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.
- Barcelona Public Transport Information (English)
- Interactive street map of Barcelona
- Out of Town Bus Routes
- RENFE National Rail Enquiries
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.
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
Tel. 902 193 275
As part of the Barcelona public transport network, you can take the tramway that has 6 different routes running from the city. The tram connection offers you a fast route to the outskirts of the city. The tram at the Parc de la Ciutadella / Vila Olimpica stop runs past the Teatre Nacional via the Shopping centre of Les Glories and the flea market of Encants, along Diagonal above the Poble Nou area and on to the Forum and Sant Adria. You can also change at Les Glories onto the T5 line which runs by Clot, Sant Marti continuing to Besos and beyond. Taking the tram from the other end of town, at the Diagonal stop at Francesc Macia, the line takes you via Maria Cristina, the University zone and on to L’Hospital de Llobregat, Cornella de Llobregat and Sant Feliu de Llobregat. Depending on the route and day, trams run from around 5am until 2am in the morning.
Take a trip on one of the most traditional methods of transport in Barcelona and easily the most enjoyable way of reaching the top of the Tibidabo mountain.
This old fashioned tram takes you through leafy suburbs and past uptown Barcelona houses and ends your journey at the foot of the funicular railway where your board your train to Tibidabo. The route is just over 1km. Tramvia Blau Timetable
The Funicular train takes you up to the Tibidabo Amusement Park high above the city. Catch the Tramvia Blau uphill to the final stop at Plaça del Doctor Andreu from which you can catch the funicular for the rest of your journey. Running on weekends in February and every day from March to December (December 25th ,26th and 31st). The fare has a price discount if you are also purchasing access to the park.
A funicular railway also runs you up to Barcelona’s other hill of Montjuïc from the metro station at Parallel. As this is part of the main public transport system, you can use your travel card to make the journey. Catch the train from Parallel Metro Station (L4) for the short one-stop ride up to the Montjuïc parks, the Olympic and Sports Museum, Olympic Stadium and Joan Miro Gallery.
Trains out of Town
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If you would like to explore further afield or are continuing your journey elsewhere you can take main line trains from different stations around town. The key train stations for national and international train journeys are Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona Sants, Estacío de França and Paseig de Gràcia. Apart from Estació de França, each of these stations has metro connections (nearest Metro: L4 Barceloneta). Check the RENFE website for local and long-distance train times and prices. Bear in mind that the same route may have different journey times and fares depending on which type of train you select (fast or stopping service). In some cases it is advisable to buy or reserve your tickets/seats in advance at the station. Trains usually have specific areas for luggage in each compartment as well as overhead storage. Be sure to get to the station ahead of time to make sure you join the right queue or platform.