Transportation in Barcelona
Barcelona has an extensive, high quality public and private transport network available to all. Hundred of vehicles and trains move both above ground (buses, trams, taxis, motorcycles and bicycles) and underground (trains and metros) forming a network connect all neighborhoods and districts and nearby towns with more than 3,000 stops and stations.
There has been a huge increase in the number of e-bike sharing startups in Barcelona in the past few years. These bikes are convenient, affordable and reliable. You can park them anywhere you can and pay per minute or a fixed monthly fee.
Note that these services are not for tourists or temporary visitors. You must have a valid verifiable driving license to be able to rent a scooter.
Studentfy recommends these three electric motorcycle-sharing companies:
eCooltra is the leader in scooter sharing in Europe with a fleet of more than 3,000 electric scooters with a presence in five cities. Everything is being managed through an app. Enjoy your city, pay only for the minutes you use and forget about everything else. Insurance, a full battery, helmets and maintenance are all included.
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Ride the YEGO scooters whenever and wherever you want in Barcelona. Park your scooter wherever you want. No keys needed. The YEGO app enables you to control everything. Every motorcycle is regularly maintained, is fully electric and comes with 2 helmets.
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Taxis in Barcelona are yellow and black and have a green light when they are free. Fares are charged per kilometer. Extra fees are charged for every piece of luggage stored in the trunk and for trips to and from the airport, cruise-ship terminal and Fira Barcelona (The Barcelona Trade Fair location).
Taxi fares are vary depending on time of day and are higher on public holidays. Fare are displayed on the taximeter, the use of which is obligatory. You can pay by credit card or cash. Taxis do not accept reservations except to go to the airport.
Cabify is a private taxi company where you can order a private taxi from your smartphone (similar to Uber). Their taxis are usually entirely black with the drivers usually wearing a suit. Their cars also have free WiFi onboard and in some cases, free water.
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Electric scooters are an excellent way to get around in Barcelona. You can use them to get around quickly and conveniently especially that you can use them on the bike paths and certain sidewalks.
There are lots of small and big scooter-sharing companies operating in Barcelona. The one we recommend is GOMEEP.
GOMEEP is the first monthly electric kick-scooter rental service in Barcelona. Receive your own private kick-scooter that comes with third party liability, theft insurance, roadside assistance and free delivery. All maintenance and replacements are included in the subscription, and on top, you can cancel any time. – With GOMEEP you will never find yourself lacking your daily mode of transport! What’s best is that you don’t need to share your scooter with the others. You keep your scooter with you 24/7 and pay a monthly fee.
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One of the main advantages of this network is that all the modes of public transport are fully integrated and you pay only once to use the system, unlike some other cities where you pay a you go. For example, if you take the metro to go from one stop to the next is the same as taking the metro from one end to the other, then switching and taking a different line. This means that by paying once at the start of the journey, passenger can combine up to four mode of transport in the network in a single journey, an initiative that improves comfort and favor it use.
Transport Metropolitan de Barcelona (TMB) offers a wide range of travel cards to suit different needs. There are single-journey tickets, travel cards valid for 10 or more journeys, and periodic travel cards valid for 30 or more day. The price of the travel card changes depending on the number of zones, periods or journeys.
Read our detailed blog A Complete Guide to Barcelona’s Public Transportation System to find out more about the price of the ticket and which ticket i the right one for you.
Barcelona has a network of bus line that provide transport links throughout the Barcelona metropolitan area. It has one of the cleanest above-ground public transport footprints in Europe. The introduction of hybrid and fully electric buses have helped the city and the buses stay clean. All the buses are air-conditioned and overall are very comfortable.
There are two type of buses in Barcelona: day buses and night buses. All buses have their own schedule but day buses generally run from 06:30am to 11:00pm. Night buses are called Nitbus and always start with the letter N (for example, N12). The price of the ticket does not change whether you take the day or night bus. The price of a single-journey ticket is 2.2€. However, if you buy a T10 card, it will be 1.02€.
Metro and FGC
Barcelona’s metro system is very easy and fast to use and figure out. The underground metros are clean, efficient, comfortable and almost always on time. The metro network currently has 11 lines. It is jointly run by TMB and the Ferrocarril de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). FGC operatse FFC lines 6, 7 and 8 while TMB runs all the other one. These 11 lines connect almost every neighborhood in Barcelona. The metro also connects Badalona and Hospitalet de Llobregat to Barcelona.
The Metro and the FGC are integrated into Barcelona’s single-fare system meaning you can use your normal travel card. You can switch lines at no extra cost.
Barcelona has two tram lines: Trambaix connecting the Baix Llobregat area to Barcelona, and Trambesos which links Sant Andrea de Besos and Badalona to Barcelona. The two lines are not connected and you have to rely on other methods of transport if you reach the end of one line and wish to continue.
The system is integrated into Barcelona’s single-fare system as well. They are very clean, quiet, and well-maintained.
There are three funiculars in the city Barcelona.
TMB operates the Montjuïc funicular railway, which takes passenger from the Parallel metro station to the top of Montjuïc, where popular attractions such as the Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi and the Miró Foundation are location. FGC operates the Vallvidrera funicular railway which goes from the bottom to the top of Vallvidrera. These two funiculars are integrated into the single-fare system as well.
There is also the funicular of Tibidabo connecting the end of Avenue Tibidabo to the top of the Tibidabo mountain right next to the amusement park. This funicular is not integrated into the single-fare system.
Bike sharing (Bicing)
Barcelona is a bicycle-friendly city with numerous bicycle paths. Bicing is an urban bicycle-sharing company operating in Barcelona. Residents with a yearly membership can simply swipe their card at a Bicing station to unlock and use a bicycle.
For a membership fee of 50€ per year, the Bicing system is designed to complement other means of public transportation. For this reason, Bicing bicycles can be used for a maximum of 2 hours per ride. The first 30 minutes are free as they are included in your annual membership fee (only the mechanical one). After those 30 minute, you will have to pay an additional fee for every 30 minute extra.
Bicing is part of the city’s public transportation system and is not for tourists or temporary visitors.
Read our Complete Guide to Bicing to find out more about Bicing, price and how to apply for a memberhip.