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The best way to get from the Barcelona Airport El Prat to Plaza Catalunya (the city centre) is with the Aerobus – which also stops at Plaza España, Gran Via – Urgell. I recommend you book a return ticket online (€10.20 – single ticket is €5.90), which you print and present to the driver and he will then give you your return ticket, which can be used within 15 days from validating the outward journey.
Metro & Travelcards
If you have an idea of what you’ll be doing while in Barcelona as well as how many times you’ll need to get the metro to go from place to place, you might want to consider different options.
Barcelona is a fairly small city, in the sense that many things are at a walkable distance from each other – if you are ok to walk from place to place, you might not need to use the metro as much. With the T-10 ticket you can travel 10 times for €9.95. This should be ok if you are there for 4 to 5 days.
When it comes to travelcards, they have introduced a new one called Hola Bcn! Travelcard.
They offer 2, 3, 4 and 5 days unlimited travelcards. These cards are obviously aimed at people who will be taking the metro every day of their stay, multiple times a day.
I used a T-10 card in 5 days costing me €9.95 while the 5-day Hola Bcn! Travelcard is priced at €32. If you work out roughly how many times you’ll need to take the metro, there’s no need to pay more.
A single, one way ticket is €2.15
You can find more information here: http://www.tmb.cat/en/bitllets-i-tarifes
I’ve been living in the UK for six years now, and I can tell you that my stomach has gotten used to it. You will find that Spanish meal times are a bit different. Lunch hours are usually from 1 to 3pm while dinner is usually from 9 to 10pm. If you like to dine when restaurants are not too full, then show up before those times and you are good to go!
Restaurants don’t include a service charge on the bill. I usually always tip depending on how good the service was. Most places will have a good service, but some others have waiters with extremely bad attitude problems.
SHOPPING & ACTIVITIES
Paying with Credit Card
Note that some shops ask for ID when paying with a credit card. If you only have your passport with you and no other form of identification, make sure you take it with you when you plan to go shopping.
The act of sending a handwritten letter or postcard doesn’t seem to be very popular in Barcelona. I really did struggle to find a post office. I finally found a Tourist Information office where they sold stamps, I then dropped my postcards on a postbox which was right next to the office.