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Transport in Barcelona

Barcelona has very good transport links with the rest of the world, either by land, sea or air. Its excellent location, close to France and in the Mediterranean, makes a decisive contribution to this. As far as transport by land is concerned, the city has an extensive rail network and a number of mainline stations linking the city with other towns in Spain and the rest of Europe. The AVE high-speed rail connection between Barcelona and Paris launched in December 2013. It has a large fleet of buses that also provide this service. With regard to maritime transport, Barcelona continues to be the leading cruise port in the Mediterranean. It now has seven cruise terminals, where more than 900 ships docked in 2013, bringing more than 2.5 million passengers. The city also has three ferry terminals
serving the Balearic Islands and other destinations. As far as air transport is concerned, More than 35 million passengers passed through terminal 1 at Barcelona
Airport in 2013.

Another important aspect worth mentioning is the ongoing improvement of the city’s public transport network. Barcelona currently has eight metro lines serving 144 stations and covering more than 100 kilometres, and more than 1,000 buses that link all the city’s districts. The city also has a major rail network run by the Catalan government, which complements the metro and serves the neighbouring towns. The city has relaunched its tram service, which provides a modern, accessible, environmentally friendly and more sustainable means of transport.

Barcelona airport

Barcelona airport is located 12 km outside the city, in El Prat de Llobregat. Airport passengers (year 2013) 35,210,735. There are two terminals: T1 and T2, with three areas, T2A, T2B and T2C. T1 terminal was designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill, and when viewed from the air, it is shaped like a bird with an elongated beak. Inside, the new terminal complies with modern and maximum efficiency criteria. Security checks have been designed to be as speedy as possible and baggage is processed and distributed automatically, using the latest state-ofthe-art smart technologies.

At the T1 terminal you’ll find over 80 shops and restaurants and areas where you can relax, such as a spa, gymnasium, hairdresser’s, massage centre, rest area and six VIP lounges. The terminal also has five car-hire offices, 11,000 parking spaces, ATMs and banks. The terminal is a fully sustainable building covering an area of 500,000 m2. The T1 alone can handle 30 million passengers a year and generate its own energy. It has been fitted with 696 solar panels, which heat 70% of the water in the bars, restaurants and washrooms. The cooling and heating systems have been grouped together to optimise their efficiency. The transparency of the building allows natural light to flood into all public spaces and, among other measures, it is equipped with its own electricity-generating centre,water-saving taps and a pneumatic refuse collection system, which is the most advanced in the world and can separate waste, organic matter, paper, cardboard and packaging.

The T1 terminal has 19 entrances, all of them adapted for people with reduced mobility. It is accessible by road, by private vehicle or public transport, and in the coming years will be served by the train and the new line 9 of the metro. Non-stop shuttle buses connect T1 with the other terminals and the airport railway station, but there are also 750 taxi spaces and 15 stops for the different bus companies that call at the airport from Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, as well as other tourist resorts such as Salou, Port Aventura, Sitges and Andorra. You can even get to the new T1 by bike, via a specially designed bicycle lane which will allow you to enjoy the natural landscape around this giant structure, which puts Barcelona Airport at the cutting edge of air travel. T1 is home to the airlines from the following world alliances: Star Alliance (including Lufthansa, TAP, Swiss, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Air Baltic, Egyptair and US Airways), OneWorld (including Iberia, with the Madrid shuttle and Vueling) and Sky Team (including Air Europa).

Free bus service connecting terminals T1 and T2. Bustransit T1-T2 (terminal): 12 midnight-5am, every 20 minutes; 5am-8am and 8pm-12 midnight, every 7 minutes; 8am-8pm, every 4 minutes. Journey time: 10 minutes.

Connections between Barcelona and the airport
A1 – Daily service between Plaça de Catalunya and the airport, terminal T1.
A2 – Daily service between Plaça de Catalunya and the airport, terminal T2.
Frequency: A1, between 5 and 10 minutes / A2, between 10 and 20 minutes. Approximate journey time: 30 minutes.

