Well-known for its Spanish sports football club, Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia and home to a well-developed and extensive public transport system. The public transportation system of Barcelona comprises of the metro system, a bus network, a regional railway system, trams, funiculars, rack railways, a Gondola lift, aerial cable cars and the local taxi service operating across the city. The students willing to settle down in Barcelona, should consider looking for student accommodation barcelona in close proximity to easy means of public transport plying in the city.
Visitors and students new in Barcelona, can also explore the city to its fullest by having access to several cable cars, funicular railways, sightseeing buses, local trains, and night buses, among the other means of transport. The subways, buses, trains, and trams in Barcelona are one unified transport network and student commuters can buy a single ticket for almost all means of transport operating in the city.
The Metro and Railways
The metro and rail networks run on railway lines that are governed by operators of different names but have an integrated fare system which operates under the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità (ATM). There are 1 to 6 fare zones and other integrated travel cards for subsidized ticket fares. There are 12 lines that are operational and come under Barcelona’s Metro network. Not just the Metro line, Barcelona is also known for the several regional rail lines operated by RENFE’s Rodalies de Catalunya providing links to outlying towns in the suburban regions of the city. Those living in student accommodation Livensa Living Barcelona will be benefitted, staying close to the Pubilla Cases subway station which is on line 5 of the Barcelona Metro, thus making it easier to travel around the city on weekends.
There are two modern tram systems operating across the city as part of the public transport system in Barcelona. Two lines- Trambaix and Trambesòs, are operated by TRAMMET alongside heritage tram line, the Tramvia Blau that runs between metro line 7 and the cable car ‘Funicular del Tibidabo’. Students can explore the city for its finest in tourist attractions through trams available from the Ca n’Oliveres tram station which is near their accommodations, when staying in ‘Livensa Living student residence’ in Barcelona.
Barcelona runs a diversified fleet of Buses which forms the major backbone of the city’s public transport, with extensive local, interurban and night bus networks. The bus service is operational under the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB). There is also a separate private bus line, known as Aerobús, with active links to the airport with the city centre. The buses leave for their destination at 5 AM and operate till 10 PM. The night buses (NitBus) are a network of buses plying at night hours with bus routes or lines that stop at Plaça Catalunya for interchange buses. The lines include the N0 line which is a circular line, while the N17 line plies for the airport. NitBus runs from about 22:00 to 05:00 clock in the morning. Most of the student accommodations in Barcelona are situated near prominent bus stations ensuring less hassled commute to universities. For instance, the nearest bus station is a 3-minutes’ walk away from Livensa Living student residence in Barcelona.
Funicular and Cable Car
Barcelona’s metro and rail system is also supported by several funiculars, rack railways, aerial cable cars, that provide panoramic views of the mountain-top stations. The Funiculars FGC operates under the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) authority. The city also has two aerial cable cars, namely, the Montjuïc Cable Car, which plies for the Montjuïc castle, and the Port Vell Aerial Tramway running enroute Torre Jaume I and Torre Sant Sebastià over the port.
The city also has the metered taxi fleet that are convenient travel alternatives governed by the Institut Metropolità del Taxi (Metropolitan Taxi Institute), comprising of an approximate of 10,000 cars. Students who can afford a little bit more on traveling, can take this easy, fast, and safe means of transport, especially for traveling at night.
For those in need of student accommodation should consider choosinga property location that has close proximity to the city’s diversified public transport system. University Living can help students book value-for-money student accommodation that guarantee 100% hassle free living close to the public transport system in Barcelona.