Barcelona is well connected with the rest of Europe and Spain by air, sea, road and rail. The city has good motorways and it has one of the largest harbours in Europe, however, the most practical way of getting to Barcelona from abroad is by air.

El Prat International Airport is about 11 miles from Barcelona city centre and there is a good public transport network with both trains and buses operating a service between Barcelona and the airport. The Aerobús is an airport bus which runs a direct service between the city and the airport. There are also taxis stands from all the terminals which connect the airport and the city and should cost between € 20 -€ 25. Read airport reviews.

Most low cost airlines operate from airports in Girona or Reus which are in Tarragona. There are airport buses which run a direct service between these airports and Barcelona but the journey takes over one hour.

Barcelona is well linked with the rest of Spain by the Spanish Railway Network, RENFE, and coaches. The main train stations in Barcelona is Sants Station and Francia Station and so trains arriving in Barcelona from other cities in Spain or France will stop at these two main stations.

Public Transport

It is lovely to walk in Barcelona and take in the atmosphere of the Barri Gótico or Gràcia where there are lots of nice restaurants and places to discover. However, if you want to make the most of your stay in the city and visit most of the major tourist attractions you will have to use the public transport which is managed by Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB).

The fastest way to travel within the city centre is by metro. The metro has nine efficient, colour-coded lines which connect the whole city. For more information see the Barcelona metro map.

There is also a tramway with two tramlines connecting the metropolitan area.

Barcelona also has a good bus network which runs both during the day and at night and the night bus is known at nitbus.

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) is a regional railway network and RENFE is the national railway network which runs within the city and connects Barcelona with the suburbs of the city and the rest of Spain.

Apart from the more traditional public transport, there are also special services aimed at tourists, for example, Bus Turístic which has three routes which show all the major sites in the city. The bus stops at over 44 stops and there are explanations of the sites in various languages.

Tombus is another tourist bus which offers a route around the main shopping areas in Barcelona. Calesses are horse drawn carts which tour the city centre and are popular in the summer months and golondrinas are small boats which do a short tour of the coast. The last option is to take a helicopter ride with Bcnskytour and discover the city by air.

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