General Travel Info
There are 2 official languages in Barcelona: Spanish and Catalan, and both are spoken by the local population. English is very broadly spoken as a second language. Catalans do not expect visitors to interact with them in Catalan, but will greatly appreciate any efforts or interest that visitors can show towards their culture and language.
October is good time to visit Barcelona if you like the sunshine but want to avoid the intense heat of the preceding months.
The average daytime temperatures are around 21°C (that is about 70°F) whereas the average minimum temperatures drop down to 12°C (that is about 54°F).
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Spain.
How to get from the airport to the CCIB
- By public transportation: Please follow the tips in this handy guide to use public transportation to get from the Airport to the CCIB.
- By taxi: Taxis to the city center costs approximately 30€). Taxis should always accept Visa / Mastercards, but it is best to ask before getting in.
- In Barcelona there are many different reliable public transportation options such as the metro, bus, urban railway, etc...
- If you plan to travel on the metro lines for multiple days, you can purchase unlimited daily travel on public transport tickets HERE.
- Plan your journey by using the metro map. Note: The metro line to and from the airport is L9 Sud (orange line) and it has stations in both terminals called Aeroport T1 and Aeroport T2.
- Metro operation hours
- There's only ONE kind of licensed taxis in Barcelona and they are all painted black and yellow, and look like this (mind that car brands and models vary, this picture is just an example of how they are painted).
- Payment: many taxis accept credit card but the main payment method is still cash so have some with you (Euros only).
- How to get a taxi:
- Hailing it by raising your hand on the street (green light means the taxi is free)
- Go to a taxi rank – There are more than 300 taxi ranks in the metropolitan area. Click here for a map of all the taxi ranks (operating hours differ, many ranks are not active 24/7)
- By Phone – A supplement will be charged. Click here for a list of taxi dispatchers.
- With an app – Click here for a list of available apps. All apps work with regular taxis, services like Uber are illegal in Spain (the Uber website is blocked so you will get an error message if you try to access it), you need internet connection to use the apps.
It is not necessary to tip at all in a Barcelona taxi but if you feel that the driver was friendly and efficient and didn't take you the long way round, then you might consider leaving a tip of 1 or 2 euros.
Food Servers (Waiters)
In Spain, the service fee is included in the overall price. However tipping is frequent as a recognition for good service so if you are happy with the waiter’s help, consider leaving 2 to 5 additional Euros in change, along with the bill’s payment.
Bellmen at Hotels
The proper tip amounts at hotels are probably quite universal, and it is the same in Spain: one euro per piece of luggage will make them happy.
While in a group tour, one euro per person is the tipping etiquette. Private tour guides are usually tipped per tour, not per person, and most groups tip between €20 and €50 for a basic 4 hour service.
Food is such a huge part of life in Barcelona and eating routines really do dictate the timetable of this city.
The day starts with a light continental breakfast. Breakfast is usually between 8:00am and 10:30am.
This is the most important meal of the day in Barcelona. Lunch usually includes three or four courses and doesn’t begin until 2:00pm.
The chic dining hour is 10:00 or 10:30pm. In touristy areas and hardworking Catalonia, you can dine at 8pm, but you may find yourself alone in the restaurant. Many restaurants don’t even open for the dinner shift until 8:30pm.
Pick-pocketers: While Barcelona is generally a safe city, please be aware of your surroundings. Barcelona is known for their extremely talented pick-pocketers so keep your bags zipped up and your pockets secure. Also, beware of behaviors such as unwarranted physical contact, fast and confusing verbal interactions, or offers for goods or services of suspicious nature.
The areas in Barcelona where visitors are at higher risks of petty crimes are El Raval, Barrio Gotico, Plaça Catalunya, Las Ramblas and the Barcelona seafront and beaches.
Important Phone Numbers
Spain prefix: +34