Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde. It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. The city's origins are Roman, and its long history and economic dynamism have made Barcelona a cultural city, which can be seen in the historic-artistic heritage and the promotion of the most innovative artistic trends. A wide cultural programme will take visitors to museums, exhibitions, open-air sculptures... and many concerts, plays and dances.
The Barcelona metro is pleasant to use because it is clean, fast, economical and of course air-conditioned, which is more than enjoyable in summer!
· It is composed of 8 lines: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L9, L10, L11 managed by the company TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona).
· And 4 lines L6, L7, L8 and L12 belonging to the FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya).
You can travel on its 12 lines with a standard metro ticket.
There are more than 200 bus lines in Barcelona and each bus line has its own map. It is thus difficult to say which bus takes you from A to B. If your hotel is a little further away from a metro station, ask at the reception which bus you can take.
Both metro and regular buses stop running at some point at night. There are lots of night buses in Barcelona that bring you back to your hotel all night long. Almost all lines stop at the Plaza Catalunya.
The hours of operation of the regular buses and the NitBus vary from line to line. The nights buses run from around 10pm to around 5am.
The FGC is the Catalan railroad company that runs trains to the suburbs. They go along the Costa Brava until they reach Blanes 50 km north of Barcelona. They also go to the airport and along the coast towards the south to Tarragona via Castelldefels and Sitges. Trains to the northwest pass the Monastery of Montserrat on their way.
All lines meet in Barcelona, where the trains run underground like the metro and are integrated in the local transport network. You won't have difficulties here, finding your way is as easy as in the metro. Sometimes there are subterranean connections between metro stops and FGC stops. The same tickets are valid here.
Taking a taxi is a good alternative to going by bus or metro, especially at night when the metros don't run anymore. There are numerous taxis which are rather low-priced compared to other European countries.
The taxis in Barcelona are yellow and black with a green light on top. When the green light is on, the taxi is free. Altogether there are more than 4,000 taxis and 260 taxi stands in Barcelona. You can simply flag down a taxi on the street. Within 50 m from a taxi stand, a driver is not allowed to stop and pick up guests. At a taxi stand, you do not have the choice which taxi you would like to take unless you have special needs (e.g. if you require air conditioning, a different mode of payment etc.).
This Barcelona transport pass offers unlimited journeys on metro, bus (TMB) and the rest of the Barcelona public transport network over 2 (48 h), 3 (72 h), 4 (96 h) or 5 (120 h) consecutive days, with one ticket.
You can use your Hola BCN! transport pass at any time of day and get unlimited journeys over 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours from the first validation.
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