Guide to Cheap Transport Around Barcelona

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Barcelona Buses ©steve p2008/Flickr

One of the unwritten rules of traveling says that the more popular a city, the bigger the prices that tourists are expected to pay. If this is true, than we should expect Barcelona, one of the most visited European cities, to be quite expensive. Which is not necessarily true. I mean, yeah, Barcelona can be quite pricey, but it also has a very budget-friendly side – which you can easily take advantage of if you know a few tricks. This is why I believe my guide to cheap transport around Barcelona can be quite useful in saving you some precious pocket money and allow you to visit this wonderful Catalan city without having to constantly worry about money:

Barcelona airport transfers

Airport transfers are a very important part of your trip, for various reasons: flights are tiring and the last thing you want is to get lost on your way to the hotel; the trip form the airport is your first encounter with the new destination; plus, having to carry your baggage around makes the issue even more sensible. Luckily, Barcelona is a very tourist-friendly city, and this is becomes obvious from the first time you set foot on Barcelona’s ground. The city can be easily reached from the airport, and there are several ways to do this, depending on how much you are willing to spend. Thus, the most comfortable of travelers can order a taxi or hire a private care – which might cost up to several tenths of euros. The express bus is fast and reliable. Alternatively, for a very modest fee, you can take the train to the closest Barcelona subway station, and continue your trip on the tube.

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Barcelona tram ©JohnSeb/Flickr

Travel cheap around Barcelona

Once you’ve reached your hotel and you have a vague idea of where you are and where you want to get, you can start planning your trip. Depending on the length of your staying, you can decide to buy a Barcelona Card, which gives you unlimited travel around the city, subway, buses and airport tram included. If you don’t plan to adventure very far, and you happen to stay close to the center, I dare to suggest a bold move: just walk. Although both the subway and the bus network can offer inexpensive, reliable transport, none of them can compete with walking, which is not only free and good for your health, but also the best way to discover the city.

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Barcelona traffic ©steve p2008/Flickr

Travel outside Barcelona

If you consider traveling outside Barcelona, to visit its nearby towns or take a one-day beach trip, you should know that there are several ways to do this. The simplest – and one of the cheapest ways out of Barcelona is by commuter train – these connect to city to its surrounding villages and towns and have the advantage of traveling quite frequently. You can also find lots of local buses and minibuses.

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Barcelona Buses ©steve p2008/Flickr

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