Getting Around Town

Tramvia Blau in Barcelona

Barcelona’s public transport system is an easy-to-use and integrated service that makes travelling around with children quite manageable.

As well as the standard public transport options, Barcelona also boasts a cable car, tramway and funicular trains that run uphill.

Metro and Travel Cards

There are various travel card options that will enable you to get the best deal for your family. The T10 card purchased in the Metro will allow you to share a single card with all the family for up to 10 trips.  The Hola BCN card is a travel ticket that allows you to choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 days travel.  Children under 4 travel free on public transport whereas children of 5 and over pay the same ticket price as adults.  The T12 card for 4-12 year old children is a travel pass available to residents of Barcelona using the Zone 1 network.

Barcelona Metro Map


Taxis are also an affordable alternative compared to other major cities especially when travelling in numbers with average trips costing between €5 and €10.  A taxi from the airport to the city centre with baggage costs approximately €25. Taxis do cost more after 8pm and on Sundays and public holidays.  Barcelona’s underground Metro service runs daily until midnight and throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays.


Barcelona is also very well adapted for cyclists and you can easily hire bikes for self-guided sightseeing or group tours taking advantage of the parks, beach promenades and many bike paths around the city.  The Bicing bicycle share with points located at strategic points throughout the city are only available for use by city residents only.   See Bike Hire in Barcelona