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Transport in and around Barcelona
Barcelona International Airport is located 3 km from the Port of Barcelona, in a town to the southeast of the city called El Prat de Llobregat. It is the second largest airport in the country and the largest on the Mediterranean coast. There is a bus service as well as commuter train to and from the city and airport, as well as the highway.
To get into the city center of Barcelona, from the airport, there are a few options, by road, bus, train or taxi. The train is usually the cheapest and fastest option, it takes about 25 minutes from the airport to the city and costs 2.50. Although, there are also several buses that run different routes throughout the city, and it costs 3.75. To airport is accessible by the C-31 highway (Barcelona-Castelldefels), which also connects to the C-32(Barcelona-Sitges). To access Barcelona's ring roads, connect with the Pata Sur.
As well as being a major hub, Barcelona is also a core station for Renfe, Spain's national train system. The main station for intercity rail travel is Estaci Sants. Spain's high-speed railway, the AVE, has not yet been connected from Madrid to Barcelona, but it does reach Tarragona, in the southern part of Catalonia, and from there it is possible to take a train to Barcelona. The AVE should be expanded to Barcelona sometime within this year.
Barcelona's stations also serve the Catalonia railway system, called Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, more typically it is shortened to FGC. These trains serve to transport people in the urban areas and from the city to other outlying suburbs. For more information or reservations for RENFE trains, call (+34) 902 240 202; for information on the FGC, call (+34) 932 051 515.
Travelling in Barcelona
Currently, Barcelona has a very complete network of public transportation including a metro system, a bus network, two types of tram service, a few funiculars, as well as aerial cable cars.
Bus & Tram
The operation of Barcelona buses is split between the TMB and FGC. Tickets for the metro are also valid on the bus system. It is possible to use a one way ticket on both metro and bus if the trip is within the allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes. There is a night bus system operated by Mohn SL. Transports Ciutat Comtal. The TMB runs a citywide system of trams, called Trambaix and Trambess. Between these two, there are five lines running throughout the city. With the purchase of a ticket it is possible to make changes with either for up to 30 minutes. There is also the Tramvia Blau; it offers visitors a pleasurable travel to Tibidabo, running on a tramway through a residential area and the mountains before reaching the funicular railway. Tickets are available on the tram and cost 2.50 one-way or 3.70 for a return. For more information check: http://www.fgc.es & http://www.tmb.net.
The Barcelona Metro is mostly operated by the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), but there are 3 lines that are inter-connected with Barcelonas suburban lines, thus they are operated by the FGC. It was founded in 1924 when construction of one line, Gran Metro, was built (today it is part of line 3). The total length of the metro system today is almost 64 miles with 98% being underground. The fares for the metro are set by a city-wide standard, and therefore are the same for all the metro lines, as well as the buses and some regional trains. The metro lines are numbered and color coordinated and it is possible to get a map of the network in the stations.
The cost for a one way ticket is 1.25 and is valid for the whole system for 1 hour and 1 minutes. It is recommended, however, if you will be using public transportation more than 3 times to buy a T-10 pass, which costs 6.90 and is valid for 10 journeys. The metro times are as follows:
Monday-Thursday: 05:00 a.m. Midnight
Friday: 05:00 a.m. - 02:00 a.m.
Saturday: continuous service
Sunday- 05:00 a.m. Midnight
Barcelona has its own group of taxi's that are run by the Institut Metroplit del Taxi (Metropolitan Taxi Institute). There are more than 10,000 cars run by this institute, and each driver is self-employed. They can be easily identified because they are all painted black and yellow. It is good to note that in Spain it is uncustomary to tip a taxi driver more than what is on the meter at your destination. You can round up the price to the nearest euro, or leave a small tip if it was an airport pick-up, for example. If you are in the center at night and looking for a taxi to go home, try in the Plaa de Catalunya, as there are often taxi's lined up there at night.
The following are numbers to contact for taxi service:
Cooperativa de Rdio Taxi Tel: (+34) 93 225 0000
Barna Taxi Tel: (+34) 933 577 755 / 933 002 314
Fono Taxi Tel: (+34) 933 001 100
Sertax Tel (+34) 932 848 888
Private Chauffour & Guide
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There are several options for renting a car in Barcelona, there are 5 available companies for car rental within the Barcelona airport. If you are planning to visit mostly the city and some surrounding towns it is recommended, however, to just use public transportation, with the traffic in Barcelona normally being heavy and difficult to maneuver through. There is also the difficulty of finding free parking space, especially if you want to be in the city center.
The Funicular de Montjuc was opened in 1929. It uses the same fares as the metro and bus systems and is connected to underground via the Parallel station. The other two funiculars in Barcelona are run by the FGC and they both ascend Tibidabo hill. The Funicular de Vallavidrera was opened in 1906 and is most commonly taken by commuters during the weekdays. It runs every six minutes during the week, but less frequently on weekends. It is connected with the suburban line, Metro del Valls. The third funicular railway in Barcelona is called Funicular del Tibidabo and is more tourist-oriented. It is accessible with the other public transportation by taking the Valls line to Avenida Tibidabo and then Tramvia Blau to the Funicular stop.
Barcelona, with its prime location next to the sea, has the most important port on the Mediterranean Sea. The port is over 2000 years old and is still the most important on the sea for commercial use. It is also a huge draw for cruise lines, since over one million travellers pass through annually. It is managed by the Port Authority of Barcelona and is divided into three, but Port Vell is most well-known. It offers lots of public space as well as prime location to many services and leisure activities.