Hours of operation of metro and tram
24 hours also on January 1, June 24th, August 15th and September 24th. On December 24th, trains stop running at 11pm.
Buses and night buses (NitBus)
You can find schedules of the bus lines and an overview map of the NitBus here:
buses of the TMB: Click here for an overview of the bus lines in Barcelona
NitBus: Bus map and stops at the Plaça Catalunya
There are more than 200 bus lines in Barcelona and each bus line has its own map. It is thus difficult to say which bus takes you from A to B. If your hotel is a little further away from a metro station, ask at the reception which bus you can take.
Night bus (NitBus)
Both metro and regular buses stop running at some point at night. There are lots of night buses in Barcelona that bring you back to your hotel all night long. Almost all lines stop at the Plaça Catalunya.
The hours of operation of the regular buses and the NitBus vary from line to line. The nights buses run from around 10pm to around 5am.
Taking a taxi is a good alternative to going by bus or metro, especially at night when the metros don't run anymore. There are numerous taxis which are rather low-priced compared to other European countries.
The taxis in Barcelona are yellow and black with a green light on top. When the green light is on, the taxi is free. Altogether there are more than 4,000 taxis and 260 taxi stands in Barcelona. You can simply flag down a taxi on the street. Within 50 m from a taxi stand, a driver is not allowed to stop and pick up guests. At a taxi stand, you do not have the choice which taxi you would like to take unless you have special needs (e.g. if you require air conditioning, a different mode of payment etc.).
Taxi prices 2012
T-1: this fare is valid on regular weekdays between 8pm and 8am and 24 hours on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. Meter start: 2.05 €, from the airport plus 3.10 € Price per km: 1.18 €
T-4*: same times as T-1, out of the city region: Meter start: 6,50 €, per kilometer: 0,73 €
T-2 is valid on weekdays from 8am to 8pm. Meter start: 2.05 €, from the airport plus 3.10 € Price per km: 0.93 €
T-3*: valid out of the city region Meter start: 5.40 € Price per km: 0.61 €
* taxis must not carry passengers from outside the city region into the city. So you have to pay the return way.
The actual tarif is displayed with the number 1-3 on the roofs of the taxi cabs.
The minimum charge from the airport to the city centre is 20.00 €.
There is a surcharge for some destinations and also for luggage:
Airport: 3.10 € (entrance/departure surcharge)
Ferry/Cruise ship: 2.10 € (entrance to/departure from the dock)
Sants central station: 2.10 € (departure from the central station)
Fair (Fira Barcelona Gran Vía): €2.10 (departure from Fira)
Larger suitcases: 1.00 € each, hand luggage free as on planes
Fri–Sat between 0 and 6am: 2.00 €
Specials night: from 20-8.00 in the following nights: June 23/24, December 24/25 and Dec. 31/Jan. 1st: 3,10 €
Wheelchairs and guide dogs for the blind are free
A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about 25-40 € depending on where you want to go and how dense the traffic is. Please check that when you leave the taximeter is switched on and insist that the driver gives you a receipt. Some taxis accept payment with credit cards, if that is the case you'll find a sign on the window.