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How to Get to Barcelona

How to Get to Barcelona by Air

Spain’s national carrier and a host of international carriers connect Barcelona to the rest of the world. Within the country, there are daily flights linking Barcelona to other major Spanish cities. Barcelona’s airport, known as El Prat de Llobregat, is some 12 km from the city, and is linked to Barcelona by convenient bus services, a train, and taxis.

How to Get to Barcelona by Rail

Barcelona has a number of domestic and international train connections - including TER, TALGO, and Electrotrens. Most trains arrive at Barcelona’s central station, the Estació de Sants, although a number of long-distance trains, including Intercity Express trains and European Transnational trains also come in at the Estació de França station.

How to Get to Barcelona by Bus

Highways across Catalunya are generally good, and doing your own driving is a good way of getting to Barcelona. The main highways that lead to Barcelona are the A18 from the north and the A16 from the south. Spain also has an extensive bus network, with daily buses coming in from across the country (and across the border too), so you can also get to Barcelona by bus.

By Sea

Barcelona can be reached by sea from two destinations: the islands of Majorca in the Balearic Islands, and Minorca. Both are connected to Barcelona by ferries, which are operated by the ferry company Transmediterránea.

Getting Around Barcelona

If you want to see Barcelona at your own pace, perhaps the best course to adopt is to hire a car from one of the many car rental agencies in town. You can also use public transport - the metro, buses and taxis. The metro is the most convenient of these - it’s fast, efficient and economical and runs practically round the clock. Trains run only between 5 am and 11pm, except on weekends and the night before a holiday, when they run up to midnight or even till 1am. Buses are equally good, and have an extensive network, but you might face problems getting used to the complicated network. Fortunately, most bus stops have a detailed route map. A limited number of night buses operate after the rest have stopped running.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of travelling, it makes sense to buy a 'tarja' or ticket strip from a metro station. This entitles you to ten rides by bus or metro at a discount.

Barcelona also has a convenient and inexpensive network of taxis. Taxis can be hailed on the street -look out for the ones with the green top light on: they’re for hire, phoned for, or hired from a cab rank.

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