How to get around Barcelona: metro, bus, Hop on Hop off Barcelona, on foot..

Moving around a city of this size may seem like a challenge, but if you have a wide variety of transportation options available, it becomes much more comfortable. We uncover the best mobility options for you. Hola Barcelona takes you there!

How to get around Barcelona: metro, bus, Hop on Hop off Barcelona, on foot..

Barcelona always offers exciting adventures exploring its streets, squares, parks, and gardens, but sometimes we don't know what means of transportation we have at our disposal to discover it. Don't worry! Here is a complete guide to getting around the city at your leisure.

Barcelona Metro: the suburban backbone

The Barcelona Metro is the fastest and most efficient way to travel around the city. With a well-connected network that reaches almost every corner of Barcelona, you can quickly reach your favorite places of interest.

Check the metro map to plan your route and find out which lines to take to get to your destination. The metro operates from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, except on Saturdays and holiday eves when it offers continuous service.

Barcelona has a total of 8 metro lines that can be identified by the number and colour of the line: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9N and L9S (orange), L10N and L10S (light blue), L11 (light green), and connect the entire city and its metropolitan areas, making transportation easier. It also has an urban and metropolitan rail network the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), run by the Catalan government, which supplements Barcelona's metro network. There are three urban lines: L6, L7 and L8.

Bus: the perfect complement

Barcelona's buses are ideal for reaching places where the metro doesn't go and also for enjoying the city's street views while traveling. Make sure to check the departure times to avoid waiting!

Barcelona has an extensive bus network covering the entire city and its outskirts.

Hop on Hop Off Barcelona: the most touristy route 

The Hop on Hop Off Barcelona is a fantastic option for visitors who want to explore Barcelona's most iconic places without complications. This double-decker bus offers two panoramic routes through the city's main points of interest, including the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, La Pedrera, and many more.

Buy your tickets online, choose the routes that interest you the most, and hop on and off the bus as you wish.

The routes include guides in different languages, providing interesting information about the city's history and culture.

Tram: the most flexible transport

The Barcelona Tram is an excellent option for lighter and faster urban journeys, especially in the most central neighborhoods. With routes connecting some of the main tourist attractions or the rest of the cities in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, the Tram offers a comfortable and efficient travel experience. The Tram operates on regular schedules during the day, with frequency varying depending on the time and route. Make sure to check the schedules to plan your route in advance.

Montjuïc Cable Car: fly over Barcelona

A special option for a special day is the Montjuïc Cable Car, which connects the Funicular station with the top of Montjuïc mountain through a 750-meter aerial route. This experience offers spectacular views of the city and is a unique way to see Barcelona from above.

On foot: the charm of walking

Barcelona is also a city that can be discovered on foot. Walking through its narrow streets, through the Gothic Quarter or the Eixample, will allow you to discover hidden corners and feel the city's essence.

Wear comfortable shoes and don't be afraid to explore; Barcelona is full of surprises waiting to be discovered!

Barcelona has an extensive bus network / Photo: TMB
Barcelona has a total of 8 metro lines that can be identified by the number and colour of the line / Foto: TMB
Discover the city's most iconic places with the Hop on Hop Off Barcelona
Get to know Barcelona in depth with any of the multiple transportation options you have at your disposal / Photo: Logan Armstrong via Unsplash

If you are planning your getaway to Barcelona and want to move around with public transportation, the Hola Barcelona Travel Card is your best ally. With it, you can travel worry-free throughout the city.

Visit it at your own pace with public transportation (metro and bus (TMB), railway (FGC, zone 1), Montjuïc Cable Car, tram (TRAM), and suburban trains (Rodalies de Catalunya, zone 1)) and benefit from unlimited travel for 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours.

Discover Barcelona thoroughly and enjoy an unforgettable experience exploring all its corners and secrets. Hola Barcelona takes you there!