Getting around in Barcelona: the best ways to navigate the city

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Barcelona is a perfectly sized city.

It is sufficiently big, so you always have something to do and something new to discover, and thanks to its relatively compact size and extensive metro and bus networks, you can easily get anywhere in the city in no time.

If you love exploring by bike, you’ll also be happy to hear the entire city was recently filled with 200km (124 miles) of bicycle lanes, making it one of the most manageable “big” cities to visit in Europe. Plenty of Barcelona’s attractions are in the Old City and easily reached by foot.

Here are the best ways to get around Barcelona.

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Barcelona’s Metro is the best way to see the main sights

Composed of eight lines and 161 stations and operating since 1863, the Barcelona Metro is an extensive electric railway network that runs mostly underground, connecting downtown with the suburbs and several adjacent cities, including L’Hospitalet and Badalona.

Nowadays, Barcelona’s best neighborhoods and most of the city’s top things to do are well connected by metro. The Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Platja de la BarcelonetaArc de Triomf and other spots are accessible from the metro, making it the most convenient way to get around Barcelona.

The metro runs from 5am until midnight Sunday to Thursday. On Friday, Saturday and the nights before public holidays, it operates until 2am.

Ride the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat to the foothills of Barcelona

The Collserola mountain range limits the north of Barcelona. To access the districts at the foot of those hills and beyond, you must take the Ferrocarrils de…

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