Before the insights regarding transportation in Barcelona, let's see what the best way to get to Barcelona by taking a cheap flight is. We recommend following our advice below to avoid headaches and save time and money. Tap/click "Related Pages" on the menu bar to learn more not only about cheap flights but also on ground transportation in Barcelona, Spain, car rentals in Barcelona, cheapest Barcelona airport transfers, airport shuttle and more.
Cheap Flights to Barcelona
Low-Cost Flights to Barcelona - How to Avoid Pitfalls
The best way to get to Barcelona is through direct flights. But, not all of the cheap flights to Barcelona offered by some low-cost airlines will land you at Barcelona airport. Many of these flights arrive at other airports that are located at a considerable distance from Barcelona city.
We advise you to avoid booking such flights. They may seem cheaper, but the total amount spent at the end will be higher due to transport costs. Plus, you´ll also waste a lot of time.
The transportation options to airports "near" Barcelona may run at inconvenient times for you. Also, take into account that the trip may take between 1h15 and 1h45 from-to Barcelona.
The best option is to book a direct flight, which can be an excellent deal if you plan ahead and research carefully. Planning is the budget traveler´s best friend!
How Do You Travel from Barcelona Airport to the City?
There are a few options by public transport as well as private transport from Barcelona airport. Besides the taxis, you will find a Barcelona airport Metro station on each terminal (T1 and T2), a train station in terminal 2 (T2) which links with the Barcelona main train station (Sants), public bus 46 and night buses N16 and N17.
As private options, you have an airport shuttle in Barcelona named Aero Bus which runs with a limited time, and also the Barcelona airport private transfer services. They are usually cheaper than a taxi, working 24/7, and manage Barcelona airport transport to city centre, transfers to hotel, transfers to the cruise port, and in general any travel from Barcelona airport to the city.
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Tourist Transportation in Barcelona
Barcelona has a variety of transport services geared primarily towards travelers and tourists. Some, like the Bus Turistic, take you to the most popular sightseeing spots, and other transportation in Barcelona offer convenient and fun means for you to explore the city on your own.
The best way to save money on public transit in Barcelona and sightseeing is by using the Barcelona Card. Besides free public transportation, you get drastically cheaper fares and a vast array of free museums, discounts at other museums and landmarks, shops, and restaurants, making it a must-buy for the budget traveler! It is available in 3, 4, and 5-day versions. Buy the card online now!
In case you are looking for public transport services in Barcelona, you will find detailed maps for all of them in the Barcelona map section. Or, maybe just a Barcelona subway map with tourist attractions that you can use when you visit Barcelona.
Bus Turistic, hop-on hop-off service to discover Barcelona
Sightseeing Transport in Barcelona - Bus Turistic (Tourist Bus)
The Tourist Bus tour is especially recommended when you come for the first time to Barcelona city or in the case that you are on a business trip and you have a limited free time. It is a very nice option for a Barcelona sightseeing tour because you can really enjoy a Hop-on Hop-off tour and gain quick access to the most important sights of the city.
With this option, you will have a fantastic overview of the most important places of Barcelona, so that you can plan which of them you will visit next time.
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Take the Montjuic funicular with a regular travel card
This Funicular is a budget sightseeing means of transport in Barcelona which allows you to gain access to all the attractions in Montjuic hill. It connects the Paral·lel metro station (L2 and L3) with the Montjuïc park. You can use any transport card to get to Montjuic in a few minutes from Barcelona downtown.
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Astonishing views with the Teleferic de Montjuic
Sightseeing Transport in Barcelona - Montjuic Cable Car (Teleferic de Montjuic)
You will experience fascinating views of Barcelona city, of the harbour and also of the Collserola mountains while you ride the way up to Montjuic castle. The Teleferic links the funicular station at Parc de Montjuic with Montjuic castle at the top of the hill, with an intermediate stop in the Miramar area. Not to be missed!
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The Blue Tram is known as "the last romantic"
Sightseeing Transport in Barcelona - Blue Tram (Tramvia Blau)
The oldest tram of Barcelona is known as "the last romantic" and is the most beautiful sightseeing transport in Barcelona to get to the Tibidabo funicular. The fleet is composed of seven vehicles which have been running since 1901. The Blue Tram links Plaza Kennedy with the Tibidabo funicular in a stretch of almost 1.3km through a beautiful residential area.
