travel guide to

Barcelona.

Known for

Sunshine, bold architecture, football, good food, La Rambla, the sea front…

This is Barcelona.

Barcelona is a city like no other with unusual architecture and something to discover on every street. But when is the best time to go? What tickets do you need for the Metro and what is there to do in Barcelona? We’ve got you covered with our complete Barcelona travel guide.

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Weather in Barcelona

Barcelona is a popular holiday location for it’s warm summer and mild winter.  August can be especially hot and humid, so if you’re not a fan of the heat you might want to go in May or June instead.

If you want to enjoy a bit of sun, avoid October and November, as it’s more likely to rain and be overcast.

Average temperatures in Barcelona

January 10 °C | February 10 °C | March 12 °C | April 13 °C | May 16 °C | June 20 °C | July 23 °C | August 24 °C | September 22 °C | October 18 °C | November 13 °C | December 11 °C

Currency in Barcelona, Spain

The currency in Barcelona, Spain is the Euro –

Bank notes are for €5 and higher. There are 100 Cents to 1 Euro. Coins come in units of 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2.

Unlike GBP and US dollars there aren’t many popular nicknames for the Euro.

Tipping in Barcelona

Tipping culture is fairly relaxed in Barcelona. You are only expected to tip in restaurants at 5%-10% of the bill. In bars and cafés it’s also typical to round up the bill to the nearest Euro.

It’s a similar story when taking a taxi in Barcelona. It’s not necessary to tip but if you would like to say thank you for good service then you could give them €1 or €2.

Internet

The city has its own Wifi service called “Barcelona WiFi”. You can access hotspots in public areas including libraries, beaches and parks.

Look out for the blue W signs as these indicate when you are near a hotspot. The service isn’t available 24 hours a day. The typical time of availability is 08:00 to 01:00.

As with most cities you can also find free Wifi in most coffee shops and bar.

Using the Barcelona metro

The Barcelona metro is run by TMB and is a quick and easy way to get around the city. The Barcelona metro network covers a huge area of the city and includes stops at major tourist destinations, the university and the airport.

How to get around on the metro

The map of the Barcelona metro will be available to view in the metro stations. However if you need one to carry with you. This Barcelona Metro app includes the official TMB metro map and is free to download on iOS and Android. There is also a journey planner and step-by-step guides to help you get where you need to go and it works offline (so no worrying about Wifi and data!).

In case of an emergency call 112 for fire, ambulance or police services.

Tickets and travel cards

There are 3 main varieties of travel ticket and travel card you can use on the Barcelona metro. There are single tickets, Hola BCN! travel cards and multi-use transport tickets.

The single ticket can be used for one trip in Zone 1. All locations in Barcelona City are Zone 1, it’s only when you travel outside of the city that you will need a different type of ticket or card. A single ticket costs €2.40. However a ticket to or from the airport requires a special Airport ticket for €5.15.

Where to buy a ticket

Tickets Machines are at all Metro stations. You can pay by coins, notes or credit cards. All ticket machines are touchscreen, available in 8 languages and easy to use.

If you need help with buying a ticket, look out for a TMB assistant dressed in red.

Operating hours of the Barcelona metro

Monday to Thursday: 05:00 to midnight.

Fridays: 05:00 to 02:00.

Saturdays: Starting at 05:00 continuous service throughout Saturday to Sunday night.

Sundays: service until 24:00.

Public holidays: 05:00 to midnight.

Eve of public holidays: 05:00 to 02:00.

Christmas Eve: 05:00 to 11:00.

 

Accessibility on the Barcelona Metro

The entire TMB Barcelona metro network is adapted for wheelchair users with the exception of these stations:

L1: Plaça de Sants, Espanya, Urquinaona and Clot

L3: Espanya

L4: Maragall, Verdaguer, Urquinaona and Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica

L5: Virrei Amat, Maragall, Verdaguer and Plaça de Sants

, Urquinaona, Clot.

TMB has adapted many of their facilities to be more accessible so you will find voice-guided ticket machines and if you go to a customer service centre there are metro guides in Braille.

Did you know? Every metro station that has been built or refurbished since 1992 is fully accessible.

TMB Buses

While the metro is quicker, there are some places that it doesn’t reach and when that happens you can usually get the bus there. If you’re catching a bus remember to validate you travel card in the machine if you have one. Try to have it in your hand so you don’t hold anyone up.

You can also buy a ticket on the bus using contactless payment methods. A single journey costs €2.40.

The entire bus network is completely accessible for people with reduced mobility.

Taxi

You can hail a taxi from the street and there are also taxi stands. Taxis have a base charge of €2.30 plus €1.21 per kilometre from 08:00 to 20:00 (Monday to Friday), or€1.45 per kilometre at all other times. An extra €4.30 will be added to take you to/ from the airport.

Transport to Barcelona Attractions

Barcelona is a city filled with things to do and places to see. A lot of tourist attractions and popular places can be reached by using an alternative form of transport such as the cable car or tram.

But be aware that you can’t use a TMB travel card or ticket for these. Instead you will need to buy tickets from the Hola Barcelona website.

If you are taking the Tramvia Blau, the historic tram, you can buy your ticket on board.

Montjuïc Funicular Railway: Connects the metro to the Olympic Ring and Montjuïc park.

Montjuïc Cable Car: Goes from the Funicular train station to the top of the mountain. You can see the city from above as you are carried to Montjuïc castle.

Barcelona Bus Turístic: A bus that takes you on a tour of Barcelona’s landmarks including Sagrada Família, Camp Nou and La Rambla.

Catalunya Bus Turístic: A tour bus that goes beyond Barcelona to let you explore Montserrat and the city of Girona.

Barcelona Night Tour Bus: A bus that tours the city to show you Barcelona’s landmarks lit-up at night.

Tramvia Blau: The historic tram takes passengers to Tibidab fair, Temple del Sagrat Coro and CosmoCaixa science museum.