Getting here and around

Finding your path in Barcelona will be easy if you plan a bit ahead. Everything in Barcelona, including the Gothic Quarter, is explorable on foot from the Ciutat Vella (Old City). You will mainly need transport to Sarrià, Gràcia, Park Güell, Gaudí's Sagrada Família, Montjuïc and the Auditori near Plaça de les Glòries. Usually, the metro system will get you anywhere. There are also handy commuter trains on the Catalan FGC system. The metro lines in the town are useful, air-conditioned and secure. For certain routes, busses are practical, and taxis seldom exceed 15 euros for an overall trip.

Modern Barcelona is built on a grid structure atop Plaça de Catalunya. The Old Town, however, is a maze of narrow streets from Plaça de Catalunya to the harbour, so you'll need a good street map (or GPS) and a good pair of shoes to explore. It is best to stop driving in the town whenever possible. Bus and metro route maps are available free of charge from the local Tourist Information Office at Plaça de Catalunya.

Travel by airplane

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Transatlantic flying time to Barcelona’s El Prat Airport averages about 7 hours and 30 minutes from New York’s JFK Airport.

Travel by boat

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There are regular ferry services between the United Kingdom and north-western Spain.

Travel by bus

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Barcelona ’s main intra-Spain bus station is the Estació del Nord, a few blocks east of the Arc de Triomf.

Travel by car

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Major routes in Spain carry heavy traffic, particularly during peak holiday times, so be extremely careful; Spain has one of the highest accident rates in …

Travel by metro

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The metro or subway in Barcelona is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get around.

Travel by taxi

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In Barcelona, the taxis are black and yellow and show a green roof sign on the front right corner when available for hire.

Travel by train

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International overnight trains to Barcelona arrive from many European cities, including Paris, Grenoble, Geneva, Zurich and Milan; 4-day high-speed trains to …

Ways to Get from Barcelona to Girona: Your Ultimate Guide

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Introduction Girona is a beautiful city located in the Catalonia region of Spain, and it’s a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.

Ways to Get from Barcelona to Mallorca: Your Ultimate Guide

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Introduction Mallorca is a stunning island located in the Mediterranean Sea, and it’s a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.