Visit Tibidabo Amusement Park
A ride to the highest point of Barcelona with the Tibidabo funicular
Sightseeing Transport in Barcelona - Tibidabo Funicular
Get a ride to the highest point of Barcelona and experience the most impressive views of the city and surroundings! This funicular links the Blue Tram with the top of the Tibidabo mountain, where the Tibidabo amusement park and also the beautiful church of the Sacred Heart are located. The funicular runs every 30 minutes, having the last departures 15 minutes before/after the first opening/final closing (Sky Walk or Amusement Park, whichever occurs).
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The Tibibus is a direct shuttle from Plaza Catalunya to Tibidabo amusement park
Tibidabo Amusement Park Bus - Tibibus
Another tourist transport option in Barcelona is the Tibibus, which runs between Plaza Catalunya and Plaza Tibidabo. However, it only runs when the amusement park is open. The coaches have facilities for the disabled, and the normal frequency is about thirty minutes. You should check the timetable for better details.
Barcelona Budget Tip: It is much more exciting to get to the Tibidabo hill and Amusement Park by taking the Blue Tram and Tibidabo Funicular!
Tibidabo Amusement Park - Includes all the Attractions
Experience the Barcelona skyline with a classic boat tour
Sightseeing Transport in Barcelona - Las Golondrinas (Barcelona boat tour)
If you want to experience the Barcelona skyline without breaking the bank, then Las Golondrinas is your choice! Las Golondrinas boat tour is a classic sightseeing means of transportation in Barcelona since 1888. You can take a 40-minute tour in the Barcelona harbour or take a 1h30 journey and experience extraordinary views of the Barcelona beaches and the Barcelona skyline from the Mediterranean Sea.
The Aerobus is more expensive than public transportation
Airport Transport in Barcelona - Aerobus
This service is the Airport Bus which runs between any airport terminal to the heart of Barcelona, which is Plaza Catalunya. The coaches have facilities for disabled, and the mean frequency is about eight minutes. Free Wifi is offered on every bus.
The first departure from the airport is usually 6:00 a.m. and the last departure is at 1:00 a.m., daily. The first departure from Plaza Catalunya is usually 5:30 a.m. and the last departure is at 00:15 a.m., daily. The trip lasts approximately thirty minutes in every direction. Save time and buy your ticket now!.
The Portbus is a special shuttle service to the cruise terminals
Cruise Terminals Transport - Portbus
Are you arriving in Barcelona on a nice cruise? That is really great! Then the Portbus is for you. This bus is a unique shuttle service available only for cruise ship passengers. It runs from the cruise ship arrival point, at the breakwater, to the Columbus monument (Plaça del Portal de la Pau). And from Plaça del Portal de la Pau back to your ship.
In this case, there is no fixed timetable. The schedule depends on the arrival time of the cruise ships. You can buy the tickets directly on the bus.
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Shuttle bus service to La Roca Village - Have a shopping experience tour with a multilingual guide on board
Shopping Transport in Barcelona - La Roca Village Express
La Roca Village is an outlet shopping located at 35 Km from Barcelona, direction Costa Brava and Girona. The shopping center counts with more than 100 boutiques of the best brand with discounts up to 60%. You have restaurants and a tourist information office. The outlet is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
There is a shuttle bus service from Plaza Catalunya named La Roca Village Express. The ride takes about 35 minutes and the departure times are: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3:10pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7:10pm. Return from La Roca Village to Barcelona: 10:10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 9pm.
La Roca Village Shopping Day Trip from Barcelona
Panoramic views with the Port Cable Car
Port Sightseeing Transport in Barcelona - Air Ferry or Port cable Car
Tourist Transport in Barcelona offers you this fantastic cable car service! You will have amazing panoramic views of Barcelona city and the coastline.
This air ferry or port cable car is sometimes confused with the Teleferic of Montjuic. While the Teleferic runs to the Montjuic Castle, on the other hand, the Air Ferry connects the port with Miramar (Montjuic mountain), with stops at the tower of Sant Sebastia Beach (nearby Barceloneta Beach) and the World Trade Center building.
You can get on and off on every tower, so you can admire the fantastic panoramic views of Barcelona city and the port and take the number of pictures that you can. Departures and timetable will depend on weather conditions. Do not think about, just do it!
Budget Transfers to and from Cruise Terminals
A romantic way of getting to know Barcelona
Sightseeing Transport in Barcelona by Horse-Drawn Carriages
This tourist transport is the type of “blood-powered” Barcelona transport that you will find in other European cities, too. Feel like your great-great-grandfather as you take a ride around the city! It is a romantic way of getting to know the city better. The trip could take thirty minutes or one hour, at request.
Departures are at the end of Las Ramblas, near the Columbus monument, every day from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the ride!
Update (November 2017): the Barcelona city hall approved a law that will forbid horse-thrown carriages in the city from June 1, 2018.
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