Bus 46
Runs daily from pl. d’Espanya to the airport, terminals T1 and T2.
Frequency: between 15 and 25 minutes. Approximate journey time: 45 minutes.
Departures from pl. d’Espanya: 5am-11.50pm.

Line R2 of the RENFE Rodalies (suburban rail) service connects Sants Station with the airport T2 terminal.
Daily service. Departures from Sants Station: 5.13am-11.14pm. Departures from the airport: 5.42am-11.38pm.
Frequency: every 30 minutes.
Journey time: 19 minutes.

By car
The C-31 Barcelona-Castelldefels road leads to the airport, and connects with the C-32 Barcelona-Sitges road. From the avinguda Diagonal, the ronda de Dalt and ronda Litoral ring roads also connect with the C-31. The estimated journey time from the city centre to the airport is about 20 minutes.

Rail Transport

Renfe Operadora is a passenger and goods carrier.

Information and bookings www.renfe.com TIKNET Service
Information about local trains: 900 410 041 24 h
Information about national rail services: 902 320 320 24 h
National rail bookings: 5am-11.45pm
International rail information and bookings: 902 243 402 daily, 7am-11pm

Renfe stations

Estació de Sants D3
This is Barcelona’s central station and main rail hub.
Pl. dels Països Catalans, s/n (08014)
Getting there: Metro: Sants-Estació (L3 and L5)

Estació de França G7
This is the city’s “grand” station, not just because of the number of trains operating from here but as a result of its spectacular architecture. It was built in 1929.
Av. del Marquès de l’Argentera
Getting there: Metro: Barceloneta (L4)

Passeig de Gràcia Station E6
Pg. de Gràcia /Aragó
Getting there: Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (L2, L3 and L4)

Plaça de Catalunya Station F6
Pl. Catalunya
Getting there: Metro: Plaça Catalunya (L1 and L3)

Arc de Triomf Station F7
Av. Vilanova with Pg. de Sant Joan
Getting there: Metro: Arc de Triomf (L1)

Clot – Aragó Station E9
Aragó with Av. Meridiana. Pl. Canonge Rodó
Getting there: Metro: Clot (L1 and L2)

Sant Andreu Comtal Station C12
Pl. de l’Estació
Getting there: Metro: Sant Andreu (L1)

Sant Andreu Arenal Station C11
Av. Meridiana
Getting there: Metro: Fabra i Puig (L1)

Sagrera-Meridiana Station C11
The station opened as part of the first phase of the project in February 2011. It is currently served by four suburban rail and four metro lines and will eventually
become Barcelona’s main public transport interchange.
Av. Meridiana,
Getting there: Sagrera (L1, L5, L9 and L10)

Sea transport

Regular services / Ferries
Barcelona harbour has direct connections and operates regular passenger and vehicle transport services to the Balearic Islands, Genoa, Rome, Sardinia/Livorno and Tangiers.

Balearic Islands: Mallorca / Minorca / Ibiza
Two companies operate between Barcelona and the islands: Trasmediterránea and Balearia.

Acciona – Trasmediterránea
Ferry de Barcelona terminal, Moll de Sant Bertran
902 454 645 / 932 959 100
www.trasmediterranea.es info@trasmediterranea.es

Departures and journey times:
To Palma de Mallorca:
Daily during high season.
During low season, daily except Sat.
Approximate crossing time: 8 h

To Ibiza:
Daily during high season, except Wed and
Sun. Two weekly departures in low season.
Approximate crossing time: 9 h

To Mahon, Minorca:
Daily during high season.
Three weekly departures in low season.
Approximate crossing time: 9 h

Drassanes Moll de Barcelona terminal
902 160 180 / 933 248 980 Moll de Drassanes
www.balearia.com info@balearia.com

To Palma de Mallorca:
Daily during high season. Please check details for other seasons.
Approximate crossing time: 7 h

To Ibiza:
Departures: Consult.
Approximate crossing time: 9 h

To Minorca:
Departures: Consult
Approximate crossing time: 9 h

Genoa and Tangiers

Grimaldi Group Grandi Navi Veloci
Moll de la Costa – Grimaldi terminal
Passengers 934 437 139
Departures: Consult.
Approximate crossing time: 19 h (Genoa) / 32 h (Tangiers)

