As in any big city, Barcelona has a wide choice of public transport that takes you nearly everywhere you want for a pretty affordable price.
Probably the most used and popular among the locals is the Metro, with nearly four thousand-million users a year. Its seven lines cover the entire city and it’s safe, easy to use and quick. There are three main stations: Plaça Catalunya, Estació de Sants and Passeig de Gràcia, from where you can take nearly any line. The standard adult price ticket is 2€ but there are other offers you should consider if you plan to use it often, such as the T10, a multi-person travel card valid for 10 journeys. The metro is open everyday from 5am to 12am, until 2am on saturdays and open all night on local holidays. More information can be found here.
The Bus can be used to go to areas not covered by the Metro. Due to the high amount of traffic in the city, it is less punctual and comfortable than the metro, reason why it has less passengers. There are numerous routes – more than the Metro has – and even a night bus service available for when the subway or train stations are closed. There is also a bus service called “Aerobus” departing every 10 minutes from Barcelona’s T2 to Plaça Catalunya or Plaça Espanya. Click here for timetables and more information.
Important: as any other city Barcelona also has its own touristic bus which, for the reasonable price of 24€, it will take you all around the city. It is especially worth it if your coming for a really short period of time as the bus stops at the most important touristic spots in the city. For more information you can check out their website here.
If what you want is to get out of the city and discover Barcelona’s surroundings the best option you have is RENFE trains. The coastal train line to Mataró/Blanes Maçanet is the oldest of all Spain and offers magnificent views of the beach and its villages. It is definitely worth stopping for a short walk or a coffee in Ocata, Masnou or Vilassar de Mar (all at less than 30min by train from Barcelona) or, if you feel adventurous, go to Sant Pol de Mar with its magnificent hidden beaches (around 1hour trip). Going south, Sitges is worth visiting, perfect for a crazy night out or just to enjoy its beach. RENFE also offers airport transfers with trains leaving from sector C in T2 every thirty minutes and stopping at some of the main stations like Sants Estació, Plaça Catalunya and Arc de Triomf. Ticket prices vary depending on the Zone. More information can be found here.
However, if you are more into knowing the city in a sustainable way your best option is renting a bike. For the last few years Barcelona’s council has created a wide net of exclusive cycle lanes as part of its objective to make the city transport more ecological. There are numerous companies with very competitive prices such as Bike Rental Barcelona, Barcelona Rent a Bike or Budget Bikes among others.
Important: the red dots in the map are Bicing bike renting stations, a service just available to locals.