Access and Mobility
Barcelona, a capital city born two thousand years ago on the shores of the Mediterranean, is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Europe and boasts excellent transport connections to get you wherever you need to go.
There are daily ferries from the Port of Barcelona to the Balearic Islands as well as regular sailings to the ports of Genoa, Rome and Tangier.
For information on the times and prices of ferry companies from the Port of Barcelona:
- To/from the Balearic Islands: Acciona-Trasmediterránea: www.trasmediterranea.es
- To/from Genoa, Sète and Tangier: Grimaldi Group Grandi Navi Veloci: www.gnv.it
- To/from Rome, Livorno, Sardinia (Porto Torres) and Tangier: Grimaldi Ferries: www.grimaldi-ferries.com
GETTING TO THE CITY FROM THE PORT
Blue bus / Metro (L3)
The bus runs from all the port terminals to the Christopher Columbus monument and vice versa. The nearest metro station is Drassanes (Green Line, L3) which is a five-minute walk from the monument. Once on the metro system there are excellent connections to the rest of the city.
MOTORWAYS AND HIGHWAYS
Barcelona is 150 km from La Jonquera at the French border. The network of French motorways and highways links up with the AP-7 toll motorway and the N-II and C-32 highways to Barcelona. The main access to the city is via the ring roads (Ronda Litoral along the coast and Ronda de Dalt higher up in the city) or via Avinguda Meridiana to the centre.
From the south, if coming from the rest of Spain, access is via the AP-7 toll motorway and the C-32 highway and then by the ring roads or along Avinguda Diagonal.
Barcelona has no fewer than eleven thousand taxis in operation, easily identifiable by their black and yellow livery. Taxis available for flagging down have a green light showing on top of the vehicle. There is also a range of multipurpose taxis available for carrying people with reduced mobility.
If you have specific requirements (e.g. certain languages, seven-seater taxis, etc.) we recommend that you use the telephone taxi services.
MORE INFORMATION ON TAXI SERVICES IN BARCELONA
Barcelona Metropolitan Taxi Institute
Tel. (+34) 932 235 151 | More information
Barcelona Airport welcomes over 800 flights per day and more than 34 million passengers every year.
GETTING TO THE CITY FROM THE AIRPORT
By the aerobus (A1/A2) / Every 5 minutes / Journey Time: 35 minutes
Daily service from Plaça de Catalunya to Barcelona Airport and vice versa.
Tel. (+34) 902 100 104 | More information
By train (Renfe) / Every 30 minutes / Journey Time: 18 minutes
Daily service from Barcelona Airport (Terminal 2) to Sants mainline station and vice versa | More information
By Metro / Every 5 minutes
Daily service from Barcelona Airport (Terminals 1 and 2) – L9 Sud | More information
By regular bus (TMB) / Every 25 minutes
Line 46 of Barcelona’s public transport service links the Airport (Terminals 1 and 2) with Plaça d’Espanya | More information
Night bus (Nitbus) / Every 20 minutes
Line N17 of the night bus service runs between Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça d’Espanya and Barcelona Airport’s Terminal 1. Line N16 links Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça d’Espanya with Terminal 2 | More information
Barcelona has direct rail connections with major destinations such as Paris, Zurich and Milan and a high-speed railway line to Madrid, Girona, the eastern seaboard and southern Spain, amongst other regions. Barcelona Sants is the city’s main railway station and where the majority of mainline trains entering or leaving the city converge. It is also the railway station for the high-speed trains (AVE) and a large number of local and regional destinations, including Barcelona Airport.
BARCELONA SANTS RAILWAY STATION
Metro L5 and L3 / BUS 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V7 The following connections are available | More information
Airport train (RENFE) / Every 30 minutes / Journey Time: 18 minutes
Daily service to Barcelona Airport (Terminal 2) from Sants Railway Station | More information
The bus station with the most national and international connections from Barcelona is Barcelona Nord. There are also services from the bus station at Sants Railway Station and from other points in the city.
BARCELONA NORD BUS STATION
Metro L1 (ARC DE TRIOMF) / Bus: 6, 40, 42, 54, 141, V21
This is the main bus station in Barcelona with services to all the main cities in Spain as well as Europe and North Africa | More information
BARCELONA SANTS BUS STATION
Metro L5 and L3 (SANTS STATION) / Bus: 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V7
Right next to Barcelona-Sants railway station, various different bus companies provide nationwide and international services.
Public transport in Barcelona
Barcelona's public transport network for the metropolitan area at a glance:
Barcelona has eight Metro lines which are identified by their number and colour: L1 (red), L2 (purple), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L9 Sud (orange), L10 (light blue), L11 (light green), covering most of the city.
Barcelona’s tram system, known simply as the Tram, was re-launched in 2004 after having been shut down in 1971. It offers a comfortable, fast, easily-accessible, and eco-friendly means of transport. The system has 2 lines: Diagonal-Baix Llobregat and Ciutadella-Besòs.
Renfe - Rodalies
The rail network of Renfe Rodalies has 6 lines plus 7 regional lines. There is a total of 236 stations on a total of 1,329 km of tracks.
The train is one of the modes of public transport with the highest capacity as well as being the most sustainable. The FGC comprises 13 lines with 103 stations and a total length of 271 km.