You’re arriving soon and you are planning everything. Since you’re now with your trip prep, here you have our tips for having all set before coming, even some things you can have ready in advance. Don’t miss a thing, keep reading!
Explore your surroundings
I’m sure you’ve already done this but, just in case you didn’t, go to Google Maps and explore your new surroundings. Get to know your university area, how to get there, where your flat is located, your neighborhood, etc.
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You will need a way to move around the city. If you’re living in the center, you will probably go by walking to mostly all places, but if you’re studying or working, you will probably need a transportation card.
There are several tickets you can use, depending on what you want; in here, you will find the most used:
T-10: it’s a 10-trip bill that you can use for buses and metro, and you can commute with it! It’s pretty cool, for example, if you don’t need to use the public transportation a lot ori f you have some friends visiting, since all of you can use the same ticket. It’s really easy to use: when you enter in the metro/bus, the ticket will get stamped, you can have up to 10 stamps. Keep in mind this ticket is not valid for all the areas (you will need to choose if you want Zone 1, Zone 2, etc.), and neither for going to the airport.
T-30/50: this card is individual, and it lasts up to 30 days. Within this time, you can use it up to 50 times, and it also allows commuting (during 75 min after using it). This card is valid for going to the airport, just keep in mind that its use is personal.
T-Mes: this is a monthly pass that you can use unlimited times within the month, individual and non-transferable. You can use it for 30 days, but they will be consecutive. This card has your name on it, so you will need to have also a valid ID document. It’s also valid for going to the airport. You need to select the zone, from the Zone 1 up to Zone 6, and prices will vary depending on this.
T-Jove: this is normally the best option, is the Young transportation card (under 25). It’s valid for 90 consecutive days and you have unlimited rides within this time. As it’s also personal, you will need to have your ID with it because the ID number will be printed in the Young Card. It’s valid also for airport rides, and it has several zones, you should select it and the price will depend on the zones.
There are more options, as turistic passes or daily tickets, you can have all the information by clicking here.
Also in Barcelona we have a good Taxi service! You can download apps like MyTaxi or PideTaxi, which is one of the official taxi apps. We have also Uber and Cabify –similar service to Uber, but cheaper sometimes, depending on times and demand–.
Before coming, you can also check if your cell phone plan is valid in Spain. If you’re coming from a European country, it will probably work; however, if you’re coming from a country oversees, you will mostly need a new sim card.
If you like a prepaid sim card, we recommend you Lyca mobile, thew have super low fares! However, if you prefer to have a contract, there are several options: Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo, etc. Just check them all and find the best for you!
Also keep in mind the WiFi connection during your stay! Check if your flat already has a contract for it; in case it doesn’t have, contact your landlord since normally you will need to make a contract under your name for 6 months to 1 year, so it would be better that your landlord do it under his/her name if you’re not staying that long in Barcelona.
In case of emergency
We hope you will arrive smoothly and your stay will be perfect. However, in case of emergency, there are some informations you should keep in mind, such as the embassy of your country in Barcelona (phone number, address, etc.), the emergency number –which is 112–, the Police number, etc.
Some useful numbers are:
112: Emergency (any type! If something happens, call here)
091: National Police
080: in case of fire
Also important: don’t forget to figure out about the healthcare system. We recommend you to check our partner’s quick guide, Citylife Barcelona’s Spanish Medical System Guide.
Last but not least…
Enjoy your new city!