Tourist transport and travel options in the city Barcelona

Everything about Barcelona, options for tourism and ground-based, chauffeured and private transportation in Barcelona. For tourism operators, travel agencies, independent travelers or group travel agencies.

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On your travels by hired bus or taxi in the city of Barcelona, you can breathe in the Mediterranean Sea even with the windows closed.  It’s part of Spain, but if it wasn’t, guessing by its climate, you might think it was further north in Europe. This city is so enchanting that there’s scarcely any tourist group that doesn’t visit it during their vacation or guided tour in this country. A fascinating juxtaposition of cultures combined with great beaches makes Barcelona a favorite holiday spot for many Europeans as well as Americans and others visiting Europe. 

About Barcelona city

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city of great importance culturally, commercially, and for tourism. Buildings and shops blend modern styles with classical architecture. The city of Barcelona and its international airport, El Prat de Llobregat (BCN), are important to Spain as attractions in and of themselves and also as connections to other places.

Types of Transportation to and from Barcelona

Minibus and Coach Hire in Barcelona

The city of Barcelona has about 200 minibus and coach hire companies which vary in size from one guy with a bus to bus rental companies with 100+ vehicles, so there's no shortage of group transportation options. Would you like to rent a bus in Barcelona? You can find a selection of 30 bus rental companies with their profiles on our bus rental Barcelona page.

When touring from another city with a group on a bus, the bus rental company should make arrangements with the hotel as to where to park the bus.

Although parking a bus or coach in front of a hotel is normally not permitted, you can ask the bus driver to drop your group and their luggage off at the main entrance. Depending on the size and type of hotel you have reserved, there may be luggage porters or concierges to take care of your bags. Some hotels or hostels don't have concierges or luggage porters but do have luggage carts which clients can use. If you are carrying a lot of luggage without wheels, then check with your hotel before you book to see if they can accommodate you.

Airport Transfers in Barcelona

The Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) is serviced by multiple specialized companies that will allow you to request a specific type or size of vehicle. If you're coming from the UK, USA, or any other English-speaking country and would like an English-speaking driver. You can reserve or request transportation in the city of Barcelona, where you can choose from multiple specialized companies, and you can request a size or specific type of bus. We recommend that you request a transport quote from Confort BusTransbuca or El Claxon.

Taxis in Barcelona

The taxis in Barcelona are easy to recognize as they are painted black and yellow. Just wait at any corner or just by the side of the road and wave your hand. If their rooftop light is green, then they are available and can pick you up. Barcelona has several taxi co-operatives and all of them have 24/7 service and telephone access, which makes travelling throughout the city easy at any time of day or night. To name a few: Radio Taxi, Taxi Amic, Fono Taxi, Teletaxi Barcelona, Radio Taxi DeltaPrat. You can call them to have them come pick you up at a specific address; see our Barcelona transportation and travel resources page.

Limos and Classic Cars in Barcelona

Thanks to a mild climate, many classic cars in this city are in better shape than their original owners! So spice up your holiday with a smooth ride in a pristine classic. Such cars should be reserved at least 2 days prior to the pick-up date. If you have time, we recommend that you request a quote from active transport companies.

Business Travel and Tourism

Within Europe Barcelona is one of the most sought after cities for conventions and other events such as business fairs. The Barcelona Convention Center (La Feria/Fira de Barcelona) on La Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina has some important facilities and hosts many prestigious events.  The transportation industry is very developed both on the level of tourism services and professional services.

The same city streets that are themselves an attraction due to the abundance of art, life, and energy, are also fit for travel. The part of the city adjacent to the sea is composed of a port with huge ships, the marina, and beaches such as Barceloneta, which very easily be visited with a rental minibus but they’re also ideal places for walking, hiking, or bicycling.

City Tours in Barcelona

If you are a tour operator and you like to take groups to Barcelona, you probably know that after finishing the guided tour to the tourist points of interest by bus, often the best idea is to provide some free time and make some suggestions to your travelers about what to see and do. Would you like to rent a bus in Barcelona? You can find a selection of  bus rental companies with their profiles on our bus rental Barcelona page.

