Bus: Info, timetables, prices and advice for getting around the city

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It's not always easy to find your way among all the bus lines, but with our advice, traveling around Barcelona by bus should be child's play!

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If you don’t know Barcelona, it’s a little more complicated getting around by bus than by metro.

The reason is simple: the bus route map is not displayed on Barcelona buses so it is difficult to know where you are and you have to be vigilant. Luckily a screen inside the bus shows the name of the next stop, as well as connections.

  • Before taking the bus, carefully check the route displayed at the bus stop and count the number of stops to reach your destination. That will help you avoid getting off at the wrong stop!

Good to know

  • Lines starting with a H run horizontally (parallel to the sea), and those starting with a V run vertically.
  • In Eixample most of the streets are one-way. If you are on a street going one way and you wish to take the bus in the opposite direction, there is no point continuing down this street. Head to the next parallel street: the directions alternate.

Timetables

At peak times, they run every 5 to 10 minutes on average. The rest of the day it’s around every 10 to 20 minutes.

Buses generally run from 6am to 10pm and there are screens indicating the wait time for each bus at every stop.

Prices

Complete information on Barcelona bus prices can be found in our article on Getting around Barcelona by metro, bus and tram. Take a look!

Note: children aged 4 and over must pay.

  • 2 journeys for the price of one: If you’re making a return trip by bus and it lasts less than an hour and 15 minutes in total, take two different bus lines. That way you’ll only pay for one journey, as the return trip is counted as a connection and is therefore included. But be careful as you still have to get your ticket stamped.

Accessibility of Barcelona’s buses

Buses are equipped for travellers in wheelchairs, or buggies and suitcases.

  • The same space is allocated for buggies and wheelchairs, and the latter take priority.
  • Wheelchairs should be attached in the carriage.
  • It is also recommended to attach buggies.

Special Buses

Night buses

Between 10pm and 6am only the NitBus (night buses) run. They are the same price as the day buses and they all leave from Plaça Catalunya. Night bus numbers always start with the letter N.

  • Check the night bus routes here.
  • The detailed map of night bus stops can be found on the night bus website.

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?