Public transport operates an integrated fare system enabling passengers to obtain a free transfer from one method of public transport to another within a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes. There are different types of travel cards and transport passes in Barcelona, valid throughout the public transport network (metro, buses, tram and suburban rail). They can be purchased at metro stations, tram stations and in tobacconists and newsagents.
- Single ticket: €2.20 (single journey only, does not allow free transfers)
- T-10 card which is valid for 10 journeys: €10.20
- Day passes: Hola BCN!
The Hola BCN! Barcelona transport pass offers unlimited journeys on the metro, bus (TMB) and the rest of the Barcelona public transport network at any time of day for a period of 48 h (€15), 72 h (€22), 96 h (€28.50) or 120 h (€35) counting from the moment you first use the ticket. The card is also valid for metro journeys from Barcelona Airport to the city centre and vice versa.
Bicing is not a public bicycle rental system; it is only for subscribed users.
Taxis with a green light can be hailed in the street when you raise your hand.
Taxi telephone: Taxi Ecològic +34 932 78 30 00 – Radio Taxi + 34 933 03 30 33
All taxis accept credit cards.
Barcelona is a safe city but do not leave your belongings unattended. As a tourist destination, pickpockets are always poised.
Smoking is banned in public spaces, including the conference venues.
Barcelona enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. In November, average temperatures vary between 14 and 17 °C during the day and 10 – 8 °C at night.
CREDIT CARDS AND TIPPING
Most establishments accept credit cards.
Tipping in bars and restaurants is not mandatory in Barcelona, but if you want to leave a tip, 5% is recommended.
Banks are open from 8:30 h to 14:00 h.
ATMs are widely available throughout Barcelona and most are operational 24 hours a day.
Shops usually open from 10:00 h to 21:00 h in the city centre and they close from 14:00 h to 17:00 h in other neighbourhoods.
In Barcelona there are two official languages, Spanish and Catalan, but English is spoken in many stores, bars and restaurants in the city centre.
Tap water is safe to drink in Barcelona but it does not have a pleasant taste.
In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 112.
All European citizens may go to a hospital with the European Health Insurance Card. All other participants will need a personal insurance health card.
ELECTRICITY AND PLUGS
The plugs in Barcelona are the European style and have two round-pin outputs and a voltage of 220V.
The time in Spain is UTC + 01:00
The Barcelona Card is the city’s official visitor card which let you explore, visit and discover Barcelona at your leisure and offers big savings on visitor attractions. The Barcelona Card includes free admission and discounts at the city’s main visitor attractions.