Barcelona Museums

 We recommend that you visit some of the museums such as the Joan Miró Foundation (Fundación Joan Miró); the Picasso Museum (el Museo Picasso), where you will find Picasso’s art from the period of 1890-1957; the Joan Miró Foundation Museum (el museo Fundación Joan Miró), located in Parc de Montjuïc; the Basilica of the Holy Family (la Basílica La Sagrada Familia), designed by the architect Antonio Gaudi, a very unique building in the history of art; The Milá House (La Casa Milá), another work of Gaudi better known as The Rock (La Pedrera); The Batlló House (La Casa Batlló), also by Gaudi, the columns of which are shaped like plants; and the spectacular Güell Park (Parque Güell), another interesting work of Gaudi, which is a huge garden with architectural elements located in the upper part of the city.

Fachada de la Casa Milà.

Fachada de la Casa Milà. Credit: Diliff  CC BY 2.5 

 Si es tour operador y suele llevar grupos a Barcelona sabrá probablemente que después de haber hecho la visita guiada a los puntos de interés turístico en autobús quizás la  mejor idea sea dar  tiempo libre y proponer  a sus viajeros sugerencias sobre ‘qué ver’  y ‘qué hacer’. Desea alquilar un bus en Barcelona? Encontrará una selección de empresas de alquiler de bus en en nuestra página Barcelona alquiler de bus.

Walks around Barcelona City

For those who want to take a walk and enjoy the fresh air while visiting little shops, painters, and street performers, we suggest a tour of Las Ramblas (The Avenues), which connect La Plaça de Catalunya with the ancient port while also giving a nice view of buildings like the Liceu Theatre (el Teatro Liceu), home of the Barcelona City Opera, the Palau de la Virreina, one of the greatest examples of baroque civil architecture, or the Boquería Market (el Mercado de la Boquería), located next to the gates of the medieval city, where you can buy all kinds of local and exotic fresh produce.

La Boqueria

La Boquería crèdit: Freepenguin CC BY-SA 3.0

Tibidabo Mountain

This hill is considered to have the best vistas in Barcelona. On top of the mountain there is an amusement park and The Church of the Holy Heart (la Iglesia del Sagrat Cor) as well as Collserola Tower (Torre Collserola), which was designed by Norman Foster. The bus will drop you off to take the tram or the cable car to access the mountain, where you can also take a walk through The Botanical Garden (el Jardín botánico). A visit to Tibidabo makes a great day trip.

Visit the old city of Barcelona

If you're looking to take beautiful, relaxing trips throughout the city, you can take a bus or taxi to downtown Barcelona to visit Citadel Park (Parque de la Ciudadela), where the Catalonian Parliament (el Parlamento  de Catalunya) and the Barcelona Zoo (el Zoo de Barcelona) are located. You can also admire some of the new parks, such as the one located on the grounds of the The Universal Culture Forum (Forum Universal de las culturas) or the Diagonal Sea of Miralles (el Diagonal Mar de Miralles).

The very interesting multicultural locations throughout Barcelona can be admired better on foot or bicycle than by coach. For example, there's the Grace neighborhood (el barrio de Gracia) with its main thoroughfare, calle Verdi Ilena, which is blessed with the vitality of a mixture of cultures in its bars and restaurants, which offer delectable cuisine; and don't miss El Raval, where you can enjoy what was once Chinatown or the Gothic Quarter, opposite La Rambla, which is a seaport city.

Parc Parque Park Güell

Parc Parque Park Güell Kredit:: Mario Andrei Pantoja Maguiña CC BY-SA 2.0

Beach life in the city of Barcelona

No holiday in Barcelona is complete without a few visits to Barcelona's famous beaches. If you're looking for a little bit more than peace and quiet, we suggest taking a bus to Barcelona's beaches, among which la Barceloneta stands out because it has places to eat and enjoy snacks. Nevertheless, there are other centrally located beaches where you can relax, such as Sant Sebastiá, Nova Icária, Bogatell, Mar Bella, and Nova Mar Bella, which has an area for nudists. If you don’t mind take a train for about 40  minutes you can travel to the beaches of nearby Sitges and have a day out of town.


To enjoy a wonderful meal, we suggest visiting Restaurante Ca La Yaya on calle Valencia or Restaurante Celler Can Mateo on Paseo Sant Joan. Great local food is just one more reason why so many people choose to spend their holidays in Barcelona.

Transport services in Barcelona

Tours and day trips in Barcelona

Options for tourist transport in Barcelona

Do you want to go sightseeing in and around Barcelona? Do you want to visit other cities in the region of Barcelona Province? Get ideas for tours and city trips in the region Barcelona Province here

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