Three Tips for Using Public Transportation in Barcelona

I have been in the city of Barcelona for a little over a month now, and by far the thing I have used most is public transit. I’ve taken the metro to class, shopping or the airport almost every day I’ve been in the city. So here are some tips on figuring out how to use public transport while abroad.

1. Know the schedule

It may sound simple, but knowing how often a subway/metro is coming is an important part of traveling, especially when you’re crunched for time. Barcelona has a pretty consistent schedule of a train (every five minutes), but it varies across Europe.

2. Stay alert

Being abroad is a great experience, however, there are some drawbacks. One of them here in Barcelona is pickpockets. There are a lot of stories about people going on the subway with their wallets and coming off without them. So make sure you’re aware of your surrounding.

3. Know when to taxi/uber

Public transit is great and effective, but it isn’t always the best choice. If you’ve had a few too many it may be a better choice to hail a taxi or call an uber to or from a location. Prices vary depending on where you are but it is the safest and fastest way to get where you want to go.

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