Transportation

Barcelona is an easy city to navigate due to its accessible size and the wide variety of transport options it offers. Most students in Barcelona use public transport or bicycle.

  • Bicing: Bicing is Barcelona’s shared urban biking system. There are stations located all over the city where you can take out and return bikes after every journey. To use these bikes you must pay an annual registration fee of €47.
  • Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (TMB): TMB is the company that manages the public transport for the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Public transport includes the bus, metro and railway (Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Cataluña) networks. You can use the tickets you buy at any TMB outlets to travel on any of these modes of transport. TMB has a smartphone application called “TMB Virtual” so that users can find the quickest public transport route to get to their destination.
  • NitBus: The NitBus (night bus) is a late night bus service that operates in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. It is integrated with the TMB so you can use the same ticket that you use for the metro, bus and train.
  • Renfe: Renfe is the public business that manages the Spanish railways. The cost of train tickets varies according to destination and type of train ticket. With Renfe you can enjoy a student discount if you are under 26 and have a Carné Joven (youth card) issued by La Caixa.
  • Taxis: Taxis in Barcelona are more accessible than in other European cities. A 10-15 minute trip costs approximately €10. Official taxis are black and yellow. You can hail them on the street or order one by telephone. They work using a meter.
  • Maps: The website of Barcelona City Council can be helpful for finding the best way to get around Barcelona. Under the “The City” menu you will find very useful information on how to get around Barcelona.
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