Barcelona Transportation Tips by BruceDunning
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View of sirport terminal
It is fairly easy to get around inside the airport, and it is not terribly crowded when we came here; but it was off season in October, though. Connection to rides into the city which is about 6 miles away is available near baggage claim are. A blue bus takes you to the Plaza Espanya as a first drop off point, and then on to Pl CAtalunya, and two other spots. Price is only 5 Euro, versus a taxi that may cost 20-25 Euro.
Cruise ships in harbor area
We picked up a cross Atlantic cruise ship at the harbor. It was a 17 day cruise, and a few stops along the way; like Mallorca, Malaga, Canary Is, and Freeport Bahamas. This may be the way to go home once, but no more. Beside getting something replicating the Legionares Flu, we put up with very obese people, and a number of scooter chairs they get around the ship in.
The ship was new and could hold 4,000 passengers plus crew, but they did not expand the ship facilities very much, if at all, so the whole ship was more cramped than when there would be 2,000 passengers on board.
Teleferic is the name
There are cable cars that go form the end of the line at park Montjuic to take you to the castle Montjuic. The price to ride a mere 1 mile or so at Montjuic is a ripoff 6,50 Euro each way. That is not worth my hard earned money for sure.
Another cable ride goes from the harbor area and ends up in lower Montjuic (not near to any other connection ride)
List of the prices for the rides
In order to get to Monserrat by public transportation, you need to take the rail line for the 30 miles-50 kilometers. There are about about 10 stops along the way for local connections. The fare is steep at minimum of 15,70 Euro for a round trip that also includes the Cremellera, or aeri cable ride (you choose one of these) for the last leg of 4-5 miles to get to Monserrat after the rail line ends. You could spend as much as 34 Euro if you got a tickets with full rides for rail, funicular, and other lines once on Monserrat top to further destinations. That ticket and the ride may take more than one day to see it all, though, so you would have to pay more for a second day.
The rail line is hard to find, and asking directions by public staff around the subway system led me to believe not many really knew how to get to the train line. You go to the end of and find the train down a corridor of the Red Line subway, and ticket booths and turnstyles let you know you have arrived. You need to look for-ask for R5 line of the rail towards Manresa. There are guides at the turnstyels to help you purchase tickets since previously the confusion led to long lines and pickpockets.
View of funicular at end of lone corridor
To reach the funicular going to and from Montjuic, you need to get to the Parellel Ave subway line of the subway system. From there signs, that are somewhat difficult to follow direct you to the funicular rail. It operates about ever 20 minutes, and drops you off close to Miro Museum on the hill. From there you can also catch bus 50 to get to the Montjuic castle
Entry to the subway line
In order to get from one general area to another, the subway is the best bet in time and money. The system has a very efficient run operation, and the cars are clean inside, with many running every few minutes to avoid long waits. the grid connects with the rail lines at Plaza Espanya, and all bus routes are next to the exit points. The subway lines are easily followed and the connection between routes is good.
A fare for one ride is 1,40 Euro, but a ten ride discount ticket then averages 80 Euro cents. There is a free time of 75 minutes that you cane take a bus to connect to subway line, or visa versa that is free if you get on within that time frame.
Group of taxis waiting for a pick up
Taxis can be found all around the city by the hundreds or more. They generally are an okay way to get from one point to another relatively reasonable prices. A fare from Pl Espanya to Columbus monument was 5 Euro, for about 3 miles. Be aware that if you took a taxi to a cruise ship, there is a surcharge of 5 Euro besides the fare that ranges from 3-5 Euro for the most of 2 miles. WE paid 10 Euro, which was a ripoff, but at the end the Spanish only speaking driver pointed to the sign in the rear window of the premium is allowed
Type: Car/Motor Home
Double Decker tour bus
There are a number of double decker buses that a person can take to see the sites around the city. A lot of the bus rides are 1/2 day, or 4 hours worth for 25-30 Euro normally. If you took a full day on/off ride on the bus, it may range around 30-40 Euro. If you were to choose a third option of guided tour to sites for a 1/2 day, the price is about 60 Euro. They stop at approximately 10 stops for 5-15 minutes each, and the guide describes the site history and information.
Map of buses going to Pl Espanya, the main exchang
The subway is easy t get to places around the city, but then the choice is to walk, or catch a bus. Bus fare is 1,40 Euro each, or a multiple ticket of ten averages ,80 Euro a ride. There is a 75 minute connection availability to get from subway to a bus, or bus to bus. In other words if you transfer within 75 minutes, the transfer is free.
Bus #24 coming down the road
After taking the subway toward Park Guell, the next choice is to walk up the steep streets, find the escalator to get more directly to the top, or take the bus to the stop there. We took the bus; number 24 from Plaza Lesseps stop from the subway. It takes about 20 minutes and around 10 stops to get to the park. The bus was jammed with excess of people while we were there at 11AM. Bus fee is 1,40 Euro, or .80 if buy the multiple tickets of ten.
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