Barcelona transportation guide
In addition to its port, of great historical and contemporary commercial importance, Barcelona is served by El Prat International Airport ('El Prat') in the town of El Prat de Llobregat.
Barcelona is a hub for RENFE, the Spanish state railway network, and its main suburban train station is Sants-EstaciÃƒÂ³. The AVE high-speed rail system was recently extended from Madrid to Lleida in western Catalonia, and is expected to reach Barcelona by 2007. Renfe and the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) run Barcelona's widespread commuter train service. Barcelona's transit company, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), runs the Barcelona Metro system and city bus. See List of Barcelona metro stations. Barcelona has recently adopted another transport option with two new tram lines known as Trambaix and TrambesÃƒÂ²s.
Travellers with disabilities will find it easier to get around Barcelona than most other Spanish cities, but that's not saying a great deal. For specific information , contact the Institut Municipal de Disminuits, c/Llacuna 171, 3Ã‚Âº (tel 932 918 400), or call the City Information Line on 010. The Ajuntament produces a map with some suggested itineraries for sightseeing, a list of accessible bus routes and restaurants as well as useful contact numbers, which is available from the municipal information office in PlaÃƒÂ§a de Sant Miquel, or the transport office in Universitat metro station.
Available facilities include ramp space for two wheelchairs on most city buses; ring the bell on the bus door. Most bus lines are wheelchair accessible, at least at certain times, but check with TMB. Some of the more useful wheelchair accessible lines are #24 (Carmel-Manso), #33 (Pedralbes-Verneda), #44 (Sants-EstacÃƒÂo-Badalona), #47 (Canyelles-PlaÃƒÂ§a de Catalunya), #59 (Maria Cristina-Barceloneta), #72 (Maria Cristina-Zona Franca) and #171 (Port Vell-Sant Gervasi). Nightbuses #N1 (Via Julia-Zona Franca), #N2 (Collblanc-Verneda) and #N3 (Montcada-Collblanc) are also wheelchair-accessible as is the AerobÃƒÂºs. The metro is inaccessible to wheelchair users apart from line 2, which has lifts from the platform to the street at some stations. If you need a taxi that's wheelchair-accessible, call Barna Taxi tel 933 577 755 or Taxi MÃƒÂ³vil tel 933 581 111.Out on the streets, the only acoustic traffic-light signals are on Rambla de Catalunya and PlaÃƒÂ§a d'Espanya; and only some of the pavements in the newly renovated parts of town have graduated slopes at crossing points.
Black-and-yellow taxis (with a green roof-light on when available for hire) are inexpensive, plentiful and well worth using, especially late at night. There's a minimum charge of ?1.80 (?2 evenings, weekends and holidays) and after that it's around ?0.70 per kilometre. But taxis won't take more than four people and charge extra for baggage and on public holidays, for picking up from Sants and for a multitude of other things. Asking for a receipt ( rebut in Catalan, recibo in Castilian) should ensure that the price is fair. Cabs can be called on the following numbers: tel 934 902 222; tel 934 331 020; tel 933 003 811; tel 933 577 755; tel 933 199 268; and tel 933 215 700.
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