useful in the summer when it can be quite hot to walk everywhere. See our page on the Metro system for more information.

Our Insider Tip

Did you know you can enjoy unlimited travel on Barcelona public transport for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days?

Hola Barcelona Travel Pass

Barcelona metro
Barcelona Airport metro (Orange Line,L9)
Barcelona TMB buses
Barcelona Airport TMB bus
Regional railway (Rodalies de Catalunya train in Zone 1)
Barcelona Airport RENFE R2 train

The T-Casual transport tickets

For details of the T-Casual ticket for both the metro and buses see the T-Casual travel pass page.

Barcelona Taxis

barcelona taxi
Barcelona taxi

Tel: +34 93 225 0000
Tel: +34 93 433 1020
Tel: +34 93 322 2222
Tel: +34 93 300 1100
Tel: +34 93 303 3033
Tel: +34 93 284 8888
Tel: +34 93 330 0300

Taxis are an affordable alternative to public transport. A 15 minutes journey will only cost about €14.00. Licensed Taxis have to charge you the amount displayed on the meter. Rates will be displayed inside the cab.

Tipping is welcomed but not required. If you wish to give a tip give 5 to 10% of the taxi fare.

Official Barcelona Taxis are yellow and black and a green illuminated light on the top of the Taxi indicates that it's available for hire.

Most taxis are licensed to carry up to 4 passengers however some van taxis have a special license to carry up to 6 passengers. If you require a taxi to carry 6 passengers it is best to call a taxi company in advance and reserve this type of cab.

If you're attempting to get around in the heart of the city a taxi may not be the best choice. Most of the city centre is pedestrianized and the roads that go through the centre can be quite small and congested. In such circumstances you have two main options, the Barcelona transport system (metro and buses) or walking.

Taxis for people with a disability.

If you are interested in reserving a taxi that is suitable for people with a disability or people with limited mobility call this number:

Barcelona Taxis adapted for People with a disability

Tel: +34 93 322 2222
Tel: +34 93 307 0707
Tel: +34 93 420 8088

We have also produce an extensive FAQ (Frequently answered questions) on all aspects on the Barcelona Taxi service which you can visit by clicking the link below:

Barcelona Taxi FAQ

Car hire in Barcelona

Barcelona car hire Generally a car is only required if you have special needs or if you are going to make day trips out of the city centre. Otherwise you will find the public transport system is cheap, clean and efficient and all you need to effectively travel around the city centre.


There's also a clean and efficient bus service that serves Barcelona centre. To get more information on this service visit any tourist information centre for further details. Or visit the official TMB website for more information.

TMB bus in Barcelona, Spain
TMB bus


Surprisingly Barcelona public transport system is not necessarily the best way to get around. Why? Because the city centre is not as big as you may think.

The metro is excellent and you won't have to wait more than 5 minutes for a train. However if you choose to walk you'll be surprised to discover that many sights in the city are a lot closer than you think.

Walking also gives you the added benefit of taking in the breathtaking architecture. Pick up a street map and try getting around the city by foot for a while. You'll be surprised how quick and easy it is.

To get an idea of how long it will take to walk to various sites take a look at the diagrammatic Barcelona map. The key at the foot of the map will help you. Barcelona City Map

Barcelona City Pass

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