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Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida and the large cities are served by urban buses. Generally, information on routes and timetables is available from the main bus station (usually located in the centre of town) and on local bus stops.
A plan of the bus routes is also often on the bus stop itself. Many bus companies operate out of the central bus stations. Be aware that routes, prices and timetables are subject to change.
The public transport coverage is good in the urbanised centres, but can be quite sporadic in rural villages. Most public buses are new and air-conditioned.
TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) provides an extensive network of public transport (underground metro subway system, bus, FGC and Renfe) throughout Barcelona and the suburbs. TMB has a comprehensive English-language website which includes route finders, online timetables and tourist city travel information.
To check a route, use the interactive route finder, Route 3D. Decide the mode of transport and the route is mapped out.
The Integrated Fare System makes it possible to use the different modes of transport in the same journey within the Metropolitan Region; it is extended to the limits of the local rail services.
The TMB Travel Cards (Muliti-Day Pass) offers reduced rate fares for two to five day's unlimited travel on bus and metro.
The Barcelona Card offers unlimited travel on all public transport, as well as many discounts on tourist attractions around the city.
EMT (Entitat Metropolitana del Transport) is a local body formed by eighteen municipalities in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. The website has information on all types of transport in Barcelona. EMT also runs a Barcelona night bus.
Sagales run regular services in the Barcelona region. The Barcelona Bus links Barcelona with Granollers, Figueres and much of the Costa Brava.
The Barcelona Bus Turistic runs on three routes, with 44 stops.
The first buses on the Northern and Southern routes reach most stops from 09:30, and last buses depart from Plaça de Catalunya at 19:00 in winter (November to March) and at 20:00 in summer (April to October).
Both Northern and Southern routes last about two hours and they run daily all year round, except 25 December and 1 January. The first buses on the Forum route depart from Port Olímpic and Forum stops at 09:30. This route runs from April through September.
It is possible to get on and off the buses as many times as you like using the same ticket.
There are 21 bus lines in Tarragona. There is some information available through the local tourist office.
EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transports Públics de Tarragona) runs an urban bus service for Tarragona. The website shows timetables, routes and tariffs, and has downloadable PDF timetables.
The Sarbus group incorporates various bus companies providing urban and interurban bus services in Lleida.
Urban transport is available in the following towns: Castellar del Vallès, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Cerdanyola del Vallès, and Barberà del Vallès.
The interurban service routes through the Vallès Occidental and Barcelona reaching Sarfa, Casas, Marfi i Renom and La Vallesana.
The Sarbus website has information on the participating bus companies, with comprehensive details on routes and timetables for both urban and interurban buses, as well as interactive route planners:
Bus Station Tel: 937 279 292
Eurolines is a booking and information service for long distance coach journeys across the European continent. There are departure points across Spain, including Barcelona and Girona.