You’ve decided to come to Barcelona, chose the date and accommodation in Barcelona, you have selected some basic things for visiting, but you feel kind of lost because you do not have basic information about transfers to / from airport / station trains, tourist information points, emergency telephones, etc … If this is your case, you’re in luck! We have prepared a list of valuable tips to facilitate your stay in the city of Barcelona, as a short practical guide:

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Tourist at El Part Airport. Photo by Eduardo Casal Riveiro.

Transfers from/to Barcelona El Prat Airport:

Taxi:

If you’re in the airport you can take a taxi there without any problems. The journey to the center of the city may cost about 25 euros. Note that taxis have an additional charge for each large bag transported and for operating at night.

If you go from Barcelona to the airport, there isn’t any problem with taking a taxi right on the street. However, if you prefer to book the service in advance, we have tried the following taxi lines and they were serious and right on time:

Aerobus:

One of the quickest and most effective ways to reach the airport is the Aerobús. It is an express bus line connecting the center of the city with the airport. Aerobuses are very well equipped to transport luggage and mobility of disabled people. They have few stops (main stops are Plaza España and Plaza Catalunya). The journey lasts 30 minutes aprox. Aerobuses run daily every 10-15 minutes, between 5:30 am and 1:00 am.

There are two Aerobus lines, stopping at the same stations in the city: A1 for airport Terminal 1, and A2 for airport Terminal 2. It is important to catch the right Aerobus, to avoid annoying transfers to the airport. The fare is EUR 5.05 one way, and 8.75 euros round-trip (if the return is made during the 9 days after ticket purchase.)

Rail:

Renfe company has a train service connecting the airport with the city of Barcelona. The station is located in Terminal 2 at the airport and stops at Sants Estació, Passeig de Gracia and França Station. The service is available from 6:00 to 22:00 and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes. If you need to go to Terminal 1, you can take the bus service inside the airport, which runs every 7 minutes and takes about 10 minutes.

Buses:

You can go to Barcelona using bus 46, which connects the airport to Plaza España, or taking night bus N17, which connects the airport to Plaza Catalunya. These are the cheapest options for going to/from the airport, but the journey and waiting time are longer.

Train stations in Barcelona:

The city of Barcelona has several train stations. Among them, the most important one, being the main station for domestic and international destinations is Sant Estació, located at Plaza de Països Catalans. Sants Estació is a multimodal station that connects the underground (L3 and L5), with buses and trains and is well connected with the rest of the city.

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Tourist using the subway in Barcelona. Photo by Eduardo Casal Riveiro

Luggage lockers in Barcelona:

If you need a place to deposit your luggage, the city of Barcelona has a number of “consignas” or reliable luggage lockers. Among them, we highlight:

  • Luggage lockers at El Prat Airport: located on floor 0 of Terminal 1.
  • Luggage locker at Sants Estació: Located nearby McDonalds. The service is 24 hours and is well guarded by security guards.

Tourist Information Points in Barcelona:

There are several tourist information points in the city of Barcelona, where you can request information about directions, buy maps, purchase souvenirs, ask for recommendations about events and attractions, buy tickets for the touristic bus, ask for  guidance on public transportation and more. The main tourist information offices in the city are:

  • Tourist Office at Plaza Catalunya (metro L3, Catalunya) is the largest tourist information office and it is located underground, so you have to go down in the stairs located near Corte Inglés. Schedule: between 9:00am and 9:00 pm every day except December 25 and January 1.
  • Tourism Office at Plaça Sant Jaume: (metro L4, Jaume I) Schedule: Monday to Friday, between 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Sundays and holidays between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm hours. Closed on December 25 and January 1.
  • Tourist Office at Monumento de Colón: (metro L3, Drassanes) Schedule: November to April between 10:00 am and 6:30 pm. May to October from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed on December 25 and January 1.
  • Tourist office for cultural information of Las Ramblas: (metro L3, Liceu) Opens between 10:00 am to 8:00 pms, is in charge of giving information only relating to cultural events in the city.
  • Tourist information offices at Barcelona Airport: There are two tourist information points at El Prat airport, located in the T1 and T2B. There are open between 9:00am to 9:00 pm and are closed on December 25 and 31, and January 1.

