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Metro stop at the Plaça d'Espanya
The best way to get around Barcelona (other than walking which can be quite exhausting and time consuming for larger distances) is by using the Metro. It is an affordable and efficient alternative to taxis, buses, and walking. There are 5 main lines that cover the city quite well. Look for the sign to your left and if you're staying there for several days, invest in the 10 trip card or weekly card.
A bit of advice, the electronic ticketing machines do not accept US credit cards. We tried it and it did not work. Also, you may be better off avoiding the Metro if you're traveling with luggage in tow. Many stations do not have escalators and as such, make for a difficult trip. Take a cab on those days unless you know you can carry the weight with no problem.
The Blue Tram (Tramvia Blau) to Tibidabo
This open-sided blue wooden tram has been making it's way up the route to Tibidabo's funicular since 1901. You can either take the Bus Turístic to Plaça John Kenndey or take the FGC train Plaça de Catalunya to Avinguda Tibidabo station. Then just walk across the Plaça John Kennedy to catch the Blue Tram. It´s certainly the most traditional way to get to the funicular but the route is also serviced by a bus.
The Bus Turístic service is one way to explore BCN
The Bus Turístic is probably one of the best ways to get around Barcelona and see many of the popular sites. This tour company has put together a network of three routes that circle the city and connect quite well with each other. One of the best benefits is purchasing the two day ticket which allows you to jump on and off the bus at any of its stops. The bus runs till 7pm I believe and starts at 9 am. The fare was 20 Euros for the two day ticket (16 for a single day). This can change as can the hours. Please visit the website below for updated information.
Oh yes, you can buy your tickets on the bus or at the information center at Plaça de Catalunya. They have some way of reserving/buying your tickets online but I would just go to either Plaça de Catalunya or get it on the bus. You have to pay in cash on the bus though.
Other Contact: Fax: +34 93 317 11 55
Phone: +34 93 343 79 90
The train approaches the airport.
The RENFE train makes an efficient and affordable means to connect from the airport to the city. The train makes several stops in the city connecting to all the subway lines. If you plan to stay solely in Barcelona during your trip, forget the rental car and take the train. It's great!
Estaci de França
The Estaci de França is located on the south-eastern part of Barcelona and serves as first stop from trains coming from the east and north of Barcelona. At the time of its opening in September 1929, it was the largest station in Europe. It was closed for several years while the tracks were buried underground in preperation for the Olympic Village. The station has now been restored to its formidable splendor, and looks more like a fancy hotel (on the inside).
Picture from RENFE website.
The station, Estació de Sants is the first major stop from the airport into Barcelona. Here, the traveler can get off, switch trains, or hop on a subway. It is a great place to get a hotel near to as you can avoid renting a car and have connections to the Metro.
Phone: 00 34 902 24 02 02
Cable cars ascend Montjuïc
The easiest way to accend Montjuïc is to take the Funicular de Montjuïc up to the top. The fare here is also reasonable and the funicular station is located just a short walk from the Paral-lel train station (Note the hyphen between the two "L"s signifies that the double "L" is pronounced as an "L" sound rather than the "Y" sound that is typical in Spanish).
Our suggestion is to walk up to where the actual funicular trip ends and it switches over to the cable car. You can then walk down. Makes for an easy and non-strenuous visit of Montjuïc. If you choose to do this, walk up by the Palace and walk down the Avinguda de l'Estadi. If you plan on taking the funicular up from the bottom, then take the train to Paral-lel.
Marble floors of the airport in Barcelona.
Flying into Barcelona is probably the easiest way to get to the city. The airport is quite small as it does not serve as a major international hub. Most of the planes arriving here are smaller. The airport is quite nice designed with marble floors. Numerous shops await the visitor within. Also the Renfe train connects right to the airport and brings you to city with minimal duress.
We flew to Europe with Lufthansa and connected in Munich for our flight to Barcelona.
The colorful Funicular at Tibidabo
The best way to get to the top of Tibidabo is to take the funicular. This vehicle takes you up to the summit where the Sagrat Cor (church) and Parc d'Attraccions (theme park) can be found. The fare was reasonable.
Oh, there is a blue tram that takes you from the trainstation at Avinguda Tibidabo up to the Plaça del Funicular where you board the funicular. We had to take a bus, I never did see the so called Tram.
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