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Buses in Barcelona are also fairly efficient although it can be somewhat more complicated to work out where to get on and off as due to the one-way system buses travelling the same route but in different directions do not always travel on the same roads. Most main routes pass through the centre at Plaça Catalunya, Plaça Universitat and Plaça Urquinaona; routes can be checked at each bus stop and buses should pass by at least every 10-15 minutes.

They are boarded at the front, where either you pay the driver for a ticket (€1.25, valid for one journey) or put your pass into a machine just past the driver to have it verified. Buses run from 6am-10.30pm. Popular routes used by tourists, leaving from Plaça Catalunya, are:

24 – for Parc Güell
41 – to Ciutadella and the Villa Olimpica
39 – up to Gràcia and down to the beaches
64 – passes the Columbus Monument at the bottom of Las Ramblas and goes to Barceloneta beaches.

Night buses

Running from 10.30pm-4.30am, the ŽNitbusŽ routes are often popular with merry-makers finding their way home after a night out and most pass through Plaça Catalunya every 30 minutes. They use the same fares and tickets as daytime buses.

TICKETS FOR ZONE 1 (Check fares):

Single ticket (metro/bus, valid for any distance within the city)
Travel card T-10 (valid for 10 journeys on metro/buses/FGC/local RENFE)
Travel card T-day (valid on all forms of transport for one day)
Travel card T-mes (unlimited travel for 30 days on all forms of transport – documentation needed for purchase)
Travel card T-50/30 (50 journeys within 30 days on all forms of transport – documentation needed for purchase)
Travel card T-familiar (70 journeys within 30 days, valid for more than one person – documentation of each required at purchase)

Of particular interest to short-term visitors to Barcelona are the following tickets:

Tarjeta 2-dias (unlimited journeys for 2 consecutive days on metro/buses/FGC/local RENFE)
Tarjeta 3-dias
Tarjeta 4-dias
Tarjeta 5-dias