An extensive network of bike lanes has been laid out across the city, so it's possible to commute on two environmentally friendly wheels. A waterfront path runs northeast from Port Olímpic towards Riu Besòs. Scenic itineraries are mapped for cyclists in the Collserola parkland, and the ronda verda is an incomplete 72km cycling path that extends around the city's outskirts. You can cycle a well-signed 22km loop path (part of the ronda verda) by following the seaside bike path northeast of Barceloneta.
You can transport your bicycle on the metro on weekdays (except between 7am and 9.30am or 5pm and 8.30pm). At weekends and during holidays and July and August, there are no restrictions. You can use FGC trains and Renfe’s rodalies trains to carry your bike at any time, provided there is room.
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona buses run along most city routes every few minutes from between 5am and 6.30am to around 10pm and 11pm. Many routes pass through Plaça de Catalunya and/or Plaça de la Universitat. After 11pm a reduced network of yellow nitbusos (night buses) runs until 3am or 5am. All nitbus routes pass through Plaça de Catalunya and most run every 30 to 45 minutes.
Car & Motorcycle
With the convenience of public transport and the high price of parking in the city, it's unwise to drive in Barcelona. However, if you're planning a road trip outside the city, a car is handy.
Tickets & Passes
The metro, FGC trains, rodalies/cercanías (Renfe-run local trains) and buses come under a combined system. Single-ride tickets on all standard transport within Zone 1 cost €2.20.
Targetes are multitrip transport tickets. They are sold at all city-centre metro stations. The prices given here are for travel in Zone 1. Children under four years of age travel free. Options include the following:
- Targeta T-10 (€10.20) – 10 rides (each valid for 1¼ hours) on the metro, buses, FGC trains and rodalies. You can change between metro, FGC, rodalies and buses.
- Targeta T-DIA (€8.60) – unlimited travel on all transport for one day.
- Two-/three-/four-/five-day tickets (€15/22/28.50/35) – unlimited travel on all transport except the Aerobús; buy them at metro stations and tourist offices.
- T-Mes (€54) – 30 days' unlimited use of all public transport.
- Targeta T-50/30 (€43.50) – 50 trips within 30 days, valid on all transport.
- T-Trimestre (€145.30) – 90 days' unlimited use of all public transport.
For some time the Ajuntament has been studying ways to streamline the various options, under a project named T-Mobilitat. The current transport multi-passes are heavily subsided (54% of the cost of a T-10 is paid by the council) and there is support for a scheme in which visitors pay more than residents, though this had not yet come into play in early 2019.
The easy-to-use TMB metro system has 11 numbered and colour-coded lines. It runs from 5am to midnight Sunday to Thursday and holidays, from 5am to 2am on Friday and days immediately preceding holidays, and 24 hours on Saturday.
Ongoing work to expand the metro continues on several lines. Línea 9 connects with the airport.
Suburban trains run by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya include a couple of useful city lines. All lines heading north from Plaça de Catalunya stop at Carrer de Provença and Gràcia. One of these lines (L7) goes to Tibidabo and another (L6) goes to Reina Elisenda, near the Monestir de Pedralbes. Most trains from Plaça de Catalunya continue beyond Barcelona to Sant Cugat, Sabadell and Terrassa. Other FGC lines head west from Plaça d’Espanya, including one for Manresa that is handy for the trip to Montserrat.
Depending on the line, these trains run from about 5am (with only one or two services before 6am) to 11pm or midnight Sunday to Thursday, and from 5am to about 1am on Friday and Saturday.
Taxis charge €2.20 flag fall plus meter charges of €1.17 per kilometre (€1.40 from 8pm to 8am and all day on weekends). A further €3.10 is added for all trips to/from the airport, and €1 for luggage bigger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. The trip from Estació Sants to Plaça de Catalunya, about 3km, costs about €11. You can flag a taxi down in the streets or call one Fonotaxi or Radio Taxi 033.
The call-out charge is €3.40 (€4.20 at night and on weekends). In all taxis it is possible to pay with a credit card, and if you have a local telephone number, you can join the T033 Ràdio taxi service for booking taxis online (www.radiotaxi033.com). You can also book online at https://catalunyataxi.com.
Taxi Amic is a service for people with disabilities or in difficult situations (such as transport of big objects). Book at least 24 hours in advance.
There are a handful of tram lines in the city, on which all standard transport passes are valid. A scenic option is the tramvia blau (blue tram), which runs up to the foot of Tibidabo (which was temporarily closed at time of research for modernisation works).
T1, T2 and T3 Run into the suburbs of greater Barcelona from Plaça de Francesc Macià and are of limited interest to visitors.
T4 Runs from behind the zoo (near the Ciutadella Vila Olímpica metro stop) to Sant Adrià via Glòries and the Fòrum.
T5 Runs from Glòries to Badalona (Gorg stop).
T6 Runs between Glòries and Sant Adrià.