In certain important areas of Barcelona there are special forms of transport, such as the Tranvía Blau (Blue Tram), or the Montjuic Funicular. From the Old Port you can catch a ‘Golondrina’, one of the tourist boats which offer tours along the coast.
The Tranvía Blau
The Tranvía Blau leaves from where Plaza Kennedy meets Avenida del Tibidabo and runs to Plaza del Doctor Andréu and back. It is connected to the metro system and functions daily in summer, Easter and Christmas, weekends and public holidays.
The Tibidabo Funicular
The Tibidabo Funicular connects Plaza del Doctor Andréu with Plaza del Tibidabo, where it connects with the Tranvía Blau. It runs during months when the amusement park is open and costs 2 euros for a one way ticket or 3 euros for a return.
The Montjuïc Funicular
This connects Paral.lel with Montjuic and is the quickest way up the Montjuic Mountain, the genuine heart of the city, where important symbols of the city including the Miró Museum and the Olympic Stadium are found. You catch the Funicular from Paral.lel metro (line 2 and line 3), and tickets from the bus and train network can be used.
The Barcelona Cable Car
The Cable Car was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition hosted by Barcelona in that year by the architect Carles Buïgas, and it was inaugurated in 1931. It connects the Port with Montjuic Mountain and has three stops: The San Sebastián Tower in Barceloneta, the Jaime I Tower in the World Trade Center, and the Miramar station on Montjuïc.The trip lasts some 5 minutes and offers spectacular views of Barcelona and the Port.
This bus takes a route through the city from Plaza Catalunya to Plaza Pius XII in Diagonal Avenue, following a route called the ‘Shopping Line’. The bus provides air conditioning, space to store your purchases, and music.
Currently there are six routes operating on two main lines which connect the city centre with important commercial, industrial and residential areas on the outskirts of the city.
The Golondrinas boat trips embark from Portal de La Palau in front of the Christopher Columbus monument and offer various outings lasting from 35 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, along the Old Port and the beaches. Some boats have a glass bottom.
The timetable is:
Autumn and Winter from 11am to 4pm.
Spring from 10am a 7pm.
Summer from 10am to 9pm.
They are closed during the last two weeks of December.
Prices depend on the trip you take, but vary from 6€ for an adult and 2,60€ for a child, to 14€ for an adult and 7€ a child.
Barcelona was the first city to introduce this vehicle to its streets – Trixis, or Bicitaxis. They are futuristically designed tricycles that operate as taxis and carry predominantly tourists around the city. If you see one that is empty you can hail it. Their riders can take you around the city and help you to discover spots such as the Cathedral, Plaza Sant Jaume, the MACBA, the Ciutadella Park, and Diagonal. Routes can be adapted according to the desire of the client. A Trixi carries up to two people and the price varies according to how long the ride is, from 6€ for 15 minutes, to 18€ for an hour.