Barcelona: the city of dreams
Good football team, great beaches, delightful tapas, and breathtaking architecture: There's plenty to love about Barcelona, the Mediterranean seaside capital of Spain's Catalunya region. If you're staying a couple of extra days in the city of dreams, opportunities for discovery plentyfull.
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General information about Barcelona
Central European Summer Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Banking, currency and exchange rates
Spain is in the Eurozone and the euro is its official currency. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks (Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 14:00) and at exchange offices also open daily in Barcelona City Centre, the main railway stations, the Estació del Nord bus station, and at the airport, where they have extended opening hours.
In Spain the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You can find electrical adapters at the airport and in most shops in the tourist area.
Most shops in Barcelona open at 09:30 to 10:00 in the morning. Big shopping brand chains and malls do not close for lunch, but smaller shops and shops outside the city center often close for two hours between 13:00 to 17:00. Almost all shops and shopping centers in Barcelona are closed Sundays.
Tips and restaurants
Waitstaff in Spain earn a relatively decent salary, but a tip between 7% and 10% for good service (more at fine dining establishments) is always appreciated. Do not feel obligated to tip for unsatisfactory service or food.
We recommend using public transportation for travel through the city. You can also walk between most popular tourist attractions.
AEROBÚS is the official shuttle bus service that connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the city center (Pl. Catalunya) in 35 minutes. Stops at the most strategic points in Barcelona (Pl. Espanya, Gran Via-Urgell, Pl. Universidad) run every day of the year with departures every five minutes. Fares start at €5.90.