Travel Apps for Barcelona

A list of our favorite travel apps for navigating your way around Barcelona.

This guide is supposed to help keep you from looking at your phone the entire time you’re here, but we’re hoping that a few key suggestions could help you do just that. Since we arrived, we’ve been learning how to make the very most of this amazing city – including a few travel apps that have helped us navigate our new town with a bit more ease.

Favorite Barcelona Travel Apps


This works similarly to Uber or Lyft, but draws on the substantial quantity of official cabs in the city. NOTE: You have to confirm your payment at the end of the ride, and this requires that you have a data plan while you’re in Barcelona. If you do have data, you can connect the app with PayPal, so you don’t have to worry about payment at the end of the ride. It really helps.  iOS  |  Android


The alternative to Uber or Lyft, Cabify works very similarly, the the drivers are always up for a chat. For this app, you must register with PayPal, as they do not accept U.S.-based credit cards to be linked with the account. NOTE: You’ll need data to use this app, so plan accordingly if you’re intending to use car services often. While not everyone will speak English, the cars are clean, the drivers have been friendly, and it’s surprisingly affordable to get places quickly if you’re in a rush. iOS  |  Android


The most famous of all travel apps, Uber has recently been re-admitted to the city of Barcelona. It works here just as it does in the States, so you’ll have a familiar experience with this one. NOTE: Uber will also require that you have data connection on your smartphone in order to process payments. iOSAndroid

Barcelona Metro App

If you’re a fan of public transportation, this app will give you access to the map at all times. The free version has ads, which are a bit annoying, but manageable for the service this travel app provides. Also: the search feature is very helpful if you know the name of the stop you need, but can’t find it in this sprawling system. iOS  |  Android

Google Translate

Downloading the app helps you get the word you need more quickly. You can download their Spanish dictionary on your smartphone and use it offline.

Bonus: the camera feature lets you scan the language you’re trying to translate, and magically transforms it into English. It’s not perfect, but pretty fun to use.  iOS  |  Android


If you’re in for the night, but really want some takeout, look no further. This Catalan-based company’s bike messengers deliver food, toiletries, and nearly anything else to your door for a reasonable fee.  iOS  | Android

For More Barcelona Travel Recommendations…

Check out our Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide, which includes a constantly-updated list of our best recommendations on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Barcelona.  Plus, we’ve also shared a bunch of our best Barcelona-specific travel tips, so that you can navigate the city like a local.

Also, feel free to download our Gimme Some Barcelona Google Map, which includes all of the recommendations listed in our travel guide.

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