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Getting around…


The great thing about Barcelona is that it is small enough to do a lot of sightseeing by foot. In the Old Town a lot of the streets are pedestrianized so by walking, you can often discover something unexpected off the beaten track. In the area of Eixample all the streets run across or down so unless you have a terrible sense of direction, navigating from one place to another should not be too much of a problem. If you are going further afield, then unless you are an Olympic athlete, you might want to consider one of the other transport options


Taxis are generally fairly affordable in Barcelona. A 15 mins journey will cost about 10 Euros. There may be an extra charge for luggage and they also cost more on National Holidays or after Midnight. Rates are displayed inside on the dashboard. Official Barcelona taxis are yellow and black and if free they will have a green light illuminated on the car roof and a ‘Libre’ (or ‘Lluire’) sign on the windscreen. Tipping is welcomed but not necessary – you can give between 10 and 15 percent of the final fare.


One of the main advantages about getting around by metro in the summer months is that it is airconditioned and not overly crowded. It is also clean, cheap, puntual and will take you to all the major sites, most of which are in zone 1. By far the most economical way to travel by metro is to by a book of 10 tickets called a T10, costing  just over 8 euros. Single tickets cost 1,45 euros so it does work out financially, especially as you can share tickets among your group. T10 tickets are valid for journeys in Barcelona City Centre Zone 1 on the metro, FGC and TMB buses, Tram and RENFE.  You can use any of these means of transport with just one T10 ticket if your journey is completed within 1 hour 15 minutes.
For more information www.tmb.cat/en/home


Local trains within the Barcelona area are known as Cercanías or Radalies and all stop at the city`s main station, Sants. Some also stop at Paseo de Gracias (to go to Sitges or Girona) or Arc de Trionf (for the Costa del Maresme and the Pyrenees) and Placa Catalunya.
Regional trains to Sabadell, Terrassa and other towns beyond Tibidabo depart from FGC Plaça Catalunya, those for Montserrat from FGC Plaça d’Espanya.
More information www.renfe.com


Barcelona has an efficient bus service but is generally more complicated to work out than the metro or trains. There are over 100 bus routes and reach further than the metro. Each bus stop will have a map illustrating where the bus stops and its final destination. There are special bus lanes in place in most of Barcelona’s roads, and you get to see the sights along the way, but it is not the quickest way to get around. One bus service that is particularly useful is the Nitbus, which runs from 11pm to 4am.
For more information www.tmb.cat/en/home

Bus Turistic
If you are in the city for a short period, the most efficient way to see all of Barcelona is by Bus Turístic  www.tmb.net/en_US/turistes/busturistic/busturistic.jsp. This is an open top double-decker bus and goes to all maor sites. There are two routes — the red or ‘Nord’ route, which covers L’Eixample and Tibidabo with Gaudí’s main works (including the Sagrada Familia) or the blue or ‘Sur’ route, which allows you to see the Old Town and the Olympic ring. You can get on at Plaça de Catalunya, outside the El Corte Ingles department store.


The T4 tram line is the most useful to visitors to the city as it runs from runs from Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica (also a metro stop), via Glòries and the Fòrum, on to Sant Adrià (also a RENFE train station) the fifth line follows the same route, splitting off at Glòries to go on to Badalona.
Lines T1, T2 and T3 go from Plaça Francesc Macià, Zona Alta, to the outskirts of the city. You can buy integrated tickets and single tickets from the machines at tram stops.
Form more info www.trambcn.com



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