[Skip to Content]

Getting Around Barcelona

By air

Barcelona airport is eight miles from the city. It has three terminals. Terminal A is for foreign airline departures and international arrivals, while terminal B is used for Spanish airline departures and arrivals from the European Union.

To get from the airport to the city centre allow at least 20 minutes by car or taxi. You can catch a train from the airport into the city, which takes up to half an hour. The train stops at the Clot-Arago, Arc de Triomf, Placa Catalunya and Barcelona Sants stations. They run from 6.13 am to 11.40 pm and take 20-30 minutes.

The Aerobus service is a bus service that goes every 15 minutes from the airport into the city. It stops at Placa Catalunya. These run from 6.00am to 12.00pm Monday to Friday, and from 6.30am to 12.00 pm Saturdays and public holidays. There are also normal bus services that run less frequently between the city and the airport. Look out for the EA or EN bus lines.

Arriving by coach

Buses arrive and depart from the Estacio del Norte (Ave.Vilanova) or from Estacio Autobuses de Sants (C.Viriato).

Arriving by rail

Sants Central Station is the place where most trains will bring you to, catering for international and national arrivals and departures.


The Tourist Bus network is an open topped bus that stops at 40 tourist hotspots across the city. The northern route, marked red on maps takes in Barcelona FC, Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. The southern route, marked in blue, includes the Gothic Quarter, Port Vell and the Olympic Village. The Forum route runs along the coast to the Forum exhibition site. The buses are “jump on, jump off”, so you can get off and wander around at your leisure, then rejoin another bus later. You also get an English speaking guide on the bus, and some discounts to attractions are included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are valid for one day or two, and are priced very reasonably at 17 Euros for one day and 21 Euros for two days. You can buy tickets from the bus itself, tourist information centres and Sants station. Buses run from Catalunya Square and the Port Olimpic every half hour from 9am onwards.

Public transport

The bus service in Barcelona is cheap and efficient, with night buses running until 4.30 am. The Metro (Underground) has five lines, and runs from 5am to 11pm/12 midnight Monday to Thursday, and 5am to 2am Friday, Saturday and holidays. On Sundays the trains start at 6am and finish at midnight. The Barcelona transport network is integrated, so you can buy an “Intergrada” ticket that you can use on buses or the Metro. A “T10” Integrada ticket for example is valid for ten journeys on the Metro, the FGC (suburban trains) or the buses for around 6 Euros.

Cable car and funicular railway

Vary your public transport options by taking the funicular railway from the junction of Avenida Parallel and Nou de la Rambla to the Miramar Amusement Park on Montjuic. There is also a funicular railway that goes from the Peu de Funicular to Tibidabo fairground.

The Harbour cable car service runs from Miramar on Montjuic to the Torre de Jaume I quay at the harbour. It then goes on into Barceloneta.


Barcelona is a relatively small city, and is easily covered on foot. You can wander around the Gothic quarter and down La Rambla happily, in fact you wouldn’t want to miss the experience.