Skip to content

Without Cabify or Uber, what alternatives to the taxi are there in Barcelona

27 mayo, 2021

Finally, after the entry into force of the decree of the Generalitat de Catalunya that establishes new regulations for transport vehicles with a driver, the well-known VTC, the two main platforms for this type of mobility services, Uber and Cabify, have said goodbye to the city of Barcelona. Although, yes, they follow the traditional VTC companies that serve hotels or companies, for example.

At this point, it seems that there is only the option of the taxi to move around Barcelona, ​​but this is not the case. There is life beyond the taxi.

Alternatives to the taxi exist

A varied, diverse and sustainable life captained by the city’s powerful collective public transport network and shared mobility options adapted to different needs. Alternatives to the taxi, and especially to the private vehicle, exist. We review them.

Public transport: buses, metro, tram and railways

Barcelona city bus

Barcelona enjoys a complete public transport network that connects practically all the districts that make up the city. In addition, all modes work by means of a integrated tariff system that facilitate access to different means of transport with the same ticket.

As to subwayThere are eight lines that connect all its neighborhoods and large areas of the metropolitan area. To the suburban are added two other lines of trolley car, which run through the city from north to south, two networks of railway commuter, a powerful network of city ​​buses recently redesigned, another of intercity buses that connect the city with the surrounding municipalities and a third of night buses, known as Nitbús.

The metro and urban bus network depends on Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, ​​the Tram tram network and the Rodalies de Catalunya and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya commuter rail network.

For more information on all these means of public transport, visit the website of the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità de l’àrea de Barcelona.

Bicing, the public bicycle of Barcelona

Bicing electric bike

The city of Barcelona has made a great effort to promote the use of bicycles and has a network of cycle lanes of around 200 kilometers that unites the city from north to south and from east to west.

This powerful and privileged cycling infrastructure does not only directly benefit those Barcelonans who own a bicycle, but rather anyone who can become a subscriber of the public bicycle system provided by the city council, Bicing.

The service works through stations, distributed throughout practically the entire city where bicycles can be collected and left. At the moment the service has mechanical and electric bicycles That can be used by subscribing an annual subscription, since it is a service more designed for regular users or neighbors than for tourists. The rates depend on the type of bike and the minutes used.

Shared mobility: bicycles, motorcycles and cars sharing

ECooltra motorcycles

Barcelona does not have car-sharing services of the so-called free floating, similar to services such as Car2Go or Emov that operate in Madrid and other European cities, but there are other equally interesting shared mobility options.

Ubeeqo, formerly called Bluemove, is one of them. A service of car sharing round trip that allows us to rent a vehicle for hours or days that we must collect and leave in specific parking lots. To this option are added the bicycles and motorcycles of sharing.

As for the former, we have the Donkey Republic and Mobike cycles. Both services work in a similar way: we unlock bicycles using a QR code that we must read with their corresponding mobile applications and, once used, we will have to leave them parked in the specific areas marked by municipal ordinances.

As for motorcycles, in Barcelona we can use eCooltra’s, Muving’s and Yego’s. They work like most of these services: we can rent them through the corresponding application and They charge us based on the minutes of use and / or kilometers traveled. We can leave them parked in their areas of action and, specifically, where the municipal ordinances allow us. All motorcycles are electric.

There is a third operator, Scoot, who allows us to rent both electric bikes and motorcycles. The operation is the usual


Barcelona is a city located on the shores of the Mediterranean, enjoy a temperate climate throughout the year and invite you to walk through its streets. It seems like a total no-brainer, but above all anyone is a pedestrian in the first place. Whether you have a car and drive regularly, or use public transport day in and day out.

All the districts of the Catalan capital have wide and accessible sidewalks, large well-defined pedestrian areas and routes that run through emblematic points. For most common journeys, as long as nothing prevents us from walking, using our legs is a good idea.