Barcelona Tourist Bus:

If you are spending only few days in Barcelona, one of the best options to know the city is to take the Barcelona Bus Turístic. With one ticket you can use all three routes, leading to 44 stations close to the main touristic attractions. Amenities include audio in 10 languages. You can purchase tickets online with a 10% discount, or at points of tourist information, on newspaper/magazine booths, among other places.

Free wifi stations in Barcelona:

There are over 180 centres for free wireless internet access in Barcelona, from which you can access the Internet for a period of up to one hour. Some of the Internet points are located in tourist attractions, such as:

  • Parque del Laberinto de Horta: Paseo Castanyers, 1-17.
  • Palacio Real de Pedralbes: Avenida Diagonal 686
  • Museo Etnológico: Paseo de Santa Madrona 16-22
  • Parque Joan Miró: Aragó 2
  • Mercado de la Concepció: Aragó 311
  • Parque de la Ciutadella: Ludoteca (Paseo de Picasso 1-3) y Museo de Geología (Paseo de Picasso 9)
  • Museo de Picasso: Montcada 15
  • Museo de Zoología: Paseo de Picasso 5
  • Museo Barbier-Muller de Arte Precolombino: Montcada 14
  • Galería de Arte Montca (DHUM Montcada): Montcada 12
  • Museo de Historia de la Ciudad – Conjunto Monumental Plaza del Rei: Plaza del Rei 7-9

Additionally, with your purchase at Starbucks, you can get a code for free wifi internet access while you are inside the cafeteria

In case of emergency:

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and as in any big city, it is necessary to take precautions to avoid unpleasant moments. We recommend always be aware of your personal belongings, to avoid becoming a victim of pickpockets.

In case of medical emergency, all aliens are entitled to be treated in public hospital for emergency reasons. EU foreigners must submit the social security card for their country to be served at no cost, while non-EU foreigners must pay all expenses not attributable to the attention of the emergency.

Some of the major public hospitals in Barcelona are:

  • Hospital Clinic, located at Calle Villarroel 170, L5 Hospital Clinic. Phone: 932 275 400
  • Hospital de la Santa Creu i de la Pau: Located in Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167, metro L4 Hospital de Sant Pau / Guinardo. Phone 932 919 000
  • Hospital Dos de Maig: Located on Calle Dos de Maig 301, L5 Sant Pau / Dos de Maig. Phone 935 072 700

Emergency Numbers:

In case of any inconvenience, it is good to have on hand the following telephone numbers

  • Ambulance: 061
  • Mossos d’Esquadra (catalonian police): 088
  • Emergence: 112
  • Fire department: 080 y 085
  • Guardia Civil (civil police): 062
  • Guardia Urbana (local police): 092
  • Policía Nacional (national police): 091

We strongly suggest you to download and print our Useful Tips for Barcelona travellers mini-guide before starting your trip.

3 Comments »

  1. roberto says:

    Hola chicos, simplemente me ha gustado mucho el artículo publicado, simplemente quería comentarkles como información extra, en el apartado de consignas, en mi viaje a barcelona encontré un lugar muy bueno para dejar mis maletas en el pleno centro, en calle estruc 36, se llama locker barcelona,,, me fue muy útil este dato, sobretodo porque abren todo el año y la atención fue genial!

  2. Excelente información, siempre va bien tener una guía turística a mano cuando viajas a otro país!

    Un saludo,
    Mir

  3. ale amaral says:

    Estuve en el servico de que recomendáis en la calle Estruc 36, está en la esquina del corte inglés se llama Locker Barcelona, por si no lo sabíais.
    Quedé encantada por no tener que cargar con mis maletas por barcelona, la gente fantástica, muy seguro, muy cerca del aerobus, tienen un vestidor….uff toda una buena experiencia.
    Les Recomiendo totalmente.
    Ale

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