Roma (Civitavecchia)/Cerdeña (Porto Torres)/Livorno

Grimaldi Ferries / Acciona Trasmediterránea
Moll de la Costa – Grimaldi terminal
902 454 645 / 902 531 333 / 935 028 163 (Grimaldi Group) / 932 959 100
(Trasmediterránea) www.grimaldi-lines.com reservas@grimalditour.com
Departures: Consult
Approximate crossing time: 21 h (Rome) / 12.30 h (Sardinia) / 19.30 h (Livorno)

Barcelona is one of the main cruise harbours in the Mediterranean and is establishing its position as the base port for cruise companies. It has seven passenger terminals which can accommodate up to nine cruise liners at the same time.


The bus network operated by TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona – Barcelona Metropolitan Transport) has a fleet of over 1,000 vehicles, all adapted for people with reduced mobility. A number of private companies complete the city’s public bus services.


Running times vary according to the route. Some services begin at 4.25am and end at 11pm. The running times and frequency of service are posted at the bus stops. A number of night buses operate on the main routes throughout the night.
For further information: 010 933 187 074 www.tmb.cat

Bus stations

Estació d’autobusos Barcelona Nord F8
This is the main station operating regular bus services.
Alí-Bei, 80 (08013)
902 260 606
Metro: Arc de Triomf (L1)

Estació d’autobusos Barcelona Sants D3
Next to Barcelona Sants central station.
Viriat, s/n (08014)
934 904 000
Metro: Sants-Estació (L3, L5)

Estació d’autobusos Fabra i Puig B11
Av. Meridiana, 392 (08030)
Metro: Fabra i Puig (L1)
902 260 606


There are six tram lines: three are operated by TramBaix (different towns in the Baix Llobregat county) and three operated by TramBesòs (in Sant Adrià del Besòs).

  • T-1 Plaça Francesc Macià – Bon Viatge
  • T-2 Plaça Francesc Macià – Llevant –Les Planes
  • T-3 Plaça Francesc Macià – Sant Feliuand Consell Comarcal
  • T-4 Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica – Estacióde Sant Adrià
  • T-5 Plaça de les Glòries – Gorg
  • T-6 Estació Sant Adrià – Plaça de les Glòries

Tramvia Blau
The Tramvia Blau (blue tram), first came into service in 1901 and is still running today. It connects the Pl. Kennedy / Av. Tibidabo and the Pl. del Doctor Andreu.
Passengers transfer here to the Tibidabo funicular railway.
Frequency: every 30 minutes

Parking for caravans and motor homes

Park & Ride
Av. Eduard Maristany corner of St. Ramon de Penyafort
(payment at the car park)
Services: water, electricity, etc., included
659 965 543/933 563 365


Barcelona has a fleet of 11,000 taxis, which are easily identified by their yellow and black livery. A clearly visible green roof light is displayed when they are available for hire


Bicing is Barcelona’s new means of public transport. This pay-as-you-go bike hire service was introduced in March 2007 and there are 100 Bicing stands around the city, particularly near railway and metro stations. The service operates 365 days a year and users have to buy a card or pay an annual subscription to use it.

Other unusual forms of city transport

Montjuïc Funicular
Connects the Paral·lel metro station (lines L2 and L3) with Montjuïc Park. Included in the integrated fare system.

Tibidabo Funicular
Connects the Tramvia Blau stop in Pl. del Doctor Andreu with the Tibidabo Amusement Park.
Frequency: every 30 minutes

Montjuïc Cable Car
This modern cable car connects the Av. Miramar (next to the upper cable car station) and Montjuïc Castle.

Connects Pl. de Catalunya and Pl. del Tibidabo. Operates when the Amusement Park is open.
Frequency: every 30 minutes

Harbour cable car
Connects Montjuïc Hill (station by the Costa i Llobera Gardens) with the Jaume I Tower (World Trade Center) and the Sant Sebastià Tower (Pg. de Joan de Borbó, 88). It runs daily, although this depends on the weather and it may be closed on rainy or windy days.
Frequency: every 10 minutes

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