Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors are living in some of the world's greatest cities. We asked them to give us their tips and hacks for navigating the streets and getting from one place to another. From trains, motorbikes and chicken buses, our ITA Alumni Ambassadors have you covered to get you where you need to go! Here, our man on the ground Allen Tunstall provides on-the-ground tips on how to nagivate your way around Barcelona, Spain - one of the top job markets for teaching English in Europe.
Barcelona has more ways to get around the city than I can count on one hand. Here are some of the popular options (note1€ = approx. $1.14 USD):
Metro: A single ticket will cost you 2.15€ (be careful not to exit the station if you go the wrong way. You will have to buy another ticket to enter. Just simply switch platforms). Single tickets have no time limit as they are not integrated with other means of transport. Once it has been validated it is only useful to exit. Please keep your ticket with you until exiting as you could be controlled and can be punished for not showing your ticket of up to 100€ (approx. $114 USD). An Airport ticket will set you back 4.50€ one way.
Bus: A single ticket will cost you 2.15€. Be careful not to exit the bus at the wrong station. If you get off and can quickly get back on, you will have to purchase another ticket, even if you are getting off at the next stop. Single tickets have no time limit as they are not integrated with other means of transport. Once it had been validated it is only useful to exit. Please keep your ticket with you until exiting as you could be controlled and can be punished up to 100€ for not showing your ticket.
Tramvi Blau: A popular historical cable car by railway gives you a unique experience. Will cost 5.50€.
Popular ticket selections: Although single journey tickets allow certain travelers to get to a destination and not have to use transport again, multi- journey tickets allow travelers to get all over the city using the same ticket till it is expired. (All integrated tickets allow you to access Barcelona's-METRO, BUS, FGC, TRAM and RENFE services).
Barcelona is split into 6 different zones. The center of Barcelona is Zone 1. Prices for integrated tickets vary based on the zone you choose.
T-10: A T-10 is a ticket that allows you to take 10 journeys until expired. This card can be shared with friends, but once your 10 rides are over you must get a new ticket. Be careful to keep this ticket with you at all times until it expires and you exit the metro. If sharing with a friend make sure you exit and stay together as controllers will fine you up to 100€ if you cannot prove you share the T-10. Price zone (1) 9.95€.
T-50/30 and T-70/30: These tickets allow a certain number of journeys all within 30 days for example. T-50/30 allows 50 journeys in 30 days and the T-70/30 allows 70 journeys in 30 days. The T-70/30 is the only card of the two that can be shared. T-50/30- price zone (1) 42.50€ and T-70/30- price zone (1) 59.50€.
T-dia: Allows unlimited number of journeys in zone (1), only on the day validated. Price 8.40€.
T-Jove (Youth card): If you are under 25 you can buy this card and make unlimited number of travels within 90 days. You can apply for this ticket at any machine or personal booth. You will need only your passport and passport number to be entered. Remember to always carry a copy of your passport with you as all controllers will ask for you ID to make sure this card belongs to you. Guard this card because once it's lost, you will have to pay for another. Price Zone (1) - 105€.
T-Trimester (3 month pass): Like the T-Jove this allows those over 25 to have access to the same requirements, it just costs a bit more. The same rules and cautions apply for this ticket. Price Zone (1) - 142€.
Bikes: The infamous red and white Vodafone sponsored Bicing bikes are a great way to get around town for those whom are staying long-term in BCN and enjoy a good leg work-out. A DNI or NIE is required to sign up. The yearly price is 47,16€ a year. You will find Bicing stations in almost all major places that easily all you to pick up a bike and drop it off at another location. No hassle of someone stealing your bike, or bike seat or bike wheels.
About as Midwest as they get, Omaha, Nebraska, Allen always dreamed of: visiting new countries, learning new languages, experiencing cultures and living a simple life while doing so. After graduating from university in 2014, Allen sold all he had and bought a one-way ticket to live those dreams and share his experiences along the way. He decided to teach abroad to break free of life's traditional routines.
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