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Visiting Barcelona? What you need know about the T-10 in Barcelona.

16th July 2015

 

One of the many wonderful and undersung aspects of Barcelona is the public transport network.

If visiting from the United States or the UK you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how clean, comfortable, convenient and reliable the local transport network is.

The best way to get around the city is to use public transport.

One of the first things to do after arriving in the city is to buy a T-10 integrated transport ticket.

Think of it as your magic key to unlocking the city.

Why?

Because you’ll save a ton of money, save yourself a lot of time and hassle, and get to visit many more places and enjoy many more experiences.

Cost:

  • 10,20€ (for Zone 1)

Where to buy:

You can buy a T-10 [tay-dee-eth] from tobacconists, newspaper kiosks and newsagents, as well as all metro (subway) stations and all the main rail stations.

The touch screen ticket machines at metro and rail stations are easily navigated and accept cash (but, in many cases, NOT notes/bills larger than 20€) and most debit and credit cards.

They’re pretty reliable — I’ve only twice (in 14 years) had a problem with them — and I use a T-10 at least twice, sometimes  five or six times every day during the working week.

Should you have a problem you can press a panic button and speak with someone who will help you. In larger metro and rail stations there will be staff around to help you.

Here’s what you need to know:

You need to know that the T-10 is a multipersonmulti-use ticket, which means one person can use the ticket 10 times or 10 people can use it once, and every variation in between.

You need to know that a T-10 ticket is valid for travel on:

  • Busses, including night busses
  • The Metro
  • Local trains run by FGC, the Catalan public railway system
  • Local trains, known as Rodalies (or Cercanias in Spanish) run by RENFE, the Spanish national rail system
  • Trams
  • And two funiculars.

Exceptions:

You need to know that the T-10 is NOT valid for:

ZONES: Continue Reading…

Getting Around

6 ways of getting to Vila de Gràcia in Barcelona

28th May 2015

How can you not explore a neighbourhood with streets called Danger, Liberty, Fraternity, and squares called John Lennon and Revolution?

Hot spots

You’ve probably come across articles, or heard friends talk about the cool bars, excellent affordable restaurants, bodegas, chic shops, cinemas, music venues, markets and lovely squares amid a warren of  narrow streets in a barrio called Gràcia.

Warm words

Much of what’s written and said is true — Vila de Gràcia is a fascinating area at any time of day or night, every day of the week.
You may very well want to put at least one visit to Gràcia on your itinerary.

 But where is this fabled land? And, how do I get there? Continue Reading…